Bio: Art Aratin

Name of Birth Certificate: Arthur Wayne Aratin Preference: Art Place of Birth: Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA Date of Birth: April 25, 1945I have lived in (all California residences): Sierra Madre, Ocean Park, Mar Vista, Palms, San Diego, Hollywood, Inglewood, West Los Angeles, Palms, Los Feliz, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood. Education: Montessori Nursery School, Beethoven […]

Summer of Love

Hey, ex-hippies! It’s time to take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Summer of Love. Yes, 40 years ago we put on our cowboy boots and vests, put a flower in our hair, and trekked to San Francisco and the Haight-Ashbury district to celebrate sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ […]

The Sahl Still Shines

Mort Sahl turned 80 on May 11. Along with Paul Krassner and Lenny Bruce, Sahl revolutionized comedy in the 1960s by making satire (cultural and political) a staple of standup routines. His career flourished from the beginning of the Eisenhower era (he got his start at the Hungry i in San Francisco) and continues to […]

Viva Elvis!

I have a confession to make. I never was a big fan of Elvis Presley, though I could appreciate how The King fascinated millions (maybe billions) of fans with his sexy sneer, swiveling hips, and deep-throated, bedroom voice. I was more into doo-wop instead of rockabilly, and by the time I learned to appreciate Elvis […]

Welcome to Dreamsville

Dreamsville: A site for people who came of age in the Sixties A generation bounded by Beatniks, Sputniks, Civil Rights and Camelot on one side, and Watergate, the end of the Vietnam War, and Disco on the other.   H ere you can chronicle your dreams and aspirations, post musings, thoughts, and histories of that […]

Blinded by the Light

“The mole is an animal that digs tunnels underground searching for the sun. Sometimes his journey leads him to the surface. When he looks at the sun, he is blinded.” So begins Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classic “El Topo,” a surrealistic journey mixing religion, 1960s “Theatre of Cruelty,” Western film motifs and downright craziness into a film […]

Weather of Mass Destruction

F rom the latest e-mail Progress Report from the folks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund comes this depressing scenario. Last month, the Military Advisory Board, a panel of esteemed retired military officers, issued a report that found “projected climate change poses a serious threat to America’s national security” over the next 30 […]

Tiki Time

T rader Vic’s, that last outpost of Los Angeles’ tiki-bar zeitgeist of the 1950s and 1960s, has all but been sent back to Polynesia. The iconic restaurant and bar that stood at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards in Beverly Hills, just outside the Hilton Hotel, and that served as a watering hole […]

You Are What You Own

I n an interesting take on the 1960s-70s mantra of “You Are What You Eat,” several Web sites have sprung up to let us know that the counter cultural warriors who eschewed middle-class trappings to become hippies were indeed far off the mark. Harking back to the status conscious fifties, the 21st century’s new mantra […]

Life Imitates Art …

strange_clouds.jpg I t’s right out of a 1950s science fiction movie. A rocket carrying a NASA spacecraft was launched at the end of April on a first-ever mission to study mysterious clouds that float 80 kilometers above the Earth. The noctilucent clouds, which cluster around the polar regions and can only been seen at night, […]

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