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Tanja M. Laden

 

Tanja M. Laden is a native Angeleno who writes about arts, culture, technology and travel.

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  • 18 days ago

    Not long after the end of the second World War, a group of 16 model-railroad lovers began laying miniature tracks in a converted building adjacent to a city park in Glendale. The tiny railroad was so extensive and detailed, it prompted USC cinema ...

  • 18 days ago

    Trust your instinct. Pay attention to your gut feelings. Listen to that little voice inside. Let your conscience be your guide. You may be asking yourself, "How?" and the answer is simple: Trust your intuition. If only it were that easy to do. Luc...

  • 18 days ago

    You know that stretch of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank that's super hipster now? Well, back when Sue and Del Howison first opened Dark Delicacies in 1994, it wasn't. Not only has the specialty shop become a landmark destination for horror lovers b...

  • 18 days ago

    You don't need to be a relic of the San Fernando Valley to appreciate the Valley Relics Museum, but it helps. Founded by SFV native Tommy Gelinas, this lovingly curated reservoir of ephemera features a collection belonging to Bob and Julie Ream, l...

  • 18 days ago

    Originally a planned community built in the 1920s, Leimert Park has since become the epicenter of African-American culture in Los Angeles. It's also home to a beloved independent bookstore that's been around since the late 1980s, owned and operate...

  • 18 days ago

    Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are the masterminds behind the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA), an informal collective of locals who are passionate about the city. The husband-and-wife team also run Esotouric, a delightfully outré ...

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