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photo of Wilshire Boulevard looking towards Bullock's Wilshire
Nicholas Beyelia, September 24, 2019

In a city where no structure is guaranteed permanence, the iconic Bullocks Wilshire building turns an astounding 90 years old this week.


Lobby card from the original 1939 release of The Wizard of Oz featuring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr
Daniel Tures, August 15, 2019

Once upon a time in Hollywoodland, 80 years ago today, The Wizard of Oz had its Hollywood Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.


Color postcard of California Alligator Farm, in Los Angeles [ca.1911]
Tina Princenthal, July 23, 2019

Before Mickey and his Magic Kingdom, there was Billie the Alligator and his reptilian pals at the California Alligator Farm.


Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial opening day
Kelly Wallace, July 09, 2019

It’s been over forty years, but the water is flowing again at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial.


l to r: Authors Vincent Bugliosi, Darcy O'Brien, Dominick Dunne, Joseph Wambaugh and Joan Renner
Catherine Pelonero, May 30, 2019

Los Angeles has no shortage of notorious crimes, nor of great writers. When true accounts of the former are penned by the latter, the results are some fascinating reads.


Glen Creason and Loida Garcia-Febo looking at a new map
Glen Creason, May 25, 2019

An over one-hundred-year-old, beautifully detailed map of downtown Los Angeles has been received by the History and Genealogy department from the Historical Society of Southern California.


Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.
Photo Friends, May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.


"Bob Gunton and Patti LuPone as Juan and Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" in a scene from the Broadway production of the musical "Evita."
Nicholas Beyelia, May 08, 2019

Los Angeles is a city whose theater scene is typically overlooked, yet every now and then we are host to a production that is monumental.


Tree-lined street with Jacarandas
Kelly Wallace, April 29, 2019

Jacaranda season is almost here, that magical time of year when the spectacular purple blossoms come into sight and chase away May Gray and June Gloom.


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