February is African American History Month, but every month is a good month to celebrate African American history and culture, and what better place to do so than your local library!
The temperature has plunged below 82. You’ve switched from cold brew to hot coffee and you’re thinking about putting on a sweater. Lights twinkle from the palm trees along the boulevards… the Kings are battling the Ducks out on the Staples Center ice… it’s holiday time once again in the Southland!
One of the most colorful figures of the Chicano Movement of the late 60s and early 70s was Oscar Zeta Acosta, a.k.a. the Brown Buffalo. A radical, hard-living lawyer and activist, Acosta helped lead the East L.A.
Two of history’s most terrifying volcanic eruptions took place in August: Mount Vesuvius, on August 24-25 in 79 A.D., and Krakatoa, on August 26-27 in 1883. Each blasted colossal volumes of burning ash and rock high into the atmosphere and killed thousands of people for miles around.
July 14 is the French national holiday, marking the date in 1789 when a Parisian mob stormed the Bastille, officially kickstarting the French Revolution—the first of many, but certainly the most notable. As Louis XVI asked the Duc de la Rochefoucauld at the time, Is it a revolt?
Even as music increasingly moves online, for true fans the local brick-and-mortar record store will always be the holy place of discovery and sharing, where like-minded fanatics and novices gather to dig through the bins for new releases, dusty gems, and 180-gram gatefold pressings, trade band tips and deb
In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, tied up the night security guards, and went from room to room looting paintings and other items.
Looking for a nice mellow hike to a remote locale with scenic views in every direction…from which one might blast off a nuclear missile at an incoming Soviet bomber if it was 1965? L.A.’s decommissioned Nike missile command and launch sites may be for you.