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November 29, 2013 | By Doug Smith
Of all the memories of the 1960s, nothing stirs as much fondness as the magic of AM radio pouring out the rough-cut exuberance of doo-wop, the English invasion, surf music and anti-war ballads. We all had our favorite call signs: KRLA, "Color Radio" KFWB, 93/KHJ. And then, there was KGFJ, the station that carried the rich sounds of rhythm and blues. I was reminded of all that recently when I heard from Master Blaster, the ambassador of soul who brought singers like James Brown to the mix of counterculture, psychedelic, anti-war and hurdy-gurdy sounds that paced that chaotic time.
November 25, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
At a Monday morning Mass for his slain father, Assemblyman Mike Gatto fought back tears as he described the deep pain and sadness that have filled his family's days since his father was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home earlier this month. “Our hearts are broken. We are struggling mightily to understand the dark nature of some human souls,” Mike Gatto said, before hundreds gathered at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Los Feliz. Joseph Gatto , 78, was found dead on Nov. 13. His home had been ransacked and he was found dead from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The Los Angeles Police Department's investigation into the incident is ongoing, the Glendale News-Press reported.
November 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A funeral mass for Joseph Gatto -- the retired teacher, artist and father of a state assemblyman found shot to death last week in his Silver Lake home -- has been scheduled for Nov. 25, his son's office announced Monday. The public service is set for 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Los Feliz, Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office said. A private reception and graveside burial -- "strictly limited to family and close friends" -- will follow. Los Angeles police are continuing their investigation into Joseph Gatto's death after his daughter discovered his body slumped over a desk Wednesday night.
November 17, 2013 | By Scott Gold
A motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning when he pulled out of a driveway in Los Feliz and collided with a car. Shortly before 9 a.m., the man pulled his 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle into the 4600 block of Los Feliz Boulevard and collided with a 2012 BMW, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Doreen Wilson. The man, who has not yet been identified publicly, was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center at 9:29 a.m. The driver of the BMW was treated for injuries. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident, Wilson said.
November 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Nicolas Cage, besides being one of the busiest actors in film, also famously blazed a trail losing properties across the country during his financial-woes period. One in Malibu that recently resold for $6.3 million centers on a 1,080-square-foot bungalow that sits on 320 acres not far from Pacific Coast Highway. The three-parcel property has views of the mountains, ocean and nearby islands. Other features include four seasonal waterfalls, lakes, an octagonal indoor garden, a caretaker's residence, a guesthouse and horse trails.
November 10, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
"I'm proudly analog," says Adam Silverman, and the Los Angeles architect-turned-fashion-designer-turned-potter isn't kidding. Where most modern travelers might fuss over laptops, tablets or smartphones during their airplane flights, Silverman obsessed over an entirely different kind of luggage during recent trips from Fort Worth, Texas. There, to create pots honoring the 40th anniversary of the Kimbell Art Museum's Louis I. Kahn building, Silverman excavated clay from a construction site for its new Renzo Piano wing.
November 8, 2013
Re "Taking steps to stay safe," Nov. 5 Kudos to Sandy Banks for admonishing pedestrians and cyclists to take responsibility for their own safety. The observations of L.A. traffic officer Kurt Smith and reader Wayne Pederson reflect my own experiences driving around Hollywood and Los Feliz. I often find myself patiently waiting to make a left turn at a busy intersection while motorists coming from the opposite direction cruise through a yellow light slow enough to have made a safe stop, after which my turn is further delayed by a pedestrian who casually crosses the street in front of me against the red light that has now appeared.
November 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jesse Tyler Ferguson must not be too concerned about anyone discovering his recent purchase of a home in Los Feliz for $4.55 million. The “Modern Family” actor has already invited the neighbors over to get acquainted and show off the Spanish Colonial Revival house. Built in 1928, the renovated home features a two-story entry, 25-foot cathedral ceilings in the living room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Period details include stained glass, wall nooks, interior arches and wrought-iron work.
November 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
This Spanish-style home in Los Feliz underwent a top-to-bottom renovation blending original details and contemporary design. Among the versatile spaces is a fully contained guest suite with a bar, a bathroom, laundry facilities and its own entrance. Location: 4811 Bonvue Ave., Los Angeles 90027 Asking price: $3.195 million Year built: 1926 House size: Three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,969 square feet Lot size: 7,012 square feet Features: Home theater, office, sunroom, fireplace, skyline views, swimming pool with spa, fenced yard, three-car garage About the area: In the first half of the year, 106 single-family homes sold in the 90027 ZIP Code at a median price of $983,000, according to DataQuick.
October 18, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Michael Williams and David Collins, co-creators and executive producers of "Queer Eye," have listed their home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.95 million. The Mid-Century Modern home of about 2,800 square feet features walls of glass, vaulted ceilings and travertine floors. It has a family room, an office, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom suite overlooks the swimming pool and spa. "Queer Eye," originally titled "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," ran from 2003 to 2007, winning an Emmy in 2004 for outstanding reality program.
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