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June 18, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
They were singing the blues in the legendary Studio A at Hollywood's Capitol Records tower. "Losing this place would be a big deal. There's nothing better than this anywhere in the world," said recording engineer Al Schmitt. Schmitt, a 19-time Grammy winner, was standing over the banquet-table-size mixing board in the Vine Street studio's control room. Punching a button on the console, he played back a silky smooth track recorded minutes earlier by jazz singer Roberta Gambarini.
May 19, 2005
It pleased me very much to see that UCLA is honoring the great Buster Keaton ["His Silence Is Golden," May 12]. At the age of 16 I used to hang around the Brown Derby on Vine Street seeking autographs. There, at the time, was a drugstore on Vine between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. One hot afternoon I sat down at the food counter to grab a sandwich and a cool drink. Within a minute or two, a gentlemen sat next to me. To my shock and surprise, I recognized Buster Keaton. We had lunch together and talked for half an hour.
April 19, 1989
A police officer shot a Hollywood woman who had been chasing some burglars early Tuesday when she ignored the officer's orders and reached for a pistol in her waistband, according to Los Angeles police. Detectives said the 35-year-old woman, her husband and son had armed themselves and dashed into the street to chase some people they had seen breaking into their car. The burglars escaped, but moments later police, responding to a "shots-fired" call, confronted the family at Fountain Avenue and Vine Street.
September 6, 1998 | Jim Heimann, Jim Heimann, a regional historian and teacher at Art Center School of Design, is the author of six books on architecture and popular culture, including "Car Hops and Curb Service: A History of the American Drive-In Restaurant."
Hollywood. The name alone evokes images of glamour and movie stars. And the junction of Hollywood and Vine was ground zero--the best possible place to catch a film, glimpse a movie star, shop at a smart store or dine in one of the Southland's hottest spots, surrounded by celebrities. By the early 1960s, however, Hollywood's glitter was replaced by grit and the fabled crossroads became more a state-of-mind than a sought-after destination.
August 31, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
When Adnan Essayli set out to paint the outside of his La Palma home, he wanted a color resembling gold-toned travertine, like the stone-walled homes in his native Beirut. He spent weeks searching for the perfect color -- with the same exacting attention to detail he had shown over three years of remodeling. Failing to find a color mimicking stone, he settled on a personalized mix of deep-toned golds, with red trim to highlight the windows. For a year, he has been happy with the color, unaware that some of his neighbors were seething over the suddenly incongruous house in an otherwise coordinated, earth-toned neighborhood.
June 9, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
Five years ago Marcus Roberts, then 21, joined the Wynton Marsalis group as pianist and composer. Roberts, who was heard last year at Hollywood's Vine Street Bar & Grill during a leave of absence, has now left Marsalis permanently and is back at Vine Street (through Sunday), leading a unit that is similar to the one he presented previously.
October 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
More than 1,000 activists ended their hours-long rally and march through Hollywood on Saturday on a high note after getting word that Gov. Jerry Brown had signed several bills that would ease conditions for immigrants. Just before noon on Saturday, a swelling crowd of union workers, immigrants and activists started their march down Western Avenue before turning onto Sunset Boulevard and finally Vine Street. Oscar Valladares, 34, was heading down Sunset holding a purple "Citizenship for the 11 million" sign.
July 26, 2008 | David Zahniser
The City Council on Friday approved both a 23-story condominium tower on the site of the vacant Spaghetti Factory restaurant in Hollywood and two billboard-sized signs on the building's south and west sides. The 305-unit project was approved despite objections from critics who argued that it had received too many exceptions to the city's planning and zoning rules, such as the location of the "supergraphics" -- signs to be stretched across vinyl on part of the building's exterior. The council simultaneously approved a higher density for the project and fewer parking spaces.
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