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Editor's Note: Nohoartsdistrict.com recently gave a tour to 42 international media delegates (sponsored by LA, Inc.). Izzy may be right - NoHo is becoming a "Culture Capital."
Ask anyone and they will tell you that the North Hollywood region of Los Angeles is an area steeped with a rich, vibrant history and culture that is completely its own. With a population nearing eighty thousand citizens, the aptly named NoHo district is never short of things to do, nor is it short of people willing to do them – the area is rife with establishments dedicated to some of the finer pursuits in life: music and theatre.
Nohoartsdistrict.com heard about a traveling pop up stage that will be traveling to different parts of the city. We spoke with Artistic Director, Maureen Weiss and Executive Director, Josh Worth of Trade City Productions about their new twitter twist on a century old entertainment concept.
Hannah Bettridge, a photography student and editor of EvidentNoise.com in the UK, recently caught up with Nick Jojola. Nick is featured in the HTC commercial airing throughout the UK, and coincidentally studies right here in NoHo.
While I watch the 1% and corporations get richer and more powerful as the rest of us continue to struggle during the worst economic time in our nation’s history since the Great Depression, I have turned to my own art to not only help me make sense out of all of this, but for comfort and release.
Steelo Vazquez has been a major part of the L.A. dance community for many years. He is a member of Killafornia, Footwork Fanatix, and The Groovaloos and was a lead character on The LXD web series. He regularly gives back to the community through dance at benefits and fundraisers and has enjoyed mentoring youth at weekly Groove Nights hosted by The Groovaloos. In addition to his contributions to the community, he has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment including Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani ( Click here to see Steelo in Early Winter ). It was actually during a show on Gwen's tour that Steelo proposed to his now wife, Penelope Vazquez.
There is the ghost of the bridge that spans the LA River and Lankershim. He was a thief caught by Constable Weddington at the bridge and sent to San Quentin from that place and returns periodically to the scene.
The ghost of Leonis, who broke his neck falling drunk from a wagon after he had won a trial to convict him of murder, haunts the entrance of the Red Line at Universal Station. He was the first traffic fatality in the Cahuenga Pass.
The wife of Griffith Griffith haunts the Burbank entrance to Griffith Park.
A herd of spirit cattle haunt the intersection of Hartsook and Lankershim.
The whisp of a woman staggers along Tujunga from No Park to Ventura. She seeks to be united in death with a faithless husband.
The spirit of a Spanish-Mexican woman, seeking her children, haunts all of the Valley, but especially school yards late at night.
The specter of an elderly man runs across Laurel Canyon Blvd. Many a driver, late at night, swear they have encountered him.
Some claim to have seen an apparition of a man holding a bleeding arm in the areas around the former Palomino Club once operated.
Theaters are loaded with lost souls.
Editor's Note: For those of you old enough to remember the famous film star, Bela Lugosi...his home was in NoHo. Now we can say NoHo created the first and most famous Vampire. For any disbelievers, our source is Gerald Fecht, President of the Museum of San Fernando Valley and they have the history! For more information about San Fernando Valley's rich history visit http://museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com/ Gerald's blog is truly an adventure of the Valley's past and present.
Gerald R. Fecht, Ph.D.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Audrey M. Singer founded Actors Forum Theatre almost four decades ago, and as one of the first of thirty-five theatre companies founded in Los Angeles, Actors Forum Theatre has been and remains a mainstay and a creative groundbreaker in the Los Angeles theatre scene. Ted Ryan’s dramedy PULLING LEATHER directed and produced by Audrey M. Singer, will have its world premiere and run weekends for five weeks at Actors Forum Theatre, October 1 through October 30, 2011.
Well North Hollywood, September 29 is both Confucious Day and National Coffee Day. So obviously we are going there:
Here’s yet another reason why North Hollywood folks deserve a round of applause, a snap with a twist. OK, NoHo, meet 11:59 Films who will present 52 Films in 52 Weeks. Three local filmmakers, Samantha Simmonds, Javier Ronceros and Renee Ronceros will write, direct, produce, shoot, edit and score a film every week for an entire year. There will be two surprise guest directors who will write and direct a few each, so stay tuned!
The staff at NoHoArtsDistrict.com surveyed 40 people in the NoHo Arts District and none of them knew the difference between poetry and spoken word. So, we decided to go to the "Source" for anything poetry or spoken word. That place is the Bakery Poetry Lounge, right here in North Hollywood. We got the answer from Marcus J. Fort, founder and creator of the Bakery Lounge "The difference between spoken word and poetry is that spoken word is performance poetry with rhythm/music deriving from rap culture giving the audience that visual/animated aspect rather than poetry being more abstract sometimes with no rhythm or rhyme." Marcus went on to say "Spoken Word has always been looked over for many years but thanks to Russell Simmons DEF POETRY there has been some light shed on the poetry community causing many poetry lounges to be created such as the Bakery Poetry Lounge."
Sitting at The Federal Bar, gazing across the street, you might think you are in Vegas or had one too many. But on closer look you will notice the scrolling, flashing, rotating sign quotes on the NoHo Commons building. After years of being turned off, the flashing North Hollywood sign is finally back on, a feat for public art supporters.
Can you imagine wearing your new tennis shoes and you step into a pile of poop? You would be pretty angry. What if you where the manager or owner of an apartment building and the lawn was being ruined by local dog defecation? Mom, what if your toddler decided to rub the hot steaming poop on her face?
Ten North Hollywood High students were commissioned to paint a Graffiti Art mural on a homeowner’s private fence. But the City came out and fined her, and is now forcing her to paint over it. You can help.