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Cal State LA expands | When Madonna and A-listers partied in Filipinotown | Echo Park “Genius Grant” winner leaves L.A. Philharmonic

A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

An Echo Park resident quits the L.A. Philharmonic, Cal State L.A. expands to Alhambra and the 1980s story behind a once celebrity-filled club in Historic Filipinotown. Here’s News & Notes for Monday. Hope you have been not naughty but nice.

Echo Park violinist Vijay Gupta leaves LA Philharmonic

Activist and violinist Vijay Gupta is leaving his day job at the Los Angeles Philharmonic to pursue his social justice work, he told the Los Angeles Times.

Earlier this year, Gupta, 31, won a MacArthur fellowship with a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend for his work as the cofounder of Street Symphony, a nonprofit that provides musical performances at shelters, county jails and treatment centers.  Gupta told the Times he wants to build up the nonprofit’s infrastructure so it will flourish beyond him.

The Eastsider had a Q&A with him last month, where he talked about gentrification, where he finds inspiration and Echo Park. Gupta was the youngest musician to join the Philharmonic in 2007 at the age of 19.

Cal State LA opens satellite in Alhambra

Cal State University, Los Angeles is expanding its footprint by adding a second satellite campus.  Urbanize reports the university signed a 12,051-square-foot lease at  a 40-acre mixed-use complex at 1000 S. Fremont Avenue in Alhambra.
The El Sereno-based school opened a Downtown office in South Park with classes geared to working professionals in 2016.
The new Alhambra campus is located next to the school’s offsite parking. 

It’s unclear what will be offered at the satellite campus, but according to Urbanize, the Ratkovich Company, which penned the deal, is also pursuing a proposed development that could add over 1,000 apartments and condominiums to the project.

Historic Filipinotown’s A-list Hollywood Club

The owner of a storied members’ only club in Historic Filipinotown where “Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston partied with Prince and Madonna, Sean Penn let loose and photos were never, ever allowed” dishes with the Hollywood Reporter.
In the 1980s, actress and belly dancer Helena Kallianiotes had some of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities knocking at the now defunct club’s door on the  corner of L.A.’s Rampart Boulevard and West Temple Street, across from the old Rampart police station reports THR. It was was a pre-selfie age, before cell phones had cameras and when a no picture rule could be enforced.
Stars like Michael Douglas, Joni Mitchell, the Pointer Sisters, Meryl Streep and Barbra Streisand roamed the club, said Kallianiotes now 80. But it was closed in 1991 after she was in a car accident.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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