Saturday, December 7, 2013
Remember Your Roots Vol.1 – Throwback Views of Downtown L.A. + Cre8 Vs. Skill (@ Soto)
“Remember Your Roots” sounds like a corny graffiti history book to most.
Thanks to L.A. Taco for hosting some LA unseen.
Since this is Vol.1 of a weekly here’s a FLICK explanation:
(Scroll Down for Vol.1 flicks if you don’t give a shit – Vol. 2+ will not include foreplay.)
Chicken Ole Pollo! – Who Can YOU Spot?
For those that don’t like to read much: Remember Your Roots focuses on some of LA’s favorite writers old shit. All flicks are original – from the scanner to L.A. Taco, unless credited otherwise. If you want copies – send request via Contact. If you came to see the newest L.A. “Street Art”, you clicked the wrong article.
The term Remember Your Roots isn’t copyrighted or anything, it’s a rule of thumb.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Four months after being released from prison in South Africa, Nelson Mandela appeared in Los Angeles at a sold-out rally for freedom at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 70,000+ people watched the Babylon Warriors, Ice T, Tone Loc, Kris Kristofferson, and other musical acts perform songs of protest and freedom. Nelson Mandela thanks and waves to the crowd at the 3:25 mark (click here).
According to news reports at the time, Mandela’s full words to the crowd were:
“We could not have left the United States without visiting the city which daily nourished the dreams of millions of people the world over,” Mandela told an estimated 70,000 people who filled the Coliseum, many waving fists and chanting his name. “Many would know Los Angeles as the unchallenged capital of motion pictures, many would regard your city as the city of glamour and splendor.
“We who have suffered and continue to suffer the pain of oppression know that underneath that face of Los Angeles lies the great and noble spirit of the citizenry. We who fight for human rights know the depths of the human spirit running through the hills and valleys of the state of California.”
RIP NELSON MANDELA
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Photo by Alexander the Great (FLICKR / INSTAGRAM ). Click for a larger version.
The Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge, one of the most photographed and filmed in Los Angeles and thus the word, is likely to collapse in the next 50 years, and will be replaced. Construction is set to begin in 2015 and will take three years to complete. The new bridge looks to have the potential be even more iconic than the existing structure, and possibly includes “public art” and a viaduct park.
Fore more on the history of Los Angeles bridges, check out this excellent post from Nathan Masters for KCET.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This lithograph by Diego Rivera called El Niño del taco (The Boy with the Taco) is part of LACMA’s permanent collection although it is not currently on display. The print is from 1932, and was a gift of studio executive J. J. Cohn.
© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Reproduction of Diego Rivera governed by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This college film project by Ken Lawrence is a time capsule of the LA rave scene in 1992 and even includes a very young Jason Bentley, whose voice was just as golden back then.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Our friends at the Big Map Blog, who seem to have a special affection for LA maps, have unearthed another gem. This 1909 map has an amazing hand-drawn style. The bottom of the map contains listings of businesses, and includes only five restaurants (by comparison, 14 stables are listed) which are as follows:
The map also lists the major parks of Los Angeles at that time which were:
Central Park (5th and Hill)
West Lake Park (now MacArthur Park)
Plaza Park (at Main and Plaza)
Click on the image to a larger version. You can explore the map with zooming at whatnot, or download the large (14mb) version of the file over at the Big Map Blog post.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The above recipe is from the Castelar Crèche Cook Book. The Castelar Crèche was a “home for homeless babies” and the cookbook was printed to raise funds for the charity in the city of Los Angeles in 1922. And what of the recipe’s author? Not much is known about Carlota L. Algara, except that at some point (possibly after this recipe was published, as she uses her maiden name) she married Eduardo J. Creel, son of wealthy Mexican businessman Enrique C. Creel and Maria de Los Angeles Elena Dolores Terrazas. The Creel-Terrazas family is an old and powerful family from Chihuahua, Mexico. Enrique Creel had to leave Mexico for the United States during the Mexican Revolution, but later returned and died in Mexico City in 1931. His father-in-law, who owned millions and millions of acres of land in Chihuahua is one reported to have said “No soy ‘de’ Chihuahua; Chihuahua es mío”.
A different publication from 1914 is usually cited as the first appearance of a taco recipe in the United States. That was in the “California Mexican-Spanish Cookbook” by native Angeleño Bertha Haffner-Ginger, which included the following recipe for tacos:
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The great Boris Karloff was born in England, found fame as Frankenstein’s monster (and also played Frankenstein, thank you, readers, for the correction) in Hollywood, and finished his career in Mexico (awesome example at the end of this post). Somewhere along the way he developed a strong affinity for Mexican food, as the article above, found on BadassDigest, explains, along with telling its readers that guac is an “avocado-based sauce”. His recipe for guacamole has an English twist, with a dash of sherry thrown in along with more common ingredients:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
In conjunction with our very special June 2013 issue, Beastie Boys: A Visual History + Tribute to MCA, JUXTAPOZ brings you excerpts from some our interviews with Beastie album cover artists from Polly Wog Stew to Hot Sauce Committee Part Two!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The two most influential people in my youth were Ozzy Osbourne and Ronald Reagan- of course, trickle down economics made perfect sense to a knucklehead youngster that smoked too much grass and drank too much Jack Daniels for his age. While my peers were playing with Transformers or trying to be “Like Mike”, I was getting my Ozzy on by biting the head off my toy doves and stealing my Grandma’s crosses and sewing thimbles for my fingers to play Iron Man like Tony Iommi. Although, my politics have changed drastically over the years, my love for the Prince of Darkness and Black Sabbath remain unchanged.
The author as a young metalhead
Today, I am generally known by most as a non-profit director of an East LA /Boyle Heights Social Justice Alternative High School for young folks 16 – 24 that have either been pushed out or aged out of the traditional school system. Yet, those who truly know me best know not to be fooled by the coat and tie! Underneath my Banana Republic shirt is usually a Maiden t-shirt and most of my lunches are spent either jamming to Sweet Leaf with my students or destroying a Jump in the Fryer Burg at Grill ‘Em All. According to my students, I’m the most Metal old guy in all of East Los! So, you could imagine how I immediately broke into my best Beavis and Butthead head bang and metal horns combo when my homie, Javier Cabral hooked me up with the opportunity to cover Black Sabbath’s 1st listening party at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Harry & Sons Radiator Shop ~ 9344 Valley Blvd. ~ (626) 288-0644 ~ Rosemead
Harry & Sons specialize in vintage, classic and antique radiator repair. In 1938, Harry Trepanier of Luddington, Michigan, opened Harry’s Garage in Santa Monica, CA. In Michigan, he’d flown and sold old airplanes out of Trepanier Airfield, until an aggravated asthma condition sent him and his two sons packing for sea breeze and California sun. One mechanic at Harry’s, Joe, 71 years old, has worked here since he arrived from Mexico at the age of eighteen. Mrs. Trepanier, who drives a 1913 Cadillac and staffs the front office, has been married to Harry for at least 27 years. There’s no website, “but plenty cobwebs.” The family has participated in a traveling antique roadshow and loaned their collection to movie shoots, which explains the incredible car collection in the yard. A fire engine, buses, cars, and antique bicycles were paraded around with well dressed mannequins behind the wheels and seated in the vintage paddy wagon from Sing Sing Prison. Years ago, Harry & Sons refurnished cars for Disneyland. One time, Robert (Bob) Jani, legendary event producer and L.A. native, asked Harry & Sons to build a custom bicycle for Liberace to ride on the opening day of Walt Disney World in FL. Three 5′ wheels carried a piano which Liberace played and steered from a unicycle seat. It’s on permanent display at the Pepsi Cola Saloon.