Category Archives: Offbeat L.A. Characters

Offbeat L.A.: Cast Me in Your Next Film! Actor Dennis Woodruff, A Hollywood Legend and His Tricked Out Cars

Los Angeles has long had a reputation as a center for oddballs. The longstanding east coast joke about tipping the country and all the weirdos falling to the “Left Coast” is thankfully not entirely untrue. The weirdos are our blessings; … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Meets Hollywood Billboard Queen Angelyne in a Rare VIDEO Interview

Originally published August 2, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Angelyne, the infamous Hollywood Billboard Queen was one of the earliest subjects of this Offbeat L.A. column in an article called Pretty in Pink. However, catching her in a rare … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Nick Metropolis- A Weird World of Wacky Props & Odd Collectibles

Originally published April 8, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Driving past the intersection of La Brea and 1st streets in Hollywood is sure to cause some distraction. Your head might swivel as you try to get a better look … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Straight Out of David Lynch- The Surreal Lounge Act of Jimmy Angel

Originally published December 6, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat In our city fact and fiction blend seamlessly. Really what is the difference between legend, myth and the hard facts of reality? Like beauty, it is often in the eye … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Loving Goodbye to Marionette Master Bob Baker

Originally published November 28, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Los Angeles sadly lost an offbeat legend today, Friday November 28th. Bob Baker, the magical maestro of the oldest puppet theater in the United States, passed away at age 90. … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Harry Perry- The Guitar Playing, Rollerskating, Turban Wearing Kosmic Krusader of Venice Beach

Originally published May 8, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat This April marked the 40th anniversary that Harry Perry, the legendary Kama Kosmic Krusader has been performing his lovingly bizarre feedback-filled songs to tourists and locals alike on the Venice … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Upcoming Event- Groupies Galore! Meet Pamela Des Barres, Miss Mercy & Catherine James

Originally published February 24, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Here in Los Angeles, although we are known for our earthquakes, we are lucky to be the main epicenter of something else. We are known worldwide for being the center … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Happy 88th Birthday to Custom Car Legend George Barris!

Originally published November 25, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Author’s Note: George Barris sadly passed away on November 5, 2015, two weeks before his 90th birthday. As we think of the many offbeat subcultures that have sprung from the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Originally published November 21, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Kim Fowley- Bad Boy With a Heart of Gold (Last Stop Before the Neon Graveyard)

  Originally published October 1, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Author’s Note: Kim Fowley sadly passed away on January 15, 2015. He is survived by his beautiful wife Kara. As the timid souls of our city tuck themselves into … Continue reading

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