William Gibson in LA

February 4, 2004 at 7:15 pm in Uncategorized

Michael Pusateri writes in and says:

William Gibson, father of cyberpunk fiction, is on a book tour and coming to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles – Friday, February 6, 2004, 7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble, 10850 West Pico Boulevard
Discussion / Signing

Pasadena – Saturday, February 7, 2004, 7 PM
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E.Colorado Blvd
Reading / Discussion / Signing

BTW, Gibson has a blog.

Dual rainbows

February 3, 2004 at 5:21 pm in Uncategorized


From my back porch in Encino we just had 2 nice rainbows. Sorry about the cable.


February 2, 2004 at 6:25 pm in Uncategorized

You knew this was coming…the first off-shoot of blogging.la has arrived! As you can guess by the title, art.blogging.la will focus on the Los Angeles art scene to feature preview, reviews, interviews, and musing about galleries, artists, and museums in LA. I’m very excited as this is the first blog to concentrate solely on Los Angeles as well as to now be a part of the growing art blog community. For the moment, I’m the only writer but a couple other fabulous people will be on board soon to spice it up a little. So, check it out already and enjoy!


February 2, 2004 at 5:50 pm in Uncategorized

sand_bags.jpg“The City of Los Angeles Fire Department and the Bureau of Street Services are helping residents prepare for floods and mudslides by providing sand bags at all fire stations. Up to 25 burlap bags, sand and plastic sheeting are available per household. Residents are invited to visit neighborhood fire stations for more information about storm related emergencies. In addition, large amounts of sand, plastic and burlap bags are available for delivery to designated local areas to assist in distributing these supplies.”

Translation: So everyone, go ahead and bring an umbrella to work tomorrow, it might sprinkle a little or something, and maybe don’t wear a shirt that will be ruined if it gets wet. Otherwise, nothing to worry about.

UPDATE: So right after I opened my stupid mouth the power went out for blocks around us and wasn’t restored until about 4am.

Meet Ray Kappe at DWR Beverly Hills

February 2, 2004 at 12:23 pm in Uncategorized

“Ray’s own home may be the greatest house in all of Southern California.”
-Stephen Kanner, president, A + D (Architecture + Design) Museum

Fresh from a retrospective exhibition at the A + D Museum in West Hollywood, Ray Kappe FAIA, founder of SCI-Arc and architectural icon, will be in the Design Within Reach Beverly Hills Studio – sited in a 1972 Kappe-designed bank building – on Thursday, February 12, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Kappe will give an informal talk about his 50+-year career as an architect and the resulting projects that have come to shape Southern California’s architectural landscape, including the much-lauded wood and glass canyon residences he built in western L.A. County in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Following the talk will be a Q&A. Signed copies of the A + D Museum’s Ray Kappe: A Retrospective 1953-2003 catalog will be available for purchase during the event ($35 cash or check made out to A + D Museum).

If you can’t make it to the event, you can come by anytime between February 8 and February 25 during Studio hours to see the exhibition – featuring drawings, models, and photographs of Kappe’s work at the Beverly Hills Studio, courtesy of the A + D Museum.

Space is limited; please RSVP by Monday, February 9 to [email protected]

Ray Kappe at DWR’s Beverly Hills Studio / Thursday, February 12, 6:30pm-9:00pm / 9647 Brighton Way / For directions, click here

A + D Museum (new location at 8560 W. Sunset Blvd. west of La Cienega

Kori Newkirk Top Ten

February 2, 2004 at 12:04 pm in Uncategorized

Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk has the honor of listing his Top Ten in the new issue of Artforum. The first entry mentions the changing of downtown from an area where artists could once afford to live but now that they have “artists lofts” it’s too expensive.

The Fiery Furnaces tonight in Silverlake

February 2, 2004 at 10:55 am in Uncategorized

Buddyhead says:

“Yep, Monday Febuary 2nd, New York’s new hot ticket… The Fiery Furnaces will be rocking on the right coast of the country for once with some other band at the Silverlake Lounge in.. you guessed it… SILVERLAKE…. come check the bands, the bad hair cuts, and plus Travis will be playing records that no one wants to hear in between the bands and whenever else they let him… maybe over the bands too… we’ll see. By the way, we’ll no longer be djing at the beauty bar… so if you were going there to hear us play records, stop. We’ll annouce our new spot in the next few days….”


February 2, 2004 at 1:44 am in Uncategorized

Always on my mind, but once again, I just have to ask:

Los Bros Hernandez – suitable replacements for God?


San Diego bound

February 2, 2004 at 12:48 am in Uncategorized

I’m going to Etech for sure, and will be there Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I’ll be blogging it of course, leave a comment if you are and we’ll figure a way to meet up.

Ok, not L.A. related except…

January 31, 2004 at 9:27 pm in Uncategorized

my friends and I were singing the Badger Song all day out into the ocean last weekend. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you…


Now the beauty of this is about 4 and a half minutes into the piece there is a HUGE payoff. Trust me. It’s fucking HILARIOUS!!!!

[UPDATE] It. Has. BEGUN!!!!!

Pressing Question

January 30, 2004 at 10:25 pm in Uncategorized

I had one alcoholic beverage and this is now really bugging me: Is Creed or Puddle of Mudd the worst band of all time?

On the one hand, Creed totally rips-off Pearl Jam and they preach Christianity, but on the other hand, Puddle of Suck rips-off Kurt Cobain and they were discovered by Fred Durst. Well, Nirvana hasn’t put out an album in a while, so maybe it’s okay to rip them off. And maybe since Pearl Jam sucks now, it’s okay to rip them off as long as you rip the 1991 Pearl Jam. In terms of band name, Creed is terrible for the obvious reasons, but Puddle of Mudd is just stupid. A puddle of mud? It turns out I was in the same room when they came up with it: “Hey, what should we call our band? We rip-off Nirvana so maybe it should be like the same but different like Wirvana or Nirvono?” Then I said, “I think it should be something that reminds people of a pile of shit because that’s what you are.”

Robert Mapplethorpe – Retrospective

January 30, 2004 at 12:07 pm in Uncategorized

Catherine Opie has curated a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe photographic works that will be the inaugural exhibition for the new Marc Selwyn Fine Art. On their site they say “the show will be an opportunity to see the work of a photographer whose quest for balance and perfection established him in the top rank of twentieth-century artists.” I guess all that controversy surrounding his work didn’t hurt his notoriety either.

This show opens on January 31 and continues through March 13th.

Free Koi

January 30, 2004 at 11:31 am in Uncategorized

Anyone in the Silverlake area have a Koi pond? I have three Koi that need a new home ASAP. Help!

art imitates life which imitates teevee

January 30, 2004 at 1:51 am in Uncategorized


Admittedly, I have poor hearing. It’s genetic and no, I haven’t been to any concerts lately.

On any given day I say “what?” at least 30 times.

In all honesty, I ask for a repeat when people say outrageous things, and typically the shouted response is what I first heard.

But what does one who is hard of hearing say when everyone is calling a girl “Labia” — if you know please advise.

I’m sorry, come again? I couldn’t hear you

I’d like you to meet Labia.





You’re kidding


A woman? Named Labia?

No, not labia, lay be YAH

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. Or maybe I don’t want to hear you. What were her parent’s thinking?

Labia. You’ll love her, she’s very cool.

God, I hope everyone loves her with a name like that.

Any yahoo, it reminded me of the Mulva episode on Seinfeld.

Again, I’m not smart enough to make this stuff up. I only wish I were…

MISSING: 170 pound bronze Yoda, reward

January 29, 2004 at 12:15 pm in Uncategorized

BoingBoing tips us off to this little “snatch and run” in Pasadena.

“A thief stole a 170-pound bronze statue of Star Wars’ Jedi master Yoda from the back of a truck in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 17, the Zap2it Web site reported. Four of the 36 Lucasfilm-commissioned statues were bolted down to a flatbed truck for transport to Los Angeles to be sold. The truck’s drivers, who had stopped at a Westway Inn, found the statue missing the next morning.”

This nerd wet dream is estimated at to be worth between $15,000 – $20,000 and they are offering a $1,000 reword for it’s return. Huh? $1,000?!! Who ever was smart enough to swipe that thing, I’m guessing is smart enough to do the math on that on as well. My guess is it’s not going to show up anytime soon.