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Countdown to Lummis Day The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles: Ruben Martinez and the Border Balladeers

The 5th Annual Lummis Day Festival will be held on Sunday, June 6 at two locations: Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43) and nearby Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street). The opening poetry gala begins at 10:30 am at Lummis Home. Art Exhibitions will open at Lummis Home at noon and continue through 5:00pm. Music, dance, food, comedy, and community activities take place at Heritage Square Museum, from 12:30pm-7:00pm.

Ruben Martinez and the Border Balladeers will appear at 3:30 PM on Stage 1.

From Martinez' MySpace Page:

Rubén Martínez is a fixture on L.A.'s cultural & political landscape. Writer, musician, spoken-word artist, intellectual, activist-he likes stirring the pot, mixing the genres, breaking down the borders.

Joe "City" Garcia is Rubén's longtime musical partner, conjuring vibes as varied as flamenco and r&b on acoustic & electric guitars. John Schayer and his blues-inflected bass have livened up acts like Bob Welch and Jay Gordon. Drummer Ruben Gonzalez is a native of East L.A. and of its music scene, including a stint with R&B legends The Blazers. Dennis Gurwell is a connoisseur of all things Americana, bringing his zydeco-flavored accordeón.

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California. The Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the patchwork of cultures that enriches the city of Los Angeles.

This year's Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, City Council Districts 1 and 14, Eagle Portables Inc. and Home Depot Cypress Park. The Festival's poetry events are sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors include KPFK public radio 90.7, Univision KMEX-34 and the Arroyo Seco Journal.


Countdown to Lummis Day June 6: The Dime Box Band

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California. The Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the patchwork of cultures that enriches the city of Los Angeles.

Catch the Dime Box Band at 2:15 on Stage One at Heritage Square: Delightful, rockin' good country:

More about the Dime Box Band here: Dime Box Band Web Site

The 5th Annual Lummis Day Festival will be held on Sunday, June 6 at two locations: Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43) and nearby Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street). The opening poetry gala begins at 10:30 am at Lummis Home. Art Exhibitions will open at Lummis Home at noon and continue through 5:00pm. Music, dance, food, comedy, and community activities take place at Heritage Square Museum, from 12:30pm-7:00pm.

This year's Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, City Council Districts 1 and 14, Eagle Portables Inc. and Home Depot Cypress Park. The Festival's poetry events are sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors include KPFK public radio 90.7, Univision KMEX-34 and the Arroyo Seco Journal.

More about Lummis Day here: Lummis Day 2010 Web Site


Countdown to Lummis Day, The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles: Elliot Caine Jazz Quintet

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California.  The Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the patchwork of cultures that enriches the city of Los Angeles. 

The 5th Annual Lummis Day Festival will be held on Sunday, June 6 at two locations: Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43) and nearby Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street). The opening poetry gala begins at 10:30 am at Lummis Home. Art Exhibitions will open at Lummis Home at noon and continue through 5:00pm. Music, dance, food, comedy, and community activities take place at Heritage Square Museum, from 12:30pm-7:00pm.

This year's Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, City Council Districts 1 and 14, Eagle Portables Inc. and Home Depot Cypress Park. The Festival's poetry events are sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors include KPFK public radio 90.7, Univision KMEX-34 and the Arroyo Seco Journal.

Opening at 1:00 PM, on Stage One at Heritage Square:  The Elliot Caine Jazz Quintet.  Trumpeter and band leader Elliot Caine has performed or recorded with a wide range of artists, including Bobby Matos, Beck, Teddy Edwards, Wyclef Jean and the Beastie Boys.  Inspired by 60's-style Blue Note Jazz, his group plays original compositions as well as the work of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and Donald Byrd.


 

More info: http://www.lummisday.org/


Save this date: Lummis Day 2010 is coming June 6

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The fifth annual Lummis Day Festival will move its main stages to a new location, Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street) this year, where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic and architecturally significant buildings that have been preserved on the Heritage Square site.

The two-part Festival's opening morning event will take place at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), where the day begins at 10:30 am with readings by L.A.'s most critically acclaimed poets along with music, art exhibits and refreshments. Art exhibits will continue there throughout the day while performances and all other activities shift to nearby Heritage Square Museum, beginning at noon.

As always, admission to all events is FREE !!!

For updates, including parking information and performance schedules, visit www.lummisday.org.

Now in its fifth year, Lummis Day celebrates the patchwork of cultures and ethnicities that enriches the Northeast Los Angeles community. The Festival is organized by the non-profit Lummis Day Community Foundation with support from Northeast L.A.'s neighborhood councils, elected officials and community groups and busineses.

http://www.lummisday.org/


Peace in the Northeast March & Resource Fair Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10am-4pm

Peace in the Northeast March & Resource Fair

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10am-4pm

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This BIG community event is almost upon us.

Please forward this message or make telephone calls or talk to people in person (!) or via twitter, facebook or however you like to GET THE WORD OUT!!! 

This march will to declare to all our neighbors, community members and ourselves that this is a place where we are actively seeking peace with one another and a good and healthy life for everyone!  So we need your help in getting the word out.  Please copy the attached flyer.

PARKING
:  The march will begin at 10:00 AM at Luther Burbank Middle School (6460 N. Figueroa St) at the corner of Figueroa and Meridian Street in Highland Park.  There will be ample parking beneath the school.   If one prefers, there will be buses from Sycamore Grove Park, Franklin High School, Irving Middle School, and Victory Outreach Eagle Rock taking people TO the beginning of the march (Luther Burbank School) at 9:00 and 10:00 AM and returning them FROM the resource fair and end of the march (Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N. Figueroa Street) at 3:00 and 4:00 PM.  So one has a choice of parking: either at the beginning or the end of the march route.  (More details about parking to follow.)

RESOURCES:  At the end of the march, 40 organizations will offer their time and resources to give community people information crucial to making life better for all of us.  There will be people present to discuss their purpose and to make appointments for future contact.  Something for everyone.

ENTERTAINMENT
:  At Sycamore Grove Park entertainment will be provided from the end of the march to the end of the event at 4:00 PM.  Music, drama, speakers, bands, musical performers will keep us busy and delighted all afternoon long.

LUIS RODRIGUEZ
:  Author of Always Running about life within a gang culture before and then after a life changing encounter with Jesus, will speak to us and sign books.

FREE FOOD
:  Water and snacks will be provided all day.  Food for lunch and drinks will be plentiful at the park.  All this served free from generous donors.

CHILDREN
:   There will be a 'Kids Zone' at the park alongside the Resource Fair with crafts and activities for children to share with their parents.  Caring adults will be present all day to give children a happy experience.

BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS
are for sale NOW at Victory Outreach Eagle Rock and on the day of the march.  $12.00 for sizes XXX to small.  The proceeds from these sales make this march safe, fun, filling, and possible.

STREETS WILL BE CLOSED
all along Figueroa, from Meridian to Sycamore Grove Park before (10:45am) and during the march, opening immediately after marchers pass by (11:45am).  There will be great numbers of kind folks providing security and safety for marchers and the community.

ALL OF THIS FOR FAMILIES, FOR YOUTH, FOR CHILDREN, FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY OF NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES.

Thanks for your great help in spreading the word.
 


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Today May 8

On Saturday, May 8th, letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities will collect food items and deliver them to local food banks to help some of the millions of Americans, including an estimated 16.7 million children*, who face hunger every day.


Since 1993, families have donated nearly 1 billion pounds of food to Stamp Out Hunger. You can help make this year our most successful ever.


Simply place bags filled with nonperishable food items like canned meats, fish, soup, juice and vegetables, and pasta, cereal and rice next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 8th.*
   
Your letter carrier will pick up the bags and deliver them to your local food bank.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is always held the day before Mother's Day; I find it is an ideal time for a quick Spring Cleaning in the pantry.


NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night, May 8

Saturday, May 8, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT

WHEN: The Second Saturday of Every Month  7:00-10:00p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is a free self-guided tour of the galleries, non-profits and artist run project spaces located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).

NELA has a tradition in the arts that dates back to the early 1900s.

The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.'s most exciting destinations to view contemporary art.  

(Individual gallery hours may vary)

4763 York, 4763 York Boulevard

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Figueroa Produce, 6312 North Figueroa Street

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

hi tree, 131 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Jose Vera Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard,

Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard,

La tierra de la Cuebra, 240 South Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

New Puppy, Unit 1, 2808 Elm Street

New Stone Age Mosiacs, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50,

pLAyLAnd, 4140 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Route 66, 5917 North Figueroa

She Rides the Lion, 133 North Avenue 50

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

2 Tracks Art Studio, 135 North Avenue 50 (Next to Avenue 50 Studio)

Verbre Studio and Gallery, 4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard

York Studios, 5029 York Boulevard


Komodo Truck will be at 1632 Colorado Boulevard (Between Vincent and Townsend) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Grilled Cheese Truck AND Sweets Truck will be in front of Cactus Gallery, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard from 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Late Night / After Party:  VizziTruck at Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Road


Celebrating Charles Burkowski's Scarlet, watch rare video footage of Buk and "Scarlet"

My good friend, Pam, is now a published author.

Pam ("Cupcakes") was Charles Bukowski's lover in the mid 1970s.  Bukowski penned the poems in his book "Scarlet" about her.
 
Now several years after Bukowski's death, Pam has written her memoirs of that time. Her book "Charles's Bukowski's Scarlet" has just been released.

If you watch this short Charles Bukowski video closely, you will see some footage of the author, Pamela "Cupcakes" "Scarlet" Miller Wood, at 0:46 - 0:49 and again at 2:32 - 2:52.

 
The title of this Bukowski video is "A Report Upon The Consumption Of Myself by Charles Bukowski". And no, the unclothed woman at 0:31 - 0:37 is NOT Ms. Wood.


Avenue 50 Studio Presents "The Hybrid Project” A Collaboration With Peter Liashkov -- Opening May 8

The Hybrid Project”  A Collaboration With Peter Liashkov

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Oksana Badrak, Raoul De la Sota, Craig Havens, Cidne Hart, Nancy Kyes, Haven Lin-Kirk, Poli Marichal, Lino Martinez, Andrés E. Montoya, Miguel Angel Murillo, Trevor Norris, Toti O’Brien, Pierre Picot, Victor Rosas, Marianne Sadowski, Francesco Siquieiros, Pen Tsou, Ingrid Von Sydow, J Michael Walker, Ruth Weisberg, Kent Williams
 
Artists’ reception -- Saturday evening, May 8, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present The Hybrid Project, a project conceived by Peter Liashkov.  The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on Saturday evening, May 8, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

The Hybrid Project is a collaborative partnership between selected local artists and artist Peter Liashkov.  Each participant was invited to select one of Liashkov’s life size silhouettes, drawn or painted on synskin (a translucent fiberglass paper). Each artist reworked the piece in his/her own manner the form of painting, drawing, printing, sculpture and installation.  This is the second exhibition of the ongoing Hybrid Project.  The first of these was held at Blackgate Space in Silverlake in the spring of 2009.
 
Peter Liashkov is Professor Emeritus from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena since 1975.  He is in the collection of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Howard Ahmanson Collection, among others.

Please join us on Saturday, May 8, 2010 for the opening night reception of The Hybrid Project.


When:   Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 7 to 10 pm.

Where:  Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 30, Highland Park, CA  90042 (323) 258-1435.  www.avenue50studio.com

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Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. is an arts presentation organization grounded in Latin@ Chican@ culture. Our monthly shows principally exhibit artists of color who display a high quality of work, and who have not been represented in mainstream galleries. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. Using content-driven art to educate and to stimulate intercultural understanding, we build relationships and collaborations with artists and communities.


Avenue 50 Studio is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Community Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)


Pasadena Doo Dah Parade TODAY, MAY 1

Thank goodness for a notice from the good folks at Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California  about a troop of hounds marching in the parade today - otherwise I would not have realized that the Doo Dah Parade had moved its date to May 1.  (That's today)  The location of the parade has also moved a little further east on Colorado Boulevard.

From the Doo Dah Parade web site:

WHAT: 34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 1st
Stepping off at 11:00am!

WHERE: Colorado Blvd. (between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvds.)
Pasadena (Start Location: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. 91107)

COST: FREE-OF CHARGE ALWAYS!!
AMPLE FREE PARKING!
BRING A LAWN CHAIR

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