Restaurant Find: Monkey Town LA

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Think underground supper club-meets-Pipilotti Rist and you’re close to describing a night at Monkey Town LA. Founded by Montgomery Knott in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003, the pop-up restaurant has since made appearances in Denver and Austin, and has even crossed the Atlantic to Barcelona, Spain. The Los Angeles iteration marks Monkey Town’s grand finale in a […]

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Italian Restaurant Find: Bestia LA

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Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis aren’t just people with exotic, cool sounding names; they’re also the powerhouses behind LA’s Bestia, a progressive, multi-regional rustic Italian restaurant housed in a converted warehouse in Downtown LA’s far eastern edge. Their ‘from scratch’ approach has resulted in the most authentic ‘clean-up rustic’ (coined by Menashe himself) Italian food […]

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The Curators: East L.A. With Naomi Wilding & Anthony Cran of Wilding Cran Gallery

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“We’re thinking about putting on an annual exhibition where we invite a group of artists from another city to L.A. and see how it informs their practice”, Naomi and Anthony disclose in their enviable art-filled office as gallery dog Lou circles the desks. “It would be very relevant at this moment in time when there’s […]

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The Curators: Depart Foundation ’s Valeria Sorci on culture & La Dolce Vita in LA

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On welcoming me into her West Hollywood home, it’s clear Valeria Sorci has acclimatised effortlessly to her new Los Angeles lifestyle. Relocating with her husband and two children from Rome a year ago to the beautiful Baxter-Hodiak House – designed by architect John Lautner for the actress, Anne Baxter – Sorci has embraced the ‘LA’ […]

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The Curators: DTLA Through The Eyes of Vanguard Concept Store Please Do Not Enter

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As Nicolas Libert guides me through the boutique-cum-gallery he founded with Emmanuel Renoird in Downtown Los Angeles, he recounts an anecdote: “when we first opened last year we were expecting a delivery. We waited and waited and realised the courier had in fact attempted the delivery; he read the name of the space – Please […]

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Concept Store Find: Please Do Not Enter Los Angeles

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In deep and darkest Downtown Los Angeles, or so the Westside would have you believe, resides the tallest and brightest concept store in the city. Perched on the twelfth floor in the historic Pacific Mutual Building on Pershing Square, little will prepare visitors to the light-filled boutique-cum-gallery. Glass partitions and polished concrete frame the collection […]

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The Curators: A guide to Downtown LA for the aesthetically inclined

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It’s a safe bet to say that if you’re reading Melting Butter you’re likely a prolific explorer; traveller and probably to some extent, rather aesthetically inclined. If I’m right, you’re a lot like me so I’m pretty sure this app I’m going to tell you about will make your eyes smile. Whenever I travel I […]

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