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

No Enclave — Croatian Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION Today, on 13 December (St. Lucy’s Day), Argentina and Croatia will face off in the World Cup semi-finals. It’s safe to say, most Angelenos who care at all about association football (aka “soccer”) will be rooting for Argentina. Los Angeles is also home to the nation’s second-largest Argentine community — although it is smaller … Continue reading No Enclave — Croatian Los Angeles

Southland Parks — Los Angeles’s State Society Picnics

From the 1900s through the 1970s, large numbers of migrants to Los Angeles gathered in themed picnics organized around their states of origin known as State Society Picnics or just State Picnics (although that sounds confusingly to me like an outdoor state banquet). They were known as “State Society Picnics.” The phenomenon was huge. One … Continue reading Southland Parks — Los Angeles’s State Society Picnics

Happy 909, or, Pomona Valley Day!

INTRODUCTION Readers are apparently loving these area code/valley posts. Last year’s 818/San Fernando Valley Day post was my most-read piece in 2021. That unexpected response inspired me to write this year’s 626/San Gabriel Valley Day post, which — two month’s after its publication — has already climbed to 2022’s number two spot. To be honest, … Continue reading Happy 909, or, Pomona Valley Day!