Archive for ‘June, 2014’


Highland Park Biker Chick

Highland Park Biker Chick

Photo by Benjamin Lein HIGHLAND PARK –  Who knew chickens had a thing for motorcycles?  Well, at least one chicken does. Benjamin Lein was surprised to find that a chicken that sometimes roams free on Abbott Place had decided to roost on top of his motorcycle. The same bird later climbed into Lein’s lap while […]

I Have Lost the Hope I Had; In the Dust Are All My Dreams

I Have Lost the Hope I Had; In the Dust Are All My Dreams

  I love this photo of my maternal great-grandfather, Edwin Franklin Jackson (1878-1930), as a young man riding a bicycle in downtown Rogers, Arkansas. Note he is is dressed for success but has taken off his suit jacket. He was an ambitious and charismatic man. Within a period of just 10 years he rose through […]

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 21 to 27

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 21 to 27

Here are my top picks for events scheduled from Saturday, June 21, to Friday, June 27. If it looks like I’ve included way more events than usual, that’s because the summer concert and summer movie season has officially begun. All events are free, so take a look — and don’t you dare say there’s nothing to do in […]

Another movie called “Echo Park”

Another movie called “Echo Park”

ECHO PARK — The new movie  Echo Park  attracted attention recently after the film, which features a “low-key romance” about a woman who moves from Beverly Hills to Echo Park, was screened at the L.A. Film Festival. But it’s not the first movie named after Echo Park. Nearly thirty years ago, Susan Dey (of Patridge […]

Presbyterian embrace of gay marriage

Presbyterian embrace of gay marriage

The Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA.; Credit: Clinton Steeds/flickr The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a mainline protestant group, has a membership of 1.9 million. That membership just voted to change its constitution’s definition of marriage to mean between “two people” instead of between “a man and a woman” and has given ministers permission to […]

John O’Groats

John O’Groats

WHY Corned beef hash, biscuits, thick-cut bacon and pumpkin or fresh-fruit-topped pancakes. WHAT Fans line up every weekend morning (and sometimes on weekdays) for a spot at a table or the counter in this rustic-charming diner named for a village in Scotland. The food isn’t authentically Scotch (a good thing, perhaps), but the breakfasts are […]

Silver Lake crash leaves two men seriously injured

Silver Lake crash leaves two men seriously injured

Photo by Craig Collins SILVER LAKE — Two men loading a wood chipper parked on a Silver Lake street were struck from behind by a car this afternoon, with the impact severing both legs of one man and leaving the other with broken bones, police said. The victims were struck at about 3:10 p.m. by […]

FAQ: How to NOT be a jerk at an outdoor movie

FAQ: How to NOT be a jerk at an outdoor movie

A crowd settles in for a screening of Lolita at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. ; Credit: Julian Bleeker/Flickr Creative Commons It’s no secret that Los Angeles is host to some fantastic outdoor film screening opportunities this summer. Whether you’re a fan of the classics at Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings or prefer the food truck […]

Bloom Café

Bloom Café

WHY Organic eggs are used in breakfast dishes like poached eggs with goat cheese and smoked bacon. There are plenty of vegetarian choices, and lunches include grass-fed beef burgers and free-range chicken and apple salad. WHAT This zippy, modern café on an up-and-coming stretch of Pico draws neighborhood faithfuls for breakfasts with a healthy touch. […]

$100,000 reward offered to find Boyle Heights fire bombing suspects; video of attacks released

$100,000 reward offered to find Boyle Heights fire bombing suspects; video of attacks released

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Federal and local authorities today announced that a reward of up to $100,000  is up for grabs to anyone who provides information  leading to the arrest of one or more of the suspects who threw Molotov cocktails at four apartments at the Ramona Gardens housing project. The reward was announced as officials […]

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