Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Neighbor Spotlight

Neighbor Spotlight: Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance – Jimmy Lizama and The Bicycle Kitchen

Jimmy Lizama

EAST HOLLYWOOD -- This month The Bicycle Kitchen marks its fourth year on Fountain Street, offering tools, parts and floating helpers so cyclists can learn to fix their own bikes. But the story really begins 16 years ago, when Jimmy Lizama, then a 25-year-old bike messenger, began learning to do his own bicycle repairs in an unoccupied studio of Eco-Village -- in the studio’s kitchen, to be exact. Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Artist is dedicated to her craft and East L.A.


EAST LOS ANGELES -- At 26, artist Gloria Negrete is making her mark in East L.A. one artwork at a time. Last year, her drawing of the “ghost woman” of Evergreen Cemetery graced the cover of Haunted East Los Angeles, a book of scary stories about “the most haunted locations” in East L.A. by Mario Becerra. Dedicated to her craft, she spent a day at the cemetery sketching in ink and watercolor for that project. A longtime resident of East L.A., she’s a scooter-riding, Japanese food loving, Judo-competing, young artist with a mission: build up her portfolio. Chalk one up, Gloria. Read More »