Column: LA history mural already great, may become greater

Ever since visiting The Great Wall of Los Angeles mural in the San Fernando Valley on Labor Day weekend, I’ve meant to write about it. Even more so since visiting the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach in December, where there’s an exhibit about it. Other priorities keep getting in the way. They might have gotten in the way this week too, except I decided to go for it and make everything else wait for a change. You can read about this amazing mural in my Wednesday column. (Or you can skip it and wait for Friday’s column — it’s a free country.)

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Column: Music Box Steps provide a change of climb

I walked LA’s Music Box Steps recently to complete the full “Secret Stairs” complement of 42 urban hikes, the subject of my Aug. 18 column. But I didn’t have room to say too much about the stairs. And since I went back a few days later to do the two-mile loop all over again, this time with the book rather than with the author, to look for things I’d missed, I decided to write about the experience and the movie that gave the steps their name. Thus was my Friday column born.

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Column: NoHo, Fonzie, the Stones, and then there’s Maude

It’s a grab-bag of items. Readers share memories of North Hollywood after my recent column, my praise for a used bookstore that I’d said was the biggest and best is qualified, recollections are sought from anyone who attended the 1966 Rolling Stones concert in San Bernardino, the Fonzie statue in Milwaukee leads to a mention of a TV sitcom film site in Claremont, and a top pop singer hails from Murrieta. All of this — whew! — is in Sunday’s column.

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