Archive for July, 2009

ONGOING – The Sketches of Richard Neutra

neutra self-portraitWhat: RICHARD NEUTRA, Architect: Sketches and Drawings
When:
Until November 1, 2009
Where: Central Library – Getty Gallery, 630 W. 5th Street, Downtown (213) 228-7000

Richard Neutra (1892-1970) was a pioneer of 20th century architecture whose geometric, airy structures helped to instill West Coast modernism across the landscape of Los Angeles. This exhibit at the Main Library downtown features 140 rare drawings spanning most of Neutra’s career.

“Nearly 50 years ago, architect Richard Neutra donated a collection of his drawings and sketches to UCLA. They included illustrations of famous projects he had worked on as well as those he had hoped to begin but could never get off the ground.

But the collection was notable because it also included drawings that have nothing to do with architecture: self-portraits, sketches of family members and landscapes that he created while vacationing in Europe and the U.S.

The drawings are stored in the university’ special collections and, for the most part, they have remained out of public view. Now, a new exhibition at the Central Library in downtown L.A. is offering a glimpse into this little-seen facet of Neutra’s output.” (SOURCE)

If you are more interested in checking out his architecture up close, you can take yourself on a tour of Neutra’s buildings around L.A. His former office in Silver Lake still stands as a registered historic place.


LAX – It’s Downright Exciting!

In 1925, Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport became the first municipal airport in the United States. Excited about the new possibilities of human flight, in 1928 the Los Angeles City Council allotted 640 acres of land just South of Westchester to build a general aviation field for the city. Lima bean, barley and wheat fields were converted into dirt strips for planes to land and the new airstrip was named Mines Field for William W. Mines, the real estate agent on the deal. Mines Field was renamed Los Angeles Airport in 1941, and then Los Angeles *International* Airport (LAX) in 1949. Over time the 640 acres became 3,425 acres and the former lima bean field grew up to become the fifth busiest airport on the planet.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96KoUqXNYfo[/youtube] At left, behold an arguably fantabulous promo video created by LAX in 1962 to get people excited about the history and potential of their cutting edge aviation center. LAX circa 1962 professed many exciting features: directional signs in four languages; a completely automated check-in system that was “a marvel of speed and ingenuity;” and fancy airport restaurants which all served food that looked just like this. Deeelish!
(Click here to view part two and part three of this promotional video)

What could be better than that, you ask?
Why, THE AIRPORT OF THE FUTURE, of course!!!

After the jump we will hop into the future by linking to an even more forward-thinking and totally groovy promo called “1980 IS TOMORROW!”… which features super cute 1970s kids and men in 1970s suits and funky 1970s PSA jets and… OH JESUS, I FORGOT HOW PLANES USED TO BE SO FRIGGIN’ LOUD AND SPIT OUT SO MUCH BLACK EXHAUST IN THE 1970S!!! Damn. I don’t miss that.

BTW, an interesting note… in the latter video, it’s stated that the annual air traffic through LAX was 25 million in 1970 with a projected absolute maximum capacity of 40 million yearly passengers as of 1975. That said, the current annual traffic through LAX is upwards of 65 million people. (more…)


AWWWWW! – Wet Zoe

This has absolutely nothing to do with hidden Los Angeles. My dog just makes me laugh.

Yep, it’s my site and I’ll post pictures of my pathetic wet dog if I want to. :)bath time


RESOURCE – Movie Locations Galore

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynuOQvVaFMo[/youtube] After the jump are links to some of the best web resources identifying movie locations.

As I’ve mentioned before, my first inspiration to explore L.A. was an old film. Love it or hate it, the entertainment business is what Los Angeles is famous for worldwide. Residents here are surrounded by familiar, comfortable* images whenever we drive down the street, whether we recognize them or not. You may easily be surprised to find that you’ve been driving past iconic buildings on your way to the grocery store without even realizing it. Funny thing is… there are people who will travel across the world just to see these buildings that we pass by without a thought. Most movie locations are free to discover, so instead of sitting home & watching stuff on tv this weekend why not have an adventure and explore the sights in person?

“It’s only a matter of time before local film and TV buffs experience a sense of déjà vu around Los Angeles. That place looks familiar. Did you see it on the way home from work, or when you checked in with your favorite characters? Could be both. Most productions not filmed on studio lots are shot within the 30-mile zone from Beverly and La Cienega boulevards, with some locations more popular than others. (more…)


GO OUTSIDE! – The Big LA Parade

paradeTwo Days – 40 Miles – 100+ Stairways. Who says nobody walks in LA?

What: Big Parade LA 2009 – Walk a little, walk a lot… it’s up to you.
Where: First meets at Angel’s Flight Stairway, Downtown. Then moves… as parades are wont to do (they have an itinerary and will be twittering their progress so you can meet them along the way)
When: July 18 and July 19All you need to know can be found here.
Price: FREEEEE!

Details: There is absulutely NO better way to get to know Los Angeles than to get out of your car and hit the pavement. I’ve been doing that a lot lately and it’s shocking all of the things you can discover. Rather walk in a group? Well, here’s your chance… join a big walking community this weekend for all or just a part of THE BIG PARADE, a 2-day, 40-mile, 135-stairway walk. You’re invited!

Kind of like The Great Los Angeles Walk on steroids, THE BIG PARADE is a group effort, and the brain-child of of local stair explorer, Dan Koeppel. Dan undertook a five-year Los Angeles stair mapping/walking project that began in 2003 with a 47-stairway route through Silver Lake and now he’s mapped out a grand two-day walking even through Los Angeles. “The parade will start at the famous Angel’s Flight Stairway Downtown, and finish with six stairways leading up from Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywood Sign. The walk will cover approximately 40 miles and 135 stairways, and will include a camp-out at the mid-point (legalities permitting), the famous Music Box Stairs – site of the Oscar-winning Laurel & Hardy film of the same name – in Silver Lake. It will take place July 18 and 19th, 2009.”

“A core group of five to eight walkers will be doing the entire event. But – as the name “Big Parade” implies – the true nature of the journey is community-based. In addition to passing dozens of landmarks, we will be joined by community members, both individuals and in groups, as we pass through the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The walk is broken into specific segments so that walkers of all ages and levels of fitness can join us at specific times (of course, anyone is welcome to meet us at any point along the way – and all are invited to join us at the end to celebrate the walk.)”

Think it’s a dumb idea? Well, their FAQ has an answer for that:

Q – The Big Parade is stupid.
A –
You might be right. But not having one would be even stupider.


MATINEE – Simon Rodia & The Watts Towers

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9njXNZuASi0[/youtube] rodiaTHE TOWERS (1957; 12 minutes) is a documentary about Simon Rodia (1879-1965) building the Watts Towers.

Details: Born near the Naples, Italy, Simon Rodia emigrated to Pennsylvania at 15. When his brother was killed in a mining accident, Simon moved to the West Coast and eventually settled in Watts in the early 1920s. He began creating the towers in 1921 and finished in 1948. Seven years later, frustrated by vandalism and disputes with his neighbors, he suddenly gave the property to neighbor Luis Sauceda and walked away. He was 75 years of age.

Simon Rodia lived in Martinez, California until his death in 1965. He never viewed his Towers again. (more…)


ONGOING – The Punum of Superman

supermanFILM, EXHIBIT AND DOCENT TOUR

ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950
Where: The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 440-4500

What: Rare Superman Films
When:
Sat., July 18, 2pm
Price:
$6 Gen, $5 Members/Students

Details: “Fans of the Man of Steel won’t want to miss this afternoon of rare Superman footage. At this matinee screening, view episodes from the famed Kryptonian’s big-screen debut in the 1948 Hollywood serial. Also see The Adventures of Superpup and The Adventures of Superboy, two never-broadcast pilots meant to replace the Superman television series after lead actor George Reeves’s untimely death.

What: Exhibit
ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938–1950
When: Ongoing through August 9, 2009
Price: Included in admission (tickets at the door): $10; $7 seniors/students; $5 kids 2–12; Free to members/kids under 2; FREEEEE TO ALL ON THURSDAYS

Details: “Through never-before exhibited art and objects culled from private and institutional collections, ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 explores the genesis of cultural icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman. (more…)


EVENTS – The Close Up 7/13-19

Note: this listing will be updated during the week as we see fit, and we try to include FREEEEE events whenever possible. :)

festival_logo7/14-19 – Shakespeare at Our Lady of the Angels
Every Thursday – Outdoor Movies at the Grove
7/16 – Poncho Sanchez in Baldwin Park; Dreaming of India: A Cultural Block Party at CAFAM
7/17 – Horse racing and 80s music with The Romantics

TUESDAY, JULY 14 THROUGH SUNDAY JULY 19
What:
Shakespeare Festival/LA’s 24th Annual Summer Festival presents AQUILA Theatre in “AS  YOU LIKE IT”
When:
July 14-19, 2009, 8pm – Box office opens at 7pm
Where: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza, 555 West Temple Street , Downtown
Price: General admission tickets are FREEEEE! Patrons are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of Southern California

Details: Shakespeare Festival/LA will hold its 24th annual Summer Festival with a presentation of AQUILA THEATRE in As You Like It, the U.S. debut of the world-class touring production. The performance on July 16 will feature ASL translators for the hearing impaired. On July 17, actors will translate the performance into Spanish, the transmission of which patrons will be able to hear through headphones that will be made available. (more…)


HOT ANGELENO – Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph J. Bunche signing stuffSome people believe L.A.’s most important residents are the ones who have reality shows… but today’s sizzling Hot Angeleno was sexy cool in his own right. He didn’t have rock hard abs (that we know of), but he clearly worked pretty hard on other less-important things.

HiddenLA‘s HOT Angeleno of the Day: RALPH JOHNSON BUNCHE!!!

(August 7, 1904-1971) Orphaned at age 12, Ralph and his two sisters moved to Los Angeles to live with their grandmother, a former slave who “appeared Caucasian on the outside but was all black fervor inside.” As a teen he was an accomplished athlete who worked all sorts of odd jobs to help his family survive. He was the senior class valedictorian at Jefferson High School in South Central and began his college studies at UCLA (which was then located on Vermont where City College is). Then he went on to get a few other degrees and do a few other important things. And he helped to write some stuff too. Oh yeah, I almost forgot… then at 46 years of age he became THE VERY FIRST PERSON OF COLOR FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD to ever receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. OMG! TOTALLY HOTTTTT!!! (more…)


LOCAL – L.A. Nature Lovers

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2099984916464728483[/googlevideo] At left is a silent video (circa 1930s) taken by the NATURE FRIENDS LOS ANGELES, headquartered in Sierra Madre.

Their umbrella organization was originally founded in Austria in 1895 as Naturfreunde, a non-profit Alpine social club formed to promote tourism with a minimal effect on the environment (an early version of eco-tourism), international friendship and understanding. The Los Angeles branch was opened in 1920. The club is still active and membership is very affordable. In order to join you need to be sponsored and recommended by two members, but if you are a nice person who’s really “interested in nature, conservation, hiking and the outdoors” I’m sure they’d probably befriend you. Maybe you could see about joining them for movie night on Saturday, July 25th and introduce yourself.

This (again, silent) video captures images of:
• The club’s weekend activities at their lodge in Sierra Madre;
• Construction of a cabin in the San Jacinto Mountains;
• Outings to the Coachella Valley desert;
• A beach party near Corona del Mar in Orange County;
• Skiing at Big Pines;
• Driving through Angeles Crest;

• Hiking to San Gabriel Peak… and other vintage L.A. nature-lovin’ stuff. :)


AMEN! – Let There Be Pumpkin Bread

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*To launch a photo gallery documenting our pilgrimage for holy pumpkin bread, click on the adorable nun below.*

Monastery of the Angels

“Faint angel whispers in the breeze
in roses,
in pumpkin bread,
chocolates.
The best kept secret in Hollywood
tucked in folded hands,
behind eyelids,
and closed corridors…”

Read full story after the jump. (more…)


COVET THIS – Tiny Neighborhoods for the Calendar Challenged

Please click the little image below that says “DINER” to launch fun images of the festive little toy neighborhoods to be found at Stats. And please don’t miss my witty captions… I worked hard on ’em, people!

Tiny Houses at Stats

I was in Pasadena for a meeting yesterday and decided to walk into STATS FLORAL SUPPLY for old time’s sake… although I have always found them a bit pricey, Stats has been a guilty pleasure of mine for decades. Honestly, it’s kinda like a gory car accident I can’t tear my eyes away from. Yesterday was no exception… not only did I find that after all these years I’m *still* hypnotized by their rooms of animated, overly-decorated, holiday-themed model buildings, but THE STORE WAS DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN ALREADY!!! In July. I kid you not. Please click on the little image at left to open a photo gallery of some of the crazy goodness I found.


BEST OF LA – Dwell’s List

figueroa-hotel-squaresmall-world-bookstore-square heath-ceramics-squarefathers-office-square Dwell Magazine‘s fancy shmancy LA design event ended last month, but they left something very cool behind for us to enjoy. Behold Dwell’s GUIDE TO LOS ANGELES, a handy little compendium of coolness compiled for their event attendees. (I love alliteration, don’t you?) The Dwellsters clearly have good taste. Me likey this list. Me likey this list long time.


FREEEEE – Hot Dogs vs. Tacos

chicasWhat: Two hot, overly perky Latina actresses giving out free hot dogs and tacos
Where:
Hollywood & Highland
When:
TODAY – Thursday, July 9, 2-6pm
Price:
FREEEEE!

Details: According to Wikipedia, The Chicas Project is “a reality television show on the bilingual television network Mun2, preeminent voice for Latino youth in America, that chronicles the adventures of the ‘Chicas,’ two VJs for Mun2, Yasmin Deliz and Crash Barrera.” Apparently their show is in its third season, but up until now I had no idea they existed. Which is okay… after watching a few clips it was easy to tell I’m just not their focus demographic. Well, I wasn’t until today. I am officially their demographic as of this moment solely because they’ll be handing out free food from 2-6pm and I’m always a fan of pro bono deliciousness. Yep, these two cute girls have decided (or rather, their show’s PR people did) that the best way to find out whether people prefer a Pink’s Hot Dog or a Joselito’s taco (ie, the best publicity stunt they could think up to promote season four of their show) is to give away 1,000 of each delicacy at a tourist mall. So if you’re in the area and feel like finding parking and braving the Captain Jack Sparrow impersonators this afternoon to snag a free snack from hot chicks, go for it. ¡Buen provecho, Los Angeles!


NSFW – George Putnam: Intrepid LA Newsman, Hater of Smut Peddlers

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl2VrPhQBfE[/youtube]I was gonna take a day off but then an emergency came up:  late Los Angeles news icon and Hal Fishman rival George Putnam got me all worked up about “the wild flagrant abuses of the god-given gift of sex.” It’s enough to make a decent home-spun girl-next-door like me just pig biting mad!

In today’s featured flashback video (Perversions For Profit, 1965) George Putnam excitedly exposed himself as a soldier against the sex-mad degeneration of America. This highly informative and visually titillating little “scare” film was funded by financier Charles Keating – yes, that Charles Keating – and sure, George sounded strangely turned on throughout this whole film, but could you blame him? He passionately wanted to save America from depravity… but his hot descriptions of perversion, sexy “censored” images and details of massive profit sure made it all sound even more exciting and attractive! Va va vooom! A few decades later, his adopted homeland became the porn capital of the world. Sigh. Poor George. Score one for the Devil.

Interested in resurrecting George’s battle against the plague of filth in 2009? His handy moral guidelines are listed after the jump (along with part two of the video). They seem to be a lot of work though. An easier way to keep your halo intact would probably be just to poke out your eyeballs since according to George, very few blind people join nudist colonies. No eyeballs = no perversions! Problem solved!

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MATINEE – How Doogie Met the Los Angeles Riots

doogieandrodneyToday we’ll return to a time that was a bit less idyllic. On April 29, 1992, violence erupted in our city and the life of every resident was affected… as shown below, it even took a toll on the life of the average American pubescent doctor. Today we will relive the night of April 29, 1992 as we watch erudite teen/medical prodigy Doogie Howser, his wacky sidekick Vinnie and the caring staff of a strangely nameless local hospital cope with the aftermath of the L.A. Riots. Can’t we all just get along?

(Original Airdate: September 23, 1992)


TIP – Museums Are FREEEEE! And Fun!

To the best of my knowledge, the following listing should be the most thorough and recent compilation of free LA museum days that’s currently on the web. Please feel free to e-mail us with additions, corrections or alterations to the list so we can keep it up to date. Thanks.

Finances are tight for everyone right now. The bad news is one in ten Americans is unemployed. The good news is… you live in Los Angeles where, contrary to how it may seem, there are some incredible, world-class resources that can be enjoyed for little to no money. Case in point… did you know that almost every museum in town – large and small – can be visited for free at least once a month? It’s true. Whether you’re interested in anthopology or art history or aeronautics or stuffed bunnies… you can learn more about them at the places listed below without giving up your rent money. So get out there and explore!
[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSaGrXPvSYE[/youtube]

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GLORY DAYS – Sheriffs Love LA!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ii4G_rowOw[/youtube] Once upon a time, in a land not far away at all, existed a magical paradise a land filled with the sexiest weather in the world, beautiful and witty people, strange languages and edgy, rockin’ kids that never had to grow up… a place so inherently charming that even the prostitutes and lawyers were *totally* adorable.

Yep, once upon a time, being an Angeleno was such a source of pride that even our civil servants were all-smiles… as documented in this (sadly poor quality) recruitment video for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Believe it or not, I actually remember seeing this promo aired on regular tv and I was in awe of it even then. So for a moment, let’s embrace our carefree glory days… back when criminals were just harmless middle-aged crazy-haired punks and successful CPR on a child only took one breath. And be sure to keep your eye open for the quick Michael Landon cameo. Also featured: long-time County Sheriff Sherman Block, a man who almost kept the job posthumously, even managing to cast an absentee ballot for himself as he died. Now *that’s* dedication.

As for those of you who think this video was a bad representation of the Sheriffs Department? Well, they’ve had worse.


CRAZY – Historic E-mails for Sale!

Michael Jackson ebayAre you actively mourning Michael Jackson still? Did you want to go to MJ’s memorial service Downtown… but not enough to actually be one of the 1.6 MILLION people who registered to get one of the 8,750 tickets to the Staples Center? Or perhaps – like me – you just hate HUUUGE crowds of actively crazy people and had plans for Tuesday anyhow so if you’d been chosen you probably wouldn’t have even wanted/been able to go?

Well thanks to a few thoughtful souls, you can still own part of the Michael Jackson magic without worrying about your Tuesday plans. Now up for sale on ebay: copies of the MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL NOTIFICATION E-MAIL that was sent to the losers who DIDN’T GET IN. These historic pieces of digital rejection are reasonably priced at “Less than ten dollars” WITH FREE SHIPPING, and there are still more than ten copies available – so act fast! (Screen capture after the jump.)

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HELP HLA LIVE!

adHiddenLA has been a labor of love so far, but in order to keep our Los Angeles treasure hunt going for the long term we’ll need to expand this labor of love into something self-sufficient and profitable down the road. Fact is, it’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever run out of things to discover in Los Angeles if given the chance to keep looking.

So if you appreciate what we’re trying to accomplish here at HiddenLA and would like to support our continued efforts, we *really* want to talk to you! We are currently looking to build and nourish strong sponsorship, activity and advertising relationships with appropriate foundations, businesses and individuals that will hopefully benefit the community as well. So please contact us via the e-mail or phone number listed above under “contact.”

Thanks for the support, Los Angeles! Love ya! :*


EVENTS – The Close Up 7/6-12

Note: Event listings are updated during the week as we see fit.

Now through 8/31/09 – Photography: The Billboard Show
7/9/09 – Downtown LA Artwalk
7/10-12/09 – Echo Park Community Festival
7/11/09 – Historic North Hollywood Walking Tour, 80’s Prom
Party
7/12/09
– Bastille Day Los Angeles; Art and Poetry with Exene Cervenka

billboard showONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31st
What: THE BILLBOARD SHOW
Selling the California Lifestyle – Photographic Landscapes of the 1950s & 1960s
Where:
Take My Picture Gary Leonard 860 South Broadway, Downtown (213) 622-2256
When:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am–2pm & 3–6pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am–2pm; Saturdays 12–6pm; Sundays 12–3pm
Price: FREEEEE!

Details: “Ever since taking a photograph of the Dodgers as a little boy in 1959, Gary Leonard has documented the mercurial landscape of Los Angeles, from the political to the cultural and economic. A former employee of billboard advertising company Pacific Outdoor recently gave Leonard thousands of billboard slides, a hundred of which are now on view at Leonard’s gallery, Take My Picture (named after his column in various regional publications). Advertising everything from funeral services and early fax machines to civic defense and entertainment, the images provide a rare historical survey of mid-century American commercial design, proving that, much like one of his influences, Weegee, Gary Leonard has an excellent sense of timing.” (SOURCE)

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RIP – Local Legend Bob Mitchell, 96

UPDATED 7/12/09:
Something about Bob I didn’t know… he was also the first organist for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nice little blurb about it here.

UPDATED 7/9/09:
A funeral Mass for Bob Mitchell will be Friday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m.
at Christ the King Catholic Church, 624 N. Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles 90004 Map Website.
Interment will follow at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038 Map Website.

A Tribute to Bob Mitchell A memorial noonday concert will take place at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. (at 6th St.), on Thursday, August 13, at 12:10 p.m. Several organists will participate in this program and admission is free to all. More

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BOB MITCHELL Silent Film Organist

October 12, 1912 – July 4, 2009

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HLA PICK – Sweet Jazz & Ginger Cocktails

UPDATE: As of January 18, 2010 Betty Bryant’s show at Street is on hiatus. :(

*To launch the image gallery for this HiddenLA Pick, please click on the tasty drink below.*

Betty Bryant and Ginger Cocktails at Feniger’s Street

What: Your own private jazz concert… featuring Betty Bryant singing her heart out
Where: Feniger’s Street, 742 Highland Avenue, Hollywood (323) 461-7813
When: Thursdays 7:15-11 pm and Sundays 6:15-10pm

Some of the best secrets in this town are hidden in full view. You may not have seen the wonderful jazz pianist and vocalist Betty Bryant but if you’ve eaten at the new hotspot Street in Hollywood she just might have seen you. A long-time fan, when chef Susan Feniger took over the old Highland Grounds location, she had her architect create an upstairs nook with the specific purpose of giving Betty a place to play and sing her heart out to the diners below… and that’s exactly what she does every Thursday and Sunday night. Accompanied by long-time bass player Tom Gargano, Betty seranades the dining masses below from her own private catbird seat above them. The secret is this: few diners wonder where the music’s coming from so they’re missing out on where the real fun is. (more…)


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, FOLKS!

This is hands down the best Fourth of July video I could find for you. Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here soon, once I’m out of my Dorito coma…
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Update: hard to believe, but an even better video has been called to my attention. Enjoy.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDA9NbPAK8o[/youtube]