Thursday, July 13, 2006

From the Franklin Avenue Mailbag

Some notes that have crossed our Inbox in recent days:

Like Free Stuff? Check Out This New Blog: The mysterious "Free Man in LA" sends us this note:

If your readers would like to know about totally free performances in the L.A.area - ranging from Sugar Ray to Mavis Staples to the Indigo Girls to Cleo Laine & John Dankworth - please refer them to Free in L.A. I'm writing about free stage performances - mostly Shakespeare - and book signings from prominent authors.

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Gathering: "Silverlake" or "Silver Lake"? It's been a burning question for years. Doesn't look like they're going to tackle that issue, but the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has other stuff going on:

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (SLNC) will hold a special "Summer Celebration"? on Saturday, July 15th at the Micheltorena Elementary School located at 1511 Micheltorena beginning at 10am. The Celebration? will combine the bi-annual SLNC Issues Meeting with its annual Election Kick-Off celebration. To make the day as enjoyable as possible, the SLNC will also have a 10am Breakfast with the Board? in which local stakeholders will have a chance to meet their SLNC representatives over juice and pastries. In addition, local musicians will perform throughout the day.

At 10:30am, Speak Out, Silver Lake will begin the Issues meeting portion of the day. While local Silver Lake stakeholders are free to bring up any topic they like, the main theme of the meeting will be Saving Our Schools and will center on whether or not Mayor Antonio Villiaraigosa should take control of the LAUSD.

The Creepy Old Lady from Pasadena: Those 1947project folk are busy. When they're not Saving the 76 balls, they're planning a new bus ride through the sordid side of Pasadena:

On July 22, the first busload of crime fiends will enjoy a five-hour guided luxury coach tour to the darkest
recesses of Pasadena history. From celebrated cases like the RFK assassination, "Eraserhead" star Jack Nance's strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons' death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse, to fascinating obscurities, the tour's 70-plus murders, arsons, kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happening sites provide a alternate history of Pasadena that's as fascinating as it is creepy.

Crime Bus passengers will tour the old Millionaire's Row on Orange Grove, thrill to the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall, wonder about the unknown fiend who sneaked past a little girl to poison her father's beer, hear several strange tales from the annals of the Hotel Green, discover why people named Judd should think twice before
moving to Pasadena, and explore the racist spirit of the early 20th century through two forgotten stories: that of a Chinaman with leprosy whose suicide by hanging was treated as a novel entertainment by hundreds of citizens, and the case of wealthy mulatto Archie Hill, who shot a white trolley ticket-taker dead for shortchanging him.

For more info on the blog or Crime Bus tour, visit $47 includes snacks, beverages and five-hour luxury coach tour.

Piece of Cake: My answer was unconventional -- Cakery Bakery in La Canada Flintridge. ( 1119 Foothill Blvd.) It's where we got our moist, delicious wedding cake. But I should have told her the tres leches cake from Portos (315 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale). Ohh, yummy. Here's the note Helen emailed last week:

Can you guys suggest a good place to get a birthday cake for my dad? It's for this Saturday and I don't need a big cake because it's just serving 4 people (mom, dad, brother and me)… but I want it to be delicious. I've ordered from Sweet Lady Jane's, but I wanted to try something new. I was thinking Susina, since it's near here, but since I live in Los Feliz, anything around that area is cool too or even Glendale… any suggestions?

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