16 days ago | L.A. Stories
Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles will be Irish for a day. The rest of the year, not so much. While Los Angeles has several Irish organizations like the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Brothers of St, Patrick, there is no Irish encl...
19 days ago | Books
Books by children of Hollywood stars are an established literary genre with two basic subgenres: Mommy/Daddy was an abusive, selfish monster (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby) or Mommy/Daddy was a saint who never did anything wrong (Cary Gr...
28 days ago | Election
Hermosa Beach residents poured into the polls in what looked like the highest numbers in more than a generation to decide whether to allow oil drilling in this quirky little seaside city. Measure O asked voters whether E&B, a Bakers...
1 month ago | Environment
Nanette Barragan grew up in the rough Harbor Gateway section of L.A., the youngest of four daughters of Mexican immigrants. Her mother was a factory worker, her dad a TV repairman. On hot summer afternoons she and her sisters took the bus to Hermo...
2 months ago | Hollywood
If the many memorable sentences that F. Scott Fitzgerald scribbled in his too-short lifetime, none has worked itself into American received wisdom as much as this line from his novel The Last Tycoon: “There are no second acts in American lives.” Y...
3 months ago | Books
Richard Pryor was a bad-ass motherfucker who could handle his shit onstage or on screen like a champ. But unfortunately for him and those around him, he was a drug-addled shit-storm in real life. That, in the street-smart terms Pryor famously used...