CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 |
In its heyday, Empress Pavilion fielded an army of 100 employees that brought the restaurant to life at dawn; a crew of 20 prep cooks chopped vegetables, wrapped dumplings and crimped shumai. When doors opened at 9 a.m., a squadron of waitresses armed with steam carts fanned out across a vast 600-seat dining room, hawking tins of black bean spare rib and har gow in three languages. The wait to get in could last two hours. Empress Pavilion -- behind on rent and struggling to find customers -- closed earlier this summer, the latest blow in Chinatown's three decades of slow decline.
July 5, 2013 |
The competitive, often territorial world of street art has long been male-dominated. Increasingly, however, women artists are adding a distinct sensibility to the street art scene that, in Los Angeles and other cities, includes yarn bombing (or graffiti knitting) and sculptural installations as well as traditional murals. At Daniel Lahoda's downtown LALA Gallery, original paintings, prints and sculptures by more than a dozen women street artists are the focus of a new exhibition opening Aug. 9. Some participants are internationally known, such as Tokyo native Lady Aiko, now living in Brooklyn, and New York-based Swoon, who was part of MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show.
November 5, 2013 |
South Los Angeles is playing a leading role in the city's movement toward healthier living and complete streets. That's something that Tafarai Bayne of TRUST South L.A. wanted to make clear Sunday as cyclists were about to begin a ride from Watts to the north end of Central Avenue in Little Tokyo. “My mom raised me as a vegetarian in South L.A.,” he said, “growing food in our backyard. The healthy lifestyle has existed in South L.A. for quite some time. But we haven't always had the support we need in terms of infrastructure.” The purpose of the ride was twofold: to highlight the portions of the avenue that are pocked with potholes or where cyclists could benefit from bike lanes, and to spotlight the storied avenue's cultural landmarks.
November 26, 2013 |
A week or so ago, on my way to meet a friend in Little Tokyo, I stopped into Bunkado on 1st Street, where I found a copy of Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki's “Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.” Bunkado is my favorite store in Little Tokyo, in part for its variety (tea sets, flower arrangement guides, sake decanters) but even more so for the shelf of Japanese-themed books at the front. Ninety years ago, another store called Bunkado - a bookstore affiliated with a small publishing house called Sodosha - occupied the cultural center of Little Tokyo.
December 22, 2011
EVENTS At the Japanese American National Museum's docent-led Little Tokyo Walking Tour, history buffs can explore the neighborhood's past and learn about its present. Museum admission is included. JANM, 369 E. 1st St., L.A. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sat. $14. (213) 625-0414. http://www.janm.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1985
In his article (Sept. 4), "Old Temple, Church Symbolize Efforts to Preserve Little Tokyo," David Holley did a great job of telling about efforts being made to save the block of buildings along 1st Street between San Pedro and Central. His many short interviews of the people who have small stores along 1st Street gave the article special life. To some, all the time and money needed to save the block may seem like a big waste, but given Holley's article, I hope more people will realize how important saving that section of Little Tokyo is. As Calvin Hamilton, city planning director, said, the block is "very important psychologically and emotionally to the Japanese community."