Eastside Weekend: L.A. Zine Fest 2015; The Princess Bride in Highland Park; creative writing in Boyle Heights


L.A. Zine Fest 2015 is Sunday, February 15. | Photos and art by Roxy Morataya


The most exciting thing about L.A. Zine Fest 2015 is the sheer volume of talent that is shared with total strangers. Think of it as a page out of the artist’s private diary. Close to 200 vendors, artists and publishers will be on hand, covering the entire spectrum of zines, from the basic DIY cookbook, to the more polished glossy magazine. Sunday, February 15 at 3347 N. San Fernando Road.

There must be a large percentage of online dating profiles that list The Princess Bride as a favorite movie. It’s whimsical and full of romance, with plenty of quotable lines. So it’s no wonder that The Market HP in Highland Park is hosting a movie night with the Fred Savage bedtime story, with Rafael Bustamante (Bunnies and Kitties) and Lands of Hum providing some music after the movie. Saturday, February 14.
Alexander Britton is putting out some jangling tunes that most likely fell through a wormhole from the 1970s, what with the underwater vocals and soaring guitar licks. No need to worry, the Mile High Club banner that Britton makes music under is doing alright in this era. He plays Permanent Records, Saturday, February 14.
Most people are capable of telling a story, an anecdote or a joke. Neighborhoods are full of characters and urban legends. All the pieces to tell a story are in place. Creative writing coordinator Vickie Vertiz will helm a workshop showing students how to create their own unique stories through a variety of writing techniques. Saturday, February 14.
Ceramic tile, wood, bead and other art are featured in “Amores Clandestinos” curated by artist Rafael Matais, along with an eclectic lineup of art, sculpture and mosaics. The night will feature music by Highland Park Blues musician Carlos Guitarlos. Saturday, February 14.

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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