This weekend was a terrifc weekend, if you forget the blazing heat and attended the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts 52nd Annual Celebrate the Arts and first ever ChalkFest.
Celebrate the Arts incorporated several first as I outlined the other day. What makes these events fun isn’t so much the terrific art, but the ability to see artists working on their art, demonstrating their technique. There year there were several artists doing just that. Glass blower Joshua Smilth wowed folks with his tecnhique. Metal sculpturist Bill Hyatt continued working on his horse head sculpture a painstaking process of welding dot by dot to build up the face and texture of the horse.
Glass artist Joshua Smith bending glass. click to embiggen
This is a biggy for me. Something that I, as a board member, have been all but consumed with the last several weeks. Celebrate the Arts is in its 52nd year and its going to have quite a few firsts on top of the already terrific fine artists populating the park with their art.
Celebrate the Arts is held in Monrovia’s Library Park from 10AM – 6PM both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. There will be a lot of firsts at this show that we are really excited about on top of our usual host of Food Trucks, live music, extremely talented artists. Among our firsts this event:
ChalkFest – a competitive street art event with Lori Escalera as our celebrity judge.
Children’s Chalk Experience -designed for the 12 and under set to experiment with chalk
Featured Artist Elizabeth Butterfield…her collage work is simply stunning
1965 Thunderbird…and example of what you may find there…click to embiggen
There are a few hundred classic cars expected to line South Pasadena’s historic Mission Street for their 10th Annual Cruz’n for Roses classic car show. Car owners pay a fee to enter their cars and the proceeds go towards the cities Rose Parade float.
Also for the day the South Pas Fire and Police department will be hosting an open house if you want to check out their latest gear, cars and of course fire trucks. The open house will take place at their station located at 1422 S Mission from 10AM-3PM
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By far my most favorite auto show in the Los Angeles area has got to be the Rancho Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. This is a tightly curated show, few if any basic rides, it focuses on the premiere rides of days gone by. Two categories, restored and survivors that they call “Preservation” that are all original and just detailed out to show quality.
Sometimes it is more than the car, its the perfect mix of ambition and heart.
Last night started out like any other manufacturer party. This time hosted by Dodge. It was different as instead of rolling out a red carpet for a shiny new car, it was to give a gift to suburban Los Angeles based “A Walk on Water“. AWOW for short.
Until last night I hadn’t heard of them or their mission. AWOW is there to support families with autistic members. They provide the entire family, not just the person with autism, with the chance to spend a fun day together learning to surf. They believe in the theraputic powers of the ocean and surfing as a way to bridge the communication gap and give a family with special needs a fun learning experience they can share.
Actor Danny Trejo gave a moving introduction to the group and shared how is own family is affected by autism. Its just not the person with special needs that needs help, but the entire family that is affected and need help with coping and learning. The board members of AWOW also shared with us their personal stories on why what they do is important to them and the families they help. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after one board member talked about how his non-verbal son spoke his first words after his first surf ride. He’s skilled now on the board that he’s ready to be a teacher in the group. The power in belief in abilities and that you can make always find a way to make a positive out of a challenge.
The big news dropped at the end of the presentations is that Dodge, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was donating $20,000 to AWOW to kick start their growth and expand beyond the Los Angeles area. Dodge/FCA together are also pledging an additional $50 for every test drive at authorized dealerships in the coming days up to $5,000 additional for AWOW. (list of authorized dealers after the jump). It was hinted that Danny Trejo himself will be at some of the dealerships during their day of sponsored test drives to meet and greet those helping out AWOW by taking drive in a shiny new Dodge.
To further sweeten the pot, Nacional Records, our host for the evening festivities, is going to give away 2 tickets per test drive to the October 3 Supersonico Festival at the Palladium.
High Res photo attached. Picture credit: DiMora Motors
Only 25 examples of this car will be hand crafted. Its Los Angeles showing will be at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 20. (Full details on the car after the jump).
The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is one of my most favorite shows in all of Southern California. IT IS without a doubt the best curated show out there and you can’t go wrong with the location –
General Parking for Concours d’Elegance
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
General Parking is Free
Location: Promenade Shopping Center & Peninsula Center – Rolling Hills Estates
See map, below for parking entrances
Shuttle access is at the Peninsula Center parking area.
We are happy to be able to provide FREE general parking for this year’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance through the generosity of Promenade on the Peninsula and Peninsula Shopping Center. Constantly running buses, courtesy of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, will shuttle you to and from the Concours venue—about a 7 minute drive.
From either Hawthorne or Crenshaw Blvds., turn onto Indian Peak Road.
Signage will direct you to parking entrances
Volunteers will help guide you to a parking spot.
At Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure:
Please use ONLY the parking entrance next to the Norris Theater.
Please do not use any other parking entrance for Concours parking. These areas are reserved for shopping center patrons. Be courteous.
After parking, walk across the street to Peninsula Shopping Center to board the Shuttle.
Ford Custom Coupe…my personal best of show, click to embiggen
Yesterday was the 25th annual Monrovia Car Show and it wasn’t a disappointment. No sirree. It was side by side both sides of the street and some side streets in Old Town Monrovia jam packed with more old cars in every stage of repair and customization you could imagine. Focused primarily on domestics, there were the few odd imports…a Pantera here, an Anglia there, an Austin Healy there…you get the idea. A car show.
Of course there were all sorts of cars and trucks that defied description and you have to see them in person to grasp their importance. Or silliness. to see them you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
The cars start lining up at 8AM and by 10AM South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia from Palm to Olive is a massive sea of cars. MASSIVE. As in hundreds of classic cars in every state of restoration, customization or just in need of some TLC and stock original. Its limited to pre-malaise era cars so pretty much anything prior to 1980 is there.
With Myrtle Avenue blocked I’d suggest getting off at Myrtle Ave and head north from the 210. At that point turn right at Huntington Drive and then left at Ivy and park in a free city parking lot off Ivy. Or…turn left then right up Primrose and park in one of the free lots off that street.
Arrive early and do dress for heat. Crowds peak around the lunch hour and if its too hard to see the cars, well pop into Jakes Roadhouse or one of the many other restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, grab a bite and wait for the crowds to die down.
You don’t have to take my word for it that this is a not to be missed classic car show. Check my flickr albums from 2013 and 2014 from the event as a good teaser and prep of what to expect.
For the final edition of 626 Night Market there as a few new tricks to keep it fun and fresh. First up is Saturday Nights open Mike with the kids from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and then there is the dancing competiton. Full details HERE Even if the new stuff doesn’t entice, the old standbys…incredible food, street vendors and music should keep you entertained and satiated.
Having been a few times, its easy access just a few blocks south of the 210 in Arcadia. You can enter from the gates on Baldwin, but traffic is bad there with the mall. The other and better option is to exit Santa Anita, head south to Hungtington Dr and turn right (west) on to Huntington and enter in the massive gates there.
Deets Friday 9/4, Saturday 9/5 and Sunday 9/6 4PM to 1AM. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA MAP HERE
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Cora Kidder Cable as Patsy and Nikki D’Amico as Louise. click to embiggen
Always-Patsy Cline the production kicking off the 2015-2016 season at the Sierra Madre Playhouse officially opens this weekend to a sold out crowd. SOLD OUT.
As a board member I’m involved in a lot of aspects behind the scene’s. JozJozJoz, metblogs/blogging.la CEO is an official tweeter for the L.A. Opera and that was the germ of the idea for the blogathon for the soft opening, last rehearsal of Always-Patsy Cline. But more on that a bit later.
This is a wonderful story of an overly zealous fan and the star she adored becoming accidental friends and pen pals. The play itself is about how Louise Seger, a Houston housewife played by Nikki D’Amico who is best characterized as a spitfire hellcat fun loving divorcee, reminiscing over the night she first heard Pasty Cline on the radio and how she followed her career until they met a club outside Houston. They became best of friends, Louise and Pasty became penpals and wrote each other until Patsy’s untimely death at the age of 30. Those letters to Louise ended with the salutation “Always-Patsy Cline”. That story, and the story of Patsy’s life are intertwined and told through 27 songs by Patsy Cline beautifully recreated by Cori Cable Kidder and backed up by a live band. Read the rest of this entry →
Santiago Heredia will be among the artists doing live demonstrations at this Saturday’s Art Walk in Monrovia sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. Santiago works in acrylic and cranks out paintings full of character and fun live before his audience.
Also demonstrating at the Art Walk will be Elizabeth Butterfield who will show her torn paper collage techniques. Monrovia High School Ceramics under the direction of Saul Perez will be demonstrating on the potters wheel.
All told there will be 10 (possibly more in the works still) artists on the 400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue. These artists will include photographers, painters, jewelry sculptures at the Art Walk. Last. and not least, the Empty Bowls Monrovia project led by Meaghan McCarthy will be there selling the last of the bowls with 100% of the proceeds going to help the Foothill Unity Center feed the homeless and needy here in the SGV.
Lastly, adding to the festive atmosphere there will be live music.
Might I suggest…make a night of it. Visit one of the many restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, or take in a movie then hit the Art Walk to round out your night.
Deets. MAFA ART WALK, Saturday 7//25/2015, 7PM-10PM. 400/500 Block S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE
Echo Park Lake and the lotus in bloom looking at DTLA, Click to embiggen
Well today I ventured to Echo Park for this years Lotus Festival. Yes, they were in bloom and they were knock me over gorgeous. The rest of the festival, meh. My last time there was 2007 when I was a rower with the team metblogs Dragon Boat, but I digress.
This years show had very few artisans. There was some nifty stuff. Lots of Day of the Dead skulls painted on stuff you wouldn’t expect. Great food trucks…gotta give the food vendors the nod as they make this festival. The rest, sadly was swap meet crap. Its a common theme in outdoor events too many times of late, they let vendors in reselling cheap import crap forcing out the artisans with quality work who can’t compete at a price point. grrrr.
The music was fun and lively. and varied. Something for everyone and that alone makes its worth the drip to Echo Park and fight for parking.
This is going to be a fun event. Terrific even. Its about creating art, some adult refreshements (booze) and hors d’oeuvres to nourish your body and loosen up the creative spirit you bottle up daily while chained to your cube. Its about learning to express yourself in a media other than words.
The teacher this round is Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield, the featured artist at Monrovia Association of Fine Art’s annual Celebrate the Arts held in September. Elizabeth is an amazing mixed media artist. She takes bits of material, paper, what have you, tears in itty bitty bits and applies it to a canvas where it suddenly becomes a beautiful painting. She will teach you do the same in the First class held on May 30
The last time this was done at the Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery in Monrovia it sold out fast. The teacher made the class exceptionally fun and everyone walked away with a piece of art to hang in their cube to remind themselves they can do it. I can’t stress enough…sign up early and don’t miss this fun event.
AND THERES A NIFTY CONTEST TOO…PRIZE IS DINNER WITH THE DIRECTOR AND CAST
Odd Couple Contest poster, click to embiggen, image by Gina Long
The Odd Couple celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and the Sierra Madre Playhouse production promises NOT to be your grandparents version of the play. There are some interestsing twists. This cast has character and chemistry. The one rehearsal I sat in I was enthralled and had to keep my attention diverted so I didn’t get so wrapped up I spoiled opening night for myself.
Artistic Director Christian Lebano and Director Alan Brooks bring some fun to the table in their interpretation of “The Odd Couple” that won’t go unnnoticed. To give it some local flavor the Pigeon Sisters are played by actors Kari Lee and Jane Lui. The little bit I saw they bring a whole new range of interest and humor to the roles of the love interests of accidental bachelors Oscar and Felix. Worth a see, trust me.
What is really fun is the contest. Since this is the story of a mismatched roommate situation, the Sierra Madre Playhouse is running a contest for the worst roommate story. The stories will be read prior to the play start each week and the winner will be announced at the Sunday matinee on June 12. Story must be entered by midnight May 31, 2015. You can enter by submitting your story on the Sierra Madre Playhouse Facebook page, or emailing them at [email protected] As noted in the headline…the best story gets dinner with the director and cast.
Christian Lebano, the Artistic Director at the Playhouse has his own roommate story to share here:
The Odd couple opens May 8 and runs through June 27. You can order tickets HERE. Here’s an added surprise and reason to attend opening night…you get to go to the opening night reception and mingle with the cast, directors and board of the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Location of the reception is announced at the play…so no crashers.
Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre CA 91024 MAP HERE Box Office 626/355-4318
Ok, this is a different event, not bicycles, but stationary bikes ridden 100 miles to raise money to send inner city kids to summer camp. It’s sponsored by the Harold Robinson Foundation and will be held May 31st 2015 on SaMo Pier. Nice setting, fun if you’re into riding bikes that don’t go anywhere. At least some creep racing in a sport sedan can’t run you over, but I digress. Most importantly this is about raising funds to help underprivileged kids get to summer camp and enjoy all that experience has to offer.
To participate there are a few criteria. Just having stamina and great gams to sit and bicycle isn’t enough. You need to have pledges for at least $2,500 to be on one of the stationary bikes on the pier and pedal for those 5 hours. You also need $250 for an entry fee. You can start the registration process for you as an individual or a team HERE.