LA’s Greatest Landmarks: Watts Towers

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

Timelapse: Watts Happening Ride

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 Watts Happening Ride Is What’s Happening February 18

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

Bike Every (Satur)Day In May: Watts Happening Ride

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

IAAL•MAF Invitational No. 7: The Watts Happening II 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

Where The Hell Is Matt? In L.A.! Tuesday!

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!

The El Toro Y and Other Things The Simpsons Taught Me

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

Reopening The Book On A Chapter Of L.A.’s History

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

Funding for LA Dept of Cultural Affairs at risk to go away in Motion 56.

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.