L.A. River Bridges Plates – A Unique Holiday Gift

6th Street Bridge plateIt should come as no surprise that I’m attracted to products that promote the people, places and culture that define Los Angeles. After all, Curating LA is all about helping locals and visitors alike gain a deeper appreciation for those things that make Los Angeles one of the world’s great cities. But it’s rare to discover items that honor L.A. in a unique way. More often than not, what I find in local brick and mortar and online stores are products that rehash the same L.A. themed imagery (e.g. the Hollywood sign), are poorly designed or just plain tacky.
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The Great Los Angeles Walk is Back!


If you are like me, you’re probably starting to think about all the comfort food you’ll enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. What better way to prepare for all that feasting than to get outside, take a long walk and experience the city, or at least … [Continue reading]

Koban at The Grove: It’s Not a New Fashion Store


Periodically Curating Los Angeles publishes guest posts that highlight an interesting facet of life in greater LA. While they can focus on people, organizations, or places, among other subjects, what I look for is an article with a LA focus … [Continue reading]

Peter Wu: Rise of the Fly II


If you want to explore “the aesthetics of technology and processes of transformation and translation,” an approach rich with potential is to examine the two classic sci-fi horror films called “The Fly” (Kurt Neumann, 1958 and David Cronenberg, 1986). … [Continue reading]

What was Los Angeles Like in 1962? National Geographic Tells One Side of the Story


Last year a friend of mine mailed me an issue of National Geographic from October 1962. Like more recent issues of the magazine, this one included a wide range of stories, from a piece profiling “Western Samoa: The Pacific’s Newest Nation” to another … [Continue reading]

Next Up: LA River


This Saturday Archinect and the A+D Museum team up to present a live podcasting event focused on the Los Angeles River’s future. Dubbed Next Up: LA River, the event is designed to build on the robust public dialogue and debate surrounding the River … [Continue reading]

Halloween Horrors – The Scariest Los Angeles Deaths


With Halloween approaching, it seems fitting to highlight some of the more gruesome events that have taken place in the City of Angels. To help with this endeavor, I turned to James T. Bartlett, author of Gourmet Ghosts and recently-released Gourmet … [Continue reading]