<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News - The LA You May Not Know]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/localen-usWed, 22 Nov 2017 04:59:10 -0800Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:59:10 -0800NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: LA's Neon Signs]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:48:42 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/171106-city-walk.JPG

Neon signs have been Illuminating Los Angeles nights since the late 1920s. In many ways LA and neon are made for each other. Our car culture and seasonable evenings have us enjoying nighttime LA, making the neon sign an eye-catching way for businesses to get our attention. But LA and neon have not necessarily had the easiest relationship. World War II shut down many rooftop neon signs, some never to be relit. As America grew post-war, LA's neon came to be associated with the city's film noir side of life, inexpensive motels, liquor stores and bars. The relationship sweetened in the late 20th century as neon's colors and artistic potential was embraced by artists and designers. Neon wasn't just for advertising, it was a means of creative expression found in private homes and public spaces. But technology marches on and now neon is faced with a new challenge, the rise in popularity of LED lighting. So don't take these beautiful, historic, pieces of LA history for granted. They are all around us, all we have to do is look, while we still can. Our story showcases where to find great neon as well as the incredible signs that are all still lighting up the LA night. Join Savannah Sinfield as she hosts "LA's Neon Signs."

Our thanks to Kim Koga, director of the Museum of Neon Art. Eric Lynxwiler, author of: "Signs of Life: Los Angeles Is the City of Neon"

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Reinvented Banks]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:00:10 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/10-12-2017-bank-la-know.JPG

In a city where new is always the most talked about, it’s sometimes surprising to find something old reinvented. These buildings, many of which used to be banks, allow visitors to get a glimpse of the past. Take a look at former bank buildings in Los Angeles that turned into something modern with a timeless twist. Walk inside and you'll find reminder of what used to be, including the vaults. It can be easy to forget what some buildings in Los Angeles once were, so allow us to take you back.

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Camera Obscura]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:30:25 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/camera-obscura.PNG

Up on the bluff of Santa Monica’s Palisades Park is one of the area’s great hidden gems -- a Camera Obscura. Over 100 years old, it is one of the earliest forms of photographic technology. It resides as part of the Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean Ave. The lab is a hidden gem too, offering classes in workshops in all sorts of creative fields. Addison Stafford is our host to a wonderful place of science and art. (Produced by Patrick Campbell) For more info check out the Camera Obscura Art Lab at – www.smgov.net/Camera]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Sidewalks of Fame]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:34:37 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/sidewalks+of+fame.PNG

There’s no question that getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or being commemorated in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a huge honor. But they're not the only sidewalks in town that pay tribute to those who have the right stuff. Join Carolina Quixano as we search the Southland for sidewalks that salute the best in a variety of domains. (Published Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017)

For more information on the "walks of fame" around Los Angeles:

- Grauman's Chinese Theatre
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Guitar Center Rock Walk
- Burbank Animal Shelter
- Westchester Flight Path

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Chandelier Tree]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:16:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/tlaymnk-chandeliertree.PNG

Although it has been lighting up Silver Lake for over 10 years, Adam Tenenbaum’s Chandelier Tree is still unknown to many. Located on the corner of West Silver Lake Drive and Shadowlawn Avenue, the tree lights up the sky, as well as people’s hearts practically every night. Join Layla Raad as she gives you a look at a true hidden gem in Los Angeles. (Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017)

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Beatles Tour]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:52:32 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/beatles-tour.PNG

When you think of LA, you think of the stars. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Beatles, arguably the biggest headliners in rock history, have left their mark on Los Angeles. Each member has lived here at one time or another. They performed here as a group, as well as individually -- and it was in LA where George drew his last breath. Join host Lexi Campbell on a quick tour with Gillian Lomax of some of Tinseltown’s fab four landmarks on this edition of the LA You May Not Know. (Published Saturday, June 17, 2017)

Check out Gillian's tour at http://amagicalhistorytour.com/drupal/.

<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Santa Anita Park]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 16:28:13 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/for_web_LA_You_May_Not_Know_Santa_Anita_Park_1200x675_937045571765.jpg

It’s known as "The Great Race Place." Santa Anita Park might be the most beautiful sports venue in all of Southern California. Saddle up with our host Shirah Matsuzawa and discover its connections to Hollywood, WWII, the LA Arboretum and a popular TV show from the 1970s. To learn more, visit the LA Arboretum or Santa Anita Park websites.]]>
<![CDATA[LA You May Not Know: Venice Canals]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:25:57 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/Venice+Canals+LA+You+May+not+know+thumbnail.JPG

Different from every other neighborhood in LA, the Venice Canals are a charming hideaway near the beach. But it hasn't always been so. Join our host, Cai Cramer as we look back and see how the Canals were created, almost destroyed, and eventually renovated to their current condition. For more information about the canals, visit: www.venicehistoricalsociety.org or voiceofthecanals.org]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Citadel Outlets]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:13:25 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/citadel-outlets.PNG

If you shop at the Citadel Outlets, you probably know that:

- It's the only outlet mall in Los Angeles County,
- It has two cool murals depicting Los Angeles and Orange counties in 1955
- and every year it boasts the world's tallest Christmas tree.

But do you know what the Citadel was before becoming an outlet mall? Victoria Berggren hosts this story of metamorphosis in the City of Commerce. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Celebrity Streets Edition]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:07:53 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/vin-scully-reveal.PNG

Movie stars have found their way from our DVD shelf to our address book. Their names have become part of the fabric that makes up a map of the greater LA area. Join Arielle McAlpin as she tells some of the more interesting stories behind our celebrity streets. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Randy's Donuts]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:59:10 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/01-05-2017-randy-donuts-1.JPG

Randy's Donuts is a Los Angeles icon, but the building's "unique" look might not be so unique. Discover more with latest edition of The LA You May Not Know Friday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: JFK Fountain in Torrance]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:04:41 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/layoumaynotknow-jfk.PNGIn Torrance, there is a memorial to the late President, John F. Kennedy. Although its shape is unusual (to say the least), the real story might be the woman who donated it. Discover more with latest edition of The LA You May Not Know Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. For more information, check out these links: Torrance Historical Society, Temple Israel of Hollywood, and Providence Health & Services .

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[Where Was the End of Route 66?]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:02:05 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/layoumaynotknow-route66.PNGThere's a lot of debate over where Route 66 officially ends. Multiple spots claim to be the end, some official and some unofficial -- and we're showing you all of them. Here's another episode of The LA You May Not Know, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Get more information at 66 To Cali, city of Santa Monica, Route 66, and AAA.]]><![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Bradbury Building]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:59:13 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bradbury+Building.jpgThe Bradbury Building might be the most popular "hidden gem" in LA. Indistinct on the outside, but breathtakingly beautiful on the inside. It is a favorite shooting location of movie and TV producers. Come check out one of LA's oldest buildings, which you've probably seen, even if you've never been there. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: Scott Ebright]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Take Me Out To The Ball Game]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:20:59 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/la+you+may+not+know+160906.JPGOur national pastime's anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" has a few Southern California connections. It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Lexi Campbell. Learn more about the Laguna Beach Indy, the Laguna Beach Little League and the Melrose Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery here. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Battle For the Port of LA]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:44:10 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The_Battle_For_The_Port_Of_LA_1200x675_738537539679.jpgThe Port of Los Angeles was almost built in the wrong spot! Take a journey into The LA You May Not Know to hear how the popular tourist destination, the Santa Monica Pier, almost never existed. Special thanks to the Santa Monica History Museum and San Pedro Historical Society.]]><![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Why the 101 Goes in Four Directions]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:03:43 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The_LA_You_May_Not_Know_Why_the_101_Goes_in_Four_Directions_1200x675_720825411509.jpgHow can the 101 Freeway run north, south, east and west? It's all part of the LA You May Not Know. (Published July 7, 2016)]]><![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Iconic Statues of LA]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:36:54 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/06.01.16_Venice-Ballerina-Statue.JPGSome of the city's iconic statues have an unusual look. How did they come to be? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Shira Matsuzawa. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)]]><![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Al Jolson's Tomb Takes Center Stage]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:15:03 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/04.29.16_Al-Jolson-Memorial.JPGLegendary singer and entertainer Al Jolson was larger than life. When he died in 1950, he was supposed to be buried at Hollywood's Beth Olam Cemetery. So how did he come to be interred in a majestic tomb fronting Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Chelsea Cutler. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

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<![CDATA[LA You May Not Know: Athletes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame]]>Sat, 02 Apr 2016 16:32:04 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/04.01.16_Hollywood-Star-Magic-Johnson.JPGThe Hollywood Walk of Fame honors stars of television, stage, film, radio and music. So how did two athletes end up with a star? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Shirah Matsuzawa. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)]]><![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Mystery of the Bates Motel]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:13:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Bates+Motel.JPG

The Bates Motel famously sits on the Universal Studios backlot and is a highlight of the famed studio tour. But how did the set location of a Paramount film come to be part of the Universal lore? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Richard Washington reports for NBC4. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)]]>