The Rundown: This Week in Brief 8/21/2020

Editorial by Sister Corita Kent

Saving a Piece of Art History from Demolition

The unassuming Sun Cleaners building on Franklin Ave in Los Feliz was once the art studio for Sister Mary Corita, or Corita Kent, from 1960 to 1968. Kent, celebrated as part of the Pop Art movement and for her social justice-themed works, taught Immaculate Heart College students at the studio and hosted famous guests there such as Charles and Ray Eames. It’s also where “My People,” her 1965 piece on the Watts Uprising, was created. The Corita Art Center at Immaculate Heart High School is now trying to have the building designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument because it may be up for demolition.  LINK – Simone Snaith

Police Announce Arrests in Violent Hate Crime Live Streamed this Week

Two men have been arrested in connection with violent crimes committed against three women just after 2 a.m. Monday on Hollywood Boulevard. Carlton Callway, 29, and Willie Walker, 42, were arrested one day apart on suspicion of robbery and committing a hate crime. 22-year-old Davion Williams, who is accused of assault with a deadly weapon, is still at large. The women, who happen to be transgender, were attacked by three men while they waited for an Uber. It appears that the men, who had been harassing the women earlier in a shop, returned to rob and attack them. Disturbingly, a crowd gathered, taunting the women with anti-transgender slurs and encouraging the men to attack them. The attack was videotaped and livestreamed real-time. One of the women was hit on the back of the head, probably with a bottle, according to some reports. The idea of a crowd gathering and laughing at the victims makes me ashamed to be an Angeleno. Police ask anyone with information to contact the LAPD’s Hollywood station at (213) 972-2934. Source.

“Plugged In: Freak Out! An Evening with Ahmet Zappa & Pamela Des Barres”

On August 20, 2020, via Zoom, the life and times of experimental musician Frank Zappa were discussed as one of his sons, Ahmet Zappa, and bestselling author and Super Groupie, Pamela Des Barres, an original GTO, talked about life with the Zappas (Gail, Frank, and their four kids along with a motley assortment of rock stars, musicians, artists, writers and weirdos), the behind-the-scenes world of Mothers of Invention, and the launching and weird success of the GTOs, or Girls Together Outrageously, one of the first all-girl art rock bands. – Lucretia Tye Jasmine

The Milk Man is Back!!!

Leche Co. is delivering milk alternatives straight to your door in LA, OC and Long Beach with no delivery fee! You will find your standard almond and cashew milks, as well as a variety of cold brew coffees and teas on their website. Best sellers like Niña Fresa and Chocomil fill the nostalgic cravings for strawberry and chocolate milk, but with no dairy. Started by in 2018 by 19 year-old LA native Steven Macedo, himself lactose intolerant, Leche Co., is now a booming business due to the COVID-19 shut down. Find over 40 varieties of flavored Oat, Almond, Pecan, Cashew and even Peanut milk on the website.   – Mayra Aceves

The James Beard Foundation Will Not Name Winners at its 2020 Awards Ceremony)

Everything is changing due to Covid, and the 2020 James Beard Awards scheduled for Friday, September 25, are no exception. For the first time in its 30-year history No new winners will be named at the annual ceremony, instead honoring previously announced honorees for 2020 in categories such as America’s Classics, Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, Design Icon, and Leadership Awards. According to a recent press release, the broadcast will “…be a night of storytelling surrounding the historic challenges this community faces and how we can work together to rebuild a stronger and more equitable restaurant industry.”

Orange County Families of the Golden State Killer’s Murder Victims Give Victim Impact Statements 

Like me, some of you have been caught up in the HBO docuseries about reporter Michelle McNamara’s hunt for the Golden State Killer, or her gripping book, or maybe even HULU’s competing documentary series, The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over. In other words, one of the state’s prolific serial killers is big news around here. Locally he is guilty of the murders of 24-year-old Keith and 28- year-old Patrice Harrington on August 19, 1980, in Dana Point; 28-year-old Manuela Witthuhn in Irvine in February 1981; and 18-year-old Janelle Cruz in Irvine in May 1986. Although the defendant, Joseph DeAngelo, has accepted guilty verdicts in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table, the families and survivors can give “victim impact statements” before sentencing. On Thursday the OC families finally had the chance to tell this monster what he has done to them. From the look in his hollow eyes it doesn’t appear that any of the heartbreaking testimonies affect him, but hopefully it will bring some relief or closure to his victims. SOURCE

Elise Thompson

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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