Author Archives: Judy Ornelas Sisneros

Judy Ornelas Sisneros

About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.

Queer LA: Smells Like Butch Spirit

Butch rockstars were in the house last Sunday night at the all-ages venue, The Smell, to check out the Crickets, Kuromi and A G E N D E R show.  The headliners were the New York-based Crickets, which is a … Continue reading

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Photoville LA: Many Stories, Many Worlds Displayed

Last weekend I went to Photoville LA, a large free outdoor exhibition that originated in Brooklyn (as Photoville) in 2009, created by United Photo Industries, with mini galleries installed in step-in containers and kiosks, photos presented in cubes and triangles, on banners … Continue reading

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Foster the Kittens: Heaven on Earth Rescue has the Furry Companion for You

If you’re a cat maniac like myself, you would’ve been delighted to be at Heaven on Earth‘s open house last Sunday evening in North Hollywood, an unexpected location to feel like you are in kitten paradise! Heaven on Earth is … Continue reading

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The Annual Dyke Day LA Beer Bust & BBQ Fundraiser Blowout!

Motorcycles revving out front. A constant stream of dykes of all genders and other queers filing into The Eagle bar in Silver Lake. Volunteers taking in donations at the entry and offering raffle tickets. Leather play inside for those inclined. … Continue reading

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Spring Clearance Time at Lethal Amounts!

Last weekend Danny Fuentes’ Lethal Amounts fans flocked to his gallery for a special clearance sale as he gets ready to bring some new designs to his six-year old punk/goth/industrial counter culture art space. Could you believe cool tee-shirts and … Continue reading

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Lisa Derrick Fine Arts, Chinatown’s Newest Gallery Gem, is Not Burning at the Stake Anytime Soon

Lisa Derrick Fine Arts is a recently-opened gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown which has been drawing large crowds since opening with its first exhibit “ALLEGORY AND CYPHER” last January. Lisa Derrick, proprietor and curator, is a well-known presence in … Continue reading

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February’s Weirdo Night Features Kathleen Hanna, Rudy Bleu, Morgan Bassichis and other oddballs!

Weirdo Night is coming to Zebulon in February! The monthly comedy and performance event at the concert-bar café (that has a wonderful dance floor and a great sound system too) mixes it up for raucous artistry, organized spontaneity and a … Continue reading

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Here Kitty Kitty! The 2018 CatCon Roars into Pasadena With a Massive MEOW!!!

Hundreds of cat and kitty lovers invaded the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday to fulfill their feline obsessions and bask in the atmosphere of like-minded fanatics.  An endless array of cat products caused many oooh’s and aww’s, from low-brow to … Continue reading

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Silver Lake and other Communities Continue to Mourn the Tragedy at Trader Joe’s

Photos of the makeshift memorial outside of the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s store (plus one of nearby burger joint Rick’s) taken one week after the July 21 hostage takeover by a gunman and resulting police shootout. This tragedy sadly culminated … Continue reading

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Queer LA: Chicas Ridin’ in Style!

Beating the heat wave by classic car ridin’ in Santa Monica. ©Photo by Judy Ornelas Sisneros. All rights reserved. Please follow and like us:

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