Results tagged “Emily Lerman”

Midnight Movie: KCET Profiles General Jeff, Mayor of Skid Row

It's impossible to mention the positive change happening on Skid Row without mentioning General Jeff. LAist met him back in 2008 at the site of his first major project, the Nike-sponsored basketball court in Gladys Park. KCET recently caught up with him as well.

Map of the Day: The LA Bike Map

A screen shot from the new LA Bike Map. Cyclist and advocate, Alex Thompson, of Bikeside LA, recently introduced the LA Bike Map (map). The interactive map allows users to track and report collisions, road hazards, stolen bikes, close calls, harassment and more. The map, which is an ever-growing and expanding work in progress, currently includes 2008 LA City data as well as user-submitted incidents. There are many ways to play around with it,...

Watch This: VICE Takes Us To Liberia

Warning: This video contains disturbing imagery and language...and it's extremely f-cked up. For the latest installment of the "Vice Guide to Travel" series, filmmakers Shane Smith and Andy Capper of Vice literally went where no one else has been: West Point in Monrovia, Liberia, "one of the worst slums in Liberia, which makes it one of the worst in West Africa, which makes it one of the worst in the world". The result is...

PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide: Gifts That Give More, Part II (Last Minute Edition)

Doctors Without Borders Holiday Tribute E-Cards are one of many gifts that give more. Photo courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Another collection of holiday gift ideas that give more...and many of these are perfect for those of you who like to save it last minute...and perhaps not even leave the house! Check out PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide Part I for more... Inner City Arts Support LA's own Inner City Arts School "an oasis...

See This Tonight: Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Brasher with young child. Photo courtesy of Living in Emergency. A little over a year ago, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières came to Griffith Park and then Santa Monica to set up their "Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City". LAist visited both "camps" and learned a tremendous amount about the organization, the plight of these refugees and specifically how MSF responds to medical emergencies. On Monday, MSF is hosting an one-night...

PhiLAnthropist: Project H's Abject Object Pairs Sustainable Design and Volunteerism to Empower Local Women

There is no design without action; We design WITH, not FOR; We document, share and measure; We start locally and scale globally, We design systems, not stuff. - From Project H's Mission Statement. We mentioned Project H's Abject Object in last week's PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide. Project H Design is definitely one of coolest organizations we learned about in 2009. And we're quite certain we'll be hearing about it more in 2010, and beyond.

Over 400 Designers Offering 70%-off at Divine Design for Project Angel Food

Photo by denisetaylor☼ via LAist Featured Photo Pool on Flickr. Between Unique LA and Divine Design, the weekend is full of great opportunities to do your holiday shopping while also giving back to the community and helping people in need. Divine Design is happening right now in Beverly Hills and continues through Monday night. Featuring over 400 designers, including Diane Von Furstenburg, J Brand, Barbie, Tokidoki, Barney's New York, Oliver Peoples and Me&Ro, shoppers...

PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide: Gifts That Give More, Part I

The holiday season is all about giving. We know that. Somewhere in between waking up at 3am for the doorbuster deals, braving the mall crowds and boycotting consumerism all together, we can maintain our "holiday sanity" by buying gifts that support those organizations working to drive social change and improve the lives of others. We've divided this into two parts. Part I lists those gifts for when you actually need to present the recipient with a tangible good, otherwise, you ruined the Festivus...for everyone. In Part II, you'll find organizations that use your donation to give a gift to someone else less fortunate

PhiLAnthropist: Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

The 2008 Thanksgiving sunset in Silver Lake | Photo by sesshin via LAist Featured Photo pool on Flickr It's that wonderful time of the year again. Door-busters, pant-busters, wallet-busters. We've included some ideas for some Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities. You know, so you feel less guilty after eating 14 pounds of stuffing or to prevent you from drinking all day and making things awkward at dinner. Or perhaps you want to take part out of...

Midnight Movie: VICE Explores LA's Hidden Urban Oil Wells

So that odd shaped flower-painted tower sticking up behind Beverly Hills High School is not some weird sculpture - it's actually an oil well. And there is one behind the Beverly Center as well. And at the Farmer's Market. And inside a building on Pico. And numerous others.

Midnight Movie: Jared Leto's New Video Features LA and Midnight Ridazz Bikers

Jared Leto and hundreds of Midnight Ridazz bikers take over the streets of LA in the new 30 Seconds to Mars video, "Kings + Queens". We like watching as they head over the Sixth Street Bridge, through the Second Street Tunnel, around Hollywood and Highland, and finally hit the edge of the Santa Monica Pier as the Ridazz show off LA's unique and growing bike culture. We think it's pretty cool that they name each rider at the end too!

'School On Wheels' Founder to Be Honored With 'Most Prestigious Award Given To Women'

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr In 1993, after reading a book about homelessness, LA-resident Agnes Stevenson started teaching kids in a park in Santa Monica. From this book she learned that hundreds of thousands of children in the US do not attend school due to homelessness. And School on Wheels was born. The organization, which provides one-on-one tutoring to homeless children from Costa Mesa up...

The Day My Mind Exploded: Glitch Mob at The Roxy, 7/25/09

I hate crowds. Rather, I hate being in the middle of them. At most shows, I prefer to be the boring one who likes to hang in the back and just listen. Unfortunately, at last Friday's Glitch Mob show, this was not the case. I wanted nothing more than to be part of the hot sweaty mess that was rocking the floors of The Roxy. And it was the most enjoyable hot sweaty mess I...

Magic Garage 5: Eagle Rock Music and Arts Collective Takes Over Downtown Loft This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Annex Seven, used with permission. Five years ago, Magic Garage was born in an Eagle Rock house when a group of artists and musicians decided to come together to throw a party and show off their work. This weekend, the group will convene once again, but thanks to the growing success of the event, the organizer's mom's house won't cut it anymore, so instead they will take over the Annex Seven...

Cyclist Shot in Highland Park During Group Ride Last Night

Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos As a group of cyclists were riding through Highland Park last night, they encountered a group of alleged gangster's who approached the cyclists and started throwing glass bottles and vases, some following the riders with shovels. According to witnesses, many participants rode through the area as fast as possible upon hearing the commotion, but when the assailants attempted to take a girl's pushed a girl off her...

Cirque Berzerk Partners With Chrysalis to Provide Jobs for Downtown's Homeless

Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist From the minute one steps foot inside the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the site of Cirque Berzerk, no minute is left unstimulated. A small crew outfitted in pirate-like burlesque circus costumes greets entering cars. As you walk toward the entrance, distracted by the LA skyline that unfolds ahead, a burst of intense heat startles you and you instantly jump back 5-feet. It's easy to miss the enormous torch towering...

PhiLAnthropist Interview: Mary Fanaro of OmniPeace Donates 25% of Profits to End Poverty in Africa

"When you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, the universe opens up and says, 'yeah, I am going to help you out.'" Mary Fanaro, founder of the LA-based OmniPeace fashion brand, perfectly summed up her experiences since starting the company in 2005. The former event producer remembers waking up one morning after throwing a huge bash for the 10-year anniversary for the Hard Rock Hotel

PhiLAnthropist: Four Years Later at The Skid Row Neighborhood Watch Walk

Exactly one year ago, LAist read Ed Fuentes' blogdowntown article about Estela Lopez and the third anniversary of the Skid Row Neighborhood Watch Walk . He described it as a gathering that brought together "neighbors from surrounding neighborhoods, college documentary filmmakers, social workers, teachers, and city officials, and residents" all part of an effort to "put the spot light on Skid Row" as Lopez, one of the walk's founders, explains at the beginning of each walk.

Dog's 7-year-old Owner Makes Root Beer, Donates Money to Animal Shelters

Oscar and Margo at a recent pet adoption and tasting event. Oscar says Margo's Bark goes best with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Photo courtesy of Margo's Bark, used with permission. For his first grade science project, Oscar decided to make root beer. Turns out, the root beer was really good. All the parents and students at the school loved it. So Oscar, with the help from his family, saw an opportunity beyond...

AIDS/LifeCycle 2009: 545-miles of Drag Queens, Spandex and Clif Bars Along California's Coast

On Sunday May 31st, 5am would become the new rush hour for the 2,150 riders and 500 volunteer-roadies as they filtered into San Francisco's Cow Palace, waiting with anticipation and excitement for the kickoff of the 2009 AIDS/LifeCycle.

Dwell on Design: 'On Stage' Speaker Preview

Last years's Dwell convention floor | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist This weekend's Dwell on Design at the Convention Center features an extensive amount of activities, offering something for everyone, from mobile food to pre-fab homes, all in the name of sustainable design. LAist is looking forward checking out the 'On-Stage' portion of the event, featuring an excellent line-up of speakers, seminars and discussion panels. Topics range from green design, cars and renting versus owning...

JUNKride Interview: Cyclists on 2,000-mile Ride Roll Into Santa Monica, Raising Awareness of Ocean's 'Plastic Soup'

The JUNKride duo, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Anna Cummins, used with permission. On April 4th, two LA residents, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, set off an a 2,000-mile bike ride, the JUNKride, from Vancouver to Tijuana, to raise awareness and educate children and adults about the damage plastic is causing to our oceans. The ride has lead them through dozens of cities including Portland, Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Chico...

LAUSD's Homeless Education Program Saved From Budget Cuts

Just last week, the LAUSD's Homeless Education Program was at risk of becoming a victim of the many budget cuts. The program aims to "ensure that homeless youth have access to a free public education, equal to that of any other youth". General Jeff, Skid Row activist and founder of Issues and Solutions, sent an email to the director of these programs explaining the importance of these services and asked them to reconsider. In an email from LAUSD's Melissa Schoonmaker, he received word that his efforts paid off:

Midnight Movie: Gazprom's Corporate Anthem Drinking Song

Thanks to Rachel Maddow for tweeting about the corporate anthem from Russian gas monopoly, Gazprom. It's quite remarkable. via Foreign Policy What's your favorite corporate anthem? Comment below!...

PhiLAnthropist Interview: Zach and Justin of LA's 'Karma Project'

Karma Project's Zach Istrin at Shane's Inspiration. Photo courtesy of Zach Istrin. While many not-for-profits are struggling when it comes to funding and donations, one more positive fallout of this little recession is an increase in volunteer hours. LA's Zach Istrin and Justin Bird are perfect examples of this wave of volunteerism. With more time on their hands, they decided to start volunteering, a lot. With hopes of raising awareness and motivating other young...

Cyclist and Activist 'Roadblock' Injured In Hit and Run

On Monday night, the well-known cyclist and activist, who goes by Roadblock, was thrown from his bike after a driver rear-ended him going 45 miles per hour. The accident occurred on N. Glendale just before Park and the driver was said be in a dark gray sedan, plate number 6GYC11. Unfortunately, it seems like such stories are becoming much too frequent, especially in this part of town, around Glendale between the 101 and Sunset....

LA Craft Beer Festival Recap: LA Ready for Craft Beer Culture

While we can debate over the burritos in LA vs. SF to no end, it is hard to argue over which city has a more prevalent beer culture. Perhaps this is because no one has ever really pushed such a culture here in LA. That is, until now. Last Saturday, the Los Angeles Craft and Artisan Beer Appreciation League (LACABAL) hosted their first annual Craft Beer Festival at The Echoplex and it was clearly a...

'Pics or It Didn't Happen' Showcases the LA Bike Scene

One of many photographs to be featured at tomorrow's Midnight Ridazz 'Pics or It Didn't Happen'. Photos by Jon Anderson, used with permission. For a city where the uninformed would quickly say "...but no one bikes in LA", a lot has happened over the past year. Cyclists took over the 10 and the 405. Crank Mob got a little crazier than usual. And on the less upbeat side, lives were lost, inevitably sparking rallies...

PhiLAnthropist: A Cause for Comedy To Throw Down for Project Angel Food

Photo by Solar Icon via Flickr. Tonight, Causecast.org and Ben Morrison (LAist interview) host "A Cause for Comedy" at the Hollywood Improv. This is the first show in a monthly series which will raise money for local charities. LA's own Project Angel Food (volunteer opportunities) is the first beneficiary. 100% of the proceeds will go to the organization dedicated to providing home cooked meals to those suffering from HIV, AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening...

Shopping, Food and Beer: Sonja Rasula Brings Cool and Community to the Masses at this Weekend's UNIQUE LA

Detroit Sprinkles is one of the 275 vendors at UNIQUE LA. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist LA is an amazing and dynamic place. Complain if you want, but it's impossible to deny that the city is full of people doing great things to foster an increased sense of community and exploit LA's finest assets. Sonja Rasula, founder of this weekend's UNIQUE LA, is one such individual. LAist first met the Echo Park native at GOOD's...

'Dine Out For Life' Today, Support Project Angel Food

Over 40 LA restaurants are participating in today's Dining Out For Life to benefit Project Angel Food. The restaurant's, which include O!Burger (seen in the photo here), Chaya, El Chavo, Taste and Barney's will "donate a minimum of 25% of the day’s sales to benefit Project Angel Food, which cooks and delivers 10,000 meals every week to men, women and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses." Check out the full list...

The Soloist Wants You To Get Involved

AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Francois Duhame The Soloist, set and filmed in LA's Skid Row, opens nation-wide today. We've written about Skid Row many times with hopes that a continued spotlight on the area will raise awareness and motivate individuals to get involved and work for change, beyond serving meals around the holiday season. The Soloist will certainly brighten that spotlight as it confronts issues of homelessness, poverty and mental illness, and the movie's producer,...

Police Looking for Information on Skid Row Double Homicide

On April 12, two men, Tommie Hayes and Kevin "K.K." Cohen, were, killed at the LAMP Lodge on Skid Row. The 42-year old Cohen had worked on The Soloist. According to Participant Media's blog, "Cohen was an extra in The Soloist and he helped to make the movie an accurate depiction of the day-to-day life on Skid Row". Cohen's death occurred just week before the movie's release and the premiere was dedicated to him....

NPR Features 3-Day Series on Skid Row

Tom Andrews/LAist On Monday, NPR began a three-day series covering Skid Row. In Part 1, they discussed the history of Skid Row, the missions and how for some, "Skid Row is for beginnings". Yesterday's piece included a discussion about the Safer Cities Initiative with LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph and a narrarted slideshow "tour" by community activist and friend of LAist, General Jeff. Part 3 concluded with coverage of the upcoming film, The...

DLANC Founding Member Lesley Taplin To Be Remembered In Celebration of Life

Photo by Don Garza, used with permission Last Tuesday, Leslie Taplin, a Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) volunteer and founding member, was tragically killed in a freeway accident. blogdowntown first reported on the story and a read through the comments tells the story of a remarkable woman who dedicated countless efforts to bringing positive change to the downtown community. Those who knew Lesley described her as a "tireless volunteer" and a "tireless friend"....

'From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef': LAist Interviews Eli Sussman of Freshman in the Kitchen

"This dish emerged from a combination of two of my favorite flavors. The rich flavor of the roasted salmon and vegetables pairs so perfectly with the sharp flavor of the goat cheese. Stacking a dish is a quick and not too difficult way to show off the different colors and components of this dish." Photo courtesy of Freshman In the Kitchen. Check out the recipe below. "I'm making pork belly tacos and fresh orange...

PhiLAnthropist Interview: TOMS Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie Plans to Give Away 300,000 Pairs in 2009

What happens when you travel to Argentina to learn how to play Polo? You start a sustainable and socially conscious shoe company. Of course. Well, that is exactly what happened to Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes. After visitng the country in 2006 and witnessing the mass amounts of children without shoes and its detrimental effects, he returned to the US determined to eradicate this problem. And for the last 3 years, he has...

'Twestival' Recap: Watch As They Drill the First Twestival Well in Ethiopia

Photo courtesy of charity:water Back in February, we told you about Twestival, a worldwide "tweet-up" in the name of raising money for charity:water. Over 200 cities, incuding Los Angeles and Anaheim hosted their own Twestivals. What madeTwestival and the partnership with charity:water so great, in addition to the fact that thousands of people came together to make this happen in a matter of weeks, is that 100% of the proceeds raised from Twestival goes...

Activists to 'Freeze' At Hollywood + Highland Saturday, Silently Speaking Out Against Human Trafficking

Can you "freeze" for five minutes to raise awareness about human trafficking? Photo by susan catherine via LAist Photo Pool. Take the concept behind Improv Everywhere and their guerilla style gatherings in public places (like the no pants subway ride) and add an element of activism and a desire to fight social injustices, and you have The Freeze Project. On Saturday, at 4:30pm, participants will gather at Hollywood and Highland to 'freeze' for 5...

PhiLAnthropist: Sunday, Get A Tattoo (or a T-Shirt), Support the Fight to End AIDS

Riding from SF to LA for AIDS. Ballers! AIDS Lifecycle 2008, day 6. Photo: GarySe7en via Flickr. In just 8 weeks, 3000 cyclists will pedal up San Vicente Blvd. in Santa Monica after a 7-day and 545-mile ride that begins in San Francisco. This year marks the 8th Annual AIDS Life Cycle Ride, a benefit for and co-produced by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the SF AIDS Foundation. Join the fight this...

Pay $1 For Tap Water At Local Restaurants, Support 'The Tap Project'

Photo by S.C. Asher via the LAist Featured Photo Pool on Flickr. As mentioned last week, the procurement of clean and safe water is a big issue. This week, at restaurants all over the city, including El Cholo, Hugo's Il Piccolino, BLT Steak, Hamburger Mary's, AOC, Pasta Pomodoro and many more, you can add $1 or more and pay for the tap water you usually drink for free. This is all part of the...

PhiLAnthropist: March for Water Tomorrow

Water. Big issue. Trailer from the new film FLOW (or For the Love Of Water). March for Water. So what does that mean exactly? It's a day to highlight the human right to clean water. Tomorrow, in over 27 countires, people will be observing World Water Day (India alone has seven different events taking place). So it's fitting that Los Angeles, with many of it's own water issues, will play host to a variety...

PhiLAnthropist: Five Community Leaders You Need to Know

GOOD and Knight Rider's Community Leaders (Photo: Emily Lerman/LAist) Last Wednesday, GOOD and Knight Pulse partnered up to honor the five individuals they awarded for their involvement in various community projects addressing local and global issues. As a whole, the event tapped in to the power and potential of acting on and pursuing an idea; by the end, it was almost impossible to leave without feeling an invigorated sense of hope and inspiration to...

USC Law Student Fights For Woman's Parole After 30 Years, Launches 'FreeConnie.com'

LAist recently met Elliot Darvick, the 'technical guru' behind the FreeConnie.com campaign launched by Adam Reich, a 25-year-old, second year law-student at USC. As the name implies, the fight is to free Connie Keel, a woman who has been imprisoned for 30 years for a crime she did not commit. In 1980 she stayed in a car paralyzed in fear while her abusive husband and his cousin made a spur of the moment decision...

PhiLAnthropist Interviews the Ultimate 'Do-Gooder': Ben Goldhirsh, Founder of GOOD Magazine

'GOOD' is an understatement. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist On the South side of Melrose, right after La Brea, a small office building displays the word GOOD in big block letters through the large windows. Fittingly, it is the home of GOOD, the magazine 'for people who give a damn'. Founded in 2006 by the then 26-year-old Ben Goldhirsh, GOOD seeks to 'inform' and 'inspire', covering issues from Van Jones and green-collar jobs to street...

What Are The Surveillance Cameras Doing on Skid Row?

Tonight's monthly Skid Row neighorhood watch walk will include a trip to the LAPD Central City Division Police Station for a look at just how the district is using these cameras to reduce crime and increase safety in the area. In 2006, the Central City East Association's Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District installed the cameras. The ten cameras have assisted police in reducing crime and in identifying criminal suspects. The system uses fully controlled...

PhiLAnthopist Photo Essay: Start a Burrito Project

Some LAist friends got together to form their own burrito project. The burrito project is an awesome DIY-way to give something extra back in these trying times...'because mom said share'. Props to the LAister who made it happen and El Cholo for donating 100 tortillas and 2 massive trays of beans and rice. While the burrito project won't end hunger or solve this recession people keep talking about, it does provide an answer to the...

PhiLAnthropist: Read Across America for Dr Seuss's Birthday!

Note: This could be you inspiring and engaging kids. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist Did you know that Monday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's Birthday? Did you also know that in his honor the National Education Association hosts Read Across America every year? It's a nationwide reading celebration and schools throughout LA are participating and looking for volunteers to help. Reading to Kids has a run-down of the times and locations where volunteers are needed...

PhiLAnthropist: Beautify With The Watts House Project

Get out to Watts tomorrow! Photo by feelsgoodlost via Flickr. The Watts House Project (video) goes way beyond your average neighborhood beautification projects. It is large-scale "collaborative artwork in the name of neighborhood redevelopment" that seeks to engage a variety of individuals, from the residents of 107th street, to artists, to educators and community members. The project, according to artist and director, will Edgar Arceneaux, transform and remodel all 20 residences on the street...

'Twestival' Hits LA and Anaheim, Aims to Provide 80,000 With Clean Water

With one day left until tomorrow's Twestival, the event is continuing to grow. In addition to the LA Twestival at downtown's 740 Club, now Anaheim will host their own Twestival tomorrow night at the Sheraton Park. The event is happening in over 200 cities worldwide, and aims to bring people together to raise money for charity:water. 1.1 billion people don't have access to clean drinking water, and as charity:water's Scott Harrison explains, they want to...

PhiLAnthropist Interview: Ben Morrison on 'Twestival' and Charity: Water

Photo courtesy of Ben Morrison. Thursday, February 12th is shaping up to be a busy night for LA, especially in terms of tech-related events. In addition to Twiistup, LA will also host it's first 'Twestival', an event happening in 200 cities all over the world, to benefit Charity:Water, an organization dedicated to providing developing nations with clean water. 'Twestival' takes advantage of the power of Twitter to bring people together for a charitable cause...

Skid Row's 'Property Warehouse,' the Only One of Its Kind

Established in 2002 thanks to a donation by warehouse owner Richard Meruelo, Skid Row's Excess Personal Property Warehouse is still the only of its kind in the nation. The Central City East Association created the warehouse out of the need clean up the streets and decrease the amount of homeless encampments by providing Skid Row's homeless with a place to keep their belongings. Today's LA Times features an article and photos from the warehouse....

PhiLAnthropist Counts the Homeless in Venice

The 2009 Los Angeles Homeless Count began last night, primarily covering the Westside including Venice, Santa Monica and West LA. One-hundred or so volunteers of all ages met in Culver City to split into teams and receive instructions on how to properly count. While some volunteers already had their own teams, this LAister showed up solo and quickly found other friendly and like-minded people to join. LAHSA assigned each group of 4 of 6...

PhiLAnthropist: Count The Homeless

Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist Obama's national day of service last Monday hopefully inspired people to get out for more than just one day of service and truly get involved in their communities. PhiLAnthropist wants to help spread the word about the people and organizations in LA working to give back. Send us an email with volunteer opportunities or suggestions. 2009 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Tuesday night marks the beginning of Los Angeles Homeless...

Tacos, Nail Salons and Mini Malls at GOOD Design LA

The Neighborhood Map hanging in GOOD's offices on Melrose (Photo by Emily Lerman for LAist) GOOD is the model for the future. Or at least it should be. On Thursday, December 18, as part of their GOOD December events, they hosted GOOD Design LA. The room teemed with people full of energy and a love for Los Angeles. GOOD embodies the magic (and good) that occurs when a solid group of people with a...

A Fresh Perspective on Skid Row

The leftovers from one of the many food-drop offs that occur on Skid Row. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist December's Skid Row Neighborhood Watch Walk was lightly attended, likely due to the tree lighting events happening at LA Live. As always, the walk went on, and as always, the walk was unlike any prior walks. While feelings of sadness, confusion and hopelessness had ensued after previous walks, this one offered a new, fresh and somewhat hopeful...

Have A Sexy Christmas!

Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills | Photo by fotonomous via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr We love Mannheim Steamroller, but when the clock strikes disco:thirty on Christmas day, bust out Gregory Jenkins' "Sexy Christmas" and dance. Mmmmhmmm. Gregory Jenkins - "Sexy Christmas" &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://www.gregtronic.com/music/02%20Sexy%20Christmas.mp3">...

PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide: Gifts That Give More

Hope Wine donates 50% of their profits to charitable organizations! Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist PhiLAnthropist's last minute picks for gifts that give more...check out the first PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide for more ideas. Heath Ceramics' Chez Panisse Line supports the Chez Panisse Foundation, as 5% of the proceeds go to their "educational program that uses food to nurture, educate and empower youth." A few weeks ago LAist previewed the new Heath Ceramics Los Angeles Store. HOPE...

Machine Project's $35K Grant Canceled, Calls for Help

Machine Project in Echo Park, which "exists to encourage heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious," was to receive a 35k grant this month, but given the economic state, the grant was canceled. The organization runs on donations and now they are worried about making their rent payments. Machine Head recently participated in a one day take over of the LACMA and are calling on all LACMA friends to help by donating money, purchasing a membership...

LAist Interviews Laura Meyer, CEO of TheUltimateGreenStore.com

The future of toy cars? The H-Racer is the smallest hydrogen powered car in the world. All photos courtesy of The Ultimate Green Store.com LAist had a chance to talk with LA-resident and "green-shopping" expert Laura Meyer, founder and CEO of the recently launched TheUltimateGreenStore.com. Meyer took the time to share her green gift picks and shopping tips and fill us in on what to expect for green products in 2009. What lead you to...

PhiLAnthropist: Grab a Drink for a Cause

Photo by mil8 via Flickr If the warm fuzzy feeling of buying a child in need a toy is not enough, some local bars are giving you more reasons to buy toys and donate canned goods this holiday season. DRINK LIBERALLY ON THE WESTSIDE Tonight, join liberal Westsiders for the Drinking Liberally holiday party at Nocturnal Bar. Venice For Obama has teamed up with Drinking Liberally and they will be collecting food for the Westside...

PhiLAnthropist: Read to Kids This Weekend

Photo by ~db~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr. The loss of 1.25 million jobs (yeah, 1,250,000!) in the last three months clearly has an impact on the demand (and need) for social services. On the flip side, the not-for-profits are struggling as they face budget cuts and sharp declines in donations. An increase in demand coupled with a decrease in supply...not too encouraging, especially around the holidays. Sunday's LA Time's included a...

LAist Goes Shopping: TOMS Shoes Pop-Up Store

A few weeks ago, TOMS Shoes invited LA bloggers to check out their pop-up store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Due to their overwhelming success, the store, which was only supposed to stay until September, will continue to occupy the space until January. TOMS sells (and gives away) shoes all over the world, however this is their first and only store. This holiday season they aim to give away 30,000 pairs of shoes to children in...

The End of Poverty Begins With a Girl

What happens when you take a girl living in poverty and give her a uniform to attend school? Set to excellent music, this video offers a beautiful and moving look at the girl effect - the impact of investing in the education and empowerment of girls and the potential change this can bring about in society....

Old Bank District to Host Block Party Saturday

Downtown celebrates the holidays this Saturday, when 4th and Main will close down to cars so people can party it up in the streets at the first annual Old Bank District Block Party. blogdowntown says: The 6pm to midnight event will close off two blocks and feature two stages of music, an art bazaar and charity booths....Pete's Cafe, Warung Cafe and Rocket Pizza will be offering special holiday menus, with ten percent of the...

PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide

Tom's Shoes donates one pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair purchased. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist Waking up early for Black Friday's "doorbusters" sounds like the anti-fun. So here are some of LAist's Holiday Picks for the philanthropist in you, none of which involve any malls, massive stores or long lines. All of these gifts have a charitable element to them, benefiting mostly local or national organizations so you're really giving two...

PhiLAnthropist: The Stuffed Turkey Edition

Photo by TomorrowGirl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr SERVE DINNER IN THE PARK Every year, on Thanksgiving Day, the Union Station Homeless Services sponsors Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park held in Pasadena's Central Park. How you can help: -Volunteer at the event (Thanksgiving Day; especially needed between 1pm and 4pm). -Volunteer the day before the event. -Donate prepared food; items needed (pdf). Call 626.240.4550 x542 or email for more details; families and children welcome. GOBBLE GOBBLE GIVE...

PhiLAnthropist: Hope, Houses and National Service

GOOD Sheet Image used with permission from GOOD Magazine | See larger and readable image here A NIGHT FOR HOPE Tonight, Our House hosts "A Night for Hope", their first annual fundraiser at Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica. Our House offers nonsectarian grief support for children, teens and adults. They seek to provide the community "with grief support services, education, resources, and hope." Throughout LA County, trained volunteers lead age- and relationship-specific grief support...

PhiLAnthropist: Skid Row Walk

Photo by Sundogg via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr TAKE A WALK It was a historic night indeed; Americans joined together to demand change and Obama eloquently answered, reminding us that this victory is thanks to commitment and dedication on the part of the American people. While the election is over, the momentum must continue; we must continue to work together to truly bring change to our lives, our city and its people....

Imagining a Refugee Camp in Santa Monica

Sunday is the last day to catch Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) refugee camp at the Santa Monica Pier. The exhibit, which began last week in Griffith Park, provides visitors with an in-depth perspective into how a refugee camp operates. Aid workers lead small groups around the "camp" and recount their own experiences in the field as they explain what MSF does to provide mental and physical services to the 42 million people around...

Group Sets up Refugee Camp in Griffith Park

Councilman Tom LaBonge welcomes Dr. Matthew Spitzer and Doctors Without Borders to Griffith Park (Photo by Emily Lerman for LAist) Doctors Without Borders' "A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City" opened yesterday in Griffith Park. Councilman Tom LaBonge joined Dr. Matthew Spitzer, MSF USA Board President, at a press conference yesterday morning, as Spitzer explained the treacherous journey across the Gulf of Amman that thousands of Somalians have taken to escape the...

PhiLAnthropist: School on Wheels, CoachArt and Much Love

SCHOOL ON WHEELS ART EXHIBIT: In a country where we spend three times more per prisoner than public school student, it's crucial we support those organizations dedicated to education. Over the summer, School on Wheels (previously mentioned on PhiLAnthropist) paired up some students with art teacher Clinton Bopp, from the Brentwood Art Center. Bopp volunteered his time with the students, helping them create a couple of different projects while allowing them to realize their creative...

PhiLAnthropist: Cooking, Clothes, and Music

TOP CHEF: Well not exactly, but the Covenant House in Hollywood seeks guest chefs to share their love of cooking and baking with 18-21 year old homeless youth on Sunday evenings. The Covenant House provides food, shelter and counseling as well as education, job skills training, and employment placement to youth living on the street in hopes of forging a brighter future for each individual. They offer mentoring opportunities as well. Contact their volunteer coordinator...

phiLAnthropist: 45th Anniversary Screening of 'The Birds' & Remedee+GOOD

Photo by jimw via Flickr DRINK ABSINTHE AND WATCH "THE BIRDS": This Sunday, The Edison downtown celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". Originial stars Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor will be in attendance at this "once in a lifetime celebtration" to which a portion of proceeds will go to the Jules Verne Charity Educational Mission. The organization is dedicated to "education and conservation though imagination", all in the name of saving...

PhiLAnthropist: Walking on Skid Row

"The measure of any society is how they treat their weakest element. The widows, the orphans, the strangers on the land. How we do anything is how we do everything. We're not doing so well on Skid Row." ~ Sam Slovick For many people living in Los Angeles, Skid Row truly embodies the phrase "out of sight, out of mind". The homelessness, drug abuse, prostitution, violence and mental illness that continue to thrive on Skid...

phiLAnthropist: Donating Goods

Photo by nailmaker via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The "theme" of this week's PhiLAnthropist is giving back by donating goods. With so many organizations in LA in need of different items, it's hard to know where to go. The following is a brief list of some solid organizations that could use a few things. And even though they have not been specifically listed, many, if not all, of these organizations offer a variety...

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