Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

If you’re familiar at all with local Los Angeles clickbait generators and news aggregators you may’ve noticed that whether they’re promoting the hottest restaurants for “celeb” sightings, the hottest restaurants for “celeb” chefs, game changing brunch spots, or juiceries one has to visit before (never after) one dies, they all have one thing in common … Continue reading Top 100 Los Angeles Attractions (not in Central Los Angeles or the Westside)

Greater Streets: Exploring the Walk of Fame — Heart of Hollywood

INTRODUCTION   Although it continues to attract millions of tourists every year, there are few places in Los Angeles which locals avoid as deliberately as Downtown Hollywood‘s Walk of Fame. To put it bluntly, most Angelenos that I know would rather jostle with the crowded sidewalks along Alvarado in Westlake or spend a day in … Continue reading Greater Streets: Exploring the Walk of Fame — Heart of Hollywood

Swinging Doors

Drinking holes of all kinds, whether alehouses, bikini bars, bodegas, booking clubs, breweries, cocktail lounges, coffee bars, dives, gasthauses, gay bars, gin mills, hostess bars, honky-tonks, izakaya, nightclubs, pi-jiu wu, piano bars, pubs, rathskellers, roadhouses, saloons, speakeasies, taprooms, taverns, teahouses, tiki bars and maybe even sports bars. Asian Bars of Los Angeles The Cat & Fiddle The Chain … Continue reading Swinging Doors

Marking the end of an Eight Year Venture, or, My Final Post

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog This is my last dispatch for the Amoeblog.   I started blogging for Amoeblog on 26 July 2007. In that time I created a few series for the Amoeblog: One Album Wonders (profiles of bands which only released one album), Brightwell’s Top 10 (my favorite tracks from the … Continue reading Marking the end of an Eight Year Venture, or, My Final Post

No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

One Album Wonders: The Open Mind’s The Open Mind

THE OPEN MIND – THE OPEN MIND (1969) Around 1963, Putney-based musicians Mike “Mike Bran” Brancaccio (guitar), Phil Fox (drums), Timothy du Feu (vocals), and Ray Nye (bass) formed The Apaches, who recorded a demo with Joe Meek. Nye left the band and du Feu moved to bass after they acquired a new singer, Terry Martin (real name Terry Schindler) and … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Open Mind’s The Open Mind

Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle — another pub lost in the Southland… Somewhere I don’t want to be If in the bar of your dreams every centimeter of wall (and ceiling) space is covered with banks of televisions flashing seizure-inducing commercials unblinkingly stared at by backwards-capped man-children guzzling plastic pitchers of thin macrobrew … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

No Enclave — Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria

1 Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries … Continue reading No Enclave — Kitsch and Kultur: Exploring SoCal Bavaria

Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

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. ***** Although spring has officially just begun, thanks to our chaparral climate even Los Angeles winters have more than their fair share of warm days, perfect for taking trips … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach