Author: Kent Wallace

Meet Hollywood’s Dolores Kirby: One Awesome Octogenarian

Eighty-six year old Dolores Kirby is every bit the wide-eyed, precocious, seductress she was 71-years ago when she won her first beauty contest at the age of fifteen. Born in Chicago in 1930, Dolores moved to Hollywood in 1956. “I married Don, my first husband in Chicago and it was he who suggested we make the move to Florida.” The path that led Dolores to the Hip Hamlet of Hollywood, however, reads like vintage pulp fiction—lots of passion, sex, and celebrity—with big cities serving as the backdrop. Despite that first foray into the modeling milieu, once she graduated high-school,...

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The Wee-World of Alex Meiklejohn

Alex Meiklejohn is an artist. Alex was also homeless and living at HACK (a Fort Lauderdale shelter) until last year when his case worker hooked him up with permanent housing. “I actually won the homeless lottery,” cracked Alex over coffee at AT3. “There was a literal lottery for living spaces and I won the last one!” Alex’s spiral into homelessness started in 2011 when the graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (where he studied Ceramics in the 1970’s) was traveling from Rochester to Buffalo for one of his many art exhibitions. His car was rear-ended and he was...

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Hollywood People Profile: Karen Newman Albertson

Karen Newman Albertson arrived in Hollywood when she was but a wee-toddler (3-years old to be exact). Her formal education was provided by Hollywood Central, Olsen Middle and South Broward High (in that order). Karen is currently President of the Hollywood Historical Society, a group she joined in 2007. Her ascension was rapid—from membership to the board of directors to secretary to vice president to her current status as prez… For those who don’t know the HHS is located in the historical Hammerstein House at 1520 Polk Street. They offer up one of the most enjoyable and educational opportunities...

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Hollywood People Profile (3rd Installment)

Sufei Chang’s SoFlo odyssey began some four-years ago. But I’m getting ahead of myself… I was hunkered down, bar-side, at G’s Place—Veronica was working the planks… As Veronica is prone to do, the extraordinarily long-haired lass offered me a taste—in this case, a piece from her pack of beef jerky… Now having lived in both the North and South of Nevada I know from beef jerky, but dang if this didn’t beat all! And that brings us back to Sufei. You see she’s the maestro who creates the chewy, Asian fused confection known as “That Jerky” Sufei moved to Hollywood only months ago. This after living first in Miami Beach, then Miami and then Dania… I asked ‘Why Hollywood?’ She said, “I like the culture. And the hometown vibe is something you can’t find anywhere else—whether in Broward or Dade.” (It doesn’t hurt that Sufei works at Land Shark in Margaritaville). But what of that jerky, this knee-jerk jockey simply needed to know… “It’s soy flavor based, no preservatives, made fresh daily, with seven ingredients, hand-cut and massaged in marinade.” Like all good deadline type dudes (with keyboard devotion), I wanted the back story… “I grew up enjoying quality jerky but it was a few years ago that my addiction reached fruition. I was working at The Broken Shaker, a pop-up bar in Miami Beach. “You see, the Broken...

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Purview of a Pop-Up

Artist/Curator Alissa Alfonso is a practicing pundit of the re-purposing, pop-up proposition. As an artist, Alissa is fond of finagling found objects—from the trash-heap of uselessness—and weaving them into a new found identity of artistic bravado. Alissa and her 1973 Shasta trailer (fully transformed into a mobile art gallery) certainly are known to “pop-up” in and around the Hollywood grid and she’s at it once again! On Saturday, November 5th (from 6pm til 10pm) the latest installment of Eastside Artisan & Flea will take place at the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort (1600 Johnson Street). This epic undertaking combines local artisans and live music (food and beverages) in a truly festive outdoor atmosphere. With over 30 vendors—all handpicked by purveyor Alfonso—this event is a family affair of grand scope—artists, contemporary and vintage craft and musicians will mingle—and the project also includes “Hug a Pug.” Yep, foster-dogs from Compassionate Pug Rescue will be on hand for a nuzzle… You simply won’t want to miss this groovy stew of a spectacle—for more information contact Alissa at alissa@alissaalfonso.com or call 305 710.1063.   Share...

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