Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…
New York’s Brry Bnds has a line of patches for different cities and the LA one is pretty great. It reads, “Good Morning Los Angeles Let’s Get This Money.” Could make a great gift!
Former LAIY cover dude and KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis is hosting a cool event called The Mixer at The Churchill on April 24. It’s a happy hour and conversation that should be a lot of fun. Steve’s the best!
The sign spinner is no longer an obscure urban creature. Drive through any city and you’ll see one toting a pendant advertising a new apartment complex or a low-rate tax preparer: sign spinners are a specific type of person. They’re all over Los Angeles too, from Echo Park to Miracle Mile to Baldwin Hills: you can find a sign spinner in any part of town. They’ve become such a popular form of advertising that automatons have popped up on street corners lifelessly twirling signs, cheaply imitating their work.
It’s a fascinating world. It’s one that local director and editor Danny Corey was drawn into by way of a man named Justin Brown. Brown is the “self-proclaimed Godfather of the Sign Spinning Trick-tionary” and can be seen around town doing his work in front of notable places like the La Brea and Melrose Jiffy Lube. He’s passionate about his work and he—and his culture—is absolutely fascinating. Corey felt the same way and made a very special, very well executed documentary about Brown and his craft.
Local and Los Angeles lover Ezra Horne has started video series about great things about Los Angeles. This includes everything from architecture to biking to art and transportation. Totally great! Be sure to check it out. New videos every Thursday, too!