Canyon Culture

Hold Your Nose: the Garbageman Cometh to West Hollywood

By Grady Miller on Sep 3, 2004 - 3:17:00 PM
West Hollywood, home sweet neurotic home, has joined the string of communities across the nation, conspiring to complicate garbage collection.  This is part of a troubling trend, which is to take menial tasks and then require that real, furrow-the-space-between-eyebrows thinking be applied to them.

  Department of Mental Health Suffers Budget Cuts

By Nutan Patel on Aug 13, 2004 - 11:30:00 PM


A $26.8 million cut in Los Angeles County’s mental health service has resulted in thousands of the mentally ill having to do without many needed services.  Outpatient clinics and psychiatric units at state hospitals, to name a few, are being affected by the cuts that were approved in June by the County Board of Supervisors. 

Leo's: LA's Hidden Treasure

By Nutan Patel on Aug 6, 2004 - 11:13:00 PM


It’s not the most publicized food joint, or the most talked about, but it most definitely is worthy of both. Leo’s, located off of Verdugo and El Paso, is personally run by Leo and his wife. Specializing in their Carne Asada Burrito and Carne Asada Taco, Leo’s brings in loyal eaters weekly to his much loved “taco” truck, which is currently parked off to the side of a local 7- Eleven.

  A Night Out at Saddle Ranch

By Nutan Patel on Jul 23, 2004 - 8:02:00 PM


Friday night was my first time at the Hollywood's Saddle Ranch, and I must say it was an experience.  Upon walking through a set of thick, deep colored velvet curtains, the world changed.  I didn’t know it, but I had traveled outside the here and now into an alternate realm of long ago. 

Infamous Venice Beach

By Nutan Patel on Jul 23, 2004 - 1:36:00 PM


Looking to soak up some sun as well as some entertainment?  The lively Venice Beach is where you’ll find all your possible beach needs.  Having been the site of such movies as “White Men Can’t Jump” people from all over come to relax at what has become one of the most famous beaches in the world. 

  Take a Ride with Elite Adventure Tours

By Leigh McCreary on Jul 16, 2004 - 10:22:00 PM


Interested in surprising your loved one with a romantically unique engagement, celebrating a fun coming of age birthday, providing a well-deserved luxurious day for your wife or mother, or even acquiring fabulous headshots for your upcoming audition? Elite Adventure Tours (EA Tours) provides those services, and more, making every event a memorable adventure.

Upcoming Music Excitement

By Nutan Patel on Jul 9, 2004 - 12:34:00 AM


Music lovers are always in search of the next event to discover and vibe with innovative and beautiful melodies of all kinds.  Los Angeles has much to offer in this respect, in particular, JUJU and the 2004 Sweet & Hot Music Festival.

  Citywide Fireworks Displays

By Leigh McCreary on Jul 2, 2004 - 7:28:00 PM
Still unsure of how to spend your Fourth of July? Read on for more local festivities.

Summer Retreats

By Melanie Thomas on Jul 2, 2004 - 7:07:00 PM
Most Los Angelenos do not realize how lucky they are - there are thousands of places to get away from the urban city heat during the summer. In fact, some of the most unique attractions lie within three hours of downtown

  Independence Day Celebrations!

By Nutan Patel on Jul 2, 2004 - 7:05:00 PM
Find a Fourth of July celebration near you and kick start this summer with some excitement.  Commemorate our country's independence at a few of the best spots in town.

Norm's Celebrates 55 Years

By Melanie Thomas on Jun 25, 2004 - 7:01:00 PM
HOLLYWOOD - Norm's Restaurant celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. 

  Frank Lloyd Wright Home Faces Deterioration

By Corey Campbell on Jun 18, 2004 - 7:46:00 PM
LOS FELIZ - On a hilltop in Los Feliz, not far from Griffith Park, sits a structure like a Mayan temple, a stretch of patterned blocks reaching toward the sun gods.  The house may look familiar, having graced the celluloid of “Blade Runner,” “Grand Canyon” and “Twin Peaks,” sitting not far from its cousin the Hollyhock House on a neighboring hill.

Folio Gallery Features Rare Gems

By Melanie Thomas on Jun 11, 2004 - 7:57:00 PM
FOLIO GALLERY - Located on Santa Monica Boulevard a stone's throw from the beach, Folio Gallery is the ideal place to find that rare collectible poster you've always dreamed would don your living room wall.

  HappyPencil Says, "Art is Rat, Spelled Wrong."

By Press Release on Jun 11, 2004 - 6:53:00 PM
a cyber-midway of sight and sound oddities, is the creation of artist Cam de Leon.  With an extensive background in design and illustration for film and advertising, Cam’s own bold and disturbing images first gained recognition through his long creative relationship with the popular rock band, TOOL.  Having provided much of what has helped shape the band’s art-rock image- from many album covers to key design work for their distinctive surreal videos- and an array of T-shirt and promotional art, de Leon’s ethereal imagery became well-liked and sought after by many.  HAPPYPENCIL was created, in part, to give them a place to find it.

Jean-Marc Gallery Specializes in Fine Art

By Corey Campbell on Jun 11, 2004 - 6:29:00 PM
Jean-Marc Gallery has specialized in oil paintings and fine art for 35 years.

  The Hottest Ticket In Town

By Suzanne La Barre on Jun 4, 2004 - 8:38:00 PM
LOS ANGELES - “Il Trovatore” exploded onto the stage last Thursday at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, commencing Los Angeles Opera's last production of the 2003-4 season. With pyrotechnics detonating on each high “C”, Verdi’s 1853 classic melodrama transformed into a blazon spectacle a la Cirque de Soleil. As the season comes to a close, "Il Trovatore" marks a fiery end to a year imbued with the shock of the new.

The Marriage of Figaro: An Italian Wedding L.A. Style

By Suzanne La Barre on May 28, 2004 - 8:43:00 PM
The Los Angeles Opera’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro) opened on Saturday, May 22 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, for the first time in the company's 18-year history. Featuring fresh, young performers, the production under director Ian Judge, provides an update to the Enlightenment-era story, inserting splices of 1950s America against an 18th Century backdrop.

  Spotlight on Iris Bahr

By Corey Campbell on May 28, 2004 - 8:28:00 PM
LOS ANGELES - In “Funny Business,” the musical comedy centered on hungry comedians and their attempts to jumpstart their careers at a club called Funny Business, Iris Bahr plays a wide-eyed hopeful pushing for her five minutes in the spotlight. 

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire

By Suzanne La Barre on May 21, 2004 - 8:46:00 PM
SAN BERNARDINO - Seventy miles east of Los Angeles,a wrinkle in time surfaces each spring bearing -among other attractions- jousting, singing, and raspberry cider. While the future can only aspire to such debaucheries, it is the past that reinvents itself as an stimulating day of culture; that is none so merry as the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, on-going through May 31 at the Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino.

  "Supersize Me" Takes on Fast Food Industry

By Corey Campbell on May 14, 2004 - 7:32:00 PM
For 30 days, New York filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s food three times a day.  Hot cakes and sausage by day, Big Macs and Filet-o-Fish by night.  And what did he have to show for it?  A weight gain of approximately 25 pounds, a diminished sex drive, a physician warning him of possible liver failure, and a documentary that won him the Best Director prize at Sundance this year.

Devil Winds

By Tim Baker on May 7, 2004 - 8:11:00 PM

Santa Anas are part of the magic Los Angeles beneath veneer Los Angeles. You feel and hear them at times, read of their consequences in news accounts, and see them as fixtures in fiction.

  UCLA Book Fair Promotes City-wide Literacy

By Corey Campbell on Apr 30, 2004 - 8:50:00 PM

WESTWOOD - Over the weekend of April 24 and 25, thousands of canyon residents descended on the UCLA campus for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.  The festival, in its ninth year, featured more than 280 exhibitors as well as big names from the writing world, including Elmore Leonard, Anna Quindlen, Ray Bradbury, Dave Eggers, Jane Smiley, Mitch Albom, and Dean Koontz.


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