Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Los Angeles is a city of art museums. There is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Latin American Art (MOLA), the Getty, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the last of which specializes in art produced after 1940. Their website directly states that: “We are contemporary. We question and adapt … [Read more…]

Farmers’ Market on Wilshire Blvd.

Driving around the Los Angeles area on a Saturday morning, one is pretty likely to encounter a Farmers’ Market. They have become quite commonplace today; we even have one on Lower Campus on Wednesdays. However, the exchange of products directly between the producer and the consumer was not always an established means of business. Ergo … [Read more…]

The Walter Pyramid

In a recent class discussion, it was mentioned that Los Angeles often plays different locations in movies, and Los Angelenos recognize the distinct landmarks of these sites pulling them away from the storyline of the movie. I immediately thought back to a moment when this happened to me. Being a competitive gymnast for eleven years, … [Read more…]

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Walking down Hollywood Boulevard, one will come upon a building that does not fit in with the surrounding landscape, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This building, constructed in 1926, was modeled after a Chinese pagoda, featuring chinese dragons on the front facade and two “heavenly dogs” from the Ming Dynasty referred to as guardian lions. Upon its … [Read more…]

Hollywood Walk of Fame

In the early stages of development, California’s four main industries were citrus, oil, water, and eventually film. Today, one of those industries still has a large visible presence in the city of Los Angeles, the film industry. Since 1960, one could no longer stroll down Hollywood Boulevard without noticing the impact of this industry, for … [Read more…]

Knott’s Berry Farm

If you’re driving down the 91 freeway, through Buena Park, you are guaranteed to spot the epitome of the Spanish Fantasy that cloaks the story of Southern California’s past, Knott’s Berry Farm. From the beginning, Knott’s Berry Farm told the story that California wanted to create. Between 1927 and 1928, the early dawn of the … [Read more…]

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Anyone who follows sports knows the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, typically referred to as The Coliseum. Since it’s opening in 1923, this stadium has been the home of the USC football team and the temporary home to the UCLA football team, USC and UCLA basketball teams, “Cleveland” Rams, “Brooklyn” Dodgers, “Minneapolis” Lakers, “Oakland” Raiders, and the LA … [Read more…]

The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia

The Watts Towers are yet another one of the pieces of the immigrant puzzle that fits together to tell the story of the birth and history of California. The construction of the towers which are today classified as a National Historic Landmark, a Historic Park of the State of California, and a Historic-Cultural monument began … [Read more…]

Naples Island

Having spent the last six years in Long Beach’s “community of swimmers,” Naples has been a locale that I have frequently visited, whether it was for open water races through the canals, summer swims around the island, or prom pictures at Naples Fountain, but I always had questions about this tiny island located a short … [Read more…]