MUSEUMS OF THE ARROYO DAY: a free ride back in time.

  Love to looky-loo at historical homes?  Interested in LAPD gangster-gumshoe struggles? Wish you could travel back in time?     Check out the 21st anniversary of the Museums of the Arroyo Day (MOTA) on Sunday, May 16th for all of the above (well, maybe not ACTUAL time travel…) plus suffragettes, a helicopter, and an Edwardian-era fashionista. You can park…

Film Noir @ American Cinematheque/L.A. Noir @ Esotouric: Down these crooked streets….

  The weather forecast may call for sunshine and blue skies this weekend but it’s always shady in the land of Noir.  This weekend, check out gangsters and gun molls plus real-life cops and robbers.  Snap-brimmed fedoras optional….   The second* weekend of American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater features some interesting curiosities. The script for…

John Fante Square/Free walking tour/King Eddy Saloon: Fante-stic Fete!

JOHN FANTE, novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and chronicler of Old Downtown, will be honored on April 8th with a city square at 5th Street and Grand Avenue. H.L. Mencken mentored him.  Orson Welles collaborated with him. Charles Bukowski said of him, “Fante is my god.”  Robert Towne, who found John Fante’s novel Ask the Dust while researching…

THE AMAZING L.A. RACE: multi-task your fun

Read the following and check all that apply: A)  Your hyperactive relatives are coming into town and want to do something “different”…again. B)  You were the (secretly smug) whiz on all of those school/scouts/slumber party scavenger hunts.         C)  You KNOW you would dominate on a reality show but it’s just too embarrassing to admit much less sign up. If you…