Hosted by L.A. as Subject (an association of archives and collections hosted by the USC Libraries) the Archives Bazaar is like Disneyland for local history buffs. University libraries from all over SoCal will have exhibits at the bazaar and there's a full day of lectures and panels on L.A. history scheduled too. Be sure to bring down some stuff from the attic, because experts from Los Angeles Preservation Network will be there all day to assess documents and photographs (and digitize them for you too) in the style of Antiques Roadshow.
This Saturday, October 12, 2013; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Doheny Memorial Library; USC University Park Campus. Free to attend. More info here.
Ash Grove concert flier. Courtesy Ed Pearl.
For 15 years starting in 1958, Ash Grove on Melrose Ave. was the place to go in Los Angeles for live folk and blues music. Bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins played there. So did Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Muddy Waters.
But Ash Grove was more than just a meeting place for music fans. It was a cultural hub.
From a February 1985 Los Angeles Magazine piece by Rebecca Kuzins:
"In the early '60s, it was a departure point for buses taking Freedom Riders to the South; in the late '60s, it was a meeting place for the Black Panthers."
It all started with Ash Grove founder Ed Pearl. A guitar player and music enthusiast, Pearl earned the respect of the artists who played at his club -- they loved Ash Grove not only for its music, but its devoted community of musicians and music lovers too.
Angel City Jazz Festival: Metamorphosis
Looking to keep it fresh with the jazz titans of old and new? Then head on over to the Angel City Jazz Festival this Sunday at 5:00pm. The evening's performers include the Richard Sears Trio and special guest jazz legend Tootie Heath. In 2009, Erica Wrightson interviewed Heath for LA Weekly about the state of jazz and Heath's continuing development as an artist. 'Neither disappointed nor intimidated by the direction of jazz and the way technology has transformed the music industry, he embraces it. "I think it's wonderful and it speeds everything up. I don't see how we've lived all these years without it."' General admission tickets run for $40.00, but students can get in for $17.00. Sweeten the deal by making it a group outing and save up to 20% on tickets.
Sunday, Oct. 6th, 4:00 - 8:45pm at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre: 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E Los Angeles, 90068. More info here.
In September 1948, L.A. County passed a ban on comic books. This Sunday at El Cid, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will present its "Night of Noir" variety show that brings some of these banned comics to life in the style of an old radio program.
Benjamin Dickow is a "Night of Noir" cast member and lectures on the history of comics at Otis College. He tells Off-Ramp that, back in the '40s, L.A. County's ban on comics became a model for similar ordinances across the nation.
Stay tuned to next weekend's Off-Ramp for more from Dickow on the comics ban.
In the meantime, you can check out the "Night of Noir" variety show Sunday, Oct. 6, at El Cid: 4212 W. Sunset Blvd. More info on tickets here.
Who bemoans the loss of ancient Alexandria’s Department of Public Works? No one I can think of. But all of civilization bemoans the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria with its lost treasures of knowledge from the first millennia of human history.
(O. Von Corven)
The old library was inscribed "The place of the cure of the soul." And that is what libraries have been to civilization ever since.
Where were the libraries in your life? Mine stretch across the nation—the little one in Flint, the big one in Detroit, the glorious old Beaux-Arts library in St Louis with the towering stacks and glass catwalks, accessible even to 14-year-olds like me. Then there was perhaps the greatest of them all: the lion-fronted Public Library of New York.