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Bob Blumer

His music management career in a weird limbo and freshly arrived in Los Angeles, Bob Blumer was looking around for a way to pay the rent.His friend suggested he write a cookbook. Bob had never worked as a chef. He hadn’t even worked in a restaurant. He had...

Romel Pascual

He was working as the deputy mayor of Los Angeles when a group of activists came to him asking if he would allow them to close off streets for a day of cycling. He asked them if they had done it before, they said no. He asked if they...

Aliza Sherman

There were the perks of the heavy metal life: flying with Def Leppard in a private jet from gig to gig, serving as the gatekeeper to the hordes of press and famous people who wanted access to the band. But the downsides for Aliza Sherman were just as eye-opening:...

Jeff Walker

It’s the first week of October and leukemia survivor Jeff Walker  is on a bit of a roll. On Friday, he saw Beck at the Hollywood Bowl with his 16-year-old daughter, and, on Sunday, Broken Social Scene in a surprise gig at the tiny Troubadour in the heart of...

Colin Evans

When we speak, Colin Evans is putting the finishing touches on a plan for a month-long motorcycle tour of Australia, from Melbourne up into the Outback, to Adelaide and Victoria. The plan was to ride with the same 12 guys he traveled with from Cartagena, Colombia to the southernmost...

Gina Angelone

A few weeks ago, Gina Angelone was in the south of France writing her novel as part of an artist’s residency program. With her time in Europe coming to a close, she did what she typically would do before returning home to the LA suburbs: She visited every cultural...

Bart Sights

The almost black sheen of Bart Sight’s fingernails aren’t the mark of a closet Goth. The discoloration also has nothing to do with his inability to work with a hammer.“Some think I’m so clumsy that I’ve hit every one of my nails with a hammer,” he says. “I’ve actually...

Suze Yalof Schwartz

She’d been working in fashion for only a few years when the opportunity to work at Vogue came up. With an interview with famed (and feared) doyenne Anna Wintour planned, Suze Yalof Schwartz did her prep work.“I had been doing all the editorial reports for Giorgio Armani, so...

Coati Mundi

It’s hard to fathom what life as a 25-year-old musician in a successful band in 1970s New York must have been like. Coati Mundi’s memories of the time are as colorful as they are clouded. A native of Spanish Harlem, he grew up with salsa superstars practicing their music...

Olga Ospina

Bertha Olga Ospina is a seasoned and daring traveler, with some serious bucket-list items checked off in the last decade: exploring Machu Picchu, riding a hot-air balloon over the pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico and paragliding over Cape Town’s wilderness. She’s taken in jazz in San Francisco, and tango...