Historic Honor

LA to change Rodeo Boulevard to Obama Boulevard

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has announced that the city of Los Angeles will officially change the name of 3.5-mile Rodeo Boulevard to Obama Boulevard on May 4 in honor of America’s 44th President, Barack Obama.

A free daylong music and street festival will also be held beginning at noon and include special guests and performers, vendors and food trucks, culminating in the unveiling of Obama Boulevard.

Locally, a portion of the Ventura (134) Freeway in Eagle Rock was named last year in honor of Obama.

At the LA event, celebrity musical guests include Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Battlecat, and Kurupt. The location selected for the ceremony is where Obama Boulevard will intersect with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic black neighborhoods —creating one of the most significant African-American points of interest in the country. 

Rodeo Boulevard runs from “The Heart of Screenland,” or Culver City, to Mid-City Los Angeles, passing by Dorsey High School and the Rancho Cienega Sports Center and Park — the 2007 site of a rally for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The event will be ticketed and is free and open to the public. Tickets for the event are available online at obamafest.eventbrite.com.  Attendees must enter their ZIP code and there is a six-ticket limit per household.

Singing His Praises

Shawn D. Ingram named executive director of LACC

A veteran arts administrator with 25 years of professional experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, Shawn D. Ingram has been appointed executive director of the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC).

Ingram, who assumes his post on May 1, has been an integral part of Arts Consulting Group (ACG) since 2015, where he led the consulting firm’s contributed revenue practice and supporting a comprehensive international roster of clients with strategic fundraising and interim management solutions.

Under the auspices of ACG, Ingram, formerly a professional singer and dancer, served as interim director of development at Laguna Playhouse, interim chief advancement officer at Arizona Broadway Theatre, and, most recently, interim executive director at LACC. Prior to joining ACG, he was executive director of My Friend’s Place, which serves homeless youth, and held development posts at American Repertory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse, among other positions.

Led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, LACC annually serves 400 children ages 6 to 18 and is one of the nation’s premier youth choral institutions.

Family Fun

Victorian Fair of the Far West offers a weekend of fun

Those who are tired of their kids finding all their fun in the screens of video devices can show them a full day of old-fashioned fun this weekend when the Homestead Museum in City of Industry hosts its annual two-day Victorian Fair of the Far West. From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the free fair will explore Los Angeles during the Victorian Era.

Attendees can enjoy music, dance, fashion shows, historic house tours, demonstrations, and much more. Victorian Era attire is encouraged.

There will also be demonstrations and info booths staffed by local organizations and crafts and games.

Picnicking is welcomed and the festival will be canceled in the event of rain. The Homestead Museum is located at 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. Call (626) 968-8492 or visit homesteadmuseum.org.