Category Archives: Offbeat LA

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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Offbeat L.A.: Happiness is a Warm Gun – LAX Firing Range in Inglewood

Guns are a hot topic. Tied to political rhetoric about what so-called freedom represents, involved in innocent deaths and an idea of self-protection, their mere availability or threat of denial can cause the bitterest of arguments. I had never shot … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cafe Jack- A Kitschy Boat Shaped “Titantic” Themed Restaurant in Koreatown

I must say, I live for programmatic architecture. Although its heyday of popularity has long passed, the inner child in me does a happy cartwheel for a giant donut or any other building shaped like the product it sells. And … 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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Offbeat L.A.: Four Local Christmas Picks to Help You Find That Missing Magic

This time of the year comes with a lot of pressure. Often we are not only trying to please the ones we love, but we are subconsciously searching to relive our own perfect Christmas Pasts, something that can be far … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: George Barris Kustom Kars in North Hollywood

I was saddened recently to learn that Kustom Kar legend George Barris had passed away.  Having been a huge fan of his work since I could walk, when I first moved into the neighborhood, I was thrilled when I found … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Six Halloween 2015 Picks… Kitschy, Campy, Creepy, Historic, Retro & Creative

While autumn settles into the East Coast with cooler temperatures and multi-colored leaves in early September, we brave Angelenos often suffer our hottest heat waves well into early October. After a few weeks of 100 degree scorchers we are eager … Continue reading

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