Rights of Spring _ The Metabolic Studio, Downtown LA

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Spring.  The season associated with rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.  Appropriate then that I should celebrate it at The Metabolic Studio at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, also known as The Cornfield.

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The Metabolic Studio, which is Lauren Bon’s artist practice and offices, is housed inside of a warehouse along the LA River, just north of Chinatown.  The northern section of the Los Angeles State Historic Park is the studio’s outdoor laboratory, housing the Anabolic Monument and a site for a future wetlands.

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Traditional Salon.

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Haim _ Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
from TBA Debut Album (2013)

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Spring is peaking its head out of the ground.  Time for some outdoor dance parties.  Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles.

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Chinatown, Artist’s District _ Downtown Los Angeles

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Via Cafe _ Chinatown.  It’s a real, family-run, small business here.

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Lunar New Year Confetti _ Chinatown

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Free Skee Ball @ One-Eyed Gypsy _ Artist’s District

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With Yuji, Amy, Sushmita, Victoria, and Dabito.

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Golden Dragon Parade _ Chinatown

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Happy Lunar New Year!  It’s the year of the Snake!  And if you didn’t already know, I love parades.  Especially small, local, community parades where barricades are non-existent, and spectator participation is encouraged.  No Rose Parade here.

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In that spirit, the Echo Park Bike Posse might or might not have ridden our bikes through the parade - in our capes.

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Good ol’ councilmember Tom LaBonge - on a mountain bike in the parade.

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Local Natives _ Breakers (Superhumanoids Remix)
from Hummingbird (2013)

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In the hills of Silver Lake, overlooking central Los Angeles courtesy of Martina.

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A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1940s

The first two minutes of this footage is the background process plate for Douglas Sirk’s film “Shockproof”, 1949. This is from scene when parole officer Griff Marat (Cornel Wilde) rides with Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) from her house to him.

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Happy Birthday, Susannah _ Vista Hermosa Park

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Kickball at one of the greatest public parks in Los Angeles.  And in true Angeleno spirit, the park is hidden, out of sight from the main street.  Who says LA doesn’t have any parks?  They’re just not looking hard enough.

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With the Echo Park Bike Posse & Bodacious Bike Babes.

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Happy Birthday, Lowbrow!

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filipino brunch, downtown halloween loft party

mary invited gen and I over to her house in mccarthur park, where her parents were making us a filipino feast.  fried limpia, sweet coconut bread, lumpia, fried noodles, baked pork, and white rice!

convened at victo’s house before halloween festivities.

headed to downtown LA for a party in a loft.  very little details.  we knew it was IN skid row.  we knew to look for a gate, with beetle juice on it.  we knew the secret password to say to the bouncer: froth.  we knew we had to go up a freight elevator.  we knew there would be techno music.  in retrospect, these details should have dissuaded us.  but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

left the loft, and headed over to echo park house party on edgeware.  found a hole in my bag, lost my wallet and phone.  after a frantic scene, i found them both, and a bag of pita chips in the process.  good vibes.  graham took off his shirt, wore roxy’s gaga wig, and megan’s red riding hood cape.  he found a sword.  taco zone ran out of food, so we ate at the taco truck on alvarado and sunset blvd.  it had three tvs.

more photos via Kevin Biggers., who had a very eventful evening, as well.  More pics via Genevieve Santos, as well.

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