Category Archives: The Dark Side

Offbeat L.A.: Happiness is a Warm Gun – LAX Firing Range in Inglewood

Guns are a hot topic. Tied to political rhetoric about what so-called freedom represents, involved in innocent deaths and an idea of self-protection, their mere availability or threat of denial can cause the bitterest of arguments. I had never shot … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Six Halloween 2015 Picks… Kitschy, Campy, Creepy, Historic, Retro & Creative

Originally published October 18, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat While autumn settles into the East Coast with cooler temperatures and multi-colored leaves in early September, we brave Angelenos often suffer our hottest heat waves well into early October. After … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: All Dogs Go To Heaven- The Quite Bizarre Los Angeles Pet Cemetery

Originally published April 12, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat About 40 minutes northwest of Los Angeles lies a most unusual cemetery. Traditional decorum of tastefulness and quiet mourning is replaced with blasts of color, whimsical wind spinners, laminated photos … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Highway to Hell- The Mysterious Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena

Originally published February 25, 2015 at The Los Angeles Beat “When I was sweet sixteen I was the juke box queen Down in Devil Gate Drive I led the angel pack on the road to sin… Down in Devil Gate … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Sunken City- 20th Century Ruins in San Pedro

Originally published May 9, 2014 at The Los Angeles Beat Ghosts of a former hillside housing community that slid into the sparkling Pacific way back in 1929 still haunt the sunny cliffs of San Pedro. Now known as Sunken City, … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Goes on a Video Adventure: Two Bizarre Prop Houses- Bischoff’s Taxidermy & Dapper Cadaver

Originally published December 20, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat Our beguiling and wondrous city is most famously known for being the epicenter of the movie and TV industries. Accordingly so, Los Angeles has all the trimmings available to cater … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Halloween ’13- Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Originally published October 4, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat The salt filled air of the Port of Long Beach is not the first place you might envision when pondering one of the most haunted places in America. The blue … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Halloween ’13- Haunted Hollywood Sports

Originally published September 29, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat. It’s nearly October, and as the days get shorter and our California nights get nippier, the veil begins to get thinner between the world of the living and the shadowy … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Event: Scare LA- A Convention for Blood or Money

Originally published August 15, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat It seems like the Halloween market is more popular than it ever has been. The elaborately created mazes and haunted houses and scare events seem to be multiplying yearly. Fresh … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A. Event: The Great Horror Campout

Originally published June 8, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat I have to admit that I do love a good haunted house. In fact, every October you can find me geeking it up, gathering friends and attending as many fright … Continue reading

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