Everybody’s got a dream. A lot of people, they dream about being famous. They come to LA because they believe themselves to be talented enough or beautiful enough or just lucky enough to become a big star or a big star-maker. Most of those people become waiters. Hence, Sunset Boulevard is known as the boulevard … Continue reading LA’s Greatest Landmarks: Watts Towers
[sorry no clickie] As is always the case, somebody sent the link to this video to somebody, who eventually sent it to me. Now that the weather is getting nice again it’s the perfect time to go out to the Watts Towers and see this amazing art installation for yourself. Words, stills and video are … Continue reading Very cool Watts Towers video
The 2012 edition of my Watts Happening Ride took place this past picture-perfect Saturday, and it was my complete pleasure to share the following landmark people, places and events I’ve discovered there with the 28 cyclists who joined me: The last residence of jazz great Jelly Roll Morton The childhood home of Nobel Prize Winner … Continue reading Timelapse: Watts Happening Ride
The first Watts Happening Ride I organized five years ago was a simple there-and-back to Watts Towers from the Cornfield downtown, spurred on by the lamentable fact that as a native angeleno I had spent my whole life to-date never having been to the true treasure that is the amazing, inspiring and enduring work of … Continue reading The Watts Happening Ride Is What’s Happening February 18
Last Saturday’s “10 Bridges Ride” was chockfulla awesome and graduated another exceptional batch of riders into that realm of rare angelenos who’ve purposefully pedaled across all the spans over the LA River between Chinatown and Vernon for the fun and history of it (my woefully lacking Flickr set is here, my friend Kay’s much better … Continue reading Bike Every (Satur)Day In May: Watts Happening Ride
This month last year your degenerate and daring IAAL•MAF crew staged its first Watts Happening Ride that went from The Cornfield to the Watts Towers and back. We enjoyed it so much (photo set here) we’re doing it again next Saturday, February 16, and everyone’s invited. If you’ve never been to these monumental towers of … Continue reading IAAL•MAF Invitational No. 7: The Watts Happening II Ride
Having had the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Watts Towers on Monday and view them from behind their closed and locked gates, I decided I wanted to go back for a more close encounter and do so by bike and thus something of a short-notice ‘tweener IAAL/MAF ride has been born. We’re calling it Invitational … Continue reading Watts Happening With The IAAL/MAF
The news last week was that the City’s Cultural Affairs Department (CAD) was about to bangbang its budget hammer and lay waste to all guided tours of the Watts Towers, the eccentric L.A. landmark built by construction worker Simon Rodia in his spare time from 1921 to 1954 using broken bottles and dishes and tiles … Continue reading Watts Happening
After my recent Hollyhock House tour, I met a friend from out of town at the Figueroa Hotel for a drink. At the bar by the pool, we met a woman named Rachel who said she was holding a meetup for the local Atlas Obscura chapter. My friend got all excited at the mention. I … Continue reading Blogging.LA Meets Atlas Obscura
If you’re not already familiar with Where The Hell Is Matt?, then the next four and a half minutes is my gift to you: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY[/youtube] If you are already familiar, you probably didn’t mind watching again. So, here’s the deal. Matt is making another video, and he’s going to be shooting in L.A. tomorrow! This … Continue reading Where The Hell Is Matt? In L.A.! Tuesday!
If you were to visit a city, who would you trust to be your tour guide: Lonely Planet or The Simpsons? Based on the screencap below, my tip money would go to The Simpsons. This was from last week’s episode: Bart is nominated for an Oscar (Best Animated Short, natch) and the Simpsons go to … Continue reading The El Toro Y and Other Things The Simpsons Taught Me
What landmarks come to mind when you think of Los Angeles? In a new blogging.la series, we will profile many of the landmarks that we personally think are the city’s greatest. Please feel free to give us your input along the way.
It started last year. I’d come off a pretty lackluster April bike-wise and I vowed to “Bike Every Day In May,” which I did… but that’s not the point. The point is that besides all the regular workday commuting I did throughout that month-long endeavor, the weekends were for fun, involving a series of group … Continue reading Bike Every (Satur)Day In May
A couple years ago while organizing the IAAL•MAF’s second “Watts Happening” bike ride to the Watts Towers and back, I decided to history things up a bit with stops along the way at places of significance and interest, such as the childhood home of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ralph Bunche, the Central Avenue Jazz District, … Continue reading Reopening The Book On A Chapter Of L.A.’s History
Garcetti and a few of his pals on the LA City Council have put together a motion that will adversely affect the growth of the arts in LA by eliminating dedicated funding for the Department of Cultural Affairs. Specifically Motion 56 will divert the funds currently going to them from the hotel tax back to … Continue reading Funding for LA Dept of Cultural Affairs at risk to go away in Motion 56.