Category Archives: History

DGA Award Winner Charles Haid Helms “Altman’s Last Stand” at the Zephyr Theatre

“Years ago, a now famous psychiatrist in London mentioned an Auschwitz survivor that he was treating. It had a profound effect on me when he told me that the elderly Jew had attempted suicide. That story continued to follow me. I gave this anonymous senior … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK—2016 V-Day Report: The Bar is Low

Have you ever seen that light in a woman’s eyes? “Which light?” you may ask. “The look of love? Or the look of horror?” Results may vary depending on your Valentine’s Day gift, and there can be a fine line. … Continue reading

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The Sixth Street Viaduct Is No More

The Sixth Street Viaduct is just a memory.  With the removal of the bridge over the 101, there are now just a series of closed bridges with a gap in the middle, perhaps an exciting place to reenact the final scene … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Get on Your Pony and Ride – Sunset Ranch in Griffith Park

One of my very first adventures in sunny Los Angeles after I arrived, half a lifetime ago, from grey-skied Buffalo, NY was a horse ride up in Griffith Park at Sunset Ranch. It was the first time I said the … Continue reading

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Museums Free-for-All this Saturday — Our Picks

This Saturday, January 30, over 20 SoCal museums invite you to visit free of charge. Museums covering fine art, culture, natural history and the sciences will all be represented. Take note — The California Science Museum and LACMA do not include … Continue reading

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The Edwardian Ball Celebrates Illustrator Edward Gorey

The 7th Annual Edwardian Ball returns to the Fonda Theatre on Saturday, February 27, 2016, re-imagining the turn-of-the-century through the sinister, yet whimsical filter of illustrator Edward Gorey. Guests will enjoy live music, theatre, art installations, fashion and cosplay, black comedy, ballroom dancing, absinthe cocktails, … Continue reading

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Remembering Lemmy

Lemmy Kilmister 1945-2015 I first met Lemmy in 1977. We were both friends with Mitch Mitchell; Lemmy loved Hendrix, whom he roadied for when he lived with Noel Redding. We were also friends with Kim Gardner from the Creation, who owned the Cat … Continue reading

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Stoner Van Houten: Guardian of the Ranch

“I want to show the positive side of Spahn Ranch.” Says ranch caretaker and history buff Stoner Van Houten. Local Manson expert Stoner Van Houten dedicates most of his time to preserving the history and upkeep of Spahn Ranch for … Continue reading

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Krampusfest 2015: A Cavalcade of Hairy, Horned Beasts

Do you enjoy being chased around by giant hairy monsters who whip and spank you? Did you once have a crush on any of the characters in Where the Wild Things Are? Wishing you had someplace to wear your Bavarian folk dress … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK—Happy Thanksgiving!

Yes, it’s almost Thanksgiving, and hopefully you remembered to come home with a tin of candy behind your back and a live turkey under your arm. So far, so good. But… what about Christmas? With every bite you savor and … Continue reading

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