Category Archives: History

SWEET TALK—EASTER CANDY OLD AND NEW

Easter Sunday arrives this weekend, thus heralding the last chance to enjoy fresh holiday candy for the year until we manage to make it to October and the extended candy holiday season resumes. Like all holiday candy these days, Easter … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls – Angel’s Attic Dollhouse Museum

Los Angeles, land of make believe; a town that weaves the magical into the fabric of the commonplace. In our multi-faceted city dreamers may be a dime a dozen, but the dreams they emanate linger on as an invisible mist. … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Echo Park Lake

In the early 1890′s, as the 1st superintendent of the newly created Los Angeles Department of Parks stood on the water’s edge of Reservoir #4, a breeze apparently carried haunting reverberations of the voices of workers he hired to turn … Continue reading

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It was 20 Years Ago Today: The Northridge Quake

On January 17, 1994 I suddenly awoke wrapped in a sheet standing in the doorjamb. I was kind of pleased that my survival instincts made sure I was safe and clothed before even bothering to wake me up. I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Los Feliz Murder House

In the winding hills of Los Feliz sits a house trapped in time. The 1925 Spanish Revival boasts over 5000 square feet covering three stories, including maid’s quarters and a ballroom. The house’s claim to infamy dates back to December … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Stop and Smell the Roses- The Floats of the Pasadena Rose Parade

Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the technicolor luminosity of our city. The colors so saturated that it sometimes feels as if this place is a surreal universe. Are we in Oz? Wonderland? Or is this just the fortunate backyard of … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road- Sad Historic Closures of 2013

It seems that we are always saying the Long Goodbye here in Los Angeles. Things change and our beloved city is in constant evolution. You might not find yourself on a particular street or in a certain neighborhood for a spell … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Day at the Races- The Closing of Hollywood Park Race Track

The sun set forever last Sunday over a real part of Los Angeles history. December 22nd marked the final day at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, an old school landmark that had been hosting the ponies for 75 years. It … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK – BAD CANDY SANTAS AND OTHER CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

Christmas and candy just go together… there are sugar plums, lollipops, peppermints, sticky ribbon candy, and giant light-up candy canes adorning our front lawns. And where there is Christmas candy, that ambassador of good cheer, Santa Claus, cannot be far … Continue reading

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“The Mona Lisa Myth”

At Gallerie Michael in Beverly Hills last Saturday, art historian Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts presented his work with Dr. Christopher Heath Brown on the story behind Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. The duo’s theory is the subject of a new book and upcoming … Continue reading

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