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Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and The Los Angeles Beat and has also been published by Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and is part of an upcoming show at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosts the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on Dublab.com. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at OffbeatLA.com, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon or at NikkiandCandy.com.

Offbeat L.A.: Surreality and The Salton Sea

The winds, warm and sometimes powerful, seem to whisper secrets as they exhale mighty gusts across the Salton Sea. This really is No Man’s Land. Such a haunted allegory this area does weave: creation, destruction, Mother Nature’s fickle impermanence, hope, loss … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Just a Few Miles Away- Snow in Los Angeles at Angeles Crest Highway

Southern California winters are very close to perfection. Sure, we grumble when the temperature dips below 65º and try to be happy when the rains come, knowing that to complain of rain during a drought is truly looking a gift horse … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The King & I- The Annual Elvis Festival in Garden Grove and a Visit to Azteca Elvis-themed Mexican Restaurant

Elvis has not yet left the building. In fact, his iconic mythology echoes far greater and far louder than it even did during his lifetime. The cult of Elvis is very real, cutting through place and time, uniting those with very … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Sauerkraut, Stout and a Side of Surreality… Old World Village in Huntington Beach

We are living in a time that is moving much too quickly. Technology is always one step ahead of us, and the gathering and processing of information comes at us from all directions, pretty much non-stop. Our outside environment, controlled by … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Cherry on Top – Fosters Freeze, the History of California’s Original Soft Serve

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Soft Serve! Perhaps the words don’t roll off the tongue as romantically as ice cream, the much denser, higher milk-fat frozen treat that we all love and adore, but Soft Serve conjures … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. ROAD TRIP: The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada

The desert winds, warm and caressing, whisper secrets as they blow across the sun-bleached Western Nevada landscape. This terrain is a place for loners and outcasts, a final resting place for slowly rusting abandoned vehicles, a location where cold-blooded serial … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cast Me in Your Next Film! Actor Dennis Woodruff, A Hollywood Legend and His Tricked Out Cars

Los Angeles has long had a reputation as a center for oddballs. The longstanding east coast joke about tipping the country and all the weirdos falling to the “Left Coast” is thankfully not entirely untrue. The weirdos are our blessings; … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: 100+ Los Angeles Area Liquor Store Signs- A Photographic Essay of the Vintage, Obscure & the Odd

All photographs by Nikki Kreuzer As our city’s colorful past is slowly absorbed into the high tech future, erasing much of what we felt would long survive us, it feels good to take comfort in what remains. Memories are very … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Big City Lights- An Enchanting Exhibit of Neon Sign Photography… Sign Geeks do MONA

The darkened night lights up once again with the magic of glittering neon as the Sign Geeks photography collective returns with a new exhibit, and this one glows brighter than ever. Following a brilliant and extremely successful show in July … Continue reading

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