Friday, November 24, 2017

Laying down a beat

 The mass of fans, packed into the Troubadour in West Hollywood, chant “Eve6, Eve6!” with religious fervor. Later, the opening notes of “Inside Out” are played, driving the crowd to scream and shout. As the lead vocalist sings into the mic, the fans echo the lyrics with mounting enthusiasm. Q: When did you start writing music? Jon Siebels: I started writing...

These Walls Tell Stories

Hidden inside studio walls in The Brewery Artist Lofts in Los Angeles, vibrant colors dance on the walls as Andre Miripolsky proudly displays his LA-centric work in almost every inch of his creation space. It is in this city that he has truly discovered his creative muse that has allowed him to be self-employed since 1982. “Looking at my life,...

Charlie hustle

Charlie sits against the wall behind Jerry's Famous Deli in Woodland Hills. He strokes his sandy, gritty white beard as he reads the latest issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Missing Gene

Photo by: Lynn Levitt   It was Christmas Eve 1984, and 15-year-old Lisa Gonzales listened to the buzzing sound of the electric razor as it shaved clean the hair from the back of her head. “The surgery took place and somewhere through the entire process I thought the brain tumor was caused from making bad lifestyle choices, like my use of drugs,”...

The Law of Attraction

Story by: Sonja Dumass Illustration by: Maria Salvador Can we make our dreams come true with our thoughts? Even though David Rosenblatt and Stephen Humphries were born and raised in different parts of the world, they have something in common. They both believe in the power of their thoughts; and that with that power they can manifest things in their life. Rosenblatt and...

Going against the social media craze

An alarm goes off and is silenced by a sluggish hand belonging to a student who gives in to a little more time in bed. His next drowsy move is toward the phone. Checking the time he sees he is already running a few minutes late for class, just enough time to check Facebook. Something as insignificant as a picture of a...

Driving Her Home

Story and Photos by: Todd Rosenblatt   Driving a BMW Z4 is a middle-aged woman with blonde hair who appears the same as any other Angeleno. The difference is that L.J. Blackwell lives in her car. At first glance, her two-door convertible with custom pink decals doesn’t look like it could be somebody’s home. Only a large, nearly-transparent plastic box filled with toiletries...

Models of Pride

  Story by: Evelia Rodriguez  At the center of the University of Southern California (USC), almost two thousand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transvestite and questioning (LGBTQ) youth members go out and celebrate their LGBTQ pride. Models of Pride (MOP), is an annual event that was founded in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District. MOP...

The Music Plays On

For the average Angeleno, a typical Thursday morning usually involves prepping for school or work, fighting traffic and grabbing a quick bite and a cup of coffee. For Dori Accordino, Thursday is when she drives her Lincoln Town Car to St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood because it’s the place she knows there’s a free meal. Walking into the Holy...

A dream deferred

The military offers a solid alternative for the unemployed in hard economic times, but with rough challenges. William Melendez helps visualize what being in the military is like in times of war.