Charles Kratka's Mosaic tiles at LAX airport. 

LAX had a presence in the 1940's and 1950's, but the 1960's was the golden age of flying  - also known as the "Jet-age" and when the Los Angeles International Airport established its identity. Designer Charles Kratka had a lot to do with that. It was truly the airport of the future. 

But this is the story of the tiled murals that traverse the long, long, long, corridors of Terminals 3, 4, at LAX

At the Delta Terminal in 2019. Below in my story on the tiles for Los Angeles Magazine in 2013
The Designer and graphic artist, who died in 2007, was hired in the late 1950s to help upgrade LAX to the atomic age in 1961, which included the creation of this geomantic eye candy. Kratka was the head of interior design when the airport was being modernized. Kratka also oversaw the design of the original interiors for the Los Angeles Museum Of Art when it opened in 1965, but the mosaics were actually designed by artist, Janet Ben…

The Whisky a Go Go's 55th Anniversary

The world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. And to celebrate this milestone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Tanzini Jr., son of Philip Tanzini, Sr., who was one of the original owners of the Whisky along with Elmer Valentine, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier. Tanzini shares some inside stories I had never heard before and I'm thrilled to share these personal stories with Vintage Los Angeles readers. 
by Alison Martino
How did go-go dancing take off at the Whisky a Go-Go? It all happened by accident. 

Jayne Mansfield at the Whisky a Go-Go

The world famous Whisky A Go-Go is considered the first rock ‘n’ roll venue on the Sunset Strip to take chances by booking new and sometimes notorious artists during the 1960s, they gave future superstars a stage to develop their signature sounds. Johnny Rivers was the first to play live music at the Whisky in 1964. Two years later, the Doors became the house band after Arthur Le…