August 23, 2004
Every time The Times writes an article about Westwood Village it mentions the demise of the area, attributing it to the shooting in 1988 ("Westwood Project Gets City's OK," Aug. 19). I lived in Westwood for 15 years. The popularity of Westwood as a destination during that time was due to the fact that there was no other place in the city where you had street life. Along came the rejuvenation of Century City, Third Street Promenade, Universal CityWalk, Melrose, Old Pasadena, etc., and now the Grove.
July 13, 1995 |
Street performers on Third Street Promenade were put on notice to tone it down Tuesday as the Santa Monica City Council requested stricter noise rules for them and for businesses that blare music outdoors. In an effort to reduce noise on the popular pedestrian mall, the council ordered city staff to draft an ordinance restricting the use of amplified sound and suggested that amplification be banned in the busy evening hours. The council will take up the issue again July 25.
November 3, 1991 |
They are like stage sets, with scenery and backdrops against a wall, and, up front, tiny people in a mini-world of art. But Marc Cohen's original works can't found in any lobby--they all seem to be pinned to lapels. His 2-inch-square box pins are a multimedia mix of photo collages, Cohen's original artwork and--for a three-dimensional effect--plastic human figures. A former actor, stage manager and set designer, Cohen got the idea for the pins seven years ago while working in New York theater.
May 24, 2007 |
BETWEEN the crowds, street performers and preachers, it's easy to miss the Promenade Playhouse, tucked behind a nondescript door along the Third Street Promenade. That's a shame, because on Fridays and Saturdays one of the quirkier offerings on L.A.'s late-night theater scene -- "Money & Run: Episode 1" -- is unfolding before a packed house.
August 3, 2013 |
Bill Okal's opening line is one of the oldest tricks in the close-up magic book: undersell your talent, then dazzle them with your best cards. "I really only do two tricks," the Bakersfield resident says apologetically to the two families standing in front of him on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Saturday morning. He taps on three brass demi-cups perched upside down on a weathered cabaret table with pom-pom trim. "One is with cups, which I'm sure you've seen before…. The other, if you're ready for this, is the legendary egg trick of Max Malini!"
July 30, 1998 |
Blink in Los Angeles and risk missing a new store opening. There, in the middle of the block, where the juice bar used to be, is now a shiny, new, beautifully designed, well-stocked clothing store. In neighborhoods throughout Southern California's sprawl, shops offering merchandise in a range of prices continually open. Some are chains that want outposts in as many shopping districts as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1999
In a move that one City Council member said would make the downtown area resemble a great city of Europe, the City Council has voted unanimously to approve plans aimed at extending the success of the Third Street Promenade to neighboring areas. After years of planning and community meetings, council members recently approved conceptual design plans for an estimated $5-million to $7-million project known as the Downtown Transit Mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2008 |
Santa Monica city officials and activists are headed to court to argue the fate of 54 ficus trees previously set for removal. A hearing scheduled for today was moved to Thursday because a new judge was recently assigned to the case and needed more time to review the arguments, officials said. The city agreed to extend its previous promise to not remove any of the trees in question until after next week's hearing, said Tom Nitti, an attorney representing Treesavers, the informal group of residents and visitors concerned with protecting the city's trees.
May 11, 1989
For the first time in 20 years, cars and trucks will be allowed along the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica's downtown outdoor mall. The mall, which is undergoing extensive renovation, has until now been for pedestrians only. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance that set the speed limit on the mall at 15 m.p.h. But members left for a future meeting the decision over the hours in which traffic will be permitted. Tom Carroll, director of Bayside District Corp.