Japanese Tradition and Californian Style Combine at Nobu Ryokan Malibu

This tranquil oasis feels a world away, but it's just over an hour's drive from LA

For anyone who has been looking forward to returning to Japan or dreaming of embarking on their first adventure there, the wait may feel endless. In California, however, the influence of Japanese culture can be found throughout: from Umamimart in Oakland to SF76 in San Francisco and Ototo in LA’s Echo Park—to name just a few. Since 2017, Nobu Ryokan Malibu (opened by chef Nobuyuki …

Painted Flowers Flourish in EJ Hill’s “Wherever we will to root” at Oxy Arts

In LA, the acclaimed durational artist exhibits still-life paintings and sculptures

On York Boulevard in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood, vibrant flower paintings hang on the gallery walls of Oxy Arts, Occidental College’s public art center rooted in community and social justice. This colorful and serene series of compositions, which comprise the solo show Wherever we will to root, may appear to be a surprising choice from EJ Hill—an artist known for arduous performance-based work that explores the …

Food, Art and Identity in Hashimoto Contemporary’s “Potluck” Group Show

Featuring 70+ artworks, an appetizing exhibition in LA

Curator Dasha Matsuura brings work by 32 artists to LA’s Hashimoto Contemporary for Potluck, on view now through 5 March. The gallery (which has locations in San Francisco and NYC) opened on La Cienega in September 2021, and Matsuura felt it was important to plan a major group show in their first year to foster conversation and community. The theme for Potluck—art and food—feels at …