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Offbeat L.A.: Kitsch Overload – Charlie Brown Farms in Littlerock, CA

The Antelope Valley, an hour or so east on the 14 freeway in northern Los Angeles County, can be a bizarre place. Sundried mile upon sundried mile of pale desert, prickly and forlorn joshua trees, strange little towns and wide open vistas. … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cherry Oh Baby- It’s Cherry Picking Season in Leona Valley

We are long blessed in Southern California to be considered a land of plenty and abundance. Sweetly enticing fresh fruit and produce grown under our baby blue skies has long been a draw to the area surrounding Los Angeles. Sadly, orange … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: It’s A New Orleans Thing- Allen Toussaint Gives Goosebumps at voila!’s Lyric Theatre

It was a magical night for the first ever voila! Session, a newly created concert series taking place at The Lyric Theatre in West Hollywood. New Orleans legendary music man Allen Toussaint took to the stage in an intimate and spellbinding … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: It’s Time to Roller Boogie – Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale

I have always found something synonymous about roller skating and Southern California. Maybe it’s because so much of the last big skating trend of the late ’70s to early ’80s was immortalized on film & TV taking place here. Maybe … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Miley Cyrus as Surrealist Muse- Bangerz 2014 Tour

I have to admit, the last thing I thought I’d be writing about for this Offbeat L.A. column was good girl gone so very, very wrong, pop icon Miley Cyrus. I guess I’d always had some awareness of her existence. … Continue reading

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

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 – The History of One of L.A.’s Oldest Parks

In the early 1890s, 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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Offbeat L.A.: Magic and Wine, a Bewitching Combination

Wanting to weave an intoxicating spell of enchantment for a noteworthy occasion or to impress a special someone? Nothing whispers romance like the combination of a little wine tasting and magical wizardry held within a historic Hollywood theatre, where the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Some Velvet Morning… A Museum Dedicated to the Art of Black Velvet

A new temple of eccentric offbeat worship landed in L.A.’s Chinatown last month with the opening of Velveteria, a museum dedicated to the deliciously eclectic art of Black Velvet Painting. Originally established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, where it stayed … 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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