Los Angeles: Dusk Till Dawn
24 Hour Diner | Bicycle Kitchen | Club Hwood | Crime Scene | Flower Market | Food Trucks | Ghost Hunters
Hollywood Park | Night at the Museum | Night Golf | Night Productions | Santa Monica Pier | Starry Night | Wig Out
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About Us: Pieces of the Night

By USC Annenberg Web journalism class

A ghost hunter, a crime-scene cleaner and an androgynous Freddie Mercury impersonator walk into a bar...

Okay, not really. But all three figures make appearances in Los Angeles: Dusk Till Dawn, a collection of stories stitched around a simple question: What happens in the City of Angels after the sun goes down?

The answers might surprise you.

If you're Michael Nicholson, you jump in a van packed with sanitation equipment and biohazard containers and head off to clean up other people's messes—train crashes, murders, suicides. If you're Brook Howell, co-owner of Frysmith, you steer your food truck out onto the city streets in search of empty stomachs. And if you're Andrew Brin, doorman at the H. Wood, you take your post at your velvet rope and prepare yourself for a night of quick calculations on would-be club goers.

The places and faces that populate Los Angeles: Dusk Till Dawn don't present an obvious coherence. But in that respect, they're true to the spirit of the city—a city that is, at its most fundamental, incoherent. And beneath the circumstantial details, common themes emerge: the way we manufacture fulfillment from work that might not seem to offer many rewards, the way we carve out bits of city life that reflect our personal values.

Creating a multimedia project around the theme of night presented certain obvious challenges. Piya Sinha-Roy took on the challenge of photographing a stargazing event that's predicated on darkness. Olga Khazan ventured into the world of strippers for stories about life beyond the pole before abandoning the effort and settling for wigged-out performance artists. Michael Green filmed a search for the non-existent.

Ultimately, the project was about the experience—a lesson in what's possible and what's worth it as a journalist. Comfort zones were abandoned, hours of sleep lost. The product, we hope, will help you see the city in a different light.



The stories: 24 Hour Diner | Bicycle Kitchen | Club Hwood | Crime Scene | Flower Market | Food Trucks | Ghost Hunters
Hollywood Park | Night at the Museum | Night Golf | Night Productions | Santa Monica Pier | Starry Night | Wig Out

The site: Home | About the L.A.: Dusk Till Dawn Project

Background photo by MikeFinkelstein