The urban landscape of Downtown and the Eastside of Los Angeles obtain a certain type of nostalgic beauty to us Angelenos. Beautiful art deco bridges, a definitive skyline, pockets of natural greenspace and other notable landmarks is what make Los Angeles such a wonderfully unique city. Capturing these iconic scenes and making sharp looking prints of them is design collective Arts Distric Printing Co. Design and printed in Downtown Los Angeles, they have a quite nice selection of photographs from Los Angeles and all over the great state of California. [CoolHunting]
The new coffee shop Cofax on Fairfax is awesome in many ways, but more-so for these three reasons: 1. Its comes from the guys who founded Golden State on Fairfax and Bludso’ BBQ on La Brea, who basically are successful in everything they do, so this place is going to be amazing. 2. It brings a much needed craft coffee shop to Fairfax Village. 3. The clever name “Cofax” makes appropriate references to Fairfax, the Dodgers, the greatest pitcher in Dodgers history (arguably baseball history) Sandy Koufax, and the well established Jewish population (Koufax was Jewish, and famously refused to pitch a game in the World Series in obervance of Yom Kippur.) The design will evoke the styles of the Dodgers with the classic script sign and even sport an espresso machine clad in blue and white. They will be serving Stumptown coffee and are scheduled to open on May 15. [EaterLA]
I love the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and I love it even more when artists are able to capture it in an authentic light. Riders from photographer J. Wesley Brown presents the city’s ever present network of bus stops, highlighting their place in the context of the city and capturing their persona in very realistic manner. But what defines the character of the bus stop? The structure itself, or the people that temporarily occupy it. The transient nature of these places are fascinating to behold when travelling through the dense areas of the Eastside of Los Angeles. Driving along the streets you quickly catch a snapshot of a bus stop, knowing that though the place remains the same, the scene defined by the people within them will always change. These photographs depict so accurately this intriguing phenomenon, that as an Angeleno, it’s like these are snapshots were taken from my own experiences. [Wired]
For Los Angeles, the craft coffee scene is relative young with shops just popping up around town in the last few years. But now it has grown into a cohesive community of baristas and roasters on par with other great coffee cities, and Local blog Life & Thyme wanted to showcase some of the best in town. Dubbed the Los Angeles Coffee Crawl, they brought together coffee enthusiasts to venture to Downtown Los Angeles’ best brews, and had them document their adventure via instagram. Going through the Arts District, their stops include Handsome Coffee Roasters, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Daily Dose Cafe.
To all those who still grasp onto the opinion that they “don’t like LA,” I understand. You are most likley basing your opinion on either boring ass Santa Monica, douchey Hollywood or your experience of the city 10 some-odd years ago. Well times have changed, and Los Angeles is not what it used to be. Ever since I moved back here in 2007 I have been incessantly preaching to those outsiders that this is an great city on verge of becoming even more amazing, mainly due to the urban revitalization occurring on the Eastside (Los Angeles proper), more specifically Downtown Los Angeles. I am immensely proud to see the word is getting out, and that GQ has published a very accurate and detailed article about how Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly becoming America’s Next Great City. Whether you are a hater or lover of Los Angeles, you must read this article. I love Los Angeles. LA all day.
For a place defined by sunny and mild weather, it can be hard to imagine what it Los Angeles would be like if it snowed. Well, its happened before, and photographs are amazing and surreal. From a dusting at UCLA, to skiing the streets of La Canada, to a snowball fight in McCarthur Park, check out LAist for all of the fantastic photos. [LAist]
Illustrator and printmaker Chris Turnham has produced a stunning collection of pieces, highlighting the distinctive landscape of the Eastside of Los Angeles. Whether they be notable landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Hyperion Bridge or just a standard street corner in Silver Lake, his ability to portray the scenes with such authenticity, is complimented well by his unique illustrative style. The crisp definition of the light, ever present overhead power lines, and casual palm trees all add to the distinctive Angeleno atmosphere, which he has executed so well. You can buy some of the prints at his online shop, or see them on display at Hemingway and Pickett during the month of November. [TheFoxIsBlack]
The history of baseball in Los Angeles goes back much further than the Dodgers moving west in 1958. Though a young city relative to the rest of the United States, Los Angeles has a rich and storied history of our country’s national pastime with former stadiums like Wrigley Field and Washington Park located just south of Downtown, Gilmore Field located in Mid City next to the Farmers Market, and the Los Angeles Coliseum which housed the Dodgers for a few years until Dodger Stadium construction completed. Photographs and information of all this can be found on the blog Baseball In Early Los Angeles.
At the intersection of Olympic Blvd and La Brea Ave in Mid-City Los Angeles lies a non-descript strip center, a gas station and a body shop. On the fourth corner of this intersection is a new eatery from an all-star team of chefs/restaurateurs (Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees, former XIV chef Steven Fretz and Noah Ellis of Red Medicine) called Top Round Roast Beef, a casual dining concept with a delicious and well crafted (and inexpensive) menu of roast beef sandwiches, fries and frozen custards. Needless to say, this not the first place you would suspect a new restaurant from of some Los Angeles’ most talented young chefs, but it definitely delivers quality grub in a casual dining experience. It has the look and feel of a classic burger joint that has great food at a great price, something very refreshing in a world focused on fine dining with fancy ingredients.
Defining the image of Los Angeles are the iconic plethora of palms trees cresting above the urban landscape. Design group Common Studio have made it their mission to bring us closer to these elegant giants through a new project called Know Your Palms. On trees in the Los Angeles neighborhood aptly named Palms (near Culver City), trees are posted with these informative flyers that indicate if the tree is a Queen, Date or Fan Palm, and then has a tear-off with details on it’s defining factors.
A very special thing happens every Friday night at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Ave. It’s an evening devoted to the greatest and sometime most eclectic movies the 80′s has given to the world of film, Heavy Hitter Midnites. For their one year anniversary this Friday June 14, there will be a very special screening of the beloved Canadian knock-off of Flashdance, Heavenly Bodies, where “a small “Dance-ercize” studio fights for its existence against the unscrupulous owner of a rival club. The conflict boils down to a “Dance Marathon” to settle the score.” Read that again and tell me that it’s not the perfect plot for an amazing 80′s movie! Come join us this Friday to see this masterpiece in person.