Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

The Hollywood neighborhood emerged as a small village in the late 19th century and was incorporated as its own municipality in 1903. But for most people in the world, “Hollywood” is synonymous with the commercial American film, which established itself there first in an area that came to be known as "Gower Gulch." Before Hollywood … Continue reading Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer

HOLLYWOOD SWINGING Hollywood is famous around the world as the one-time center of the American film industry. Although Hollywood isn't the original home of the west coast film industry (nearby Edendale in Echo Park and Sycamore Grove in Highland Park both have stronger claims to that distinction), Hollywood has for almost a century continued to serve … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Hollywood Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Thai Town (ไทยทาวน์)

  Both apsonsi and LADOT signs mark the entrances to Thai Town This entry is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Thai Town.   Siam Square Thai Town is roughly bounded by Hollywood Blvd on the north, Normandie on the east, Western on the west, and Sunset (or Fountain by some accounts -- although there's nothing Thai … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Thai Town (ไทยทาวน์)

The freaks come out at night – Bounce Queen Big Freedia visits L.A. and the sissies’ strange path to the spotlight

Tashi Condelee takes the stage whilst Big Freedia does her thang Wednesday night I was mulling my options about what exciting way to spend my evening. Since my brother won't let me come to his house to play Battlefield 2 - Bad Company, I was weighing whether or not to go to the Support Your … Continue reading The freaks come out at night – Bounce Queen Big Freedia visits L.A. and the sissies’ strange path to the spotlight

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laurel Canyon

This blog entry is about Laurel Canyon. The woodsy area in the Hollywood Hills now known as Laurel Canyon was originally inhabited by Paleoamericans, who lived in what's now Los Angeles County at least 13,000 years. Roughly 3,500 years ago, the Tongva arrived from the Sonoran Desert to the east. A spring-fed stream attracted Mexican … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laurel Canyon

Mobo Records – West Bank’s Finest

In the old days (the '80s), most New Orleans rap was released by labels from outside the state. Dallas's Yo! had handled Gregory D & Mannie Fresh and Tim Smooth. Ft. Lauderdale's famous bass label, 4 Sight, released Ninja Crew's "We Destroy." Juvenile was initially on New York's Warlock. When majors got involved, they invariably … Continue reading Mobo Records – West Bank’s Finest

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Armenia

In the Los Angeles Neighborhood poll, right behind Morningside Circle is Little Armenia. To vote in the Los Angeles County Community poll, go here. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Little Armenia   When I first moved to Silver Lake from Chino I got a job in nearby Burbank. I drove through Glendale and noticed that … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Armenia