CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2008 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
June 9, 1990 |
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.
January 30, 2003 |
You could go on and on about Hollywood and Vine, what with its Art Deco architecture, glorious radio and film history, celebrity sightings and sidewalks of gold stars. You could track the world-famous intersection's tragic downfall and then record the dignity with which it is now rising. But let's begin instead with the pigeons because Hollywood, after all, is a town of wonderfully eclectic characters here at one time or another -- not because of who they are but because of who they want to be.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2008 |
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.
April 19, 1989 |
A Hollywood woman who had been chasing some burglars was shot by a policeman 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.