It's good to step back from the present-day and look back on the city's -- or your own -- history once a while and this week lets you do just that with events ranging from bizarre to nostalgic.
Check out a mid-career retrospective from artist Gary Baseman, an Esoutoric program exploring Tom Waits' ... More >>
Familiar to anyone who drives the 110 near Exposition Park, the recently altered Felix the Cat neon sign at Felix Chevrolet has become the focus of preservationist ire after owners replaced its neon lights with LEDs.
Says a letter from Los Angeles historian and preservationist Kim Cooper, who is c ... More >>
Better than...standing in 105 degree weather.
After a ten-year absence from the road, songwriter-guitarist Jeff Mangum grew into a mythologized character that tens of thousands of kids pinned their hopes and theories upon. His two '90s era albums as Neutral Milk ... More >>
On Mondays, Musso & Frank Grill is usually closed. But next week, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association run by Richard Schave and Kim Cooper will take over the historic restaurant for the inaugural "Salon at Musso & Frank."
On Jan. 23, guests can pay $100 each for a three-course, prix-fixe din ... More >>
Simone PazRichard Schave with wife Kim Cooper at Musso & FrankAt Hollywood's Musso & Frank Grill, legend has it, giants of
American literature -- Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, William
Saroyan, Dorothy Parker, Nathanael West, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond
Chandler, James M. Cain, Charles ... More >>
Tanja M. LadenIan Whitcomb reads from "Lotusland: An Englishman in Exile"The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) held its 14th free monthly Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria on April 24, attracting an eclectic crowd of salon regulars as well as first-timers. An informal gathering of ... More >>
Barbara "Cutie" Cooper has only been online since 2008, but she's almost certainly the city's senior blogger--93 years web-savvy and posting as one of the OGs ("Original Grandparents") at the internationally famous the-ogs.com. Cutie's husband and companion OG Pop-Pop passed last month, but Cutie ... More >>
"Most of the stops on this tour are in piss-stained alleys," chuckled David Smay, as a motley--if well-dressed--crew of 47 settled themselves on his bus, which this past Saturday was parked outside King Eddy's--the only dive bar left "on the nickel" in downtown's increasingly gentrified Skid ... More >>
It still feels like summer vacation, and whether you have guests, or just feel like exploring a bit, Esotouric isn't your cookie-cutter tour company and promises an "intelligent, unpredictable ride into the secret heart of the city we love." The tour's themes integrate literature, rock and roll, ar ... More >>
Forget the Little Old Lady from Pasadena -- unless she's Norman Bates' mother. This weekend the folks at the macabre bus tour company Esotouric delve into Pasadena Confidential -- that is, all things grim and grisly about our staid neighbor to the north. The tours strive to be "provocative and compl ... More >>
Today it is an otherwise unassuming residential street on the 3800 block of Norton Avenue in Leimert Park, but on January 15, 1947 it was the dump site for the body of the Black Dahlia (real name Elizabeth Short) whose gruesome and still unsolved murder remains a horrific mystery. At 10:30 a.m. that ... More >>
By Sophia Kercher
(All photos by Shannon Cottrell)
On nights of the Downtown Art Walk, Los Angeles becomes the impossible; a pedestrian city. December's Art Walk had the extra dazzle of holiday lights on Main as merrymakers from the Valley, to the Westside and East L.A. took over Gallery Row. Fol ... More >>