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
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.
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Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer
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