Since Matisyahu shaved his beard last year, the former Chasidic reggae musician has been suffering all sorts of blowback.
Ed Pearl, 70, silver-haired and feisty, will forever be associated with the Ash Grove, the folk club he opened 50 years ago with a $5,000 investment, despite the fact that the venue's been closed for a quarter century.
"My life," Pearl said, "has been a series of fortuitous accidents. And," he ruefully adds, "not-so fortuitous."
Just south of the 10 Freeway, in a nondescript part of Culver City stands Club Fais Do-Do.
On June 1, 2001, Larisa Azyaski stood with her best friend Irina Nepomnyaschy among a sea of teenagers clamoring to get into the Dolphinarium, a popular Tel Aviv club. Suddenly, the place exploded. A suicide bomber detonated himself, and Azyaski saw only darkness in front of her. She felt like her head was on fire. Disoriented and separated from her friends, she walked past dozens of motionless bodies and managed to escape the chaos
"To the best of my knowledge, Trail Dusters is the largest square dance club in America," says Jeffrey Hausman, co-president of the Trail Dusters with his wife, Margie.
Back in 1991, David Brenner was king of the comedy mountain.
The comic had appeared well over 100 times on the "Tonight Show," which he often guest-hosted in the 1970's and '80's. He enjoyed lucrative Las Vegas appearances and was a perennial guest on TV shows like "Letterman."