Mark Ronson's latest release, featuring the track "Leaving Los Feliz" (but who's leaving!?!?!)

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Mark Ronson’s newest release Leaving Los Feliz, featuring Kevin Parker highlights all of the wonderful aspects of this great city. The song itself has a psychedelic flavor infused with poppy catchiness and enchanting George Harrison-esque riffs. The song is featured on Ronson’s new album, Upton Special. The inclusion of Kevin Parker gives it a melodic hip-hop backbeat and accomplishes a perfect melding of different genres.

Leaving Los Feliz seems to highlight the inescapable “hipster culture” that largely encapsulates much of the city’s vibe. One of the lines, “But the yearning is timeless and mine is as deep as the pit”, seems to hint at how hard it is leaving Los Feliz, a city so filled with dreams, creativity, and youth. Ronson is quoted in an interview that the lyrics are based on “an aging hipster who doesn’t want to admit he’s too old to still be going to the party”. The pull of Los Feliz isn’t just the youth culture that surrounds it, but the inspiring creativity that is so deeply engrained in the city. It may be hard for an aging hipster to leave the party, but Los Feliz holds a special grip on him because of its creative pull. Maybe he’s too old for the party, but he isn’t too old to be creative.

The album, Uptown Special, is a blend of creative geniuses, seems to echo the effusive creativity of Los Feliz. The album itself is dedicated to Amy Winehouse, giving a distinctive spin to the songs on the album. This is also the same album that produced the magnanimous hit, Uptown Funk. The album has sold over 250,000 copies and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is no surprise that this fun, funky, and, of course, fabulous album included highlighted Los Feliz as one of the main themes on its track!

The Best Pizza on the East Side!

The Best Pizza on the East Side!

The votes are in and here is the order of the best pizza places in Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Echo Park. Los Feliz Living got hundreds of responses and helpful suggestions, but these 6 pizza places seem to be the top favorites………..

Tomato Pie

2457 Hyperion Ave, Silver Lake CA 90027

Open 11am-10pm 7 days a week

Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, and Salads all averaging between $5-$15 price range.

Tomato Pie is dine in, delivery, or takeout.

“A one-of-a-kind combination of fresh product and great service in a friendly, eclectic atmosphere, Tomato Pie serves a mouthwatering pizza--along with other East Coast-inspired Italian dishes--in the same time as those others, but with an incomparable gourmet touch.”

Come by for a slice in our restaurants, or place an order and have it delivered to your door. Our pizza is an honest-to-goodness slice of New York heaven, but baked with love and attitude right here in Los Angeles, and probably just around the corner from you.” -Tomato Pie


Masa of Echo Park 

1800 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thur

    11am-12am Fri

    8am-12am Sat

    8am-11pm Sun

Everything from deep dish pizza, Paninis, Burgers, Crepes, and desserts with a price range of $10-$30

Mesa of Echo Park does dine in, delivery, and takeout.

“Yes, we make Chicago Deep Dish Pizza right here in Echo Park. All of our "masa" (dough) is baked fresh daily in our bakery, our sauces & dressings are made from scratch. We use organic, local produce, along with "imported" Chicago favorites like Scala's Authentic Hot Giardiniera Many of our dishes are old family recipes - lovingly passed down from generations. The Masa family hopes you enjoy your dining experience as much as we enjoy having you.  Eat, Drink & Be Merry and… Don’t Forget to Save Room for Dessert!” -Masa of Echo Park


Garage Pizza 

4339 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake CA 90029

Open 11am-4am 7 days a week

The average price of their pizza, sandwiches, and salads is between $10-$20

Garage Pizza is dine in, delivery, and takeout.

“18" hand crafted NY style pizza's. The owner started making pies in his garage when he was 15. Pizza by the slice, salads, sandwiches, wings, calzones, breadsticks & vintage soda pop.

Delivering open to close, take-out, dine-in, watch the game, listen to the jukebox, BYOB.  HAVE SOME” -Garage


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Palermo Ristorante Italiano

1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027

Open 11am-11:30pm Wed and Thur

 11am-12:30am Fri

 9am-12:30am Sat

 9am-11:30pm Sun

Serving breakfast lunch and dinner with a price range of $10-$20

Palermo is dine in, delivery, and takeout.

“Sicilian home style cuisine. All dishes are made from scratch. We are famous for our lasagna, shrimp scampi in white sauce, chicken diane, and our Tony sauce, a light tomato sauce that is available on any dish.

Palermo wine tasting classes features up to a dozen fine and hard to find wines from various wine producers throughout the State of California. Let us provide valuable insight in all areas of wine including: winemaking, appreciation, enology and viticulture. Wine tasting classes are typically scheduled on a month to month basis.” - Palermo Ristorante Italiano


Lucifers Pizza 

1958 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027

Open 11am-11pm 7 days a week

Pizza, salad, sandwiches, and desserts priced between $10-$20

Lucifers is dine in, delivery, and takeout.

“Obviously we can't give you all our trade secrets but heres one of them: freshness equally flavor. It sounds uh… basic but you'd be surprised how many pizza joints overlook this simple equation on our pizza. We use the same high-quality ingredients you'd use at home- whole rashers of actual bacon, all-natural whole chicken breast (cooked fresh in-store daily) and hand-assembled salads. We source all our vegetables locally whenever we can and we prepare them all fresh for you each day. if you ask us, this is the real definition of ‘eat fresh’.”-Lucifers Pizza


Two Boots Echo Park

1818 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026

Open 4pm-12am Mon-Wed

    12pm-2am Thur

    12pm-2:30am Fri

    12pm-12am Sun

Pizza, Pizza and more Pizza all under $10

Two boots is dine in, delivery, and takeout.

“Two Boots -- named for the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana -- was born in the East Village, at 37 Avenue A, on June 24th, 1987. Original partners Doris Kornish & Phil Hartman (indie filmmakers who loved Cajun food and culture - Phil having opened the Great Jones Café, a Cajun juke joint, in 1983), teamed up with local developer John Touhey, to create the original Two Boots Restaurant, a family-friendly, full-service restaurant specializing in Cajun-Italian cooking.” -Two Boots Echo Park


George Harrison Memorial Tree to Be Planted in Griffith Park

Exciting news for all Beatle fans in the area! A George Harrison memorial tree will be planted in Griffith Park this today (the 25th) to replace the one that, funny enough, succumbed to a beetle infestation (perhaps a bad case of Beatle fever?). The original tree was planted in 2004.

There will be a lovely ceremony, headed by Councilman Tom LaBonge. It will take place at the Charlie Turner Trailhead, right by Griffith Observatory, to honor the Beatle’s lead guitarist. The new tree will be a yew pine, replacing the original Canary Island pine tree. Chris Carter, a local DJ with KLSX, will be emcee the entire ceremony. Chris Carter is a particularly perfect choice, as he deejays KLSX’S “Breakfast with the Beatles” morning show. It is the hope that this tree will survive for many more decades, unlike the one it is replacing.

The ceremony will take place on what would have been George Harrison’s birthday, he would have been seventy-two this year. A plaque near the tree reads, “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician, and gardener”. It also includes one of Harrison’s famous quotes, “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green”.

As Harrison said, “With our love, we could save the world”. It is clear that even though it is simply one tree, Beatle’s fans will not let it succumb. Instead of leaving an empty space and one less tree in the park, it will be replaced by a sturdier tree and hopefully an emphasis on beetle prevention. Though Harrison passed away in 2001, it is clear his message and impact is still felt in today’s world. Harrison, and the love he has taught, and continues to teach, all his fans will live on with his memory, and the tree in Griffith Park. Though it may seem arbitrary, this tree is truly a monument of love, nature, and community.

The George Harrison Memorial Tree acts as a symbol of peace, tranquility, and, most importantly, Harrison’s creative spirit. Like Harrison’s ever-relevant chords, it seems his tree memorial in Griffith Park will continue to keep inspiring Beatle’s fans for generations to come.

Los Feliz is the place for the first West Coast Jeni's!

The company plans to unveil its first California-based store in March. However, in preparation for the opening, the team has embarked upon a tour-de-force ice cream trunk journey around Los Angeles. Jeni’s is an Ohio-based dessert company renowned for its creative and consistently fresh and delectable desserts. Their website touts, “We Make Better Ice Creams” and though that may seem like a lofty claim, Jeni’s has the track record to prove it.

Their ice creams are literally built from the ground up, or should we say the cow up. The milk comes from grass-grazed cows and ingredients that they blend, bake, peek, chop, skin, pulverize and even blowtorch themselves. You won’t find any chemical dyes or artificial flavoring in Jeni’s ice creams. It is clear that this is a premiere company that doesn’t cut corners when it comes to serving their customers.

Jeni's debuted in the area with their food truck

Jeni's debuted in the area with their food truck

Flavors like Brambleberry Crisp, Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, and Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar are some of the eclectic, fresh, delicious flavors you can expect from Jeni’s. Like the flavors Jeni’s creates, the founder and owner, Jeni Britton, is anything and everything but boring. The company claims they are “Ice Cream Explorers” a title evidenced by their wide variety of flavors. You won’t find any boring vanilla here; instead, Jeni’s revamps the classic flavor by introducing Orchid Vanilla ice cream and ice cream sandwiches.

Jeni’s is also a certified B Corporation, endorsed by the international nonprofit B lab as a company that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and most importantly, transparency. This is a company that only purchases fair-trade certified ingredients, like fair-trade-certified vanilla and work with people they, and you, can trust.

But who is Jeni? She studied art at The Ohio State University, worked in a bakery, and has a lot of interesting hobbies. She left college to do her own thing in 1996 and opened up her first ice cream shop. Jeni is ever-developing new flavors, working on a book (of which she already has two), directing art campaigns, dedicating her time to Local Matters, a Columbus-based non-profit she co-founded, and spending time with her husband and two children.

The new, interesting, heart-and-soul driven ice cream shop will fill a substantial gap in the dessert market in Los Feliz. Though Los Feliz is home to frozen dessert spots like Pazzo Gelato, Froyo Life, and the chain Scoop, none of these stores pushes the envelope the way Jeni’s does. Judging by how popular the Jeni’s pastel-hued Ice Cream trunk is, it is clear that Jeni’s will curate a unique audience, tired of the banal, without too much competition.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has a simple objective: to create high quality foods that support local business. Jeni’s takes helping out the local community seriously; in 2014 alone the company purchased 800,000 pounds of goods from local businesses! Each dollar spent here aids the community and supports the local food movement. The mission of Jeni’s is not only commendable, but also refreshing, and Los Feliz is ready to welcome Jeni’s with open arms!

The Official Reopening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park

February 13, 2015 is the official reopening of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House,  an iconic architectural masterpiece in the heart of the vibrant, artistic, cultural, and recreational Barnsdall Art Park (http://www.barnsdall.org/visit/hollyhock-house/) in Los Feliz.

To mark the occasion, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will lead an Official Ribbon Cutting  Ceremony with the project’s collaborators at 4:00 p.m. at the Hollyhock House on February 13, 2015.

Following this, for one night only, the City of Los Angeles and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation will open Hollyhock House for self-guided tours for 24 hours, commencing at 4:00 p.m. on February 13 until 4:00 p.m. on February 14, 2015. Visitors are invited to enjoy the event and share with others via social media with the #WrightAtNight hashtag.

A significant part of Los Angeles’ storied architectural history, Hollyhock House - a National Historic Landmark - was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent masterpieces marking his first foray into architecture in Los Angeles. Hollyhock House boasts a lyrical and poetic style of architecture “California Romanza,” or “freedom to make one’s own form,” which complements LA’s significance as a trendsetter in the arts and architecture space. Underscoring its importance as one of the world’s architectural gems,

The recently completed restoration is an important historical revelation for first-time visitors and regulars alike. Visitors will be able to see and experience the house in much of its original  splendor. Floors, windows, doors, decorative molding, and long-forgotten paint colors have been recreated with utmost attention to detail. The latest phase of renovation took place from 2008 though 2014, with a total of $4,359,000 spent on conservation efforts.

New at the LA Zoo - LA Zoo Lights Starts Friday in Griffith Park

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Starting Friday, the Los Angeles Zoo will offer a new holiday tradition, LA Zoo Lights. The zoo in Griffith Park will be decorated with glowing light animals and 3-D projections by Bionic League, world-renowned light designers who have created light shows for Kanye West and Daft Punk. Visitors can see real reindeer and enjoy holiday treats and music, too. LA Zoo Lights is open every night from 6 – 10 p.m., starting Friday, until Jan. 4 (except for Dec. 24 and 25). $13 for adults, $11 for children 2 - 12 years old.  
 

The Eastside's Hottest "New" Area is Frogtown - Here's Why

FROG TOWN:  Front Porch Living at its Finest........

The Elysian Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, California has long been considered a small, closely knit community.  The residents there affectionately refer to it as “Frogtown.”  Some say this name comes from an event many years ago when the river’s water level rose up to unbelievably high levels and frogs literally covered the streets.  Some say that is just a myth, designed to keep the busy Los Angeles residents from overpopulating their community.  If those folks found out how peaceful, friendly and attractive the Frogtown community really was, there may be a mass exodus of people leaving the city and heading for greener pastures.

The community is a little like something you would see in a painting from the fifties.  People sit outside on front porches and wave at their neighbors as they walk by.  Families go for bike rides together through the streets.  Back yards are filled with fruit trees and shrubs adorn the front walkways.  People walk through downtown hand-in-hand on a Saturday night without looking over their shoulder, and the occasional resident may actually go to bed at night without locking all their doors, slamming a deadbolt shut and setting their alarm system. 

But don’t confuse this with a Norman Rockwell classic.  The town may only have a few churches, some small stores, a couple of schools and a gas station, but it is still a part of Los Angeles.  This small segment of society is still only a few miles north of the city.  There is no soda shop on the corner or old-time pickup trucks with hay in their truck beds.  The residents of Frogtown are a proud group of folks who have worked very hard to keep their community on the right track.  As a community they have fought to keep their area zoned for “low-density” housing.  This prevents Los Angeles developers from coming in and constructing high rise apartments and condominiums.  The community also works together to keep their area safe.  There is a planned, centrally organized neighborhood watch group on nearly every block throughout Frogtown. 

The area that Frogtown encompasses is small in relation to the surrounding cities.  The strong sense of community within its borders may stem from its relative seclusion.  The city is bordered by the Los Angeles River on one side, and the Golden State freeway on the opposing side.  The side that borders the freeway is literally walled off from the rest of civilization by a giant wall that was built by the Department of Transportation, in an effort to muffle the noise from the massive traffic count.  With a wall on one side and a natural barrier like a river on the other, that only leaves two ways to enter or exit Frogtown;  from the North or the South.   With entry to this hidden cove only possible via Riverside Drive or Fletcher Drive, this community doesn’t get many casual visitors.  It is actually said within the community that anyone who comes to Frogtown is either there for a very specific purpose…or they’re lost.

The homes in Frogtown have a modern flavor in their features and conveniences.  However, their design is individual and distinct.  Most neighborhoods are unique and eclectic, as you may pass a home with a distinctly Spanish influence on one block and a uniquely Old-English Colonial design on the next.  This trend is refreshing to most residents, who have fought to repel the cookie-cutter over development that plagues neighboring areas. 

This is an area that was founded by families of the railroad workers in years past.  Homes in the north end are intermingled with small factories and bus yards.  There are scattered and various light industries in Frogtown today as well.  Many of those, such as electrical, plumbing or air-conditioning contractors, serve the greater Los Angeles area but are stationed in Frogtown to attract workers who want to avoid city life.  The south end of Frogtown is still mostly residential, and houses many of the employees who work in town.

This quaint area is secluded and private, but still just a stone’s throw away from the big city.  For the best of both worlds, and an air of community spirit that is second to none, it is easy to see why so many residents continue to call Frogtown their home.

 

 

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’ present two connected exhibitions: Doris Duke’s Shangri La and Shangri La: Imagined Cities

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The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery presents two connected exhibitions: 

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art AND Shangri La: Imagined Cities.

The highly topical and groundbreaking Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI). The DCA-commissioned contemporary companion exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities, provides a critical juxtaposition to Doris Duke’s Shangri La (which rounds up its national tour in LA and spurred the idea for the Initiative) through the presentation of contemporary works that produce a multiplicity of worlds, interpretations, and investigations without ignoring the implications of organizing around particular geographic or religious lines.

Designed to build a greater understanding of the role of Islamic arts and breakdown negative stereotypes surrounding Islamic culture, the first-of-its-kind, pioneering LA/ Islam Arts Initiativemarks the first time a city has brought together 30 major cultural institutions from The Getty to CalArts to ignite a dialogue to ensure the complex voices of the communities are heard, seen, and experienced.

Underscoring Los Angeles’s role as one of the epicenters of visual constructions regarding Islam and the Middle East, through architecture, film and its large Middle Eastern and Islamic populations, LA/IAI infiltrates our city from October-December, presenting a series of events throughout the fall, including video installations, scholarly symposia, films, concerts, performances, and other activities.

Please visit www.laislamarts.org for more information.