Mr. VOID RE-SCORING “PIECES” + DYSTOPIAN INDOOR SWAP MEET ~ This Friday in DTLA

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This Friday 7:30 at Superchief Gallery in Downtown L.A. Mr VOID (Ruidoson, Tijuana) of Los Macuanos (currently being celebrated as the Mexican Kraftwerk) is doing a special performance / re-score of the 1980s Spanish slasher film PIECES.

The event will also feature some dystopian swap meet style tabling…
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8 New Murals by David Flores ~ Pomona

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These murals were painted by David Flores in his instantly recognizable signature style. The portraits are of Billie Holiday, Amelia Earhart, Grace Kelly, and Frida Kahlo, and adorn the walls of a new residential development in Pomona called Monterey Station. All photos by our new contributor, The Graffiti Hunter. You can view more photos in the Graffiti Hunter’s extensive archive on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheGraffitiHunter. The Graffiti Hunter’s goal is to document artists working in public art, and create unique content to build awareness of their work. Every few months he produces art cards that are hidden on the streets and in the shops of the LA Arts District.

Keep reading for the full set of new murals…

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Video: Street Gospel “Know The Story” ~ Cale One K2S

Learn all LA artist Cale One K2S, in the first installment of video series “Street Gospel”. More at StreetGospelTV.Com

Cruising on Hollywood Boulevard

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Photo by Tom Andrews.

Interview with Sam Sweet, Author of the Forthcoming “All Night Menu,” A Secret History of Los Angeles

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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.

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34.03°N 118.15°W ~ Los Angeles

A film by Omar Lagda for L.A. Taco.

Introducing the Miche Mobil from Fernando Lopez

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Entrepreneur and restaurant owner Fernando Lopez was at dinner about a year ago, talking about plans to market his new instant Michelada mix. “You know what I’m going to do, I’m going to get a vintage Volkswagen bus and turn it into a mobile michelada party station. Roll up to parties with my own taps, speakers, everything…” Everyone laughed but the seed was planted. A bright green shiny seed in the mind of someone who doesn’t give up easily. After weeks of fruitless searching the internet and the streets of Los Angeles for the right base vehicle, a perfect candidate was spotted less than a mile from the Lopez family restaurant, La Guelaguetza, in Koreatown. The asking price was too high, but Fernando managed to win the seller over with a combination of persistence, charm, and an all cash offer in crisp $100 bills.

Vehicle in hand, Lopez knew where to take it– S. Dominguez Coachworks of Bell Gardens. Over the past 9 months, he and the shop’s owner, Sebastian, have worked the vehicle over by hand, taking it down to its basic elements and building it back up again with hundreds of small details and touches to make it the ultimate party wagon. This VW has a full DJ booth inside, complete with two turntables, a mixer, high-end speakers, and video output to a flatscreen monitor mounted on the flip-up media sail. There are four taps allowing for ice-cold kegs to be kept inside the vehicle. The interior stereo system is also functional, with amps, a subwoofer, and speakers to make getting from party to party fun and comfortable for the I Love Micheladas team. The interior is perforated leather, which when finished will completely wrap the vehicle in crisp white perfection. The stock engine was completely rebuilt and shines like it just can’t wait to get out on the open road.
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“They Live” Live in Downtown Los Angeles

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Artists Stephen Zeigler and Calder Greenwood gave downtown residents a living installation inspired by the classic film  They Live, with signage and actor dressed as an alien in a business suit as seen through Roddy Piper’s magical glasses that reveal the truth of existence. From the film’s official description:

They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. THEY LIVE.

A rugged loner (RODDY PIPER) stumbles upon a terrifying discovery: ghoulish creatures are masquerading as humans while they lull the public into submission through subliminal advertising messages. Only specially made sunglasses make the deadly truth visible.

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Mexico City’s DJ SMURPHY Lands in Los Angeles

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THIS WEEK MEXICO CITY’S DJ SMURPHY STOMPS OVER THE BORDER AND OUT OF TIJUANA’S ALL MY FRIENDS FEST TO PLAY AN ONSLAUGHT OF SHOWS IN LA. DJ SMURPHY PART OF SPIRTUAL REGGAETONERO LABEL N.A.F.F.I. PLAYS #TRIPMENTAL MUSIC- THINK CUMBIATON RAVE MUSIC PLAYED OUT OF A LOWRIDER ICE CREAM TRUCK ON A SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON.

The electronic music scene in Mexico that exploded in the last few years is beginning to mature.. How has that sound developed? What’s the party/music scene in DF like these days?

I think music scene in Mexico has grown just by the need of young people to party. Is relatively easy to make it, and so fun to spread it around and get people response. Mexican people love to party, its our nature!!! and we do it well!!! DF is such a wild place, we have like certain different music movements around, formed by very different people -socially and economically – with very different backgrounds. You can be in a neighborhood in DF and move a few miles and find a total new place, also in the last years must people from other parts from the country moved here, and the vibe of the city however have changed a lot. It could seems that scene in DF is just at cool neighborhoods like Roma or Condesa – our “soho” (lol) – but thats not true. The city has a huge variety of ghetto places, with their own music movements – cumbias, huarachas, salsa, reggaeton, hardstyle, punk, tribal, house, electro, even hippies!!! – there are a lot of young people starved to party, but unfortunately, we have just a few clubs, and not much money! As well, to party in DF is quite expensive, most for young people. We all just wanna have some fun, tho.

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Recap: Artist Talk with Estevan Oriol

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Dax Gallery opened the exhibit “Like Father. Like Son” on May 17th featuring the photography of Eriberto and Estevan Oriol. This past Thursday, they held an insightful artist talk with Estevan to give a more detailed understanding of his work and technique.  The wide ranging discussion touched on subjects such as photography, social media, his recent lawsuit against H&M, and future plans for his career. All photographs by Erwin Recinos.

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Sandy Koufax ~ 1959 Topps Baseball Card

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On May 11, 1963, Koufax no-hit the San Francisco Giants and outdueled future Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal. Koufax carried a perfect game into the eighth inning against the powerful Giants lineup, including future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Orlando Cepeda.