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California Dreaming -- A Museum Relic?

22 Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 08:38:20 (EST)

Buck Stahl had no idea he was about to create an iconic symbol for the California dream when he asked architect Pierre Koenig in 1957 to build his home on a sparsely developed precipice in the Hollywood Hills.

Sitting high above the Sunset Strip, the home -- as famously photographed...

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News: Making Money The Old-Fashioned Way

2 Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 11:06:48 (EST)

It's hardly news that news organizations -- print, television and the internet -- are struggling to make money and trying a variety of experiments to boost their bottom lines.

But one of these well-intended efforts has revealed a seamy side to this otherwise laudable experimentation.

Fox News in Los Angeles,...

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Charitable Gridlock Extracts High Price for Arts

2 Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 11:26:12 (EST)

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which launched a performing arts renaissance in Los Angeles but today is tired and bedraggled, could see new life under plans circulating among county officials.

Yet the effort to rejuvenate the Music Center's grand, 3,200-seat theater faces a daunting challenge -- one that is all too...

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A Flight From Elegance

78 Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 17:15:47 (EST)

The ever debonair Cary Grant personified it. So did actress turned princess Grace Kelly.

Some events still boast of it: Opening night at the Metropolitan Opera, Hollywood's Oscars, and Washington's Kennedy Center Honors.

Elegance is defined by Merriam Webster as dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style. Yet exactly what...

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Hollywood's New Starving Stars

Posted September 7, 2011 | 09:02:56 (EST)

The young hopefuls with stars in their eyes have never stopped flocking to Hollywood. I can spot these wannabe actors all around town, waiting tables or mixing drinks at celebrity clubs.

But a new generation of young movie producers also has appeared on the scene, armed with a visceral understanding...

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L.A. Turns Its Back on a Cultural Icon

Posted August 26, 2011 | 17:33:11 (EST)

On a December evening in 1964, Jascha Heifetz, one of the greatest violinists of all time, stepped onto a stage in downtown Los Angeles to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, officially opening the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and a new era of high culture for the city.

The construction...

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Zsa Zsa Gabor Still Big: It's The Pictures That Got Small

Posted August 15, 2011 | 18:36:27 (EST)

For those who think old Hollywood can't draw a crowd, Zsa Zsa Gabor would like to take issue with you.

But it might not be the crowd you expect.

Last week I wrote about the Hollywood legacy of the one-time actress and Hungarian beauty queen as she...

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Zsa Zsa: The Circus Returns To Hollywood

Posted August 11, 2011 | 15:57:14 (EST)

These have been tough days for Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Having eluded several close calls with death, the one-time actress, Hungarian beauty queen and bon vivant remains bed-ridden in her ornate Bel Air mansion getting massages, sleeping and watching television -- a far cry from the time not that long ago...

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Only a Nobody Walks in LA

Posted July 27, 2011 | 22:43:08 (EST)

Where you park in L.A. is important.

After all, the car -- large and containing a single driver -- is a legendary cultural symbol of Los Angeles. The city's sprawl and lack of center is homage to the freedom of getting behind the wheel and... well... just driving wherever you...

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Superficial

Posted July 21, 2011 | 21:57:46 (EST)

Ok, so I'm an L.A. native, which makes me an anomaly in a city known for its nomadic tendencies.

But it does qualify me as an observer of what comes and goes in this town that thinks of itself as a trendsetter.

There is a lot to love here. But...

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An Anti-Climactic Close to Hollywood Murder Investigation

Posted July 19, 2011 | 22:52:38 (EST)

The official word that entertainment publicist Ronni Chasen's murder last November was the result of a botched robbery came as an anti-climax to a mysterious case that has riveted and unsettled the tight-knit Hollywood community.

The popular publicist, who had run dozens of Academy Award campaigns...

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