Las Vegas Paranormal group Elite Vegas Paranormal Society investigates legendary haunted hospital in Los Angeles.

Article and Photos by Suzanne Philips

Linda Vista Hospital

In the Paranormal community, several locations are legendary for their reported activity: the Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada; Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky; Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania and more.  Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles certainly fits into this category.

The hospital, which opened in 1904, was originally called the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and was built to treat employees of the railroad and their families.  The original building was razed and rebuilt in 1924 in a Mission Revival Style and in 1937 was renamed Linda Vista Hospital.  The railroad sold the hospital to a managed care company in 1980, when the area around the hospital was becoming less affluent and seeing a huge increase in the number of gunshot woods and stabbings.  The hospital ER was forced to close in 1989 as they were treating a huge number of uninsured and under insured patients and after a decline in the quality of care after a number of doctors moved to other hospitals, the hospital closed in 1991.

“Chapel” used to film “True Blood”

Since it has closed, the hospital has been used as a filming location for TV shows such as “E.R.”, “True Blood” and “Dexter” and films like “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Outbreak”.  Reports of Paranormal activity have plagued the property for years.  Many people have claimed to see shadows, hear disembodied voices, see apparitions and have strange items move on their own.  Travel Channel’s hugely popular show “Ghost Adventures” filmed 2 investigations on the property, and led to one of their investigators, Nick Groff, coming face to face with the apparition of a lady that affects him to this day.

The Fake Morgue

 

The hospital is currently being renovated to be used as senior housing, but Las Vegas Paranormal group Elite Vegas Paranormal Society was fortunate enough to be one of the last groups allowed into the hospital to investigate before it is demolished.

Elite Vegas Paranormal Society (EVPS)  is one of Las Vegas’ more well-known Paranormal groups and is very active in the community.  They put on the Las Vegas Paracon each year (http://elitevegasparanormalsociety.com/The_Las_Vegas_Paracon.html) and recently conducted public ghost hunts in October at Historic Bonnie Springs Ranch.

The Famous “Yellow Room” at Linda Vista Hospital

For the Linda Vista Hospital investigation, EVPS took 12 investigators and special guest investigator, actress Amanda Lynn Hills, to the Boyle Heights location for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The team set up a facebook and twitter feed for the evening where they invited fans and friends to watch videos from the event that were posted during the night and comment on photos taken at each part of the location.  They were also asked to tell the team where they would like to see them investigate, thus making it an interactive experience for those who couldn’t be there.

The EVPS team split up into groups as they investigated locations such as the surgical suites, the boiler room and patient floors.  At one point during the evening, the team all came together to try a very progressive experiment.  As several of the EVPS team members are in the medical field, they decided to try a “mock code” to try to bring out spirits and activity.  All of the team members dressed as medial professionals ran a “code” on a team member playing a patient and simulated trying to save her life.  Outside the trauma suite, they placed a REM pod and had cameras running.  They tried the experiment two separate times and each time, the REM pod started to alarm when no one was near it in the hallway outside the trauma suite.  Clearly, someone or something was reacting to the commotion going on in the trauma suite!

EVPS team members spent over 9 hours at the location and collected a ton of audio and video recordings that they are currently reviewing to see what evidence was caught.  The team will produce a video which will be posted on their website at a later date.

Room where “Nightstalker” Richard Ramirez was said to be held

 

For more information on Elite Vegas Paranormal Society or to get information on their upcoming 2013 Paracon, check out www.elitevegasparanormalsociety.com

 

 

 

Guy Sebastian debute “Who’s That Girl”

Australian Pop icon Guy Sebastian, who recently debuted his infectious single “Who’s That Girl” featuring Eve in the U.S., reunited with his fellow Aussie friend and Extra TV co-host Renee Bargh on August 15 at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Also serving as a judge on X Factor Australia, Sebastian swooned new and long-time fans with a live acoustic performance of “Who’s That Girl” (including Eve’s rap!), then caught up with Bargh for an exclusive interview for Extra TV (check local listings). As he made his debut stateside this summer, Sebastian’s single went 4x platinum in Australia, making it the third highest selling single in the country’s history.

Guy Sebastian Charted #1 In New Zealand

It was also top selling song in 2010, and reached #1 on the New Zealand singles chart. Sebastian stopped by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton’s studio recently for a performance of the hit song, and is set to film later this month with Beta Records TV. Earlier this summer, Sebastian began his U.S. promotion in NYC with visits to the “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on Z100, Sirius XM Radio, Billboard Magazine, and the offices of GOOM Live.

Known for his dedication to numerous causes and charities, the multi-talented artist recently showed his support for the Somaly Mam Foundation at the L.A. launch party at SLS Hotel hosted by actress AnnaLynne McCord. The organization aims to raise awareness and money for victims of sex trafficking. For the latest music and news on Guy Sebastian, visit www.guysebastian.com.

Stars from the hit FOX series So You Think You Can Dance will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn some special dance moves from some of the series’ past dancers and all stars at the inaugural Reality Rocks Expo, the ultimate reality TV experience, about the fans, for the fans and by the fans, April 9-10, 2011.  These So You Think You Can Dance stars join what is already a star-studded cast of reality TV favorites that includes previously announced Nick Cannon, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, DeAnna Pappas, Audrina Patridge, Eric Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, and previous contestants and cast members from American Idol, Keeping Up with the  Kardashians, Project Runway, The Real World, Survivor, The Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and top shows from Food Network, Cooking Channel and Bravo.  The Reality Rocks Expo will feature two jam-packed days filled with previews of brandnew television shows, meet & greets with fanfavorite reality TV stars and  insightful panel discussions, as well as a special VIP Awards program for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards honoring fans’ favorite talent and programs, when the expo comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center April 9th10th, 2011.  For an updated list of scheduled events and to purchase tickets starting at $35 for a one-day pass or $65 for a two-day pass to the Reality Rocks Expo, visit www.realityrocks.net.

On Saturday, April 9th, the stars of So You Think You Can Dance will create an intimate interactive experience with fans attending Reality Rocks, when they choreograph a special dance that fans will then have the chance to perform.  Additionally, the talent will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A about their experience on So You Think You Can Dance, moderated by Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music managing editor and So You Think You Can Dance fan.  The panel will be followed by a special meet & greet and autograph session for fans.  Among the So You Think You Can Dance stars expected are Kūpono Aweau (Season 5 finalist), Kent Boyd (Season 7 finalist), Comfort Fedoke (Season 4 finalist and an AllStar), Lauren Froderman (Season 7 winner), Lauren Gottlieb (Season 3 finalist and an AllStar), Gev Manoukian (Season 4 finalist), Robert Roldan (Season 7 finalist), Chelsea Traille (Season 4 finalist), and Will Wingfield (Season 4 finalist).  Hosted by Cat Deeley, and featuring judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, the hit dance competition series inspires and amazes viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.  Season 8 of America’s favorite summer series will premiere Thursday, May 26th (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 With over 400 reality shows broadcast into houses across America in the last year, Reality Rocks Expo™ offers a forum for fans to deliver their fiercest devotion yet. More than just a popularity contest, fans themselves are encouraged to participate and voice their opinions on their favorite shows through their fan pages on www.realityrocks.net.  The second round of voting is now up for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards at www.realityrocks.net and features nominees from Dog the Bounty Hunter to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss, Teen Mom, Chopped, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Iron Chef and Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Opera legend Plácido Domingo were among the luminaries on hand  for the official premiere of “Gota de la Vida” song and video release event benefiting City of Hope. The song, which was composed and produced by Universal Latino recording artist Arthur Hanlon, was performed by a “New Generation” of Latin talent, including Marcos Witt, Diego Verdaguer, Sandra Echeverria, Luz Rios, Alih Jey, Yesy Milano, Christian Daniel, Denise Stefanie, Jacky Ibarra and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. This was the first time-screening of the video.

Hosts Fernando Arau and Gabriela Teissier also introduced performances by Ana Isabelle, Diego Verdaguer, accompanied by Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Also on hand was City of Hope’s Joseph Alvarnas, M.D., director, Quality Systems for Cellular Therapeutics, Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope, who introduced Rodrigo Nuñez, an aplastic anemia survivor and City of Hope nurse. The audience shared a tearful moment as World Boxing Champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero introduced his wife Casey, whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant in January 2010.

The event marked the launch of the historic song and video “Únete con la Gota de la Vida,” which commemorates a national health awareness campaign to encourage the Latino community to join the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and support City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The “Gota de la Vida” video was directed by Grammy-award winning music video and film director Simon Brand and it shows a dramatic succession of artists, including Placido Domingo, David Bisbal, Marco Antonio Solis, Gloria Estefan, Luis Enrique, Jenni Rivera, Marcos Witt, Luis Fonsi, Aleks Syntek y Tito El Bambino singing the song, whose lyrics are a call to action for Latinos to join the NMDP. The song and video are being distributed by Universal Latino.

The executive producers of “La Gota de la Vida” are veteran Latin music executive Luis Medina and Salvador Treviño, a businessman who co-founded the “Únete con la Gota de la Vida” campaign targeted at Hispanics ten years ago and who has spearheaded efforts to raise awareness on the importance of encouraging Hispanics and Latinos to register as bone marrow donors; it is far easier to find compatible donors among people of the same ethnic background.

“We are very grateful to the 46 artists who participated in the making of La Gota de la Vida song and video. They are the ambassadors of our efforts to raise bone marrow registry awareness in the Hispanic communities,” said Mike Mortensen, chairman of City of Hope’s Hispanic Southern California Food Industries Circle.

In 2010, more than 137,000 new cases of blood-related cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. Only 30 to 40 percent of patients who need bone marrow transplantation will find a match within their family, while others will be directed to the NMDP to find an unrelated match. Currently, there is a need for more Latino donors in the NMDP.

For more information about the “La Gota de la Vida” national awareness campaign, visit www.uneteconlagotadelavida.com.

MY ONE AND ONLY will open in Los Angeles on August 21, 2009, at the Landmark Theater with additional screens in Pasadena and Orange County on August 28, 2009 Nationwide expansion slated for September 4, 2009  Starring Renée Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Chris Noth, Nick Stahl and Logan LermanDirected by Richard Loncraine; Written by Charlie Peters

The tires of a baby-blue ’53 Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible squeal down the New York street, and none of its occupants looks back. The beautiful but mercurial Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) has just left her philandering husband Dan Devereaux (Kevin Bacon), a society bandleader, and taken to the road with her teenage sons, George (Logan Lerman) and Robbie (Mark Rendall), in search of a wealthy replacement mate. Although it’s 1953, Ann is certain that her girlish charms will serve her as well as they did two decades earlier.

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ECLECTIC SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER, AND PRODUCER CHRISTINA LINHARDT GIVES HER CIRCUS ACT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY WITH THREE UNIQUE SHOWS STARTING JUNE 7

ECLECTIC SINGER, ACTRESS, DANCER, AND PRODUCER CHRISTINA LINHARDT GIVES HER CIRCUS ACT A RUN FOR ITS MONEY WITH THREE UNIQUE SHOWS STARTING JUNE 7

WHO: Whimsical performer Christina Linhardt, known for her musical albums Circus Sanctuary released in 2002, and more recently Voodoo Princess, will showcase her unconventional dancing and acting talents in L.A.’s most unique cabarets and workshop productions this summer.

WHAT: Recognized as the “Diva of Secret Societies,” Christina takes center stage in ‘Representing the City of Berlin’ for the Los Angeles Sister City Festival (http://lasistercityfestival.com) at The Grove on June 7. Sister City Program was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to help bridge the gap of the U.S. culture with other countries around the world. The L.A. chapter began in 1959 with Nagoya and Japan, however this year’s free festival features more than twenty-one cities in six different continents. The German-inspired cabaret will feature Christina along with renowned dancers Janet Huey and Jiffy Reed. Her artistic journey continues June 17-18 with ‘Spice of Life’, an imaginative play focusing on helping Veterans who served in combat to overcome PTSD, chemical dependencies, and other related illnesses. Christina will make an appearance in the original play written and starring veterans from the New Directions program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, also supported by the UCLA Neuro Psychiatric Hospital. Finally, the thought provoking opera ‘M16’ stars Christina Linhardt as Miss Righteous who gives birth to an M16 assault rifle, will premier on June 24 and continue on June 28, June 29 and July 1 ‘M16’ is written by Robert Shaw and directed by Flint Esquerra.

WHEN & WHERE:

Sunday, June 7 @  3:30PM
REPRESENTING THE CITY OF BERLIN

The Grove Center Stage
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations: (323) 900-8080
Free Admission

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8PM and Thursday June 18 @ 8PM
IMAGINATION WORKSHOP and NEW DIRECTIONS VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
present “Spice of Life”
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations: (310) 206-8067

Free admission

June 24, 27, 28 and July 1 @ 8PM

M16 the OPERA
The Met Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Reservations: (323) 957-1152
Tickets: $10