L.A. TACO http://www.lataco.com "Celebrating the Taco lifestyle in Los Angeles" Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:01:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Preview: DEVILS’ TOWN LA’s Dark History ~ Opens Aug 2 at Red Pipe Gallery http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-devils-town-las-dark-history-opens-aug-2-red-pipe-gallery http://www.lataco.com/taco/preview-devils-town-las-dark-history-opens-aug-2-red-pipe-gallery#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:59:08 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63887 Devils’ Town is a group show that reflects Los Angeles’ dark past. A past which we think we know, but is often covered up and not exposed in meaningful ways that go beyond mere voyeurism into past misdeeds. This show hopes to bring some of the darkness, including racism and anarchy, into the light. August […]

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Devils’ Town is a group show that reflects Los Angeles’ dark past. A past which we think we know, but is often covered up and not exposed in meaningful ways that go beyond mere voyeurism into past misdeeds. This show hopes to bring some of the darkness, including racism and anarchy, into the light.

August 2-30, 2014, Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Chinatown

Opening reception: August 2, 7pm to 11pm. The show runs through August 30, 2014.

Artists: Pablo Christi, Defer, Ricardo Estrada, Germs, Daniel González, Roberto Gutiérrez, Ed Gutter, Jason Hernandez, Krown 187, Krush, Jose Lopes, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Kimberly Monique, Phowl, Prime, Chuey Quintanar, Carlos Torres, Tyson, Vyal

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Featuring some of the strongest urban artists today, “Devils’ Town” explores Los Angeles’ dark past: its history of lawlessness, anarchy, chaos, and racism that continues through to this day.

Southern California’s follies and foibles have long been newspaper fodder. Our celebrities, traffic jams, and weird food issues have made the City of Angels the butt of jokes over the past decades. But there is a darker side to Los Angeles’ fame, one that begins a century and half ago, the Chinese Massacre of 1871: The systematic lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in L.A.’s Chinatown, the largest incident of mass lynching in U.S. history. This bloody event was the first time Los Angeles made it to the front page of newspapers worldwide.

While L.A.’s reputation as a mecca for murderers, gamblers, social bandits, loose women, outlaws, and drunkards had already earned the city its sobriquet Los Diablos, “Devils’ Town” the Chinese Massacre put the town on the map.

From bank robbers and faith healers to the theft of water from the Owens Valley, the Chinese Massacre, the Zoot Suit Riots, and later the Watts, Black Cat and Rodney King riots, the Black Dahlia, the Manson Family murders, the SLA shootout and street gangs, plus fires, flood and earthquakes–Los Angeles’ dark underground river is a stark contrast to the orange groves, beaches and celebrity culture that have flourished here.

The hordes of transplants and tourists, along with the subsequent development of the Los Angeles Police Department, may have given a veneer of order and civilization to Devils’ Town, but beneath the surface, the city’s tensions and temptations prove the epithet valid a century and half later.

For “Devils’ Town” curators Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre, Edwin Quiroz and Lisa Derrick asked artists to explore both Los Angeles’ history and their own history and relationship to the city to create a piece of new work based on the concept of Los Angeles–El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula– as Devils’ Town. Included as well will be older pieces that mirror the theme.

Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre is the co-director and writer of the film Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion, which traces Los Angeles’ urban art style from its development during the violent 1980s and 90s through today—from the blood on the streets to the art on the gallery walls. A portion of the sales from the “Devils’ Town” artwork benefits the film’s production.

For more information on Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion, please visit the film’s IndieGoGo page.

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LYRICS & ACRYLICS : A FREE CONCERT / ART SHOW ~ August 2nd in La Crescenta http://www.lataco.com/taco/lyrics-acrylics-free-concert-art-show-august-2nd-la-crescenta http://www.lataco.com/taco/lyrics-acrylics-free-concert-art-show-august-2nd-la-crescenta#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:04:27 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63825 LYRICS & ACRYLICS : A FREE CONCERT / ART SHOW AUG. 2nd 2014 ,7:00 PM @ THE CREST BAR 3645 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta, CA. 91214 Featured Artist: AGROH . AHHD, BLISK, BLITZ, BLOSM , BOLDA, DUDE, ENOX 24, JOSE FEVER, KANSL, LUKAS, MAUS, N46ER, PRODS , SIDA , REALM , SONAY , TOMMYFACE, WAXEM […]

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LYRICS & ACRYLICS : A FREE CONCERT / ART SHOW
AUG. 2nd 2014 ,7:00 PM
@ THE CREST BAR
3645 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA. 91214

Featured Artist:
AGROH . AHHD, BLISK, BLITZ, BLOSM , BOLDA, DUDE, ENOX 24, JOSE FEVER, KANSL, LUKAS, MAUS, N46ER, PRODS , SIDA , REALM , SONAY , TOMMYFACE, WAXEM , YANKS , ZLA

With Musical Performances By :
HASHVILLE HENNESSEE
ORTIZ
THE LYNK L.A. ALLSTARS
C.R.I.N.K. SQUAD
W/ DJ GRAFX SPINNING BETWEEN SETS & TILL 12
www.LACRESTBAR.com

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Checking in with our Friend, Griffith Park Mountain Lion P22 http://www.lataco.com/taco/checking-friend-griffith-park-mountain-lion-p22 http://www.lataco.com/taco/checking-friend-griffith-park-mountain-lion-p22#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:11:07 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63868 Via the Griffith Park Trail Cam, this rare day shot of our homie P22. Shouts to Matt Whitmire for running the cam and publishing the photos online. Previously.

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Via the Griffith Park Trail Cam, this rare day shot of our homie P22. Shouts to Matt Whitmire for running the cam and publishing the photos online. Previously.

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Amazing Images from 1903 Book “The city and county of Los Angeles in southern California” http://www.lataco.com/taco/1903-book-los-angeles http://www.lataco.com/taco/1903-book-los-angeles#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:08:29 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63847 The internet archive just added thousands of scanned book images from their archives to flickr. We’ve found some great L.A. nuggets all ready, and many of them come from an amazing 1903 Book called The city and county of Los Angeles in southern California. This book is by Harry Ellington Brook and contains images of all […]

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The internet archive just added thousands of scanned book images from their archives to flickr. We’ve found some great L.A. nuggets all ready, and many of them come from an amazing 1903 Book called The city and county of Los Angeles in southern California. This book is by Harry Ellington Brook and contains images of all sorts, and descriptions of Los Angeles and SoCal at the turn of the century. You can peruse the book in full on archive.org here. It contains many interesting observations such as:

here is a great variety of soil, as well as of climate, in Los Angeles county, varying from light sandy loam to heavy adobe. The price of land also varies greatly, ranging from $30 to $100 per acre for lands adapted to grain,hay and deciduous fruits, without irrigation,up to $250 or $300 per acre for first-classcitrus land, with an ample water right. Land may be purchased in Los Angeles county on easy terms. A great many improved places,with bearing orchards and comfortable houses

 

Here are some of our favorite images… 

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Above, the State Normal School, L.A. branch. This is the predecessor to UCLA, and was located on the site of the current Central Library.

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Above: Westlake, now MacArthur Park.

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Above: A home in West Adams.

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Above: Terminal Island. One of the main beach spots of its day.
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Above, the San Gabriel Mission.

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Above: The Pasadena Library.

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The original city Court House.

 

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TACO SESSION ~ ZLA http://www.lataco.com/taco/taco-session-zla http://www.lataco.com/taco/taco-session-zla#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:14:19 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63839 A new feature on L.A. Taco, get up close with some of our favorite artists as they show you how they work with pen and paper. First up is ZLA. Shot and edited by Erwin Recinos.

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A new feature on L.A. Taco, get up close with some of our favorite artists as they show you how they work with pen and paper. First up is ZLA. Shot and edited by Erwin Recinos.

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Newest Craze in Downtown L.A. is Pizza Taco Tuesday http://www.lataco.com/taco/newest-craze-downtown-l-pizza-taco-tuesday http://www.lataco.com/taco/newest-craze-downtown-l-pizza-taco-tuesday#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:14:29 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63843 Instagram sensation @IMHUNGRYTHO has a unique tuesday ritual in DTLA that he wants to invite you to check out. This mad food scientist combines pizza, tacos, and booze into a food lovers orgy of meaty delights in DTLA. When reached for comment, he sent us the above photo of one of his creations and some […]

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Instagram sensation @IMHUNGRYTHO has a unique tuesday ritual in DTLA that he wants to invite you to check out. This mad food scientist combines pizza, tacos, and booze into a food lovers orgy of meaty delights in DTLA. When reached for comment, he sent us the above photo of one of his creations and some more information…

Every Tuesday (Usually around 8 – 8:30pm)

- “Pizzanista” on 7th – Tuesday $2 Slices (Pepperoni/Cheese, Cheese, Vegan Cheese only)

- “La Reyna Restaurant” on the corner of 7th & Mateo – $1 Tacos (Pastor, Buche, Asada, Chorizo, Carnitas, Pollo)

PTT is held inside of La Reyna’s where there are an abundance of seating and Novelas! Oh and also, BYOB!

#pizzatacotuesday

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Metta World Peace Throwing Elbows in Venice http://www.lataco.com/taco/metta-world-peace-throwing-elbows-venice http://www.lataco.com/taco/metta-world-peace-throwing-elbows-venice#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:10:07 +0000 http://www.lataco.com/?p=63837 Metta being Metta on the outdoor courts of Venice Beach during a VBL Game last week.

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Metta being Metta on the outdoor courts of Venice Beach during a VBL Game last week.

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