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  • David Henry G.

    January 16, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    David, 27, seems to be brimming with confidence. He’s got a good, deep voice, and he’s still when he speaks. I fidget. My fingers or toes are generally wiggling, and I shift my position constantly. It suddenly dawns on me — I’m jealous. Why can’t I be as sure of myself?

    “I’m from...

  • Francesca L.

    January 9, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Francesca, a British woman I’m pegging to be in her late 30s, shows up wearing gloves. She seems flustered. She’s holding a notepad full of notes and a Broadway-style hat. She tells me she just reviewed a “Frank Sinatra show” and was inspired to wear a hat. Realizing the hat’s...

  • Bryan Michael S.

    January 2, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Bryan’s a nice guy. And he makes nice films. A spoof he made of Michael Jackson was so well liked that Jackson called Bryan to ask for a copy, sparking a friendship that lasted 20 years.

    Bryan, 52, hails from eastern Canada, but moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Jan 5-11, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 11:30 am

    SAT JAN 5

    B.J. NOVAK: “UNCOLLECTED STORIES”

    Writer and actor B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) shares original pieces of comedic fiction in advance of an upcoming collection. Co-star, writer and producer of “The Office,” Novak has a sensibility that draws on a...

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  • My Single Peeps: Tami M.

    December 19, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Tami’s running late to meet me at Starbucks, so I call her to ask what kind of coffee she’d like. “House coffee. Hot.” That’s it. I order my usual froofy drink — any kind of sweetened Frappuccino, usually involving chocolate, caramel or a combination of both. That Tami’s a lesbian...

  • Dec. 15-21

    By Ryan Torok

    December 12, 2012 | 10:06 am

    SAT DEC 15

    “Voices and Visions” 

    Connecting Jewish thought, art and people, this exhibition at the Skirball features artworks that pair contemporary Jewish artists with past and present Jewish thinkers, including Hillel, Maimonides and Susan Sontag. The project aims to inspire...

  • Denise M.

    December 6, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Denise, 46, shows up at our interview dressed to the nines. The woman is put together — from her perfectly coiffed hair down to her Christian Louboutin shoes. A few years back, I was running around Manhattan with a friend and we met a group of tipsy girls on the street. My friend...

  • Kristina L.

    November 28, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Most Jewish parents don’t name their child Kristina, but Ukraine — when it was still the former Soviet Union — was very secular. “So my parents just gave me what was the cool, European name of the moment, not wanting to give me some very traditional and typical Russian name like...

  • My Single Peeps: Marcos E.

    November 20, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    I met Marcos through my friend Michael. Marcos, who is often standing by Michael’s side, is 6 feet tall with the stance and demeanor of an Israeli bodyguard. He’s not Israeli. He’s 37, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Houston. And he’s not a bodyguard. He’s a...

  • My Single Peeps: Ilysa C.

    November 8, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    One of Ilysa’s favorite jobs was working at a coffee shop while she was in college. So it was fortuitous that I had her meet me at one to talk. Sometimes when I meet with people, it takes a bit of time for me to get a handle on their personality. Not with Ilysa. She’s nice. She’s...

  • Nov. 3-9

    By Ryan Torok

    November 1, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    SAT NOV 3

    Good Food Conference/Localicious

    LACMA hosts provocative panel discussions exploring issues integral to building organic and sustainable food systems. On Sunday, head to the beach for Good Food’s Localicious fundraiser, featuring signature dishes prepared by 30 of...

  • My Single Peeps: Jered F.

    November 1, 2012 | 11:18 am

    When Jered, 35, first tells me, “I came from a very indulged upbringing, and it kind of put me at a disadvantage,” I start to laugh, because it sounds like something Mitt Romney would say after getting caught for being obscenely rich during the years when his wife claimed they ate...

  • My Single Peeps: Ari K.

    October 24, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    I’ve been close with Ari’s sister for years, and the oddest thing about her is that she always has a smile on her face. Married to a self-confessed pain in the ass, four kids at 30, coupled with all the other life crap that bogs everyone down … she still has that smile on her face....

  • Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    SAT OCT 27

    “Seeds of Resiliency”

    Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in...

  • Alison G.

    October 17, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    It’s no surprise that a woman who produces mainly chick flicks and romantic dramas would say to me regarding love, “I want Harry and Sally. I’ve been corrupted by a lot of movies.” She amends her statement: “I aspire to that idea but know that someone who can hang through the tough...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 20-26, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 11:47 am

    SAT OCT 20

    “Six Million and One”

    When Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher discovers the memoir of his late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria, Fisher decides to retrace his father’s footsteps. Realizing it’s unbearable to be...

  • Sari T.

    October 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Sari and I were scheduled to meet on Yom Kippur — that is, until I realized what day it was and sent her an e-mail to reschedule. She hadn’t realized, either. You should know this is the kind of Jew you’re getting when you get Sari. You should also know what kind of Jew writes...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 10, 2012 | 9:44 am

    SUN OCT 14

     

    11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

    Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at...

  • Rick S.

    October 3, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    At 48, Rick is a happy guy. He likes life. He likes smiling. He’s also a bit irritating to be around when you’re exhausted and barely have enough strength to open your eyes after a blink because you’ve been up all night with a cranky 5-month-old and a 2-year-old who’s having night...

  • Oct. 6-12

    By Ryan Torok

    October 3, 2012 | 10:59 am

    [SUN OCT 7]

     

    Gloria Steinem: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Votes”

    Feminist icon Gloria Steinem discusses reproductive rights and their importance in the upcoming presidential election. While this free event is open to the public, seating is limited. RSVP to...

  • My Single Peeps: Reuven F.

    September 27, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    A friend of mine told Reuven to contact me. I was told he was a 31-year-old Orthodox Jew who runs Elite Cuisine, a kosher restaurant, with his family. To be frank, I expected someone a little dorky. But he’s not. Reuven’s more reminiscent of Jax from “Sons of Anarchy.” He’s blond,...

  • My Single Peeps: Jeff O.

    September 19, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    I mentioned to a friend that I interviewed a nice guy today and said, “You might know him. He’s in casting.” When I told her his name, she said, “You’re joking. He dated my mom. I love him.” It turns out that after breaking up, they stayed friends. I can’t think of a better...

  • Sept. 21-27

    By Ryan Torok

    September 19, 2012 | 10:49 am

    [SAT SEPT 22]

    “Wtf Live!” @ Riot 
    Marc Maron’s refreshingly honest — not to mention popular — podcast features one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Tonight, the stand-up comedian hosts “WTF With Marc Maron” before a live audience as part of...

  • Eric Z.

    September 5, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    I like Eric right away for the most shallow of reasons — he’s got a New York accent and he dresses like my father did: jeans, tucked-in polo shirt, tassel loafers with colored socks. East Coast preppy. My father died 20 years ago, but sometimes little things can trigger my...

  • My Single Peeps: Robert P.

    August 29, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    As soon as Robert sits down, his gaze continually shifts from the window to me. I make up reasons in my head: He’s on the run from the cops. He owes money to a bookie, and they’re coming after him. His partner is outside casing the joint. “I’m looking for parking enforcement.”...

  • My Single Peeps: Michele L.

    August 22, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Let this be a lesson to all of you: Michele showed up at our interview with two boxes of noodle kugel — one savory, one sweet. Can I be bought off? Apparently. The noodle kugel is her own product — well, actually it’s made from her Aunt Nonie’s recipe, which Michele packaged...

  • Laurie S.

    August 8, 2012 | 11:51 am

    I met Laurie through another single peep, Katie. They were eating breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast spots, Hugo’s in West Hollywood. Try the El Desayuno Burrito De La Casa. It’s less complicated than it sounds on paper. So is Laurie. She lives in Brentwood. She has two...

  • Lynn R.

    July 11, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Lynn has been a widow since 1996 and is doing her best to fall in love again. But she’s finding the world of online dating difficult to navigate. On one date, she told me, “I found out the guy was a bookie.” He was in a bad mood because he had just lost $8,000. “There was one...

  • My Single Peeps: Aviv A.

    July 5, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Aviv, 34, shows up to our interview dressed to the nines. He’s wearing khakis, a blue chambray shirt and a plaid blazer. He’s wearing Gant — a label I like a lot. And I appreciate how fastidious he is about clothing. “When you work in video games, everyone around you is a...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 5, 2012 | 9:38 am

    SUN | JULY 8

    “HAVA”
    L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10...

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