Can a Historic L.A. Bar’s Queer History Still Demand Justice?

Photographs from the Black Cat Tell the Tale of a Movement’s Muddled Origins—And Where It Might Go

The round face of a cartoon cat—big eyes, earnest smile—still hangs off the front façade of the Black Cat in Silver Lake.

Today, it peers out from above the kind of gastropub where you can order a $16 cocktail, easily fitting in with this gentrifying part of Sunset Boulevard, once known as a working-class Latino neighborhood and gay enclave. By the end of this year, the space next to the Black Cat is slated to become a Shake Shack, joining the likes of luxury supermarket chain Erewhon a block west.

Fifty-five years …

The Oldest Guy at the Club—and the Coolest by Far

An L.A. Party Wasn’t a Party Unless Reggae Pops Was There, and Now He’s Not

For the last few weeks, clubgoers and music enthusiasts have been mourning the passing of Nemencio Jose Andujar, who died three days shy of his 71st birthday. Of course, few …

Dancing the Conga to The Supremes

And Other Acts of Lunacy at The Willow, the World’s Greatest (Former) Chinese Restaurant

“I’m convinced nobody actually likes clubs,” wrote Charlie Brooker in one of his brilliant rants for The Guardian. “Why not just stay at home punching yourself in the face? Invite …

I’m Not Going Back To Saddle Ranch

And Other Lies I Tell Myself

If you live in Los Angeles, odds are you’ve been to Saddle Ranch, the misplaced “rodeo bar” on Sunset Boulevard that sticks out like a Ron Artest people’s elbow. It’s …