The Beatles inspired thousands of teenagers around the world to form rock bands. Most were comprised, like the Fab Four, of fellows. However, there were at least 100 all-female rock bands formed in Argentina, Canada, Denmark Mexico, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, The Netherlands, The Philippines, UK, USA, West Germany, Yugoslavia, and probably elsewhere.
Today marks the 91st anniversary of the release of Austrian director GW Pabst’s debut, Der Schatz. Pabst was the greatest director associated with the arts movement known as Neue Sachlichkeit, usually translated as “New Objectivity” — a cold and detached reaction against the popular German Expressionism of the time.
On 6 February, 1950, the radio drama Night Beat debuted on NBC. Although it feels like a hard-boiled detective program, its hero (Randy Stone) was a newspaper reporter covering the sordid goings on in early-’50s Chicago for his human interest column, “Night Beat.” The hero was played to perfection by radio veteran Frank Lovejoy.
On Wednesday, Bruce Chan and I explored Watts. We visited the towers but find quite a few more neighborhood treasures during our visit.
Is bustin’ a cap is really fundamental? — Exploring South Central for Black History Month at the Amoeblog
Two days ago I explored South Central, sometimes now referred to as “Historic South Central.” After starting at the African American Firefighter Museum, I headed down South Central Avenue (from which the neighborhood derives its name) and took in the beautiful historic buildings and bustling contemporary scene.
A couple of days ago I explored North Hollywood and here’s my piece on it. It’s full of theaters, dance studios, art galleries, history, restaurants, and more. Those who scoff at the Valley do so at their own risk!
In the final Eastside neighborhood exploration undertaken with Dooley I explored Rose Hill. The small residential area, founded in 1904, is the center of a surprisingly heated battle between the El Sereno Historical Society and LA-32 Neighborhood Council, both of which make some pretty crazy claims. Ignoring that noise completely, I just walked around and saw what I could see.