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The Extraordinary Leon Hefflin And His Groundbreaking Cavalcade Of Jazz

This trailblazing annual music festival drew thousands of Angelenos -- and we have one fascinating man to thank for it.

What The LA Smallpox Epidemics Of The 1800s Can Teach Us About Covid Today

Fear. Misinformation. Denial. Rumors. The way humans respond to plagues hasn't changed much in the last couple centuries.

Free Forever: The Contentious Hearing That Made Biddy Mason A Legend

"Once she got her freedom, she didn't accept 'no' for an answer. Whatever she set out to do, she was very methodical about."

How Racism Ruined Black Santa Monica

Wiped out by the 10 freeway, the Belmar neighborhood, at Fourth and Pico, was once a hub for Black life.

What Do We Do With LA's Junipero Serra Statues?

As statues of the Franciscan friar come down, Southern California grapples with reframing the European-centric "California story."

So Long, Sears. What Comes Next For These Empty Architectural Behemoths?

In Boyle Heights, the nine-story, Art Deco store that started it all is a strange mix of bustling commerce and yawning, empty space.

The Fabulous Life Of Charlotta Bass, The First Woman Of Color To Run For US Vice President

She published an influential Black newspaper, ran for congress, helped found the Progressive Party and spent most of her life fighting for social justice.

Club Alabam Was The Center Of LA's Jazz Scene In The 1930s And '40s

The Central Avenue nightclub performers who graced its stage helped create modern jazz, swing, bebop, and rhythm and blues.

The Colored Air Circus In 'Perry Mason' Was Real -- And Revolutionary

It was the brainchild of a lanky pilot and aviation educator named William J. Powell.

Take A Walk From LA's 'Great Hiking Era' And Stroll Back In Time

From Los Angeles's earliest days as a city, boosters have sold it as an outdoor paradise, waiting to be explored on foot. It still is.

In The Coronavirus Era, Drive-In Movies Get Their Sequel

And here's a brief history of their rise and fall.

How LA's Victory Gardens Helped Win WWII

"Soldiers of the soil" planted 20 million victory gardens and they supplied 40% of the produce in the U.S.

Classic LA Recipes For Your Quarantine Cooking Needs

Take a trip to L.A.'s scrumptious past for a zucchini casserole, Hungarian comfort food and a chili so delicious Elizabeth Taylor requested it in the hospital.

How Did LA Cope With The Influenza Pandemic Of 1918?

And what lessons can we learn from that experience?

Alpine Village Says Auf Wiedersehen To Its Restaurant

The Bavarian hamlet off the Harbor Freeway is shutting down after 51 years of sausages, schnitzel and sweets.

The Dunbar Hotel Was Once The Heart Of Black Los Angeles

Before Rudy Ray Moore took it over to shoot "Dolemite," it was a posh hotel, a nexus for black culture and had a swinging music scene.

The Source, LA's Cult Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant, Returns -- For One Night

Here's how a dude named Jim Baker rechristened himself Father Yod and planted the seeds for a food revolution.

The Weird And Wild Flavors Of Musso And Frank's Most Old Timey Dishes

Sauerbraten. Diplomat pudding. Stuffed celery. As palates evolve and tastes change, some dishes stay on the menu for 100 years.

What Did People Eat On LA's Beaches 100 Years Ago?

Hint: It was all about tamales, abalone and hot dogs.

Fosselman's Turns 100 -- And Opens A New Ice Cream Shop In Glendora

Every day is like a sundae at The Ice Cream Shop, a sleeker, trendier extension of the family business.

How A Former Talent Agent Made Famous Amos So Famous. (Hint: Marvin Gaye Helped)

His name is Wally Amos and it was the '70s. "Everyone was stoned and had the munchies so he was always warmly greeted."

The Iconic Murals Of Millard Sheets Are Disappearing From LA

Why do his stunning, historically themed works keep being displaced and destroyed?

How Chinese Restaurants Shaped Tiki Culture In LA

Here, in a paper-thin egg roll wrapper, is the tension at the heart of culture, cuisine and commerce in the U.S.

This Humble Bookstore Was The Center Of Literary LA In The 1930s

Owner Stanley Rose was a swaggering, foul mouthed, hard-drinking Texan who liked to brag that he never read.

This Former Slave Helped Teach America How To Cook

After traveling the U.S. as a Pullman porter, Rufus Estes became one of the first black chefs to write a cookbook.

Before It Became Chinatown, Frenchtown Was Where LA's Gilded Age Robber Barons Feasted

Settled by French and Swiss immigrants, it became a hub of California haute cuisine.