Concerned that people with disabilities were going hungry due to shutdowns, officials at the Los Angeles Department on Disability and in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office are working with private partners and multiple city departments to prepare and deliver 3,000 meals a day to homes across Los Angeles. It is the first-ever meals delivery program targeted specifically to people with physical and mental challenges, said Stephen D. Simon, general manager of the Los Angeles Department on Disability.
Private dollars pay for the operation and hundreds of city workers and community volunteers make it happen five days a week. Fox Studios, Khalsa Care Foundation, and Citi Community Development Foundation have contributed to the effort. “No meal service for people with disabilities existed at this scale prior to the pandemic,’’ Simon said. “All of this got put together in a matter of weeks.” The program started in April with 2,000 meals a day but this week scaled up to serve an additional 1,000 Angelenos with doorstep delivery. Meals will go out five days a week for another month at least, officials said.
With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the need will continue well beyond the current time frame, Department of Disability officials say, and they are looking for additional funding to keep it going. Bertha Suazo, 62 of Echo Park, says she is thankful for the meal deliveries because it’s hard to get out to shop for her autistic son and an elderly neighbor who she looks out for. “We used to go to the store together but that’s really hard now,’’ she said. “Thank you for helping me.”
State-mandated shutdowns put the disabled community at a disadvantage because they often cannot drive and for months have been unable to visit shuttered regional service centers. Even as services reopen, many disabled people will opt to stay indoors because they’re at higher risk of developing a serious illness as a result of a COVID-19 infection. Contact the Department on Disability officials listed below to learn more or to set up a site visit to the meal preparation center at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima or the distribution hub at the Los Angeles Zoo.
New Little Wine Bar is Big on California Wine and Independent Winemakers
Tilda, a new 374-square foot wine bar and bottle shop owned and operated by Echo Park residents Jason Goldman and his partner Christian Stayner opened today on Echo Park Avenue, among other food businesses and neighborhood shops on this walkable, tree-lined corridor. Tilda specializes in California natural wines—served by the glass and available for retail purchase—paired with simple meals at lunch, dinner, and into the evening. Carrie Funk, formerly of Ostrich Farm and Bar Calò, is Tilda’s General Manager, chef, and head of wine curation.
Tilda’s mix of food service, on-site pours, and wine retail takes inspiration from Paris’s caves-à-manger, informal and intimate gathering places that blur the boundaries between restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop. Only here in Echo Park the wine pays tribute to the bounty of California and the principles of natural winemaking.
The decision to focus on natural wines from California grew from the team’s interest in supporting local winemakers, as well as the diminutive size of the space. “Focusing in on California natural wines was a perfect fit for us, and a direct reflection of Tilda’s ethos,” said General Manager Carrie Funk.
“When you’re tight on space you also have to be honest about your priorities. Ours are the environmental and social impacts of winemaking, the price and accessibility of the bottle, and ultimately the experience of sharing the wine with friends. Every one of our wines is a relationship we’ve chosen to invest in, and our winemakers are a reflection of the diversity of our state and community. We are proud to support winemakers who are young, local, female, queer, independent, and socially conscious.”
The space is designed by Stayner Architects who capitalized on Tilda’s small size to create an intimate space with homelike qualities. “The space is reminiscent of a studio apartment — compact and contiguous — so we decided to play with that quality,” said Christian Stayner, the architect and co-owner of Tilda.
Custom-built furniture and vintage pieces that Stayner has collected over the past decade from Hans Bergstrom and Louis Kalf are mixed with Alexander Girard’s ‘Superweave’ textiles and abstract paintings. “We were inspired by the design and strong identities of The Esalen Institute, Braniff Airways, and Sunset magazine in the late 1960s and 70s,” said Stayner.
“We started to think of it as Tilda’s living room, and so wanted to impart the unfussy hospitality of being hosted by a wine-loving friend.” – Christian Stayner
Tilda is one part of a trio of businesses located in the unassuming bow truss building on Echo Park Avenue, which was originally built in 1928 and has been carefully repurposed. Later this year, Goldman will open Etti, a Roman-Italian eatery with walk-up counter service for coffee and a full menu of Roman-inspired fare. The building will also house The Parrot House, a small creative coworking space headed by Stayner’s sister, McKenna, a magazine editor and writer. The Parrot House will be a shared workspace for independent journalists, writers, academics, and others in the narrative arts, and it will offer LGBTQ+ programming, design talks, and other community-driven activities.
Etti and The Parrot House are expected to open in spring 2020. Stayner Architects designed all three spaces, and overhauled every aspect of the building except its original masonry walls and bow-truss ceiling. Their design highlights these original features with 16-foot-tall glass and wood-beam interior walls that allow light to flood from one space to another. “We wanted to bring out the building’s historical qualities while also transforming the space into something new,” said Stayner. “We gave each of the three businesses a distinctive identity but allowed the building’s patina to shine through.”
ABOUT STAYNER ARCHITECTS
Stayner Architects is a second-generation, Los Angeles-based architecture studio that specializes in challenging design projects for cultural, educational, and hospitality clients. From historic preservation to restaurant projects, and from the entitlement process through design and construction management, Stayner Architects is a new type of design studio that offers unparalleled attention to detail and
sees clients through from conception to completion.
LETTERS LIVE, in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, is delighted to announce the first wave of performers for its first ever public performance in the United States on February 26th 2018, at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, from 8pm PST.
LETTERS LIVE celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence by inviting brilliant entertainers to perform remarkable and unforgettable letters to a live audience.
“Hear the best letters in the world read by the best voices” – The Observer
Past LETTERS LIVE shows have included letters written by the likes of David Bowie, Mohandas Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Tom Hanks, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin, and Che Guevara, performed by an array of talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Thandie Newton, Riz Ahmed, Juliet Stevenson, LeVar Burton, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, JJ Abrams, Noma Dumezweni, Oscar Isaac, Jude Law, Nick Cave and Sir Ben Kingsley.
To view a teaser video for the 26 February, click here.
As LETTERS LIVE producer and performer Benedict Cumberbatch writes “Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition. They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humor of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient form of communication to a live audience.”
The February 26th performance of LETTERS LIVE in Los Angeles will be presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER. The event will be held in the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in the downtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, from 8pm – 9:30pm PST.
Tickets for the 26 February LETTERS LIVE performance are available for purchase here.
Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 with all the profits from ticket sales being donated to the two partner charities for the night, 826LA, and Women for Women International.
About LETTERS LIVE
LETTERS LIVE first took place in December 2013 at the Tabernacle in London and quickly established itself as a powerful and dynamic event format that attracted outstanding talents to performing remarkable letters in front of a live audience.
Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, LETTERS LIVE is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.
The independent publishing house Canongate, who created and developed LETTERS LIVE, subsequently partnered with the film and television production company SunnyMarch to build Letters Live into an even more far-reaching and ambitious project. Their shared vision is to harness the power of letters through curated events of exceptional quality and to develop a multi-media platform that delivers the most memorable letters to people all around the world.
As well as celebrating the pain, joy, wisdom and humour expressed in letters, LETTERS LIVE has from the outset been committed to promoting literacy and to fund-raising for literacy charities. This remains an important part of its activities both in the UK and abroad.
826LA is a non-profit organization with centers in Echo Park and Mar Vista, a Writers’ Room at
Manual Arts High School in South LA, and relationships with Los Angeles public schools. 826LA’s mission is to support students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. Since 2005, 826LA has served 65,000+ students. 826LA’s free programs target economically disadvantaged students.
About Women for Women International
With over twenty brutal armed conflicts across the globe and unprecedented levels of violence against women, there’s never been a greater need to support women survivors of war.
Through Women for Women International’s 12-month programme, women learn about their rights, as well as key life, vocational and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from poverty.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has supported over 462,000 women in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. They also engage men in their work, to break down prejudices and practices which prevent women from reaching their full potential. To find out more visit:www.womenforwomen.org.uk
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