Steve McQueen Mural by Kent Twitchell

The “Steve McQueen Monument”

Alison Martino Hollywood

In early 1971, Los Angeles street artist Kent Twitchell painted his first realistic mural. He called it “Steve McQueen Monument”. The mural stood as a landmark for nearly 30 years, possibly the oldest extant LA Mural of the movement that influenced similar movements throughout the world. Then it was mysteriously painted over. Rumor was that a family from a different …


Fiorucci in Beverly Hills

Alison Martino Hollywood

Photo: LA Times 1980. (Vintage Los Angeles collection) If there’s ONE store from my youth that still stands out in my nostalgic brain, it’s gotta be FIORUCCI in Beverly Hills. It was OUT THERE, even by todays standards. I still dream about it because it was so ahead of its time during the late 70s and early 80s. The window …

Edelweiss Chocolates in Beverly Hills

Edelweiss Chocolates

Alison Martino Hollywood

I just adore the window display at Edelweiss Chocolates in Beverly Hills – especially around the holidays. This charming little chocolate factory has been in business in the same location since 1942. Those are the original Art Deco glass blocks on both sides making it one one of the very last vintage store facades left in the neighborhood – and …

Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate in Beverly Hills

Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

Alison Martino Hollywood

I couldn’t think of a better place to set me loose! Greystone Manor is a hidden gem tucked away above Sunset Blvd in Beverly Hills. The mansion, built in 1927 is only open during special programs such as Music in the Mansion and Friends of Greystone events, although the outside grounds are open daily for visitors to enjoy! Greystone Mansion, …

Pink Pussycat, College of Striptease, Los Angeles

Peek Inside L.A.’s Forgotten College of Striptease

Alison Martino Hollywood

“Fundamentals of Taking It Off.” “Psychology of Inhibitions.” “Applied Sensual Communication.” The courses I recently spotted on a student application from the 1960s could only have been taught at one place: the Pink Pussycat College of Striptease in Los Angeles. The “school,” which opened in 1961, was held at the Pink Pussycat Club, the city’s most unique burlesque theater for …