December 5, 2012 |
After moving to Los Angeles from his native New York eight years ago, writer-director Marshall Lewy spent many weekends hanging out at his neighborhood farmers market in Silver Lake. He became intrigued by the idea of a sprawling metropolis where farmers markets come to life, bringing in fresh produce and unusual characters from farms that surround the nation's second-largest city. The experience planted the seed for "California Solo," an independent movie about a former British pop rocker played by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle ("Trainspotting" and "The Full Monty")
November 24, 2012 |
After the Black Friday shopping madness, small boutiques in Silver Lake were anticipating customers who were less about giant malls and more about supporting local business. Dubbed Small Business Saturday , the shopping event was invented by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to spend some dollars at neighborhood shops and independent retailers. The day has high-profile supporters such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, who took his two daughters to a bookstore in Arlington , Va., on Saturday.
November 22, 2012 |
My doctor recommends that I get more fun in my diet (vitamin F), so here I am at an ultimate Frisbee match between a school from Silver Lake and a team from Inglewood. It you expect me to make a big deal about class distinction — haves and have-nots, all that predictable liberal crud — forget about it. These kids don't give a whoop about that. And to keep things fair, the Inglewood team (Century Academy for Excellence) ends up QB'd by a player lent to them from the more-experienced Silver Lake team from Thomas Starr King Middle School.
November 22, 2012 |
Fifty years is a long time to have a bad reputation. That's almost how long Silver Lake's El Cid - the Spanish restaurant known for its flamenco dinner theater - has been open. It's also about how long Angelenos have raved about the show while lamenting the quality of the food and drink. The venue is now under new management, however, and the guardians of the historic space are as serious about food as they are about hosting quality entertainment. Owner Scott Milano has brought in foodie and organic jam-maker Laura Ann Masura to revamp the bar program and chef Olivia Hernandez to create a menu of seasonal tapas.
November 21, 2012 |
Tara Kolla was born in Inglewood but grew up in Europe. She came back to Los Angeles, to a half-acre Silver Lake plot, where she decided to try her hand at "urban farming. " Her neighbors objected, so now she mostly works other people's land, and works to further the cause. We met in Hidden Canyon, the aptly named acres in Glassell Park whose owners invited Kolla to cultivate and grow market flowers. Here are rows and beds of hyssop, black-eyed Susans, honeywort, zinnias, mums and ornamental cotton flowers.
November 15, 2012 |
As of late September chef Bejamin Bailly has no longer helmed the kitchen at Dana Hollister's Silver Lake restaurant, Cliff's Edge. A little under a year after Bailly overhauled the restaurant's menu in a move that generated significant buzz , Bailly has been replaced by former Public Kitchen & Bar chef Vartan Abgaryan. No reason has been given for Bailly's departure, but Hollister and team welcome Abgaryan and his new menu featuring local, seasonal seafood, meats and veggies.
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October 29, 2012 |
This is one part of Silver Lake that has no lake view. In fact, the only views are from atop a corkscrew drive that looks out over a pair of freeways, the 5 and the 2. Residents, however, see this 10.2-acre stretch of undeveloped land - along Riverside Drive to the east and Corralitas Drive to the south - as a sanctuary. They also want to keep it that way. "For all the neighbors around here this is paradise," said longtime resident Russell Bates, standing in a meadow on what residents call the Corralitas Red Car property.
October 27, 2012 |
Silver Lake has recently been named the hipster capital of cool. Its reservoir and meadow provide great walking and a green urban outpost right in town. 1. Start walking from the Silver Lake Recreation Center, which (from about 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) offers clean bathrooms and drinking fountains. Join the joggers, strollers and joggers with strollers on the clockwise lakeside circuit. 2. A soft walking path dotted with redwoods lines the western edge of the reservoir, a 1906 construction with a capacity of 795 million gallons of water.
October 18, 2012 |
"Nobody Walks" is one of those fishbowl films: an idea is tossed in like a crumb, then we wait and watch what happens. A dark story unfolding in sunshine, the movie wonders what might happen to a beautifully blended but bored California family when a pretty young thing shows up. The copacetic ensemble toying with all the emotions include John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, Rhys Wakefield and Dylan McDermott....
October 17, 2012 |
Whether nibbling injera flatbread in Little Ethiopia or sampling Salvadoran pupusas in the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, you could have much to experience in a series of free tours Sunday collectively called Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods. The nonprofit group L.A. Commons is organizing the daylong event, which covers more than a dozen diverse neighborhoods. The celebration will be like L.A. Commons' monthly Trekking L.A. tours, during which residents act as docents in their own neighorhoods. Highlights of Found L.A. include an early-morning stroll along South Central Avenue with City Councilwoman Jan Perry; a tour of Frogtown art studios with artist Patricia Perez in Elysian Valley; a hike on an Eagle Rock trail with guide Peter Schaller; and a tour of Highland Park with Scott Piotrowski, author of "Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County.