A while back L.A. Eco-Village members Heather and Angel did this window-art:
Lately it’s been followed by (more…)
Come on over to L.A. Eco-Village tomorrow night – Tuesday July 24th 2012 – and watch the new documentary Within Reach. It’s the story of a couple bike touring around the United States – in search of community – with stops at various intentional communities, including Los Angeles Eco-Village. (more…)
Even though Earth Day is everyday at the LA Eco-Village, villagers celebrated the occasion with an open house last Sunday. Friends & neighbors came out to enjoy the beautiful day that kicked off with Cachao chickens crossing the street and the sounds of Zumba inspiring some fun booty-shaking. In addition to refreshing the Salamander Plaza painting, kids participated in pinata making, face painting/ glitter tattoos, and the Children of Paradise art workshop.
Allies from the Bus Riders Union set up their garage sale and raised funds for their work. And David from the Bresee T.O.K. Street Team sold tomato seedlings raised by Dana C, another long-time Bresee kid. Thanks to Jasmine D. who helped with face painting, and Gabriel who brought his family to help with the Food Lobby.
Extra thanks to Julio Sr. for leading tours, Lara for organizing the street painting, Jimmy, Josey & Ianne who master-minded the children’s activities, Yuki for facilitating, and to Lois who organized the yummy organic food that nourish volunteers & visitors alike. We hope to include the White House Place Learning Garden in next years festivities.
Tomorrow night, 7:30pm on Wednesday September 28th 2011 L.A. Eco-Village is excited to host the return of Portland City Repair visionaries! Mark Lakeman is one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve ever heard. Tomorrow both he and Marisha Auerbach will give a presentation on how City Repair engages communities, makes great places, and transforms intersections into crossroads. I highly recommend this talk! Full details after the jump. (more…)
L.A. Eco-Village is repairing its cob lizard bench on Sunday 8/21 from noon to 5. If you are interested in natural building, take this opportunity to observe and work with Ray Cirino, artist/inventor/ permaculturist, and mosaic artist, Lee Adams. Ray will be bringing his Sparky, the dragon pizza oven to the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPSq9_QA4m0 so bring a pizza or pizza toppings to enjoy from his very eco-friendly oven. AND, we'll also be doing a partial street closing with music and dancing in the street.
Come and have fun, even if you don’t have time to help.
But if you do, here’s the help needed:
- Schlepping tables, chairs to the street and/or
- Traffic control (we will be closing off half the street) and/or
- Take a turn as pizza chef (this is really simple and training provided) and/or
- Bring acoustic musical instruments to make music in the street and/or
- Setting up shade canopies if needed and/or
- Staffing a sign-in and info table for Echo Park Time Bank and L.A. Eco-Village
Come for an hour, a few hours or the whole event. Time Dollars paid for how many hours you spend helping (for Echo Park Time Bank members http://www.echoparktimebank.com)
Note that Ray’s Dragon Pizza Oven is also available for events and parties.
Contact: Lois Arkin, 213/738-1254, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location of event: 131 Bimini Place, LA 90004 (one block east of Vermont between First and Second Streets
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At L.A. Eco-Village, we’re interested in public space, with some emphasis on how we can give less space to cars and more space to people. A few of the eco-village projects that touch on this include: seating areas (some call an outdoor living room) in our bulb-out, front yard gardens, the Bimini Slough Ecology Park, intersection repair murals and lots of bike activism.
I vacationed in San Francisco earlier this month and I checked out some of their efforts to reclaim public space. A few of these I tracked down specifically having heard about them and wanting to go see them… others I just happened upon. I’ve listed them in the order I encountered them, which doesn’t necessarily make any sense to anyone else. Overall I was impressed with how many folks are out using public space, including walking and bicycling… perhaps the weather had something to do with it (was sunny, clear, cool and a little windy) – all these places were very well-used!
I checked out the Youth Film Festival tonight hosted by the Bresee Foundation, which is located at the south end of the block where eco-village is. The festival was the 6th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice. It featured 42 short films created by youth ages 14-19. The theme was Unhealthy L.A.? Is Los Angeles a healthy or unhealthy city for youth? (more…)
Sat., May 7, 2011 from 6 pm to midnight at L.A. Eco-Village
Music! Music! Music! Different kinds. Some loud! Some soft!
Bands Single performers Duos
Electronic. Amplified. Acoustic
Some you’ve heard of; some not.
Fundraiser for L.A. Eco-Villagers’ and Friends’ Burning Man Cafe
$5 to $20 sliding scale.
Cafe Negro at Burning Man provides FREE Cafecito Organico coffee and musical entertainment to Burning Man attendees.
Please help us do it again this year, and support local businesses and fair trade organic coffee!
6 to 9 pm: BBQ
8 pm to midnight: Music:
The Atomic Bomb Audition, The Shirley Rolls, fitter, Thiago Winterstein, Dust4ngel, Astronovazz, Telematique and more
Dunkelbunt Brewery Beer available by donation.
No reservations required.
At the end of yesterday’s work party, my friend Joe Anthony shot this brief video, interviewing me, and showing off Eco-Village’s gate welded from bike parts. On the vid, I explain why it’s called and what it means to practice Multiple Centers of Initiative – which is also explained a bit here.
Thanks, Joe Anthony, for coming to work party, bringing friends, helping out painting and shooting the short vid!
Come on down and help paint Eco-Village’s sculptural bike gate! This Saturday April 30th 2011 from 10am until about 2-3pm. We spent a bunch of time welding the gate a while back, and have been painting it on and off for a year or so… and it’s looking pretty good, but needs a few conscientious creative volunteers to add color. All welcome – but plan to work – and wear clothes you can get paint on. At 10am it’s a potluck breakfast… then we paint! We may whip up an impromptu lunch too, at some point. (more…)
A quick blog post to show off some photographs of last Saturday’s (March 12th 2011) intersection mural painting. This is the third time Eco-Village and our neighbors have painted this “intersection repair” mural. It’s inspired by the work of Portland’s City Repair. This weekend, we mostly freshened-up the mural painted in 2009 – covered here – while adding a few new twists. It was a great opportunity to bring people together. Lots of kids and adults in our neighborhood helped make something beautiful we can all be proud of! (more…)
If you haven’t heard Diana’s talk before, don’t miss this one. OR if you have heard it, you won’t want to miss this one either, because it’s new and better than ever!
Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They’re Doing, Why They’re Important
Diana Leafe Christian (in person)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm
at L.A. Eco-Village
117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004 directions
Fee: $10 to $5 (sliding scale)
Reservations required: email@example.com or 213/738-1254
With over 400 photos, this slide show demonstrates how ecovillages worldwide integrate ecological, economic, and social/cultural/spiritual sustainability, through:
• Permaculture design
• International peace activism
• Natural building
• Service to populations in need
• Renewable energy/off-grid power
• Local currencies
• Alternative technology
• On-site cottage industries
• Sustainable agriculture
• Participatory decision-making
• Earth-restoraton projects
• Conflict resolution & communication skills
WHY people are devoted to developing ecological settlements.
HOW ecovillages are beneficially influencing the wider culture.
HOW ecovillages will probably affect patterns of human settlement in the near future.
there are days when things just come to you. i was about to leave on another bee escapade one afternoon when Joe comes over and tells me there is a swarm in front of his apartment. plans were changed, our friend Erik was summoned and very quickly i was propped on a ladder against the zapote tree holding a box below the very gentle bees you can see in the picture above.
Erik directed the whole operation and it lasted about an hour. swarming bees are usually quite peaceful since they don’t have any honey to protect. swarming bees are also in a very fragile state. they have a window of days to find a place to call home (hive?) before thee food reserves in their stomachs run out and if it rains they are screwed. capturing a swarm is quick and easy compared to doing “cut outs” (literally cutting a hive and putting it into a box) and doing “trap-outs” (trapping bees out of a place where the comb is inaccessible to the beekeeper) but the chance of success is also lowered. the swarm can decide to fly away -after all they are looking for a place they like- and sometimes even if they decide to stay in the human managed place the beekeeper offered there is the risk of the virgin queen being eaten by birds when she ventures out to mate. for more info on “cut outs”, “trap outs” and swarm captures head to the backwards beekeepers blog. if you want to see more pictures of this capture check out this picture gallery.
anyway, our first swarm capture seems to have been successful, so far that is. i checked on them every day four days after we put them on the roof. on day one i took this video where nothing happens except for bees coming and going from the “nuc”(nucleus) box, there are the occasional pollen packed legs and the cool vertical take off maneuvers, but otherwise i only expect hard core bee fevered geeks to watch the whole thing:
after two weeks we transferred the frames inside the nuc box to a larger permanent home. the bees were very active and had drawn about three half frames with comb. they were feestooning (“a lacework of bees hanging together, leg-to-leg”) which is quite amusing to observe.
here is a picture of their new home. i’ve been playing with a hexagon pattern stencil (utter bee-feverish) and this time i used four hexagon shaped rubber feet. i welded the stand with random scrap metal parts. i’m a bit dubious about the way i implemented the oil cans, still working on that.
“Seen Also In Men” needs funds! We are showing (unofficially) the film and asking for your support to help us send it to festivals!
This film tells the story of three black fathers who are choosing to be there for their kids even though their fathers weren’t there for them. It’s about a growing movement to break a cycle and stereotypes in the African-American community and create a positive change. This film truly deserves a wider audience. Please come and tell your friends! Suggested donation $5-$25.
For more info:
I’m an ecovillager who is studying to get a PhD in cultural anthropology, and my dissertation project revolves around biking in LA. I’m going to spend a lot of time in the next year talking to people and writing about the way our bodies become engaged with our city differently through bicycling than they do through driving or walking.
Since I think of bicyclists as “body-city-machines,” I started wondering about the boundaries between our bodies, our bikes, and our streets. How do they get stirred up as we ride? As an experiment, I decided to do some active boundary blurring and get a sharrow tattoo.
As many cyclists know, “sharrows” are share-the-road-arrows or, as they are listed officially in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), shared lane markings. They get painted onto roadways to remind cyclists and drivers that the safest place to bike is in the middle of the lane, not hugging parked cars. I really like the design of the sharrow, with its simply bicycle outline and two chevrons indicating forward motion. So a few weeks ago I visited New Rose Tattoo in Portland and consulted with Mikal Gilmore, who had just finished tattooing a friend.
My friend Kristen Cross documented the process for me.
Mikal developed this stencil by just going outside of her house and looking at the street, since Portland had just painted a whole bunch of bright, shiny new sharrows on many bike routes. The tattoo design differs a bit from the MUTCD regulation sharrow:
Let’s hope I don’t get fined for installing nonstandard signage. Not only does the symbol differ slightly, my tattoo is not retroreflectorized.
I felt like getting a sharrow tattoo would not only be a fun way to display my interest in transforming how we move in the United States, but also be a play on infrastructure.
It’s exciting to run around with this guy on my leg, especially since the City of LA just started painting their own sharrows due to the hard work of the LA County Bike Coalition. It also makes me feel like my commitment to bikes is something inalienable, something embodied.
Coming soon: a picture of the sharrow tattoo riding over one of LA’s new official sharrows.
‘urbanite’ being an affectionate name for chunks of broken concrete used for building stuff. this one piece of urbanite was lying around, unused, and i put it on top of two blocks and decorated it with my bee fever hexagonal pattern. next to the bowling alley bench that rests on a bed frame structure lovingly welded and also decorated by yours truly with the heart and corn-dna pattern. reused outdoor chic. now you know what to do with a 200 pound discarded piece of that crazy stuff we humans poured all over the landscape.
Announcement below from Eco-Village’s Arturo Aranda, playwright and host of Maybe Fridays. Some more event information at Facebook.
QUE ONDA?!?! BUENAS!! SALUDOS!!!
Los Super Amigos present
a benefit show for Camilo Otero!
Dear friends, please join us
SATURDAY JULY 31ST 7PM @ L.A. ECO-VILLAGE
for a special fundraising event to help out the homie, Camilo!
Our friend has been diagnosed with cancer
and he needs the help of his friends.
There will be refreshments, a not so silent auction,
and special musical performances from the following locos!:
DJ LANO, LAEV’s own TELEMATIQUE, FITTER, and more tba!
All funds go to help out the homie Camilo in his recovery!
We will be asking for a suggested donation of $10 at the door.
None shall be turned away for lack of funds!
LAEV is a welcoming community
so no need to worry about the fuzz, the cheese, or the man!
Please spread the good word!
L.A. ECO-VILLAGE is located at:
117 Bimini Place, LA 90004
Vermont & 1st, south of 101 fwy, east on 1st Street
Metro: Vermont Avenue or 3rd Street buses or Red Line Beverly station
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!
“We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion.” – Tool