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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arts & Culture

Discover Vintage Modern Artifacts at Downtown Modernism 2015

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The third annual Downtown Modernism market for vintage modern design will return to Los Angeles on Sunday, May 31st. Collectors, connoisseurs, and treasure hunters will have the chance to peruse countless mid-century, modernist, and vintage relics from Modernica’s hand-picked group of knowledgeable dealers. For two years ... Read More »

Fundraiser launched to rescue a Mount Washington mural

Tagging has obscured most of themural | Photo by Martha Benedict

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Just one eye of a Native American looks out behind the barrage of tagging covering the Southwest Museum Mural on Marmion Way. Artist Daniel Cervantes and a team of volunteers spent about a year working on the nearly 150-foot long mural, which was dedicated in 2004. Now, a fundraiser is being held to raise at least $20,000 to restore and maintain the artwork.

Echo Park’s Cuban Music Festival left without a place to dance

New grass was planted around Echo Park Lake in 2013

ECHO PARK -- Every May for about the past two decades the Presencia Cubana - aka the Cuban Music Festival - at Echo Park Lake has filled the park with the sights and rhythms of Cuban culture. But not this year. Organizers have cancelled the festival, blaming Councilman Mitch O'Farrell and the Recreation & Parks Department for imposing new regulations that prevent the installation of a dance floor on the grass.

Five questions for punk archivist and author Alice Bag

Alice Bag, author, feminist and archivist | Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy

As a child Alice Bag, born Alicia Armendariz, was shy and spoke very little English. In kindergarten, she sometimes would cry due to her frustrations with English, Spanish being her first language. As an East Los Angeles teenager Bag fronted the band The Bags in the early days of the Los Angeles punk scene. She eventually got down the whole English part just fine.