By Hillel Aron
Echo Park is, depending on your point of view: the poor man's Silver Lake, the rich man's Highland Park, the Williamsburg of the West Coast, a 40,455-personl working-class burg full of diversity and a wee bit of gang violence. Or, it's that strange little neighborhood you drive throu ... More >>
This week's list offers artists making rules, breaking rules or trying to figure out what the rules even are. It also includes a walking tour.
5. War against the photograph
Around 2004, painter David Hockney, famous for slick, smart renderings of SoCal swimming pools and uncomfortably posed sociali ... More >>
The Eastsider L.A. reports that the Foursquare Foundation, the money arm that operates the Angelus Temple built by Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923, is looking to develop some of the temple's properties that ring Echo Park Lake. The blog ruminates about the foundation's playing the "God card" by exerc ... More >>
The problem with hearing Mike Huckabee speak at the Angelus Temple is that you first have to sit through 20 minutes of the temple's house band, Press Play, a kind of Up With Christian People rock ensemble that makes one nostalgic for the 1980s metallurgical hosannas of Stryper. A second problem is ... More >>
During his Oscar speech for winning the Best Actor award for Milk, Sean Penn pointedly attacked supporters of last November's victorious Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage in California:"For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight," Penn said, "I think that it is a good ti ... More >>