Monday, June 29, 2009
The honey will come from the hives of the Backward BeeKeepers, who are dedicated to educating Angelenos on beekeeping.
"Beekeeping is a hobby, though one I am extremely passionate about," said Seidenwurm, who raised the bees with her husband, Russell Bates (pictured). "Honey has a great flavor and a lot more depth than white sugar," Seidenwurm writes. "Plus it is extremely satisfying knowing it came from your backyard."
Photo by Amy Seidenwurm
Friday, June 26, 2009
But, Alleyne, who was trained by her father, a professional chef, has no plans to walk away from a 25-year-long career in public relations and community affairs. So, at least for now, you will have to special order that "Pound O Butter."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
A set of four LAPD stickers for $2 at the Los Angeles Police Revolver & Athletic Club Gift Shop near Elysian Park.
SiLA Bistro in Silver Lake waives corkage fees Tuesday-Thursday on wine bottles from 55 Degrees in Atwater.
Going to the game or the bowl? Order a Picnic Box meal and pick it up at the curb outside The Park in Echo Park.
A whole roasted chicken for $5 at Spain Restaurant in Echo Park.
Learn to play the guitar in 5 lessons for $62.50 at the Eagle Rock Music Studio.
Biscuits & gravy all week long starting next Monday at Delilah Bakery in Echo Park.
CitySip in Echo Park is pouring $3 a-glass wine and serving $5 cheese plates at its midweek Summer Happy Hour.
Because you can never have enough oilcloth: Oilcloth International holds a warehouse sale this Saturday in Highland Park
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So, Cox, a 40-something commercial photographer, set out to find out more about the shipping line, a years long adventure that resulted in a book he co-authored with Gordon Ghareeb, "Hollywood to Honolulu - The Story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company." Cox will be reading about the book during an appearance this Sunday at Skylight Books in Los Feliz.
Cox's obsession with defunct steamship company has also lead him to start a shipping website and to collect more than a 1,00o photos and hundreds of pieces of LASSC memorabilia, from passenger lists to the ship's china adorned with the poppy and hibiscus blooms, the state flowers of California and Hawaii. But for all his interest in nautical history, Cox rarely travels by water. He gets terribly seasick.
Here's a Q&A with Cox:
Why are you so interested interested in steamships and LASSCO in particular?
I first read about the Los Angeles Steamship Company when I was about 16 and living in the UK, it was a half page on the company that for some reason stuck in my head. The idea that they sailed ex German transatlantic liners to Hawaii intrigued me. I was not until I moved to LA that I decided to look in to the history of LA's namesake shipping line, but the more I looked, the less I could find. Despite not being a writer, nor a researcher, I was determined to get the story out.
How did you get started researching the past of LASSCO?
I wandered down to the LA Maritime Museum in 1995 thinking I would look at some exhibition items and perhaps read about the Steamship line, but there was little to be found, and after I talked with the librarian told me that no articles or books had ever been done on this 1920s mode of transport in our harbour. It quickly became my self appointed job to look in to this. It seemed odd to me that a city so famous, had it's own shipping line and yet no one seems to know this.
Immediately, I found that LASSCO had lost one of their ships on its maiden voyage, with no loss of life, that they were in feverish competition with San Francisco's dominance on the Pacific trade, that they used all kinds of second hand vessels, and that they has great graphic artists churning out stunning 20s designs to lure passengers out to visit the tropical paradise. That LASSCO was a vision of the LA Chamber of commerce. Accounts of silent era Hollywood movies being filmed about the company's ships came to light. It was all very appealing to me.
I met a man who became co-author, Gordon Ghareeb, he was the only person I had met who had ever heard of the company. The project was quickly becoming a very large research undertaking, with filing cabinets packed with information, but with no existing reference to use to sketch out the narrative, it meant raw research. Gordon and I worked well together and his language skills really polished the final version of the story.
When did you start MaritimeMatters.com? Did the book grow out of that?
I began MaritimeMatters.com Ocean liners history and cruise ships news, about the same time, mid 1990s. I was interested in the web as a means of sharing information, and in a way, ships used to represent the flow of information as well as goods and people around the planet, shipping as an early internet makes sense to me.
The internet also allowed our research for the book to grow and expand. A big moment came when the grand daughter of a former Captain of the company's flagship found me online and offered a huge collection of photographs that he either took or collected during his time on the SS CITY OF LOS ANGELES. Suddenly, beyond the facts and dates, we had the human elements, what it looked like to travel then, to attend costume parties on the high seas, to see stowaways transferred from one ship to another. That's when we knew it was not just a project, but a definitely a book.
How many LASSCO items do you own? Can you give me details about some of your favorites?
I started collecting paperwork, passenger lists and travel folders from the Line at swap meets but as Ebay took off, suddenly there was greater choice, though the line was not long lived, nor did it have many ships. So items are still scarce.
I love the crockery the best, the plate and cups with intertwined Hibiscus and Poppy flowers to represent State flowers of Hawaii and California. Another favourite is a huge cabin key from the coastal liner HARVARD that crashed on to the rocks in 1931 in yet another LASSCO ship wreck. I have no idea how many items I have, perhaps 200, and over 1500 photographs.
In addition to collecting LASSCO items, how else does your interest in steam ships manifest itself?
As a photographer, particularly of places and landscapes, and even more particularly of forgotten of abandoned places, ships began to intrigue me visually, not just as research and history projects, old vessels started turning up in my photography. In 2004 I travelled to India with a Shipping writer friend to see where ships go to die. Rammed up on the beach, they are taken apart by men with hand tools in an almost pre-industrial method, conditions are harsh and our presence was not always welcomed, but images from this experience found their way in to several exhibitions, one at Metro Gallery on Hyperion.
Have you traveled on an old steam ship? How did it turn out versus your expectations?
When ships were built to get from A to B in an era before planes, they were tough, built to take any weather. Craftsmen built them, they bear little resemblance with the modern cruise ship. I searched out all the older vessels that were built in 50s and 60s that had somehow survived to the modern era and sailed on as many as I could. I knew they would not last long and now all of the ships I took have been scrapped, laid up or turned in to QUEEN MARY type hotel ships.
What do you think of modern day cruise ships versus steam ship travel?
Traveling on older ships was wonderful, like an architectural dig going through the ship witnessing the changes and alterations each phase of their life has sea had wrought.
I have not been moved to sail on a any current ships, cruising itself has not gripped me. I also suffer horribly from sea sickness. Contemporary ships are built very differently to older ships. They are have very standardized spaces and proportions. They are constructed in modular fashion, fitted together and they seem to be built to carry a staggering number of people. The notion of getting away from it all at sea seems lost if you take 3,000 people with you. Modern ships are intense feats of engineering. I love to visit them, but to be a guest among thousands has not appealed to me.Besides fans of all things nautical, why would other people be interested in the history of LASSCO?
What I loved about learning about LASSCO was also learning about the history of LA. It was a very small place in the 20s. The story of LASSCO is the story of vision and boosterism and risk that LA made famous. We wrote this book as a definitive history of this city's missing maritime past, but hopefully with enough human element for one to image ones self on the deck of a great ocean liner steaming out from the orange groves and oil fields of a city yet to come, in a relaxed five day trip to Hawaii.
LASSCO also saw much filming on it's ships and we covered what we could finds of Hollywood's movie's, many lost, that were shot on the ships. Chunks of the "Black Camel" with Bela Lugosi (later resigned to the cutting room floor) were shot on CITY OF LOS ANGELES, A survivor of the edit was "Dangerous Innocence" 1925 with Laura Le Plante and Eugene O'Brien and "We're In The Navy Now" 1926 Paramount big budget comedy.
So, now what do you? Do you have another steam ship line in mind that you want to document?
I'm not sure that the LASSCO story has let me go yet, I am drawn to the idea of a documentary before all the docks and buildings in the story are gone, and there are still some wonderful people whom we met along the way who remember LASSCO, and then there's the fictional spin off... but as for writing another book that takes 12 years of research? Not so much. It's more likely that I will be exhibiting my photography again before another book.
Top photo from Hollywood to Honolulu - The story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company; bottom photo by Paul Antico; all others by Martin Cox.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It looks like the growing arts community in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown, has a new and high profile member. Shepard Fairey, the artist best known for his Obama "Hope" poster, has opened a fine art studio in an unmarked industrial building near Worthen and Ripple streets in the neighborhood wedged between the 5 Freeway and the Los Angeles River, according to residents and artists. Fairey's arrival could attract more artists and attention as well as raise concern about gentrification in the neighborhood of narrow streets, small homes and cinder block warehouses.
Fairey's main offices, which include a gallery and ad agency called Studio No. One are located on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. He is expected to reserve the Elysian Valley building, dubbed Studio No. 2, for working on his fine art. His firm did not respond to an email seeking comment. But a man at the Elysian Valley building confirmed that it was Fairey's studio, which had opened five months ago. Fairey is believed to shown working in Studio No. 2 in the video above.
Fairey joins a cluster of artists who have been living and working in Elysian Valley for many years now. The community host an annual studio tour called the Frogtown Art Walk. Painter Frank Romero, who works out of a studio on Blake Street, has long resigned as Elysian Valleys' most promient artist. But that could change now, said one Elysian Valley designer.
Fairey "may knock Frank Romero off the 'most well known artist in EV' pedestal."
Monday, June 15, 2009
$15-a-month beginners yoga class in Highland Park.
Masa of Echo Park will donate a portion of its sales on Tuesday, June 16 to benefit the Echo Park Recreation Center.
Eat, drink and still be healthy during the Friday Happy Hour at the dTox Day Spa in Atwater.
When cupcakes are not enough: Delilah Bakery will start serving breakfast all week and expand the lunch menu beginning June 21.
What $55 at 1 a.m. will buy you at Warwick in Echo Park.
New pots from Pad Outdoor.
Tavin is named after Echo Park resident Eric Tavin, a cosutmer and stylist who was looking for a change. So, the former New York actress moved quickly to lease the Show Pony space.
Tavin is expected to be open in time for launch party on July 11.
"Our store is going to be a concept boutique featuring selective vintage and new designer clothes, jewelry, and accessories for women and children," said Tavin in an email "We hope to feature local designers, especially. On top of that, to create an atmospheric, lifestyle space, we will also sell art pieces, books, and home items. We are looking forward to making Echo Park an even more interesting and cool place to shop live hang and be."
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
At one point there seemed to be no hipper place to hang out, with the former Latino gay bar (also referred to as Little Joy Jr. or The Little Joy) turned into a rec room for the new generation of beatniks, posers and the curious. Jay Babcock from Arthur magazine would spin records while plaid-shirted fans flocked to country-western nights organized by Joe McGraw. Little Joy soared into public limelight last year when Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti named his new band after the bar.
But the new management's less ironic attitude and decision to shed some of Little Joy's artistic ambitions, or pretensions, could not have come sooner, said the blogger at Food She Thought: