Free admission: In what it describes as a gesture of gratitude to the firefighters and others who helped battle the recent Griffith Park fire where the museum is located, the Autry National Center said it would offer free admission to the public on May 27.
Shutting down: Sea Level Records, the independent outlet that in 5 1/2 years had become a locus for Los Angeles' Eastside music scene, will close June 30, owner Todd Clifford said. "It's not so much competition as the fact I want my life back," said Clifford, 32, who runs the store at 1716 Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park with the help of just one part-time employee. "Yes, it's been a struggle. But each year has been better than the last. It just got to be too much for me."