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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OK…I’m at a bit of of loss on this one. This link was sent to me by a PR firm for a realty company in the Bay Area, a part of the state that for reasons I’ve never understood, hold us with great disdain. The LIST isn’t entirely accurate and certainly missed out on a few biggies about us that are more truthful and enlightening on our own idiosyncrasies. Race you to the 405?
What’s missing from their list? What needs to be added? Deleted?
Pic by me taken with the trusty old che-ez snap, a .2 megapixel toy camera. Arty ain’t it?
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 →
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Monday and Wednesday night, April 7 and 9. Closure information is as follows:
- The night of Monday, April 7: midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8
- The night of Wednesday, April 9: midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 10
Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
-Westbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Eastbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
-Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard Northbound I-405 on-ramp (on Cotner Avenue)
-From Westbound I-10: Exit Bundy North, turn right to Northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.
-From Eastbound I-10: Exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to Northbound Overland, turn left to Westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.
What to expect:
-Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
-Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
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.
Things are pretty dire around here. After several years of not having “normal” rainfall this year was a disaster. Last stat I heard was we only got 1/3 of “normal”.
This morning I took a drive into Azusa Canyon for a walk along the river. Path was closed due to recent fires and mudslides so I opted to take a drive into the canyons. Gorgeous day for that. Everything is so clean and green after the storms of 2 weeks ago.
I was really surprized by how empty the dams were. Worst I’ve seen them in years. You can see the normal levels way up the sides of what should be big bright full lakes. In the case of San Gabriel Dam, from the lookout above you can actually see the bottom, and many spots its just muck filled with flotsam and jetsam. Not pretty at all. Doesn’t bode well for our summer water needs either. (Yes I know we don’t get water directly from there, rather water is released to settling ponds to recharge our groundwater). Read the rest of this entry →
I’m not quite sure where to start with this. Background maybe? Noah Green is/was a candidate for City
Attorney council for Sierra Madre. So far so good. Sierra Madre is a quiet, staid little bedroom community. Here he went astray. He referred to the locals as “townies” which ruffled a few feathers. Then they saw his facebook page. Sierra Madre Tattler was on the story.
Before long this story exploded and likely cost Noah his shot at winning the election. 3 images surfaced and appeared on the Sierra Madre Tattler, before long his selfies, as childish and sophomoric as they were, became big news. Big enough that the Tattler opines it cost him the election. (Complete story and pictures here, mildly NSFW)
My question to you, with the exception of the nudie in the hammock, should this poor exercise in judegement be enough to cost him the election? Or would it have been funnier if he got his dangly bits caught in the open loops of the hammock?
I’ve mulled over the news from earlier this week of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council declaring the community it serves as NOT a part of The Eastside.
I’d've thought I’d be all HELLYEAH! right outta the gate, given my past protestations (that’ve mellowed somewhat in my old age) against those over-insulated 135,938 natives and the 1.6-million transplants who live in the Westside and drink deeply of the koolaid that leaves them to believe with varying degrees of commitment that their vastly superior end of the city begins and ends on the ocean-side of…uh, you name it: Speedway Alley, Lincoln, Bundy, the 405, La Cienega, or La Brea, making the other end THEIR eastside for the simple reason that all that riff raff resides east of them. How proprietary.
But instead I surprised myself at being sort of meh at the strictly symbolic and mostly meaningless action. There certainly was a part of me that was satisfied and tried to rah rah at the decision — especially when I read subsequent news stories that took the idiotic angle that Silver Lake had voted to “secede.” As if it had gone all South Carolina on some sort of Greater Eastside union. How con-veeeeeen-ient!
But ultimately it was just a big shoulder shrug. Because I’ve figured out that it’s a waste of time. We live in a city that has built itself by marginalizing its past, so how can I expect so many of its citizens not do the same? In a city that itself has a history of discarding its history as it sprawled so ever nebulously outward from its core, convincing those residents adamantly ignorant of our city’s socio-geographic foundations to look at a different perspective is about as easy as convincing those entitled aggressive motorists they don’t have a right to run me and my bike off the road.
Ultimately what’s important to me now is not changing anyone’s mind but knowing what I know and respecting what so many others couldn’t care less about: that I reside (somewhere in that orange dot I added to that pictured map fragment above) on the land that ultimately became known as Silver Lake which stands in the northWEST corner of the boundaries of the original 16 Spanish Leagues centered upon the plaza where in 1781 — when the main thing going on in the Westside was waves crashing — was established El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula and incorporated as the City of Los Angeles in 1850.
To me, that’s as easy as 2, 1, 3.