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Best CicLAvia Photos – April15, 2012

Great CICLAVIA Picture Los Angeles 041512

The picture above is not from a funky race in a bike-centric city like Salem, Oregon. No, this is a friendly bike ride in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

The concept for CicLAvia is simple —  10 miles of Los Angeles City streets are closed to cars for the day. Bring a bike, scooter, skates, wagon, or just your feet and take part in the pedestrian party. The picture above shows some of the over 100,000 people who thought that this sounded like a good idea. CicLAvia is a new way to experience Los Angeles.  You roll down the beautiful Los Angeles streets, avenues and boulevards that thought they were made for cars, but find they work even better for bikes, skates, and runners.

If you haven’t experienced it, picture this — you are surrounded by your neighbors. They are smiling and they whoop and holler often throughout the route. There are trikes and  lowrider bikes, skaters and joggers, rugged unicyclers and jump ropers, dog-driven bikes and pedal-powered bars, camera men and super heroes (pic 1, 2, and 3). They are all next to you, enjoying the sweet California day. Everybody is pleasant and ready to help if something goes wrong.

It is true that when they are in their monstrous metal machines, they are the same people that cut you off on the freeway or honk angrily at you when you are waiting for that parking space — but not today. Today, they are here to enjoy your communal company and to offer you oranges. You overhear time and time again, “Isn’t this great? Los Angeles needs to do this more often!” Sometimes that sentiment is coming from your lips.

Once you experience CicLAvia you will never forget it. This is the Los Angeles of dreams — the mixing pot where 100,000 Angelinos from every background imaginable ride together as one.

On this beautiful April day, not one arrest is made — people were too intent on enjoying their day.

It works. Los Angeles, the experiment, works. This is why people flock here from all over the world.

And the flock has bikes. Who knew?

Below is the collection of  best CicLAvia photographs we took on 041512…and don’t ask us what that couple is doing on the ground.

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Dia de los Muertos 2011 in Los Angeles (Day of the Dead)

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Have you made plans for Dia de los Muertos? This is a fun, yet reverent Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. On this day, a National holiday in Mexico, people remember loved ones that have passed. Like Halloween, it is celebrated with costumes and candy. You will see many people who have painted their faces like a fanciful skulls. At many of the events, they will sell skulls made of sugar that you may decorate and eat.

Need some suggestions on where to go? Then, check out LA Taco’s incredibly comprehensive list of events in the LA area at As this is LA, there are some interesting offshoots from the traditional celebrations.

Among the highlights of the 30+ events listed on LA Taco’s guide are:

It seems to get better each year.

Latino Bloggers – August Meetup at the Far Bar

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** This was a post from a while back. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)


In the past, the Latino/a Bloggers have met mostly at cafes and restaurants. This time we will shake it up a little and meet at the Far Bar in Little Tokyo. The Far Bar is a great place to kick back outdoors in a semi-enclosed area (bring a sweater) with good prices on drinks and a great atmosphere.

The Far Bar at Chop Suey Cafe is located at 347 E. First Street in Little Tokyo.

As the Far Bar closes at midnight, we will have plenty of time to discuss what ever come up.

Question of the night: Do any of you use Twitter? Eastside Scene recently signed up for an account.

If you are a blogger that cares about Latino/a American Experience then please come join the fun. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary.

See you there!


Dengue Fever, Kinky, 40 other major acts, and YOU performing at the free Make Music Pasadena Festival

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 11am till 10pm,  Pasadena, Califonia will be transformed into a rosy musical free-for-all!

Make Music Pasadena will have stages in Old Pasadena, One Colorado, the Playhouse District, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Memorial Park to celebrate World Music Day. The festival will be featuring internationally acclaimed bands like Dengue Fever, Kinky, Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, and the Raveonettes. It will also share the love with amateur musicians that are encouraged to perform in the streets.

The mission of Make Music Pasadena is to “encourage the community to Make Music where ever and how ever they can”. The ExperienceLA website announcing the event adds:

Along sidewalks and on street corners, in alleys and building lobbies, parks and courtyards, strains of Beethoven’s 5th blends with a Zeppelin guitar riff and a Coltrane saxophone solo as Pasadena becomes home to MAKE MUSIC PASADENA – A Fete de la Musique event.
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, the longest day of the year, Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District will become a musician’s playground.

 A musicians playground…hmmm…I think it is time to dust off that guitar and practice knock, knock, knocking on Pasadena’s door. If not the guitar, bring the camera – the city is sure to be a great big photo op.

This is another great festival situated close to a Metro Rail station (Memorial Park stop). They will even have the Pasadena ARTS Buses shuttling people for free along the festival route.

See the full schedule of the day’s events HERE.

For more information, visit



See Jackson Browne at 2008 Lummis Festival – for free!

The third annual Lummis Day Festival will feature, music, puppet shows, dance, poetry, crafts and great food on June 1, 2008 from 10:30 am  till 7:30 pm. The festival will take place in Sycamore Grove Park, located at 4900 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

The festival gets its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, the one of the first librarians of the City of Los Angeles, the first City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, founder of the Southwest Museum, and famous walker (he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884).

This year’s festival will feature a performance by the legendary artist Jackson Browne. Browne lived many years of his life in the area. A singer-songwriter known for his classic albums — For Everyman, Late for the Sky, and The Pretender — he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also co-wrote the Eagles’ hit song “Take it Easy” with Glenn Frey. Jackson Browne is scheduled to perform at 6 pm.

Other acts scheduled of note to appear are Carlos GuitarlosMariachi Divas, Chapin Sisters, Cava, and  Culture ClashCLICK HERE for the full schedule.

Although there is plenty of free parking, take the Metro Gold Line and save some money on gas. The Southwestern Museum stop is a short walk to the festival.

For more information,


Tierra, War, Malo, Little Willie G, Thee Midniters, Mariachis, and fireworks to celebrate the East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening

This should be a great free event.

The East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 9am till 10pm.  The concert starts at 5pm.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St. in East Los Angeles.

For more information, see Supervisor Gloria Molina’s website or this article from the LA TIMES.


Blogeros/as will meet at Antigua Cafe


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** This was a post from a while back. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)



Our next Latino/a Blogger get-together will be at Antigua Cafe in El Sereno. The changes should make it easier for people to come hang out – a later time (at 7 insted of 6) and longer hours (the place closes at 11).

If you are a blogger with a Latina/o-slant or a potential Latina/o blogger come hang out. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary. We are just people who like to share thoughts and information using the web.

Antigua Cafe is located at 4836 Huntington Dr S in El Sereno.

Free music, art, & dance at the new LATC to kick off SPRING ON SPRING


At a time, when ticket prices for live entertainment are more expensive than ever, the New Los Angeles Theater Center will start off their “Spring on Spring” programming with a free event featuring dance, music, food, and art. The great thing about the full Spring on Spring series of over 15 events is that no single event is over 12 bucks. Even better, 50 bucks will buy a pass for all the events.

The free kick-off event, Fresh Paint, will be Friday, April 18, 2008 at 9 pm. This should be a fun night with a variety of performances. The night will feature music by Cita La Muñeca Rota, Ricardo Ochoa, and the rock cello player Semyon Kobialka. There will be krump dancing by Buckworld One. The Art adorning the walls will be from the famous Chicano artist GRONK & the pop artist William Deutsch and to round out the party spirit, D.J. Original Bozak will use his turntables to make you move.

The New LATC is located at 514 S. Spring Street, in dowtown Los Angeles

All this is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a place, send an email to

For more information, visit







Stephen Hawking to discuss black holes at Caltech in Pasadena – free admission!

Image of black hole from the NASA website

This is your chance to be in the same room with one of the greatest minds on the planet.

Professor Stephen Hawking will be discussing using a black hole as a door to a different universe on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM at the Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology. Caltech is located at 332 South Michigan Avenue in Pasadena.

This event is free. No reservations are required. We would recommend getting there EARLY  to get one of the 500 coveted seats in the auditorium that will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.  This talk will be geared as much as possible for a general audience.

The black hole is one of the most interesting phenomema in the universe. The theories associated with the black hole’s ability to warp time have led some to believe that through black holes, one can travel back and forth in time. CLICK HERE to listen to a great segment from This American Life for a great story that revolves around black holes.

More about Stephen Hawking from the Caltech website:

Stephen Hawking holds the Lucasian Professorship at Cambridge University (the professorship once held by Sir Isaac Newton) and is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech. For the past 45 years he has been a world leader in research on black holes, the birth of the universe, and the nature of space, time, and gravity.

For more information about this event, visit:






How to build a lowrider


What does it take to build a modern lowrider? How much does it cost? What are the latest technological break-throughs? What are the must-have parts? How do you create a vehicle that glides, bounces, dances, and moves like it’s alive?

Learn the answers to these questions and more at the Petersen Museum on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 10am when the museum presents “How to Build a Lowrider: From Essential To Extreme“. This one-day celebration of lowrider culture will feature a talk at 11am on building lowriders by award-winning customizers including Ted Wells, Fonzy, Albert De Alba, Doc, Bob Mercado, and Hernan D’Aloia. A hopping demonstration will take place immediately after the talk. The Petersen Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles.

The other part of the celebration will be a car show from 10am till 2pm. Lowriders from all over will converge at the Petersen museum and bring it bajito y suavecito on museum row.

The festivities are free with admission (10 bucks for adults; 3 bucks for children ages 5-12; kiddies under 5 are free). 

The lowrider exhibition,  La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Los Angeles, will run till June 8, 2008

For more information on the Lowrider Exhibition: