I got the tip off it would happen last week that Bing would feature the West Covina’s Rotary Field of Valor on their home page today. Its the work of photographer Bobby L Brett and its really a nice collection of images celebrating Veterans Day. Even nicer that something and someone local got the front page of a search engine site.
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This weekend was the first of what the promoters will be the first of many quarterly Monrovia French Markets. Its held at the easy to find parking lot at St. Lukes at the corner of Foothill and California in Monrovia, pretty much equidistant between Myrtle and Mountain Avenues.
I went yesterday morning around 11AM. The place wasn’t to packed with spectators but the vendors canopies were crammed solid with stuff. In the spirit of a true Parisian market it was a lot of antique stuff, vintage and to its credit, little in the way of classic swap meet garbage. More of a glorified garage sale than a true Parisian market. I overheard a lot of vendors and they all said their big pieces and nicest pieces sold shortly after the 9AM opening so I can’t really say how good it was at opening.
Unlike a Parisian market this place didn’t have a lot of food or farmers market type merchandise and was missed. What was there was Cafe LuMar, a local French restaurant selling stuff from a warming tray. I would have expected at least cooked to order crepes, or am I asking too much?
Overall it wasn’t what I expected but then again I’ve done the real thing in the 15th Arrondissement a few years back so I did arrive with high expectations. Would I give it another try next quarter? Yes, as it holds promise and is just a short walk from my house. When the next one is announced I’d post it here.
I got a follow on twitter that got my attention instead of rapid fire delete just a bit ago. It was from The Phoenix Bar promising no bottle happy hour. I was intrigued and after a quick visit to their web site…wow the prices and hours for this “happy hour” are down right amazing for Beverly Hills.
Three Dollar, yes $3, beer wine and cocktails. Plus what sounds to be classic steak frites to go with it if you are so inclined.
Anyone been? Should I nab a DD and venture into the city for a sampling or just wait until I’m in the neighborhood?
The Phoenix Bar, 14 N La Cienga, Beverly Hills 310-289-5925. Map HERE. Happy Hour Daily,5pm-9pm.
This showed up in my mailbox earlier today and its too good not to share. Nearly 14K worth of images went into the making of this video.
The video is the work of RandyGM and RalphFX and you can follow their work and see more videos on their web site, TimeLAX
Its that time of year again. Get your art on in Inglewood with their open studio tour. More than 50 artists will be showing their work at 8 locations within the city of Inglewood. Of course my absolute must stop destination is for the art of Luke VanHook (painting) and Ginger VanHook (photography, and author). They are stop #4 on the tour…just to make sure you don’t miss them.
All the details you could want can be found on their website HERE. To make it even easier there is a FREE SHUTTLE times to the various studios courtesy the city of Inglewood. Next week will be hopping in Inglewood, join the fun and be prepared for visual over stimulation!
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Blogging leads to adventures and fun soirees. Last night I was invited to a pretty swanky affair celebrating 50 years of Mustang and Fashion. It was held at The Standard Hotel on Sunset in WeHo. This shirt was worn by the wait staff from the hotel’s Event Department and we couldn’t get them to give one up for us.
The event is documented in my flickr set, and was actually a lot of fun. Great food, nice cocktails and cars with pretty models next to them. The Standard itself is quite the place. I remember it as the Golden Crest Hotel, then a retirement home when I first moved here, then it was abandoned for a while. Quite the come back as you will note from the pictures.
The show itself was a fun bit of high zoot fashion history intermingled with a particular generation of the Mustang. The speakers were L.A.’s own Christos Garkinos an expert in all things vintage along with Ford Design Director Joel Piaskowski who talked about the cars. Read the rest of this entry →
Griffith Observatory doesn’t think so. Its still some 6 weeks to peak viewing which is expected around dawn November 30- December 14, but Griffith Observatory already has their viewing guide up.
Thanksgiving Day about 11am Ison will make its closest approach to the sun and may be visible, with the aid of special filters when it is close to the sun. It should be visible most of the day that day. Wow. Am like a kid in a candy store over this one.
Now that prime viewing charts have been established it looks like a sunset view isn’t gonna happen with this comet. Dawn and pre-dawn look to be the best during that peak viewing period. I had thought about going up the 15 to Stoddard Wells for viewing if it was going to be sunset. Scratch that and now looking at points east, say Joshua Tree pre-dawn excursion and set up to capture the comet in its glory as the sun slowly illuminates the horizon? Might as well start planning now before everyone else gets the bright idea to leave the city for best views without the encumberance of light pollution. Who’s in for leaving LA early enough to be in the desert for that with me? I’m thinking the weekend of 12/7-8 as it won’t have the mad hordes of Thanksgiving Traffic and be right in the middle of the best viewing period?
This post is just about the students, 9 of them at least from the Monrovia Unified School District. They were at the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts 50th Annual Celebrate the Arts show. All were demonstrating their talents in the flat media with a variety of media. Urban art to plein air to abstract it was all there and represented. Nice work by a bunch of talented kids. Also, aside from this YouTube video there is some images of them and their work on flickr HERE.
Today most of them will be back from 1-5PM in Monrovia’s historic Library Park working on their art. All you could want to know about Celebrate the Arts HERE.
Bill Hyatt is a metal sculptor of some renown in the area. His metal sculptures are beautifully executed ranging from the surreal to literal representation of their subject matter. They are surreal and real at the same time. Often whimsical, often make an interesting punctuation mark in the area they are displayed. From small crucifix to room sized they are always different and always beautifully done.
I’ve known Bill for a number of years through the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) which is sponsoring the Celebrate the Arts this weekend. Bill Hyatt was chosen to be this year’s Featured Artist for a variety of reasons. Bill has been involved with MAFA for many years, working tirelessly in the lean years to ensure the Celebrate the Arts show was put on. His devotion to MAFA as well as his beautifully executed art were the reason he was chosen to be the featured artists for this years 50th Anniversary Show. For a small gallery of his work make the jump.
This weekend, October 12 and 13, marks the 50th Anniversary of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) annual show, Celebrate the Arts. Celebrate the Arts is a fine art event that has artists representing many media, from oil/acrylics, metal sculpture to photography/digital art it s all there. This is a juried event where you can rest assured there are no simple bead stringers, but fine artists at the top of their craft. But, have no fear, read a bit further and you will quickly realize this is more than some stuffy museum show, as we have our eccentric and unusual coming from the community to spice things up and keep it different.
The event will be held in Library Park in the heart of historic Old Town Monrovia right on Myrtle Avenue. There is ample FREE parking, something Monrovia still believes in providing visitors, all around Library Park. Celebrate the arts is in the Eastern portion of Library Park on Myrtle Avenue between Palm and Lime avenues. The show will run both days from 10AM-6PM Read the rest of this entry →
I have to admit, I’m a fan of the French Dip and its quite the conundrum for me to chose between Cole’s and Philippe’s sandwiches. Both are very good, terrific au jus, tender meat that tastes the way it should. They aren’t that far apart in price and neither is going to break the bank.
Atmosphere, both got a ton. Philippe’s is more of a fast food vibe with lines and find your own table at your own risk during peak times. Cole’s is more of a sit down dark old timey bar that has charm all onto itself starting with the tinned ceilings and going down to the antique booths.
Both claim to be the original French Dip. Neither will relinquish the title to the other, suffice it to say I think L.A. can lay claim to the sandwich as its own and we can move on. You won’t go wrong with either French Dip Sammy.
Philippe has the edge on convenience for me. Getting there is a quick hop on the Gold Line to Union Station and a 5 minute walk. Cole’s is more involved and finding parking in the area can be a challenge, except for weekends.
Which is your favorite? Why? Sound off in the comments for kicks and giggles.
This was a total stumble upon on a recent walk about in DTLA. What makes them really unique is that their ice creams are all handmade, and churned through this magical bicycle and a set of gears that run the ice cream maker. Yes, its a human powered ice cream making operation, easier than a hand crank and way more entertaining. Imagine the calories you burn for the half hour or so you need to churn, why you can have the extra scoop! FYI…there is a sign up and waiting list to get your chance to peddle churn a batch.
This place is more than a Rube Goldberg gimmick, its actually good ice cream. Peddler’s Creamery is REALLY good ice cream and it won’t break the bank either. At $3.50 a single scoop, $6.00 for the double, it won’t break the bank and we thought how could we go wrong. Narrowing down the choices was difficult, but at that price we could splurge for the double scoop.
I went for the coffee and the chocolate mint cookie combo. I wasn’t disappointed, rich cream, decadent chocolate and mint cookies one and rich coffee in the other. My pal Ruth had the vegan options which are all organic and built around coconut cream and said they were pretty terrific too.
I love old home movies, even those that aren’t my family. They are wonderful documentary’s of our past giving little snippets into how we lived. Nostalgic at times, foretelling at others. Its all just one simple capture of a moment in time with live action and often no sound other than the hum, whir and clicks of the projector. Marvelous stuff.
This year marks the 11th Anniversary of Home Movie Day, sponsored by the Center for Home Movies a local non-profit. Angelenos are invited to bring their home movies in a variety of formats, from the “super 8″ to VHS to share at the event. Yes, that precious film of you playing in the sand box and finding kitty was there first can be share with all of Los Angeles at this festival. Admission to this portion of the days events is FREE.
Following Home Movie Day will be Hollywood Home Movies IV. This is a curated showing of fims from the golden age of film that is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. This portion of the day does have the nominal admission of $5, $3 for students and seniors.
DEETS: Sunday October 12th. 11AM film drop off starts. Screenings for Home Movie Day are noon to 4 PM. Screenings for Hollywood Home Movies IV begin at 7PM. Both are being held at the Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine, Hollywood CA MAP HERE
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Consistently voted one of the best community theaters in all of Los Angeles, the Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting “The French Concert”. This is a joint effort with the Colbert School of Music in Los Angeles.
They will even have a liquor license for the event and you will be able to enjoy some great wine during intermission.
You can get your tickets online and I would suggest buying early as this small, intimate venue could well sell out. You can order online HERE.
DEETS: Sunday October 6, 2013 7 PM. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA MAP HERE Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors, and $10 for students(to age 21).