Archive for September, 2009

We need a Web Guru!

Growing PainsHidden Los Angeles is having growing pains! Nearing 1,000 Facebook fans in mere months, it’s time for this site to expand into something even bigger and better. But I can’t do it on my own! Do you know of a really great web tech who is a wiz with CSS? In a perfect world, this person would have experience working with a designer with big ideas, be very aware of the ins and outs of social media, and if they’re a long-time L.A. resident with a good attitude about this city we live in, that’s uber awesome!

E-mail here and be sure to write “Web Tech” in the subject header. Thanks!

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FLASHBACK – LA Doesn’t Need Rapid Transit, So Says Paul Lynde

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Los Angeles has had a tempestuous history with public transportation. This 1968 educational film starring actor/center square Paul Lynde and iconic Los Angeles newscaster Ralph Story was produced and distributed to libraries, schools and community groups by the Southern California Rapid Transit District in advance of a failed 1968 ballot initiative proposing a ½-cent sales tax that would go towards funding an 89-mile, five-corridor rail system (costing $2.5 billion). The bill was rejected by voters fifty-five percent to forty-five percent.

“Blame for the defeat was placed, officially on the public’s dislike of higher taxes, not hostility to rapid transit itself. Blame was probably shared by an antipathy to more taxation, and a general feeling, still prevalent, that Los Angeles was an autopian, decentralized garden city with no place for rail transit.”

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EVENT – Summer Screening Season Edges to a Close

Thanks to the great weather, there’s nothing more Southern Californian than going to outdoor movie screenings in the summer. The last Hollywood Forever screening is tonight (Rosemary’s Baby!!! Yikes!) and this Friday in Little Tokyo there will be a final FREE screening of Space Battleship Yamato. You might need a few more blankets, but enjoy an evening outdoors while you still can! YouTube Preview Image

WHAT: Film on the Plaza: Space Battleship Yamato
WHEN:  Friday, September 25, 7:30pm
WHERE:
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S San Pedro St, Little Tokyo
PRICE: FREE 

DETAILS: A free, family-friendly outdoor screening of an old Japanese cartoon called “Space Battleship Yamato”, aka “Star Blazers.

• Live DJ sets by Akaider.
• $3 beer
• Franken’s Vegan Hot Dogs, FISHLIPS Sushi and other Vendors
• Door Prizes

This outdoor screening features the Japanese anime classic Battleship Yamato aka Star Blazers (1979). Bring a blanket, bring a basket, bring friends, and delay the end of Summer in the heart of Little Tokyo.

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Oktoberfest WINNERS!!!

WE HAVE OUR FOUR WINNERS! Mitch Viner, Pamela Duell, Andy Ziskin and Shuly Hirsch will be heading downtown to Oktoberfest next month!!! Ausgezeichnet!

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Thought I forgot aboutcha, didn’t ya? NEVER! Although my posts have dwindled due to my selfish need for actual paying income, HiddenLA is still going strong — especially on Facebook. (800+ fans in three months? Woo hoo!) There are a lot of irons are in the fire for the future of this site… but as there’s lots of stuff to see already, I hope you will take this opportunity to explore the goodness that’s already here.

Doing rushed posts just to fill up web space wouldn’t benefit anyone… but I’ll tell you what WILL benefit people… to reward you for the continued support, today we’re having a special ticket giveaway at the end of this post! YAY!!!

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oktoberfestIf you know nothing about Oktoberfest… well, trust me when I say few cultures surpass Deutschland when it comes to organized traditions of bonding with strangers over consumption of beer. Your college roommates included.

Here’s the deal… on October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig (later known as King Ludwig I) of Germany married the Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The people of Munich were all invited to gather on the fields around the gates of the city to join in the royal festivities (the fields were later renamed in Therese’s honor). The next year, the festival was repeated. At first it wasn’t a major festival… there was an agricultural show, some horse races, some fair rides… oh, and a few beer stands. As the festival grew every year, the beer stands multiplied like rabbits and by 1896 the beer stands were replaced with beer tents and halls that were funded by the local breweries. Parades, marksmanship competitions and chariot races were also added. As of 2009, the Munich Oktoberfest is said to be the largest festival on Earth, and is definitely the world’s largest celebration of all things beer. What was originally a day-long festival now span entire weeks… generally beginning in the third weekend in September and ends the first sunday of October.

Since there’s no denying the Oktoberfest folks look like they’re having a good time, around the world people now host their own local versions and Los Angeles is no exception. There are three main Oktoberfest celebrations happening this year (there’s also one in Anaheim), each with its own unique personality. After the jump, where they are AND a contest for FREEEEE tickets!!!

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EVENT – L.A. Noir with LAPD Chief William Bratton

LA NoirWHAT: Los Angeles Magazine and Writer’s Bloc literary culture series presents John Buntin in conversation with LAPD Chief Bill Bratton
WHERE: The Writer’s Guild Theatre, 135 South Doheny, Beverly Hills
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm 
PRICE: $20. Reservations required. Make a reservation via e-mail

DETAILS: Urban historian John Buntin writes a thrilling and gripping narrative about the relationship between Jewish mobster Mickey Cohen and LAPD Chief William Parker in the 50′s. His book, L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, is as exciting a cops and robbers book about Los Angeles you’ll read, and it’s nonfiction. Chief Bratton loved it so much that he’ll chat with author John Buntin and do the post-mortem himself.

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EVENT – Friday is Park(ing) Day!

Park[ing] Day LA hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks, joining a national effort to highlight the need for more open space in our cities. Last year there were over 70 parks spread across Los Angeles, built and hosted by community activists, architectural and design firms, advocacy groups and neighborhood councils. Dancing will often be involved as well. To view a map of this year’s locations or add your own, click here.
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FINALLY! – The FREEEEE Museum Days Calendar!

YouTube Preview ImageA while ago I did a post listing all of the free museum days in Los Angeles. Once I started using google calendars more, I knew the listing would be far more useful if it had a calendar as well… so behold… below is what *should* be the most definitive calendar listing of FREEEEE! museum days in Los Angeles that exists online. So the next time you’re sitting at home in front of the television complaining that you have no money to do anything… this list proves you wrong. These museums are all cheaper entertainment than renting a movie on Netflix! I sincerely hope this resource is one you’ll feel comfortable turning to for inspiration to spend more of your future free time exploring, seeing and learning all sorts of incredible new things and less of it whining on the couch while watching Law & Order repeats. Yep, I’m talking to myself… :)

Please e-mail us with additions, corrections and alterations to the list so we can keep it up to date. Thanks.
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POETRY – Ode to Density

YouTube Preview ImagePart of the Urban Hike Series organized by the Architecture + Design Museum, Mike The Poet shares his poem “DENSITY” in the historic geography of MacArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles. Found on CurbedLA

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FLASHBACK – Olvera Street circa 1937

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IMAGERY – Photos of the Week

The Most Awesome Treehouse Ever

I was walking back to my car after having coffee at Aroma, and suddenly looked up to find… just what the title says. The most awesome Spanky & Our Gang He Man Woman Haters Club-quality treehouse I’ve ever seen. Complete with ladders and all sortsa stuff. I’m not even a kid and I covet this treehouse.

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HAPPY SUNDAY – Have a rockin’ Labor Day!

I’ll be adding more stuff to our event calendar tonight, so check back tomorrow!

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FRIDAY FEED – Happy Linky Day!

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» Downtown ArtWalk is blogging The Living Museum – Downtown Art Walk
» The Edison’s Midnight Breakfast debuts tonight – Caroline on Crack
» The Map LA Art Project – Travelin’ Local
» In honor of the Santa Monica Pier turning 100 years old, The Fig at Fairmont is serving a special menu of gourmet pier junk food until September 9th! Lobster corn dog, anyone? – Caroline on Crack
» God wants Fritz Coleman to stop referring to offshore and onshore winds, dammit! – The Daily Breeze
» No, Los Angeles won’t be paying more “extraordinary expenses” for Michael Jackson. – LA Times
» 30 Straight Days of Vegan Events – PositiveTV
» Man swam from Catalina Island to Palos Verdes overnight! – LAist
» Sweet & Hot Festival this weekend
» Wow, tough crowd – losanjealous
» The future comes to Hollywood – CurbedLA
»  LA’s golf cart debacle – LA Times
» Should be a cool holiday weekend – LA Times
» Participating restaurants announced for DineLA Week in October! – DineLA
» Firefighters making progress – LA Times
» Need a piano? – BargainsLA
» One of my very favorite local blogs, Travelin’ Local, got a write-up in the Travel section. :) – LA Times

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HUMOR – The Onion


Californians Gather To Celebrate Annual Wildfire Tradition

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EVENT – Happy B-Day! Los Angeles is 228 today!

But thanks to botox, she doesn’t look a year over 200.

birthdayOn September 4, 1781, Los Pobladores de Los Angeles (44 people in 11 Mexican families – including 22 children – who bravely walked all the way from Nueva España) set out to walk the nine mile trail from the San Gabriel Mission to the Los Angeles River. On that day, our city El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles was born. The 44-acre park we now refer to as Olvera Street protects our city’s original history including the first church, firehouse, theater, the 1818 Avila Adobe (the oldest existing house in the city) and the old plaza… literally, the area is the first heart of Los Angeles.

At 6am on Saturday September 5th, walkers will gather at the San Gabriel Mission and head west for nine miles to re-enact the Pobladores walk along Mission Road to El Pueblo Plaza (Olvera Street), where they will be greeted by birthday festivities. The Walk takes approximately three hours to complete. If you’re a lazy bum and feel like sleeping in, that’s okay. You aren’t the one turning two hundred and twenty eight, but whatever. From 6am to 6pm there will be a party goin’ on over at la Plaza Reina including artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake… or pan dulce or something.

Oh, and in honor of her birthday, the Los Angeles Conservancy will be offering their Facebook fans a $10 membership discount (for new members only) through Monday, September 7. So befriend them on Facebook and help to save our local heritage. (more…)

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FREEEEE – Flu Shots

As of September 1st Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are offering FREEEEE flu shots to anyone who is unemployed and looking for a job. So hurry up and pull out those want ads, people!

Go to their web site or call 1-888-FLU-SHOT for details.

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WE’VE GOT WINNERS!!! –
Race to Win an *Amazing* Adventure!!!

Congratulations to the incredibly brilliant
Jeremy Matters, Brian Donnelly and Karen Satlin!!!

We expect full reports of your adventures. Oh, and naturally we also expect you to WIN. No pressure! :)

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Win a FREEEEE pair of CityRace tickets! ($70 value)

Have you been craving a little competitive challenge lately? Would you like to see sides of Los Angeles that you never knew existed? Are you as rabid a fan of The Amazing Race as I am? Oooh, today’s giveaway contest is right up your alley, my friend!!! But be forewarned, you’re going to have to put your thinking caps on to get these tickets… we aren’t about to make this easy for you. What kinda challenge would that be!? What would Phil Keoghan do? 

The first three people to e-mail the correct answers to all the questions after the jump will each win 2 tickets to CityRace Little Tokyo: Upside Downtown on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10:00am. Contest ends September 12, or when 3 winners have been chosen, whichever comes first.

City Race

“Set out on a challenging 3-hour hunt through one of L.A.’s most diverse neighborhoods in this fun-filled CityRace Urban Adventure Hunt! Teams of 2 to 4 players use brainpower to crack codes, solve tricky puzzles, research little-known facts and more… all while racing against other teams to be first to the finish with the most correct answers. From the heart of downtown’s historic core to the “village” of Little Tokyo, this challenging hunt will take you through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll discover some of the oldest – and newest – sites in downtown L.A. as you solve cryptic clues and brain-teasing puzzles in this iconic urban adventure through L.A.’s past, present and future. This hunt is challenging.

NOW GO GET ’EM AND MAKE ME PROUD!!!  :)
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EVENT – Shag Swapmeet

(Shag as in the iconic illustrator, not as in this… or this… or this.)

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What:  The first-ever Shag Swapmeet – art, merchandise and ephemera spanning the illustrator’s entire career
When: Saturday, September 12, Noon
Where: Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City (323) 279-0600

Details:  “Collectors and connoisseurs of illustrator Shag will have a chance purchase a cache of art, merchandise and ephemera spanning his entire career at the first ever Shag Swapmeet. (Some examples here.) Several important original works will be available for sale ranging from the bamboo-framed “The Perils of Trying Too Hard,” from 1998 to his signature triptych, “Departure Idlewild, Stopover Borneo, Arrival Ape City.” Numerous long out-of-print serigraphs, many dating pre-2004 will also be available for sale alongside a limited number of poly-bagged “Paintings by Shag” from the 2006 “Conspicuous Consumption” exhibition. The Shag Swapmeet will also feature signed casino chips, shot glasses, a very limited edition charm bracelet, bar stools, tiki decanters, mugs, toys, exclusive Disneyland Tiki Room purses, signed prints, discounted books, “Shag With a Twist” merchandise and ephemera and much more Shag Swag.”

For a full preview of the objects and advance purchasing options, contact the gallery.

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