California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say “finally” because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You’d be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

No Enclave — Exploring Vietnamese Los Angeles

Metro Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. About two-thirds of the metropolis’s population lives in Orange County — home to the nation’s oldest and largest Little Saigon. Los Angeles County, on the other hand, has the third largest population of Vietnamese-Americans but one which is less than half … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Vietnamese Los Angeles

A look at The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe on the anniversary of its debut

NBC‘s The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe was the first of two radio dramas featuring Raymond Chandler‘s most enduring literary creation, hardboiled Los Angeles detective, Philip Marlowe. The program was popular but short-lived, a summer replacement which kept a time slot warm and whose star after its conclusion returned to film. It was followed one year later by … Continue reading A look at The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe on the anniversary of its debut

The Filipino New School Freestyle Revival

Freestyle is a type of dance-pop music that evolved from Hi-NRG, Electro, and Hip-Hop in the early 1980s— primarily in New York City and specifically the South Bronx. Due to the ethnic and musicological background of some of its producers, performers and many of its fans, Freestyle was originally often referred to as Latin Hip-Hop. … Continue reading The Filipino New School Freestyle Revival

Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach

    Den Harrow, the Italo disco star famous for such timeless ’80s classics as “Bad boy,” “Charleston,” “Future brain,” “Mad desire” is coming to perform for his first time ever in California… sort of. Actually, Den Harrow was an invented character but the sources of the voice and music behind him, Tom Hooker and Miki Chieregato, … Continue reading Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach