Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

IT’S MEMORIAL DAY

HiddenLA wishes everyone a relaxing Memorial Day.

I’ll be remembering my dad today… he was a plane mechanic in the Air Force who ended up becoming an aeronautical engineer. He was a lead designer of the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and a patriotic lover of planes and war movies until the day he died in 2008.

Miss ya, dad… you big goofball. :)

Thompson G. Garrett, Jr. (1933-2008)

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IMAGERY – Easter Sunrise, 1938

1938 Easter Sunrise Services at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park

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Have a wonderful Sunday…
whether Jesus and bunnies are involved or not! :)

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QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (First Easter Services in California)

The answer is posted after the jump! :)

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Hint: this week’s What Lies Beneath is holiday-themed!

Just to refresh your memory, here’s how this little game goes… we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of a reason this location is notable. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as always, we’re going to give you a fair amount of time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address and if you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.

Here it is!


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IMAGERY – Passover Seder, March 1928

Photo of a Seder service at the Hebrew Sheltering
Home for the Aged
in Los Angeles, ca.1928

“Jewry to celebrate festival! — A typical Seder service at the Hebrew Sheltering Home for the Aged in this city. This Jewish festival will be held at the home next Thursday night, with many prominent Hebrew residents of the city in attendance. This symbolic dinner is one of the features of the Passover holiday” — Examiner clipping attached to verso, dated, “Mar 31, 1928″ Image ©USC Digital Archive

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According to an April 2003 LA Times article:

“Today, as Jews prepare to observe Passover… Southern California has the nation’s second-largest Jewish population (currently over 650,000). By contrast, the overwhelmingly Catholic pueblo of Los Angeles of 1854 had fewer than 200 Jewish residents and no kosher bakery or butcher shop. A lay rabbi slaughtered animals, carefully observing rabbinic laws, so that Jews might have kosher meat. The aroma of matzo — unleavened bread — wafted from a bakery owned and run by a Catholic. In the hinterlands — the Gold Country of Northern California or the outlying reaches of Southern California — men were often the ones who prepared the Passover seder because there were no women around.

“Despite such accommodations to necessity, historians say a common thread of faith and tradition is woven through the fabric of Jewish history in the West.”

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ESCAPE – (G)Luck for the New Year

NY_pig_hatI’m leaving Vienna early tomorrow morning to head back to Los Angeles. I had so much on my plate and so many photos to sort through I’m going to blog most of it after the fact, but that’s life. And yes… I know HiddenLA isn’t supposed to be about Europe… but it’s my blog and I’ll write about what I want to, so there! I’m ready to be back home and wander the streets of L.A. again, but it’s so incredible to experience familiar holidays through the eyes of a totally different culture. It’s something I want to share.

Case in point… New Year’s in Austria (named Silvester, after St. Sylvester) is a much different animal than we know. The New Year is all about pigs here. Yes, pigs. (more…)

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SCREENING – Santa With Muscles

I know, I know. Posts have been sparse this month, mainly due to lingering illness and preparations for an overseas holiday (more on that in a few days). I feel like I’ve dropped the ball on passing along so much of the holiday goodness that this town has to offer… gee, I hope this makes up for it! :)

WHAT: Horrible Movie Night screening of the 1996 Hulk Hogan holiday less-than-classic, Santa With Muscles! Whachya gonna do, when Santamania runs wild on YOU?
WHEN: This Thursday, December 17, 8pm (Doors open at 7:15)
WHERE: The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
PRICE: $8. Includes screening, extra live entertainment, beer, wine, and snacks. RSVP to: horriblemovie@pacbell.net

“…a film so bad, the original screenwriter sued to have his name removed from the credits. This cheesy Christmas disaster features the Hulkster as a millionaire of questionable morals (a stretch –?) who, during a run from the law, is knocked out cold and wakes up thinking he is Santa Claus. He somehow hooks up with an orphanage bedeviled by evil scientists (the head baddie is played by Ed Begley Jr.), and proceeds to do good. You will notice Mila Kunis in one of her first film roles as an orphan. But no rotten movie is complete without the inimitable Clint Howard! This one has got it all.”

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FESTIVITIES – Hollywood Christmas Parade

YouTube Preview Image In case you missed it, tonight was the safest night of the year to walk through Hollywood (feels like every cop in town is there) and the most annoying night of the year to try driving through it… the eve of the 3.5 mile long Hollywood Christmas Parade. Now officially known as the “Hollywood Santa Parade,” the event was originally known as the Santa Claus Lane Parade back in 1928 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce created it to promote local shopkeepers. According to legend, the inaugural parade featured only Santa Claus and the actress Jeanette Loff.* Although the parade has experienced its share of tough times, it grew dramatically over the years and for decades Santa was portrayed by honorary Mayor of Hollywood (the late Johnny Grant) up until he was too old for the duties. (more…)

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HALLOWEEN – CreepyLA.com

halloweenLooking for some local spookiness to celebrate? Creepy LA is your best guide to all things Halloween in Los Angeles. Period!

The site is filled with cool stuff and features haunting events and new content year-round, not just for two weeks in October (including a map of Haunted Los Angeles!), so check it out! FYI, since this is CreepyLA‘s busy season, the server may be slow. Just try again later. It’s the right address.

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COVET THIS – Tiny Neighborhoods for the Calendar Challenged

Please click the little image below that says “DINER” to launch fun images of the festive little toy neighborhoods to be found at Stats. And please don’t miss my witty captions… I worked hard on ‘em, people!

I was in Pasadena for a meeting yesterday and decided to walk into STATS FLORAL SUPPLY for old time’s sake… although I have always found them a bit pricey, Stats has been a guilty pleasure of mine for decades. Honestly, it’s kinda like a gory car accident I can’t tear my eyes away from. Yesterday was no exception… not only did I find that after all these years I’m *still* hypnotized by their rooms of animated, overly-decorated, holiday-themed model buildings, but THE STORE WAS DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN ALREADY!!! In July. I kid you not. Please click on the little image at left to open a photo gallery of some of the crazy goodness I found.

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, FOLKS!

This is hands down the best Fourth of July video I could find for you. Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here soon, once I’m out of my Dorito coma…
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Update: hard to believe, but an even better video has been called to my attention. Enjoy.
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JULY 4TH – Eating Doritos for My Country

©USC Digital Archive Still no plans for July 4th? I’m with ya. So much to do, so many possibilities, yet I always just end up sitting in a backyard somewhere eating too many Doritos. While I’m definitely an America Lover, I’ll be honest, the 4th isn’t really my fave holiday so who am I to tell you what’s best to do for it? I’d rather just open up your scope of possibility by giving a few links (see after the jump) to other people who will tell you where to haul your patriotic butt. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here and eat my Doritos. Fair enough? My only request is that you avoid going to see craggy ol’ John Fogerty at the Hollywood Bowl, as he is my arch nemesis. Long story.

Okay kids, all together now… Ooooh! Aaaaaah! (more…)

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Happy Fathers’ Day

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My dad passed away from a heart attack on March 26, 2008. He was a very sentimental guy and after the fact I found out that he’d been going through a big James Taylor kick throughout the entire last year of his life. With that knowledge and also recognizing how difficult this year has been for so many people, this video seems like a perfect sentiment to post today. Have a nice, relaxing Sunday full o’ love, Los Angeles. :)

Happy Fathers’ Day everyone. And to my dad too. I miss ya, you big goofball. (And yes, I know you think it’s “Neat!” that I’m posting your Air Force photo on the internet for the world to see. That’s why I do it.)

Thompson G. Garrett, Jr. - April 21, 1933 to March 26, 2008

Tom Garrett, Jr. - 1933-1908

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