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:
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.
These are some of the more interesting Los Feliz references that have popped up on the internet in the past couple weeks:
- The Los Feliz Ledger has released their latest issue: http://www.losfelizledger.com/
- I saw “For The Record: Baz Luhrmann” at Barre Vermont and can’t recommend it highly enough — I had a stupid grin on my face the whole evening:
- KCET released a guide to the LA River, lots of fun things to see and do. (via laist)
- There’s a new pet supply store at Kingsley and Hollywood, where the Twisted Spade poker hall used to be. Business has been light, but it looks like it’ll be a good resource for the community.
- A new show will be starting at the Skylight Theater on June 3.
- The Los Feliz Street Fair will be returning on Sun July 24, 2001 (Thanks to John F. for the tip!)
- LAPD have updated their crime blotter. You can now know way too much about how many crimes are happening where you live. (via Hollywood Patch)
- We were featured in a Capital One commercial. Keep your eyes peeled for Fred 62 and a local dry cleaner.
- Uncle Jer’s is closing their brick and mortar store and will be taking their store online. (via Blogging LA)
- Fire Commissioner and Community activist Joe Sanchez passed away (via EGP News)
- Bennett Kayser will be our new school board rep.
- A profile was written about Art in The Streets curator and local resident Roger Gastman. (via LA Times)
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.
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 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.”
“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 Los Angeles
5125 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA, 90027
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“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
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.
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:
Dante Vs Zombies
The Black Apples
We Are The World
Comedy Presented by | Iliza Shlesinger
Children’s Book Readings presented by 826LA
THEATER, DANCE, and DERBY
Trying to figure out what to do tonight, or maybe you’re planning ahead to this weekend in Los Feliz?
This weekend is chock full of lectures and literary events, but if you only do one thing this weekend: call your mother on Sunday, tell her you love her, and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.
Pop-Sequentialism: Comic Art of the Modern Age | Friday 8-11pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery,
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hand-drawn panels from some of your (or the nerd in your life’s) favorite comics: Watchmen, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Captain America, Batman… and if you’re willing to drop $500+ you can take it home with you.
Venice Spring Fling | Sat 11am – 7pm
Winward Plaza Park, Venice, CA 90291
Not technically Los Feliz, but hey, we all need an excuse to get to the beach once-in-a-while. This is an all-day music festival, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts there will be some gourmet food trucks. On second thought… you might want to check the lineup, this may be the excuse you’ve been looking for to avoid the beach.
Public Star Party | Sat 2pm – 10pm
A mars observation station simulator that is free and open to the public? Telescope demos?! Um, sign me up please. Also, NASA scientists just verified we’re in a space-time vortex, too cool!