Eating in Los Angeles

Cat & Fiddle: We crossed two different worlds – some of the Amoeba crew and some of the Technicolor crew gathered for drinks, food and conversation in that dark and glittering courtyard just off of Sunset Boulevard. Most of us ordered food. We traded tales of thievery, insanity, artistry, drudgery and depravity for three hours. […]

Black Dahlia at Sixty

Sixty years ago this morning the body of Elizabeth Short was found. Carve a moment of silence out of your day to remember her. … Okay. Seems there were/are a host of activities around the Los Angeles to commemorate the event this past weekend. The most ambitious of them is The Lost Weekend package, a […]

Waiting for Beckham

Say hello to David, Hollywood. For the past couple days, there hasn’t been a radio program on KCRW and KPCC that hasn’t managed to work in a segment about the impending arrival of wonder kids, David and Victoria Beckham, except maybe Good Food, but then I haven’t heard the latest edition yet. What does this […]

Tattered Plastic

I swear I don’t know what my interest in this thing is. If I keep posting about it I’ll have to create a new category. Sunset. And. Vine. I see this everyday as I walk to my car. It’s like watching a flip book unfold in slow motion. The renovation of an icon. Or something. […]

Fire on Martel

“Hey, I dont know if you like fire, but there’s a big one across the street.” My neighbor has just knocked on my door. I just got home from a long day at work. I had awakened at four AM in Mew Mexico, hopped on a plane to LAX and driven straight to Amoeba where […]

Joy! Noel! Ding! Dong!

Christmas is here. It’s hard to tell, here in Hollywood, except the sparkly illuminated stars stretch down Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea to Doheny. I love those. They always seem to magically appear one night, like presents under a tree. One day, it’s just plain ol’ Santa Monica Boulevard, the next it’s the Avenue […]

Invader redux

This just warms the heart. Invader’s back in town. And he’s replacing some of his stolen works.

Sunset & Vine

I’d like to know what’s up with the white plastic. I mean, I know what’s going on at Sunset & Vine in the old “Earthquake” building, but why the white plastic? Is that to keep the dust from demolition from spreading across the intersection like so much asbestos fallout? It’s interesting. In an effort to […]

Tales (Hollywoodland 1974)

The other day I get my greedy little hands on a copy of the remastered, re-issued edition of Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes. I’ve never heard it so clear and clean and gorgeous. It’s been lovingly repackaged with some nifty liner notes and a fine wraparound sleeve of Roger Dean’s famous artwork. Rhino, the […]

Disney Hall

Just because.

sunset over sunset

Man, is this cool: Taken from the top level of the CNN parking lot.


My friend Steve just got a job here. But that’s not why I took this photo. I just like the light.

oscar yawn

It’s Oscar time again and I couldn’t care less. I suppose I’d be a little more engaged if I’d seen even a quarter of the movies that are nominated. I used to love the Oscars. I would make a big deal about guessing who should win, who would win and where I was going to […]