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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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Nissan Adventure Drive open to public at Stub Hub this weekend

October 1, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, South Side, Transportation

Get yer trucker hats on and head on over to Stub Hub in Carson for the Nissan Titan Driving Adventure this weekend 10/1-2.  What you get is a chance to run the new Titan in a couple of different trims through its paces on a slalom course and burn off some rubber in the process.  AND you get to go on a simulated off-road course and marvel at the technology Nissan packed into the trucks.  Hills…not a problem from “zero gravity” seats that are support and comfy to tech like “Auto Hill Hold and Descent control its some pretty amazing stuff Nissan packed into the trucks.  Even if you aren’t in the market for a truck, its fun to slog them around a track or closed off-road course and see what they can do.

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2016 Japanese Car Show and debut of 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

September 25, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Long Beach, Transportation

For anyone that that thinks an Asian Car Show would be a niche market, think again.  They even charged admission and people lined up for blocks at the Queen Mary yesterday to see it.  A crowd as diverse as all of Los Angeles was there for great cars and a trip down memory lane.  Something some would think not possible when these cars first started selling here in the 60s and 70s given the “buy ‘murican” attitude of the time.  A lot has changed and to say they are mainstream and dominant is an understatement.  Hence this show was also the Los Angeles debut for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Read the rest of this entry →

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5th Annual Galpin Car Show Sunday September 18

September 13, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, The Valley, Transportation

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Galpin Mark IV Mustang funny car dragster…click to embiggen

Mark your calendars for something a little bit different. Galpin Auto in the Valley is hosting a car show. Not just any car show, but one dedicated to rare custom automobiles of all makes.  There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for the whole family to see and enjoy!

The show will take place Sunday September 18 from 10AM-2PM at Galpin Auto.  Their address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys 91343.  This show is FREE to the public.  More information here at the FB Page.

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27th Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show

September 11, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

It was quite the car show yesterday.  Very heavy with the customs and one that stood out so far above the others I called it my personal favorite and named it “best of show”  The work this young man out into an old Mercury chopping, channeling, lowering and flaming was simply amazing.

Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen

Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen

More pics in my flickr album from the show.

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Car Show this Saturday in Monrovia…and its zipcode day too

September 8, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016.  My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.

Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.

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Amazing city lights timelapse of Los Angeles

August 20, 2016 in Media, Photography, Which Side?

simply stunning, love the planes zipping along to LAX and our other airports…

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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.

Cabinet of Curiosities unveils mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes at Union Station

August 2, 2016 in Art, Downtown, Mass Transit, Transportation

A peek inside artist David DiMichele's Cabinet​

A peek inside artist David DiMichele’s Cabinet​

DTLA’s iconic Union Station unveils the Cabinet of Curiosities, an original installation of mysterious worlds viewed through peepholes, created by a group of Los Angeles-based artists. The exhibit will open to the public on August 6 and remain on display during station operating hours through August 31. A special reception with the artists, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 3 – 6pm.

Curated by Carl Berg, the exhibit showcases original works from artists Tanya Brodsky, David DiMichele, Ashley Hagen, Noel Korten, Keith Lord, Cecilia Miniucchi and Andre Yi.

Cabinet of Curiosities will feature a visual glimpse into the artists’ world not on a grand scale but rather on a more personal level. Only one person can view the artworks in the exhibition at a time, giving the viewer his or her own intimate experience. It requires active participation by the viewer something often lost in a world of digital billboards, video screens at gas stations, and smart devices on which you can watch movies.

“We’re delighted to bring this intriguing installation to our Grand Waiting Room,” said Ken Pratt, Metro’s Director of Union Station Property Management. “Our goal is to surprise and engage commuters, tourists and others traveling through the station with an unexpected and fanciful art experience.”

“Cabinet of Curiosities” refers to a European practice from the 16th Century, also known as Kunstkabinett, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms, which were encyclopedic collections of objects and were regarded as microcosms or theaters of the world and were a precursor to the first museums.

These unique worlds formed from an assemblage of objects and in many ways functioned as a library of these objects, not unlike computers and the Internet, by creating relationships between things.

The exhibition however is inherently not digital and the artworks created for this exhibition were mostly handmade by the artists themselves. A throw-back to an era were mystery was created by crafting objects that used visual phenomenon to trick the viewer into seeing something that is really not what is seems to be.

Cabinet of Curiosities is part of Union Station’s first-ever summer entertainment series that spans unique events, thought provoking cultural programs and live music, free to the public throughout the summer season. For more information on Cabinet of Curiosities and summer programs at Union Station visit

About Union Station:
Built in 1939, Union Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the station’s signature Mission Moderne style makes it one of L.A.’s architectural gems. Today, the station has evolved into a vibrant transportation center serving 75,000 passengers daily. Union Station is currently in the first phase of a Master Plan that will enable it to better handle the growing number of transit riders, accommodate high-speed rail and serve as one of L.A.’s premier public spaces while protecting the historic core of the station. For more information, visit Connect with Union Station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Art Walk…art, entertainment and art Saturday 7/30

July 26, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  There will be several local artists with various media well represented.  Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy.  One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.

As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.

Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.

Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends.  I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit.  It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park.  From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk.  IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.

Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM.  400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016

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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

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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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210 Freeway closures 7/15 and 7/29…its PASAGEDDON!

July 14, 2016 in Driving, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

pasageddonYou can see the full press release from CALTRANS HERE, but the short of it is the 210 West Bound will be closed two complete weekends in July for improvements and repaving.  TWO FULL Weekends.  The closure will be from Lake Avenue west to Mountain will be completely shut down.  Rerouting through city streets will be a joke…best is to transition to the 134 West then 2 north to rejoin the 210 in LaCrescenta.  With traffic stinking so bad my suggestion is if you absolutely need to be in Pasadena those weekends, take the Gold Line.

Added bonus is the EB 134 connector to the 210 will also be closed.

Weekend closures are as follows:

  • July 15 10PM through July 18 5AM
  • July 29 10PM through August 1 5 AM
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Tiki art sale and show at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in NoHo Sunday 7/17

July 13, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Shopping, The Valley

Postcard from the Tiki Art Sales...bu Rick Kess no less, click to embiggen.

Postcard from the Tiki Art Sales…by Rick Kess no less, click to embiggen.

This is going to be fun.  Tiki art with a modern twist and vibe will be on show and sale this coming Sunday at the Tonga Tiki Hut Lounge in North Hollywood starting at 2PM.

One of the featured artists will be Rick Kess and his Design Krime Studio works.  He will have originals available for sale as well as extremely affordable prints that are prefect for display and framing.  Not to brag, but I do have a bias for Rick’s work and proudly have 3 pieces on display in my office and home.  Really witty and well executed tiki, mid century mod themed pieces that I hope you will like as much as I do when you see them.

More details on the art and artists to be there on a FB page.  While there pop into the Tonga Hut for a cold libation and enjoy the vintage dive bar atmosphere.

Deets: Sunday 7/17/2016 2PM until ?,Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge 12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606 (818) 769-0708

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Sierra Madre Playhouse opens new musical July 8th

July 1, 2016 in Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Theatre/Stage

flyer for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" click to embiggen

flyer for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” click to embiggen

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hysterically funny with poignant back stories of the contestants woven into a solid musical production.  On the heals of last years rousing success of “Always…Patsy Cline” the Sierra Madre Playhouse isn’t resting on its laurels and promises to be a fun filled interactive evening with the cast as the group take a bunch of spelling champs through their paces spelling in a contest.

Added bonus most nights, but especially opening night you get to meet the cast and crew of the production after the play.  Its scheduled to run July 8 through August 21.  Order tickets HERE.

Sierra Madre Playhouse is a really lovely 99 Seat Theatre located just a west of Baldwin on Sierra Madre Avenue.  Its a short walk to several find eateries and a wonderful dive bar “The Buccaneer”.

Deets: Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024 626-355-4318


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How to build your Art Business with Social Media event Saturday

June 14, 2016 in Art, Education, Events, San Gabriel Valley

MAFA SM EventPart of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business.  The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.

The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00.  You can reserve a seat and pay HERE.  The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks.  Hurry as seats are limited.

Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.