Frieda Caplan, Who Enlivened the Produce Aisle, Dies at 96

Frieda Rapoport Caplan, a food distributor who changed the look of American produce aisles and made palates more adventurous by championing kiwifruit, enoki mushrooms, Jerusalem artichokes and countless other once-exotic items, died on Jan. 18 at her home in Los Alamitos, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. She was 96. Cindy Sherman, head of marketing at…

Details

Bright Flavors for Dreary Days

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. We all know September is back-to-school time, but this late-January repeat after the last gasp of winter holidays needs a name. Again, we are settling into weekly routines — except with more darkness and lesser holidays to look forward to (Presidents’ Day feast, anyone?). So I am craving…

Details

Love Letter: ‘I Can Take Myself to the Movies’

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] After experiencing one too many hookups that never quite made it past go, or even to dinner and a movie, Mae-sa Dixon re-evaluated her love life. In 2013, she quit dating and sex entirely.…

Details

Trump Administration Threatens California Over Abortion

The Trump administration threatened on Friday to withhold federal money from California if the state does not drop its requirement that private insurers cover abortions. In an announcement on the morning of the March for Life, the high-profile annual demonstration against anti-abortion rights, the Department of Health and Human Services said it would give California…

Details

Chicago Woman Is Second Patient in U.S. With Wuhan Coronavirus

A second patient in the United States has been found to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday. The patient is a woman in her 60s who had traveled to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — and returned to Chicago on Jan. 13.…

Details

No Lack of Chemistry, Onstage or Off

Kate Hamill, a New York-based playwright and actress, recalled the drama that unfolded as she was introduced to Jason O’Connell in July 2011 at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, N.Y. It was shortly before Mr. O’Connell went onstage to perform in “Around the World in 80 Days.” “I was dating someone else at…

Details

She Owns the Hip Boutique Bird. These Are Her 5 Places to Shop in Los Angeles

Jen Mankins became an influencer of style and taste with her free-spirited Brooklyn boutique, Bird. The clothing store was a fashion incubator for fledgling brands such as Rag & Bone and Isabel Marant, which today are juggernauts. In 2017, Ms. Mankins planted her flag in western Los Angeles County, opening her fifth Bird store —…

Details

David Corenswet, a Breakout Star in ‘The Politician,’ Takes Flight

LOS ANGELES — If you haven’t given much thought to the correlation between flying planes and milking cows, the actor David Corenswet may be your man. Mr. Corenswet, 26, came to attention last year in “The Politician,” Ryan Murphy’s addictive twist on high school feudalism for Netflix. With his arctic blue eyes and dimples deep…

Details

These People Really Care About Fonts

At TypeThursday, a monthly meet-up in cities including Los Angeles; London; and Bucharest, Romania, font designers critique each other’s letterforms over wine. They hold forth about negative space, consistent strokes and serif experimentation. The group’s website bills the gathering as “three hours of fontastic fun.” But when dozens of professionals congregate to talk about their…

Details

The Photographer of Choice for Influencers is Everywhere

There are several big milestones in an influencer’s life: hitting a million followers, getting your first brand deal, and (for the very lucky) landing a photo shoot with Bryant Eslava. Mr. Eslava, a 27-year-old photographer, is known for working with the biggest social media stars, often before they hit the mainstream. His Instagram feed, on…

Details