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How do I stay

In his documentary "the Drew", about a summer basketball league in South Central Los Angeles, 2-time NBA all star Baron Davis uses a basketball league to convey the compassion and the loyalty that allowed him to go from South Central to an exclusive Los Angeles high school to U.C.L.A. and the N.B.A. without leaving home.

“It is a ’hood story and it’s a positive ’hood story,” Davis said in a recent interview. “There’s good stuff in our neighborhood: good people, good leaders, good mentors. That was the beauty of the film.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 3, 2016 - 1 comment

'Hope everyone pukes on your artisanal treats': fighting gentrification

A Guardian article on the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights details the efforts of "an eclectic coalition of residents, business owners, feminists, Maoists and other activists" to fight against gentrification -- and against capitalism itself: [more inside]
posted by sobell on Apr 19, 2016 - 37 comments

A Thing So Rucked in the Vernacular ... Such an Epic Quality

The wayward greatness of the towers — resolutely local and eccentrically universal — and the scale of Rodia’s achievement were attested to by admirers such as Buckminster Fuller and Jacob Bronowski. Whether or not Rodia created a work of art is another question. Or at least the question “Is it a work of art?” brings with it another: what kind of work of art might it be? Geoff Dyer visits the Watts Towers for Harper's [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Apr 12, 2016 - 5 comments

PANOPTICOPS

How Aerial Surveillance Has Changed Policing — and Crime — in Los Angeles Geoff Manaugh rides along with the LAPD's Air Support Division.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 28, 2016 - 16 comments

post-traumatic stress and the expansive anatomy of empathy

"...parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Their deep need to connect is drawing the most severely wounded and isolated PTSD sufferers out of themselves. In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again." What Does A Parrot Know About PTSD? [NYT] [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Mar 22, 2016 - 25 comments

Getting the drop on a drop bear

The well-documented foodie lifestyle in the megalopolis of Los Angeles is extending now to the native fauna: P-22, the celebrity mountain lion currently living in Griffith Park and bored of its usual deer and raccoon fare, allegedly bypassed an 8-foot fence topped with barbed wire at the LA Zoo and ate a koala (warning: brief description of koala leftovers). This has sparked a debate about whether the mountain lion/puma/cougar should be relocated or left alone. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Mar 11, 2016 - 55 comments

Not computer graphics

Los Angeles news helicopter films a formation of V-22 Ospreys as they pass through the city [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Mar 4, 2016 - 54 comments

L.A. Dreamers

Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers. [SLVimeo]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 8, 2016 - 4 comments

The 101 Slow Jam

Most construction projects are bumpy....but this one, starts out smooth.
posted by vespabelle on Feb 7, 2016 - 12 comments

photography, life, art, and Los Angeles

Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin has been documenting the Los Angeles urban landscape for over a decade. His latest project, The Los Angeles Recordings, examines the physical structure of neighborhoods and how they are molded and reconfigured by outside elements (demographics, gentrification, the passage of time.) “The Los Angeles Recordings is a project I’ve been working on in some way, shape, or form for over a decade. Very soon after getting into photography, I recognized the medium as a way I could show others the city as I viewed it. LA’s people, landscape, and topography exist in a state of constant change that is, in my opinion, rarely portrayed from street level." [h/t] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 27, 2016 - 4 comments

Doing Gentrification Right

The inexorable pressures of economy, personalized. We are people!
posted by kozad on Jan 22, 2016 - 14 comments

Investigating Policies Defining When And How Police Use Force

The Police Use of Force Project investigates the ways in which police use of force policies help to enable police violence in our communities. (Proposed policy solutions from Campaign Zero) [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 21, 2016 - 26 comments

Nobody walks in LA, and for fleeting moments, no one drives there either

Some years back, Matt Logue photoshopped cars and people out of Los Angeles street scenes for a photo series titled Empty L.A. (see also, previously). More recently, Alex Scott has been wandering around L.A. freeways in the middle of the night to catch moments where the roadways are empty.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 7, 2016 - 13 comments

"The leak accounts for 25 percent of daily greenhouse gas emissions"

Two months in, Porter Ranch [California] gas leak compared to BP Gulf oil spill: More than 1,800 families have been relocated by the gas company and more than 1,000 remain on a waiting list. Some say they can’t remember a displacement of residents this large since the Northridge earthquake in 1994, when 20,000 people were left homeless. Two local elementary schools have been impacted, with nearly 2,000 schoolchildren and staff slated to be moved to other schools in January. Enough methane gas is being released to fill the Empire State building each day, state officials have said, and the concern has even reached the Federal Aviation Administration, which issued temporary flight restrictions over the area for small aircraft and helicopters. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 2, 2016 - 51 comments

"Well ya know, for me, the action is the juice."

A guy told me one time, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner."
Michael Mann's Heat was released 20 years ago today. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 15, 2015 - 61 comments

the ghost streets of LA

Other times, it actually takes on solidity and mass in the form of oddly skewed, diagonal slashes of houses.  The buildings that fill it look more like scar tissue, bubbling up to cover a void left behind by something else's absence.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 6, 2015 - 31 comments

“My body knows it's time to say goodbye.”

Kobe Bryant to retire after this season. [Los Angeles Times] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Nov 29, 2015 - 76 comments

Funky Friday

"Don't Push Your Luck" is the newest release from L.A. funk and soul band, Orgone. More tracks over at Soundcloud.
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 27, 2015 - 5 comments

The Mostly True Adventures Of Standup Comedy’s Legendary Frat House

A house overlooking the Sunset Strip played host to a generation of comics like Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, & Robin Williams, launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 24, 2015 - 12 comments

Variations on a Traffic Jam

Here's fifty lanes of automobile traffic in Beijing. Here's a bike traffic jam at CicLAvia in Los Angeles, and on New York's 5th Avenue the traffic is afoot.
posted by aniola on Oct 12, 2015 - 22 comments

North America: timelapse in 4K

An 8:44 long timelapse in 4K resolution on Vimeo and YouTube. Includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Banff, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Acadia, Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Arches, Mount Rainier, Mount Revelstoke and Zion. Also Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Plus Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, Toronto, Boston, Calgary, Springdale, Three Rivers, Pagosa Springs, Swift Current, New York, Niagara Falls, Lake Palourde, Keene Lake, Horseshoe Bend, White Mountains, Hobson and the Mississippi River. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 19, 2015 - 17 comments

Could it be that the smog's playing tricks on my eyes?

Flash may be dying, but that party animal won't slow down! Los Angeles Shark is much more mixed-up memetic Mausland mischief.
posted by Smart Dalek on Aug 21, 2015 - 4 comments

KROQ Freddy Snakeskin On Air, circa 1983

Former DJ Freddy Snakeskin has posted in-studio footage from the glory days of LA's legendary "Rock of the 80s" KROQ FM. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Aug 8, 2015 - 29 comments

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Jamaal Charles, star running back for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, offers an inspiring speech at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics. He discusses the influence competing in the Special Olympics had on his own life as he struggled with a learning disability as a boy.
posted by Drinky Die on Jul 26, 2015 - 4 comments

"odd and magical occurrences..."

Ever wanted to get lost in a piece of art or feel like you're inside an anime? LA-based art duo kozyndan posted an immersive "VR" experience of their 2009 Miyazaki-esque piece "Nakano In Spring". (More info on the original piece is here) [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Jul 22, 2015 - 7 comments

Clueless is a sprawling portrait of L.A.’s unique beauty

As If: A Journey Through the Los Angeles of Clueless
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 17, 2015 - 27 comments

"Honest to God, a dead body is not an emergency.”

Amber Carvaly and Caitlin Doughty on distrupting the funeral-home business:
"Although Undertaking L.A. will offer a conventional service like cremation, it will also work with families to facilitate what the two call a “more natural” death — no formaldehyde cocktail, no pods that fill hollow eyes, no mouth former, no satin-lined casket, no metal vault. The goal is to promote home funerals. If family members care to, they can undress, bathe, and cool the body with ice themselves or they can watch Carvaly and Doughty do so. “What I believe to be the problem is the lack of the dead body, the lack of reality, the lack of the ritual around the death,” Doughty says. “The solution is a return to all that.”
Caitlin Doughty, previously
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 8, 2015 - 58 comments

Zee! Ee! Arr! Oh! Zee! Ee! Arr! Oh!

Ryan Richardson has recently digitised and made available the entire run of Slash, an LA punk magazine, which ran from 1977 to 1980. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Jul 7, 2015 - 13 comments

L.A. To Nepal

America’s first responders, California Task Force Two follows disaster around the world.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 20, 2015 - 1 comment

To Live And Dine In L.A.

To Live and Dine in L.A. is a multi-platform project of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles based on the extraordinary menu collection of The Los Angeles Public Library.

The entire project, which includes a book, an exhibition, and a variety of city-wide public programs and media events, is dedicated to curating and mobilizing the Library’s collection of historic L.A. menus in order to explore both the food history of the city and the city’s contemporary struggles with food insecurity, food deserts, and youth hunger.

(You can also navigate the collection via the Archive page.)
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 comments

I hear you can turn left on a red, too.

"In some quarters, the scorn that New Yorkers once piled on Los Angeles is now sounding like envy." (SLNYT) "Indeed, Los Angeles has seemingly become the flight fantasy of choice for the likes of Ms. Turner, who insists that anything good she was giving up in overpriced, overstressed Brooklyn is already in place on the booming east side of Los Angeles: the in-season Zambian coffee outposts, the galleries, the vintage clothing boutiques."
posted by persona au gratin on May 5, 2015 - 109 comments

Cougar Town

At first, they tried to provoke the cougar by poking it with a long prod but all they managed to do was to lose the GoPro camera attached to the prod which at one point fell off. Mountain lion hiding under L.A. home can’t be forced out.
posted by hippybear on Apr 14, 2015 - 72 comments

Tacos in Los Angeles

Tacos 101: Part I: History and Etiquette. Part II: Condiments, Meat, and Tortillas. Part III: The LA Taco Scene. A Beginner’s Guide to Offal Tacos. The Rise of the Compton Taco. Tacopedia: A Complete Guide to the Taco Styles of LA.
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 27, 2015 - 42 comments

The Last LA Freeway

Although competing theories about urban planning were part of the long battle, it was about more than just the best way to move people through a sprawling megalopolis. The freeway became a focal point for resistance to paternalistic urban renewal, but then, ultimately, an example of socially responsible civil engineering. When the rubber finally hit the road on the 105, Judge Pregerson’s ruling ensured that central planners could no longer impose public-works projects on communities without residents having their say.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 27, 2015 - 10 comments

Mother Nature is most ruggedly, thornily savage.

Los Angeles should be buried. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 14, 2015 - 54 comments

Phranc talk (with a P-H and a hard C)

Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger" has been a little quiet lately, but she's back with a new website and a new instrumental song. And if that wasn't enough, her entire solo catalog is now available on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 3, 2015 - 8 comments

New music from L.A./Little Armenia

Bei Ru is a Los Angeles-based multi-genre music producer/composer known for his unconventional use of Middle Eastern melodies and rhythms combined with heavy drums, electronics, and a plethora of live instrumentation. His new album, ‘Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp’, blends electronica, Middle Eastern influences, funk and hip-hop, featuring musicians playing electric bass, electric guitar, electric oud, cello, keyboards and piano

If you listen to only one L.A.-based, Armenian-American, instrumental, electronic, Middle-Eastern, funk, hip-hop song today, make it "Sweet Temptress" [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 comments

LA's cultural and historical legacy: more than being able to turn right at a red light

HistoricPlacesLA is the first online information and management system specifically created to inventory, map, and help protect the City of Los Angeles' significant historic resources. It showcases the city's diversity of historic resources, including architecturally significant buildings and places of social importance as well as historic districts, bridges, parks, and streetscapes. You can search for specifics or try some popular seaches, and the map view let's you combine different overlays and base maps.
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 28, 2015 - 6 comments

Los Angeles: The City In Cinema

Strange Days
Southland Tales
Her
Kiss Me Deadly
Brother
The Crimson Kimono
and more

posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 22, 2015 - 16 comments

End of an era: iconic L.A. video store Vidiots closing after 30 years


posted by Room 641-A on Jan 30, 2015 - 37 comments

The remains of Bradbury’s home

The lovely house where Ray Bradbury lived for 50 years is being torn down by its new owner, architect Thom Mayne.
posted by xowie on Jan 14, 2015 - 114 comments

The Devil and John Holmes

John Holmes was a porn star. Eddie Nash was a drug lord. Their association ended in one of the most brutal mass murders in the history of Los Angeles. The Devil and John Holmes [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Jan 7, 2015 - 18 comments

Good evening boys and girls and welcome to Largo.

LARGO is a 2008 documentary about the iconoclastic Los Angeles club, which opened in its original incarnation on Fairfax Ave. in 1989. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 23, 2014 - 14 comments

"She placed an order on the spot – and not a conservative one."

"Though there were manufacturers in several parts of the United States, the great preponderance of commercially-made aluminum trees were created by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When their 'Evergleam' line debuted in 1959, many embraced the shiny trees as an expression of the new Atomic Age. The trees appealed to a Jetsons-style notion of modern living where life was clean, automated and easy; with an aluminum tree, needles never fell, it could be stored compactly and re-used every year, with none of the fuss of a real tree." Etsy: History Lesson: The Aluminum Christmas Tree, by Jeni Sandberg. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 21, 2014 - 43 comments

California's whooping cough crisis, Latinos affected disproportionately

"'It really speaks to the lack of access to health insurance that's particularly predominant within the Latino community,' says Sarah de Guia, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an advocacy group. Latinos make up 62 percent of the uninsured, she says, either because they can't afford to pay for health insurance, or because they're afraid that signing up for coverage will expose family members who aren't lawfully present in the U.S." California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies, NPR. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 comments

1964 Chevy Malibu

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About The Making Of Repo Man
posted by Artw on Dec 19, 2014 - 70 comments

“Camels are extremely popular right now.”

Coyote Booms, Bear Attacks And How Climate Change Is Wreaking Havoc On The Animal Kingdom. "'The long-term drought impacts on vegetation that affect the prey of the animals that predators feed on is also a reason for encroachment,' said Crabtree. He said he thinks all large carnivores have this problem, especially the ones that depredate, or plunder — such as coyotes, bears, mountain lions and wolves. 'The drought decreases natural forage for herbivores like deer,' said Crabtree. 'There will be a relatively higher density of deer in urban areas where there are lawns.'" [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Dec 9, 2014 - 15 comments

Stand Tall

Nico Vega is a Los Angeles-based alt rock band with 'unstoppable hooks.' [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 comments

Mood music for movie viewing, from Cinespia's cemetery film viewings

If you're looking for a little mood music before and/or after watching a movie, you might enjoy the Cinespia experience at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Wikipedia). But if you're not likely to join the crowd in Los Angeles, you can recreate a part of that movie warm-up/cool-down experience with Cinespia's archive of mixes from various notable musicians. Their site currently lists 11 mixes from the likes of Cut Chemist, The Gaslamp Killer (previously), David Holmes and Carlos Niño, but if you dig into the Internet Archive, you can find 38 more mixes (including a good number of paired before-and-after mixes) from even more artists, set to a range of movies, classics both older (North by Northwest, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and newer (Bladerunner, The Big Lebowski).
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 26, 2014 - 1 comment

Filing down a plastic razor blade to create a sewing needle, not a shank

The Los Angeles Men's Central Jail’s gay wing was set up in response to a 1985 ACLU lawsuit, which aimed to protect homosexual inmates from a higher threat of physical violence than heterosexuals faced. But something unexpected has happened. The inmates are safer now, yes. But they’ve surprised everyone, perhaps even themselves, by setting up a small and flourishing society behind bars. Once released, some re-offend in order to be with an inmate they love. There are hatreds and occasionally even severe violence, but there is also friendship, community, love — and, especially, harmless rule-bending to dress up like models or decorate their bunks, often via devious means. LA Weekly looks inside MCJ, with an exclusive video the unique situation, from Voice Media Group. For further reading on the unique K6G unit, see Two Models of the Prison: Accidental Humanity and Hypermasculinity in the L.A. County Jail (PDF), and Governmental 'Gaydar': Race, Sexual Identity and Incarceration (PDF), both scholarly articles that study this part of MCJ.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 18, 2014 - 7 comments

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