Category Archives: History

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in LA with a Parade, Festivals and Free Cake!

THE KINGDOM DAY PARADE On Monday, the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade will once again travel down MLK Jr. and Crenshaw in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. The parade features marching bands, floats, equestrian units, celebrities, beauty queens, dance … Continue reading

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The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas Book Signing Parties

Since the mid-1800s, Krampus, the horned beast of Alpine legend, has been carrying on the tradition of St. Nicholas’ dark companions who punish the naughty children as a counterpart to his benevolent rewards of gifts and sweets. Costumed in animal pelts and horns, villagers … Continue reading

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SWEET TALK— Super Nut and Rinkles!

Was it Emily Post who said said politics and polite conversation don’t mix? Or was it Ann Landers? Conventional wisdom might suggest that candy and politics also don’t mix, but history has shown us otherwise. Today, the Candy Wrapper Museum … Continue reading

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Opening Night of Hollywood Museum’s “Child Stars: Then and Now” Inspires Giddy to Kiddy Enthusiasm Now (More than Then) or Ever!

Hey! Teen Beat, Tiger Beat! Remember them?!? Ever wonder what it was like at one of their photo shoots? Well, I have no such information for you either. However, I was able to procure a little intelligence regarding a noted … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train in Griffith Park 2001-2015

Like most of my Halloween-addled chums, who live for the season and already have plans for almost every day leading up until Samhain on the 31st, I’ve been a fan of this ghost train from its inception. The family-based train ride held … Continue reading

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Blood and Acid: When the First VCRs Gave us Cult Movies

The advent of videotapes in the late 70s and early 80s brought the movie experience into the home for the first time. No longer were we slaves to whatever was on the Friday Night movie, and an entire library of … Continue reading

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Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, Sunday, August 21, 2016 Presented by Rolex

As the field opened at dawn, 200 of the most magnificent collector cars in the world rolled onto the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance is one the most competitive top-ranking collector automotive events worldwide. … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live! RM Sotheby’s Historic Monterey Auction

On Saturday, August 20th, Sotheby’s blue-chip, Crème de la Crème car auction took place at the lovely Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey. Sotheby’s splendid listing of “best of category” had 49 cars, featuring exotic sports and racing cars. A beautiful  green … Continue reading

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Concorso Italiano at the Pebble Beach 2016 Concours d’Elegance

All photos by Rachel Ganz for The Los Angeles Beat On Saturday, August 20, at Black Horse Golf Course, there was a showcase of over 800 Italian designer cars.  The event featured automobiles from Alpha Romeo, Porsche, Ferrari and my favorite — the … Continue reading

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“The Bollocks” Books Signing by Dennis Morris at The Salon (Automatic Sweet)

Anyone who was at “The Bullock” art opening back in 2014 at The Known Gallery knows of the majesty, mayhem and excitement it created in the Art and Punk worlds. My article “The Bollocks” A Private Reception for Dennis Morris at Known … Continue reading

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