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New Web Series Set in Los Feliz

12 Jun

From “Los Feliz” the show’s social media man­ager Rameel Raymundo:

…We want the peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood to know that a few of their own love it here so much, they decided to make a web series about rela­tion­ships, about peo­ple who live in Los Feliz.
Los Feliz is more than just loca­tions like Grif­fith Park, Hill­hurst, and Ver­mont, which are all fan­tas­tic places. It’s also about the peo­ple who live here, which is why we want peo­ple to know we dig it so much here we did this, cre­ate a web series about it. If you haven’t had a chance to view the site it’s www.losfeliztheshow.com.
The pro­duc­tion of our series was a col­lab­o­ra­tion of a small group, who wanted to make a qual­ity series based around the neigh­bor­hood we live in L.A. A lit­tle snip it about the show.

Los Feliz is a comedic web series fol­low­ing the mis­ad­ven­tures of Fig and all the trou­ble he gets into when his best friend enlists him to help hide an affair from his fiance. Try­ing to keep every­one happy, Fig quickly gets caught in a web of hilar­i­ous lies and cover-ups. Can he con­ceal the cha­rade for long?

 So, if you would like to ‘fall in love with a new web series about rela­tion­ships’, Los Feliz can do that for you.

Photos from the 2011 Los Feliz Street Fair

31 Jul

Los Feliz Street Fair this Sunday, July 24th, 11am-10pm

21 Jul

The title says it all. If pic­tures from past years are any indi­ca­tion, this should be a really fun event. I’m teach­ing all-day so my cov­er­age will be lim­ited to the evening fes­tiv­i­ties, but that’s no excuse for you not to make an appear­ance ear­lier in the day!

Details are in the flyer below:

 

Happy Independence Day!

4 Jul

Hello Los Feliz and happy Inde­pen­dence Day! It looks like our local yarn-bomber is at it again, I spot­ted the fol­low­ing on a run through Grif­fith Park yesterday:

This one isn’t knit­ted but that’s prob­a­bly all well and good, as far as the bear cares, as it’s been pretty hot out lately. Local blog Inher­ent Style in LA has some higher qual­ity pic­tures up on their site.

If you’re look­ing for things to do today Bob Leg­ett has got some ideas for you.

Links Around Los Feliz

26 May

These are some of the more inter­est­ing Los Feliz ref­er­ences that have popped up on the inter­net in the past cou­ple weeks:

In Memoriam: Thomas Bond (5/5/1948 – 5/2/2011)

22 May

Los Angeles / Los Feliz Resident, Thomas "Tom" Bond

I started “Our Los Feliz” in hopes that I would have an excuse to get to know my neigh­bors bet­ter – that I would be able to feel more a part of the com­mu­nity. Before this project was even a twin­kle in my eye, there were peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood who broke through my stranger-danger anx­i­ety and insisted on being a part of my life. Thomas Bond was just such a person.

A fix­ture in the Hollywood/Vermont Star­bucks where I and half the screen­writ­ers in the world seem to while away their days, I knew Tom long before I ever met him. There are unwrit­ten rules in Lap­topis­tan: no one is to talk, no one is to laugh, and no one is to engage those with head­phones. Tom was not one for such rules, and our lit­tle world was a bet­ter place for it.

Tom was incred­i­bly gre­gar­i­ous and could bring even the most shrink­ing of vio­lets into full bloom.  He was a tal­ented sto­ry­teller with an easy laugh, and he seemed to be an expert on all sub­jects polit­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal, and min­eral. He some­how man­aged to be the smartest man in the room while never mak­ing the peo­ple he talked with feel stupid.

I had planned to inter­view him, in part to intro­duce a fan­tas­tic man to the neigh­bor­hood, but self­ishly: to sat­isfy my curios­ity. In many ways, Thomas was, and now will remain, an enigma to me. For a man I saw almost every day I knew sur­pris­ingly lit­tle about his his­tory and what made him tick.

From what I’ve been able to piece together, his life was a remark­able one. He attended Ala­m­agordo high school in New Mex­ico, later went to Lub­bock Chris­t­ian Uni­ver­sity on a speech and debate schol­ar­ship, even­tu­ally grad­u­at­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of Utah in 1974 with degrees in Nuclear Mate­ri­als Engi­neer­ing and Polit­i­cal sci­ence. He worked as a Navy nuclear reac­tor oper­a­tor with top secret clear­ance (I’m begin­ning to sus­pect he was issued his last name ex post facto), and he helped to evac­u­ate many Amer­i­can sol­diers and Viet­namese civil­ians from harm’s way dur­ing the Viet­nam War. He ran an adver­tis­ing agency in Los Ange­les in the 80’s and 90’s; per­fectly tim­ing his tran­si­tion to online mar­ket­ing in ’95.

While his death was not entirely unex­pected (he had a gal­lows humor born of long-standing health issues), it is tragic nonethe­less. My chats with Tom were often the high­lights of my work­ing days, and I sus­pect I’m not the only one in this neigh­bor­hood who now feels like they’ve lost a kindly uncle.

Thomas Bond died of a mas­sive heart-attack on May 2, 2011, he was 62. He is sur­vived by his sis­ter and nephews.

A memo­r­ial ser­vice is planned for Sun­day May 22, 2011 at the Hollywood/Vermont Star­bucks; I believe the ser­vice is sched­uled for 3pm, but please check their mes­sage board in the morn­ing for addi­tional details.

A pit­tance of Tom’s thoughts, rec­ol­lec­tions, and sto­ries can be accessed through his blog, diet web­site, and face­book page. I encour­age any­one who knew Tom to leave a com­ment on this post.

 

& Business Owner)">Local Profile: Bob [ ] (Artist & Business Owner)

17 May

This has been an excit­ing cou­ple of years for street art in Los Ange­les, from oscar-nominated documentary(/prank) “Exit Through The Gift Shop” about local artist Mr. Brain­wash, and Banksy’s sub­se­quent visit in 2011, to LA MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibit.

Iron­lak, an Aus­tralian spray­paint man­u­fac­turer is look­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on the public’s grow­ing inter­est in graf­fiti by open­ing their first flag­ship store: in Los Feliz. I spoke with Bob [Note: Last name was removed at interviewee’s request], street artist and part-owner of the shop:
Bob [ ] of Ironlak Los Angeles in front of a wall stacked high with cans of spraypaint.

Bob grew up in Los Ange­les and got involved with the street art scene in the mid 90’s.

I prob­a­bly started the same way a lot of kids do. Try­ing to get in a cir­cle or what­ever, and I always had an itch for cre­ative expres­sion, I was always a doo­dler my whole life. I love draw­ing, and once you get involved in it, and start get­ting on a team and stuff like that, and you go out a lot… There’s a rush fac­tor to it when you’re actu­ally out paint­ing all the time. It becomes very addict­ing, it becomes some­thing you have to do. You can’t really sit still with­out writ­ing on something.”

It’s a sub­cul­ture that’s broad­ened a lot … but when we started writ­ing stuff it really was just this small group of peo­ple, that you were doing it for: other artists. When you’d go get this crazy spot, and you ran into some kid who didn’t know you, then it’s like “Oh my God man!” You’re in it for the props, you’re in it for all of that, but in the end, I guess after so many years — it just sort of becomes part of you. I still love it. I really want it to expand. I want to see it go as far as it pos­si­bly can and stay true to where it came from.”

Ulti­mately, obvi­ously, we’re a busi­ness, so we are here to make money, but, we actu­ally care about the cul­ture and want to sup­port it. And we don’t want to be exploita­tive, that’s not really what we’re after. My own per­sonal thought is: I kind of think that any form of art on a blank wall is bet­ter than the blank wall.“

That said, Bob is cog­nizant of the poten­tial con­cerns of res­i­dents and local businesses.

I can’t advo­cate any­one doing any­thing ille­gal. That’s really not what we’re here for. I advo­cate artis­tic expres­sion, in what­ever way you see fit.”

Street art actu­ally goes back real far, and most pro­pa­ganda art is street art. When­ever there’s been any type of revolt going in cul­ture, going through­out soci­ety, peo­ple make posters, and make signs, and put them up on the street.”

What we sell, in our mar­ket, is really art sup­plies. It has no gang affil­i­a­tion or any­thing like that. It’s a com­pletely sep­a­rate thing. With these big gallery shows … there’s actu­ally a future in peo­ple try­ing to express them­selves cre­atively in this way. So, peo­ple hav­ing an issue with it, or think­ing that it’s bad for the neigh­bor­hood, I can under­stand where they’re com­ing from, and I can see where a shop owner– I mean, we have tags on our win­dow– but I also feel like that’s sort of part of being in the city and liv­ing in it. Peo­ple are gonna express themselves.”

I’d like to end up being able to spon­sor, or actu­ally own, a place of my own with big out­door areas where we can pro­vide space for kids.”

And if you were won­der­ing why you should shop at Iron­lak instead of a big box retailer.
“One of the main dif­fer­ences between Rus­toleum and Kry­lon, y’know the aver­age hard­ware store paints, and these paints that are made specif­i­cally for artists is the high-quality of the paint itself. The cov­er­age is really good. [Iron­lak does] spec­trums that are a lot higher. The color spec­trum, as you can see in the wall here, they’ll do like five or six col­ors of pink. 8 col­ors of pur­ple, 10 col­ors of green, blue, and stuff like that. If you go to home depot, Kry­lon in their reg­u­lar lines makes pretty much only two or three dif­fer­ent col­ors of each. That’s one of the main dif­fer­ences. And then also, the amount of dif­fer­ent caps you can use, tips you can use, on all of these spray cans, enables you to do so much more.”
Iron­lak LA opened for busi­ness three days ago and is sell­ing a rain­bow assort­ment of spray cans at $5 a pop (you must be 18+ to pur­chase). You too can meet Bob at their grand open­ing recep­tion May 28, 2011 @ 7pm. Local hip-hop artists Thurz­day and Ro Blvd will be per­form­ing, and atten­dees can grab a com­pli­men­tary drink and lim­ited edi­tion print by graf­fiti artists Augor and Sof­fles

Iron­lak Los Ange­les
5125 Hol­ly­wood Blvd.
Hol­ly­wood CA, 90027

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OurLosFeliz is now on Twitter and Facebook

16 May

After receiv­ing an email from a reader who enjoys the blog, but keeps miss­ing out on great Los Feliz events because I have a pesky habit of post­ing day-of: I have cre­ated a Twit­ter feed and a Face­book fan page. Just fol­low @OurLosFeliz or click on the “Like” but­ton to the right and you’ll be noti­fied in your social media stream within 30-min of any blog posts going live.

Thanks so much for read­ing and com­ment­ing, it makes all the time spent research­ing and writ­ing worthwhile!

“Taste of the Eastside” is Today (Sun May 15) from 1pm to 5pm @ Barnsdall Park">Taste of the Eastside” is Today (Sun May 15) from 1pm to 5pm @ Barnsdall Park

15 May

Just a quick reminder: the “Taste of the East­side” food fes­ti­val is from 1-5pm at Barsndall park. I’ll be on-site chow­ing down and con­duct­ing inter­views. You can read this post for more details.

Silver Lake Jubilee May 21st and 22nd

9 May

The Sil­ver Lake Jubilee is Immi­nent — 2 days of music, com­edy, lit­er­a­ture, and food. I’ve never been, but this year’s event is look­ing like a can’t miss. Mark your calendars.

Lineup from their website:

MUSIC
Music Pro­duc­tion by | SLJ Music Advi­sory Com­mit­teeSpace­land Pro­duc­tions |Origami VinylMucho

Crys­tal Antlers
Dante Vs Zombies
Future Ghost
Geotic
Jail Wed­dings
Kill­sonic
Lady Danville
Las Cafeteras
Love Grenades
Psy­chic Friend
Pub­lic School ROCKZ | Mar­shall High, King Mid­dle, Ivan­hoe Elementary
Races (for­merly Black Jesus)
Psy­chic Friend
Rain­bow Arabia
Restavrant
Sil­ver­lake Con­ser­va­tory of Music
SISU
Slang Chick­ens
Sum­mer Dar­ling
The Black Apples
The Finches
TRMRS
Twi­light Sleep
Ximena Sar­iñana
We Are The World

COMEDY
Com­edy Pre­sented by | Iliza Shlesinger

Adam DeVine
Iliza Shlesinger
J Chris New­berg
Jer­rod Carmichael
Jay Lar­son
Jodi Miller
Kyle Dun­ni­gan
Mark Ellis
Neal Bren­nan
Pete Holmes
Tig Notaro

LITERATURE
Lit­er­a­ture Pre­sented by | PEN Cen­ter USAMolos­susLes Figues Press |SlakeWhat BooksThe Rat­tling WallLA Review of BooksAmor Fati

Azarin Sadegh
Cas­san­dra Love
Children’s Book Read­ings pre­sented by 826LA
Chris­t­ian Lan­der
David Shook
Davin Malasarn
Diana Wag­man
Eric Layer
Gabrielle Calvo­coressi
Hafeez Lakhani
Jamie Schaffner
Janet Fitch
Jerry Stahl
John Boucher
Joseph Matt­son
Kate Micucci
Lau­ren Marks
Libby Flo­res
Lou Math­ews
Mary Otis
Marytza Rubio
Mehnaz Turner
Mon­ica Carter
Natashia Deon
Rachelle Cruz
Renee Simms
Reyna Grande

i will destroy you comics showcase

Jed McGowan
Levon Jihan­ian
Malachi Ward
Robert Goodin
Tom Neely
Keenan Mar­shall Keller 

THEATER, DANCE, and DERBY

Hol­ly­wood Fringe
Insta-Grow The­ater pre­sented by Mov­ing Arts and Matrushka Con­struc­tion
LACER After School Pro­gram
LA Derby Dolls
Sweaty Sun­days

EMCEES

Barry McLaugh­lin
Brock LaBorde
Jamie Flam
Josh Covitt
Kim Vasi­lakis
Liam Sul­li­van
Mer­rill Davis
Michael Cor­nac­chia
Paul Prado
The Span­glers
Vanessa Ragland