Ed Pearl, founder of the legendary Ash Grove, to receive 'long-overdue' honor at FAR-West folk music festival and conference

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.


Richard Sears Trio and jazz legend Tootie Heath to perform at Angel City Jazz Festival on Oct. 6

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.    


'Night of Noir' at El Cid looks at LA's comics ban of 1948

A typical crime comic banned under LA's 1948 ordinance

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


Haefele: Mayor Garcetti's library commission picks lack connection to, you know, books

LAPL/Security Pacific National Bank Collection

The devastating arson fire that burned 400,000 books in the LA Public Library in 1986.

LAPL/Security Pacific National Bank Collection

Workers salvaging what they can after the 1986 LA Public Library fire.

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.


No, you can't buy tickets to see 'Breaking Bad' at Hollywood Forever on Craigslist

Courtesy of Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

It's not easy to be a "Breaking Bad" fan in Los Angeles. Lovers of the TV phenomenon were exhilarated when — thanks to Cinespia — they found out they could watch "Breaking Bad"'s final episode inside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the company of the show's cast and crew. Then the tickets went on sale, and in the blink of an eye sold out. Fade to black.

And now, with less than 72 hours before the world at last learns what Walt plans to do with the M60 in his trunk, Craigslist resellers have thrown their black pork pie hats into the ring. 

Some go for as much as $700 — more than 15 times the original $45 selling price. Some go for a little less, but even if you have a Heisenberg-size barrel of cash to burn, good luck getting in. Tickets to Sunday's event are non-transferable and Cinespia is watching out for resellers.