Last Updated on Sunday, 06 January 2013 20:06
Dates at the multiplex? Clubs? Beach? Done, done, done! Get real! Want to prove you are a hip guy with creative ideas of your own?
What better place to impress your date than West Adams with its unexpected treasures. Here’s a suggested dating itinerary from TNN designed to show you’re a happenin’ urban insider:
What better place to start off your date than at William Andrews Clark Library, the hidden trove of English literature, located on Cimmaron and Adams. Impress your date with your knowledge of the Clark’s Chrzanowski collection of 72 texts that Shakespeare likely read (or could have read in some form), including source books used to write his plays. Plenty of other dudes have read Shakespeare, but you know what Shakespeare read. You art awesome, dude.
Coming out of the Clark estate, visit the grounds of the Durfee Mansion at 2425 S. Western near Adams on the St. John of God Retirement Home grounds. Explain that when William Durfee passed away, his widow Nellie mourned his death for 50 years, leaving his possessions untouched and sleeping with his key around her neck every night till her death at age 99. You’re all about true love and devotion, man.
Now that you’ve established your romantic side, prove your domestic side by cruising down the adjacent 2100 block of 24th St just east of Arlington and comment on the exquisitely restored Arts and Crafts bungalows. Who doesn’t love a guy who knows his way around a house?
Next, drive by the site of Ray Charles’ old studio at 2107 W. Washington Blvd, east of Western. On your car sound system you’re playing Chiddy Bang’s new tribute called “Ray Charles.” “I got my shades on, feelin’ so home, lookin’ so fly”. That’s you! By this time your date is thinking, in Ray’s words, “You got the right one babe”.
End your day at Papa Christo’s Taverna at Pico and Normandie. Enter through the backdoor past the meat lockers and bags of produce. Of course you’re on first-name basis with owner Chrys (he’s the short guy). Climax your date by ordering the octapodakia (grilled octopus), a Greek aphrodisiac, and head home.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2012 15:03
A ONE-TIME ONLY GRAND REUNION for Mount Vernon Junior High School (currently known as Johnny Cochran) and its elementary schools for the period of 1930 through the1950s will be held on July 29, 2012, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
Mount Vernon opened in 1926 and for many years was the pre-eminent Junior High School in Los Angeles. Alta Loma, Arlington Heights, Burnside Avenue, Cienega, Marvin Avenue, Queen Anne, 6th Avenue, 24th Street, Virginia Road and Wilton Place sent their students to Mount Vernon.
The Reunion Committee is seeking to find copies of the Tribune News-Advertiser, a weekly newspaper in the ‘40s and ‘50s, that published articles about the people, businesses and schools in the greater West Adams neighborhood. Also sought are Mount Vernon graduates, memorabilia, pictures, local histories and other historical information from these neighborhoods during this era.
Please contact the Reunion Committee at
or 805-987-6682 if you desire to participate or have knowledge about the items sought for this once in a lifetime reunion.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:05
The Los Angeles Conservancy is presenting a one-time-only tour featuring three recently designated HPOZs, coined “the triplet” by residents.
Country Club Park, Wilshire Park, and Windsor Village are adjacent to one another, sharing a border along Crenshaw Boulevard near Olympic Boulevard. Developed in the early to mid-1900s, each neighborhood has diverse styles and types of housing, and each has a unique and fascinating history.
The featured home in Country Club Park is the grand Mediterranean-style Milbank Mansion (G. Lawrence Stimson, 1913) It is a virtual twin to Pasadena’s Stimson-designed Wrigley Mansion, home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A beautifully restored 1911 Craftsman-style home includes special amenities designed for the original owner, USC music professor Horatio Cogswell. Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., For more info www.laconservancy.org. Click ‘Events’.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2011 15:12
Message Media Ed School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age provides culturally-relevant learning and professional development for youth, adults and seniors of African descent (including high school dropouts and youth at risk of giving up on their education), as a means of closing digital, cultural, social, academic and economic divides within the Black community, and producing Black leadership.
Offered to the community through Message Media Ed and facilitated by organization founder and Leimert Park native Shani Byard, The Digital Elder Project, Rise Above the Noise, Diversity Leaders and other tailored workshops, provide an African-centered approach to skill building in new media, media analysis, technology education and leadership development.
“Our mission is to produce Black leadership for the digital age. We want to create culturally-conscious role models and meaningful participants in the digital landscape. We do this by providing supportive, creative learning environments for cultural healing, leadership development, and skill building in critical media literacy, social media and information technology,” said Byard.
“Our biggest accomplishment has been with the success of the Digital Elder Program which promotes cultural awareness and helps the elderly understand challenges that today’s youth face. It shows them why their wisdom is still needed and valued in our society,” explained Byard. “We teach them to text, use Facebook and e-mail, and how to successfully navigate the web so that they can stay in touch with the younger generation.”
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