Day of the Dead imagery was popularized by Mexican newspaper graphic artist Jose Posada at the end of the 19th century and since become an artistic tradition here in the US. With work produced since 1994, The Los Angeles Public Library will be presenting "Puero Muerto, Contemporary Imagery of Day of the Dead" from September 30, 2006 until March 4, 2007. The LAPL website states:
Since Day of the Dead follows Halloween, the two experiences have become closely linked in the United States. However, their traditions are distinct. “In Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos mostly involves going to the cemetery to do altars or leave offerings (such as food, sweets or flowers); the art-making aspect is not as active,” said Artemio Rodríguez, one of several Los Angeles artists whose work is featured in the exhibit. “But here in the United States, since we Latinos are far from our homeland, we rely more on art to express the occasion.” Rodriguez mused on Day of the Dead’s growing popularity among Americans. “I think Day of the Dead makes us remember our dead, but at the same time, it also makes us more deeply aware of the fragility of life. And it does this in an artistic way that’s not morbid or based on fear. I think the lesson is to do the best that we can and to be good people because there’s a point where we all have to cross to the other side.”
Image via LAPL.org
Inks and Links for Friday, September 29, 2006.
Garment the Magnificent
::holding envelope to forehead:: What is a Blog, a Flog and a Log?
::opening envelope:: The answer is; Who does Jerry Sullivan hand-slap in his 9.29 Garment and Citizen OpEd "Just the Facts"?
He cites recent opinions that "become too willing to pull any arrow—straight or crooked—from their quiver and aim it at anyone with whom they disagree" as samples of public discourse that goes off course. His arrow is aimed at a blogger who makes serious accusations on another "—if true—could be sufficient to prompt a criminal investigation", The public art project that last week that gave a 'typo'graphic flogging of groups and individuals who were felt empower drug use by inaction or activism, and the accusation of corruption that went on the record at City Hall. It made for an interesting topic over tuna and salmon at Angelique Cafe.
LA Downtown News' Kathleen Nye Flynn covers the two October 7th events, The Grand Ave Festival, and LA Weekly Detour Music Festival that will fill the streets with music, food and no parking. She also writes on the Los Angeles version of Safer Cities Initiative, on Skid Row.
Beck is appearing at LA Weekly's Detour Festival, so they get to hang out and interview him.
LA Observe highlights the not-yet-online Emmis pubs Tu Ciudad and Los Angeles Magazine.
Via Email - Chican@ArtMagazine next edition is fighting its way on to the street, and will get blurbs in up coming Tu Cuidad and the LATimes.
Blogdowntown has the road closings for next weekend covered.
Skid Row is a pile of you know what and when you step on it, it splatters around. The current squeeze has dealers and the aggressive client base leaving the core to outlying streets. But it has to start somewhere and nothing will improve until the drug trafficking is controlled.
Mack Reed at LA Voice has a compelling read in his ride along with Officer Deon Joesph, who posted an open invitation after the ACLU/City of LA compromise was voted down by the City Council.
The station looks busy today, maybe even cheerful. With 50 new cops on the Skid Row beat - many on foot patrol - the drug, assault and robbery cases are flowing in thick and fast. Add roughly 16 cops per shift to a 10-officer shift, and you get some pretty dramatic results.
Every cop I talk to says it's made a huge difference having extra badges on the street - and when we get out there, the difference is palpable. How long will it take to make a substantial, lasting difference? Hard to say.
I had four of the most difficult streets aesthetically clean," he says, meaning the open drug trade was dispersed, the graffiti and trash abated, the general loitering and tent-based crime reduced.
"And then the 9th Circuit ruling [on the ACLU's challenge to the city's vagrancy law] came down in April and completely destroyed it," he says. "With all the tents going up and the prostitution coming out of the tents, the rapes started going up."
Joseph quotes a Times story by Cara Mia di Massa, which called the ruling "a small victory for the homeless."
"How is getting your ass kicked every night and passing out on the sidewalk a victory?" he scoffs.
"Kiana" sends us a link of a video created
by kids in Skid Row to "voice and to hopefully raise awareness
of the conditions that they live in." While it was funded and they gave the children guidance,
Kristin later emailed us to emphasize that the film's "credit goes to the kids. We just gave then the camera to do it themselves."
The day before, at the rear of Skid Rows Police Station, a man came up to me to talk about photography. He then asked for a few bucks "to get two joints" around the corner. Saying that I say no to everyone, we continued the conversation. In short, he's retire and disabled. A former jazz musician with a "four and four" from NYU. (Two degrees. One in accounting and the other in music.) He leaves his home 40 miles out and comes to Skid Row "almost every day".
Then there was the man who simply would not take no for an answer from a collaborator and myself when he asked for change. After his initial pitch, he followed us demanding it saying"I got nothing to lose." When he got more hostile, I pointed my camera at him. He tried to slap the lens, but missed and scattered away. This was at 4th and Spring at 4:30 pm.
LAist is taking a road trip across the US and filing reports "seeing how LA compares and contrasts with the US." That inevitably brings the observation of how Dodger fans don't compare to East Coast baseball fans. It's a religious war that one side seems highlighting.
This time Red Sox Nation to used support the argument that everyone East of the Colorado Rockies are rabid, dedicated and can root for a home team more than 10 games out of first place in the American League East. LAist writes:
The Sox are out of the pennant race, they faced a team in last place, and yet they drew a crowd of 38,000 fans. 32,000 of which had some sort of Sox gear on. They got there on time, they didn't leave early even though the traffic is horrible around the park. They cheered like mad throughout the whole game, and you really got the feeling that the game mattered - even thought technically it didn't.
After the Sox won people spilled out into the local bars, waited in line to get their ID's checked and then celebrated the win that, again, meant nothing.
Dodger Stadium might be beautiful, but the fans who attend there have a lot to learn from our friends out East. Just sayin...
"The end of the war was the beginning of a new age in journalism, but not an optimistic age for newspaper journalism. For in the next very few years, the city of Boston lost the Post, Detroit lost the Times, New Orleans lost the Item, Cleveland lost the News, Oakland lost the Post-Inquirer, San Diego lost the Journal. The nation was to lose a dozen big-city newspapers in a dozen post-war years, and the Los Angeles Daily News would be one of them.
It is said that newspapermen are a special breed, pretty much at home in the face of disaster. It was clear that the Daily News employees found excitement in working at an underdog tabloid, but it also might be said in 1952 that they were dancing on a grave. Production costs were high, radio and television and other newspapers were stealing away audience and advertising dollars."
That was about the original Los Angeles Daily News, "The Independent
Paper for Independent People" and was written in 1965 by Ralph
Story who passed
away yesterday at 86. Ralph Story found the minutiae of a city that was neither overly dramatic or fluffed.
"Ralph Story's Los Angeles," as LA Observed notes was a "precursor
to Huell Howser's shows and every 'Eye on L.A.' and 'Two on the Town'
style show to fill the 7 and 7:30 pm slots since."
For LA-centric bloggers who are new to the city and want to look for historical
content –– find time to go to The UCLA
Film and Television Archives and watch "Ralph Story's Los Angeles". You
will see the city as some of us did when life was in black and white.
More after the jump
Starting October 3rd, The Little Tokyo Arts District Farmers Market is making a move to Tuesdays 10am to 2pm from Saturdays. It's a good move since urban farmers markets thrive with office workers looking for an alternative for lunch. How else can you explain the longest line at the Financial District market held Wednesdays is the hot dog booth? Also, the Arts District and Historic Core residents can use the weekday Dash to get to and from their lofts with a load of fruits and veggies instead of the sporadic weekend service. The market is already getting a number of LAPD and weekend goverment workers.
So as the market has had it's ups and downs in trying to serve residents, there's a great cross section of people there as market director Susan Hutchinson said in LA Downtown News:
"The location... made for a very interesting and diverse group of shoppers," Hutchinson said in an email. "Some days were a surreal mix of Buddhist nuns, women in kimonos, sleepy hipsters and artists, German and Japanese tourists and protesters waving flags. There was no better market for people-watching."
You can learn a lot at the market too. One weekend worker told of the nickname of the CalTrans Building. It's sometimes referred to as "Al-CanTrans". Now with Donovan Chavez doing his Elvis tribute, daytime lunch crowds place aren't caught in a trap and can't get out.
View From a Loft noted earlier that this area was a great link to Gallery Row (the Historic Core), Little Tokyo, City Hall and other goverment offices, even as the Arts District keeps its name on the market. We may just have to consider having a booth. Anyone want a View From a Loft mug? Or a t-shirt that says "Artists dont eat veggies" or "Welcome to the New GilVille".
"Offering the freshest local produce, crafts and a
variety of lunch choices including Hawaiian Chicken,
Corn Maiden Tamales, pupusas, french crepes, roasted
corn, sandwiches from the L.A. Bread Co., gourmet
hotdogs, salads and more!
Friend to all, the secert sphere carrier of LA's geek chorus is Los Angeles City Nerd. Interviewed by LAist at what must be a unknown location or via emails with no tracers. Still maintaining a secert identity, we can only guess the Nerd works from within. City Hall East perhaps? There's no way of knowing. And maybe we don't need to. Every city should have blog authored by a Nerd like ours.
LA City Nerd. Underground blogger posting just the facts about LA.Graphic: View From a Loft