Los Angeles recently began installing 1,300 icon-based signs around Downtown to help pedestrians and motorists find their way around 13 unique districts (when did people start referring to the Staples Center area as South Park?). The project, named Downtown LA Walks, is designed to promote walking and presumably to legitimize the area as a viable tourist destination.
Legend has it that a bar for the ages exists at the corner of Fountain and Normandie. The nondescript, weathered facade gives nary a hint of the glimmer of jewels inside.
Oki-Dog, now we sing thee merits. Day-glo orange shack! Shack with proud “C” rating on Fairfax! Former shack of the punkrockers in the 70s on Santa Monica Blvd!
Recommended Show of the Week: Built to Spill @ House of Blues. This is what indie rock is all about. Frontman Doug Martsch isn’t pretty, doesn’t care for the spotlight, writes epic songs that are familiar yet unpredictable and puts on a hell of a live show. Catch BTS Thursday or Friday at the House of Blues.
I’m reading the Argonaut @ lunch today and I discover they’re shrinking the performance zones in my old stomping ground. The beach madness is being curtailed, and that can’t be good: Since the lottery went into effect March 1st, street performers, who used to have few space restrictions, now have to limit their shows to a 20-foot-wide by eight-foot-deep marked area.