Have you heard of Happy Valley? It’s a small Eastside neighborhood and one of Los Angeles’s oldest barrios. Yet it has no Wikipedia entry and isn’t included in Los Angeles Times’ “Mapping LA” project. I explored it recently with a dog named Dooley.
Whatever the reason, sometimes artists release music under assumed names. Off the top of my head, I can only think of two: T. Rex who released a single under the name “Big Carrot,” and Denim, who released a single as “Supermarket” (which the liner notes claimed were two young boys from Denmark). Who else is there?
I’ve still only been to one of the Channel Islands — Santa Catalina. The Channel Islands archipelago is a real treasure with over ten thousand years of human history and amazing biodiversity. Here’s my Channel Islands primer. Happy Native American Heritage Month!
Have you heard of Chesterfield Square? It’s where Boyz N the Hood was filmed, where Good Fred Hair Oil was invented, and where Ray Harryhausen lived and rented a special effects studio. It also has the highest violent crime rate in the city and county but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting… nothing bad is going to happen to you!
I can’t wait for the Green Line to extend to Torrance Prefecture! I walked along the right-of-way and explored its likely route. Check it out!
November is Native American Heritage Month (also known as American Indian Heritage Month). Here’s a gallery of historical photos of papooses.
Today is the birthday of French poet Paul Valéry, a Symbolist in the vein of Stéphane Mallarmé.