Wednesday, June 17, 2015
All Night Menu Volume Two is a book by Sam Sweet that explores the hidden histories of Los Angeles through addresses. Unknown legends, almost forgotten memories, and unearthed remains of micro-cultures populate its pages, including the following story the author has been gracious enough to share with us. The book was written, edited, and published in Los Angeles. Read our interview with Sam Sweet from last year, or visit his website at allnight-menu.com.
7003 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
When Bud Browne’s On Any Sunday opened in 1971, Mel Stoutsenberger and his friends rode their Schwinn Stingrays to every weekend matinee at the Topanga Theater to soak in spectacular footage of Belgian dirt bike idol Roger De Coster. Browne’s first non-surf film heralded the arrival of motocross in California. Incited by De Coster, the Valley kids would pedal west on Vanowen or Roscoe, where paved neighborhoods gave way to the rock-strewn hills above Canoga Park and Chatsworth. This terrain was sacred to the Chumash, whose lore told of Munits, the vanished shaman that haunted its caves. In the 19th century, Mexican usurpers renamed it Rancho El Escorpión. The vast ranchland was sold and apportioned in the 1960s, though suburban development was slow to arrive, leaving old horse trails open to bikes. “Once you crossed Valley Circle,” said Stoutsenberger, “you were in Ventura County and the cops would give up on you.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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
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!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
ALL INVOLVED the gritty, deeply authentic new book from Ryan Gattis, is the first major American novel to paint a fully-realized portrait of Los Angeles under siege during the six days in 1992 when violence erupted in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. An uncompromising, kaleidoscopic vision of the turmoil, told through the voices of disparate, finely-drawn characters, this “symphonic, pitch-perfect, superlative novel” (David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas) pulsates with high velocity urban tension.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Last Sunday was the 4th annual L.A. Zine Fest. The one-day-only event was very well attended, with people streaming in and out of the event site all day long. Interesting outfits and dyed hair was in abundance as were zines in every permutation imaginable. Some of our favorite tables were Freeways Collide, Adam Villacin, and Sleep Talk Press. The great people over at Influenza were on the scene, passing out hand stamped fliers to promote the 1st ever Long Beach Zine Fest.
A truly great thing about the LAZF is that it really promotes the D.I.Y. movement, and has helped inspire more and more people to create their own work and do their own thing. Within the last four years the LAZF has gained a huge following, as the event connects people from all over the world. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by to support and document this very cool event that happened on a very hot February day. (Continued)
Friday, January 23, 2015
Author and Journalist Sam Quinones left the Los Angeles Times last year and has since been doing some of the best work of his career. Besides writing for the New York Times and other outlets, he also finds time to mentor aspiring authors and storytellers in Los Angeles through his Tell Your True Tale series of talks and workshops. The release of Tell Your True Tale Vol 2 is this Saturday from 3-4pm at the East L.A. Library, where the workshop was born. 4837 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90022. Please enjoy one of the stories from the book below…
Friday, November 7, 2014
About two weeks ago A Shop Called Quest held the 3rd annual IE Zine Fest in the City of Redlands. The shop transformed the alley behind their storefront into a marketplace where each exhibitor had their own table filled with work by all sorts of artists. A few of our favorites were Sleep Talk Press, As Issued, Freeways Collide, and Influentza. Each table had something different from the last and every person exhibiting was ready to talk about the art they had for sale. We couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming feeling of welcomeness. You could feel all the great vibes bouncing around the alley as it seemed like all the attendees and vendors were brothers and sisters. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to document the beautiful Sunday afternoon. Hit the link for more…
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This last friday night the Deadbeat Club held a one night only photography show in the city of Long Beach. Being that it was a rare and special event, the space was packed with art patrons of all ages and descriptions. The DJ was playing fresh vinyl with slick bass lines and beats to keep everyone grooving from one section to another. There were five artists on display which included Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Dennis McGrath, Ed Templeton, and Tobin Yelland. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to catch some of the show before she had to jet on over to a different event. Click the link to see a quick recap. (Continued)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Artist FUZI has just released a new book, a limited-edition coloring book– but not one for the kids.
The book is 52 pages, and features handmade binding and a screen-printed cover. The interior is riso-printed, and each page features a different letter of the alphabet and a corresponding Ignorant Style design by FUZI UVTPK. The book was produced in a limited-edition of 250, and each is hand numbered and signed.
It is available here. Keep reading for a look inside the book…
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sam Sweet lives in Highland Park and has written about surfing, music, and Los Angeles culture for the New Yorker and the Paris Review. His latest project is All Night Menu, a 64-page book that is the first in a five-volume series about the lost heroes and miniature histories of Los Angeles. The writing takes to you places you didn’t know were real but are right in your backyard and introduces you to people who shaped this city in unseen ways. Created wholly in Los Angeles, the booklet is only available locally, in stores like South Willard, Mollusk Surf Shop, and Anzen Hardware. More info at the end of this interview.
How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and what neighborhoods do you like best?
I moved here in 2007. I like the usual stuff. How can you not? No amount of overexposure can diminish the greatness of driving on Mulholland, or loitering on the rim of the Venice Skate Park, or being on the top floor of the Arclight parking garage. Even so, I think you get the best of Los Angeles in places undefined by any particular attractions. I’m happiest when I’m doing nothing much in Lincoln Heights, Chatsworth, El Segundo. I love Sun Valley because it’s so fiercely unattractive but within that labyrinth of auto recyclers is a living culture that is unique to LA. In a more conventional sense, I think San Pedro is one of the prettiest towns in America.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Los Angeles is home to many amazing chefs, and for a big city a surprising number of them are home grown. Some great chefs and great people, to be sure, but none of them really speak to us the way Roy Choi does. On a personal level, we’ve always been proud of being (we think) the first blog to cover the Kogi BBQ truck almost exactly 5 years ago. Here’s what we wrote at the time:
Is there anything more Los Angeles then a Korean BBQ Taco Truck that cruises the streets delivering high quality cuisine to the city’s taco lifestyle hubs? We salute the Kogi truck and hope it is the inspiration for many more…