Saw Dame Edna’s final tour at the Ahmanson.
Blasts from the Nevada Test Site were visible in Los Angeles.
Three Years Ago Today: We’re having a huge number of fires. In the past few days LA has been even more smoggy than normal. I was at the Gelson’s in North Hollywood a few hours ago, and took the above picture, facing North. Looks like a nuclear bomb went off. Here’s a map that shows […]
From YouTube: A small trip down memory lane using vintage footage of the city of Angels in the late 40s – early 50s with some Miles Davis music as backdrop culminating in the red witch hunt of the era trying to convey a period feel (J. Edgar Hoover and Bertolt Brecht can be seen testifying […]
Today’s Slate has a great photo essay on dead neon signs, which of course can help make me think of my own trips to the deserted towns of Mojave. One is even in Oakland! Extinguished neon signs, their tubes broken, the businesses they advertised for decades long gone, the people who walked below them […]
Protestors at Mormon temples here in LA and elsewhere have basically pushed the church into a siege mentality wherein no one can go into or out of the temple, for their own safety. The irony of this is that in the Mormon religion, only marriages performed in the temple really count. So by denying us […]
Rufus Wainright, who I had never heard of, did a cover (is that the correct term) of Judy Garland’s 1961 performance at the Hollywood Bowl, at the Hollywood Bowl (yes, that’s grammatically correct). Here’s one review. Rufus Wainwright makes Hollywood Bowl history with Judy Garland tribute 09/24/2007 4:00 AM, Yahoo! Music Lyndsey Parker After […]
Iconic Beverly Hills bar and restaurant Trader Vic’s closed its doors today after more than 50 years of serving its famous tropical drinks and cuisine to a long list of Hollywood legends. However, fans of the punchy rum drinks in their oversize glasses will still be able to order the cocktails poolside at the […]