How Go-Go Dancing Took Off at The Whisky

Alison Martino Hollywood

The world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 16th, 2014! And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr. for an exclusive interview for my latest Los Angeles Magazine feature. His father Philip Tanzini Sr. was one of the original owners. He shares some inside stories …

It’s Christmastime at The Capitol Records Building

Alison Martino Hollywood

If there’s one holiday tradition that I enjoy every year, it’s spotting the historic Christmas tree that tops the iconic Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood. Designed by Ollsen Lighting and featuring 4,373 bulbs (at 25 watts each), the tree was the first of its kind, and it has been a part of the Hollywood skyline each December …

Dino’s Lodge on Sunset Strip

Alison Martino Hollywood

Remember the opening to 77 Sunset Strip? And that big happy face smilin’ down on you? That was Dean Martin’s restaurant located at 8524 Sunset Boulevard. For 27 years this neon sign of Dean Martin was one of Hollywood’s campiest icons. Serving home-style Italian food and grilled entrees in a wood-paneled atmosphere meant to replicate the great roue’s den. But …