Botanitas: December 8, 2010

Spotted on Mission Road aka Car Window Alley

There are way too many things to do in Los Angeles! So many in fact, I sometimes don’t end up doing anything because there’s always so much to choose from. So how to decide? With the help of Botanitas, of course!

Botanitas is an ongoing feature bringing you stories and news from various sources, upcoming events and other bits of ephemera that might be of interest to LA Eastside readers. Suggestions welcome!


The library attempts to raise it’s “cool factor” with a library after dark evening featuring an eclectic assortment of musicians, media personalities, DJs and librarians! Hey, it might be fun!

Thursday, December 9 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm

With singer Ceci Bastida, food critic Jonathan Gold, City Librarian Martín Gómez, blogger/author Christian Lander, and Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks

Join us for the inauguration of a new series of late-night talk show-like events occurring after-hours at the historic Central Library downtown, featuring well-known and not so well-known Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles, with dj’s, live music and a full bar.

With special musical guests The Holloys and featuring dublab dj’s.

$15 General Admission / $12 Young Literati & Library Associates

7:30pm Doors Open / 8:00pm Conversation / 9:30pm Music

More info here.


A Prayer for San Precario

The San Precario network, an Italian group of activists, collectives, social centers and workers which is one of the main organizers of the Milan EuroMayDay Parade, is hitting the West Coast. We will present our campaigns, screen some videos and discuss about labor, social movements, job insecurity and precarity, and radical politics.

Born in 2001, the Italian MayDay has become the most attended First of May demonstration in Europe: 120.000 people took the streets of Milan and danced until dawn in 2010 under the slogan “Precarious of the world, let’s fight!” And since 2004 San Precario is the patron saint of precarious European workers. The San Precario network is devoted to defend the workers rights but we also strife to imagine a new set of rights, a new welfare that matches the needs and lives of this precarious generation. Born within the Italian social centers movement, our collective provides legal support, tactical help and social-media skills, let alone brand subverting and political blabbing.

Our more recent campaigns are: Cash & Crash, a series of actions against evil companies’ wallets and brands; Welfare for Life! A campaign to guarantee fix income and free access to services; the Etats-General of Precarity, a general assembly of Italian and European movements which will be held in October; and of course, the EuroMayDay Parade. We’ll present our political vision, our campaigns and the EuroMayDay Parade through the North American West Coast in October. Check out the dates!

Co-presented by Insane Dialectical Posse and Llano Del Rio Speakers Bureau


Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 7:30pm

at Outpost for Contemporary Art
1268 N. Ave 50
Los Angeles, 90042

Doors open at 7:30pm, Event starts at 8:00 pm



Punk Rock Toy Drive

Zocaloc and Razorcake Toydrive
At the American Legion Post 206, 12/11/10

The good folks at Razorcake (and they truly are some of the best individuals in this city) are teaming up with Zocaloc for a toy drive and musical extravaganza. Details can be found at their site.

December 11th, 2010
The American Legion post 206
227 N ave 55
Los Angeles, Calif 90042


Charm Machine / Mid
La Bestia /11pm
Its Casual / 10PM
The HighBinders / 9PM
Alice Dees Mooncake / 8PM


Holiday Craft & Art Fair

Self Help Graphics & Art
3802 Cesar E. Chavez Ave
East Los Angeles, CA

ORALE! Where’d you get that?

Instead of going to your nearest mega mall, find amazing one of a kind gifts from independent local artists. It’s creative, convenient and smart!

Self Help Graphics & Art will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Art Fair featuring affordable and distinctive art, jewelry, clothing and crafts by local artists. New and vintage monoprints, etchings and limited edition silkscreen prints from the Self Help Graphics & Art collection will also be available for purchase. Show your love to our community and small businesses!

More info here.


Casa de Calaca

Casa de Calaca will be doing a live show at one of my favorite Eastside restaurants, Hecho en Mexico. Five dollars is all it takes to join the party. More info here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hecho En Mexico
4976 Huntington Dr
Los Angeles, CA

The show might be something like this


Ruben Guevara & The Eastside Luvers

Ruben Guevara & The Eastside Luvers are heading west to The House of Blues for a show with Eastside favorites Los Lobos!

Sunday, December 19, 2010
All ages Doors 7:30PM RG & ESL 9PM Sharp! Los Lobos 10:15PM
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA



Put On That Dress

Esther, online entrepreneur of Put On That Dress is looking for East Los chicas to model clothes for her Etsy store. Might that be you? Contact her at: Put On That Dress


Historic Big Buy Market to close

I’m sad to hear the closing of Big Buy Market on Cesar Chavez is imminent. I have fond memories of shopping there with my grandmother. My father also worked there as a teen. Worse news, a Walgreens is moving in. These corporate stores don’t add much to our Eastside neighborhoods. Take the CVS on North Broadway in Lincoln Heights: poor upkeep of the interior, long lines and last I was there, they closed the street entrance creating pedestrian voids on a busy walkable thoroughfare. Nope, don’t like the corporate stores.


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One thought on “Botanitas: December 8, 2010

  1. as my anti-spam word says, “pues-no” about the big buy closing down. It’s not surprising considering there’s a food 4 less, superior and value save or something mere blocks away. The big buy never had the best prices or selections, that’s why most peple frequented the bigger stores. Wherever there’s a sale, people are there. Now a wack as wal-greens is coming in to drive out the other two pharmacies ?? the gentrification Boyle Heights continues.

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