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Los Feliz bank gets “yarn-bombed” in foreclosure protest

Los Feliz bank gets “yarn-bombed” in foreclosure protest
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Photos courtesy KnitRiot Collective Some people take to the streets to march. Others organize boycotts or stage sit-in demonstrations. Then there are those whose preferred form of protest is to knit. This morning in Los Feliz, a group of mostly Eastside knitters, crafters and guerrilla artists known as the KnitRiot Collective made a statement about the […]

Lila Downs to kick off upcoming season at Luckman

Lila Downs to kick off upcoming season at Luckman

The year is not half over but The Luckman Fine Arts Complex today announced its upcoming 2012-2013 season, which begins with a Sept. 22 concert featuring Mexican singer and composer Lila Downs. The line up for the 19th season reflects the Luckman’s goal to present “genre-bending and boundary pushing” singers, dancers and performers from around […]

Boyle Heights shooting leaves one man dead

Boyle Heights shooting leaves one man dead

One man was killed in Boyle Heights this afternoon after another man walked up and shot him, police said. The victim, who is described as a male Latino in his early 30s, was shot shortly after 3 pm near the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Boyle Avenue, according to Sgt. Tyler with the Hollenbeck […]

Family struggles to keep former El Sereno movie house

Family struggles to keep former El Sereno movie house

The former Mazatlan Theatre in El Sereno has seen better days. The movie house on Eastern Avenue near Huntington Drive has not screened a movie in decades. The marquis on the front of the Art-Deco style building is often blank, and the light bulbs are missing from the letters that spell out MAZATLAN. Inside, the […]

The personal and the political

The personal and the political

As we get older we get different adjectives and nouns added to our identifiers.  We start out life with certain words, during our teen age we have words removed and added, and as we age the words are modified yet again.  At weeks shy of 60 words like compact, Nana, and researcher are words that […]

Sneaking a peak behind the Echo Park Lake green screen

Sneaking a peak behind the Echo Park Lake green screen

It will soon be nearly a year since Echo Park Lake was closed, drained and hidden from view by a nearly mile-long green screen. But the screen, designed to cut down on construction dust during a $65 million clean up,  has been torn open in places, providing windows from which passersby can sneak a peak […]

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Part of the reason for my trip over the last couple of weeks was going to institutions to do research in preparation for a talk that I’ll be giving on June 26.  The talk will be a part of series that is presented by the Pasadena Museum of History.   I’ll be talking about some […]

Bob Baker puts puppet palace up for sale

Bob Baker puts puppet palace up for sale

Photo from LoopNet It appears that the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater  on the southern edge of Echo Park is once again in trouble, with the building and surrounding property at First Street and Glendale Boulevard up for sale at $2.05 million, according to LoopNet.  “We just cannot keep the theater open on ticket sales […]

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Elections can make for difficult times.  People become passionate in expressing their views.  An election is one of the few places where there you either win or loose.  It’s hard not to take things personally.  All that. So here I am sticking my neck out on a very local election matter. I was one of […]

LAPD officer fired upon on 5 Freeway near Atwater

LAPD officer fired upon on 5 Freeway near Atwater

An LAPD gang officer driving home early this morning on the 5 Freeway near Atwater Village came under fire from a passing vehicle. The officer was not injured but bullets fired from a sedan struck the side of the officer’s vehicle as it headed northbound on the freeway between Los Feliz Boulevard and Colorado Street, […]

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