Episode #114: Lures and Snares of Old Main Street

Vintage Tatto Flash

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Join us this month as we talk with Jonathan Shaw, influential tattoo artist and novelist, as he shares his current projects, including the new exhibition and book documenting a century of tattoo flash art rescued from old school American ink parlors. We’ll also visit with BIOLA professor Paul Rood to learn about Orson Thomas “O.T.” Johnson, a 19th century citrus pioneer, temperance advocate, entrepreneur, founding Occidental College trustee and owner of the late, lamented Westminster Hotel at 4th & Main in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

We’ll also discuss developer CGI abandoning unpopular plans to turn the historic Villa Carlotta into an hotel, a destructive redevelopment proposal floated for Route 66 landmark Barney’s Beanery, groundbreaking scheduled for the tower at 4th and Broadway and the city’s circulation of a request for proposals for reactivating the Lincoln Heights Jail. All this and more as Kim and Richard usher in the month of August 2016.

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Villa Carlotta hotel plans nixed

Barney’s Beanery redevelopment concept floated.

4th and Broadway tower groundbreaking scheduled.

New ideas for the old Lincoln Heights Jail.

LAVA’s Lit Fest at the King Eddy featuring Jonathan Shaw (video link).

Jonathan Shaw’s novel Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes is available from the author (email jsfuncity(AT)gmail(DOT)com); Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw is on Esotouric’s curated Amazon shelf.

Upcoming Events:

LAVA‘s Sunday Salon for August 2016

LAVA‘s Broadway on My Mind Walking Tour: Lost Tunnels of Hill St & Broadway

Public Site Visit to William Pereira’s endangered Metropolitan Water District Headquarters and Discussion: Pereira in Peril