SYNC's 10th Bday Bash

Oct 6 2018 2pm-Midnight

Join us for our 10th Birthday! send us an email.

REIMAGINING SYNC EVENTS

posted May 2017

We're in the process of reimagining events at Synchronicity LA, stay tuned. send us an email.

Salon at the Witch House

Saturday, November 19, 2016 -- 7pm

Our next Salon will be hosted by the Witch House, one block from Sync. If you don't know where the Witch House is send us an email.

Synchronicity LA Salon at the Witch House

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Our next Salon will be hosted by the Witch House, one block from Sync. If you don't know where the Witch House is send us an email.

POSTPONED Synchronicity LA Salon

Saturday, June 11, 2016 POSTPONED

The next salon at the Blu Elefant Cafe on Washington! There will be a vegan dinner served at 6:00 for a $4 donation. Salon to follow with cheap beers by donation! send us an email.

Food&Thought at Sync

Thursday, June 9, 2016 | Dinner at 7:00pm!

Come to Sync Thursday Night for dinner and a discussion of Basic Income, led by friend-of-sync, Larry Cohen. Katie will be cooking and we're encouraging guests to share a dish. send us an email.

Synchronicity LA Salon

Saturday, March 26, 2016 | Dinner by Donation at 6:00pm, Salon at 7:00pm!

Salons are now at the Blu Elefant Cafe on Washington! There will be a vegan dinner served at 6:00 for a $4 donation. Salon to follow with cheap beers by donation! send us an email.

Synchronicity LA Salon

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Dinner by Donation at 6:30pm, Salon at 7:30pm!

Salons are now at the Blu Elefant Cafe on Washington! There will be a vegan dinner served at 6:30 for a $4 donation. Salon to follow! send us an email.

BLVD Gaggle (Group Bike Ride)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | Meet at Sync at 8pm, Ride at 8:30 pm sharp!

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.

Synchronicity Salon

Synchronicity Salons are cancelled until further notice. We'll miss y'all.

Synchronicity Salon

Saturday, October 10, 2015 CANCELLED

Synchronicity Salon

Saturday, September 12, 2015 | Snack Potluck at 6pm, Salon at 7pm sharp!

Join in the artistic reverie! Come with a snack or dish to share. If you don't know the address yet, send us an email.

Synchronicity Salon

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | Snacky Potluck at 6pm, Salon at 7pm sharp!

Join in the artistic reverie! Come with a snacky dish to share. If you don't know the address yet, send us an email.

Synchronicity Salon

Saturday, June 13, 2015 | Snacky Potluck at 6pm, Salon at 7pm sharp!

Join in the artistic reverie! Come with a snacky dish to share. If you don't know the address yet, send us an email.

Synchronicity Salon

Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Snacky Potluck at 6pm, Salon at 7pm sharp!

Join in the artistic reverie! Come with a snacky dish to share. If you don't know the address yet, send us an email.


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
90017-0693





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.





Participating in the Gift Economy

Yes! Magazine put out an article entitled “37 Ways to Join the Gift Economy.” I love thinking about an economy that is thriving without the addition of what most people think economies need—money. So I took a look at the list. It turns out that our little house already participates in many of the suggestions!

To see all of the suggestions, check out the original article.

Here’s how we bring the gift economy home:
“1. Start a dinner co-op. Rotate among the homes of friends and neighbors for weekly or monthly potlucks.”
We have group dinners four nights a week! People from our house as well as neighbors and guests cook for each other and eat together.

“3. Put up a traveler.”
Guests come through our doors all the time. Already this year we have hosted strangers from Texas, British Columbia, and Idaho.

“5. Harvest wild or unwanted fruits and vegetables.
6. Grow your own, and give some of it away.”
We have fruit trees in our backyard we eat from and give to our neighbors.

“9. Buy food or supplies in bulk and share with friends.”
We buy all of our food as a group and often share food with friends and neighbors. Though not everything we buy is bought in bulk, we try to get rice, beans, and other items in this way.

“10. Form a home-repair team to fix your own place and others’.”
This effort has recently taken the form of work exchangers – offering housing in exchange for special projects around the house, which has brought us lovely additions such as our table and outdoor shower!

“18. Throw a block party.”
Happened two years ago… I might try to make it happen again…

“19. Show up at a soup kitchen and ask to volunteer help.”
We have volunteered off an on at our local food bank.

“21. Convert a duplex, apartment building, old nursing home, or seminary into a cohousing community.”
Though our home is not any one of these cool locations originally, we did convert an old, early 1900’s home into a cohousing situation.

“22. Convert a barn or warehouse into a space for artists and start-up businesses.”
Our studio! Also, Andress Yourself = start-up business.

“23. Create a space for neighbors to keep and share infrequently used tools and extra garden supplies.
32. Exchange lessons, for example, cooking for carpentry.”
We have recently begun to share more tools on the block through a skill/stuff share. If you live nearby and would like to exchange skills, email us about it.

“25. Hold a monthly clean-up of a beach, park, roadway, river bank; get coffee houses to donate goodies.”
Royce, a friend from the block, had the idea to clean up the street once a month. We’ve done a street clean up twice now and hope to continue it and to get more people on the block involved!

“28. Share a car.”
We share cars a lot as many of us bicycle goers have random long distance trips to take to see family or to get home safely late at night. Thanks car people!

And last but not least… a couple of ideas we should consider…
“35. Work with your neighbors to develop a vision for your neighborhood’s future.”
We are still dreaming of making the lot for sale at the end of the block into a park. Looking into it right now. I think there is a lot of potential for involving neighbors in this as well as more group activities such as in street cleaning, food growing, and skill sharing.

“36. Hold talent shows. Give kids lots of recognition, and everyone opportunity to discover their hidden talents.”
A local talent show?! Yes! I think we could pull this off with our Salon experience. Spring talent? Where would it be located? I’ve always wanted to make use of the parking lot at the end of the street by Washington.

Oh and this one…
“15. Give co-workers neck and shoulder massages.”
Tin just got back, so… gift economy…?

-Ariel





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.

www.johannachase.com
www.facebook.com/WHOISREAL8

www.RyanIsYourFriend.com





The I Heart People Tour

We had the honor and privilege this last summer to take an amazing idea; to share ourselves and our expression, wrap it up in our passion for community and sharing, pack it up in a veggie oil bus and take it on the road! In our travels we hit up the west coast and were able to be a part of a beautiful and uniquely creative manifestation of ourselves and our community.  In taking to the road and sharing with you all, we came to learn so much about the world around us.  In discovering new places, meeting new people, and communing with old friends in new ways, we were able to redefine for ourselves what it means to “heart”, and what it means to”Heart” people.

These are questions we are faced with at almost every turn we encounter.  And as we set out on this journey to share and to give to others, perhaps we might have underestimated the things we were going to learn for ourselves along the way. Like how difficult it is to find the truest expression of who we are in ourselves and to  trust each other enough to work together in empowering each and every person to chase that down in whatever way that looks. From our own vantage point the discovery of  our unique and personal art, music, poetry, film, screen printing, cooking, dancing and so much more  has become the rallying point by which we can find a starting point or a common ground to making our individual songs join together in a beauty filled collective chorus. In working together and opening our hearts to those who strive to find their expression, we aid each other along the path. The Iheartpeople tour proved to be a truly remarkable testament to our ability as individuals to seek to fly as high in our own selves while in the process discover how to encourage each other along the road as we reach for our destinations.  Inevitably, as the road stretches, the hours pass, together the question is posed to each and every one of us in every encounter we experience, “what does it mean to love people?”  and what are we really saying when we take a bus across the coast, blast “I heart People” across the side and spread our message from city to city? We all have our own reasons for being here and doing what we do, but in the end, it’s about what we can learn from each other and ourselves in each individual encounter that will teach us what it means to “heart” people.

One thing is for certain, we recognize that we could not have done this without the remarkable support from all of the people around us in our community. From the people we met on the road, to the people that supported us from home, we felt your presence and your strength with us in every step of the way. We are held up by our community, and we celebrate that.  We also took our community on the road, set out to share ourselves to strangers and friends alike, 15 people in a bus, 1000+ miles, 200+ hours  later and we are faced with so many realities of triumph and struggle, laughter and pain, confusion and anger, compassion and sympathy.  The range of emotion and encounter become a wider pallette by which we can draw from.  The tour, was simply a small microcosm of what we experience everyday; there are people all around us, and every day is a chance to discover how to “heart”  them. Perhaps there is one thing we did learn, working together in harmony and unity is important to creating a new narrative of our future, and by creating a new reality by which our consciousness can evolve and grow we push the boundaries of what it looks like to heart people beyond the every day encounters we have become so numb to. We have been discovering that we do not have to live lives that are isolated and wasteful, consumptive and afraid, we recognize that we have the power to reach out to those around us, in bravery and honesty to jump out in a step of good faith and trust, knowing that we can travel to greater distances together than we could have alone. And in that knowledge we venture bravely into unknown territory chasing down with relentless passion the infinite possibilities that are before us all.

In the end, we all travel along on our own journeys, and at some moments we find that we travel together, its important that we remember in each unique moment before us, the places we have come from, the places we are going, and the current moment that we have stepped into, by remembering that these are all just collective moments in the history of our existence. Tiny blips on the radar of the human consciousness we find ourselves evolving into and as we each become who we are supposed to become by “giving joy and watching it be” we are learning to love ourselves and all that comes with our expression, unique as it may be each person for themselves.  It is there, in that bright light that each person shines we learn to make room in ourselves to let others be who they are without judgment knowing that the very thing that makes us beautiful is the same shining light that shines within and without. Sometimes its not easy to love ourselves, and sometimes its not easy to love others, but we gotta strive hard for both, so that the moment one happens to out shine the other, maybe we can remember how similar those lights are from all angles. “Heart” yourself and maybe that’s what it means to “Heart” others.

-The Iheartpeopletour

 





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.





Art of Synchronicity LA and the BLVD








synchronicity la turns three years old today!

Happy birthday to us!!!!





The BLVD Collective: A Los Angeles Story of Radical Inclusion

Our home was founded in October of 2008 and in that time we have brought all sorts of friends, new and old, through our doors. In an effort to expand our community, so many of those people have moved onto our block.. and now we have a little village of 30-40 Boulevardians. We share the Synchronicity music and arts studio, open our meal plan to anyone on the BLVD, and recently we’ve taken steps to make our collective a bit more intentional by having monthly meetings. We’ve been talking about what we kinds of things we can do, and what effect we can have on our community given our power in numbers. One of the gems spawned from our meetings is the Gaggle Ride (a few posts below) and there are more BLVD exploits to come! Here’s a picture of our first meeting.





Energy Exchange: Dustin and An Epic Family Table

We love having new faces find their way into our home, for a community dinner or even a stint in our hospitality room. When someone stays for good while in our hospitality room, we appreciate payment ;). But cash is our least favorite form of exchange–we tend to prefer some kind of energy exchange! So cook us a delicious home-made curry, or play us a song, or, in the case of Dustin, design us a 12 foot picnic table for us to share meals on! Dustin builds treehouses and had a job in Los Angeles! So he was our guest for a couple of months. And in exchange for his stay, he designed us a beautiful picnic table that would fit all the hungry folks at our community dinners. So we found repurposed woods, pulled the nails, sanded them down, and all put our hands to work.






Synchronicity Salon – Burning Man )'(

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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

08.19.11

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: ryan.a.maxey@gmail.com

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