This isn’t a post about politics. This is a post that celebrates what Melrose Avenue has at its core and continues to support as a world-renowned destination: freedom. The freedom to create and commune and to shop and eat and drink and enjoy who you are with people who appreciate it.
Lately, for many people, it feels like that freedom is being threatened. When there is fear, confusion, and anger, art steps in to give a voice and a release. The people who built up the environment on Melrose and are keepers of it today, offer a few ways to make yourself heard, have a laugh through it, and find your own strength for the long road ahead.
Pop culture has been on the forefront of social movements for decades. When it comes to exploring topics like power, equality, gender, and race, comic books since the 1930s have given us characters that help us relate and escape. Graphic novels featuring Batwoman embrace various gender identities (Kate Kane is lesbian), while Kindred pointedly takes on race, slavery, and black womanhood. Find titles with powerful stories like these at Golden Apple Comics.
GOLDEN APPLE COMICS
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
May the Force be with you! Keep your favorite Rebel icons around the house or office with any of the delightful Funko bobbleheads at Puzzle Zoo. The great leader Princess Leia is a favorite, of course. The new group of resistors, including Finn and Rey, are part of the Wacky Wobblers line. If you relate more to your dark side, the bobbly men in black are good selections.
7551 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Whether you need to gear up for a march or rally, or want to say something without opening your mouth, New Profanity is the supply store for the resistance. Empowered messages on pins, buttons, and patches cover every social movement persisting today: water protection, LGBTQA rights, equality, choice, healthcare, racial justice, women’s issues, and peace.
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Music has accompanied times of political and social turmoil for centuries. One of the loudest and hardest genres to scream truth at power has been punk. From The Clash and Anti-Flag to NOFX and Rise Against, not much has changed. John at Headline Records will tell you all about it, and recommend something to rile you up. Grab an old-school circle-A anarchy pin or arm band while you’re there.
7706 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
They say the greatest comedy comes out of troubled times, so the shows at Groundlings are a funny-balm for the soul. Check this out: The Black Version, a special one-time presentation, is an all-black cast that improvised the black version of an audience-suggested movie. The Black Version plays Monday, July 31 at 8pm. This show is for ages 16 and over.
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Before you go out to a town hall or protest, or while prepping to troll battle on Facebook, create an environment that smells like VICTORY. House of Intuition’s Akita brew supports the intentions of courage and persistence with the combo of frankincense, sandalwood and Palo Santo. You can burn it on charcoal, or sprinkle it inside an anointed Strength candle for extra power.
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7449 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Yes, the country is divisive. Maybe more so than some of us can remember. But we are Americans, and we can get through this. So stay strong, speak up, be cool, and wear that flag with pride.
WORLD OF LEGGINGS
7207 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046