Category Archives: Offbeat L.A. History

Offbeat L.A.: Sauerkraut, Stout and a Side of Surreality… Old World Village in Huntington Beach

We are living in a time that is moving much too quickly. Technology is always one step ahead of us, and the gathering and processing of information comes at us from all directions, pretty much non-stop. Our outside environment, controlled … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: A Cherry on Top- Fosters Freeze, the History of California’s Original Soft Serve

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Soft Serve! Perhaps the words don’t roll off the tongue as romantically as ice cream, the much denser, higher milk-fat frozen treat that we all love and adore, but Soft Serve … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Bewitching Mosaic Sculptures of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, CA

It is not hard to enchant me. I am captivated quite easily by things of beauty, places of mystery, anything that calls to my heart, my soul and my imagination. And yet the spellbinding mosaic sculptures of French/American artist Niki … Continue reading

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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.: 100+ Los Angeles Area Liquor Store Signs- A Photographic Essay of the Vintage, Obscure & the Odd

All photographs by Nikki Kreuzer As our city’s colorful past is slowly absorbed into the high tech future, erasing much of what we felt would long survive us, it feels good to take comfort in what remains. Memories are very … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Cafe Jack- A Kitschy Boat Shaped “Titantic” Themed Restaurant in Koreatown

I must say, I live for programmatic architecture. Although its heyday of popularity has long passed, the inner child in me does a happy cartwheel for a giant donut or any other building shaped like the product it sells. And … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Get on Your Pony and Ride – Sunset Ranch in Griffith Park

One of my very first adventures in sunny Los Angeles after I arrived, half a lifetime ago, from grey-skied Buffalo, NY was a horse ride up in Griffith Park at Sunset Ranch. It was the first time I said the … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Video Explores the Technicolor Beauty of the Mosaic Tile House in Venice

Originally published September 13, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat The beach side neighborhood of Venice has long had a reputation as an artistic community. As a mosaic artist myself, I was intrigued by an amazing house in Venice, known … 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. Takes a Video Trip to the Historic & Cool Bob Baker Puppet Theater

Originally published July 26, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat Bob Baker Theater is the oldest puppet theater in the United States. Its founder Bob Baker passed away in November 2014, but the show must go on. Come on a … Continue reading

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