Archive for August, 2009

HELP! – Zoe Needs New Ears

This is conceptual art. We call it: photo "Wiener With Wiener."

This is a Conceptual Art piece we call Wiener With Wiener No, it is not for sale.

As most of you know, HiddenLA has been a labor of pure love for me so far… which is a *great* thing in many ways, but admittedly kinda stinks when you take your little dog to the vet and realize that she has yet another raging and horribly painful ear infection that’s going to cost $200 you don’t have. Ouch. Sometimes income *is* handy after all! Huh.

Having a sick pet is tough… when you spend money you don’t have, you’re irresponsible. But if you allow an adorable, beloved little creature to suffer, you’re worse. No great options in that situation, really. So moral of the story… my sweet little puppy’s going to be fine, but my bank account just had some unexpected surgery.

I know a lot of you have purse strings just as tight as mine so you can relate. If you feel like helping poor little Zoe on her road back to health, I’ve set up a little “Zoe Ear Fund” below. (Fact is, my mom always taught me that it never hurts to ask, so I’m just listening to her for a change.) These funds will ONLY go to fixing her ears, not one dime will be diverted to my ginger cocktail addiction or tickets to see Pee Wee Herman. I promise. Down the road I’ll be working on monetizing this site so such blatant fundraising efforts will evaporate, but in the meantime a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Begging aside, to the right I’ve posted a little art photography project we did together about six months ago for your viewing pleasure. Zoe hopes you like it, and she would like me to express that – ear aside – she deserves donations just for going through the humiliation of sitting still for a long time with a hot dog on her head. I can’t disagree, really.


FLASHBACK – Philnjims. Philnjims. Philnjims.

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Phil & Jim’s TV & Appliance unexpectedly went kaput in 1994.


EVENT – FREEEEE Books! And not as free tacos!

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Low on cash but need something new to read?
Rather spend $$$ on a delicious taco?

bigbooks WHAT: Book Soup BOOK SWAP, sponsored by GoodReads and featuring the Kogi truck
WHEN: Saturday, August 15th, 1-4pm
WHERE: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard

DETAILS:
Here’s the scoop… you know how you have a bunch of books lying around that you’ll never read again? They’re just taking up space and getting dusty, so gather them up and take them over to Book Soup. Other people will do the same thing. There’s a good chance *they* might want some of your books and *you* might want some of theirs. Let the swapping begin. The Kogi Taco truck will be on hand too – so you can get a head start on reading your new books as you wait in a long line to eat some tasty spicy pork sliders! YUM.


SINGALONG – Napkin! The Musical!

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkYZ6rbPU2M[/youtube]
In 2008, sixteen members of Improv Everywhere harnessed the power of wireless microphones, a PA system, cameras hidden behind two-way mirrors and impromptu song and dance to thoroughly confused shoppers at the Baldwin Hills Mall food court.


HAPPY 86th BIRTHDAY Stan Chambers

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VIDEO – A Little Face Time with Marty & Elayne

There are few things we can truly count on in life,
but we can always count on Marty & Elayne to be… 

Marty & Elayne.

‘Cuz they’ve got us… under their dermis.

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EVENT – Pee Wee Re-Opens Playhouse Doors

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8/11 ALERT: GIVE TICKETMASTER THE CODE “2HOORAY” OR “HOORAY” FOR DISCOUNTS ON FLOOR SEATS

8/10 UPDATE: An Los Angeles Times article on the show:

peewee“The new stage production is a “re-imagined” version of Herman’s past theatrical outings, according to promoters. The original version of the show debuted at the Groundlings Theatre in 1981 before playing at L.A.’s Roxy Theatre for five months. The production then went on a 22-city tour that included New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The new production will feature Pee-wee regulars, including Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie. Audiences can also count on appearances by Pee-wee’s talking chair, Chairry, and his friend Pterri, the pterodactyl.”

Miss Y-Vonne? Jambi? COWBOY CURTIS? Wait, isn’t Cowboy Curtis dissecting bodies in Las Vegas or something? Huh. So, do any of you readers know any more details? And is this something you can share with the rest of us, Amazing Larry?

Seriously, I remember the exact *moment* I first laid eyes on Pee Wee Herman. I was staying at someone’s house when my mom was out of town and I was alone in their living room flipping through cable (which we didn’t have) when suddenly there he was and I was TRANSFIXED. My friends and I were also big Oingo Boingo fans so the whole Danny Elfman music thing cemented the love. We saw Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on *opening night.* Yeah, that was us. Throughout art school I had a giant photo of him on my wall, and at one point my bedroom even sported a mobile from Big Top Pee Wee, with a flying pig that flapped its wings when you pulled a string. Somehow it went with my decor.

I have always said that the whole “scandal” was unfair… anyone who watched the first show *KNOWS* Pee Wee wasn’t originally created to be a character for children. I’m looking forward to seeing what Paul will do with this, and I’m really really hoping it’s going to be awesome. Fingers crossed. I think if anyone could pull it off, he could. No pun intended. Shame on you.

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For you lovers of 57 year old man-children, Paul Reubens has just officially announced the following:

“Big announcement! I’m doing The Pee-wee Herman Show
LIVE ON STAGE in Hollywood at The Music Box Theatre!!”

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EVENT – Downtown LA Film Festival 8/12-22

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[youtube ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_4PU2e3NhA[/youtube]The Downtown Film Festival starts this week with a cool lineup to check out. Film highlights for the week include Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie, LeVar Burton’s Reach For Me, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzie, In the DrinkMy Suicide, and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

On the 20th, the Festival will encourage you to get your Green on by presenting the 4th Annual SUSTAINABLE L.A. event. Oh, and as a special treat… because we all know you can’t get your fill of pre-freaky MJ, you can tag along with the cute and funky Jackson brothers during their first tour of Africa in 1974 via Jackson 5 in Africa on the closing night of the event. We never can say goodbye!

Personally, I’ll probably go just for the free double feature tribute to Paul Newman… cuz… sigh. I miss his blue eyes something fierce.

If you’d like to go to the festival but are low on funds, VOLUNTEER!!!

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FLASHBACK – Today’s Forecast from Dr. George

A little cooler, but it still looks like a nice day, Los Angeles!

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grZpfqkaP3E[/youtube]

Dr. George Fishbeck, Channel 7’s longtime weatherman, explained the reason for even having a weather report in perpetually sunny Southern California: “Because we love it. You’re doggone right we do.”


HAPPY SUNDAY, LA – Be exactly who you wanna be!

Take your favorite California girl out for some fried chicken and dirty dancin’ today. Treat her well and rock her world. Contrary to popular belief, she *does* know how to rock yours. Trust me.
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HUMOR – Neely Bros: we’re just down the river from Crazy Gideon’s!

A parody commercial courtesy of The Groundlings

From Crackle: Neely Bros

MATINEE – Felix the Cat Goes to Hollywood (1923)

[googlevideo width=”590″ height=”470″]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7806044997030001102[/googlevideo]

Felix the Cat Goes to Hollywood (9 minutes, Original release date July 15, 1923) “Felix’s owner decides to make his way to Hollywood, but has no money. Another man who owns a failing shoe store promises Felix $500 if he can help bring in new business, which Felix ingeniously manages to do. Felix’s owner (jerk!) stiffs him out of the money, but Felix finds a way to get to Hollywood anyway, and while there meets up with the famous stars of the day, like Charlie Chaplin and Ben Turpin.” Go Felix.

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FEED – Link Spotlight

spotlight More added when we feel the urge. :)

> Ahhh. Sweet Undy’s! – Jessie B
No new books for California kids until somewhere around 2016. Sigh. – UPI
> The jobless need to look good too! Every Wednesday, Flair Drycleaners will clean 4 FREE items for unemployed customers. Ends Sept 2. – Fighting Mad Mary
> Welcome back to the neighborhood, Laura Ling. – Fighting Mad Mary
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Happy Birthday to HLA fave Ralph Bunche!
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Haunted Manson members speak – LA Times
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The closed case of William Bratton – LA Times
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Let’s not be NIMBYs, okay? – Travelin’ Local
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I’ll take a Manhattan – Caroline on Crack
> For the right thing to happen at the right time, at the right moment, one must make it happen. – LA Metblogs
> Top Chef runner up/lesbian lover Stefan Richter opens up a new restaurant – EaterLA
> The latest on the subway to the sea – Curbed LA
> Homegirl Cafe, where heart meets soul – Viva LA Foodies
> Los Angeles fights to save the LACMA film program – LA Times
> PLEASE be careful buying cars on Craigslist, people – Laist


FANCY NEW EVENT LISTINGS!

einsteinAll last week I was racking my poor little head brainstorming how to list upcoming Los Angeles events in a way that would be easy to maintain for me and as useful and user-friendly as possible for you.

Speaking for myself, sometimes time flies by too fast… I see so many great events online that I really want to check out and promptly forget about until the day after they’re over. Or there will be a repeat event and I’ll forget whether it’s the third or the fourth Wednesday. Or I’ll have a night free and toy with the idea of doing a google search to find out what’s happening outside of my apartment but out of laziness will just end up just sitting in front of the tv watching reruns of Monk I’ve already seen instead.

So with my own lameness/laziness in mind, I think I’ve come up with a great solution that makes HiddenLA’s Event Listing easy, convenient and more inspiring to use. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I’m pretty happy with it. Check out a full explanation of the cool new interactive features after the jump.

Just one little request… if you appreciate the resource I’ve created for you, it would rock my world if you would please take a moment to throw a coupla bucks into my Ginger Cocktail Fund so I can go out tonight and toast myself for workin’ my butt off trying to create something you’d like. ‘Cuz I really did! :)


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FLASHBACK – Disco Duck vs. Disgorilla

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc5d01_riBo[/youtube] Sure, some of us older folk may remember L.A. radio personality Rick Dees from his creepy Disco Duck days. But raise your hand if you remember Disgorilla, the Disco Duck sequel.

Yeah, me neither.

The 70s were full of questionable taste, so it’s not entirely surprising that Disco Duck hit number one in the pop charts of 1976. The song sold six million copies – [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTOqeBEtyLY[/youtube] one of which was bought for me by my sister. But believe it or not, it also rose to number 15 on the Black Singles chart. (Really? Huh.)

As for Disgorilla? Yeah, Rick didn’t have quite as much success with that one. But it’s okay. Even though Ryan Seacrest usurped his 30 year career in an Eve-like swoop, the 59 year-old Dees seems to be keeping busy as co-founder of Fine Living and founder of Rick.com.

Hey, just as long as he’s not planning on spending his retirement writing more disco songs, we’re good.


HELP! We’re out of 2 Buck Chuck!

baglady1 Appreciate our efforts? Help us!


As you may have noticed, we’ve gotten a running start here at HiddenLA. I started the site as a way to distract my idle hands and brain (and learn new web skills) after losing a job… and it ended up being more fun than I’d expected so it just kinda snowballed. In less than two months, we’ve amassed over a hundred articles, over 400 Facebook fans, and Mayor Villaraigosa is apparently following us on Twitter. Wow.

People keep asking me why the site isn’t packed with ads yet, and the fact is I’m looking around at options but I’m kind of particular about what I want to do here so I’ve been taking my time to focus initially on content and readers. I really don’t want HiddenLA to become some flashy marketing billboard, that’s the opposite of what it’s about. This site is a labor of love and so I’m really trying to make the right choices about where I take it for the reader’s benefit. Not that I don’t need the money mind you, I definitely do. But at the rate things are going at least someday I’ll be able to proudly tell my other dwelling-challenged neighbors that I’m the bag lady with the bestest blog on the streets of LA. So yay for me!

Anyhow, I digress. I was looking for other monetizing options to try out while I’m weighing long term options, so if you click around the site today (or look up), you may notice a little button asking for donations.

I know these buttons don’t work a lot of times and they’re easy to ignore, but my mom always taught me it never hurts to ask. So all I request is that if you like what we’re (I’m) doing and appreciate our (my) efforts, consider throwing us (me) a bone. It would very much make a difference.

Thanks, Los Angeles. You da bomb!

Also… thank you North Dakota. :)


BIG SIGH – Saving Clifton’s. And L.A.

cliftons2It feels like so many great things in Los Angeles are being killed by the economy. Paddle boats and lotus plants, film screenings, 80% of our parks, and now it looks like there’s a hint of trouble for historic, campground ambiance-filled purveyor of ambrosia salad for nearly 70 years, Clifton’s Cafeteria. Mind you, I still haven’t finished mourning Kelbo’s Coco Bowl… I just don’t think I can take much more.

This is such a scary time… in case you haven’t noticed, many wonderful things that surround us are being taken away like grains of sand – one by one – most never to return. Something needs to change about this trend, for anyone who actually believes closing parks and landmarks is for the good of a community isn’t thinking very hard about the reality. Many of the things that are disappearing have foundations that took multiple lifetimes to build… these things are our traditions and speaking for myself, the heart of our heritage. Without them, we become less. We lose identity… one grain of sand at a time.

By the time this run of closures is finished, there won’t be much to go outside for. Do we really want our children to never experience parks or art programs or a cafeteria filled with movie set decor modeled after the Santa Cruz Mountains circa 1935? Do we really want to be people who do nothing besides stare at iphones all day?

Not six months ago, The L.A. Times called Clifton’s “The place where L.A. finds itself.” If and when the kitschy goodness of Clifton’s disappears from our tangible landscape, we’re going to be even more lost than we are now. Moral of the story:  take notice of the things around you Los Angeles. Appreciate them NOW. Don’t take them for granted, they’re too important. And while it’s still there, please go check out Clifton’s if you haven’t… or even if you have. The food may not be on anyone’s diet, but that’s part of the charm. And before you leave Clifton’s, take a minute to go up to Clifton’s diorama chapel (created for owner Clifford Clifton by artist Einar Petersen) and say a little prayer for its future. Actually, throw another one in for ours while you’re at it.

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ALERT – Big Giveaway Coming Up!

puppyWe really appreciate your support, and we’ve been working on some exciting treats to reward you for it. Pretty soon we’ll be announcing our first HiddenLA giveaway contest! Woo hoo! Are you excited? Well, YOU SHOULD BE. Seriously.

So keep an eye out… and be sure to join the community on our Facebook fan page so you can stay in the loop on this kinda stuff and more.

Hidden Los Angeles on Facebook

FLASHBACK – Hollywood by Helicopter 1958

I’d explain this clip, but it’s pretty obvious.
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RESOURCE – LA Swap Meet Map and Calendar

Rose Bowl Flea Market The first step is admitting you have a problem, so here goes. Even though I’m broke and just got through taking 25 boxes of useless crap to thrifts stores during my last move, it’s still tough for me to resist the allure of buying more useless junk at L.A.’s weekend swap meets and flea markets. It’s a sickness. I’m not well. Or perhaps… they’re just that fun.

The  thing that saves me is that I always forget which one is on which weekend. I know you can relate. So since I’m my own worst enemy, I’ve decided to fix that little problem. After the jump we’ve got a handy little google map and calendar combo to turn to in the future. You can even sync stuff up to your ical if you like. Look how high tech we are! Woo hoo!


View LA Swap Meets and Flea Markets in a larger map
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CONTEST – The Los Angeles Superhero

marvel Calling all comic geeks! To accompany their upcoming Heroes and Villains show, LACMA is announcing a contest to create your own LA-centric superhero or archnemesis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3-5 images of character designs/storyboards
  • One-page synopsis of the plot
  • Images must be jpegs, sized up to 800 x 1000 pixels
  • Image files must not exceed 1 megabyte in size
  • Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15th

Can’t draw? That’s okay. *We’d* still like to hear your ideas. Throw ’em in the comments to entertain us.


SNL – Sheila Choad’s Los Angeles Face

I think I saw a few of these women this weekend. Seriously girls, KNOCK IT OFF.

Aging gracefully is way sexier than being a fish-lipped plastic freak. You are already beautiful.


HANDSHAKE – We love you, North Dakota!

North DakotaAccording to Google Analytics, the only state in all of America that has yet to visit HiddenLA even *once* is North Dakota. Seriously! Even though we did a nice big feature on one of their native sons! Sigh.

Feeling a bit sad and rejected with this news, naturally the only solution was to turn to the internet for possible answers. It was tough admitting that all I really knew about North Dakota was to stay away from wood chippers. It seemed a good time to learn a bit about the commonalities we share so that perhaps we might have a better chance of forging a bond of web friendship. (I mean, how tough could it be… the word Dakota MEANS “allies” in the Sioux language, for Christ’s sake, so they’ve gotta be super friendly people. Right?)

After a bit of research it’s easy to see why North Dakota might be a bit intimidated by Los Angeles, though… the entire state contains nearly ONE THIRD the population of the San Fernando Valley alone. Wow.

Well, we may be big city folk, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about stuff that’s important to our fellow Americans, though. We do! So after a bit of research, here are a few things I’ve come up with… an olive leaf of sorts. An itemized list with links after the jump.

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HAPPY SUNDAY!

Turn off the television and go make some music today.

Don’t be one-upped by a silly cat.

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