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This weekend at La Casa Blue, Food & Bar

This weekend at La Casa Blue, Food & Bar
Friday at 8PM Bands:

The Van Pelts @ 8:30
3D Stereo @ 9:30
The Seasons @ 10:30
Ghost Machinists @ 11:30

All Ages Welcome. Drinking 21 and over with ID.
$3 buffet

Then on Saturday Night Bands:
LovelyBones with 3 other bands.
$3 Buffet & Beer Bust Specials.

Sunday 2:00 PM till late 
Super Bowl Party!

5 TVs and 1 GIANT Screen TV
$2.00 Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
With our extra special Buffet.
Drink Specials All Day long

La Casa Blue, Food & Bar
5930 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042
voice: 323-394-2992      fax: 323-315-9305
email: Scott@LaCasaBlue.Com

Inspiration House Poetry Choir

As part of the Avenue 50 Studio's new program, "The Black/Brown Dialogues", Peter J. Harris, artistic
director of Inspiration House, has graciously accepted our request to host 4 musical/poetry events at the Avenue 50 Studio. Each event will feature a grouping of four black/latino poets along with live music.

Please join us this February 2 starting at 7:00 pm for our very first performance featuring the poetry of
Gloria Alvarez, Peter J. Harris, Paul Calderon and Carmen Vega.

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

The Black/Brown Dialogues are supported in part by the Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.

Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: January 24, 2007: Party's Almost Over

Los Angeles mortgage rates are reversing course and headed higher in the next 7-10 days.  Lock mortgage rates for all loans, purchases and refinances at application.

Don't hold out to see if the Fed will cut rates farther; the mortgage lenders have already anticipated a January 30 Fed cut and priced it into the market.  If the Fed doesn't cut rates, mortgage rates are going to skyrocket.

If you were planning on refinancing your mortgage rate, the train is starting to leave the station and will quickly pick up steam. The opportunity to get a 30 year fixed rate mortgage rate under 5.5% may quickly disappear as lenders try to slow down demand.  The last three days have been hectic with past clients calling me looking to lock-in a low rate.  You have a window of maybe 48 hours to get that great mortgage rate.

Please contact me:

Call me on my cell phone at 858-699-4590

E-mail me at brian (at) californialoanconnection (dot) com

Apply for a loan online at

Over 700 families trust me to help them with their mortgage so we are incredibly backed up. I will be checking my voice mail every couple of hours  Be sure to leave specific contact information.


Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: Emergency Fed Cut: January 22, 2008

The Fed cut .75% in an emergency move this morning.  From Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark interest rate in an emergency move for the first time since 2001 after tumbling global stock markets and a jump in U.S. unemployment threatened to push the economy into recession.                  

The central bank lowered the benchmark overnight lending rate to 3.5 percent from 4.25 percent, the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement in Washington. Policy makers weren't scheduled to gather on rates until Jan. 29-30.

``While strains in short-term funding markets have eased somewhat, broader financial market conditions have continued to deteriorate,'' the Fed said in a statement in Washington. The FOMC took the action ``in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth.''           

Policy makers set aside concerns about inflation to lower borrowing costs for the fourth time since September after unemployment hit a two-year high and U.S. stocks slumped. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke shifted the Fed's stance to a more- aggressive approach in remarks this month citing a need for ``decisive and timely'' action.

We think this will be positive for mortgage bonds and Los Angeles mortgage rates.  We currently reccommend that mortgage applicants lock ONLY purchase loans that are closing in 15 days or less and that all others float the mortgage rate.  No change.

LA PALABRA POETRY at Avenue 50 Studio


Sunday January 27, 2008 from 2 to 4 pm


Co-hosted by Laura Longoria & Don Newton

All community poets---bring your work for open mike readings before and after the featured poet…

Readings take place the 4th Sunday monthly, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 No. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042

Sunday January 27, 2008 from 2 to 4 pm

Lummis Day Library Program


Poetry will be coming to Northeast Los Angeles libraries this spring in a series of five events presented by the 3rd annual Lummis Day Festival.

The library poetry program, which begins in late April and continues on consecutive Saturdays through May, will lead in to the gala poetry reading that serves as the opening event of the Lummis Day Festival on June 1 at Lummis Home.

Poets William Archila, Lory Bedikian and others will read their work at afternoon library gatherings in April and May. On alternating weeks, Archila and Bedikian will also be conducting free writing workshops -- giving poetry lovers and library-goers a chance to find their own artistic voices. Finally, at a wrap-up party at the Braun Library of the Southwest Museum, emerging writers will share their work in company with more established poets and other artists.

This round of poetry happenings begins April 26, 2008.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Occasional Doo-Dah Parade on Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Occasional Doo-Dah Parade on Sunday, January 20, 2008: The parade entry from former NELA  friends, neighbors and supporters of the Mayor will involve a "costume" to convert all dancers into a buxom curvy chorus line. Other marchers will play the role of City Hall lobbyists with lots of money to toss in the air. A clever little ditty about the Mayor's tendencies toward "Photo Ops and Broken  Promises" has been recorded. 

The Doo Dah will step off from Memorial Park at Raymond Avenue and Holly Street at 11:30 a.m. and turn west along Colorado Boulevard to Pasadena Avenue. 

This parade entry is organized under the auspices of the Doo-Dah Silliness Division of the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition -- a normally studious group! See you there!

Olga Hall