Welcome to The Eastsider’s semi-regular installment of online videos featuring Eastside neighborhoods and people.
Angeleno Heights resident and filmmaker Alex Jablonski, whose piece on the young and unemployed in Echo Park was featured on The Eastsider back in December, is back with another mini-documentary on legendary puppet master Bob Baker. In this eight-minute piece created with cinematographer Michael Totten, Baker, whose marionette theater is located just south of Echo Park, reveals some of the challenges and disappointments in his long career devoted to entertaining kids and adults. He talks about the difficulties in running a business and sacrificing a personal life for his puppets. Baker also explains why kids are scared of clowns.
Footsies, a Cypress Park bar on Figueroa, has served as the home for bi-weekly DJ events called Soul in the Park. Last month, the event, captured here in an approximately two-minute-long video, featured the sounds and traditions of Haiti shortly after the island nation was devastated by an earthquake.
Who in Los Angeles rides a bike in the rain – with a child in tow? Josef Ali-Bray, co-owner of the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop, shows how it’s done on a cargo biking riding the wet streets of Cypress Park and Highland Park.