Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer was a Symbolist and Art Nouveau artist who was born on this day in 1865. In France, he is still celebrated in some quarters for his work -- which includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, furniture and interior design -- but he remains obscure, especially outside the Francosphere. Even though there aren't any films about him … Continue reading Lucien Levy-Dhurmer — Artist, explorer, and autumn son
The inaugural Cassette Store Day took place this past 7 September. On that day, over 50 audio cassettes were released by major musical acts like The Pastels, The Flaming Lips, and Suicidal Tendencies. Unfortunately for video cassette fans, Cassette Day was a strictly audio observance. For whatever reason, Cassette Culture (or the cassette underground), which … Continue reading 37 Years! Celebrating (or at least thinking about) VHS
With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. Una filming the Red Car's approach Any decent map of rail lines in Los Angeles has to include the rails used by Amtrak, Metro, and Metrolink. Extra … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Riding San Pedro’s Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line
On 20 September 1953, one of my favorite old time radio Westerns debuted on NBC -- Six Shooter. It was created and written by Frank Burt, who'd also written for The Whistler, The Man Called X, and The Unexpected. It was produced by Jack Johnstone (Buck Rogers, The CBS Radio Workshop, Richard Diamond, Somebody Knows, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, and others). The music director, Basil … Continue reading Six Shooter — The Radio Western Starring Jimmy Stewart Debuted 20 September 1953
ALL ROADS LEAD TO CULVER CITY Imagine for a moment that you are a contestant on the game show Jeopardy! and you were presented with the answer, "This community's slogans have included 'The Motion Picture Capital of the World,' 'The Heart of Screenland,' and 'Where Hollywood Movies are Made.'" If you're like me you'd probably ask, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland
Cassette Store Day merchandise available here First there was Record Store Day which began in 2008. Now, 2013 brings the first Cassette Store Day (7 September). Stores across Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America are on board with the latest celebration of a format that most consider obsolete. There are events taking place and totes and … Continue reading Happy Cassette Store Day
Lian Ross, whose Euro disco hits include "Fantasy," "It's up to you," "Say you'll never," "Scratch my name," "You're my soul" and others, is performing two upcoming shows this month -- on 20 September at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton, Orange County and on 21 September at Red Velvet in Houston, Texas. Both events will be DJed by … Continue reading Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!
The Great Gildersleeve was a radio sitcom and one of the first spin-offs. It was tremendously popular in the 1940s and led to four feature films and three 78 records. The series centered on Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve (nicknames included "The Great Man" or just "Gildy"), a lovable windbag who first appeared on Fibber McGee and … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Gildy — The Great Gildersleeve debuted on this day in 1941