April 26, 2001 |
A candy counter ran down one side, a soda fountain down the other, and there was a blue room in the back serving lunch and dinner. An organ in the front room played while people were dining. "Dad's restaurant was such a fine, elegant restaurant," Lois Weber, now 81, recalls of the Pig 'n Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard, the regular haunt of the likes of Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes that her father ran in the late 1930s and '40s.
December 7, 2007
Spencer Davis, Stephen Bishop and the '60s cover band the Ravers will perform Sunday at a music event sponsored by the Mods & Rockers Festival to celebrate the holiday season and pay tribute to the late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison. "A Very British Sixties Christmas" will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Pig 'n' Whistle restaurant and bar at 6714 Hollywood Blvd. Admission is $3 at the door; there are no age restrictions.
June 27, 2004 |
Forget stamps, coins and Beanie Babies. The Fullerton Museum Center's current exhibit, "Gotta Have It Too: Collecting in the Internet Age," revels in how weird it can get out there in the world of the fanatical collector. Hamburger presses, paint-by-number canvases, PEZ candy, memorabilia from L.A.'s original Pig'n Whistle restaurant aren't even the half of it. This cascade of tchotchkes isn't just demented. It's, like, culturally significant.
May 17, 2012 |
I was going to refer to “It Is Done,” a play by Alex Goldberg currently running in a back room in Hollywood's Pig 'N Whistle restaurant, as “site-specific,” but then I Googled the term. Yes, “It Is Done” is set in a bar, but not the Pig 'N Whistle, nor the Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill in New York, where it premiered in 2011 -- just a nameless, deserted dive. Any bar would do. So according to Wikipedia, the proper term is “site-generic.” But that's terrible. So I propose “stage-free dinner theater.” You're welcome.
January 8, 2004 |
Dec. 22, 2003, 3:45 p.m., Borders Books & Music, Hollywood -- A striking scissors-toting man in a cowboy hat is escorted out of the ladies' room by two bookstore employees. An attractive brunet in her 20s, clad in a black salon cape, trails sheepishly behind him. Guerrilla hairdresser Kanu Saul has once again been busted. The only evidence he leaves behind is a small, neat pile of locks on the bathroom floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2004 |
In a downtown dedicated to commerce during the boom years of the 1920s, the notion of a building devoted exclusively to the arts must have caused some astonishment. And yet there it was -- the Fine Arts Building, designed in 1926 by architects Albert R. Walker and Percy A. Eisen, who also created such well-known structures as the Oviatt Building downtown, the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego.