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Boyle Heights: A man armed with a ghost pistol, which are often made from kits with no traceable serial numbers, was shot dead by police this afternoon near Evergreen and Wabash Avenues. the east side
Glassell Park: Firefighters needed about 20 minutes to put out a fire this afternoon at a two-story townhouse in the 3800 block of West Avenue 41. the east side
By Robert Fulton
A jewelry store in the Atwater village has a message for vandals: “You can’t steal our joy!
These are some of the words spray-painted on the plywood covering the broken window of MaeMae Jewelry on Glendale Boulevard.
The front glass was shattered at the start of January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
It is unclear whether this was a failed burglary or simply an act of vandalism. Nothing was stolen from the handcrafted jewelry and gift shop. No one was injured and no arrests were made.
Security video shows a man throwing a rock through the window. The store’s alarm scared off the would-be burglar, leaving broken glass and a mess.
Store manager Amanda Rodil Hua said the store is talking to contractors and hopes to replace the glass next week. That broken window pushed renovation plans forward, she added.
Spirits remain high at MaeMae as evidenced by the message on the plywood: “Sticks and stones Mae break our window, but you can’t steal our joy!”
“We are looking on the bright side. No one was injured, nothing was taken,” Rodil Hua said.
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Vicente Fernandez Street Update
Boyle Heights: the Boyle Heights Ward Council refused to vote against renaming a street for the deceased Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez. Instead, the council on Wednesday evening referred the matter to its planning committee, where the opposition originated, to come up with new statements regarding the name change, officials said. LA City Councilman Kevin de Leon wants to rename two blocks of Bailey Street as Vicente Fernandez Street in honor of the Mariachi singer, who died last month. But the planning committee, in a statement, said Fernandez behaved inappropriately around women and made a derogatory remark about gay people.
Former congressman dies
East Los Angeles: Old Congressman Esteban Torres has died aged 91, reports the Whittier Daily News. Torres, who grew up in East LA and graduated from Garfield High, was a former autoworker who later became a labor and political activist. He founded the East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), a poverty relief agency, and was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to several positions. Esteban E. Torres High School in East LA is named in his honor.
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Eagle Rock: Painter and Julika Lackner, Eagle Rock resident presents her nighttime views of Los Angeles in “Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner,” which opens Saturday, January 29 at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. Lackner transforms the cityscape into dots of light on dark hills and the night sky into bands of color. The 17 rooms include views of the downtown skyline as seen from Debs Park and the hills surrounding the Silver Lake Reservoir. Earlier this year, Flaunt magazine featured Lackner’s Eagle Rock neighborhood paintings she created during the pandemic lockdown. The exhibition lasts until May 1.
Valentine’s Day Podcast
Los Feliz: Playwright Sharon Yablon releases the latest short audio piece in its surreal podcast series, “A Garden of Terrible Blooms”. Like the previous 10 episodes, it takes place somewhere in LA or the far-flung influence of the city. And if it remains consistent with his previous work, this mini-piece promises a dreamlike quality. The Feb. 14 episode is “Dear Marie,” about two people from the same neighborhood who have never spoken to each other, but show up on a deserted beach on Valentine’s Day. Playwright and published short story writer, the Los Feliz resident calls her podcast “short pieces of the weird and the surreal,” influenced by The Twilight Zone and Ray Bradbury.
Purchase of the museum
Glassell Park: The contemporary art museum has two paintings by a longtime resident of the neighborhood Nick Taggart, reported the Boulevard Sentinel. The works “Rochelle and Sandy” and “Fender Buddies” were completed in 1980, when Taggart used bright colors to document the city’s underground art and music scene.
Boyle Heights: Artist honored by LA City Council Robert Vargas naming him an intersection in his hometown of Boyle Heights. Councilor Kevin de León moved the motion, which was seconded by Councilor Gil Cedillo, to name the intersection of Pennsylvania and Boyle Avenues “Robert Vargas Square Artist – Angeleno. Vargas’ murals can be found on buildings throughout Los Angeles, and he is currently working on a 14-story mural near Pershing Square that will become the world’s largest mural painted by a single artist, with Guinness World Records recognition expected this spring.
Eagle Rock: A new series of comics by Eagle Rock’s Adam Rose and Robert Ahmad comes out in April. The series, titled Corollary, “is a sci-fi adventure in a galaxy of twins where if your twin dies…so do you!” says Rose. (In 2014, thieves stole 14 boxes of comic books from Rose’s garage!)
Who doesn’t love chickens?
Echo Park: Brite Spot parking lot now features a mural by a local artist Hidden – known for his paintings of chickens with geometric shapes. The mural – mostly shades of blue, highlighted by shapes of green, pink, purple, yellow, brown and red – depicts happy cats surrounded by disinterested chickens. According to VoyageLA, the Guatemalan-born Cache murals have been appearing on various walls for more than two decades. “When I got the invitation from @mikeycampero to paint the walls of the Brite Spot in Echo Park I had to spring into action and called a few buds to come throw some paint on this classic local breakfast,” Cache said on her Instagram.
January 29: Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner
January 29: Charter School Fair
February 3: Comedy at the Manor
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