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We've set up this space where members of the Little Tokyo community could share information, thoughts, ideas, and opinions about the Little Tokyo neighborhood, it's people, politics, culture/history, businesses, and events.


DISKovery Center Little Tokyo Fall Schedule!

Check out the new schedule of classes (including a new after school couse) for DISKovery Center Little Tokyo!

Established in 1999, the DISKovery Center is a community technology center and a program of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC). We have locations in Little Tokyo, Echo Park, Gardena, and West Covina. The Little Tokyo branch offers public computer and free internet access as well as a variety of computer and technology courses.

Interested in attending a course? Interested in volunteering at one of our centers? Contact the DISKovery Center:

353 E. First Street
Los Angeles
E-mail: diskovery@ltsc.org
Telephone: 213-621-4158


Double Standard, the Dennis Hopper retrospective now showing at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, is also the title of one of the late actor/artist's most-known photographs. It depicts an intersection at Melrose and Western avenues and captures an array of details from the perspective of a driver in a convertible in 1961 Los Angeles.

The exhibit continues through September 26 and it's notable for many reasons. One, many of Hopper's photographs in the exhibit are of the contemporary artists he rubbed elbows with, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. What's interesting is that these artists are also part of the permanent collection at MOCA on Grand Avenue and the Hopper photographs provide a bit of informational spray mount for them. A second reason is that Hopper was "significantly" involved in the planning of the retrospective, curated by Julian Schnabel, before his death on May 29, 2010, just five weeks before the exhibit's opening.

Your ticket at either location provides entry into both, not to mention bus fare for the MOCA Shuttle that runs between them every 20-30 minutes.

Tickets are $10 for adults. See the museum website for hours and more detailed information.


DIY Radio: Podcast This! New Youth Classes at Diskovery Little Tokyo

Registration will soon begin for DISKovery Little Tokyo's next session of classes, including a pilot class for youth, DIY Radio: Podcast This! See the following flier for details!

For those in Gardena, we'll be holding this class at DISKovery JCI in the winter session, so stay tuned!


Yelp Passport to Little Tokyo, this week!

I ran across the Passport to Little Tokyo event when I was on Yelp today, a neighborhood version of Dine Out L.A.. For those new to Yelp, it's a place where folks post reviews of restaurants and businesses as well as pictures. Me and my wife have found it to be a place where you can find real-world opinions on restaurants, auto repair shops, and waxing salons...

Passport to Little Tokyo looks like a week-long invitation to visit your Little Tokyo neighborhood. Don't worry, no INS harassment or baggage searches.

There are a number of good deals: 15% off your bill at the new restaurant Fu-Ga on San Pedro, 20% of a meal at the Lazy Ox, free t-shirt with any purchase at RIF (where's that?). Special deals with your free printable Passport happen this week, Aug. 2 - 8.

Check out all the details here.