Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

Jon Moritsugu (click here to read an Amoebog interview) and Amy Davis‘s latest film, Pig Death Machine, is playing in Downtown Los Angeles for one week (9 August till 15 August). For those that aren’t familiar with him, Jon Moritsugu is an auteur in the proper sense of the word. From 1986’s Mommy Mommy Where’s My Brain … Continue reading Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Downtown’s Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. If you’ve been downtown there’s a good chance that you’ve noticed the concrete overpasses above the streets, but probably never thought much about them. My curiosity was only sufficiently … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Downtown’s Calvin S. Hamilton Pedway

California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

BEAT CITY DOWNTOWN  As regular (and probably irregular) readers of Eric’s Blog know, I’m a bit of a Southern California wonk and a big part of my focus is writing about the culture, character and history of the many diverse communities of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Although so far there have been around 800 votes … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

GREETINGS FROM SANTA ANA Santa Ana is the county seat and most populous city in Orange County.   Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Maps of Santa Ana Santa Ana is surrounded by Garden Grove to the northwest, Anaheim to the north, Orange to the northeast, Tustin to the east, Irvine to the southeast, Costa Mesa to the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Film

An Interview with Karie Bible for Women’s History Month The Art of the Benshi/弁士の芸術 California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas Don’t Knock the Rock 2013 is coming Exodus shocker — the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn’t very realistic Female Experimental Filmmakers: A Noncomprehensive A-Z Happy Birthday Wah Ming Chang Happy 30th, Criterion — May your next 30 be … Continue reading Film

Mantronix

NOTE: Around 2009, I wrote a bunch of music biographies for Amoeba Music, which was then planning an ambitious project which ultimately never came to fruition. Some of the biographies I wrote did make their way onto Amoeba’s current, scaled back website — although they’re somewhat buried and often don’t credit the authors. A lot … Continue reading Mantronix

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean community anywhere outside of Korea — a distinction it has held since at least since 1979. Metro Los Angeles is home to the enclaves of Koreatown (the world’s first) and Little Seoul — as well as the communities with large Korean populations like Windsor Square, Miracle … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Korean Los Angeles

No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

 INTRODUCTION Hong Kong has long been one of those globally prominent places up there with London, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo — and yet surprisingly little has been written about the Hongkonger diaspora. There’s next-to-nothing specifically about Hong Kong emigration to Los Angeles — despite the fact that nearly as many Hongkongers live in the US … Continue reading No Enclave — Hongkonger Los Angeles

Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

NOTE: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, bars are considered non-essential businesses and are thus temporarily closed. Residents of California are currently urged to stay home except when absolutely necessary. We are also currently advised not to even buy groceries unless absolutely necessary. Please check the WHO, CDC, and LAC DHP sites for the latest … Continue reading Swinging Doors — Los Angeles Beer Map and History on National Beer Day

Nobody Drives in LA — Public Stairways, Stair Streets, and Walk Streets of Los Angeles

NOTE: Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, residents of California are currently urged to stay home except when absolutely necessary. We are also currently advised not to even buy groceries unless absolutely necessary. Please check the WHO, CDC, and LAC DHP sites for the latest information. Los Angeles was built around the walker. During the … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Public Stairways, Stair Streets, and Walk Streets of Los Angeles