Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:17
On Saturday, September 29 at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents the annual Living History Tour. Tour the grounds as Marilyn Monroe’s grandmother, and Buster Keaton’s cameraman come to life and join Jazz Age Performers-- Vaudeville Flappers, singers, dancers, magicians, and even a celebrity chef -- on this unique outdoor stage.
Did you know that the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, located at Washington and Normandie is one of the city’s oldest, most historically significant cemeteries? Founded in 1884, it is now home to many generations of Los Angeles’s citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed. Each year, WAHA tells some of their life stories while touring the historic grounds amid elaborately-carved monuments of L.A.’s first lawn cemetery. You will meet some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early performers and entertainment industry personages (presented by costumed actors at graveside) portray the lives of a Civil War-era escape artist, a headlining dancer who lost her life in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, a mezzo soprano who fought for civil rights, and a Chinese-American dancer/actor/MC, among other quirky characters.
This year’s tour commemorates not only Los Angeles’s longtime role as the center of this country’s entertainment industry, but also the roles several of these personages played in the larger history of civil rights. In addition, the tour memorializes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865).
This year’s portrayals will include:
Della Hogan Monroe, Marilyn Monroe’s colorful grandmother
Victor Dol, L.A.’s first chef trained in Paris, who opened a restaurant in 1876 that soon earned the nickname “Delmonico’s of the West”
Rita Carewe, a Jazz Age starlet and “BabyWAMPAS”(Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) winner who appeared in films with Delores del Rio, Edward Everett Horton, and Mary Pickford
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 19:36
Local Junior Olympic Stars
Mid-City was proudly represented at the recent Jr. Olympics thanks to the accomplishments of local teen sports champs Alexa Bates, a USATF National Silver Medalist in 2009 and Nina Milligan, both residents of Lafayette Square. On July 23rd - 29th they competed for the fourth straight year in the Junior Olympics held in Baltimore and are on a clear fast track to becoming Olympians in their twenties.
L-R Bottom - Autumn Wright, Nina Milligan; Top - Alex Haley, Kenndi Adkins
Alexa’s team ‘Southern California Running Cougars’ competed in the 4x100m relay. Alexa also served as an alternate for the 4x400m relay. Unfortunately the Cougars missed advancing by 1/100ths of a second and did not qualify for the finals. There was a dramatic turn of events when the score board initially had them winning the race, then was suddenly revised, putting them in 2nd place. Her coach submitted a protest and the officials had to pull the photo, which shows the other girls torso crossing the line just before Alexa’s. Still an extraordinary show of talent on Alexa’s part and TNN salutes you!
Nina’s relay team the LA Jets is ranked third in the nation, with Nina in the top ten in her personal event. Their hard work won the gold this year in the 4x400m relay making them the fastest Youth Girls 4/400 relay team in the country. Three Cheers! --Alexa Bates pictured running in front--
When asked what they think about when competing, the two girls answered like the serious athletes they are: “I am mostly focused on catching the person ahead of me and not letting the person behind me catch up to me,” replied Alexa. Similarly Nina stated, “I get a little nervous but then realize I just have to do what I do, -- that if I fall to the level of my training, I’ll do fine.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 13:48
I grew up in a very creative family; my father, Ron Hutchinson, is a writer, my mother, Alisa Taylor, worked in the entertainment business and was a dancer, and my elder brother, Nick Hunt is also a writer. Therefore it was pretty much expected that I would become a writer/artist too.
However, I had a pretty drastic change of heart during 9th grade. Now, applying to colleges, I am looking not for a great art school, but a school with fantastic international and pre-med programs.
I have been on many medical trips, but my latest was a 10-day trip to Haiti with a team of about 30. The team included three doctors, a bunch of med students, a handful of residents and a couple of paramedic/EMTs.
I have my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and first responder qualifications and a lot of experience in the field, however it was still a surprise to me when I was put as the head of wound care for the team. This meant I was in charge of all the wounds presented. I would have to clean them, apply medicine, wrap them up and even occasionally stitch them up.
Now at this point you’re probably wondering if that’s even legal. Trust me, I did too. But, working in a third-world country with little to no healthcare provided, things like legalities seem trivial. The wounds I dealt with, while big enough to warrant a trip to the ER in the United States, weren’t big enough that I could make a mistake and hurt the person further. Most needed just a quick squirt of alcohol, a swipe of antibiotic cream and a nice bandage accompanied by the occasional lecture about keeping the area dry and clean, applying the medicine we supplied daily, not picking at it, etc. More intense injuries included a saline rinse, stitches and sometimes, anesthesia. I learned to administer Lidocaine in the back of a bus meant for about 10 people instead of the 20 standing around watching, not including the kicking child I was working on, and three assisting medical students (all at least five years older than me) calming him down and holding him still. I use the term “learned” loosely; it was more like the doctor handed me a syringe and said, “go.” Nevertheless, I have mastered the task of sticking people with needles pretty well and have ever since been the go-to person when the doctors are too busy or overwhelmed to do it themselves.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:08
Celebrates 105th Birthday & 50 Years of Teaching in America
On July 21st, The Rinzai-Ji Zen Temple celebrated the 105th birthday of the temple’s spiritual founder and leader, Zen Master Joshu Sasaki.
They commemorated the 50th anniversary of his arrival in the USA. Festivities began at the Rinzai-Ji Temple at 2505 Cimarron Street (and Adams) and continued onto the opulent grounds of the UCLA Clark Library.
Joshu Sasaki Roshi was born near Sendai Japan in April 1907. At 14 years he began his life as a Zen student, at 21 he was ordained an Osho (priest) and at 40 became a Roshi (title given to a zen master). On July 21, 1962, at age 55 he arrived in the United States with an English translation book and a vision of establishing a Rinzai zen practice in America. By 1968 and with 200 students he celebrated the opening of the Temple on the Cimarron property, establishing the first of several Rinzai Zen Centers in America. Between then and the present the temple has hosted many zen retreats and offers meditation instruction. Even at his age of 105 Roshi Sasaki remains the abbott and inspirational leader of the Rinzai-Ji Zen Center.
Guests at the event numbered approximately 240 and included a delegation of zen monks and lay people from Japan as well as a large number of zen monks and priests, ordained by Roshi Sasaki.
Also several of the guests were lay people from around the world and the local community.
To everyone’s delight and pleasure Roshi Sasaki gave a special dharma talk at the morning ceremony and pleased his students by promising to live to 120. Roshi thanked everyone for coming to honor his efforts to bring his style of Zen teaching to the United States.