9/11/08: Yosi Sergant and the Art of Change:
The Publicist Behind Shepard Fairey's Obama Hope Posters
Yosi Sargent is the guy who had the smarts to ask Shepard Fairy to make a
poster for Obama. And the rest is in fact history.
7/31/08: Lessons From a Santa Monica Food Line
Volunteering regularly at a Santa Monica food line is a win-win. It’s not only helping
provide meals to people who need them, it’s giving this 30-something Brentwood
mom a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
6/12/08: After the Suicide: A Sorrow So Deep
Nick tries to make sense of life in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide.
4/17/08: Bingo Was His Name
The community of Silver Lake mourns together when Bingo the dog,
the other mayor of Sunset Blvd., passes away.
3/06/08: Style and the City
27 year-old Beth Jones had never worked in fashion before she quit her corporate
job and started a fashion blog, but since then it’s “taken off like crazy.”
2/07/08: The Wire's Lance Reddick: He Might Have Been Bubbles
Before Rocket Video closed down, they used to have Q & A’s there, like this one
with The Wire’s Lance Reddick, better known as Lt. Cedric Daniels.
1/10/08: Eloise Gets a Manicure
12 year-old Eloise Valentine gets a manicure.
12/13/07: Family Affairs
A little sister manages both her brother's and her mother’s dating websites.
11/08/07: The Unconsumed Life
Ann Bradley is standing outside the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market with a sign
that reads ‘Please Bring Your Own Bag’ nine times—this baby boomer is serious about
zero waste, extremely well-informed and polite.
11/08/07: He Stands and Delivers
Before he was President, a campaigning Barack Obama spoke to a small
crowd at Garfield High about education and immigration. I was there.
10/25/07: The Body Electric
Sexy, smart 23 year-old Emily Keaty has “literally” felt the doors open in her third eye from eating a carrot.
10/11/07: The Art of Textual Relations
28 year-old Kendra Dennis is a master of Textual Relations. Check this out if you wanna “Get Wit” her.
9/27/07: Goodbye, Loafer Queen
Olivia Beall (pronounced “Bell”) is an abstract thinker and an abstract painter.
Her mind gravitates toward ghosts, art, psychic energy, astrology and the history and
culture of the city in which she lives and paints. She was stealing electricity from Beck’s mom
and drinking Café Con Leche at The Tropical long before the eastside became gentrified.
8/30/07: The Owl and the Pussycat
Alan claims an owl flew into his second-story apartment window in
an attempt to steal his pet cat, Robert. The owl, Alan says, did not succeed. But the
incident left Robert, his durable 18-year old tabby traumatized and Alan, well… intrigued.
8/16/07: A Man and A Woman Walk Into a Bar
With red plastic cups in hand, Francois and Marina are in their own world.
8/02/07: The Big Picture
32 year-old Patrick Ecclesine spent 3 years taking photographs of Angelinos
who live and work along Sunset Blvd, and he has eyes as blue as well-chlorinated pool water.
7/05/07: Catcher in the Grass
Did I ever tell you about the time I bought JD Salinger’s 22 unpublished
short stories at a garage sale in my neighborhood?
5/24/07: Dancing in Tropical Snow
With her red/blonde mullet and Crayola green-and-yellow outfit, pretty 23-year-old Ashley
Huizenga looks like an art star, rock star or American Apparel model. Which is it? She might be all three.
5/10/07: The Haden Clan
Jazz legend Charlie Haden moved his kids here in the mid- ‘70’s, now the entire family is an LA treasure.
4/12/07: Inflatable Ego
California native Addi Somekh, who graduated from UC Santa Cruz and Manhattan’s
New School for Social Research, looks a lot more like a laid-back, granola-eating grad student
than a clown. But he’s not a clown. He’s a balloon twister.
4/05/07: Is Oakwood On Fire?
Young actors grab their scripts and run as the Oakwood Apartments almost burn down.
3/29/07: Dewey and the Pelican
Actor/surfer Dewey Weber faces off with a suicidal pelican on the Imperia
Highway and contemplates what it means to be American. Does this sound like a waking dream?
2/28/07: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
It’s Valentine’s Day in Silver Lake.
2/14/07: Smoked Out
Joanna Le Force, spokesperson for the West Hollywood Medical Farmacy, talks
about their recent DEA raid, which included a task-force complete with bullet proof vests and AR-15s.
Andrew Rakos is not opposed to legalizing marijuana it’s just… do they
really need three dispensaries on the same block as his kid’s private school?
2/01/07: Meet Me at (the Doughnut Side Of) Third and Fairfax
It’s a nice wintery L.A. day and Matthew Kogan is drinking his regular
Americana under a heat lamp on the “Dounut side of the Farmer’s Market.”
1/18/07: Lucas at 20
Luca Elliot is 20. He’s started 22 scripts and acted in lots
of TV shows and films, but what he really wants to do is direct.
12/21/06: Onward American Soldier
19 year-old Private First Class Rogelio Mendoza came from Lamont,
California, “Just a little town with nothing but gangsters and a lot of trouble.”
Now he’s waiting for his Grayhound bus to Camp Pendleton.
12/07/06: After the Rapture
Look at all those heavily accessorized 18-to-24-year-olds pouring out of the Rapture
show on Hollywood Blvd. They’re all so tipsy, nearly naked and texting their friends.
11/23/06: Good Morning L.A.
Erik must have said ‘Good Morning’ at least a hundred times during his hike today through Griffith.
This whole talking-to-strangers thing makes him feel connected to mankind.
11/09/06: The Side Man
Is everything changing in the music industry? Former Virgin Records bigwig
turned indie record label owner Andy Factor talks about it.
10/26/06: Rescue Me
Commercial actress Alexis Smart just went pro. Her flower power potions are stimulating consciousness all over L.A.
Maybe she can heal you?
10/11/06: Beer Fest
A couple of Daniels decide to brew their own.
9/27/06: Used Country
Man, Ameoba Music.
9/13/06: Listening to E.E. Johnson
Long live the poets! Eric Ernest Johnson loves life, and old vinyl, and 60's paperbacks, and the Beats,
and writing on his old typewriter, and...
8/30/06: The Other Art Tatum
Gus Seyffert is almost six foot five. His bullmastiff Art Tatum is 175 lbs. They are
big and tall, maybe you will like them.
7/5/06: Let Me Ride
Michael and Scott took an epic bike ride last Saturday night,
down where poo-poo alley meets the 5 freeway.
6/21/06: Given To Flier
Michael Bauer hopes somebody, anybody, is thinking about his band The Front.
That's why he is putting up those "broke-ass" fliers.
6/07 /06: Native Sun
5/10/06: TomTom Club
3/8/06: Tiffany Is Going to France
10/28/04 Silver Lake's Top Dog
8/19/04: Republican Dawn?