Most of us picture Thanksgiving as a day spent with friends or family, a meal is prepared, we eat and drink, and enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately for some that isn’t what the holiday looks like and centers across the US open their doors to the masses to try and create a Thanksgiving similar if not the same. If you’ve ever been to the Santa Monica Civic Center you are aware, at best, it resembles a dolled up cafeteria and going into the Westside Thanksgiving lunch I couldn’t picture how they would turn this gymnasium like center into a warm and welcoming feast.
Los Angeles is no stranger to metamorphosis. As it were, our beautiful city is about to undergo a major change to her iconic landscape in the form of the Sixth Street Viaduct, which is being replaced with a more contemporary (and safer) design. Don’t think you’ve ever seen the viaduct and bridge before? Let me stop you, you’ve most definitely seen and it and, quite possibly, driven over it. If you haven’t seen it in person, you’ve absolutely seen it in a number of films: Grease, Terminator 2, Gone in 60 Seconds, and more! If this still isn’t ringing a bell, you can get up close and personal with the bridge via the webcam embedded below. You might ask yourself, if this is such a historical landmark, why is it being torn down and, more importantly, what’s going up in its place? Good questions.
Despite its status as the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles museums don’t provide many opportunities to view TV and film costumes, so it’s always a thrill to hear about the costume exhibits at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s FIDM Museum & Galleries in Downtown. Their current show, The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design, presented in conjunction with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is a recurring yearly exhibition celebrating the work of that year’s Primetime Emmy-Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors, along with some well-chosen costumes from shows that, while not nominated, are noted for their style.
On September 12, 2012, the Beverly Hills Hotel became Beverly Hill’s very first historical landmark. The hotel kicked off the anniversary with a celebration of its 100 years in the city, and a retrospective of its guests throughout the years. As you can imagine, the people that have walked its hallways have all been part of the rich, famous and powerful, but even these folks are not exempt from drama and controversy. Therefore, I’ve taken the opportunity to highlight some of the more interesting anecdotes to occur behind the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel and its infamous bungalows.
Earlier this month the city board voted to ban the sale of marijuana in Los Angeles. Not just voted. 14-0, unanimously, to shut down the 762 dispensaries that operate in in the City of Los Angeles. “Immediately.” All growers would have no place to put their product. All patients would have no places to pick up their medicine. The only way one could legally have medical marijuana would to grow your own plant, a process that takes several months for a minimal yield and high expenses.