The “N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton” Movie is Holding Open Auditions, But They’ve Already Begun on YouTube

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This weekend, Producer Ice Cube and Director F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic will be holding open auditions for the roles of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. The auditions take place in Gardena on Sunday at Noon (complete flyer/info below), but they’ve already begun on YouTube from when the film was announced last year. Either the producers haven’t bothered with YouTube, or (more likely) they weren’t blown away by anything they saw. We went through a few pages of YouTube auditions to give you a sense of what’s out there. Based on what we’ve seen today, the hardest role to cast may end up being Dre.

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L.A. Gang Members on the Front Lines in Syria

The above video purports to be taken on the front lines of the conflict in Syria. Two armed men behind a broken wall introduce themselves as Creeper from the Sun Valley GW-13 gang, an affiliate of Sureños, and Wino from the West Side Armenian Power set. In the video the two men shout out their homies including rapper Mister Criminal from Silver Lake.

The authenticity of this video cannot be confirmed, and which side the pair are fighting on is not discussed or revealed. However, one of the men’s Facebook page shows him dressed in a uniform with a Hizbullah patch. Hizbullah has intervened in Syria on the side of president Bashar Al Assad and against the rebel insurgency. However, the page also shows allegiance to a local Christian organization and several Armenian Power websites.

Note: This post originally had the original video, which has been taken down. The video above is from Pro-Israel group MEMRI and has subtitles they have added.

Oscar on Hollywood Blvd. ~ Photographs by Tom Andrews

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Our favorite living street photographer, Tom Andrews, sends this dispatch from the streets of Hollywood, where Oscar is being installed. Meanwhile, a tuxedoed man stalks the boulevard, four days early and a short-skirted reporter gets ready for the big day…

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First Corrido About El Chapo, Post Capture

Sam Quinones from the Los Angeles Times let us know about the above Corrido written about El Chapo after his capture last weekend, and also provides a quick translation:

This appears to be the first corrido written about the capture of El Chapo. Pretty quick. Pretty rough. Reminds me of some old blues song from Mississippi.

As I write, it’s been up about 20 hours, from what I can tell.

Here are a few parts roughly translated:

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“City Limited” ~ Minimum Wage Billboard Campaign

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Have you seen the “City Limited” billboards up around Los Angeles, including by LAX, on freeways, and in other highly-visible locations? The Ads are simple and stark, but are hoping to start a conversation and raise awareness of working poverty in Los Angeles. Designed to look like the green city limits signs, they instead say “City Limited, Poverty Wage Pop. 810,000″.

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Group: Turn the Silver Lake Reservoir Into a Public Swimming Lake

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The Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Storage Replacement Project is due to come online in 2015, meaning that the Silver Lake Reservoirs will no longer provide water for Downtown and South Los Angeles. To meet tougher state and federal water quality standards, the LADWP is replacing it with the Headworks Reservoir, a new 110-million-gallon buried tank which is thought to be more protected from environmental pollution.

Currently, only the smaller (Ivanhoe) of the two reservoirs is online; the Silver Lake section has been closed for public water use since 2008 because of high levels of Bromate found in both reservoirs.

A group calling itself Swim Silver Lake has launched a website, asking that the public coalesce around the idea of turning the complex into a public swimming area, complete with a beach, swim lanes, etc. Here’s how they present it on the site:

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Man Accuses SGV Noodle Maker of Putting Plastic in Their Noodles

Youtube user twinclouds1 has recorded the above video where he shows plastic “noodles” he alleges were inside his bag of noodles from a company in El Monte, California.

EYEHATEGOD ~ 1/12/14 @ Los Globos

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EYEHATEGOD in Los Angeles for their 25th Anniversary show with a killer lineup: CATTLE DECAPITATION, NAUSEA (album release show), OBLITERATIONS and STRONG INTENTION.  Sunday 1/12/14 @ Los Globos.  3040 W. Sunset Blvd.  8pm.  21+.  Online Advanced tix $22.00 on sale NOW.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/525983

Limited tickets available at HEADLINE RECORDS.  7706 Melrose Ave.  $22.  No service charge.

$25 at the door.

This show will sell out.  See you in the pit.  \m/

Two More Days to Vote for the new York Park ~ Highland Park

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$3m is being spent on a brand new green space in Highland Park and the community has been invited to vote on which design they like the best. The new York Park will definitely include the following elements:
• Free library/gaming tables
• Contemporary vertical fencing
• Shade structure
• Fitness area
• Amphitheater
• Stage
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Statement From King Taco on the Death of Their Founder, Raul Martinez Snr.

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A giant in the world of tacos died yesterday. Raul Martinez Senior, founder of King Taco, was 74. The following statement was posted on the chain’s website:

Con mucha tristeza y duelo les informamos a nuestra estimada clientela que el día 3 de diciembre de este año en corzo falleció unos de nuestros fundadores, el Sr. Raul Martinez. Por respeto y duelo el día 4 de diciembre todas las sucursales Estarán cerrados por luto. Que dios nos bendiga a todos, y en especial a su familia en estos momentos.

To our beloved customers, it is with great pain and sorrow that we inform you that on December 3rd one of our founders Raul Martinez Sr. Passed away. In respect to him and his family all King Taco locations will be closed in his honor. He will be truly missed. May God bless everyone and his family.

Our heartfelt condolences to the Martinez Family, and everyone at King Taco.

Native Soils Protest ~ Mullholland Drive

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“An unnamed artist is working with the Southwest Museum to try and bring attention their way. They are in danger of closing down due to the Autry National Center buying them out and putting all the artifacts in storage. 8 Native Soil chiefs are being sculpted and installed around Los Angeles before thanksgiving. They are made of dirt and if left to their own devices will deteriorate and become part of the earth again – a spiritual depiction of the journey of the Native Americans. – Cindy Jackson”

Here are some quotes from a recent protest by the Southwest Museum Coalition reported by CBS Los Angeles (click here):
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