Archive for ‘July, 2015’


Prepare to make a stop at Echo Park Lake

Prepare to make a stop at Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK — The intersection of Echo Park and Laguna avenues is a busy crossroads. About 10,000 cars and trucks a day zip along Echo Park Avenue while many pedestrians cross at Laguna as they come and go to Echo Park Lake, church services and the DASH bus stop.  Now, in a move to make […]

Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Country

Dharkan:  The Heartbeat of a Country

At an early age Mobeen Ansari contracted meningitis, which “impacted his hearing, eyesight, balance, and ability to detect colors” (issue.com). It seems these difficulties have not held back Mobeen Ansari. In an effort to have the world see his homeland of Pakistan through loving eyes as he does, Ansari photographed Pakistani artists, humanitarians, actresses, and bus […]

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

It’s marketed as a 3-day symposium “celebrating all that is weird, wild, and wonderful in the plant kingdom.” “It” is the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California’s exclusive showing and symposium July 23rd-26th at the Huntington. Each day there will be activities like hands-on botanical art workshops; lectures; tours of the Huntington gardens, collections, and […]

National Dance Day!

National Dance Day!

Free dance instruction is offered for kids of all ages (and adults too) at Pasadena Dance Theatre in celebration of National Dance Day on July 25th. Ballet, pre-ballet, floor barre, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, bollywood, African, and salsa are on the program and no advanced registration is required. So moms, dads, kids, and teenagers: […]

Old-Style Blues & Two-Fisted Boogie-Woogie

Old-Style Blues & Two-Fisted Boogie-Woogie

It seems apropos that blues singer Doña Oxford was born in a parking lot in the back seat of an old Chevy.  There must be a ballad worthy of the blues in there somewhere. On the other hand, through Michalis Limns’ interview at Blues @ Greece with singer, songwriter, pianist Doña Oxford, we learn her song-worthy birth didn’t happen in the […]

Water main breaks in Angeleno Heights

Water main breaks in Angeleno Heights

Water gushing on Allison Avenue ANGELENO HEIGHTS — Another day, another water main break. This one is in Angeleno Heights on Allison Avenue near Douglas Street.  The water began burbling up through the concrete pavement at about 10 a.m. But, as of 2 p.m., no crews had shown up to begin repairs, according to a […]

An Evening with Star Chefs

An Evening with Star Chefs

An evening of fine wines and exotic beers to go along with “tastings of the finest dishes from some of the best chefs in L. A.,” followed by a sit-down “lite fare” catered by Cynthia Brooks Distinctive Catering. This “Evening with Star Chefs” includes a silent and live auction, and the jazz sounds of Nina […]

Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights is a historic district in Northwest Pasadena. Northwest Pasadena is a big area with a bad reputation.  And boy, is that reputation well deserved. Drugs, gangs, crime… I mean, look at these statistics! Geez.  Gilmore House, 1891 Could you live in this dump? I couldn’t. Gerlach House, 1913 “Adena House,” 1887 The median income in […]

Affluent View Park neighborhood struggles with identity

Affluent View Park neighborhood struggles with identity

A girls soccer team competes in Baldwin Hills Park. Baldwin Hills along with View Park, Windsor Hills and Ladera Heights comprise the highest concentration of black affluence on the West Coast.; Credit: The City Project/FLICKR The affluent neighborhood of View Park between Crenshaw and La Brea, is 84 percent African-American. It’s loaded with 2,500-5,000 square […]

Affluent View Park neighborhood struggles with identity

Affluent View Park neighborhood struggles with identity

A girls soccer team competes in Baldwin Hills Park. Baldwin Hills along with View Park, Windsor Hills and Ladera Heights comprise the highest concentration of black affluence on the West Coast.; Credit: The City Project/FLICKR The affluent neighborhood of View Park between Crenshaw and La Brea, is 84 percent African-American. It’s loaded with 2,500-5,000 square […]

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