CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2012 |
Everyone hated Los Angeles in the 1970s. If you didn't, you were ashamed to admit it. When my friend and I came home from college in Berkeley to do what we saw as cool, noirish things - drive by the house where the Manson family murdered somebody, or sneak into Houdini's deserted mansion - we kept it quiet so we wouldn't be labeled "plastic. " I was reminded of this when "Chinatown"screened at the Hollywood Forever cemetery this summer. Three hours before the film started, hundreds of college and post-college kids toting sleeping bags and wicker hampers crammed onto the roped-off lawn in front of the cemetery gate to see Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. noir epic.
February 25, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Eccentrically innovative Los Angeles art-rock duo Sparks ( a.k.a. brothers Ron and Russell Mael) will play a hometown show April 16, bringing their new stripped-down stage show, “Two Hands, One Mouth,” to the Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The concert falls between the two weekends they'll also be playing at Coachella. Sparks last performed in L.A. in 2011, not in a traditional concert setting for a semi-staged presentation of their “film-to-be” music-theater piece “The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman” as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
June 11, 2013 |
After RSVPing for an upcoming Band of Outsiders-hosted dinner in honor of fashion journalist, canning wunderkind and Grand Central Market consultant Kevin West, The Times' fashion critic and I decamped to the 97-year-old downtown landmark -- where we promptly ran into West himself. The author of "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving" (set to be published by Knopf on June 25) was tucking into a Cobb salad at the lunch counter of Valerie, a stall recently opened by the Valerie Confections folks and one of the market's newest tenants (opening for business just 11 days ago)
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2012 |
I was just months away from marrying my high school sweetheart and shipping off to the Peace Corps. I'd had a bright five-year plan that included teaching English in a faraway land. The idea of a new culture and new life filled me with the sense that all the pieces were falling into place. Except the pieces fell apart. My eight-year relationship with the man I thought I'd marry quickly soured, the dynamic changing after we moved in together. I was puzzled over how someone I thought I knew better than myself could seemingly change overnight.
July 29, 2010 |
As we move into the hottest part of the summer, the nights are long and languorous, perfect for seeing a movie. Outside. Perhaps in a cemetery, with a picnic and a live DJ. This is one of the best reasons to live in film-crazy L.A., and Angelenos have a good selection of outdoor locations and programs to choose from. From Agoura Hills to Hollywood, we've got your guide to cinema under the stars. For 10 years, Cinespia's Saturday-night screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery have been the gold standard for outdoor cinema in L.A. Besides the never-gets-old novelty of picnicking next to some of Hollywood's most famous (and now dead)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2002 |
Below the lush grass, the skeletons at Hollywood Forever Cemetery are resting for all eternity. But on Saturday, above ground, the skeletons danced. They waved, laughed, ate and walked hand in hand with children. They greeted visitors at the cemetery's gates, or peeked out playfully from behind the bronze doors of mausoleums.
January 10, 2005 |
Thanks to Ronald Reagan, Los Angeles will have a grand new monument to punk rock. On Friday, the fans and famous friends of the late Johnny Ramone will gather at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to dedicate a bronze statue that depicts him clawing away at his Mosrite guitar. Who was it exactly who decided that a gritty New York rock outlaw is best memorialized atop a masonry pedestal beside a pond? That would be Ramone himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2005 |
Lions of literature and war heroes get grand memorials, but rock stars usually get scruffier send-offs -- consider the years of vandalism inflicted on Jim Morrison's grave in Paris or the fact that Kurt Cobain is celebrated in his hometown by a papier-mache statue in a muffler shop. Johnny Ramone wanted better, and on Friday the underground rock hero got it.
February 26, 2013 |
On Monday night at the Masonic Hall within the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, about 200 people witnessed the results of what electronic musician M.C. Schmidt described as “experiments in psychic research.” As one half of the Baltimore-based duo Matmos, Schmidt relayed that his studies indicated that, among other things, after being exposed to their methodology, “a lot of people see green triangles.” Indeed, Schmidt and bandmate Drew Daniel had...
May 18, 2002 |
Hollywood Memorial Park, the final resting place of such legendary Hollywood denizens as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, Peter Lorre and Tyrone Power, fell into bankruptcy in the 1990s, losing its license in 1994. Families were disinterring their loved ones and moving them to operational cemeteries. Then in 1998, Tyler Cassity, a movie-star-handsome 31-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., bought the 62-acre property on Santa Monica Boulevard for $375,000.