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Honk for Steve

April 9, 2014 at 10:02 am in LA, Politics, Social issues

The Video is pretty self explanatory.  Los Feliz resident “Steve” is in it to bring the message of peace.  First time I saw him, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it.  Interesting way to bring out your message and promote peace.


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Things only Angelenos will understand

April 8, 2014 at 11:51 am in Blogging (in) LA, Fictional LA, LA, Which Side?

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?


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Help the Xylovan make it to the next level

April 8, 2014 at 9:00 am in Entertainment, Music

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.


$10 LA Phil tickets available in celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 10th Anniversary

April 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm in Downtown, Music

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

Buy tickets here


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Menu Mining: Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

April 7, 2014 at 10:22 am in Food & Drink, LA, Which Side?


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 →


Planned Closure: Northbound I-405 in West L.A. Nights of April 7, 9

April 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm in Driving, LA, Transportation, West Side

Northbound I-405 Closure in West L.A. Between National Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard Planned Nights of April 7, 9

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.

Ramp Closures:
-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)

Detours:
-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.

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/405project.


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Menu Mining : best damn Almond Croissant in DTLA

April 4, 2014 at 11:30 am in Downtown, Food & Drink, History, LA, Shopping

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.

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The Kept Girl and other bits of Los Angeles

April 2, 2014 at 8:42 am in Books, Entertainment, Fictional LA, History, LA, Maps, People, Vintage, Which Side?

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) 7th Annual Resource Fair and Peace Walk on March 29

March 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm in Events, Social issues, South Side

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.


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Empty Bowls comes to Monrovia

March 22, 2014 at 9:55 am in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, News, San Gabriel Valley, Social issues

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 →


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Help the Skidrow Photography Club buy some cameras

March 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm in Downtown, Photography, Social issues

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.


Supervisor debate to be held on March 27; Will be livestreamed by NBC LA

March 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm in Politics

LA Press Club Hosts Free Supervisor Debate 3/27 @ 7 pm, Live-Streamed by NBC LA

With Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky termed out, the race to represent Los Angeles County’s 3rd District is wide open for the first time in 20 years. Former state lawmaker Shiela Kuehl and former mayors Bobby Shriver, John Duran and Pamela Ulich are competing to become the elected representative of the 2 million people who live in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, and along the coast from Malibu to Santa Monica.

Los Angeles Press Club has teamed up with NBC Los Angeles to bring this important debate to you live. The event is free to all, but R.S.V.P. is a must. Plenty of free parking behind the building. Refreshments will be served.

What are their ideas for preventing abuses by the Sheriff’s Department? How would they reform the troubled foster care system? Can they patch the holes in the social safety net? These and other questions will be answered on March 27, as the Los Angeles Press Club hosts a public debate among the candidates, with Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times / KPCC) moderating. Questions will come from members of the LA press club, professional journalists working in Los Angeles in every platform. To submit a question email it to Diana-AT-lapressclub.org and put “Debate Question” in the subject line.

Date & Time: March 27, 2014. 7pm (doors open at 6pm). The debate starts at 7 pm sharp, so be sure to be seated by then.
Venue: The Los Angeles Press Club, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking.
Metro: Red line Sunset/Vermont.
RSVP Required


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626 re-explained

March 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm in Entertainment, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley

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.

 


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This is what a drought looks like

March 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm in environment, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Weather

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 →


Why Crashing Tomorrow’s Marathon On Your Bike Could Be The Least Awesome Thing You’ve Ever Done

March 8, 2014 at 11:49 am in Biking in LA, Events, Law, Law Enforcement, News, Rants, Social issues, Sports

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.