Felix In Hollywood

A Blog for the Smart Set

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Sunday Kind Of Love

I ran out of shaving cream, and as I was still a little kinked up from helping a friend move on Friday, I decided to buck the LA trend and 'walk it out' to the store.  It would be about a 30 minute round-trip walk and it's a beautiful day here today, so I thought it would do me a world of good.

The store I was headed to is the recently opened Trader Joe's located in the back end of the new Hollywood and Vine W Hotel complex on the corner of Selma and Vine.  As I walked up Vine Street I did what I always do (and don't think I'll ever tire of):  I read the names on the parade of stars in the sidewalk that were passing under my feet.  ...Fanny Brice, Chester Conklin, Tony Bennett, Clara Bow....  Why do I do this.  There is no meaning, it's not like they're buried here or that their spirit lives here or anything.  It's just some terrazzo and fake brass in a sidewalk.  ....Mae West, Billie Holiday, Yakima Cannut, Cary Grant....  I am unable to stop myself.  By the way, if your destination is the Trader Joe's, and you are walking north on Vine, simply make a right turn at Donna Reed.

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Coming out of the store, I was suddenly completely aware of some loud swingin' music.  I looked across the street and saw:

  Today is the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  It started with a ceremonial prayer dance by a Native American Tribe.
I must be a shoe-in for evil spirits because I have never been able to stand the smell of burning sage.  Nonetheless, as the marquee on the Ricardo Montalban Theater above promised, the day of festivities kicked of with the dedication of Louis Prima's star on said Walk of Fame.

All the years I've lived here, I've never attended one of these ceremonies, so I hung out to let Louis take my cherry (so to speak) (to coin a phrase).  It was a mixture of Chamber of Commerce nonsense, and actual heartfelt emotion.  There were a couple hundred people gathered around.  A mix of tourists and neighborhood folks.  After city council members, Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge patted everyone (including themselves) on the back, Prima's children, Lena and Louis Jr. came up and made some very moving remarks.  Apparently, Louis Prima, Jr. and his mother have been working for years to get him a star and, appropriately, it happened this year during his centennial celebration.  They choked up and we, the onlookers, did too.  When the covering was lifted to reveal the star, a huge roar went up from the crowd and for a moment we were all huge Louis Prima fans.

It was starting to get a little hot in the sun, so I made my way back down the street toward home.  ...Louis Prima, Jackie Cooper, Dick Powell, Ann Southern....  And I couldn't stop smiling.

And as everybody knows, When You're Smiling; The Whole World Smiles With You.


savannah said...

what a great experience, sugar! yesterday, the MITM and i were talking about being a local v. a tourist in LA and how places we went to as kids are now tourist attractions! i mean, come on pink's? *LOL* but to see an unveiling on the hollywood walk of fame? i would have stopped, too! thanks for another LA story. xoxoxo

normadesmond said...

that was great! honey, if that was my beat, i'd have memorized every star i walked by and i certainly would've hung out if anyone was getting a star. and i'm just about out of shaving cream and desperately need more triple ginger cookies (oh, i adore those) so i'll zoom over to joe's pronto.

FelixInHollywood said...

Triple Ginger Snaps rule!!!

jason said...

Yeay for Louie Prima!!!!!!!!!!! He's a New Orleanian legend.
You listen to him, you *hear* New Orleans.

Mike, Studio city said...

Horray for Hollywood. Don't forget to go to farmers market on Ivar on Sunday. I always see a celeb or two.

kabuki zero said...

native american headgear rules! those guys should have their own star - and one day so should you.

mrpeenee said...

Air kisses, darling. Air kisses all around.

Miss Janey said...

The perfect Hollywood experience. Miss J loves LA.

Anonymous said...

Hello Felix -

It's Australia again - it's posts like this (and the one below and the one above) that I love you for.

You mix the personal, the glamourous (course am sure they're one in the same for you) and the Hollywood historic. Quite the intoxicating mix for someone aspiring to one day be part of the smart set : )

Thanx for making me smile this cold Winters morning.

PS. loved hearing how you came to be Felix too!

FelixInHollywood said...

Dear Anon!

You are here so consider yourself a Smart Set member, in Very good standing! So glad you find things here that please you. So sorry about "a cold Winters morning".

I almost feel like I need to whisper this so as not to jinx it, but we have been having a truly wonderful summer in Southern California. (my friends back east are plotting my torture as we speak) An extended marine layer has been giving us cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons with an average temp. of around 80 degrees and often under. The weather forcast yesterday said that it's entirely possible the rest of the season will be more of the same!