Eastside Weekend: Painting Chicano in Highland Park; fireworks & bike rides; Elysian Park horror campout

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The artwork of Eric Almanza at Avenue 50 Studio


The artwork of Eric Almanza explores complex issues with elegant images of intimate moments. Issues like a Mexican-American border that sits in the middle of a family beach outing. Or urban life as a Chicano, what could be considered an identity caught between two words – not fully American, but unable to identify as Mexican. Painting Chicano is currently on display at Avenue 50 Studio.


Gardens & Villa play Center for the Arts Eagle Rock | Photo by S. Perlin

There is no way to fight the sun except to wait things out. Naturally the nightscapes of Gardens & Villa seem appropriate, inviting with their melodic key work and vocals awash in starlight. Okay, maybe the Santa Barbara band will not be playing under the stars, but Gardens & Villa be performing those lush tunes at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Friday, June 26.

Detail of Katrina Alexy’s “Healthy Food” mosaic mural.

Breathe in that art and produce. The Echo Park Farmer’s Market will host the unveiling of local artist Katrina Alexy’s mosaic mural which celebrates people, food, and reusing materials to make art. Fruits and vegetables adorn the glass mural, seasoned with bright pastels and tiles, and aptly titled “Healthy Foods.” Friday, June 26.
That stinging, burning of the skin can only mean one thing. Summer is here and so too are the numerous summer activities. El Sereno gets into the spirit with the Independence Day Parade & Concert, Saturday, June 27, starting at 10 a.m. and going into the evening. Not to be outdone Lincoln Park will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show, Sunday, June 28, with plenty of bands and local businesses supporting the event. Eagle Rock Park will host an Elvis Tribute and fireworks show, Sunday, June 28. And Metro will be sponsoring a bicycle ride with The Bike Oven and C.I.C.L.E. to the Eagle Rock show from the Highland Park Gold Line station.

Being scared at home is so last year. Why not watch a scary movie in a park with a group of campers and then why not go to sleep right after? It’s a win-win no doubt, but just in case the deal has not been sealed the Great Horror Campout is Friday, June 26 at Elysian Park, and this go around they’re featuring the movie The Strangers.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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