Whisky a Go Go

How Go-Go Dancing Took Off at The Whisky a Go Go

Alison Martino Hollywood

The world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr., son of Philip Tanzini, Sr., who was one of the original owners of the Whisky along with Elmer Valentine, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier. Tanzini shares some inside …

Hollywood Boulevard is Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s playground

Alison Martino Hollywood

The production of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood recreated old theaters and storefronts with astonishing detail. Brad Pitt is seen the set of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: GC Images Never question Quentin Tarantino’s commitment to his films. For the past week, a one-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard—between Las …

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. 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 one of the oldest confectionaries …