Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Art Du Jour: The Velveteria

Blowhard, Esq. writes: When Sir Barken was recently in L.A. on a cultural tour for his daughter, we met up for a day so I could show them around downtown. Sure, LACMA and the Getty are fine, but the city has … Continue reading

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Now Streaming on Netflix

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, which I wrote about here, is now available on Netflix Instant.

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Notes on “The Long Goodbye”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: 1. What a wonderful book. A sprawling mini-epic with L.A. as a Potemkin paradise that, like “The Big Sleep,” is confusing as hell. More than a few times I stopped short to say, “Wait, how are these people … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Downtown L.A.

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The intersection of Hill and Third in downtown Los Angeles, 1919 v. 2014. The concrete structure on the left is the parking lot for the Grand Central Market. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Belcampo Meat Co. at Grand Central Market

Blowhard, Esq. writes: L.A.’s Grand Central Market has been undergoing a renaissance over the past few years. When a friend and I were there three years ago, the food offerings ranged from mediocre to lousy. While the middling places we ate … Continue reading

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Blowhard Esq.’s Tea Chronicles: Boxwood Cafe at The London West Hollywood

Blowhard, Esq. writes: If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably developed a certain image in your mind of how I am in real life. No doubt you think of me as a mega-Alpha male not unlike a … Continue reading

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“Los Angeles Plays Itself” (2003)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It was recently announced that LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, the previously difficult to find film essay written and directed by Thom Andersen, is finally being released on video. Although completed in 2003, the documentary about Los Angeles’ portrayal … Continue reading

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