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Discostan Returns Wednesday, August 22nd

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 21, 2012 11:22pm | Post a Comment
 

D I S C O S T A N
Music from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay

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DISCOSTAN returns with a unique brand of glamorous shadow disco, drawn from the cross-cultural sounds that stretch from the eastern edge of the Bosphorus, throughout the Maghreb, under the Balkans, down the Bekaa Valley, and all over the Subcontinent. 


Golden-era Bollywood filmi tunes
Turkish funk and disco
Arabic dabke stompers
Balkan brass attacks
Dangdut edits
Bhangra bangers
Hot soukous

...and endless more.

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SPECIAL GUEST DJ:

Bei Ru (Musa-Ler Music)
www.beirumusic.com


RESIDENT SELECTORS:

DJ Aruna Irani (Radio Sombra, Sublime Frequencies)

Gomez Comes Alive (Radio Sombra/Discos Inmigrantes)

Alky Holovic 

Ají 

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Footsie’s
2640 North Figueroa St.
LA, 90065


Every 4th Wednesday
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Free all night for you and yours ... ♥

California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Cypress Park

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 7, 2009 05:00pm | Post a Comment
In this installment of the Los Angeles neighborhood blog, we visit Cypress Park. To vote for the neighborhood you think I should visit next, go here or to vote for a Los Angeles County community you'd like to see covered, go here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here.

The western entry into the neighborhood

Cypress Park is a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles hemmed in by Mt. Washington to the northeast, the LA River on the southwest and Lincoln Heights to the south.
 
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Maps of Northeast Los Angeles and Cypress Park

At Division and San  Fernando, it shares a short border with Glassell Park. At Marmion and Figueroa, it shares an even shorter border with Highland Park.

A view of Cypress Park from Frogtown with Mt. Washington in the background

Cypress Park is sometimes refered to as Cypress Parque -- and as Chavala Park by silly haters. However, most Angelenos erroneously refer to it (when they do at all) as Highland Park. Nonetheless, Cypress Park has a unique history and is the location of several places of historical note.

 
For a city as famous for its murals as Los Angeles is, for the most part Cypress Park has very few. On the left is Tlaloc.

Cypress Park is located in the narrow lowlands between the river and the hills to the northeast and south. Some of the older houses are, not surprisingly, quaint, attractive and often feature well-tended yards. As with much of Los Angeles, there are also loads of hideous dingbats the color of dirty, faded band-aids and protected by security bars. Cypress Park's residents are 82% Latino (mostly Mexican) of any race, 11% Asian (mostly Chinese), and 5% white.


A typical street in Cypress Park




Shady Cypress Avenue

The Jeffries family were some of the earliest residents of note in the modern era. They were responsible for developing what was then known as the Jeffries-Highland. Their Victorian mansion was removed to build Florence Nightingale Middle School. Florence Nightingale's story has been the subject of several films and plays. Below is a clip from one featuring two of my favorite actors, Jeremy Brett and Jaclyn Smith.



The Arroyo Theatre today (image source: You Are Here)


Along San Fernando Road, in the western portion of the neighborhood, is a long industrial corridor, quite like most, with nameless, faceless manufacturers, collision repair specialists, &c.

 


Behind the corridor, where Isabel Street comes to an end (after an intersection with Bank Street) as a very narrow dead end, the so-called "Avenida Assecinos" [sic] became notorious when a white family was shot there around 3 a.m., looking for a shortcut or drugs, depending on who you believe. Although Cypress Park unfortunately has a fairly high crime rate, white people being killed there is rare and was serious enough that it resulted in Bill Clinton getting involved.


El Atacor #1

  
King Taco No. 1

To pretentious foodies for whom the most important aspects of restaurant choice are obscurity and authenticity, Figueroa Street is home to many Mexican restaurants that your friends haven't heard of. For those who aren't engaged in a game of one-upsmanship, Figueroa Street is also home to many trusty chains. Cypress Park is also noteworthy in culinary history as the home of the first El Atacor (located in Cypress Plaza) and the first King Taco (on Cypress).

Elysian Valley on the left, Cypress Park on the right (c. 1925)

   
Rio de Los Angeles Park

Back in the 1960s, the 247-acre freight switching facility known as Taylor Yard wound down. In the 1980s it was just used for storage and maintenance. Although there's still some train stuff over there, a large portion of the former yard is now the nicely done Rio de Los Angeles park, with multiple soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, and baseball diamonds.

Footsies

In the early part of the 20th century, Cypress Park was a mostly working class Italian neighborhood. Now, most of the residents are of Mexican or Chinese backgrounds. Nonetheless, a few guilt-plagued weddos have apologetically suggested that their going to the popular bar Footsies (not possessive) on weekends amounts to gentrification. Not to worry, when they head back across the river, the resultant white flight erases the unavoidable "damage" done by Caucasian migration.

Footsies is a bar owned or co-owned by Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers. Footsies is also notable for nearly always containing at least one Amoeba employee, whether drinking, DJing or bar-backing... (or all three). The video below immortalizes the bar, although it features no Amoebas.

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Soul In The Park Turns One

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 6, 2009 09:52am | Post a Comment
One of my favorite deejay nights happens every other Wednesday at Footsie's in Highland Park. Rani D's Soul In The Park turns one on Wednesday, July 8th. Rani is the resident deejay for the night, which includes special guest spots from deejays from thoughout the city. Every night is special. It feels more like a curated art show than a club. It could be Jazz one night, Hip-Hop the next, Cumbia, Brazilian; you name it, he has had it there. Soul In The Park is a music lover's dream. For this special event, Rani's guest will be Buyepongo, a live Cumbia group. They don't have many bands at Footsie's, so this should be a night to remember.
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seven. eight. nine.
next wednesday marks one year of growth nurtured by beautiful people, beautiful music, and beautiful connections. what better way to celebrate then spending an easy wednesday night affirming friendship and growth while grooving to some of the best live roots music in los angeles... in the intimate setting that is Footsie's. love and festivity will be in the air, along with other things that blow in the wind... so please allow us to engage your senses as we celebrate this moment to the fullest! if you are free to join us for this truly special occasion, your presence would bring us that much closer...


- SOUL IN THE PARK turns ONE - 
Wednesday 07.08.09 with special friends:

BUYEPONGO (live cumbia rhythms)




resident selector: RANI D. FREE / 21+ / 10pm-2am



Footsie's Bar 2640 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90065 

Gomez Comes Alive First DJ Gig Of 2009

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 13, 2009 10:15pm | Post a Comment
this wednesday, join us for our first one to start the year!
as a special treat for you, we have some of LA's finest specialists
playing cumbia music throughout the night.


...AND JUST ADDED, a special guest all the way from distrito federal!




cumbia! cumbia! cumbia!

SOUL IN THE PARK
wednesday, january 14th

special guests


DJ LENGUA of MAS EXITOS


GOMEZ COMES ALIVE! of ANDA!


DJ TROPICAZA


resident selector


RANI D.


Footsie's Bar 2640 N Figueroa St Highland Park, CA 90065
every 2nd and 4th wednesday || 10pm-2am || FREE

- o O o -

Past guests include:
GANAS, ENORBITO, HOSEH, LENGUA of MAS EXITOS;
B+ and COLEMAN of MOCHILLA; DJ DREZ; CARLOS NIÑO of SPACEWAYS RADIO;
SHAFIQ HUSAYN of SA-RA; FROSTY of DUBLAB;
DJ CAREY of DR.
WHO
; MARCUS GRAY of HIP HOP CHOCOLATES; DâM FunK of FUNKMOSPHERE;
a race of angels and GB of THE OTHASIDE..


- o O o -
lets be friends.

*Soul in the Park*

The Neighborhood Mix Continues

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2008 01:21pm | Post a Comment
Last week at Footsie's was so fun I'm doing it again. This week we will be joined by DJ Kazue (The Standard//Soul People) She is one solid DJ, Deep Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop. I will counter with some African Funk, Cumbia and great Latin Funk I found this week. Together we will produce some great sounds for a Sunday evening. Come by, have a drink and show some love. Starts @ 9:30!

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