From the Editor

Summertime and the livin' is easy. That may be true for the true South, but it's also vacation time and there's always an influx of visitors that our summer travel plans don't match.

Rachel Flanagan's article about the Hollywood Sign points out what began as an advertisement and ended up a world icon has caused for those who live in its shadow. In the past 20 years, there's been a 100 percent increase in the number of visitors to Los Angeles-and most of them want to get up close and personal with our sign. The sign is as historic as the many homes that are scattered throughout our hills. Although they lived there only a short time, the home where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard lived in Hollywoodland is a delight to behold. Each of the homes built during the 20s and 30s were special, but this turreted castle is truly unique even without its celebrity provenance.

While we're steeped in history, there's always something new coming along and the Simonians, owners of the Historic Hollywood Hotel on Melrose, have recently added The Edmon Restaurant to the property. It's a little off the beaten track, its décor a treat for the senses and the food is wonderful.

Speaking about what makes Hollywood special and unique, playwright Stephen Sachs, co-founder of the Fountain Theatre, shares his observations about Los Angeles' vibrant live theatre scene. Sometimes lost in the glitz and glamour of this town's industry, actors of every size, shape and description bring richness to our theatres large and small. There's no doubt that LA is a theatre town.

Summer in Hollywood definitely isn't "easy"-it's happening.

Treat yourself to a live theatre performance at the Pantages, free Shakespeare in Griffith Park or at one of our many small theatres. Enjoy a warm summer evening at The Bowl or the Greek-our hills are alive with the sound of music of every genre.

However, we caution you, don't try to get to the Hollywood Sign; the natives may not be friendly. There's a great view of the sign at Griffith Observatory and you can avoid parking hassles with the convenient shuttle service. So keep cool, take it easy and enjoy all this great town has to offer.

Posted By Nyla Arslanian on June 29, 2017 02:40 pm | Permalink