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an ostrich and Big Bird
Tina Lernø, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.


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.


Walking in the rain by the Warner Downtown
Tina Lernø, September 03, 2019

Walkin' in LA, nobody walks in LA; walkin' in LA; walkin' in LA, only a nobody walks in LA—Terry Bozzio, Missing Persons


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.


Charles Manson being lead away by deputies
Tina Lernø, August 06, 2019

1969 was a tumultuous year. The US Apollo 11 mission brought men to the moon, and the Beatles gave their final live performance. Richard Nixon was sworn in as President, the war raged on in Vietnam (along with huge protests), and the draft was reinstated.


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.


Section of a map of Downtown Los Angeles
Neale Stokes, June 20, 2019

In the latest, Pride-themed episode of Stories from the Map Cave, map librarian Glen Creason walks us through some significant landmarks and events in Los Angeles' LGBTQIA history. Watch below:


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.


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.


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