While walking around Boyle Heights today, I came across this friendly rooster. He followed me as I walked along the fence of his house. His other feathered friends were curious, but those roosters kept their distance. So I decided to take a picture of him. A lady walking by with her son gave me one of those amused smiles like, what a loca/mensa, why is she taking a picture of a rooster? Hrrmph, señora, some of us have hobbies.
If you feel like walking around Boyle Heights and possibly have people laugh at you for taking pictures, join The Boyle Heights Historical Society this morning for a walking tour of historic buildings and the unveiling of the City sponsored Survey LA which “serves as the primary planning tool to identify, record and evaluate historic properties and districts within Los Angeles.” One of their pilot survey projects was in Boyle Heights.
Community Survey Unveiling & Tour
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Presentation, Open House & Free Refreshments: 10 AM
Free Walking Tours: 11:30 AM – 2 PM
Puente Learning Center
501 S. Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
From the website: Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the “best” American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture.
The selection process is kind of democratic, “…the Librarian after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public (this year 2,112 films were nominated) and having extensive discussions with the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board, as well as the Library’s motion-picture staff. The Librarian urges the public to make nominations for next year’s registry at the Film Board’s website.
Other films added this year included: Malcolm X (1992), Empire Strikes Back (1980), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Airplane! (1980), and Let Their Be Light (1946) which was banned by the War Department for 35 years because it shows the psychological trauma of soldiers without hiding their identities. One of the first films ever made in America by folks at the Edison company (and you heard he was Chicano) Newark Athlete (1891)
Woo. Hoo. It’s 2011. BFD. Probably gonna be full of the same old BS all the way until Dec. 31. Most likely. What to eat until then? Well, a torta is always a good staple sandwich to have, a basic unit of life giving sustenance and sometimes the source of a bit of gustatory pleasure. Let’s see some options I’ve had recently around the general vicinity of Los Angeles in case you might want to consider squeezing them into your busy, likely to be lousy, year ahead. At least you’ll have lunch to look forward to! Err, maybe.
First up, a much mentioned new Cemitas place (at least online) over in Koreatown: another outlet of Cemitas Pal Cabron.
i got to quito, ecuador and stayed with my friend lesly’s family. some of the nicest humans i have ever met. during the week, we explored the city together and they were extremely generous with their time. i watched a “beauty” pageant with the family.
their 8 year old son and i loudly rooted for méxico, high-fiving every time another country was eliminated. then we played ping pong. we attended an unforgettable baptism reception where i constantly asked the dj who he just played and wrote the names on a napkin. several women danced atop tables with a glass of rum in hand. it was even funnier than it reads. Continue reading →