December 24, 2012 |
Since mid-November, two actors who were once stars of the TV hits "L.A. Law" and "MASH" have been taking the stage four nights a week at a 99-seat North Hollywood theater. The easy assumption to make is that they have settled for local theater after years on Emmy Award-winning television. But that's not the way Harry Hamlin sees it. Hamlin - who gained fame as hunky lawyer Michael Kuzak on "L.A. Law" in the mid-1980s - says his starring turn in the NoHo Arts Center's production of "One November Yankee" opposite Loretta Swit, who played Maj. Margaret Houlihan on "MASH" for 11 years, is one of the most compelling roles he's tackled since his last episode of "L.A.
December 2, 2012 |
Apartment complexes planned before the demise of the redevelopment agencies in California continue to rise in North Hollywood. The projects in the NoHo Arts District near the northern terminus of the Red Line subway include the recently completed NoHo Senior Villas for elderly low-income tenants. A larger, $50-million market-rate complex is under construction nearby and has reached its top height of six stories. Phoenix developer Alliance Residential is building the 308-unit market-rate complex called the Ferrara at 5031 Fair Ave. It is intended to be resort-like with outdoor dining facilities and bars, pools, cabanas and an outdoor movie venue.
November 24, 2012 |
As the real estate industry ponders ways to cater to an aging population, one company has come up with an unusual amenity for senior housing: a professional theater. In fact, developers of an apartment complex catering to seniors with an artistic bent that has opened in North Hollywood think it may be the region's first pairing of housing and live theater. The $32-million NoHo Senior Arts Colony is intended for residents age 62 and over with interests in such artistic pursuits as singing, acting, photography and writing.
October 24, 2012 |
In progressive music circles, it's an event whenever Tom Tom Club , the arty electro-funk Talking Heads spin-off composed of Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, releases a new record. "Downtown Rockers," released Sept. 11, is the band's first recording in more than a decade, and the gotta-dance, six-track EP should satisfy expectant fans. The title track pays homage to the free-wheeling New York City music scene of the 1970s and name-checks the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television and the New York Dolls.
August 8, 2012 |
The L.A. Times is expanding its events for movie lovers with a new, free Indie Focus Screening Series at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theaters starting Aug. 22 with “Robot & Frank.” Starring Oscar nominee Frank Langella as an aging jewel thief who turns his annoying robot caregiver into an accomplice, “Robot & Frank” was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Times movie writer Mark Olsen will be on hand to discuss the rambunctiously heartfelt sci-fi caper with director Jake Schreier.
June 15, 2012
'Gerhard Richter Painting' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes Playing: Laemmle's Royal, West Los Angeles; NoHo 7 in North Hollywood; Playhouse 7 in Pasadena
April 11, 2012 |
No one's ever called music impresario April Williams lazy. She began booking and producing music in the upstairs room at Vitello's restaurant in Studio City at the end of 2009. It's now one of the most coveted jazz spots - for musicians and listeners alike - in Southern California. On April 18, she breaks new ground with a spring music series at the Federal, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District near a Metro Rail station. She could hardly inaugurate her new enterprise more auspiciously: Williams has tapped Bob Sheppard, one of the preeminent West Coast jazz saxophonist stylists and busiest recording session players in the Hollywood studios.
March 4, 2012 |
NoHo 14, a failed high-rise condominium development turned apartment house in North Hollywood, has sold for $74 million to investors. An investment fund managed by Swiss banking giant UBS bought the residential and retail complex at 5440 N. Tujunga Ave. from real estate company Kennedy Wilson, Guardian Life Insurance Co. and RCEP/Urban Partners. Completed in 2008, the 14-story tower encompasses more than 200,000 square feet. It includes 180 residential units and a Roger Dunn Golf Shops store on the ground floor.
March 11, 2011 |
It was in the course of taking his kids to martial-arts classes in North Hollywood that Knitting Factory Chief Executive Morgan Margolis first laid eyes on the 1926 red brick bank building that was to become his obsession. Nearly five months later, he turned the cavernous two-story space into a comfortable bar, restaurant and live performance venue called the Federal Bar . Initially, he wanted to open a new Knitting Factory to replace the Hollywood location, which closed in 2009.
January 7, 2011 |
Southern California is the birthplace of the U.S. tiki bar scene, setting the standard for Polynesian Americana since Don the Beachcomber opened his first rum-soaked shack in Hollywood on McCadden Place in the 1930s. But kitschy island-themed thrills have been harder to come by recently in Los Angeles. More tiki bars have closed than opened over the last few decades, in stark contrast to cities such as London, where a tiki bar scene has grown in the last five years, or even New York, which boasts newly minted tikiphiles aplenty after the opening of tiki-influenced finds such as Painkiller and the Hurricane Club in 2010.