Poloback: Grandview Park

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The world’s first (and only, still) polo-specific court was built in Vancouver, B.C. in 2011. I took a trip up to Vancouver for the East Van Crown after Worlds in Seattle that year, and even though the tournament wasn’t held here, we made sure to drop by and get a game in before heading off on a jaunt down the coast through the Polo Belt of North America, Cascadia.  DSC01229

 

The East Van Crown returns on September 12. Sarah had to jump through a few hoops to get an expedited passport to make the trip.

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Alas, I will be at Interbike. So much bike life, so little time. Hopefully I can get a few games in with the Vegas crew and any other polo folks in town for I-bike. LVBP has some sweet side-by-side rinks to play on. They are pretty slick, and the walls are low – it just takes a little getting used to and some smart braking.

Here’s a final shot of Grandview for all ya’ll who got crushes on nice courts. I see you.

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Slice of ~Bananas~

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Bananas is a monthly underground hip hop showcase that goes off every third Tuesday of the month at Kaos Network in Leimert Park. Six years running, Bananas is the place to be for enterprising hip hop artists who are making a name for themselves in L.A.’s underground scene. The lineup is determined by Kyle Guy (alter ego of posi rap superhero VerbS), who packs in a substantial list of young and hungry artists, rare talent, and out-of-town troubadours each month.

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Bananas isn’t just another obscure affair – You can always count on a core group of regulars in addition to an unpredictable mix of exquisite creatures from all corners of the city, many of whom would probably never find their way to Leimert Park without the lure of Bananas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s a big-ass rap party,” says Guy, who is apt to book more than a dozen acts for each show. “There are people from all walks of life coming out.”   

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It’s an eclectic mix, where the money-and-hoes rappers get to mingle with the punk-rock hip hop heads. You never quite know who will pop up, like guitar virtuoso John Frusciante, who made a discreet appearance earlier this year, or any number of local legends from Leimert and beyond.  

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Hip hop may dominate, but that’s not all there is to the Bananas lineup. R & B, Afro Caribbean dance, live beats and sidewalk ciphers are all par for the course at this monthly gathering. Bananas goes off on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, with a few rare “Green Bananas” shows here and there.

Peep the Bananas Facebook page and stay connected.

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TMNT in the house!

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