Frazgo: a recovering Catholic and guilt free for several years now. Married
with 3 kids, out in the San Gabriel Valley, and a Los Angeleno BY CHOICE,
Frazgo embraces all things LA. He's done time in the corporate cube world
and learned to follow the path of greatest curiosity. He's a photographer,
the arty kind, and hangs onto the belief that you should buy art to match
your soul, not your sofa. Above all he's a humanist and a smart ass.
It was quite the car show yesterday. Very heavy with the customs and one that stood out so far above the others I called it my personal favorite and named it “best of show” The work this young man out into an old Mercury chopping, channeling, lowering and flaming was simply amazing.
Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016. My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.
Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.
We’ll call this PASAGEDDON part 3 and 4. Short version is the 210 closures will affect those trying to sneak into town from the valley on the 118/210EB this weekend for fun in Old Town.
Beginning 7PM Saturday August 13, 2016 until 5AM August 15 the 210 East Bound will be closed at Mountain Avenue to Lake Avenue. The 134 West transition road from the 210 East will also be closed. The exit ramps at Mountain/Lincoln will also be closed.
These closures will be repeated again August 27 at 7PM until August 29 at 5AM.
The easiest, but likely congested work around detour will be to follow 210EB to the 2SB then transition to the 134EB and reconnect with the 210 in Pasadena.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. There will be several local artists with various media well represented. Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy. One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.
As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.
Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.
Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends. I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit. It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park. From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk. IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.
Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM. 400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016
This is going to be fun. A night of nurturing your inner 12 yo with art and limbered up with some right tasty craft brews by Pacific Plate Brewery. This event is supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery as well as Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.
This isn’t free, but the $45 fee includes all materials and your Craft Beer. IMHO its well worth the cost of admission for an evening of art with Ms Butterfield, the craft beer is the icing on the proverbial cake!
Deets:Saturday July 30, 2016 7PM-9PM 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626-256-4848
You can see the full press release from CALTRANS HERE, but the short of it is the 210 West Bound will be closed two complete weekends in July for improvements and repaving. TWO FULL Weekends. The closure will be from Lake Avenue west to Mountain will be completely shut down. Rerouting through city streets will be a joke…best is to transition to the 134 West then 2 north to rejoin the 210 in LaCrescenta. With traffic stinking so bad my suggestion is if you absolutely need to be in Pasadena those weekends, take the Gold Line.
Added bonus is the EB 134 connector to the 210 will also be closed.
This is going to be fun. Tiki art with a modern twist and vibe will be on show and sale this coming Sunday at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in North Hollywood starting at 2PM.
One of the featured artists will be Rick Kess and his Design Krime Studio works. He will have originals available for sale as well as extremely affordable prints that are prefect for display and framing. Not to brag, but I do have a bias for Rick’s work and proudly have 3 pieces on display in my office and home. Really witty and well executed tiki, mid century mod themed pieces that I hope you will like as much as I do when you see them.
More details on the art and artists to be there on a FB page. While there pop into the Tonga Hut for a cold libation and enjoy the vintage dive bar atmosphere.
Deets: Sunday 7/17/2016 2PM until ?,Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606 (818) 769-0708
Hard to imagine this film is from 77 years ago…those old Kodachromes stood the test of time. The freeway hasn’t changed much over the years, the grassy median is gone replace with concrete. The sharp turns and those instant on and off ramps exist in many parts. The individual lanes aren’t color coded but marked with botts dots nots, but every fun unbanked curve and straights still exists as it was when it opened.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hysterically funny with poignant back stories of the contestants woven into a solid musical production. On the heals of last years rousing success of “Always…Patsy Cline” the Sierra Madre Playhouse isn’t resting on its laurels and promises to be a fun filled interactive evening with the cast as the group take a bunch of spelling champs through their paces spelling in a contest.
Added bonus most nights, but especially opening night you get to meet the cast and crew of the production after the play. Its scheduled to run July 8 through August 21. Order tickets HERE.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is a really lovely 99 Seat Theatre located just a west of Baldwin on Sierra Madre Avenue. Its a short walk to several find eateries and a wonderful dive bar “The Buccaneer”.
Deets: Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024 626-355-4318
It started late morning yesterday in Duarte and worked its way up towards Fish Canyon. Know as the “Fish Fire”, it and the nearby “Morris Dam Fire” have consumed some 5400 acres of brush at this writing and growning. As of the 9AM press conference there was zero containment. L.A County fire spokesman said that within 24 hours there will be enough progress that the fire will no longer be a threat to homes.
Duarte has had mandatory evacuations in place for homes north of Royal Oaks Drive between Olive and Encanto since yesterday afternoon.
L.A County Fire has put the city of Bradbury and the portion of Monrovia East of Myrtle and North of Foothill Blvd as potential evacuation zones in the event the wind shifts and blows the fires towards those cities. Right now I sit in that expanded zone of potential evacuations…not a comfortable space to be.
Its been an interesting experience watching the communities bind and help each other. Duarte quickly reached capacity at their Community Center and Monrovia stepped up and opened theirs for evacuees.
Its not limited to just community governments helping. Businesses such as Wonderdog Ranch opened up for evacuated small pets.
Part of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business. The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.
The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00. You can reserve a seat and pay HERE. The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks. Hurry as seats are limited.
Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.
Good morning all, as you are well aware Los Angeles is becoming a Tech giant in its own right and the L.A. Auto Show is looking for app developers working in the mobility field. Any app you’ve developed that has to do with autos, mobility and transportation will be considered in this competition to be a feature at the AutoMobilityLA , the auto industries private show held just prior to the public L. A Auto Show.
The top 10 winners of this competition will get a few perks like inclusion i the L.A Mobility video’s, invitations to the 2 day L.A Mobility private show as well as breakfast with the movers and shakers in the auto industry. For more information and how to enter do so click HERE.
Every so often I get a press release that interests me a lot and I start asking questions and getting more detail for a post. In this case Nathanael Welch from the Hatchery Los Angeles reached out with info on an Art Walk featuring artists with disabilities he works with.
The Hatchery in short form is a theological school that is focused on building “common cause” community based churches. Fair enough, but the program Nathanael is working on is special. Its about giving artists with disabilities a way to showcase their art and share it in pop up galleries that pop up all over Los Angeles.
The event in Culver City will be the #CityWalk, where they take pictures and explore the area. Then they will have the pop-up gallery at a different location at the end of the month. They will meet downtown and then walk around the main street on June 12th. He said you can also have people contact him directly at his email address: email@example.com if you have questions. To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.