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Spywitness: Celebrating Food, Wine and All Good Things at the Fourth Annual Flavor! Napa Valley

There's no better time to take a road trip from Los Angeles to the Napa Valley than in November, just in time for the annual Flavor! Napa Valley extravaganza - organizers call it "a celebration of food, wine, fun" and they are not kidding. Read More...

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Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day? Some might call it blasphemy. But millions of Americans hit the stores and went online Thursday in search of early Black Friday bargains. It's all part of the "Black Friday creep" that has seen more and more retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day.   Read More...
 
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LA.COM visited with Hungarian-born composer and violinist Edvin Marton in his San Fernando Valley home to chat about his upcoming show and check out his two prized violins.   Read More...
 
Steve Smith: Barry Manilow announces farewell tour; Katy Perry to headline Super Bowl halftime show   Read More...
 
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens rolls out its holiday welcome on Friday, with the annual "Reindeer Romp" as well as "Zoo Lights," a twist on the Griffith Park holiday light show that's been missing for five years. Four reindeer - Jingle, Belle, Noel and Velvet - will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas.   Read More...
 
Traffic was moving fairly smoothly today at Los Angeles International Airport, where an estimated 1.97 million travelers are expected to make their way to and from flights this holiday weekend.   Read More...
 
Film Independent's Spirit Awards nominees for its 30th annual honors were revealed in Hollywood on Tuesday.   Read More...
 
Much of the traditional holiday fare - from "Miracle on 34th Street," multiple versions of "A Christmas Carol," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the classic "A Christmas Story" will be rolled out in the next few weeks on the networks, local stations, basic cable and pay-cable. But if you are looking for some alternatives, here are 13 classic holiday-themed TV episodes available on streaming sites.   Read More...
 
The tale of the Gadarene Swine is one of the best to be found in the Gospels, reported in the books of several of the Apostles, who describe Jesus and his followers coming upon two men of fierce visage who block their way. Jesus asks one of the men: "What is thy name?" And the man replies, "My name is Legion: for we are many."   Read More...
 
The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is the latest group to urge the City to delay a decision on the award of the contract to operate the Greek Theatre in order for the adjacent neighborhood councils to be afforded the opportunity to study the responses in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and to benefit from community presentations.   Read More...
 
When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.   Read More...
 
Holiday revelers are expected to hit Southern California roads and take to the skies in the largest number in seven years over the Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to dramatically lower gasoline prices and improving personal finances, officials said Monday.   Read More...
 
Alan Turing was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century and for years, decades even, only a handful of people knew what he did.   Read More...
 
Steve Snyder revisited his father's footsteps for his recently published book, "Shot Down: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth."   Read More...
 
Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.   Read More...
 
This week is all about giving thanks, and restaurants around Los Angeles are making sure you have a place to go this Thanksgiving.   Read More...
 
Since the release of her debut album "Pure Heroine," multi-platinum Grammy Award winning Lorde has continued to raise the bar with her chart topping music and sold out shows across the globe.   Read More...
 
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Consider this not a scolding but more a reminder to get your exercise during the holidays. Going on a hike over Thanksgiving weekend won't burn off all of those extra calories. But you'll feel better, and it's an active, natural way to spend time with friends and family, at least before settling back on the couch for more football. Besides, Southern California's trails are a lot prettier than a shopping mall.   Read More...
 
Donald Sterling's former courtside companion may end up paying more than $70,000 in legal fees related to her failed defamation lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, the Sterling family trust and a former Clippers team entity.   Read More...
 
It was a battle of the sexes at the 42nd annual American Music Awards as boy bands and big-booty girls dominated the night at Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.   Read More...
 
Raoul van Grinsven, now known in the electronic dance music world as Zany, spent 10 years working at Freaky Records, a record store in Veldhoven, Netherlands, before he became a successful headlining artist.   Read More...
 
 
 
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