Last night was the pre-rally party for the folks taking part in the Mustangs Across America rally that starts here in Los Angeles and will end up in Charlotte NC a week from now. This event will be the pinnacle of activies surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Read the rest of this entry →
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What’s the Xylovan? Its an amazing community music machine. Its about a personal expression shared with all. It first made its appearance at Burning Man a few years back. Its since made appearrances at the decompressions at Joshua Tree and here in L.A. Its fun.
It needs our help for the family that owns the Xylovan to make some much needed repairs and push it to the next level. Whats that…a roving ball room repleat with LED lights and such.
To Help you can contribute to them HERE at Indiegogo where they have a crowd sourcing campain in place. And its not all fun and games, there are prizes, tokens of appreciation for donors based on your level of donation.
To celebrate Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 10th Anniversary, the LA Phil is making $10 tickets available for select concerts. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Box Office. (there is a per-ticket fee for all online sales). Two ticket limit per household.
The following performances will have a limited number of $10 seats made available to the public:
$10 Tickets available for the following concerts:
Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 11 2014
Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 12 2014
Gordon, Riley & Adams, Apr 13 2014
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Glass’ the CIVIL warS, Apr 17 2014
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: An Evening of Andriessen, Apr 18 2014
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Glass’ the CIVIL warS, Apr 19 2014
Denève & Shaham, Apr 24 2014
Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era, Apr 26 2014
This isn’t my first time to Sage, I must admit I do enjoy it. Great food keeps me coming back. And I do feel compelled to remind you I’m an omnivore that just enjoys great food prepared well, not a vegan with an attitude. (I really could give 2 squirts if its vegan or organic). Those rumblings aside, on to the food.
Sage Organic Vegan is a Bistro in Echo Park on Sunset at Logan. There is ample parking on pay lots off Logan and a short walk to the restaurant.
The ambiance is trendy bistro in a rehabbed 1920′s store front. Ample windows so its bright and cheery inspite of its mostly black and white and shades of gray interior. The staff is what makes this place, greeted warmly when you arrive and the service is attentive and wonderful the whole time. Read the rest of this entry →
This past weekend I had reason to stop in at Les Noces de Figaro in DTLA. The place is a wonderfully restored bit of Los Angeles history. In its first life it served as a cafeteria, the marble and terrazo floors have been restored with care. Its really quite the sight to behold, the current iteration is a very nice 1930′s style French Bistro.
We were actually going in for a meeting up on the mezzanine level meeting and I wanted a little something to tide me over. On the recommendation of @Ruth666, former blogger here I grabbed the Almond Croissant. IT was terrific. The usual butter layers of paper thin melt in your mouth bread with a big honkin’ wad of marizpan in the middle. As if that weren’t enough, to drive home the point this was all about the nut…it was encrusted in slivered almonds. Washed it all down with a cup of “Americano”. My gawd was that good.
Based on that one simple perfectly executed croissant I’ll be back to try a dinner there sometime soon.
If you know me, by now you know I’m a total fan of Raymond Chandler. Angeleno and author Kim Cooper has a wonderful book that stars him and and is set in 1929 Los Angeles. Its told in the tone of his books which makes it a very easy and entertaining read. Its centered around the Great Eleven cult that was active in Los Angeles that year. Its been historically researched and based on several characters that may or may not have met in real life. For the sake of this piece of fiction they all crossed paths and their tale unfolds in “The Kept Girl“.
Kim Cooper and Richard Schave also run the Esotouric Tours. These social historians research a topic or person then put together lively bus tours on that theme around historic Los Angeles.
This past Sunday was the monthly Sunday Salon presented by the Los Angeles Visionaries Association. Kim Cooper was there to talk about her book. Also present was the graphic illustrator Paul Rogers who did the cover art for The Kept Girl. Read the rest of this entry →
Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.) will hold the 7th Annual L.A.U.R.A. Unity & Peace Resource Fair and Peace Walk on March 29, 2014 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Fred Roberts Recreation Center, 4700 Honduras St., Los Angeles, CA 90011.
The event brings together people from all walks of life and seeks to end the cycle of violence by transforming lives and unifying families. Organizers anticipate over 2,000 participants attending and showing their love and support for all victims of crime.
The event begins with a peace walk around the South Central neighborhood of Central Alameda and continues with a presentation of awards and resource fair. The peace walk begins at 9:30 AM. This year’s awardees include Senator Ricardo Lara for Civic Leader Award, Mike Kim for Corporate Responsibility Award and Natali Cabrera for Youth Recognition Award. These individuals will be recognized for their outstanding commitment and leadership to the residents.
Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.) was formed in memory of Laura Sanchez who was murdered in front of her home in South Central Los Angeles during a drive-by shooting in 2007. Founded by Laura’s sister-in-law, Adela Barajas, L.A.U.R.A. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of residents in South Central Los Angeles by empowering youth, victim-survivors and their families and by bringing a wide range of resources to the community.
Empty Bowls is an international grass roots movement. In simplest terms ceramists donate their talents, and sell bowls filled with donated food to support local food banks and hungry families. The cost of the finished and filled bowl is $10 and you get to keep the bowl to take home with you. The proceeds from this event will be split between donations to the Foothill Unity Center and MUSD families.
In my little corner of L.A Empty Bowls is being coordinated by Meaghan McCarthy. She is working with the local adult school go create bowls. Not just a few, but a goal of 500 bowls to be finished and ready for sale with food by the June 21, 2014 sale. Read the rest of this entry →
About 8 years ago Dave Bullock and a group of photographers created the Skid Row Photography Club. It was put together to help the folks document where they are and that corner of the city. They’ve relied on donated cameras for the members. Now they are crowd sourcing via crowdwise a fund raiser to buy some cameras, tripods and memory cards. All to help the folks on Skid Row find the encouragement to move forward and off the row. You can read more about them on boing boing from a few years back HERE.
Donate what you can, doesn’t have to be much, any little bit you can spare will help. Do it HERE.
I’m a fan of the Fung Bro Comedy, these guys are fun. They adopted the 626 as their home, as did I. Great place to be, worth the trip past East LA on the 10 or 210. Actually their entire YouTube channel is fun…peruse their entries and learn a little more about my corner of L.A.
UPDATED (3/8 @ 12:16PM): Well would ya lookee here, this latest statement from Don Ward on the Wolfpack Hustle Facebook page indicates that while the race is off it looks like a scrambled-together permitted fun ride with the assistance of LAPD and the mayor’s office may be a go. I’m going to refrain from offering a wholesale “nevermind!” to my post below and instead suggest “approach with caution” as the situation may still be in flux.
There is much anger over the cancellation by civic officials of tomorrow’s Marathon Crash Race bike ride. The event, which was hatched by my friend and tireless bike advocate Don “Roadblock” Ward the year after freshly minted L.A. Marathon owner Frank McCourt (‘memba him?) decided in his infinite dimwittedness in 2009 to kill the companion landmark bike event to the annual footrace held every year since 1995 apparently because he didn’t need the cash-cow like money generated by the entry fees paid by some 10,000 cyclists to freewheel at their leisure and pleasure along the race course at dawn each year.
I did it every year from its inception to its end. Here’s my timelapse of the final LA Bike Tour:
In its first couple/three years the Marathon Crash Race was a guerilla-style ride, steadily building its participation through word of mouth in the greater Southern California bike community and beyond. But its popularity fully kablammo’d! last year. Depending upon which story you read about it there was anywhere between 2,000 to 4,000 participants. Kray. Zay.
So for this year with the race threatening to be even bigger Don went to some pretty great pains to take the informal cooperation provided previously by LAPD, city and marathon officials, and make it formal. This past week, those officials collectively said “Oh HAIL nah!” leaving Ward dejected and many of those who planned to ride threatening to crash the the marathon and ride the route regardless.
If you’re one of those protesting threateners, here’s the thing to consider: The very public slaying of the Marathon Crash Race by the bureaucrats has been coupled to subsequent very real threats of prosecutorial action to be taken against any and all riders who take to the course in the aftermath of the cancellation. In addition those two elements are linked inseparably to the heightened security concerns brought to the fore by the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
Bottom line to any one in the wake of those facts who is still deciding so unwisely to ride the closed course, you should damn well budget and prepare for and accept the VERY REAL possibility of being stopped most impolitely WELL short of the finish line potentially to stand facing officers barking orders from behind guns/batons/tasers/pepper spray canisters prior to being separated roughly from your bikes and subsequently handcuffed and arrested, with pronation and dogpiling being part of the process. And quadruple the woe and injury that could befall those who ride wearing a damn backpack of any size. For that level of dumbo idiocy I am NOT even in the slightest kidding: it could be your funeral.
I am sad to have to posit such horrible possibilities and scenarios. In a way it means the terrorists have won. But heartbreak aside, from where I’ll be safely sitting, the time and energies that would be expended getting processed into jail, bailing oneself out, dealing with any injuries incurred and a lawyer and eventually facing a court proceeding and penalty would be better spent tapping those cancel-happy bureaucrats — and extraspecially Frank McCourt — on their collective noggins repeatedly until they either bruise or finally come up with the idea that resurrecting the LA Bike Tour might be a pretty decent compromise.
But maybe that’s just me.
The filmIt’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World was probably the last big budget screwball comedy featuring the best of the best comedians from the era. Flash forward 50 years later and some things have changed, others haven’t but George Ann Muller and Peter Scarbo hunted down the locations and reshot them today for scene by scene comparisons. Its not all L.A but it sure is a lot of SoCal much of which we call our playground now.
I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the claim the CHEESEburger was invented in Pasadena. Several reputable media sources have documented it taking place at the Rite Spot in 1924 by Chef Lionel Sternberger. To celebrate the entire week, starting today 1/12/ through1/17/2014 is dedicated to the cheeseburger with Pasadena declaring it “Cheeseburger Week”.
Its such a big deal in Pasadena that not only did they declare it a special honorary week, but some 18 restaurants including my fave in Old Town Pasadena, Slaters 50/50 are celebrating the week with all sorts of specials.