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Missing Woman Last Seen In South Bay, Authorities Say – Reverb MSN Music06.12.21

Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Authorities are searching for Grace Cha, 47, who was last seen in Torrance Tuesday.

TORRANCE, CA Authorities are asking the public to help find a 47-year-old woman who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who was reported missing Wednesday morning. She was last seen in Torrance.

Grace Cha was last seen about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Carson Street and Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Cha is described as Asian, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. She has short black and gray hair and brown eyes, with a tattoo of roses and a skull on her right arm and a nose piercing. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans, carrying three luggage bags, the department said.

Anyone with information on Cha's whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anyone who wants to be anonymous can provide tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at


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Apartments proposed for former site of popular East Hollywood gay bar – Livabl06.12.21

Rendering:Bittoni Architects

The site of a storied gay bar once owned by Judy Garland and her then-husband Sid Luft could make way for 30 apartments and 1,649 square feet of commercial space in East Hollywood, according to a development application submitted to Los Angeles City Planning this week.

Known as The Red Rouge and later Faultline Bar, the business is reportedly moving to a new location. However, the venue at 4216 Melrose Avenue and a neighboring structure housing a tattoo parlor, CrossFit gym and four apartments could be replaced by a modern mixed-use building.

Alex Amirkhanian, the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Tower Investments Group, is listed as the applicant. Plans call for a five-story building with 30 one-bedroom apartments, with three units set aside for very low income households. A total of 19 vehicle parking spaces would be provided, split between an at-grade and subterranean parking level, in addition to storage for 25 bicycles.

The projects sole commercial space, envisioned as a cafe in the renderings, is slated to occupy the corner of Melrose and New Hampshire Avenue. The ground floor would also feature a residential lobby with a mailroom, an indoor lounge, and a gym that opens onto a rear yard with synthetic turf, planters and benches.

The buildings podium design creates stepped-back outdoor space on the second floor to be used for common and private balconies. A yoga room with a walkout to the common balcony lends an indoor/outdoor feel and views of tree-lined New Hampshire Avenue. Meantime, the fifth floor boasts a movie room and a roof lounge, complete with a gas fire feature, outdoor kitchen, dining tables and lush greenery.

Rendering:Bittoni Architects

The one-bedroom floorplans range from 526 to 630 square feet and incorporate a linear kitchen, reach-in or walk-in closet, in-suite laundry, and a combination tub and shower. The units facing Melrose Avenue tout spacious balconies, some as large as 298 square feet.

Designed by Bittoni Architects, the building would be characterized by ribbed precast concrete wall panels, board form concrete finish, stainless steel sheet metal, and sand finish plaster in varying colors. The roofline is angled for added visual interest, and dark-trimmed windows are paired with vertical metal picket guardrails in a contrasting white finish.

The storefronts have high ceilings and oversized windows, which creates transparency into the building and a visual connection for the pedestrian experience, explains a findings document. Storefronts along Melrose Avenue are recessed to break up the scale of the buildings facade while creating entry vestibules.

The project is seeking Tier 3 Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives due to its proximity to the Vermont/Santa Monica subway station on the Metro Red Line, an eight-minute walk away. The neighborhood offers easy access to the Hollywood Freeway and is home to Los Angeles City College, the many bars and restaurants along Virgil Avenue, and independently-owned businesses like Going Underground Records and Hutch Vintage and Handmade.

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Fabulous Online And IRL Events Happening This Week in SoCal: May 17 – 20 – LAist05.19.21

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We Are Little ZombiesThe Frida Cinema305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa AnaThe moviehouse screens the 2019 Japanese film from Makoto Nagahisa as part of its Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The film is a favorite of Frida founder Logan Crow and, despite the title, its not about zombies. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate,COST: Tickets $10.50; MORE INFO

Impact with Gal Gadot Q&A The National Geographic documentary short series, directed by Vanessa Roth and hosted and executive produced by Gal Gadot, shares the stories of six women around the world. Although theyre from different backgrounds and places Brazil, Puerto Rico, Michigan, California, Louisiana and Tennessee they're all commited to improving the lives of those around them. Attend a virtual conversation about the series with Gadot, Roth and executive producer Jaron Varsano, moderated by Alex Cohen.COST: FREE with advanced registration; MORE INFO

Culture Cures: Community AltarCommunity Coalition8101 S Vermont Ave., Vermont KnollsThe South L.A. community organization holds interactive altar activities in its parking lot to honor those who lost their lives during the pandemic. Print and decorate photos of your ancestors, take Polaroids and place offerings. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing required.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film TourThe 85-minute virtual program screens seven short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers, all of which were selected from recent editions of the Sundance Film Festival. The program, presented by The Autry, features fiction, documentary, animation and experimental works from around the world.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

L.A. Graffiti Black Book: Artists in ConversationThe Getty Research Institute hosts a conversation with five of artists who contributed to the L.A. Graffiti Black Book, which collects works from more than 150 Los Angeles graffiti and tattoo artists. David Brafman moderates a panel discussion with artists Eric "Cre8" Walker, Eddie "Fishe" Rico, Juan Carlos Muoz-Hernandez, Alex "Defer" Kizu and Alex "Axis" Ventura.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Gallery Talk: Hildur GunadttirThe Academy Museum of Motion Pictures holds an online discussion with composer Gunadttir (Joker, 2019). The Oscar-winning composer, cellist and vocalist discuss her creative process with Academy Museum curator Jenny He.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Independent Lens: The Donut KingThis screening and discussion focuses on the rags-to-donuts story of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee who arrived in America in 1975 to build a multimillion-dollar donut empire. Presented by PBS SoCal/KCET and Independent Lens for the CAAMFest Indie Lens Pop-Up, a panel discusses discusses perspectives on immigration, cross-cultural community relationships and the American Dream. Participants include artist Andrew Hem, Mayly Tao (owner & CEO, DKs Donuts X Donut Princess LA), director Alice Gu and producer Jos Nuez.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Breath of Fires COVID-19 MonologuesChapman Universitys Musco Center for the Arts presents a monologue series and live Q&A from the Santa Ana-based, all-Latina theater ensemble, Breath of Fire. The ensemble asked for monologue submissions that commemorate someone who passed from COVID-19. Each performance puts a face to some of the thousands of lives that were lost this past year.COST: FREE with RSVP ; MORE INFO

Nick Rattigan's project Current Joys presents a horror-comedy-play-concert-film-experience with the 'Phantom of the Highland Park Ebell.'

The Phantom of the Highland Park EbellCurrent Joys (Nick Rattigan) presents a horror-comedy-play-concert-film-experience featuring music from the new record, Voyager. As the band rehearses for the grand reopening of the Highland Park Ebell, they accidentally awaken an evil presence that has been buried in the theater. They rehearse while dodging chandeliers and that damn phantom. Theres a 72-hour replay window available for the show.COST: $20 - $69.99; MORE INFO

Teslas second-generation Roadster prototype will on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum for two weeks.

New Tesla Roadster PrototypeThe Petersen Automotive Museum6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-WilshireTeslas second generation Roadster prototype will be on view for two weeks on the museums second floor alongside the original 2006 prototype. The company claims the new vehicle will be able to reach speeds of more than 250 mph, accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and travel 620 miles on a full charge of its electric battery. Advanced tickets are required and social distancing guidelines will be in place.COST: $16 adult general admission; MORE INFO

Eve Gordon records 90026: Echo Park, '$10 and a Tambourine.'

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The Zip Code PlaysAntaeus Theatre Company launches the second season of audio plays featuring six original works set in different L.A. zip codes: Echo Park (90026), West Hollywood (90069), Inglewood (90303), Pacoima (91331), North Hollywood (91601) and Monterey Park (91754). The audio plays will shed light on each neighborhoods history and culture. Listen to the plays at or on various podcast platforms.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)The festivals 19th edition goes virtual with a slate of narrative and documentary features and shorts. Programs include a panel featuring South Asian showrunners and a screening of Prakash Deka's Fireflies, followed by a panel on transgender and nonbinary representation in India and the diaspora. IFFLA opens with Fire in the Mountains, the 2021 Sundance debut feature by Ajitpal Singh that immerses audiences in the beauty of the Himalayan mountains. The festival is limited to viewers within California and India.COST: $20 - $40 passes; MORE INFO

11th Annual Zcalo Book Prize LectureJournalist Jia Lynn Yang delivers the annual lecture for her winning book, One Mighty and Irresistible Tide, and participates in a Q&A session with Stanford University sociologist Toms Jimnez. Angelica Esquivel, winner of the 10th Annual Zcalo Poetry Prize, delivers a public reading of her winning poem, La Mujer, before the lecture. Theres audience participation via live chat. Register to receive updates and the streaming link.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Rita Dove and Tracy K. Smith: Poetry at the CrossroadsThe former U.S. poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners talk about the future of American poetry and read selections from their works. The livestreamed event, presented by The Broad Stage and Red Hen Press, is moderated by author, activist and educator, Amber Flame. Add-on ticket items available, including an after-party, a gift box and a cocktail kit.COST: Tickets start at $10 ; MORE INFO

Antonia Cereijido, host of the Norco 80 podcast, welcomes guests to discuss gun culture and the militarization of the police force.

NORCO 80: The Aftermath - Guns And PoliceAntonia Cereijido, host of the LAist podcast Norco 80, moderates an in-depth, virtual roundtable about the countrys gun culture and the militarization of the police force. The events of the botched 1980 Norco bank robbery are often cited as a precursor to todays militarized police force.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Amazon Studios VOICES: API Representation in Film & MediaAmazon hosts a one-day virtual event that focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander representation in film and media. Sessions include group panels and talks that examine Hollywoods complicity in anti-Asian racism and how leaders can drive change. Participants include Daniel Dae Kim, Hari Kondabolu, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sophia Ali, Stephanie Hsu and musical performances from AJ Rafael & Alyssa Navarro and Amber Liu.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Contemporary Voices in Asian American PhotographyThe Getty Museum hosts an online exhibition featuring photographic works from six contemporary artists: Soo Kim, Sze Tsung Nicols Leong, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Christine Nguyen, Kuni Sugiura and Hiroshi Watanabe.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

HacksThe HBO Max comedy Hacks stars Jean Smart as a Las Vegas comic of a certain age whos paired with a young comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) in an uneasy mentorship. The dark comedy about comedy was created by Broad City veterans Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky and produced by Parks & Rec's Mike Schur. Two episodes stream each week for five weeks.

Particpating Farmer Brothers locations are holding specials on breakfast burritos and Double Big Cheese Burgers on tax day, May 17.

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Dine and Drink DealsHere are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

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Critic’s notebook: Checking out Bistro 42 and more in Hoosick Falls – Times Union05.19.21

Grandma Moses, a covered bridge, Revolutionary-era history, and a river runs through it: Hoosick Falls in eastern Rensselaer County, a 40-minute drive from Troy, is a quintessentially small upstate town with enough to inspire road warriors who cross its path.

But word in early 2020 that veteran French chef Dominique Brialy, formerly of the Epicurean and The Century House in Latham, would open an in-town restaurant came out of left field. I hadnt been out that way in a decade. What I remembered most was the scenic drive from Brunswick through Hoosick Falls to the Manchester Designer Outlets, with a pit stop at the Man of Kent for fish n chips and a proper pint. Shopping, after all, is hard work.

Friends were headed to Hoosick Falls for a late lunch the day I held a reservation for Brialys recently reopened Bistro 42, so I took advantage of a sunny afternoon to scope out the town.

Downtown Hoosick Falls, with the Hoosac River rushing like whipped caramel in the distance, is a brief, walkable stretch of tastes due to the recent arrival of a cheese-and-provisions store connected to an old-fashioned pastry shop with German roots. They join Iron Coffee Co., a local roastery and coffee shop, and Byte, an eclectic bar-cum-gallery-cum-pizza joint selling art and Turkish-influenced pizzas while the artist-owner hosts a handful of quiet and quirky Airbnb rooms upstairs. And though we didnt drive the few minutes to Unihog, the live music venue with a living-room feel, word is that its amped up its pandemic menu and is also worth a visit. Heres a quick tour:


15 John St. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Takeout and dine in. 518-205-5641 and

We started off here for lunch. Owner Yucel Erdogan, a Turkish artist and co-chief creative officer for a New York City ad agency, has put together a bar selling beer and wine and a pizzeria in an eclectic art gallery built of reclaimed and repurposed wood, farm tools and vintage finds. Tables in the original storefront windows are positioned under a canopied pergola while the far end of the room is anchored by a red, wood-fired pizza oven out of which come thin-crust, cumin-scented pizzas topped with spinach and Kalamata olives, sujuk(Turkish pepperoni) and beef pastirma (Turkish prosciutto).

A salad, calzones and a Byte burger are all available to go, and pizzas can be bought half-baked, ready to finish at home. Erdogan, who fell in love with Hoosick Falls on a drive to Bennington, Vt., is a prolific artist with a signature bird that appears on assorted mediums from end cuts of wood to door panels. Guests who stay in his Airbnb rooms are treated to one-of-a-kind, beautifully appointed, loft-style bedrooms packed with artsy, vintage finds. Right now, Byte is open only on Saturdays while Erdogan finds staff to reopen additional days.

Hoosick Provisions

15 Church St. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, closed Sunday to Tuesday. 518-205-5030 and

Inspired by trips to local farms, Marianne Zwicklebauer and Clifford Belden, the owners of Belden Farm, bought the historic building at 15 Church St. and opened Hoosick Provisions in 2020, selling local and regional foods, cookbooks and an assortment of cookware. While cookware filled a central table when we visited, the space is normally packed with seasonal farm produce, and a pastry case is filled with treats from cakes to macarons. They offer local cheese, including Four Fat Fowl's Camembertha and St. Stephen triple cream, fresh gluten-free spaetzle from Vermont and a daily menu of sandwiches, including a best-selling hot pastrami and, in summer, a BLT made with heirloom tomatoes grown on the farm. In a clever use of social media, they take online orders for fresh fish and seafood with delivery direct from Boston, available for pickup in the shop on Fridays.

Zwicklbauer/(Z) Bakery

15 Church St.

The pastry shop is connected inside Hoosick Provisions. The key is to get there early, as they sell out fast. Continuing the name from the familys 125-year-old bakery since it closed in Obergesenbach, in southern Germany, the owners found local baker Ashley McCuin to make a daily selection of sweet pastries, piling them on cake stands running the length of the counter. Zwicklbauers grandfather also founded the long-running former Bavarian Chalet restaurant in Guilderland and, in another sweet family connection, the macarons are made by Belden, who happens to be the chief medical officer of Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson.

Iron Coffee Co.

9 Main St. 7 a.m to 3 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. 518-231-9306 and

The rurban (rural urban)-industrial feel of the Iron Coffee Co. cafe is matched by its tattoo-art logo featuring an anvil and tiger, which has been emblazoned on merchandise from sweat shirts to hats. Mike Milliron (the "iron" comes from his name) opened the dog-friendly coffee shop and small-batch roastery in 2017 after noticing a younger population relocating to Hoosick Falls and the town moving, as he puts it, in kind of the direction Troy went. He offers house-roasted and wholesale coffee, along with a breakfast menu featuring Willhy Farms bread, bagels and pastries with sandwiches named after his own dogs and others in town. Though pandemic hours are shorter, he plans to expand again and bring back the coffee shops live-music events. A standout remains a fixture on the menu: The LaDanc is an espresso with steamed Battenkill heavy cream and a scoop of Nutella served in a cortado glass, although Milliron says you can substitute in any milk if the heavy cream is too rich.

Milliron clearly didnt lose any momentum in the pandemic. Having grown up in Albany, he is set to open a second Iron Coffee Co. location, at 811 Madison Ave., by early summer.

Bistro 42

42 Classic St. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 518-205-5679 and

Chef Dominique Brialy closed his new Bistro 42 for the governors lockdown order one day after his soft opening last year, rapidly shifting gears when he found a food truck at an auction. He was able to set up at the Hoosick Falls farmers market and, with the towns permission, in Wood Park, selling crepes, sandwiches, poutine and hot dogs, a move that helped his business to survive.

By October he reopened Bistro 42 at 50 percent capacity, knowing, as the only restaurant in town, he had to appeal to loyal customers following him from Latham and locals wanting a quick bite at the bar. The result is both French and casual. A bar menu with les hotdogs and les burgers offers build-your-own bites along with a French riff on Canadian poutineand charcuterie and cheese boards, while the seasonal French dinner menu features escargot in garlic butter and a wonderfully garlicky black Angus steak tartare lit with Dijon mustard, onions and capers. Brialy plans to add frog legs this summer.

Bistro 42s compact menu benefits the tiny kitchen and small team. Staffing is still tight, so its a solo Brialysending out French crepes with berry coulis, creme brulee and Chantilly pot de creme from a kitchen shared with a busser and a dishwasher; a lone waitress and bartender hold the fort out front. Brialy chooses the few wines to match the evolving menu; an Old Fashioned comes with a muddled maraschino cherry and orange like the 80s.

But three-onion soup is the shimmering gold of traditional French onion soup, with caramelized alliums in vegetable broth topped with Swiss and cheddar cheeses, and boeuf bourguignon shines in its red wine, stewy glory even if the tagliatelle needs a lick of oil or butter to not stick. Risotto with wild mushrooms is fragrant with Parmesan and truffle oil and perfectly cooked, as is the Faroe Island salmon fillet in an unsalted beurre blanc though such plain steamed vegetables feel more Century House than French Riviera, where Brialy went to culinary school. With fresh produce in season, Brialy sources tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms from the abundant local farms. The food truck will return this summer with daily lunch hours of 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Susie Davidson Powell is a British freelance food writer in upstate New York. Follow her on Twitter, @SusieDP

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