Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood: Recreating 1960s L.A. for “Once Upon a Time”
The corner of Riverside Drive and Forman Avenue in Toluca Lake does not feel like Hollywood. There’s a Japanese restaurant on one corner, a real estate office on another, and no landmarks to speak of, outside of the Bob’s Big Boy sign down the road. But it was also the home of the Money Tree,
The Hidden History of Los Angeles with Robert Petersen
On screen, LA may look all shiny and new (and filled with beautiful, yoga-practicing people sipping green juice). But the city is also filled with rich history just about everywhere you look, from iconic old theaters to architectural masterpieces to centuries-old Spanish missions.
Inside The Spare Room, Hollywood’s Hidden Cocktail Gem
You don’t just stumble upon The Spare Room when you’re in Hollywood—visitors have to seek out the intimate cocktail lounge, located up a marble staircase and tucked behind a dramatic set of dark wood double doors on the second floor of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt. But once you find it, you won’t want to leave.
The Restoration of David Hockney’s Underwater Work of Art
When the water moves in the Tropicana Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt, it seems to dance — It’s almost as if the bold blue curves painted on the bottom surface of the pool are crawling. But there’s much more to those paint strokes than simple decoration; it’s a one-of-a-kind work by David Hockney.
4 Sophisticated Alternatives to Hollywood Star Map Tours
Whether it’s driving by over-the-top homes of the rich and famous or hitting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s no shortage of star tours to be found in LA. But there’s plenty more to the city than the wide world of entertainment. From art and architecture to cocktails and cafes, here are some alternative tours to consider.
Women Crush Wednesdays: A Spotlight on Hollywood’s All-Female Comedy Showcase
Every Wednesday night at The Lab at the Hollywood Improv, Marcella Arguello performs and curates the lineup for Women Crush Wednesdays, one of L.A.’s original all-female standup showcases. Started as an open mic event, Women Crush Wednesdays has survived to become a trendsetter in a time when women’s voices are becoming more and more important to the standup world — even if there’s still room to improve.
Inside Oscar Night’s Star-Studded Governors Ball
Throwing a cocktail party can be an intense undertaking, even for the most experienced of hosts — from planning the menu to keeping glasses filled and guests happy, there’s no shortage of effort involved.
Inside LA’s Vista Theatre, an Icon of Movie History
It’s a reverence for film and moviegoing history that has helped the Vista set itself apart from other movie-watching experiences in a city of countless black-box and multiplex theaters. Located a straight shot down Hollywood Boulevard from The Hollywood Roosevelt, the Vista has seen ups and downs in its 96 years of history, but today it’s found its niche as a throwback to the original days of film exhibition.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates 100 Years
There’s a lot in the history of the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which to be proud. As the organization celebrates its 100th birthday, there are highlights throughout the years: “The Dean of African-American Composers,” William Grant Still, is said to have been the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra when he picked up
The story of the Hollywood “It” girl
The term “It Girl” has been part of the pop culture lexicon for over 100 years, bestowed upon any starlet with that extra bit of sparkle.
A stroll through Hollywood’s Golden Age
The road in Hollywood (and, by that, we mean Hollywood Boulevard itself, of course) is full of places to eat, drink, and celebrate some of what remains of the industry’s golden age.
The Last Tycoon’s Janie Bryant Talks Vintage Hollywood Costumes
Janie Bryant, the costume designer for Amazon’s new series The Last Tycoon, sheds light on her inspirations for the show’s vintage Hollywood outfits.
When the stars come out at the Hollywood Bowl
Even in a city that prioritizes freeways over sidewalks, the stroll to the Hollywood Bowl is iconic, rite-of-summer.
When the Hollywood Roosevelt Hosted the First Oscars
The year is 1929 and the Hollywood Roosevelt is playing host to stars like Charlie Chaplin and Janet Gaynor for the first-ever Academy Awards.
The Hidden Stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Unlike the old saying about getting to Carnegie Hall, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame takes more than just practice.
La La Land is impossible not to love
Damien Chazelle’s ambitious original musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is a stunning piece of film canon.