Archive for April, 2018

RIP, Bob Dorough… creator of Schoolhouse Rock and *THE BEST* LA song ever written

Don’t believe us? Just listen to it and we’re betting you’ll agree.

Bob Dorough began his career “as a composer, arranger and singer in the booming New York jazz scene of the ’50s and ’60s before he became the musical keystone of Schoolhouse Rock!” He passed away Monday afternoon at 94.

Bob was an amazing guy with an infectious creative spirit; he will be greatly missed. We were lucky enough to meet him a few times, and he never ceased to make us smile and laugh in his presence. He was also the kind of guy who could seriously rock a bright orange belt… which is a rarity in and of itself. :)

Rest in peace, Mr. Dorough. You really LIVED the life you were given, that’s for sure.

To learn more about Bob Dorough’s life, death and legacy, here’s NPR Music’s obituary for him.

Photo credit:  American Routes

A Time-Worn Question, Finally To Be Answered! (FREE)


Reading the snippets about this event, against all odds our curiosity was officially piqued.

First there was some philosophizing from the A.V. Club:  “It is the question that has beguiled and bedeviled mankind for 17 years: Who let the dogs out? Who let the dogs out? Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who? Long have we petitioned the universe and sports stadiums, and now that quest will finally be laid bare for archivists to, hopefully, piece together an answer.”  

And from Time Out New York:  “Artist Ben Sisto is the world’s leading expert on “Who Let the Dogs Out,” as evidenced by his collection of over 250 pieces of memorabilia and artifacts. In this multimedia presentation, he tells the stories of musicians, lawyers and fans from all around the world, shining a light on the origins of that catchy pop abomination you’re ashamed you can’t stop yourself from singing along to.”  

So, now we’re curious, the way some people are curious when they hear the screeching sound from a car accident. “Where will this ‘research’ lead to?” we quietly wonder. And we hope for one thing:   Everybody having a ball. Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.



7PM – TUE MAY 01, 2018


07:00 PM – Doors
07:30 PM – Live Presentation
09:00 PM – DJ set w/ guest Etwombs

RSVP encouraged.


The HiddenLA Calendar is back too!

Note: this event list is curated from things we find interesting. Please understand that we are not *trying* to include everything happening in this gigantic town, especially not for what you’re paying us. ;)

Also, please remember we are all about embracing Los Angeles “as a place, history and culture.” Please do not automatically put us on your mailing lists… there are strict criteria we will consider before including anything on this calendar. And NO, we are not free ad space* for your band, one-person play, art show, or restaurant.

*That does NOT mean we don’t wish you all of the best luck in the world, though. Follow your dreams, break a leg, and kick some butt! :)

Fasten your seat belts… we’re baaaack!

Hey there HLAers!

As many of you know, Hidden Los Angeles started out as a blog in 2009 and went viral on Facebook in 2010. Our website was very active, with thousands of posts… and then, *POOF*. We lost six years of work due to a perfect storm of technical issues during a server transfer in late 2016… and our backups were corrupt. Absolutely devastated by the losses, we decided maybe the universe was telling us to just let the blog go dark for a while as we continued to focus on our 500K+ combined Facebook and Twitter followers as well as our other “real world” projects (starting the city’s first Tour Guide Association, for one!).

We didn’t always miss doing the blog… it was a LOT of work to create. But… sometimes we really missed doing the deep investigations and writing we used to do. Also, like many of you, we have sat by and watched the struggles of LAist, LA Weekly, L.A. Times with dismay… and gradually we realized that there’s a shortage of authentic Los Angeles voices right now. So we dusted off the old blog and tried to see if we could start her up. And here she is.

Yes, the ol’ girl needs updating to 2018 standards and we’ll get there… but not overnight, so we appreciate your patience. HiddenLA has always been a marathon and not a sprint. So for now, you get Hidden Los Angeles 2.0. but stick with us and we’ll be making changes over time… we PROMISE.

Please keep checking back. We have some fun stuff coming up… the sixth anniversary of Caine’s Arcade and a behind-the-scenes study of the Zsa Zsa Gabor estate sale for example. We’re going to try to give you the things that made you all HiddenLAers in the first place.

As always, without you… we wouldn’t be here. And we’re grateful! So, let’s get out there and have some new adventures!