A pair of LA Times Calendar mentions in the last couple of days for Echo Park artists.
The artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres, who has lived in the neighborhood for many years, is quoted in a Wednesday story about the ten day book fair in Mexico City. The article describes Ortiz-Torres as part of an L.A. delegation identified with the Chicano art scene. As for looking through the mutual distortion of the cross border looking glass, Ortiz-Torres told the Times:
Mexico City tends to see Los Angeles as a place where the gardeners go. ... And in Los Angeles, they think of Mexico City as a place where the gardeners come from.
Today, filmmaker (and guardian of Lucy the dog) Joe D'Augustine is mentioned in a story about musician Jake La Botz. The highly tattoed Buddhist La Botz has an acting part in the upcoming "One Night With You," directed by D'Augustine. If you want to see La Botz singing to his own tunes, he is making a cross-country tour in which he performs in tattoo parlors.