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

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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]

Tigers in Los Angeles – Marie Peter-Toltz is as Fierce as Her Paintings

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 that … [Continue reading]

Multi-Instrumentalist Mayra Vargas Breaks into the Los Angeles Music Scene with her First Andean Pop Single

Every so often I have the good fortune to connect with musicians who are part of the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. Just last week I published an interview with the talented Martin Lopez-Iu, in which he discussed his debut solo project Zanja Madre … [Continue reading]

Los Angeles Folk-Rocker Martin Lopez-Iu Talks About His Debut Solo Album, William Mulholland & Writing Songs About Place

As longtime readers of Curating LA know, I love talking to writers, musicians and artists who are inspired by Los Angeles and whose work is able to reveal some truth about the city through their artistic expression. I was therefore very intrigued … [Continue reading]

Curating Los Angeles Turns Six!

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Since I no longer live in, or even near, the City of Los Angeles (see the About page for details), people often ask me why I continue to publish Curating Los Angeles (CLA). My answer is always the same: “I love LA and feel a special affinity to both … [Continue reading]