Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arts & Culture

Film festival brings movie magic to Highland Park


HIGHLAND PARK — Organizers of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival want to unite a community with movie magic. It’s no simple task, what with the neighborhood being so diverse. Some prefer action, romance, some like comedies and others want to see their stories told on ... Read More »

Libros Schmibros celebrates four years in Boyle Heights


BOYLE HEIGHTS — Lending library and bookstore Libros Schmibros celebrated its fourth anniversary on Sunday with a packed house and accolades from the Mayor’s office. Priding itself as a community bookstore, Libros Schmibros offered customers three books of their choosing for $5 at the celebration. Horchata ... Read More »

5 Questions for Echo Park talent buyer Liz Garo


ECHO PARK — Talent Buyer Liz Garo says to go ahead and take her picture, but she’s going to look down at her phone. She says this is the most honest portrait of her at work. With Spaceland Productions, Garo is responsible for all bookings at ... Read More »

5 Questions for artist Jaime Zacarias, aka GERMS


BOYLE HEIGHTS — To glimpse a mural by the artist GERMS is to experience wild interpretations of Chicano culture and religious iconography. Where disembodied luchador masks float on tentacles and the sunbursts shine forth like La Virgen de Guadalupe. On East 1st Street in Boyle Heights ... Read More »

Award-winning author Brando Skyhorse, stays true to his Echo Park roots

ECHO PARK — You can take Brando Skyhorse out of Echo Park but you can’t take Echo Park out of Brando Skyhorse. The author of the 2010 fictional novel, “The Madonnas of Echo Park,” sets his new book once again in the vibrant Eastside community. The  ... Read More »

5 Questions for Highland Park artist Raoul De la Sota

Raoul De la Sota | Jesse Saucedo

Highland Park artist Raoul De la Sota spent his childhood beset by illness and practically never left home for the first eleven years of his life. But those difficult years left De la Sota, now 77, with a life-long sense of wonder, astonishment and longing to ... Read More »

Occidental College gets a colorful dose of diversity

Mural at Occidental College. Photo by Nathan Solis 5-6-2014 11-51-25 AM

EAGLE ROCK — Pola Lopez’ color scheme is vibrant and almost jarring in a narrow, second story hallway at the Occidental College  library. Orange, violet and green pop from the mural Lopez was commissioned to create by a group of students looking to promote diversity in ... Read More »

Do you have a moment to draw? Then look for a sketchpad near you

Courtesy Brian Mallman

HIGHLAND PARK — There are few things more exciting than finding an unaccompanied sketchpad on the street and feeling the temptation to crack it open. It’s an entirely different beast when the sketchpad has instructions inviting passing stranger to draw on its pages. A year ago ... Read More »

New writers tell their true tales during East L.A. workshop

EAST LOS ANGELES — A janitor in Houston trying to find her children in Mexico. A man learning confidence as he woos a woman. A mariachi singing for a heartbroken family on Christmas Eve. These are some of the personal stories included in a new book ... Read More »

Last Call for Poetry in El Sereno

EL SERENO — Readers at The Writer’s Underground open mic recite poetry from memory, notebooks or off their phones. Each person attends the monthly reading at the Eastside Cafe for a different reason. Some are new to poetry and this is their first push into the ... Read More »