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Enamel reemerges

When hobbyists took up enameling, its presence in fine art faded. Now the Craft and Folk Art Museum has opened the first traveling exhibition of enameled art in over fifty years — from 1920 to now, jewelry to wall panels. Wow, what we’ve been missing.

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Time for the next big New Year!

The Lunar one, of course. From the spectacular Golden Dragon Parade and Festival (Feb. 13) to the Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival (Mar. 5), Chinatown will be welcoming in the Year of the Monkey for weeks. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of the festivities.

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Griffith Park guru

Sure, you can bumble around Griffith Park on your own, and miss most of the good stuff. Or you can hike with Ranger Ernie. He’s even postponed his retirement so you can get the full Griffith Park Experience for another year. Check his 2016 schedule.

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Super-pedigreed celebrity estate in Beverly Hills

The original architect of this gracious 1923 French country estate, Elmer Grey, also designed the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel and many other landmarks. Decades later, the home was enhanced by architect to the stars Ted Grenzbach. For decades, it was the family home of Al Martino, who played Johnny...

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Care for a spot of serenity?

Once upon a time, a city engineer set out to prove reclaimed water could be beautiful. The result was a stunning 6.5-acre Japanese garden in a reclamation plant. Closely modeled on the gardens of Japanese feudal lords, it still works its timeless meditative magic … in the middle of Van Nuys.

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My, what big teeth you have

Probably because you’re … a really large dragon. As the spectacular star of the 117th Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown, on Saturday, February 13, you’ll be ushering in a day-long festival of floats, bands, entertainment, food, family fun and firecrackers. What a...

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In Place: Venice

Ocean Front Walk is an ever-changing piece of performance art. Abbot Kinney, an eclectic shopping and eating excursion. Along the canals, a picturesque oasis. Facing west, it's pure Pacific panorama. And across its nine unique neighborhoods, Venice is a singular community to call home. Set...

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Melanie Mar shapes Hollywood Hills estate from the ground up

Melanie Mar has been a teen model, a reality TV relationship specialist and a professional life coach. But her biggest passion has always been design in all its forms. Recently, she took that fascination to the next level, developing and designing a striking architectural estate above the Sunset...

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The Neighborhoods of Venice

BeachA string of stunning beachfront properties line the south end of Ocean Front Walk, steps from the sand and just down the way from the Boardwalk. On the charming, short streets behind them are some of Venice’s first early 1900s homes, ranging from fully restored to ready for a...

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