Patrons of Canter’s Delicatessen on Fairfax Avenue might have noticed a change there recently. On the specials board, hanging on a pillar near the bakery, is listed a sandwich called “the Matt Miller.” It consists of sliced roasted turkey, cole slaw and melted muenster cheese on grilled challah bread, with Russian dressing.
Stomping and strutting like a peacock around a rehearsal space on a shabby corner in Burbank, Roger Daltrey looks like nothing less than the eternal youth of rock ‘n’ roll embodied. The once and future frontman for the Who and a bona fide rock demigod, Daltrey seems only slightly dulled from that summer 34 […]
For anybody under 50, these names are the names of modern-day mythology: Otter, Bluto, Flounder, Neidermeyer, Dean Wormer. The lines, mostly yelled, echo in our heads like commands from uncouth ancestors: “Food fight!” “Road trip!” “Double Secret Probation!” The parties have become the stuff of educational tradition: Try to find a fraternity house anywhere […]
Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode, the New York slash L.A. restaurateurs slash club owners and now slash hoteliers collectively responsible for L.A. perennials such as Bar Marmont and Jones and New York’s Bowery Bar and the Park, are not terribly concerned that a visitor is poking around their not-yet-open hotel when the place is […]
Who loves his job more than anyone else in Hollywood? Nicholson? Hefner? Sajak? As I sat in the back of a small, egregiously air-conditioned tour bus one recent Friday afternoon, climbing Foothill Road in Beverly Hills, soaking in a stream of celebrity trivia and the delighted giggles of Midwestern tourist couples, I grew convinced […]
I saw Mike Slack’s book of Polaroid photographs in Book Soup. I liked the name: Mike Slack. I thought, “A book of Polaroids?” I liked the idea that someone named Mike Slack would publish a book of Polaroids. So I bought it. I found myself looking at it a lot.
Julia SWEENEY’S unassuming bungalow on the southern fringe of Hollywood is lined with books. Walking into her living room, one wonders if Sweeney, the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, is planning on becoming an adjunct professor or opening a stall at the Fairfax flea market. She’s not, it turns out — she just […]
“Back in jolly old 15th Century England they played a game of sliding a ‘groat’ down a table: a ‘groat’ being a rather large British coin of the day, worth about four pence. The game was called shove-groat and/or slide groat. Later, a silver penny was used, and the name of the game became […]
Love in Los Angeles? You want to know about love in Los Angeles? It’s still like the mansaid, some 70 jaded years ago: “It’s a Barnum and Bailey world/ Just as phony as it can be/ But it wouldn’t be make believe/ If you believed in me.”
Granted, when the Broadway lyricists E.Y. Harburg […]
What is it about the sight of a lovely woman in a sweaty tank top, her hands moving with studied precision, oversized earphones cocked half off her head, her body slave to — but at the same time master of — the beat? (This has nothing to do with the Super Bowl beer commercials, […]
THE president’s face seems to be everywhere these days, and while the red states may be pleased as punch, his image is not a source of mirth to some in the Los Angeles arts community. Around here, George W. Bush’s smile seems to hang in the air like one of Warhol’s Brillo Pad boxes […]
Los ANGELES is a car city, the car city, so let’s begin with the honest truth, shall we? The honest truth: For many of us, the idea of riding the Metro Rail subway in Los Angeles ranks up there with an afternoon at the Natural History Museum or a night of Kabuki theater. An […]
“I once worked as a garbage-sifter for McDonald’s,” says Robert Olsen, who now makes enough as a painter of careful urban still lifes not to have to take such jobs. “Me and this other guy went around and counted discarded straws and sugar packets and then reported the numbers.”
PERHAPS you’ve heard of Carol Connors. A singer-songwriter and scorer of movies, she was once a member of Phil Specter’s first hit concoction, the Teddy Bears, who scored in 1958 with “To Know Him Is to Love Him.” She dated Elvis Presley for nearly a year. Later in life, she was responsible for such […]
Al and Tipper Gore take their bickering-but-happy-together-couple routine on the road in support of two new books about American families.
The light was beginning to wane in the Century Plaza Hotel late Tuesday afternoon, and Al and Tipper Gore, the ex-vice president and presidential candidate and his always-present wife, were late. Late for everything.
Whatever happened to that high school wrestling star, the one who practiced chokeholds in the cafeteria? Or that kid down the block who was always starting fights? And what about that linebacker in college who got all the girls but never quite graduated?
Chances are, their fates are dull. They ended up teaching gym […]