California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

INTRODUCTION I recently explored Downtown's Historic Core neighborhood. The exploration was undertaken in two parts. I first began exploring the district a few days before Christmas. Thus the days were short and the sun set when I was only halfway done. The distractions of the holidays caused me to forget about finishing the task for … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

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Angeleno Stories — Mountain Lion Man

Hello readers, a few weeks ago filmmaker Anna Dale posted the first episode of something we're calling Angeleno Stories. I posted it on several social media platforms but it didn't dawn on me until a couple of days ago that I should probably post it here, on my website. So here it is! "Intrepid cougar … Continue reading Angeleno Stories — Mountain Lion Man

California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego Neighborhoods Primer

INTRODUCTION 2019 is the sestercentennial of San Diego's founding. It's also the vigintennial of my moving to Southern California -- and yet, in those twenty years, I've probably visited San Diego no more than a dozen times. Why haven't I visited California's second largest city more often? Certainly not out of any of the sort … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego Neighborhoods Primer

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Khánh Ly

Today is the birthday of Khánh Ly, the legendary Vietnamese singer who rose to fame in the 1960s with her interpretations of songs by Trịnh Công Sơn and who later found sustained success in Japan. She fled Vietnam in 1975 and for many years now has made her home in Cerritos. Khánh Ly is a stage … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Khánh Ly

Pan-Asian Metropolis — The Art of Benshi/弁士の芸術

From 1 March through 3 March, the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities and the UCLA Film & Television Archive (with support from the National Film Archive of Japan) a three-day program titled "The Art of Benshi." Benshi (弁士; also known as katsudō-benshi/活動弁士 or katsuben/活弁) are live performers who accompanied silent films of Japan as well as those … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — The Art of Benshi/弁士の芸術

Pan-Asian Metropolis — 素食夜市小吃園遊會 Happy Lantern Green Night Market

The other day, Una and I went to the 素食夜市小吃園遊會 Happy Lantern Green Night Market -- a 100% vegetarian (and mostly vegan) Taiwanese street food festival which took place in Alhambra. If that sounds on the surface impossibly niche, consider the following. Taiwan is the cradle of the night market. Taiwan is, after India, likely the second … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — 素食夜市小吃園遊會 Happy Lantern Green Night Market

Swinging Doors — The Stardust Club

The other night I went to the Stardust Club in Downey to see San Francisco Bay Area band, Starry Eyed Cadet. Before leaving home, I was fairly sure that I'd been to the Stardust before previously to see Zip Code play there.  As I got closer, heading down Firestone Boulevard, I was certain that this was … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Stardust Club