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HEYA-Forward Thinking (?) Mobility Options

HEYA, Toyota’s online community of inspiring, innovative young adults, is proud to announce that online guitar lessons four of its members’ visions for the future of transportation have been selected to be brought to life at Quiksilver’s siteLA for a two week residency entitled: “From Here to There: A HEYA Project.” Opening with a kickoff celebration on August 22nd, “From Here to There: A HEYA Project” will be anchored by multimedia artworks that showcase the four HEYA members’ visions, created in collaboration with the Quiksilver siteLA community. The two-week exhibition will also feature a series of workshops, speakers and film screenings as well as transportation-related art and design projects by siteLA’s “Visionaries in Residence.”

Guitar Lessons

Over the last few weeks taking guitar lessons has really uncovered a great wealth of talent we never new existed! Most students are starting out on acoustic guitar with the hopes of graduating to electric guitar and eventual rock stardom next year. Taking online spanish guitar lessons is recommended as a first step due to the fact that most people can easily learn all the basics themselves without having to fork out the extra expense that private lessons typically cost. We are working hard to find local guitar teachers to teach within the community as discounted rates so stay tuned and keep practicing!

Some useful guitar blogs I've found...

  • www.acousticguitarvideolessons.net
  • http://www.beginnersguitarlesson.org/
  • http://www.onlinebluesguitarlessons.org/

Location: Side LA

2522 Sunset blvd.

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Friday, August 15, 2008
The Golden Necklace Continues

The design project initiated by Cal Poly Pomona's Graduate 641 + 642 Design Studio continues with another crop of students. Save the date for this results oriented endeavor.
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PanAmerican Urban Redux

If you missed the fab presentation/discussion on Wednesday at the MAK Institute...you're in for a treat. We will be bringing it to Gallery 727 on Thursday, August 21th. This one will have some more offerings, and a different set up. Don't miss it.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Salsa Salsa at the Farmlab
Met this cool cat two months ago during our LA2TJ Conference. He's throwing this event at the Farmlab


What: Salsa Salsa, a Celebration of Love Apples
Type: Public Art Event in which we make salsa while dancing to salsa music together and
enjoying a free salsa concert and dance class
When: Sun August 17th, 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Farmlab, 1745 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


A good friend has just turned me onto this video to learn Spanish. I think the approach used for acquiring words using Spanish vocabulary flash cards is very new and interesting. I'll be trying it out for sure!

Free to the public

Come to SALSA SALSA, a harvest festival for the citizens of Los Angeles – come make and taste tomato salsas while listening and dancing to salsa music. SALSA SALSA is a celebration of public space and the culmination of the LOVE APPLES project in which 72 tomato plants were installed on 12 traffic islands in LA.

LOVE APPLES is an experiment in public space in the city of Los Angeles, imagining new ways in which such spaces could be utilized to make our communities more livable and engaged. You can also take blues guitar lessons or fingerstyle guitar lessons too! It is a collaboration with Fallen Fruit that promotes community awareness, sharing, food safety, public resources, organic gardening and the use and exploration of available public space.

As part of the event there will be a free Salsa dance class from 3:30 - 4:30 taught by Miguel Candela. This will be followed by a free Salsa concert by recording artists Mestizo L.A.

Paquetes Vacacionales A Cancun Y La Riviera Maya En Mexico

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PLEASE JOIN US from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday August 17th at Farmlab (1745 N. Spring Street, 90012) to make salsa and dance together. Meet new people and talk about the future shape and texture of life in this city. Bring your homegrown or street-picked tomatoes and collaborate with your neighbors on new and remarkable salsas. Bring a friend – this event is free to the public.

Presents PanAmerican Urbanism: From Caracas to
East Los Angeles

Reservations are recommended. Please RSVP for this event by calling 323-651-1510 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              323-651-1510      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or by email at office@makcenter.org.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 13 for PanAmerican Urbanism: From Caracas to East Los Angeles, the second event in an ongoing series, the MAK Urban Future Initiative (UFI) Public Forum. PanAmerican Urbanism will feature Efrén Santana, a MAK UFI fellow and architect with Urban Think Tank in Caracas, Venezuela; and James Rojas, an urban planner and co-founder of the Los Angeles-based Latino Urban Forum, an organization dedicated to understanding and improving the built environment of Latino communities.

Santana and Rojas will present a comparative study of the built environments of their respective cities, and discuss their evolving hypothesis of a PanAmerican Urbanism, which explores how the urban fabric of cities throughout the Americas has been shaped by Hispanic and Latino culture. Santana and Rojas will give special attention to the home as a manifestation of transnational common values, such the importance of extended family and the notion of the front yard as a public space.

More about Efrén Santana
Efrén Santana is in Los Angeles as part of the MAK Urban Future Initiative (UFI), a new international fellowship program dedicated to creating meaningful cross-cultural exchange about the challenges confronting cities worldwide. As the second UFI fellow-in-residence, Santana is researching the urban practices of Los Angeles' Latino immigrants- how they have changed the city's urban fabric, and how the city has changed them.

Santana is an architect with Urban Think Tank (U-TT), a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Caracas, Venezuela, that is dedicated to high-level research and design. U-TT's design practice places the social reality of a site at the forefront of political discussion. Their work is aimed at reversing the top-down hierarchy of governance in the public sphere in favor of bottom-up, locally driven action.

More about James Rojas
James Rojas is an urban planner who lectures widely at universities, planning conferences and grassroots community meetings on the impact of Latino populations on land use and transportation. Rojas is also the founder of the Latino Urban Forum in Los Angeles, dedicated to understanding and improving the built environment of Los Angeles' underserved Latino communities. To date, more than 300 volunteer architects, urban planners, public administrators, and lawyers have helped LUF to develop strategies and to provide technical expertise on critical infrastructure and land-use issues in the Latino community.

More about the MAK Urban Future Initiative
Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the MAK Urban Future Initiative (UFI) is a fellowship program in which cultural researchers from diverse nations come to Los Angeles for two months, live in the exemplary L.A. modern Fitzpatrick-Leland House (R. M. Schindler, 1936) and pursue a research topic related to urban phenomena. Fellows come from nations that are under-represented in the Los Angeles discourse; the MAK Center works closely with them to create a meaningful cross-cultural exchange. The goal is to generate concepts for the urban future by stimulating dialogue and mining both Los Angeles and international resources. At the end their fellowship sessions, UFI fellows present their research at a MAK UFI Public Forum event. For more information about the UFI program, please visit www.makcenterufi.org.