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Daniel Davies; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: Working Out the Kinks — Daniel Davies

Daniel Davies doesn’t want to talk about his family. He doesn’t want to talk about his mom, who baked Key lime pies with androgynous performance-artist Klaus Nomi. He’d rather not discuss his precious aunt, an avowed vegan animal-rights activist who once recorded a duet of “Luck Be a Lady” with......
Don Hrycyk; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: Art Cop Confidential — Don Hrycyk

During the ’80s, when Detective Don Hrycyk was working homicide in LAPD’s 77th Street Division, he was always busy. Back then, with more than 1,000 murders committed yearly in Los Angeles, Hrycyk (pronounced her-RIS-sik) sometimes had to deal with three killings per weekend. People were dying for simply wearing the......
Tommy Hollenstein; Credit: Kevin Scanlon

LA People 2009: Spin Artist — Tommy Hollenstein

“I’ve always been attracted to vehicles that go fast,” says Tommy Hollenstein. In the late 1970s, as a Dogtown disciple, the teenage Tommy practiced and honed the art of skateboarding in the “Toilet Bowl,” a revered drainage ditch near the corner of Platt and Victory in Canoga Park, right down......

Buying the Cure at Passages, Malibu: June 27, 2008

And then what happened? Well, I’ll tell you. After my article “Buying the Cure” came out in late June, I was inundated with calls, e-mails and letters from ex-employees, former clients and disgruntled parents detailing additional horrors regarding Chris and Pax Prentiss and their “addiction cure” facility. When a major......

The $850,000 Crosswalk, a.k.a. the Island of Dr. LaBonge

“What’s this all about?” I ask a photographer. The two of us are standing on a low wall, watching a man in a suit talk to a crowd of 20 dignitaries on an island crosswalk separating Prospect Avenue from the angled intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and North Vermont Avenue. “It’s......

Diane Watson: Hillary's Gal

I show up for my appointment with Congresswoman Diane E. Watson just days before the Democratic convention at her office on Wilshire near Crenshaw Boulevard. Th...

Monthly Crowd Gathers to Stargaze at Griffith Observatory

Life, forever dying to be born afresh, forever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its real amidst the stars. —H.G. Wells, The Outline of History, 1920 Saturday night I trudge past a surprisingly dark Greek Theatre, up the hill to......