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Vintage Neon Signs are Back for Route 66 Exhibition



Updated: originally posted on July 30… the lights were to be turned on tonight, August 5, as part of the opening reception celebration.  Check out LAist for coverage and photos of the event.  There is also an amusing pic of Weho Jesus in the gallery at Weho Patch.

Weho Daily was confused today, but things are clearing up after talking to Andrew Campbell, the Cultural Affairs Director for the City of West Hollywood. We’re excited to tell you that the vintage neon signs that made a brief appearance have been reinstalled, and are in the process of being wired to be lit up (they were only on location without power before).

Vintage Neon Swimmer Sign from Route 66, to be on display on Santa Monica Blvd near Holloway. (photo: Zach Behrens for LAist, click for coverage)

The confusion came after we saw there were a bunch of vintage neon signs around town, but they were removed in the last few weeks.  But today, the City of West Hollywood issued a press release talking about “On Route — 66 Lights” that sounds a lot like what we thought was an exhibition that passed.

Vintage Winchell's neon sign located in Plummer Park before removal in the last few weeks. (photo: Joel McKenna)

Apparently the vintage neon signs were only out to prepare for installation and the full exhibition.

Details from Weho Daily reader Victor Beltran seemed to confirm that before we had a chance to talk to the City.  “I walked by on Monday and they had them out waiting to be placed in,” he said. “The description panel across the street was never removed.”

The “On Route – 66 Lights” exhibit will officially kick off with a reception to be held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial on Santa Monica Boulevard at Holloway Drive, across from Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood.

A classic neon swimmer sign from Route 66 is on display in the center median of Santa Monica Blvd, near La Cienega (photo: Joel McKenna)

The exhibition will include a walking tour component of the many existing neon signs in the area.

Among West Hollywood’s most well-known signs are the gently swinging “R” above the entrance to the Roxy Theatre, and the glowing green welcome on the post in front of Dan Tana’s Italian restaurant, in place since 1964.

Perhaps the most visible neon splash in the entire City is the Emser Tile rooftop signage, which has become a comforting signpost for the neighborhood.

Among the oldest pieces of classic neon signage in West Hollywood rests upon the El Mirador Apartments, built in 1929.

Pulling together the exhibition was one of the hardest things he has ever done, according to Campbell of the City of West Hollywood.

And what a fantastic thing it turned out to be! We can’t wait to see the signs lit up.  He said the signs may be with us until next summer.

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Women in Photography: Visual Disruptors 2020 – Mar 22



Photo by Gizelle Hernandez

WEST HOLLYWOOD — March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to inspire a community. Photographers, creatives, consultants of all genders are invited to Quixote Studios’ Women in Photography: Visual Disrupters event on Sunday, March 22.

Photo by Lauren Crew

American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles would like to invite you to join, support and celebrate women in the photography industry at their third annual Women In Photography event.

The panels will cover topics such as diversity within the industries, women’s advancement, work/life balance, the creative process, social media, mentorship, activism, challenges working women continue to face on set and beyond.

“This is a teaching moment! We are so honored to have two unique panels of successful women share their stories with us,” their announcement boasts.

The day will begin with a panel discussion, then a networking lunch break followed by a second panel discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Parking will be limited; the event suggests using a ride share service.


Lauren CrewAsh Danielsen, Gizelle Hernandez , Danielle Levitt, Diana Zalucky 

MODERATOR: Cecily Chambers 


Clarissa Garrett (72 and Sunny), Kim Getty (Deutch), Ada Guerin (Los Angeles Magazine), Katie Hawkins (Quibi), Audrey Landreth (Apple), Rachael Lieberman Producer, Heidi Volpe (Patagonia)

MODERATOR:  Monica Zaffarano 

Sun 22nd Mar, 2020

Quixote Studios 1011 North Fuller Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Click here forTickets:

$25 APA Members
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with Valid ID

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‘Clueless’ Pop-Up Coming to WeHo to Celebrate Film’s 25th Anniversary



'Clueless' pop-up coming to West Hollywood to celebrate film's 25th anniversary

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — “As if” we needed another reason to stroll down memory lane! A new pop-up restaurant for the ’90s classic film “Clueless” is opening on Santa Monica Boulevard and it’s totally buggin’.

The pop-up, which is appropriately called “As If,” coincides with the film’s 25th anniversary and launches on March 31.

The restaurant will feature “Cher-able” drinks and snacks inspired by the film, along with set recreations and photos of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Tickets for the pop-up go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. for $35 each and include 90 minutes in the restaurant, an entree and a side. As If runs from March 31 – May 8, Tuesdays – Sundays at 7100 Santa Monica […]

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WeHo Reads: Architects Who Built Southern California Opens Mar 6



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Join author Antonio Gonzalez for a free event, as he tells the stories of the people behind some of Southern California’s most iconic buildings.

In the early 1900s, the population of Southern California exploded, and the cities grew at such a rapid pace that builders could hardly keep up.

Among those who settled in the area were ten architects looking to make their marks on the world. Claud Beelman, a man who never received a college degree, would go on to design the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles.

Albert C. Martin, architect of Grauman’s Million Dollar Theater, founded a company that is still going strong more than one hundred years later, and Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California, was hired by William Randolph Hearst to design the Examiner Building.

Antonio Gonzalez has a BA in journalism from the University of Iowa and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He is a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, works in an architecture and fine arts library and has a blog where he post items related to architecture and his other interests (

In 2015, arts and historic preservation staff began a project of documenting all of the City’s designated historic properties.

This free exhibition shows a selection of photographs from the over 80 properties that were documented by West Hollywood photographer Tony Coelho, representing a wide array of architectural styles and associations with well-known architects and builders. These images celebrate West Hollywood – recognizing our past, present, and future.

When and Where:
Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

  • 7-8 pm: Reading and Architecture Presentation by Antonio Gonzalez
  • 8-9 pm: Exhibition Reception with artists upstairs.

RSVP required. Register at: niahistoric-weho-reception. For more information about this exhibit visit, or contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator,

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