Follow us inside the fantastic rare-book library hidden inside the University of Philosophical Research on Los Feliz Boulevard. Built by Los Angeles lecturer and writer Manly P. Hall during the 20th century, the Philosophical Research Society library houses a rare collection of tomes concerning "the secret teachings of mankind."
Freemasonry, spirituality, magic, the occult, esotericism, myth, psychology and Western and Eastern philosophy are just a few of the many categories of knowledge and wisdom on the library's packed shelves.
The library is open to the general public on Fridays for a few hours, and also by special appointment with the librarians. All photos by Gustavo Turner.
Even magicians not named Criss Angel are kind of like rock stars, aren’t they? They mesmerize us onstage and often evoke a certain seductiveness while doing so. They tend to fancy a lot of black and have a particular sort of rhythm to their performances. It’s no wonder L.A. native...
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins arose from the Dark Harbor to take over the Queen Mary on opening night, Thursday, Sept. 29. The annual event features six haunted mazes, a 4-D theater experience, hundreds of monsters, DJs, cabanas and fire dancers. Dark Harbor runs for 22 haunted evenings through Oct. 31.
All photos by Star Foreman
With its top hats and mustaches and sexy, sliced-up assistants, the world of magic is, unsurprisingly, male-dominated. All the famous magicians that come to mind — Copperfield, Blaine, Houdini, Penn & Teller — are men. Most of the unfamous ones are, too. At the Magic Castle, Hollywood's iconic, members-only mansion...
Andrea Drummer is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and co-owner of Elevation VIP Co-op, a Los Angeles–based company that caters high-end, intimate dinner parties. Tonight’s theme is “Trashy to Classy,” and she’s created a menu that features the likes of pig's head terrine with tomato chutney, leeks and chili corn muffins.
“Trashy to classy is kind of what’s happening on the scene right now, too,” Drummer explains. She’s referencing the fact that food items such as bone marrow have suddenly become luxury items, and thus skyrocketed in price, but she could just as easily be talking about another ingredient she favors: marijuana.
Since Elevation’s inception in 2012, Drummer has made a name for herself as the go-to private chef for cannabinated celebrities and other weed lovers with champagne tastes.
The best way to describe Beyond Brookledge is that it's as if somebody fit the L.A. Opera and Burning Man into the Magic Castle, and then had a three-day slumber party. This year, Beyond Brookledge, held May 20-22 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, featured round-the-clock entertainment. There were dime museums, freak shows, singers, piercers, demons, mermaids, the giant puzzle, blue men, foot Jenga, skeletons, ventriloquism, opera, full-moon howling and much more. Capping out at just 50 tickets, Beyond Brookledge is one of those once-a-year events that seems impossible but instead is impossibly fun.
As Jason Weisberger of Boing Boing said, "Beyond Brookledge is an extension of Erika Larsen's amazing Brookledge Follies. The follies are a single evening's performance at a very small, private stage in Los Angeles. Tickets are never for sale, seating is nearly impossible to come by and the show is over far, far too quickly. Beyond Brookledge is an amped-up, immersive, three-day version of Erika's magical evening."