Latin American / Mexican / Mexican / MUSIC

Los Tigres del Norte bring their roar to Disney Concert Hall

Also see my preview article, “Los Tigres del Norte to make history at Walt Disney Concert Hall,” published in the Los Angeles Times. Los Tigres del Norte plays at the same venues that host rodeos, professional bull riders and country fairs.  So its show last Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall offered the band an opportunity … Continue reading

Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Pulitzer-winner Jonathan Gold to speak about food and culture in L.A.

By: Daina Beth Solomon *Unpublished March 3, 2010 Imagine picking up the colorful, alternative LA Weekly instead of a brick-thick Sociology or Urban Studies textbook, and, for homework, reading Jonathan Gold’s restaurant reviews.  More than describe the best spots for tortas ahogadas or Peking duck, Gold’s writings also comment on Los Angeles culture and society.  … Continue reading

Filpino / Northeast LA / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Exploring the Philippines in Occidental’s Backyard

By: Daina Beth Solomon Issue date: 3/25/09 Section: Features The façade of Eagle Rock Plaza is unremarkable. Some might call it ugly. Street-level stores suggest a predictable American mall, featuring Chuck E. Cheese, Macy’s and Target. But underneath, nothing is ordinary. An oasis of cultural delight and wonder hides on the lower level. Tangy, tantalizing … Continue reading

LOS ANGELES / Northeast LA / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] The Victorian Los Angeles

A journey one hundred years back to the age of kerosene lamps and cross-country train expeditions, preserved in central Los Angeles By: Daina Beth Solomon Issue date: 11/25/08 Section: Features What is that cluster of Victorian buildings by the Arroyo Seco that drivers see from the Pasadena Freeway? A movie set? A Victorian-style theme park? … Continue reading

Jewish / Northeast LA / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Temple Beth Israel, A Culutral Gem in L.A.’s World of Religion

By: Daina Beth Solomon Issue date: 10/15/08 Section: Entertainment Northeast Los Angeles is blessed with religion. The area surrounding Occidental is a landscape of world religions. An informal internet inventory revealed over 100 religious centers within Occidental’s 2.5 mile radius. There are eight Seventh-Day Adventist churches, seven Foursquare Churches and three Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls. … Continue reading

Boyle Heights / Chinatown / Downtown / East LA / LA Times / Little Tokyo / LOS ANGELES / Northeast LA / Urban Issues

[Oxy Weekly] An Oxy Student’s Guide to the Metro Gold Line Extension

As the Metro Gold Line’s sleek train approaches Union Station, the east-bound passengers waiting on the platform come to attention. Giggling teenage girls with studded lips and bright fuscia hair stop smacking their chewing gum. A young guy, shaking his head to the sound of his earphones, grips his skateboard more tightly to his chest. Another man, jeans splattered with white paint, firmly guides his bicycle. A woman in an electric wheelchair moves forward down the platform. They are all headed East…. Continue reading