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Essential California By the end of 2023, at least 65 notable restaurants had shut down in L.A. What does this mean for a city that wouldn't be complete without its robust restaurant scene?  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  May 23, 2024   View in browser By Defne Karabatur Good morning. It's Thursday, May 23 . Here's what you need to know to start your day. The L.A. restaurant industry is facing another harsh year as new legislation, inflation, higher wages and pandemic fallout are creating obstacles. EVs and hybrids are twice as likely to hit pedestrians as gas cars. 24 superb things to do around L.A. to kick off the summer of 2024. And here'

L.A. film festival honoring Black women turns 30

The Sistas Are Doin' It for Themselves Short Film Showcase, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend, honors aspiring and veteran Black women filmmakers and boasts over 1,100 shorts.
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Hollywood can be toxic to Black women. This L.A. film festival is the 'antidote' Click to view images

Celebrating 30 years this weekend, the Sistas Are Doin' It for Themselves Short Film Showcase has been a launchpad for Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons and more.

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Tearful Harrison Ford surprised with honorary Palme d'Or at 'Indiana Jones' premiere Click to view images

"I just saw my life flash before my eyes," Ford said at Cannes on Thursday, thanking wife Calista Flockhart and his "Dial of Destiny" collaborators.

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Ben Platt, up for a Tony for his performance in 'Parade,' gets by with a little help from his friends Click to view images

Ben Platt embraces the "discomfort and anxiety" of "Parade," about the 1913 trial and subsequent lynching of Jewish American Leo Frank in Georgia.

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Disney pulls plug on high-priced Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a blow to immersive entertainment Click to view images

The two-night, live-in theme park was one of Disney's most risk-taking endeavors. It also failed as a business model.

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With help from Brandi Carlile and Shane McAnally, queer pioneer Brandy Clark looks beyond Nashville Click to view images

Clark, an in-demand Music Row songwriter as well as a Tony nominee for "Shucked," teamed with Brandi Carlile for her new, more Americana-leaning album.

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Why the world's largest publisher found a book-ban lawsuit in Florida 'irresistible' Click to view images

PEN America and publisher Penguin Random House filed a federal suit against Escambia County School District over its removal of books from school libraries.

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Ex-NFL player thought 'Shark Tank' would launch his barbecue empire. It became a nightmare, he says Click to view images

Exclusive: The Bakers, "Shark Tank" participants promised to receive investment funds from Daymond John, accuse the 'shark' of misleading them, trying to take over their business and depriving them of the profits from potentially lucrative partnerships.

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