LACBC’s “Beverly Thrills” Sunday Funday Ride Is July 1

June 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm in Biking in LA, Events, West Side

When Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Boardmember Ted Rogers (who operates the indispensable BikinginLA blog) asked me in May if I’d lead the next LACBC Sunday Funday ride scheduled for July 1, I said I’d love to. And since it was to take place so close to July 4th, I got busy with an Independence Day-theme for the event. But around that same time when the illustrious City of Beverly Hills had to go and veritably gut the number of proposed pilot program routes in its bike plan it was soon after decided that we chuck any patriotic pedaling, and instead load up our bikes and move to Beverly. Thus the Beverly Thrills ride idea was born.

Well, I’ve finally got the route mapped and now it’s just about hammering out the various stops (landmarks, celebs’ homes, etc) we’ll be making. All told the ride will be about 13 miles’ worth of rolling around the island of Beverly Hills — from the “slums” to the stars — with me offering probably WAY to much of my own personal perspective as a survivor of two separate youth incarcerations within its borders. So if you’re not doing anything that morning and wanna come explore/discover the hills and billies of Beverly, y’all come out now, y’hear?

WHAT: LACBC’s Beverly Thrills Sunday Funday Ride
WHEN: July 1; gather at 9 a.m., departs at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Ride starts and ends in front of the John Wayne statue at 8484 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90211
COST: Free
ROUTE: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5528056 (there will be some variations/deviations as stops get added in)
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3 Hours
MORE INFO: LACBC

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The Good Smell of Success

June 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm in Driving, ICME, Media, West Side

Plumbing truck 1

Smell ya later

Ever since I saw this plumbing truck with its slogan “The Smell Good Plumber!” driving in the Culver City area, I’ve wanted to snap a photo of it. Finally, I had my chance the other day as I ended up behind the truck while we were stopped at a red a light. I guess that’s the plumbing equivalent of camping out for a new iPhone, and thus I call it good marketing!

Plumbing truck 2

Smell ya up close

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by frazgo

Gettypede 3/5/2011, and a repeat soon

June 23, 2012 at 6:16 am in Entertainment, Events, West Side

Oh those folks at GuerilLA have some fun.  They’ve done the centipede at the Getty Center last a year ago this spring.  They are a fun secret society that anyone can join.  Their missions are simple shenanigans that are just clean fun that take place all over the city.  If you join now you can take part in a mission today.  Their facebook page for today’s event will get you started in the fun.

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by ruth666

Please tell the City not to ban medical marijuana collectives!

June 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm in Crime, Law, Law Enforcement, News, Politics, Rants

UPDATE:

We just received word that the vote, and all action at City Hall, has been POSTPONED until further notice.

Please continue to Support Unionized Medical Cannabis Workers, and your right to Safe Access, in LA by writing a letter to your council person at www.ufcw770.org/cannabis.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Here’s my original post:

The city is set to vote to ban collectives this Friday.

Yes, you read that right.

Currently there are 8 votes in favor of banning ALL L.A. medical marijuana collectives. In order to overturn that, we need to make sure Busciano, LaBonge, or Krekorian lean in our favor. If all three of them vote to ban… It’s referendum time.

Unless we turn just ONE VOTE by Friday, all LA collectives will be banned.

To be clear, there could very well be 8 votes to ban right now because 3 of those votes have been holding their cards close to their chest.

If you can (and you care) please show up this Friday, June 22, 2012 at 9am, at LA City Hall East () for a press conference with Union Members, Patients, and Community Allies, to preserve safe access. This is important and very real; your voice can help keep collectives open to the law-abiding citizens who use them.

Please call and write to your councilmember in the meantime: www.ufcw770.org/cannabis

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Say Hello To Tickets To Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour At The Hollywood Bowl June 24

June 18, 2012 at 7:56 am in Entertainment, Events, Hollywood, Music

“Are you related to Glen Campbell?” I got that question on a pretty regular basis from classmates first in elementary school and then again (to really date myself) for a second wave in junior high when “Rhinestone Cowboy” was all over the airwaves and atop the charts. I used to deny it, but when I got tired of fending off their disbelief at the truth I’d just shrug and tell ‘em “Yeah. He’s my dad.”

Growing up without a father, there was a part of me that wished he was.

“Really!? What’s he like?” And I’d tell ‘em that I don’t get to see him as much as I want — which as a fan of his music for as long as I could remember wasn’t a total lie.

Well, thanks to Filter magazine, a lucky Blogging.la reader and a guest will get to see Glen Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Sunday night in what will most certainly be a poignant night of both revelry and retrospect. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year, this stop of Campbell’s Goodbye Tour will be his final Los Angeles performance as he winds down his storied and award-winning career as a singer/songwriter who produced unforgettable hits such as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Southern Nights,” and many others. Scheduled to be on hand to tip their hats to this true icon of American music include Dawes, Jackson Brown, Kris Kristofferson, Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and Lucinda Williams.

The first half of the concert will begin with California-based roots rock band Dawes, joined by those other special guests performing original songs as well as selections from Campbell’s repertoire that have been of special influence. The concert will close with Campbell performing his most memorable hits as well as selections from his newly released and highly acclaimed album “Ghost On The Canvas” (title track after the jump).

For your chance at a pair of tickets enter your name and email address in the comments. I’ll randomly pick a winner Wednesday at 2 p.m. and contact that entrant for their name and phone number that I’ll forward on to Filter who’ll then contact you with info on how to pick up the tickets. Good luck!

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Keaton Alive!

June 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm in Entertainment, Theatre/Stage

I didn’t like my stepfather much. I admired him for taking whatever modest talents he had as a writer and making a lifetime career out of it penning novels and teleplays, but by the time my mother married him he wasn’t much more than a bitter asshole drunk at the end of his life and pretty much the only things we had in common was arguing and Buster Keaton — who I idolized and my stepdad personally knew.

French Stewart and Joe Fria as the two Buster Keatons in "Stoneface." Photo credit: Shaela Cook

For any of you folk out there who think Buster Keaton must be Michael Keaton’s granddad, or perhaps the name doesn’t ring even the quietest of bells or you’ve only scene him in cameos  in “Sunset Boulevard” or any of several 1960s goofy beach movies waaaaay late in his career, than google that shit pronto because man you are missing out on being aware of and entertained by one of the greatest film talents that ever was or will be. Period (pardon me if my idolization is showing).

You don’t have to convince any of the good people at Sacred Fools Theater in East Hollywood of that preceding statement. Whether they’re in the audience for “Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton,” or on the theater’s stage or behind its scenes, there is a certainly a respect and appreciation from the patrons for the man who was one of the greatest actors and performers of the silent film era — and pretty much an unabashed adoration of Keaton from those who created the powerful play and the gifted ensemble who have brought it to so wonderfully to life.

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The Winter’s Tale at the Alex Theatre

June 12, 2012 at 10:30 am in Entertainment, Theatre/Stage

Remember that one-time-only performance of The Winter’s Tale we mentioned a while back? Well, it’s coming up soon (June 29th), and this week you can get tickets at a reduced price. Here’s word from one of the Little Candle Theatre group’s founding members, Betsy Roth:

This week only, we are offering tickets directly to the public (saving our patrons $6.50 in processing fees by bypassing the theatre) that can be purchased through this link.

The concept of a one-time-only performance seems pretty neat to me, and the Alex Theatre seems like a pretty cool venue. Anyone think they might go?

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Hey Is That A Planet On Your Thumb Or Is Venus In Transit?

June 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm in News, Science

My first effort to document the last transiting Venus that any of us’ll ever see, ain’t much to crow about, but here’s what I got at 3:35 p.m. as the sun shined through my 20X spotting scope onto a piece of paper on my Silver Lake front porch as I took the snapshot with one hand and used my other to give some contrast to the blinding rays reflecting on the blinding paper, while trying not to move lest the scope shake like a polaroid picture.

Annular eclipses are soooooooo much easier to shoot.

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.): Here’s one that’s a bit more civilized after the jump, shot at 4:11 p.m. I’ll add any later ones that might be worthy of sharing.

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It’s More Cheese, But it’s Also More Cheese

May 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm in Food & Drink, ICME

More Cheese

Creative bragging

I bought this 6 oz. container of grated parmesan cheese at my local Ralphs today, & then noticed the little label on the container. It reads: “20% MORE CHEESE Than 5 oz. Packages”. What exactly are they bragging about? Note that it’s not 20% more for free, it’s simply, “our container is bigger than a smaller container.” Wow.

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My Memorial Day Ritual

May 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm in Biking in LA, Events

In response to KPCC soliciting input from its listeners as to what or who they will be thinking about this Memorial Day, I submitted an audio response via SoundCloud that pretty much sums up what’ll be going through my patriotic head (it’s here if you want to listen to me explain why I’ll be doing again whatever the heck I’m doing in the picture at right, taken at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood last year; click to enlarge).

The reason that I’m mentioning it here is that it’s become a tradition of me biking to the LA National Cemetery every Memorial Day in large part because it’s a pretty sweet crosstown bike ride. So, on the chance you might be staying  in town and interested in visiting the landmark hallowed ground via two wheeledness, I wanted to extend an invitation to join me… although in the interest of full fashion disclosure I just might be wearing my American flag bike jersey. It’s not a for-sure thing yet, just sayin’: you’ve been warned.

Regardless of what I’ll have on, I’ll be leaving from Silver Lake this Monday morning at 9 a.m.  It’s about 13 miles from there to the cemetery (route), which means we should get to the gate in plenty of time for the ceremony, scheduled to start at 10:30. So if you want to come along, meet me beneath the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign at the corner or Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way (pinpoint).

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How Fast Did The Amgen Tour Of California Cyclists Come Blasting Through Silver Lake Yesterday?

May 21, 2012 at 9:06 am in Biking in LA, LA, News, Sports

This fast and this close:

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Temporary Tattoo aka Solar Eclipse @ 6:38PM

May 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm in Events, News, Science

As projected at its maximum through a spotting scope at 20X magnification from the front porch of our Silver Lake house. It buuuuuuuurns! It buuuuuuuuuuuuurns!

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Get Ready for “Carmageddon II: The Rampocalypse”

May 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm in Driving, Transportation

Both ways

You won't know if you're coming or going

Last summer’s blockbuster Carmageddon was such a smash hit, we’re bringing you the sequel. That’s right, fasten your seat belts for the ride of your lives. On June 22, Carmageddon II: The Rampocalypse comes to a 405 near you. In a world where L.A. area road construction causes widespread panic, “Carmageddon II” will blow your doors off!

We’ll destroy and then rebuild all the Wilshire Blvd. ramps connecting to the 405! We’ll take a year to do it! We’ll have Ramp Jam 2012, and it’s all in 3-D!

Get your tickets now!

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Time Is On Our Side

May 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm in Entertainment, History, LA, News, Science, Theatre/Stage

It's NOT the end of the world as we know it, says Griffith Observatory Planetarium lecturer Kelley Hazen, just the daze of our lives.

I got an invite last week to come to a media preview of Time’s Up, the Griffith Observatory’s new planetarium show, so in between Good Samaritan Hospital’s never-miss Blessing of the Bikes yesterday morning and a long-overdue physical exam that afternoon, I biked up the hill to one of my favorite places in Los Angeles to take advantage of the Observatory’s hospitality and see how and why they decided to counter the anxiety being produced by those doomsdayers dead-set in their belief that the Mayans predicted the world to end this coming December 21 and that it’s so going to happen.

The answers are with a provocative and eye-popping new program in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium that opens on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier, serene for a few moments until meteors start raining explosively down upon the westside, a huge tsunami closes in and a rogue planet grows larger as it bears down on its collision course with earth — accompanied by flying monkeys, of course.

Inside joke: Pictured during this doomsday scene is Lifeguard Station No. 5150. Since most of the station IDs are no more than two digits, I’m betting this was done in snarktastic reference to the police code that’s basically short for bugged-out basketcase kRaAzEe.

But just when all seems lost, Planetarium Lecturer Kelley Hazen steps in bearing a beautifully illuminated and illuminating hourglass to put a freezeframe to all the apocalyptic nonsense and go on with a visually stunning and intellectually compelling show that counters folly with fact and explores what time is all about.

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by frazgo

Get your Medieval Geek on at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

May 14, 2012 at 9:02 am in Comedy, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

After dancing around and debating about going or not I broke down and went this weekend. Why I was putting it off I don’t know.  It was actually a lot of fun, something one needs to do at least once in their life.  There is a lot of period confusion among the fair goers, its not all pure Medieval Renaissance times with some fun in the form of trolls, ogres and fairies tossed in for good measure.  But its all in good fun.

You get a good smattering of crafts, free wine tasting courtesy San Antonio winery, beer huts, music, free shows…minstrel, comedy/variety, magic and wenches all tossed in with some pretty good food too.

This isn’t a free event. Tickets at the door are $25 head, you can purchase slightly discounted tickets at select Walgreen stores enumerated HERE.  Parking at the Santa Fe dam will also set you back $10 bones for a dirt lot.  Map to location here near the junction of the 210/605 Freeways.  Better hurry as next weekend is the last weekend it will run this year.


All pics by me. More in my flickr set HERE.

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