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North Figueroa in Highland Park is YARN BOMBED!


Yarn Bombing:  Public fixtures are are outfitted with knitted or crocheted items, or other fabric art.  Trees and lamp posts are adorned with colorful scarves, bike racks don sweaters, trash cans and newspaper racks wear cozies.

The Yarn Bombing of 2 blocks of North Figueroa in Highland Park lasted for the entire month of October.  And like any public art, it evolved; rains came, a cozy was stolen, new pieces appeared.

The Yarn Bombing was part of Future Studio's Fig Knit On exhibition, and was covered in depth by several excellent local bloggers:


waltarrrrr's flickr set

Martha Benedict

The Eastsider LA



Dia de los Muertos at Self Help Graphics

Dia de los Muertos honors beloved ancestors, family and friends who have passed on. 

In the lands that are now known as Mexico and Central America, traditions of honoring the deceased with private altars laden with flowers, mememtos, food and drink date back many thousands of years.

When the Spanish Conquistadors came to this land, they attempted to eradicate the holiday celebration in their efforts to convert the indigenous people.

But The Day of the Dead would not die.  And in time, the old customs blended with the Catholic Holy Days of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2).  And by extension, in modern times,  All Hallows Eve (the eve of All Saints Day, "Halloween")

Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles has a 37 year tradition of hosting Dia de los Muetos celebrations.



November 2, at 4:00PM Day of the Dead Procession at Belvedere Park's Virgen de Guadalupe Mural located at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. & Mednik Avenue;

November 2, at 5:00 -11:00 PM Celebration at East Los Angeles Civic Center 4801 East 3rd Street, East L.A., CA 90022 featuring music, community altars, many food vendors and local arts & Craft vendors!

Arroyo Arts Collective 18th Annual Discovery Tour November 21

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents the:

"North by Northeast": Cutting-edge art meets artistic heritage at the 18th annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

  • What: A self-guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031
  • How much: Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the tour. Purchase advance tickets online at or at Galco's Old World Grocery, 5702 York Blvd., Highland Park.
  • Information: Go to or call (323) 850-8566.


Each year, just before Thanksgiving, artists of the Arroyo Arts Collective open their homes and studios to the public in the Annual Discovery Tour.

You can purchase tickets in advance by contacting me, (Cheryl 323-257-1080 ) or online at or at Galco's Old World Grocery, 5702 York Blvd., Highland Park.

Then, on November 21, start your tour by going to Lummis Home, 200 E Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031-1304  (323) 222-0546, to pick up the tour map.  From there, the tour is self-guided:  Check the map, choose your favoerite artists, and go!

The self-guided auto tour features a unique glimpse into artists' homes and studios in Highland Park, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Eagle Rock. It also offers a great opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind art works and artistic treasures at great prices.

For those who don't wish to drive, shuttle buses will be available with stops at select locations.



Tuseday, October 26, 2010  -- 3:00 - 8:00 PM

@ Old L.A. Farmer's Market at Avenue 58 and N. Figueroa Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042, adjacent to the Metro Highland Park Station

On Tuesday, October 26, 2010 We Tell Stories, LA's multi-ethnic children's storytelling theatre company-presents The 5th Annual Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival at the Old LA Farmer's Market at Ave. 58 and N. Figueroa Blvd. in Highland Park, California.  This outdoor festival is a great way for families to celebrate the harvest and enjoy Halloween in a comfortable, lively setting with fun for the whole family.  Hours are from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Admission is Free.

Click the image, or click this link to watch video:

We Tell Stories, performing since 1981, is known for bringing myths, legends, and literature from all cultures and times to extemporaneous life.  The Haunted Harvest storytelling whirlwind includes literature and folktales from around the world. From their seats or on the stage in costume, audience members are an integral part of the performance.

This years guest stars are world renowned Physical Theatre duo, Keith Berger and Sharon Diskin, The Chameleons, who have captivated thousands of audiences world wide with their electrifying Theatre in Motion! Also performing will be Artichoke, a Highland Park band known for catchy and melodic songs about scientists, animals, bees, and Highland Park itself.  And young performers from Ballet Folklorico Maria Felix from Ramona Hall Community Center in Highland Park will be preserving Mexican culture through dance right on our stage.  The troupe has performed at the LA County Fair and downtown LA's Olvera Street.

The ever popular Costume Contest is open to all ages.  Participants are also encouraged to enter their already-carved pumpkins in the Carved Pumpkin Contest.  The Festival's additional attractions include face painting, an arts and crafts table, fresh Farmer's Market produce and prepared foods, trick-or-treating and more.

The 2010 Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival marks a continuation of the partnership between We Tell Stories and the North Figueroa Association (NFA). NFA voting members are property owners along the North Figueroa business corridor.  NFA organizes and supports the Old LA's Farmers Market. Both non-profits are long-time residents of Northeast L.A. who see community events as a way to enrich the cultural, social, and economic prosperity of Highland Park and other communities in Northeast Los Angeles.

We Tell Stories has entertained and educated more than four million youngsters and performs at major art institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The company was shaken by the state's economic downturn, and is now operating with a skeleton staff (get it? Skeleton?) but the show must go on. Misty Iwatsu, the Executive Director of NFA agrees.  She said, "The festival has become a Halloween tradition for the entire community, it would be a shame not to have it, and this year we expect to reach an even broader audience."

The 5th Annual Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival is located at the Old L.A. Farmer's Market at Avenue 58 and N. Figueroa Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042, adjacent to the Metro Highland Park Station, accessible from the Gold Line.  To plan the route that's best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner at or call 1.800. commute.  Metro riders can show their metro ticket stubs and get a free One-Dollar Farmer's Market Bill to spend at the farmers market.  To park enter the lot at Ave. 57.  Street parking is also available.

This project was funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and supported by Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes.

For more information, call We Tell Stories at 323-256-2336 or visit .

7th Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours & Scary Movie Night at Heritage Square

7th Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours & Scary Movie Night 

On Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th, experience Halloween in a whole new light at Heritage Square Museum's Seventh Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours. 


Discover the very different traditions surrounding death and mourning as they were practiced 100 years ago. Mourning Tours are made possible thanks to the support of sponsors like METRO, Los Angeles Family Magazine, 100.3 The Sound,  Pasadena Weekly and Citizen's Trust (a division of Citizens Bank). Additional support provided by Councilman Ed Reyes/CD1, Trader Joe's of South Pasadena, Superior Warehouse and Licha's Flowers. 
This living history program puts you in the middle of a superstitious Victorian-era society where death was never far behind. Witness a funeral procession as they bury a loved one, visit a fortune teller, learn about hair jewelry and mourning attire and even join two men in arguing the merits of spirit photography! Also on hand for this year's festivities will be author Mark Daniel Wood. Mark is the Author of several titles, most recently Halloween Crafts-Eerily Elegant D├ęcor (2001) and Create a Bewitched Fall-o-ween: 45 Projects for Decorating and Entertaining (2006). Mark will transform the 1887 John J. Ford residence into an authentic Victorian-esque haunted house. In so doing, he will demonstrate to visitors how to make period decorations. Mark will be on-hand to sign books.

On Sunday, October 24, the event adds family activities. Children can come in costume, make period crafts, receive a free pumpkin, listen to spooky stories by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers and much more.

Also Sunday, Paranormal Investigators will share the results of their study of Heritage Square Museum. After all, for more than 40 years, people have claimed to hear, see and feel all manner of mysterious happenings at Heritage Square Museum. Whether it is the nature of the Victorian architecture, the historic furnishings and paintings on display or something all-together different, "ghost sightings" have occurred at the museum since its inception. On October 24th, those "sightings" will be denied...or confirmed!
Admission to the Halloween and Mourning tours are free for members, $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors over 65, $5.00 for Children 6 to 12 years, and free for Children under 6. For more information about the program, call the museum offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (323) 225-2700.
Due to periodic Caltrans Closures on the 110-Pasadena Frewway, we encourage everyone to take public transportation to the event. In fact, if you take the METRO GOLD LINE, we will even give you a free poster! If you are local, take your bicycle and we'll also give you a free poster.
Halloween and Mourning Movie Night to feature Body Snatcher (1945)
On the evening of Saturday, October 23, Heritage Square Museum will host its fourth annual Halloween and Mourning Movie Night. The evening is sponsored by Videotheque, the premier destination for classic and indie cinema.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy while enjoying classic scary movies at Heritage Square... if they dare. The scheduled feature is Body Snatcher, a 1945 horror classic starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The plot involves a ruthless doctor and his young prize student finding themselves continually harassed by a murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. Considered one of Boris Karloff's best performances, the film is based on a classic 1884 short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Guests are encouraged to wear warm clothing. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase. Admission to the Halloween and Mourning Movie Night is free for Museum members and $10.00 for the general public. The gates will open at 7 p.m. for picnics with the show starting at dusk.
Bring the kids for Safe Haven Trick or Treating
Bring your kids for more treats on Halloween inside the safe confines of the museum grounds. Children 1 to 12 years of age, with parent accompaniment, may come in costume and receive sweet treats from our costumed interpreters stationed at each building. Halloween treats will be available from 4 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission price is $5 for Adults and $2 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. Free for members. 

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In the future, please bounce back any questionable items. This will not place us in such a difficult position.
Thank you for all the great work you do for the community. We appreciate your resourcefulness.
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NELAArt Second Saturday Art Walk Gallery Night, October 9, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 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)

An Orange Door, 3188 Verdugo Road

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Curve Line Space, 1577 Colorado Boulevard

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

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

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard,

Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard,

Leanna Lin's Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard

La tierra de la Cuebra, 240 South Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

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

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50,

Studio Route 66, 5917 North Figueroa

She Rides the Lion, 133 North Avenue 50

The Glass Studio, 5052 York Boulevard

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

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

Food trucks are rolling to Second Saturday Gallery Night:

Look for Lomo Arigato (amazing! Japanese Peruvian fusion)    at   Leanna Lin's Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard

And  Late Night/ After Party  @  The Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 with Tapa Boy Truck

12th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival Today, October 2

Today, Saturday, October 2, 2010 -- 4:00PM - 11:00PM -- THE 12TH ANNUAL EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Eagle Rock Music Festival welcomes the eclectic, local lineup for which it is known, highlighting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Los Angeles music scene.

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock experiments with a multitude of genres to create the truly original experience that has paved the way for many other community music festivals.

This afternoon from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Colorado Boulevard is closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Street.

Musicians perform at eleven unique venues ranging from auto shops to formal stages to historical buildings, and even a motel balcony along the Boulevard.

Classic rock band ANN LIKES RED, a NELA favorite, will perform TWO sets at Columbo's Restaurant. The first set in the outside patio at 4:00 PM, and the second set, inside the restaurant at 7:00PM

Eagle Rock Music Festival 2010

Interactive Venue Map