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Student Artists demonstrate at Celebrate the Arts

October 13, 2013 in Art, Entertainment, News, People, San Gabriel Valley

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.  

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Bill Hyatt featured artist at Celebrate the Arts

October 11, 2013 in Art, Entertainment, People, Profiles, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

Heart and skull

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.

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50th Annual Celebrate the Arts this weekend in Monrovia

October 11, 2013 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, People, Pets, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

Celebrate the Arts poster

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 →

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Snapcious DTLA iPhone Safari was a ton of fun

September 29, 2013 in Events, LA bloggers, News, People, Photography, Social issues

iphone safari photo set

I was a fun day and the time there was over before I knew it. Posts a plenty will come from the event. We started at the Grand Central Market and worked our way down Broadway with a jog through the fashion district and back to where we started. The Safari was led by Mack Reed and Yael Swerdlow two journalists with a passion for their game, Snapcious and for the city. Read the rest of this entry →

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Today is Thank an Officer Day

September 21, 2013 in Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement, People

Thank a cop day

Who knew they had a special day too…well it is today.  Be nice and thank one, anyone you see.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a lot of good cops over the years, too many to enumerate, certainly more good than weiners.  I hate to admit it, but with most of the tickets I got I deserved, certainly the 2 I didn’t deserve I fought and won.

Hat tip to my friend Tom Le Veque a sergeant at Arcadia PD for sharing the info on the day.  Truthfully he exemplifies what a good cop is and what they do for the community.  Tom aside from all his other duties runs APD’s social media, twitter, facebook and nixle that engages and informs the community on what is going on in the community.

Other good cops I’ve known over the years include Michael Solarez whom I knew through his work with MPD.  Pasadena PD’s Christopher Kirby is another. LAPD’s Ed Brentlinger from the North Hollywood division from when I was in Valley Village is another great one I had the pleasure of knowing and working with. All these men were known by the community they served and enjoyed what they did.

So…don’t screw up today, instead hand out a starbucks card to  your local officer on the beat to thank them for their largely thankless job.

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First ever Snapcious iPhone safari in DTLA 9/28/2013

September 18, 2013 in Downtown, Entertainment, LA, News, People, Photography, Shopping, Technology

I wrote about Snapcious when it launched earlier this year.  Its a fun game you play on your cell phone taking pictures then posting it to Snapcious for the other players to rate and comment on.  Snapcious even lets you cross post to FB, twitter, flickr, pinterest and a host of other social media.  You can download the app here for your iphone.   Enough of the nuts and bolts…the meet up details.

Snapcious is hosting a meet up Saturday 9/28/2013.  Any Snapcious player is welcome to attend.  It will be fun to meet with other like minded folks and geek out with the app documenting downtown L.A.  After the event is over a bunch of us will likely end up lunching somewhere in the area.  To attend the event you just need to sign up for it at  Meetup.  Wear your comfy shoes.

NOTE we are meeting at the Hill Street entrance to the Grand Central Market.

DEETS:Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA  MAP HERE

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Found on Road Alive: Blue Meanie

September 13, 2013 in Books, Driving, LA bloggers, People

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Let me be up front, I see this car often as it belongs to a friend and fellow photographer, author and general bon vivant, Steve McCarthy.

The car is a 1960 Triumph named the Blue Meaniel.  Its a driver, more specifically a Road Trippin‘ car that he goes on excursions with and jots every twist in turn for his blog and in books.  Blue Meanie made it to Seattle and back last year, this last month it made it to Yellowstone and back.

I love living in the land that rust forgot, you see great little sports cars like this still in use and well loved.

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Paint Nite at Monrovia’s Paint n Play Saturday 8/31

August 27, 2013 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music, People, San Gabriel Valley

This promises to be a really fun event.  Its being taught by one of my favorite artists/sculptors Rick Kess. I love his work and this class he will teach you the basics of composition and painting while you enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music.  Should be a ton of fun.

Its not free, the cost s $45 and includes the materials and lesson.  Rick will make the class fun and educational at the same time.  The proceeds from this event sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will go to fund their numerous projects that bring art to the community.

Arrive early and you can also take in all the great art presented by local artists at the last Summer Art Walk that will take place on Myrtle Avenue that night.

Deets: Saturday 8/31 7:30PM.  Paint N Play Art Studio, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE  626-256-4848 for Reservations.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Cataldis

June 27, 2013 in Obituaries, People

You don’t know him, but please indulge me in a few moments of reflection here for my neighbor, Mr. Cataldis, and allow me a circle of love drawn for and around his wife, children, family, and friends.

Home is so often little more than temporary here in transient Los Angeles, where the earth and its people move with such ceaseless regularity. In such a region of motion and shallow roots, home is more conceptual than concrete. And that’s what makes his story so unique in this city.

Mr. Cataldis was raised in a lovely 104-year-old craftsman bungalow down the block from me (pictured), then owned by his father — perhaps he was even born there. Drawn back to his childhood home as an adult, he purchased it, raised his children in it, and lived in it his entire life, which came to an end yesterday.

For the fixture he was, it’ll be sad when I pass by now and don’t see him sitting comfortable and proud out there on the porch with his wife. But as a native angeleno who’s had no less than 16 addresses in my far shorter existence, I’ll remember him as someone who proved that one can plant deep roots in these shifting soils and have them hold strong.

Rest in peace, Mr. Cataldis.

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RIP Jonathan Winters thanks for all the laughs

April 12, 2013 in News, Obituaries, People

Jonathan Winters passed away in quietly in his Encino *home overnight.  He was one of my favorite comedians.  He excelled at improv, but he also was a scene stealer on TV and movies.  His Web Site HERE, Wiki and IMBD.  That should give you plenty to read, laugh and enjoy.  A few more vids after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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Coachella is here…but so is the COAPOCALYPSE

April 8, 2013 in Entertainment, LA bloggers, People, Which Side?

From the ladies  that brought us “shit girls say in L.A.” now comes a quick riff on Coachella which most of the music lovers in L.A. will be heading out to the desert for shortly.  If you have the time to check out their entire channel on youtube do check out the Trashy Girls.

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RIP Annette Funicello you were my favorite Mouseketeer

April 8, 2013 in News, Obituaries, People

Its been widely reported that Annette Funicello, one of the original Mouseketeers passed away today.  Her TV programs and movies about growing up in the ’50s and ’60s helped make the beach party a part of L.A. and American culture.  Never mind all the folks she enticed to make it behind the Orange Curtain for a trip to Disneyland.  Complete WIKI on her HERE.

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Snapcious, the game all the cool kids are playing with their phones

March 31, 2013 in Contests, Entertainment, LA bloggers, News, People, Photography

We all run around with our phones snapping pics and sharing the world as we see it.  Until now you either tossed onto social media like twitter or photo sharing sites like flickr and shared it with a few friends and that was it.  West Hollywood based F.8. Interactive just changed what you do with your pics via Snapcious.

Snapcious takes your image sharing to the next degree. It gives you missions to fulfill with your trusty phone cam and post onto the game.  From there other Snapcious review and rate your pics and the winners in many categories are announced each day. Each time you post a pic you get points.  You also collect points for suggesting missions, rating images and making comments on what you see.

The game is the brainchild of long time blogging.la contributor Mack Reed and a few others at F.8 Interactive.  Since its launch on iTunes a few weeks back it has picked up followers across the globe.  You can download it from iTunes HERE and join the fun.   Complete guide on points and how to play HERE.  Best of all…its a FREE app.

Unlike some of the other social media pic sharing places like, um say Instagram, you own the pics forever and don’t sign away any rights in the TOS.  Thats a biggy for me as you never know which images I will wind up using for sale that I want to keep control of.

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‘Paperman’ Producer Kicked Out of Oscars for Throwing Paper Airplanes

February 26, 2013 in Entertainment, Hollywood, LA, Movies, People

Congratulations go out to Kristina Reed, also known as wife of long-time blogging.LA’s Mack Reed not (just) for producing the Academy Award-winning Animated Short Paperman, but for getting kicked out of (and getting let back into) the 2013 Oscars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

After Disney’s Paperman won the Academy Award for best animated short Sunday, producer Kristina Reed began throwing paper airplanes, about three or four — with kisses on them, like the ones seen in the film — from her seat in the mezzanine.

The paper planes were nowhere near the stage, instead shooting straight down from the balcony. It went largely unnoticed by the crowd, but security didn’t think the act was very sweet, kicking her out of the Dolby Theatre auditorium.

It would turn out to be temporary. After a short protest, security brought her back to her seat about five to 10 minutes later.

The story has been picked up by Gawker, HuffPo, ABC, MSN, and more.

(Photo lifted from Mack’s Facebook feed… thanks, Mack!)

Elisa Lam: Body of Missing Canadian Tourist Discovered in Downtown Hotel Water Tank

February 21, 2013 in Downtown, LA, News, Obituaries, People


The body of missing Canadian tourist, Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia, was found in the water tank of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Lam had traveled to California by herself on January 27, en route to Santa Cruz, and was last seen by workers at the hotel on January 31.

Although Lam was scheduled to check out of the hotel on February 1, she had disappeared, despite being in daily contact with her family up until this point. By February 6, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had released details about the suspicious disappearance of Lam and on February 7, a press conference was held about the case.

A week later, on February 14, the LAPD released a disturbing surveillance video of the 21 year old University of British Columbia (UBC) student darting in and out of the hotel’s elevators.

Earlier this week, on February 19, guests at the Cecil Hotel complain about low water pressure and a worker checks the hotel’s water tanks and discovers Lam’s body. Guests staying at the hotel had likely been bathing, brushing their teeth and drinking water from a tank in which Lam’s body had been likely decomposing for more than two weeks.

Photo courtesy: LAPD