July 10, 1994
Betty Rowland, stripteasing's "Original Ball of Fire," is alive and well and may be found behind the bar at Mr. B's in Santa Monica. She is gracious and of good heart, and she laughed when told that a letter to the Book Review (May 15) claimed that what she, in contrast to Charles Bukowski, "exposed was well-made and worthy of scrutiny." Although at least two of those who admired her performances more than 25 years ago read or write to the Book Review's Letter section, that, admittedly, is not inconsistent with the letter writer's assertion that her audience was "not exceptionally literate."
May 15, 1994
I enjoyed Suzanne Lummis' tribute to Charles Bukowski (April 10). Thank you for publishing it. I attended the March 26 event at Arundel. For another take on what happened that evening, please note the enclosed poem. The Wake Buk died and Andernach slept another day and the wake was held at a bookstore and maybe 3 poets and 30 typists and 300 secret poets showed up only two drunks showed up and one of them was dead and they read oh God how they read the tall one read the fat one read the long-haired the disheveled the despondent the joyous the terrified the ex-lover and mother of his child they all read and some called him "bue-kowski" and some called him "boo-kowski" and they kept reading they kept putting it out over the radio waves they kept it up for hours and through it all there seemed to be someone up into the ceiling somewhere, like a raging vapor there was much shouting and cursing (I heard this)
May 7, 2010
At once amusing, raucous and poignant, Leslie Zemeckis' "Behind the Burly Q" is the most comprehensive documentary on burlesque ever made, smoothly incorporating rare vintage stills, interviews and footage. Zemeckis, who has performed her own burlesque show, focuses on virtually all the top strippers of burlesque's golden era of the '30s through the '50s but also includes comics, straight men, musicians and novelty acts. These survivors are a hearty, robust group with a great sense of humor and colorful, often hilarious but sometimes painful memories.
July 26, 1992 |
It's a common L.A. story: regulars at a local spot find their favorite hangout has been taken over by a new, younger crowd. In recent years, the Shamrock and the Three of Clubs in Hollywood, and the Dresden Room in Los Feliz have all been rediscovered and re-christened as hot spots. Downtown Santa Monica, quickly altered by the gentrified Third Street Promenade, has seen changes at its neighborhood haunts as well. Some, like the ultra-divey Wind & Sea, have gone out of business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1996 |
This isn't the first time the faithful who built St. Vibiana's Cathedral have sought to demolish it. After the turn of the century, the church anchored the cultural spine of a growing city, and theaters lined the dirt-road, horse-trodden Main Street. But Bishop Thomas J. Conaty wanted to build a new, immense domed cathedral on 9th Street. Although the bishop received papal permission in 1904 to tear down St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1997 |
In a wetland meadow high in the Never Summer Range of the Rockies, the Colorado River begins its 1,450-mile journey to the sea. Snowdrifts 5- to 10-feet deep block the trail head until mid-June, giving hardy hikers, anglers and hunters only a brief window to visit the Colorado's chill headwaters before snow returns in September.