Richie Hawtin is Taking Over UCLA & the Palladium Tomorrow Night

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Richie Hawtin’s CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music college campus tour is coming to UCLA and the Hollywood Palladium this Saturday, April 25. The unique tour has two L.A. stops — Education by day at UCLA and music by night at the Palladium, with Hawtin taking the stage at 2:45am. Full schedule and information below…

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Dorian Lynde ~ Unbroken

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The following piece is by artist, author, and activist Phil America, who we welcome into the TACO universe…

In early 2015 I met up with Dorian Lynde, a Canadian artist, to photograph her while working on her year-long photo series Peace By Piece. The series itself is more than just a collection of photos, it is a performance. It is a meditation. It is a reminder. It is a lesson on life. The photos show her work with “unbroken meditation”, a practice she took on over the one year’s time in which she broke a piece of china(porcelain) every day and glued them back together.
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Preview: SURFACE Portraits of Street Artists ~ Opens April 25th at Subliminal Projects

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Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer who has photographed over 135 street artists from all over the world in their native environments. His exuberant, loving photographs capture artists near their iconic works and provides new context for the oft-anonymous artists and their global productions. The highly-staged nature of many of the photographs adds an element of theatricality that is present in the creation of the works but rarely expressed in media. In addition to exhibiting Solkær’s photographs, the people at Subliminal Projects had the idea to ask some of his subjects, including Aakash Nihalani, Above, Beau Stanton, Cyrcle, DabsMyla, Dan Witz, Jordan Seiler, Lee Quinones, Logan Hicks, Mark Bode, Rae, Risk, Saber to create collaborative works that reinterpret the original photos. Keep reading for a preview and the complete press release.

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The Los Angeles Drawings of Susan Logoreci

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U.S.C. (Urban Swarm Contemplated), 4′ x 6′, colored pencil on paper, 2014

Artist Susan Logoreci creates intricate colored-pencil on paper drawings of cities all over the world, but with an emphasis on her home metropolis, Los Angeles. Her combination of detail and abstraction renders the urban environment both inviting and warped. It’s a fitting style for our city, as many would consider L.A. itself to be invitingly warped…

Most of the works featured here are very large, with 4′ x 6′ being a standard size for many of the works. The size translates well to public art– her works form the basis for mosaics that will appear at Metro’s new Expo Line stations in 2016. You can learn more about the artist on her website.

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Video: Big Sleeps x Psycho Realm Signing

Tattoo artist Big Sleeps dropped a new series of t-shirts with Los Angeles based rap group Psycho Realm. L.A. TACO’s own Erwin Recinos was in attendance for the first leg of the release at the Tee Shirt Spot on Pasadena Ave. in Lincoln Heights, and made the video seen above.

The Taco Madness Party is This Sunday

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L.A. Taco and Red Bull LAX want you to come party with us this Sunday at Villain’s Tavern, and celebrate everything that’s great about Los Angeles! Our day party will have some of L.A.’s best taco trucks all in one place for your purchasing pleasure (bring cash and cards and your appetite).

We’ve curated a list that includes many of the finalists and semi-finalists of Taco Madness including 3 of the final 4! We will also have live art, DJs, and general good daytime vibes in the Cali sunshine. All the info is below…

Remember– you MUST have a ticket to get in.

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10 Essential Street Foods in South Los Angeles

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First We Feast continues to impress with their coverage of all parts of Los Angeles, rare for any publication without its HQ in the city, and often uncommon even for purely local publications. Following up on Tony Chen’s coverage of The Rise of the Compton Taco, editor Erin Mosbaugh files a survey of street food options in South L.A. as recommended by Street Gourmet LA Bill Esparza.

Opening with the line “For those Angelenos who don’t make it south of the 10 Freeway, we have one thing to say: We feel sorry for you.” the roundup includes ten essential street foods including this blog’s favorite carnitas (Carnitas el Momo, winner of our taco of the year award). Here’s an excerpt and the link:

Tortas at Super Tortas D.F.
Address and phone:
 E 41st St (just off the southwestern corner of E 41st St and S Central Ave), South L.A. (323-351-8379)
Good for: Expertly-layered combo sandwiches prepared by trained torteros 

Esparza says: “These guys are genuine, skilled sandwich makers trained in Mexico City, which makes a world of difference. They’re really conscientious about the bread they’re using—it’s made for them at a local bakery to their specifications. They’re offering all those different, fun combinations that you’d find at a Mexico City-style torta stand: sandwiches named after people from different countries (Suiza, Española), states in Mexico (Poblana, Toluqueña), and sexy girls. But the Cubana is the mother of all tortas; it has everything. For the Cubana, the tortero takes some eggs, scrambles them, throws them out on a huge flat crate, and drops some chorizo in there. Then he starts cutting the omelet and folding it in layers. He takes that super-thin, layered omelet and puts it onto the sandwich, along with hot dogs, milanesa, several different cold cuts, yellow and white cheese, avocado, a thin layer of mayo and refried beans, tomato, lettuce, onion, chiles chipotles, and pickled jalapeños.”

Read the full article here.

The Photography of Meet Frankie C

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We first met Frankie C. when he shared his remarkable photos of Sikhs in Los Angeles with us earlier this year. His low profile and humble approach are rare in the era of social media and self-promotion, but his work speaks for itself. A native Angeleño, Frankie is deeply connected to the people of Los Angeles, and you can see that in his portraits of the city’s residents, and the details he captures on his sojourns around every part of L.A. Please enjoy this selection of his photography along with a Q&A with this emerging local artist.

What’s your favorite taco?
-Cheese tacos from Taqueria El Tapatio in Glendale. Traditionally made with cheese in between 2 small tortillas. I’m hungry thinking of them now.

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Recap: Redact Whatever Is Privilege

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Redact Whatever Is Privilege was a one-night only exhibition of comedy and art at The Gibson Space, featuring the art and photography of Lluy Rodrigues, Quam Odunsi & Joshua Wynn Gibson. All photos shot on 35mm film by Reserve Result

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Long Beach Zine Fest! ~ Free Event this Sunday

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The Long Beach Zine Fest is a one-day free event promoting zines and zine culture and will be the first independent-publishing expo of its kind in the city. The festival will bring together more than 100 writers, designers, cartoonists, photographers, artists, and DIY advocates from Long Beach and
surrounding cities who believe in the power of print as a viable artistic medium in today’s web-centric
world. 

L.A. Taco is proud to announce that we’ll have a table at this event thanks to our Events photographer Erwin Recinos who self publishes as “Metro Anonymous“. Make sure you stop by his table and say hello while you browse through our latest publications. Other table’s we’re looking forward to checking out are As Issued, La Chamba Press, Applesauce Industries, Sleep Talk Press, Valerie J. Bower, and Yvette Aispuro. Remember the event is all ages and free from 11am to 5pm this Sunday! 

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Taco Madness 2015: Let the Madness Begin

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Welcome L.A. Taco lovers, it’s that time of year again, when we band together as a community and argue passionately over what is our city’s best taco. This year we’ve shaken things up a little bit, let us walk you through the basic changes.

Update 4-9-2015
We have a winner! Congratulations to Guerrilla Tacos in their first Taco Madness victory. It was incredibly close, and clearly both spots were deserving of victory. Both will be at our event on April 19th!

Update 4-3-2015
Our Taco Madness Party at Villain’s Tavern is ON. April 19th is the new date. Get Tickets now! There will be tacos, DJs, live art, and surprises!

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