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L.A Auto Show opens today-what to look for

November 18, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, FEATURED, News, Shopping, Transportation

First up a must stop and see is the Nissan exhibits in the West Hall of the L.A Convention center.  Not only did they have the most outrageous press reveal in L.A Ever, they have a full size Tie fighter ala Star Wars to launch their limited edition Rouge One Star Wars Edition SUV on display.  The Rogue One is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and includes a full sized signed and numbered Death Trooper Helmet.  Details on how to get one can be had at the Nissan Answer Desk.

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

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Los Angeles Auto Show opens Friday

November 13, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, LA, News, Shopping, Transportation

LA Auto Show Logo

LA Auto Show Logo

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

You’ve waited long enough Los Angeles. The 2016 LA Auto Show is back this week and bigger than ever. November 18-27 at the LA Convention Center.

Whether it’s new car shopping, learning about the latest auto tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides, there is something for everyone. Early entry tickets are available each Friday, online only, for a limited time. Buy Tickets HERE.

What to expect this year? Comparison car shopping, test drives, customized rides, games for the kids and a whole lot more. Plan your day and create your own experience at the 2016 LA Auto Show.  Know before you Go!

They’ve changed up their bag policy this year, much more restrictive so be aware and plan in advance. The LA Auto Show has implemented a new bag policy for 2016. All bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12” x 15” x 6” will NOT be allowed inside the show. All bags will be subject to screening/security check.  Bag Policy Info.

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L.A Auto Show coming Nov 18-27

November 3, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Entertainment, Events, Mass Transit, News, Transportation

LA Auto Show Logo

LA Auto Show Logo

Get your tickets now to attend this years Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual it will be at the Convention Center and this year promises big changes that will make it bigger and better than before.  This year’s press days promises over 50 World and North American premiere’s for the show goers to ooh and ah over.

The really big news is that Kenetia Hall is going to be better organized and renamed “The Garage” to really showcase custom rides and tricks to upgrade your own car.

Press Days this year have been renamed to be more descriptive of the 4 days prior to public opening. Now called Auto Mobility it focuses on the future of transportation beyond just the automobile but how solutions now are being worked on for denser populated cities of the future.  These exhibits will be open to the public as “Go-Movement” during public days…you just miss on the actual press presentation.

Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE.  I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.

Parking is pricey $20 for the day so be prepared to pay the price of admission.  Traffic around the convention center is circus like during the show and I again have a recommendation to work around that problem.  Use the Expo or Blue line and exit at the Pico station for a quick 2 block walk to the convention center.

 

 

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Celebrate the Arts in full swing in Monrovia this weekend

October 29, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Media, News, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find.  The artists are there to talk to you about their art.   The music if lively and adds to the entertainment.  The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12.  The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

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3rd annual La Carrera de los Payasos* Sunday 10/23

October 16, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, News, San Gabriel Valley

*3rd Annual Running of the Clowns

Looking for a break from the rhetoric and vitriol of the election season? If so be in Old Pasadena Sunday 10/23 3PMish for the silliness that is the Running of the Clowns.  Yes, the parody of the running of the bulls with funny clowns is taking place next Sunday in Old Town Pasadena.  After the fun and excitement in the alleys and byways of Old Pasadena the crew will meet up for debriefing at Lucky Baldwins.

Want to be a runner or a clown?  Rules are simple  Dress in white with a big bold Red sash as a runner.  Be a funny lovable clown and you can join in the fun that way.  Full dossier can be found on GuerilLA Facebook page.

Parking in Old Town is kind of a bummer and expensive when you find it so consider using the Metro Gold Line and taking it to Memorial Station…the official location of the start of the Running of the Clowns.

Video by me from the first running of the clowns in 2014.

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210 closures in Pasadena again this weekend

August 10, 2016 in Driving, LA, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

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.

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Adult Art Night at Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery July 30

July 21, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, People, San Gabriel Valley

Flyer for the event...click to embiggen

Flyer for the event…click to embiggen

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.

The art instruction will be given by reknowned local artist Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield who was has also been a past Featured Artists with Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  You can reserve a spot by calling 626-256-4848 or emailing Ms Jewell direct at [email protected]

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

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#FishFire in my ‘hood…news and information for those affected

June 21, 2016 in Fires, News, Seasonal, Weather

Fish Fire from my front porch this morning at dawn. Click to embiggen

Fish Fire from my front porch this morning at dawn. Click to embiggen

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.

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Culver City Art Walk for artists with disabilities Sunday 6/12

June 1, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, LA, News, People, Photography, Social issues

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 protected] if you have questions.  To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.

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Fabulous Fords Forever set for April 17

April 5, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Transportation

FFF2016Two Thousand plus Ford, Edsel, Mercury, Lincoln and assorted oddball European Ford products will grace the huge lot to the east of Knott’s Berry Farm Sunday April 17.  Admission is FREE!

This is probably one of my most favorite single vendor shows here in the LA Metro Area.  You’ll see everything from the earliest survivor Model T’s to the completely restored to the custom chop top low riders.  You name it you’ll see it.

Deets: 10-6, Sunday April 7, Beach and La Palma Blvd, Buena Park CA  MAP HERE.

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Charity Preshow and Reception with John Moran Auctioneers March 16

March 3, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, San Gabriel Valley

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Flyer header for the event, click to embiggen

If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed.  John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia.  The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.

They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22.  The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings.  To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.

DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM  John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016  Admission:$50 (tax deductible)

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Gold Line extension opens Saturday March 5

March 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, Music, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began.  Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa.  With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.

Monrovia plans on making a day of it.   Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square”  Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon.  To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.

Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday.  This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special.  Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free.  Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.

 

 

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Bid for Olympic games includes new logo and slogan

February 17, 2016 in News, People, Social issues, Sports

Logo for the 2024 Olympics

Logo for the 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti revealed yesterday the new logo for the cities bid to be the host city for the 2024 Olympic games.

It features and upward stretched angel soaring to the sun in colors of our often magnificent sunrises and sunsets.  The slogan revealed also yesterday is “L.A.’s Brightest Star”

Full article and press conference clip can be found HERE.

I missed the last games and don’t intend to miss this set of games if we get them.   The investment required may seem daunting, but it means jobs while constructing and venues for after the games that will benefit the city.  I’m jazzed at the prospect of them returning, are you?

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Traffic jam from hell this weekend DTLA

February 5, 2016 in Downtown, Driving, Mass Transit, News, Transportation

Detour route outlined around DTLA starting tonight.

Detour route outlined around DTLA starting tonight.

I know they’re calling it #101slowjam where a section of the 101 on the east side is closed for the demo of the 6th street bridge.  However, last I took the 110 around DTLA, which is their intended detour route, things were at a standstill crawl and it wasn’t even a peak drive time.

My suggestion is if you need to be downtown this weekend during the 40 hour closure you use metro trains and buses as its going to be a hellish drive.  If the intent is catch the 5 or 60 from there find a better spot to grab it and avoid the congestion downtown.  This is going to be a long 40 hour closure.

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Helpful Honda guys help my favorite local charity

January 22, 2016 in Media, News, San Gabriel Valley, Social issues

How cool is this.  A charity that helps people here in the SGV and is near and dear to my heart got a big help from the Helpful Honday Guys.  The publicity for the brand aside, its nice to see Torrance based Honda and its local dealers step up and help the entire community they do business in.  This is what a good corporate citizen does.  Thanks Honda.

Foothill Unity Center is always in need of some help…you can visit them here for ways to help them out.