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August 18, 2021

Michael Peña

first_imgCelebrityMichael PeñaThe star of a new Cesar Chavez biopic on enjoying Silver Lake, appreciating South L.A., and rolling with the LAPDBy Nancy Miller – March 25, 20141705ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItI’ve shot in L.A. a lot. I’ve shot here so much, I used to think, “Wow, I really want to travel someday,” and now that I am traveling, I’m like,“Wow, I really want to stay home.” I don’t get a lot of paparazzi, but people have shown up on my doorstep. One time a girl was there, saying, “Michael, you really touched me,” and I’m like, “I didn’t touch you—at all! I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Then she’s crying and like, “You know that scene you had in Eastbound & Down…” I think she’s going to say it was in Crash or World Trade Center. Instead she’s moved by an oddball part in a dark comedy series? I went from freaked out to pissed to confused.When I moved here from Chicago in 1996, I first lived in the Oakwood apartments. I moved to Hollywood for a month—Highland and Santa Monica—but back then there were so many crackheads, it just wasn’t cool. Eventually I moved to Los Feliz, which is where I’ve stayed. I’ve been here long enough to see Silver Lake has changed. It started off with a comic book store, then slowly but surely these great places came in. When my wife was pregnant in 2008, for exercise we used to walk to Intelligentsia at Sunset Junction. I love Cafe Stella and the Black Cat. The place I don’t want a lot of people to know about is Pho Café on Sunset near Silver Lake Boulevard. I don’t think they even have a sign. They just take your name and you have to wait—they don’t care who you think you are.Queue ’Em UpCesar Chavez: An American Hero(Opens March 28)Peña’s titular role as the legendary activist is his heaviest yet—literally (he gained 30 pounds for the part).End of Watch(2012)As Mike Zavala, Peña captured the grit and grind as a rookie LAPD cop in David Ayer’s masterfully written and directed drama.Crash(2005)His breakout role in Paul Haggis’s L.A.-based ensemble piece helped the film nab a Best Picture Oscar.I came to Los Angeles to be an actor, so right off the bat I wasn’t exposed to a whole bunch of crime and I didn’t live in the ghetto. But I’ve been lucky enough to see the stuff that not everybody sees. The film End of Watch was shot in South L.A.—the real deal. Jake Gyllenhaal and I did five months of research with the LAPD, including 30 ride-alongs and tactical training. I saw people who’d been shot, stabbed, and beat up. That film really opened my eyes to the idea that 80 percent of any place is good and 20 percent is out to get you. When you go to South L.A., there are certain people who are shady, but the same goes in Beverly Hills. It may be a different kind of shady, but it’s the same percentage. I have no qualms going to East L.A. and eating at a place where somebody else might be freaked out. My girl and I—we’re foodies. Going to Bäco Mercat is cool, but so is going to Guisados on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights.I have two tattoos; one is of my son’s name, and I love it—it’s got the right aesthetic. I’m Mexican and we have a certain body type, and for some reason that kind of tattoo across your chest works. I did it in one sitting at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood. While I was in there, people were like, “What’s up, Mike?” That’s one of the great things about Los Angeles. It’s not a fake city to me. It’s filled with people trying to do the right thing and work hard at making good food and—hopefully—good movies and TV. TAGSBaco MercatCafe StellaGuisadosIntelligentsia Coffee & TeaJake GyllenhaalLAPDMichael PeñaShamrock Social ClubPrevious articleEssential T: Shrimp Taco at Bizarra CapitalNext articleFour Utopian Societies That Didn’t Pan Out—Including One in Southern CaliforniaNancy Miller RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORTamales Elena y Antojitos Brings Afro-Mexican Cuisine to the L.A. AreaLocal Bartenders Are Dishing on All the Crazy Stuff They See Working Behind L.A.’s BarsWe Ranked All 15 Guisados Tacoslast_img read more

October 27, 2019

Siewart: Pickford’s saves were ‘incredible’

first_imgJan Siewert is confident he will turn the tide at Huddersfield Town after watching an inspired Jordan Pickford keep his side at bay in Everton’s 1-0 triumph.It was a frustrating first game at the helm for the former Borussia Dortmund reserves boss, with Richarlison’s third-minute penalty proving decisive for the Toffees.But Pickford’s display for Everton, who saw substitute Lucas Digne sent off, was also key as he made two stunning second-half stops to deny Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I saw why Pickford is England’s number one with incredible saves,” said Siewert, whose side sit bottom and 11 points from Premier League safety. “We shouldn’t find excuses. We need to focus. It’s a process which has started. I saw many things I implemented in training.”The most important thing is we create chances and the goals will come. The lads got my ideas and we had chances.”Not the start Jan Siewert had in mind as a sole Richarlison strike in the opening minutes condemned #htafc to defeat against @Everton on a bitterly cold Tuesday night in HD1.  https://t.co/4OssGFCEp3 #HUDEVE (AT) pic.twitter.com/JODmqCabeZ — Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 29, 2019 Everton was coming off the back of a shock 3-2 FA Cup loss to Millwall and patchy form in the league, making this a timely victory for the under-fire Marco Silva.Silva also had words of praise for Pickford and acknowledged it was an important win for the Toffees, who climbed to eighth. “The main thing was to win, to do everything to get the three points and to give a big answer to ourselves and our fans,” he said.”Three points away from home and a clean sheet was important to boost our confidence. It was difficult with 10 men, having played a game on Saturday. They had 10 days to prepare. It was well deserved for our players.”One free-kick, one header, but they didn’t create anything more. Jordan did well in those two moments.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 6, 2019

UN Forum urges inclusion of indigenous peoples concerns in global antipoverty goals

“Indigenous people in developed countries pointed out that they have suffered significant disparities in the enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights,” said members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in a draft document submitted to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Endorsing a series of measures recommended by some 1,200 delegates who participated in the two-week meeting, the Forum said such disparities “tended to be masked at the international level,” owing to the lack of aggregated data and the comparative high level of enjoyment of rights by the non-indigenous population.“As a result,” according to the Forum, “there is insufficient recognition that there are challenges for meeting the goals in the developed countries.”At the meeting, many indigenous leaders voiced their concern that developed countries treat the MDGs as a matter of foreign policy, relevant only to their international aid programmes. The MDGs are series of targets set by the world leaders to reduce levels of poverty, diseases, and illiteracy and environmental degradation b y the year 2015.The Permanent Forum called for governments, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other agencies to adopt targeted policies, programmes, projects and budgets to address the “staggering prevalence” of diabetes among indigenous people and put in place “culturally appropriate” health services and treatment and prevention methods.The Forum said it fully endorsed the indigenous leaders’ demand that States must recognize their right to self determination and respect the principle of “free, prior and informed consent” with regard to development activities which take place on their lands and resources. The Forum also urged Member States to uphold the linguistic rights of indigenous people.UN officials estimate that more than 1,200 leaders, representing some 370 million indigenous peoples in different parts of the world, attended the Forum. read more