Our Rich Streetcar History

Our Rich Streetcar HistoryFew folks living in our neighborhood know that at one time many years ago, local streetcars of the Los Angeles Railway and the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric, served all of Los Angeles with fast, dependable rail service. Here, on the Westside, local streetcars operated on Jefferson Blvd.,…

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2018 WAHA Annual Cemetery Tour

2018 WAHA Annual Cemetery Tour They came to America, and Los Angeles, to follow their dreams…for opportunities and, often, to escape persecution. And now om Sunday Sept. 23 their stories will come alive in this hugely popular West Adams Heritage annual history tour at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery.    The tour will explore the lives of the…

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Where Is the West Adams Community?

Where Is the West Adams Community?On April 1, 1984, news came over the airways that Motown singer Marvin Gaye had been shot and killed by his own father at the family home on Gramercy Place. The media couldn’t seem to agree on where the house was located. The Los Angeles Times said it was in “the Crenshaw…

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WAHA's Famous Annual Cemetery Tour

WAHA's Famous Annual Cemetery TourTHE ARTIST’S WAY: Poets and Painters, Songsmiths and Singers The 27th Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Presented by the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA)for tickets and times see end of article.  They made music…and art, poetry, photography and dance. And now their stories will come alive…

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Marl Young. Lucy's Piano Man

Marl Young.  Lucy's Piano ManFrom West Adams Landmarks of African American History. A Publication of West Adams Heritage Association:Desi Arnaz first asked Marl Young (1917 - 2009) to play the piano for the studio audience warm-up band for The Lucy Show. Young was instrumental in the merger of the all-black and all-white musicians unions…

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Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten

Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten Hurry on Down – Hurry on Down to a new exhibit about Nellie Lutcher (1912-2007), ground-breaking singer, songwriter and jazz pianist, renowned for hits like “Fine Brown Frame” and “Hurry on Down.” The exhibition, on view at the William Grant Still Arts Center, is comprised of Lutcher’s personal papers, business…

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Black History Month - All That Jazz

Black History Month - All That JazzCentral Avenue is justly celebrated as the heart and soul of the jazz and R&B scene from the 1920s through the early 1950s. On the “Eastside,” the Lincoln Theater, Club Alabam, the Dunbar Hotel and myriad other spots showcased the best in African American music.Yet even during the Central…

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Lena Horne in Country Club

Lena Horne in Country ClubLena Horne’s signature song, from a 1943 film of the same name, is Stormy Weather. Some would say she weathered many storms in her life.At age 16 Horne began working at Harlem’s Cotton Club, first as a dancer, then in the chorus and later as a solo singer. She…

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Oldest Cemetery in Los Angeles

Oldest Cemetery in Los AngelesRosedale Cemetery (now Angelus Rosedale) was founded in 1884, when Los Angeles was a small town and its location at what is now the corner of Washington Boulevard and Normandie Avenue was in the countryside, outside the city limits. It was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all…

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WAHA's Living History Tour 2015

WAHA's Living History Tour 2015On Saturday, September 26, the West Adams Heritage Association presents the Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, where visitors “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early pioneers, war veterans and entertainment industry personages as costumed actors, at graveside, portray their lives. Tour “shepherds” guide the visitors on a…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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