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.

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.

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Random LA: East Wind Lion Dancers Say: “Welcome to Chinatown”

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Polka party with Pierogi this Saturday night in Highland Park! And accordion mania too at Bookshow!

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Sick City Records Does Record Store Day Big with Grand Opening in Echo Park, Patton Oswalt New Record Signing in Silver Lake

Inside Sick City Records, Silver Lake’s ground central store for glam, new wave, post-punk, shoegaze, britpop and post-punk revival selections, customers can hear classic Cramps, Bowie, Cure and Siouxsie blasting over the loudspeakers, along with more recent artists such as … Continue reading

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Bela Lugosi’s NOT Dead but Alive and Well at Akbar’s Day Goth Club This Sunday Afternoon!

Tomorrow, come and get spellbound at Day Goth, Akbar’s new monthly goth club that is now set to take place every second Sunday of the month. Day Goth, a late afternoon club, is the creation of Kimberly Kim and Bradford … Continue reading

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