What is L.A. Auto Show press days without a manufacturer party or two? My absolute favorite is the Hyundai party. Again this year at the Hotel Figueroa a few blocks from the show itself.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Yes, they were our live entertainment. Nearly shat myself when they were announced to be our entertainment for the evening. Tons of fun, she hasn’t lost her edge. Totally fun night.
I can’t tell you all enough how absolutely marvelous this play and cast presenting it are. I’ve blogged it twice here. Go see it the final weekend. Wrap up your evening at either Lucky Baldwins or the Buccaneer, the latter if you prefer dive bars).
The tweet itself wasn’t threatening. He said he wished obama’s plane would crash. Its free speech. He certainly didn’t tweet he was going to take him out or similar that should have warranted eyebrows being raised. Certainly in bushys day there were plenty of hostile thoughts tossed out by the left that weren’t so aggressively looked at. What has become of us? Is the division between left and right so extreme now that no one can say whats on their mind if its contrary to anothers political beliefs?
If you desire you can follow the rants and missives of SABO on twitter as @Unsavoryagents
Personally I’d love to meet the guy and find out more about him and his art.
Who’s got two thumbs (and her index fingers, with which she primarily types, like a spazzy T-Rex on a typewriter) and is back in LA?!
Along these rhapsodic, elegiac and thrilled welcome-home lines I’m walking, here’s some songs to make you love your city again. Fall outta love? Don’t do what I do and leave. Or do…it might be what you need to appreciate it.
Rilo Kiley, Let Me Back In: link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXZR0rwhXvs
“From the Eastern seaboard, the landlocked Midwest
The Keys, the Alps, the Black Hills and Budapest
With my heart in a sling, tail between my legs a-swinging
I’m sorry for leaving
But when the palm trees bow their heads
No matter how wrong I’ve been
L.A., you always let me back in
And you can bury me when my body breaks
In the earth that created me, in the Golden State
By my mama and her brother and their mama too…”
And then there’s this one, by the Delta Spirit, for the folks I left behind in the South. ;)
I mean, this sorta already happened, and that fellow is now happily married, so….everybody come on out! Apparently I’m a great vector for changing your life. :P
(Yes, this post is enormously personal. Kevin Roderick may have a field day with this one. Or he may not, which will make me feel like a loser. Whateves.)
“I want you to move to California for yourself,
I want you to find whatever your heart needs,
I want you to move to California for yourself, but not for me.
I want you to go out there and find somebody else,
I want him to treat you like I know he should,
I want you to find somebody new for yourself, if not for me.
all of the feelings that I know you never felt,
and all of the simple words you never said,
I want you to keep them like a secret to yourself, they’re not for me.
I want you to wander silent past my outstretched arms,
I want you to hide yourself from all I see,
and though my heart will fight until its dying breath, you’re not for me.”
Also…I love the video for this one.
So, yeah. I’m back. We did hot dogs, we did donuts. What do you think should be next?
Last night was the opening of 4000 Miles a pulitzer nominated play at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The play was so well executed and performed you didn’t neet an intermission. It ran a full Hour and Forty Five, but the time flew thanks the the simply amazing performances of Mimi Cozen as the grandmother Vera and Christian Prentice as the grandson Leo.
I’ll try not to give too much of the story line away or drop a spoiler. This is a drama with a lot of comedy included. Leo is a young man on a literal and metaphoric journey. Leo left Seattle on a bicycle with a friend who died tragically in an accident along the way. Leo arrived at his Grandmothers flat in New York at 3AM. The grandmother wasn’t expecting him and the first tiff started. During the course of this play Leo makes a new and stronger relationship with Vera. She wisely guides him through his problems and difficulties. Eventually they face a common sadness and he completes his bond with his grandmother.
Of course the supporting characters deserve mention here too. Bec, Leo’s girlfriend played by Alexandra Wright does a wonderful job of shedding light into Leo’s problems as well as allows us to learn more of Vera as she attempts to help her see her love for Leo and save that relationship. Bec in a way winds up being the hero that gives Leo the final push he needs to mend fences and move forward. Read the rest of this entry →
Los Angeles book launch party/reading! Amy Alkon’s “Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”. Tuesday, June 3, 6:30p-8pm at Diesel Books at the Brentwood Country Mart (address/map below). Wine and snacks will be served.
And Wharton School’s Adam Grant called the book “outstanding work” and wrote this:
This book is a gem, hysterically funny and grounded in science. Amy Alkon explains why so many people are rude and how it’s possible to be courteous, even if you’re foul-mouthed and clueless about etiquette. If anything will convince my wife that my manners are better than she thought, this is it.
~Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take
Amy Alkon aka The Advice Goddess is syndicated columnist in about 100 newspapers. She is also all over the web at blogging daily: http://advicegoddess.com. She also has a weekly radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon (Nerd your way to a better life! with the best brains in science) 7-8pm Pacific Time, or available at the link and on iTunes or Stitcher
If you can’t make the reception but really want the book NOW, you can get it on Amazon HERE.
Details. Diesel Books, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Suite #33, Santa Monica CA 90402 (310) 576-9960 MAP HERE
Person of interest in Paint n Play burglary, click to embiggen
Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.
Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →
ACT-SO? Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its a program within the NAACP where young people are mentored by pro’s in a field to help them grow and develop their talents. Its about grooming the next generation to go forth and do great things.
Saturday was fun, different for me. It all started 10 days ago when Lois Gaston of the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP contacted Lisa Barrios, the Vice President of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) for help in locating photographers to judge a coming competition. Lisa referred her to me and before you know it I had rounded up other photographers to help me with the judging.
In short order I had the needed photographers in line to do the judging. First up was Enilde “Ginger” Van Hook, a fine art photographer from Otis College of Arts and Design graduate as well as teacher. Next up was Joseph R Davis artist, digital artist and photographer. Rounding out the judges was yours truly. Read the rest of this entry →
A rather large group of Los Angeles news photographers and a few hand picked others will be showing their fine art photographs of Southern California at a reception they will host Saturday 4/19 starting at 7PM. There will be light refreshments and wine served at the reception.
Among the photographers there will be Stephen Coleman, a KABC 7 cameraman who has been documenting Los Angeles for years and has many drop dead gorgeous images.
Deets: Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626-258-4848 MAP HERE
Kim Cooper, author of The Kept Girl, click to embiggen
If you know me, by now you know I’m a total fan of Raymond Chandler. Angeleno and author Kim Cooper has a wonderful book that stars him and and is set in 1929 Los Angeles. Its told in the tone of his books which makes it a very easy and entertaining read. Its centered around the Great Eleven cult that was active in Los Angeles that year. Its been historically researched and based on several characters that may or may not have met in real life. For the sake of this piece of fiction they all crossed paths and their tale unfolds in “The Kept Girl“.
Kim Cooper and Richard Schave also run the Esotouric Tours. These social historians research a topic or person then put together lively bus tours on that theme around historic Los Angeles.
Hat tip to Ed Padgett long time friend of blogging.la for this bit of news. I can’t help but wonder if Scrooge taken over the hearts and minds of L.A. city council? Recently the issued a ban on feeding the homeless. Yes, charities, people with big hearts and do-gooders in general will be banned from feeding the homeless even though their acts cost the city nothing. A protest is planned at 4PM on 12/14 at the Intersections of
Just a little idea. One that maybe L.A City Council can wrap its warped little head around. Homelessness and the hungry aren’t going away soon. Rather than limit or prohibit the charities and the like from helping the homeless and hungry they work with them to find a solution. Maybe centralized into the warming shelters in place and it wouldn’t cost us if they do the work.
A big lump of coal to each of them for hitting those in need below the belt this time of year.
Authors and Artists, I have them both for you here in the SGV.
cover to Camelot and Vine
First up is a person I feel tickled to know, actor, writer, blogger and photographer Petrea Burchard. She released her novel, Camelot & Vine this spring. She’ll be at two, count ‘em two book signings today. Petrea will be at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena from 11AM-1PM today. Then she will move to Websters Fine Stationers in Altadena around 2PM for a few hours.
After that I think you would enjoy Old Town Monrovia, especially the area in front of Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. Several artists will be there from 6PM-10PM for an evening art walk. Among the artists there will be author and photographer Steve McCarthy. Steve has written a few books that he will have there and sign for you. First is “Road Trippin'” and the other is his first novel, “Old Farts Spy Club”.
I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your shopping dollars in the hands of the small businesses in the community. These small businesses keep their money in the community and help keep us strong and vibrant. Whether it be my little corner of L.A or yours we all benefit from getting to know them, shop with them and make them strong as they give so much back to our communities.
American Sabor opens on Saturday Nov 16th at Cal State University LA with a huge open house. Its an exhibit on loan to CSULA until February 6 2014. The Exhibit is here are part of a grant from Ford Motor Company. The exhibit left me speechless. Yes, I knew some of the famous names, but I never knew until touring this exhibit the depth that Latin Music, its flavor or sabor has influenced all of American Music.
More importantly this exhibit has a portion dedicated solely to the contributions of Angelenos, specifically East LA in the 1990s. That will be part of the permanent collection at CSULA when the Smithsonian moves on loan to its next city. Famous Angelenos starting with Desi Arnaz and flash forward to Black Eyed Peas I was amazed, outright blown away with the influence Latin music has had on pop music, hip hop, jazz and other genres. Other artists of note that are showcased in the exhibit are Alice Bag, Los Lobos, Los Illegals, and Quetzal. Read the rest of this entry →
Click to embiggen or better visit Bing for the full collection of images.
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.