Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past Opens in LA

When my dad was a teenager in the late 1960’s- early 1970’s he listened to Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson while his peers were listening The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. When I was a teenager I, too, discovered Sinatra and spent my time borrowing jazz albums from the library while my peers were listening […]

House of Blues Returns to Anaheim

Last year the House of Blues at Downtown Disney closed after 15 years leaving a hole in the Orange County music scene. For me the location was memorable as the first venue I attended a Jamie Cullen concert. Have you heard of him? He’s not that popular in America for some oddball reason. He sings […]

Viewing David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters

If you ask me what my favorite movie or book or tv show is I’d be hard pressed to give you an answer. But if you ask me for my favorite song? “Heroes” by David Bowie. Hands down. Whenever I’m feeling down or a little lost or just need some inspiration I turn to it. […]

A Quiet Couple of Weeks + GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I went on some grand adventures and was so excited to share them with you. Then, as what often happens this time of year, I was struck down. Too sick to go anywhere I had to content myself with more sedentary activities and put the writing and exploring on hold. […]

All Things Must Pass…Even Tower Records

I’ve loved music ever since I can remember. When I was four I loved Barry Manilow and would insist on listening to him in the car until the cassette mysteriously broke. I was obsessed with Judy Garland and would sing her songs every time I was in the bathroom (good acoustics). As a teenager I […]

Watching The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troop Beverly Hills

When I was a preteen and stuck at home all summer I watched a lot of TV. We didn’t have cable so i would often watch reruns – Gilligan’s Island, I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies, etc. There were also certain movies that were consistently shown on network television and one of them was Troop Beverly […]

KCET Premieres “Who is Billy Bones?”

The following is a guest post from contributor, Mary Lansing, who covered the “Who is Billy Bones?” premiere. Despite being born long after the 70’s punk scene dominated the dive bars and had everyone snarling into a mic in their black leather lace up’s,  I have long LOVED the genre and you can often notice […]

Attending the Malibu Concert on the Bluffs

Although I’ve made it clear that summer is my least favorite season there are certain aspects of it that I love. Take the long evenings. They leave so much more time for me to spend outside and appreciate nature. One of my favorite ways to do this is to attend an outdoor concert or film […]

Touring Capitol Records

As a fan of historic architecture there are several Los Angeles landmarks that I adore. The Eastern Columbia Building. The Los Angeles Central Library. Capitol Records. In fact, it had long been my dream to get inside that mid-century masterpiece. Designed to look like a stack of records by famed architect Welton Becket  it signifies […]

The CAP UCLA 2016-2017 Season Just Announced

Yesterday evening I found myself heading to UCLA. I wasn’t there for any academic reason but instead found myself at Royce Hall for the announcement of 2016-2017 CAP UCLA Season. I’m a big fan of the performing arts and Royce Hall is one of LA’s premier venues. Not only is it a beautiful structure but […]