Blast From the Past: Historic Renaissance Faire Advertisements from the LA Free Press

Have you ever flipped through the pages of an old publication and found yourself transported back in time to a specific moment in your childhood? Something like that recently happened to me when I looked at a pair of advertisements for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire published in the Los Angeles Free Press, the legendary underground […]

Artists Talk: LA Legends
 – A Conversation with California Art Icons

It’s not often you get the opportunity to see a group of influential artists come together in person to talk about their work, process, histories and lives. That’s precisely what makes Artists Talk: LA Legends such an important and exciting series. Co-sponsored by the Broad Stage and Sotheby’s Institute Of Art – Los Angeles, the […]

Celebrate Los Angeles Through Photography

There are many ways to understand Los Angeles. One of my favorites is through photographs, which capture moments in time that tell stories about the built and natural environment and the people who make the city their home. For decades, the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has collected millions of such images that date from […]

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

It 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 […]

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 about sending “Robots to the Moon.” But the main attraction for me, […]

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 Ghosts 2. For both books Bartlett searched numerous Los Angeles archives, trawled local bars and hotels, and found unknown […]

Los Angeles Films Itself: Archival Footage Produced by the City

When people think of Los Angeles and film, Hollywood immediately comes to mind. So many movies were shot in LA, not to mention television shows, music videos and commercials, that the city is one of the most widely recognizable places on earth. But the entertainment and advertising industries were not the only producers of visual […]