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Grand Performances Show Celebrates Civil Rights Movement With Les Nubians and More Aug. 2

Posted by Billy Gil, July 23, 2014 09:34am | Post a Comment

people get ready

Grand Performances, a series of free shows put on at California Plaza in Downtown L.A., will host People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the event. We’ll be on hand with a booth and our prize wheel, so come by and say hello.

les nubians
Les Nubians

The show features such artists as Les Nubians, Dwight Trible, Dexter Story, Ejyptian Queen, Godfrey at Large and more performing new renditions of anthems in a celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The performance is produced by Jonathan Rudnick and Dexter Story, who previously produced Celebrations of Peace Go With You Gil for Gil Scott-Heron and Young Gifted & Nina for Nina Simone. It’s hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez.

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Free Grand Performances Shows in Downtown L.A. Will Feature Tribute to Fela Kuti

Posted by Billy Gil, July 1, 2014 12:25pm | Post a Comment

chop and quench

Amoeba is proud to sponsor a free, upcoming Grand Performances show at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. We’ll be on hand with our Prize Wheel at both shows, so come down to spin ‘n’ win. The show starts at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy free live music under the stars!

On July 18, we’ll be at Chop and Quench, featuring The Fela! Band Broadway cast, including Tony-nominee Sahr Ngaujah. The show is a live performance of legendary African musician Fela Kuti’s ’69 Los Angeles Sessions album in its entirety. The album was recorded in 1969 while Kuti was living in Hollywood, performing six nights a week at Citidel de Haiti on Sunset Boulevard. The performers have worked on the Fela! musical, a show based on the life of Kuti that features his music and lyrics.

Grand Performances Chop and Quench

See a performance from the Fela! musical below:

Check out more shows happening at Grand Performances on their site all summer long.

 

Check Out the Downtown Flea Market Oct. 27

Posted by Billy Gil, October 17, 2013 06:41pm | Post a Comment

downtown la flea marketFlea markets are just a bunch of people selling their unwanted junk and old ladies rumaging through dusty trunks, right? WRONG. The Downtown Flea Market is an event all to itself, a much hipper cousin to your grandmama's swap meet of yore.

The Downtown Flea Market was started this year by Phillip Dane, a veteran of flea markets. In 1991 Dane created the popular Fairfax High Flea Market. This new Downtown market boasts antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, and crafts and clothes by independent designers. In addition, there's a "chill out" area and local bands, DJs a wall climb and beer.

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of The Downtown Flea Market. The event takes place every fourth Sunday of the month, with this next event taking place Oct. 27. The market takes place in four parking lots in Downtown Los Angeles:

Yellow Lot: 246 S. Spring Street
Purple Lot: 253 S. Main Street
Green Lot: 243 S. Spring Street
Red Lot: 236 S. Broadway Street

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $25 for VIP. Find out more here. There's local parking, or you can take the metro and get a free ticket, find out more here.

flea market wall

downtown flea

The Cooper Do-nuts Uprising - LGBT Heritage Month

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 17, 2013 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Cooper Do-nuts sign

Cooper Do-nuts sign (image source: Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson's film, Young Turks (1982)

May 1959: Seven years before Silver Lake's Black Cat Riot and ten before New York's Stonewall riots, a group of drag queens and hustlers clashed with LAPD officers at Cooper Do-nuts (also often referred to as Cooper's Doughnuts or Cooper's Donuts) usually considered to be the first gay uprising in modern history.
 




Before nearby Broadway arose as Los Angeles's premier theater district (around the 1920s), most of the nickelodeons and theaters were along Main Street -- two blocks east. In the 1930s and '40s, Downtown declined when Jews -- shunned from the downtown protestant establishment, moved their residences, businesses and investments to Hollywood, Midtown, and the Westside.

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The North Industrial District -- Los Angeles's Dogtown

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 6, 2013 12:42pm | Post a Comment
Pendersleigh & Sons' Cartography's map of Dogtown

INTRODUCTION

The North Industrial District, or Dogtown, is both one of Los Angeles’s oldest and most obscure neighborhoods. It’s also occasionally referred to as either Naud Junction or Mission Junction, after two area junctions of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the entity perhaps most instrumental in the neighborhood’s development (it’s also sometimes referred to as the River Station Area). By the way, this is not the Dogtown neighborhood in Santa Monica, of Dogtown & Z-Boys fame.

Mission Tower near downtown LA. Photo by Ted Soqui (2008)
Mission Tower near downtown LA. Photo by Ted Soqui (2008)

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