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How to Make a Rainbow


Observed over the course of two years, How to Make a Rainbow is the story of a young girl and her mother, as they move together through transitions of home, identity and name.

Directed by Synchronicity-member Ryan Maxey

Featuring and Produced by Synchronicity co-founder and former resident, Jade Phoenix Martinez

How to Make a Rainbow from Maxey Fish on Vimeo.

sync 10!

Synchronicity LA is turning 10 years old this October. ⓌⒶⓊⓊⓊⓌ.
and it’s gonna be
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October 6, 2018
2pm – Midnight
at Synchronicity LA
open bar happy hour 3-5pm!

vegan tacos from de la luna catering
sync museum
tiny house tiny bar
giant free store
local beer on tap

johanna chase
mc draperies
special head
belinda julep
wesley francis

new mop arrives in mail

BLVD Friendsgiving in About a Minute – Twenty Seventeen

Friendsgiving goes down hard style at sync every time this year give thanks you turkeys.

BLVD Friendsgiving in About a Minute – Twenty Seventeen from Ryan Maxey on Vimeo.

Foldy Fool

I love LA, love biking, love making videos… here’s one I made for Brompton, the maker of my lil foldy.


Sync Grub

The community meal plan is providing a cozy place to eat with friends and loved ones this winter. Check out our new instagram account where we’re documenting some of the tasty dishes the grub members are serving:

Los Angeles Intentional Community Meet Up

We recently participated in the LA Intentional Community Meet Up hosted by the LA EcoVillage.  Thanks to everyone who came out–from about 15 communities!  We have a plan to make this a quarterly event, so if you’re an IC in the area please email us and we’ll keep you posted.  img_8401

Garlic Appreciation

Some members of the house attended the Gilroy Garlic Festival last week. With so much talk about garlic, we hosted a garlic appreciation potluck at the house. 90% of commercial garlic in the U.S. is grown in California.

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Oh My Gourd!

We grew this giant snake gourd in our backyard!  Someone’s new didgeridoo?IMG_0162

It’s sunflower time at Sync

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Picture From Synchronicity’s House Retreat


Fun house times from Sync’s retreat (fall of 2015)!

Synchronicity LA Salon: Nice Comeback!

Salon Comeback Front

Salon ComeBACK

We’ve been invited by Blu Elefant Cafe to extend our living room to the their cozy space (Thank you Inri!)!
We’ll be offering a simple Vegan Dinner for a $4 donation at 6:30.  Come by and eat with us. All dinner donations go to Blu Elefant as a thanks for hosting.
The Salon will be similar format, 5 minute slots and an intermission half way through.
Blu Elefant is extending its hours from 8 – 11pm to host our salon.  It will technically be a private event with a password.  Cheap beer will be available by donation.
Make some shit and bring it – polished or not. Try something new. Write something now! Or tomorrow. Or 10 minutes before you present. Challenge yourself. Challenge the crowd. Collaborate with someone you met at the last Salon. 

The Synchronicity LA Salon is a monthly night of creative expression that started in our living room. It began in January 2010 as a safe space for the folks of Synchronicity and our friends to share finished or unfinished works of art, poetry, song, or any form of creative release. The idea was to encourage people in the community to create, share, and hear thoughts or ideas from friends. It has since expanded, outgrowing our living room, and we have enjoyed works of musicians, poets, storytellers, palindromists, historians, novelists, ramblers, gamblers, painters, filmmakers, drunks, fathers, mothers, lovers, dreamers, and psychedelic clowns from all over this land!


Happy Friends, happy foods


BLVD/Synchronicity Gaggle: Drone Jam on LA Bodies of Water

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Time to welcome water back to Los Angeles.
A group bike ride with miniature musical instruments and droney jams on our lakes and rivers.
Each person carry along a mini guitar or uke or harmonica or melodica or clarinet or anydamnthing or just your voice. We’ll stop at our bodies of water and offer sweet droney jams to the Water Gods asking for plentiful but non-destructive rains this El Niño season.
A drone jam is EASY. It’s just playing for many minutes on a single chord. Everyone can play. All you need to do is learn a single chord OR even just a note on an instrument of your choice, and play it for minutes. When surrounded by the textures of different instruments, it’ll sound special.
All are welcome. There are a large amount of spare instruments at Synchronicity LA (I have a mini guitar/balalaika/pianica/thunder machine/and more)

Wednesday, October 21
Easy Ride. Slow pace. About 15 miles round trip. 3-4 stops.
Meet at Sync at 8pm with an instrument or borrow one.
Ride at 8:30 Sharp.

We have a Little Free Library!

Come read with us..


Fun Fact: There are over 30,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, sharing over 1 million books annually.

Learn more:

Synchronicity in Curbed LA!

One of our most favoritest websites, Curbed LA, wrote words about us!

Happy Spring!



Check out our glorious new mural by Rachel Rusenko

Thanks a thousand, Rachel!sync muralCheck out her website at

Join us for a fantastical show!

Hibernation Dream Show <3 @ Synchronicityla (Koreatownish) This Saturday, February 21st Johanna Chase playing at 9pm Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies playing at 10:15!recordings/c1yi7 Email for the address!

Synchronicity LA/BLVD Friendsgiving in Two Minutes or Less!

Each November we celebrate our chosen family with a humonsterous feast of food and tables that span our entire downstairs.  We also make a photobooth and take way too many pictures.

Synchronicity LA Presents: The Salesman

One of the reasons we created the Synchronicity LA Salon was to motivate ourselves to experiment and create. At 3pm, the day before the Salon, Ashley, Wesley and I sat down to watch some crap on the Internet. But she proposed we make something for the Salon instead. So we made this. A little welcome-to-October gift from Synchronicity LA.


A Music Video Love Letter to Los Angeles

I was not a fan of LA.  After four years of college here I left swearing never to return.  But I came back for what I thought was a short stay.  Then I was invited to dinner at Synchronicity.  That was over five years ago, and I’ve been at Sync since.  This house played a key role in redefining my relationship with this city.  I’ve been surrounded by kind, creative, curious people… and together we’ve peeled away the layers of this amazing city.  It’s a tough city to love.  It took me a long time.  But I really have come to love its expanse, its cultural and creative diversity, its challenges, and its rewards.  Hard to sum it up with words, so here is a video love letter I made with our neighbor Mackenzie and her band The Wild Reeds.  Check out their new album, Blind and Brave… it’s a helluva ride.  -Ryan

Break Out of Your Box People!

A music video collaboration between a few Synchronicitians, and BeLoVeDs (members of our extended BLVD Community).  Featuring the music of Synchronicity’s own AHEE and a few filmmakers and box folk from around the house and block.

Synchronicity LA Salon on the Eel River

Our July Salon took place on the majestic Eel River in the Old Growth Redwoods of Humboldt County.  50 friends of Synchronicity past and present migrated northwards to get our fix of trees, river, and friends!

It was in LA, on an early Tuesday morning

By our very own Wesley Francis

We caught the mouse in a trap
And it was my job
To dispose of him

I took both the mouse and the trap
And drove down Washington boulevard
But there were no secluded fields

Or little tin can mouse towns
Full of cute mouse families
And Fievel-esque adventures

Just mowed lawns
And apartment complexes
And people tired of hiring pest control

I turned right and left
Zig zagged through side streets
Looking for some sweet mouse habitat

Finally, tired and sleepy in mid-city,
I found myself parked out back
Behind a Ralph’s grocery store

I opened my car door
And shook the trap
And the mouse leapt out and vanished

I’d like to think that he dodged
Corporate sponsored mouse poison
And hungry packs of stray cats

That he navigated the concrete jungle
And found a paradise of bagged pasta
And expired boxed cereals

But we all know the truth
That there is danger everywhere
And the world is not kind

So as I backed up and drove off
Leaving the parking lot behind
I guess there is only one thing I really hoped

That he enjoyed his last final minutes
That his dying was not such a hard thing to do

We were in the Neighborhood News!

Our local periodical, The Neighborhood News, did a profile of our house for a recent issue:












Thanks to Ms. Chelsee Lowe for a nice look at our house!

Ryan Kwan’s “Mystery Cloud” Live at The Synchronicity LA Salon

Ryan Kwan’s “Mystery Cloud” – Live at the Synchronicity LA Salon from Maxey Fish and Sea on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday to our Beloved Peter!

Piru from Maxey Fish and Sea on Vimeo.

We went on a birthday adventure bike ride to celebrate Peter’s Birthday and had no fun at all.

Fan Letters and Beast Nest at Sync 12/13!

Come join us for a sound art video extravaganza!


FAN LETTERS is a sound and video collaboration between Alex Nathanson and Dylan Neely, utilizing a wide range of instruments and tools, including violin, percussion, custom electronics, custom video programs, bicycle parts, and animation, to transform abstract social and psychological processes into immersive experiences that strive to provide absurd, humorous, and disturbing perspectives on contemporary life.




BLVD Friendsgiving in a Minute or Less

Every year at Synchronicity LA we host a Friendsgiving Feast for all the folks of our extended community, The BLVD Collective.   Here’s a flavor.

Save Palm Grove!

In our sprawling city, It’s not uncommon to find the most incredible flavors in a hole-in-the-strip-mall joint that’s squeezed between an auto zone, a 99 cent store, and a 24 hour donut shop.  That is certainly the case with Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant.  It’s a tiny, unassuming eatery that is full of surprise after surprise.  The food is colorful, delicious, abundant, and very affordable.  The injera is fresh baked, the menu diverse, and the coffee is not just brewed to order, its roasted to order!  It’s the best option in the neighborhood for vegans and vegetarians, and the top choice for the folks of the BLVD Collective.  We are a group of about 60 people on and around Westmoreland BLVD that share ideas, meals, friendship, and monthly art events.  When we heard that Palm Grove was struggling, we put our heads together and thought up a way that we could use our power in numbers to help them out.

On Saturday we hosted a “Save Palm Grove” lunch and filled every one of the 30 available seats.  It was important for us to come together and show the owner that our community values her business.  And we wanted to make sure we strengthened their presence on Yelp.  A positive Yelp profile is really essential for a restaurant in an area that doesn’t have much foot traffic.  A few of us are photograhers, so we snapped some shots during the lunch to spice up the Yelp profile.  And after the lunch, we hosted a “Yelping Party” and all created accounts and gave positive, well thought out reviews.  The event was a great success, and will hopefully help bring more business to our neighborhood treasure!


Sync is 5 years old


Beautiful Puppy “Frances” Needs a Lifelong Home!

Frances came to us about 1 month ago and is about 4 months old!  She is mellow, obedient (has already learned to sit and lie down), and a lover!  Snuggles for days.   Frannie is about 20 pounds right now and we predict that she could be 40-50 when full grown.  As far as we know, she’s a pit chow mix.


We’re sorry to see her go, but need someone who is looking for the long term commitment that comes with puppy love.  Please email us at if you are       interested or know someone who might be.

Come Clean Up with Community Project “What What”!!

Meeting point is Normandie Park (NE corner of Venice and Normandie)

Sunday, Sep. 22nd, 9am-12pm, Snacks and Supplies Provided! See you all there!!

Email to RSVP or for any questions. Thanks!

Arty Farty Craft Fair

We’re having an art fair this Sunday (8/4)!  All the info is on our facebook page:


Come by from 12-6 to nab some great handmade items produced locally!

Some good goods for sale

Chili oil! Get it while it's hot!

graveyards or, today – A Poem by Jamie Criss

A portrait of our neighborhood with words by our neighbor.

2013 Winter Retreat!

The Golden Scarab Synchronicity – Inspired by Carl Jung

Took a trip to Austin.  Read some Carl Jung.  Got inspired.  Had a conversation.  Recorded it.  Made a video with Tinny.

Mr. Bolivar – Waste Vegetable Oil vs. Diesel Emissions

Rogelio Bolivar lives in Denver and converts diesel engines to Waste Vegetable Oil as a hobby and way of life. A day after Tin and I met him he was on his way to a diesel emissions test center to see the difference in emissions between diesel and WVO.

Buxom Beet!

Strange beet from the garden

Our first full-sized beet of the year! Look at those curves...(harvested from our garden 3/19/12)

DIY Culinary Adventures at Synchronicity

Hot Tub Yoghurt

I spent some time in Bolivia, and whilst working at a cafe/bar, i feasted daily on homemade granola and yoghurt made in my boss’s backyard.  I’ve always dreamt of waking up and tasting that homemade deliciousness here in LA.  So I researched making homemade yoghurt and it turns out the trickiest part to making it is keeping the yoghurt at 105-115 degrees for 6 to allow the cultures to spread.  I was struggling to find a way, then it hit me!  That’s the temp of our hot tub in the backyard!  hooray!   So Ever since january I’ve been keeping Synchronicity stocked with gallons of homemade yoghurt by sealin’ that yoghurt up tight, thrown it in the tub, and lettin’ it cook!

100% Orgasmic Granola

Rounding out my bolivian dream.. my dream of a lady (above) and I have been cooking up some homemade granola to top off that yoghurt!  Yummy concoctions of late have featured pumpkin spices, quinoa, flax seed, crispy rice, and maple candied nuts!  Oh me oh my.  Lately we’ve made a batch to raise money for a trip to Bangladesh, where we are helping start a One for One Restaurant company that could feed many hungry kids around the globe.  Learn more and donate if you wish here!


These Days at the Synchronicity LA Salon


Love Letters to the End

An interactive web series featuring the talents of Synchronicity LA and the surrounding BLVD!

Love Letters to the End – Teaser from Love Letters to the End on Vimeo.

Love Letters to the End – Episode 1 from Love Letters to the End on Vimeo.

The world might end this year. Well, that’s what people are saying anyway. You and I may not think so, but let’s make believe for a moment.

If the world were to end this year, what would you want to share with it? What memories, yearnings, gratitudes, regrets, triumphs, and wonders call out?

This is an invitation to be a part of a community art project. “Love Letters To The End” is a dramatic interactive world wide web series and collaborative community letter-writing project. Your letter might be short or long, pivotal or insignificant, melancholy, joyous, or sublime.

Write your love letter to the world before it ends.

The anonymous letter you send to the address below will be shared on the website, and could even be included in the narrative of the web series. This project will bring in collaborators from all over and what we make together might just inspire others. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Love Letters to the End
P.O. Box 17693
Los Angeles, CA

Synchronicity LA Salon Presents Ariel Climer

Cycling is live music!
Ariel is one of the founding members of Synchronicity LA. Hear her speak some poetry in the Synchronicity LA arts studio.

Synchronicity LA Salon – Johanna Chase and Damon Turner – “Sister Pico”

Pico BLVD cuts through the heart of our city, from the garment district Downtown through Japanese and Persian neighborhoods, kissing the Byzantine-Latino quarter and Koreatown, and all the way to the breakers of the Pacific.
This collaboration of two Salon veterans certainly pleases the masses in the Synchronicity studio.

Halloween Ghoulish Gaggle Bike Ride

Once again the BLVD Gaggle Riders took on the streets of LA on our two wheelers.  This time in costume through the spirited streets of Hollywood.

synchronicity la turns three years old today!

Happy birthday to us!!!!

Synchronicity Salon – Burning Man )'(


Photos By Heather Rose DeStefano

The BLVD Gaggle Ride

Synchronicity LA is part of a greater community known as the BLVD.  There are over 30 individuals calling the same block of Westmoreland BLVD our home.  We have monthly meetings and share creative workspaces and community meals 4 nights a week.

We love riding our bikes.  Our first BLVD gaggle was a success!  Stay tuned for more in the future!


The BLVD Gaggle Ride

The BLVD Gaggle Ride


Meet at 8 — Ride at 9

The BLVD Collective: a Los Angeles story of radical inclusion. The BLVD is a village of artists, musicians, social activists and the like working collectively to create and celebrate urban community.  Come chill on the BLVD and learn about living in community, sharing recourses, meals, ideas, friendship, and creative expression. And then fly with us.  Meet at 8 at Synchronicity LA (1666 Westmoreland BLVD, 90006) and ride at 9.

This is an easy paced ride — ALL BIKES WELCOME!!!

No riders left behind. Bring the essentials: tubes,tools,cash.

We’ll make at least one stop to consume beverages.  bring a can of your favorite liquid courage.

For more info make an electronic mail for ryan:

Remember, a gaggle can ride 71% further than a lone rider.


Synchronicity on the RADIO!

The lovely Jennifer Sharpe spent some time at our house capturing our soundwaves!  It was aired this morning on 89.3 KPCC.  You can Listen HERE!

we’re in good magazine!

The i heart people tour

Two singer/songwriters (Johanna Chase and Tin Santos), an Illustrator (Andress Yourself), a filmmaker (Ryan Maxey), and friends are taking to the road on The I Heart People Tour, a tour with stops at 7 cities along the West Coast that aims to share music, art, and spread the word on urban intentional community living!

“On a veggie oil/solar powered bus, our crew will depart from our home in Los Angeles: The BLVD, a community of more than 30 friends in 5 houses, including Synchronicity LA. Recently featured in an article in GOOD Magazine, Synchronicity LA is part of an intentional community in LA that focuses on ‘generating community through hospitality, intentionality, artistic action, and a dedication to the reduction of harm.’”

“We hope to share the spirit of community by hosting bus-side potlucks in each city before each gig played by Johanna and her band. Bring some food to share, and join us around the bus for music from Tin Santos, live screen printing (tour shirts) by Andress Yourself, photo booth portraits on the front of the bus provided by Maxey Fish and Sea Reels, and you can add some color with your paintbrush skills to the community mural on the side of our bus! Underlying all of the fun, we want share community and original expression!”

….Learn more about this incredible tour on its Kickstarter page!


Jamie Criss is perched up at 1660 Westmoreland Blvd, at the beloved Treehouse. Here she is at the Synchronicity LA Salon reading a piece on life on the BLVD. I love these words, they paint such a vivid picture. I’m so happy that I’ll forever have this to bring me back to the beautiful days on Westmoreland BLVD.


A small taste of community living. All of our cups seemed to have disappeared. So i went on a cup hunt in all the nooks and crannies of Synchronicity LA. I found over 75 of them. Then I washed them and took pictures and sound.

a weekend with tin and ryan

Hi it’s Tin and Ryan. We like to take trips and also like to substitute put M’s in words where they don’t belong. Here we are gandering up Highway 395, seeking advemture within valleys and mountains. Moo.

bill (the red river) in our living room!

I remember listening to The Red River’s Little Songs About The Big Picture when it was released last month and thinking, “If our house had a spirit band, it would be the Red River.”  The album captures so much of the essence of our house, both in the way that we unashamedly get wild, sing, dance, and celebrate our friendship and free spirits… and in the way that we share our quiet, more painful and vulnerable  moments together. And, truly, can one exist without the other?  It reminds me of an excerpt from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  
And the selfsame well from which your
laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your


Bill from The Red River brought his music to Synchronicity LA’s living room. Here he plays the track “Dirty Dave” from The Red River’s latest release, Little Songs About the Big Picture, which, by the way, was named Top Ten Albums of the year by NPR’s music guru Bob Boilen ( ! Tin Santos and friends help out with the vocals on this track!


At the Synchronicity Salon.



MC Draperies

MC Draperies is a rapper and resident of Synchronicity LA.  He sings about sex, drugs, and community living.

Johanna Chase Live!

Johanna is a founding member of Synchronicity LA!  She is, will be, and always has been a singin’ fool!

Tin and Julia


Maxey Fish and Sea presents a premiere of Tin Santos and Julia McAlee’s “Monkey Paws” as performed at the most recent Synchronicity LA Salon.

This work in progress is brought to you by two spirited souls of Westmoreland Blvd. The performance is not without its bumps and bruises, but the song is too terrific not to give a glimpse. And the love that resonates through the Salon and its attendees is good and evident.


At the Synchronicity Salon


Poet John Paul II

Poet John Paul II at the Synchronicity LA Salon.



Sprawling across Cochabamba’s urban center is La Cancha market. It is well known for being one of the largest, most overwhelming markets in South America. Julia strapped on her guitar and took a casual stroll through the meat aisle, past the puppies, around the underwear, brushing shoulders with the carrot juicer, and ending amongst the veggies.

Julia McAlee is a singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles. You can visit her website here: