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
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.
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
You 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.
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
Hard to imagine this film is from 77 years ago…those old Kodachromes stood the test of time. The freeway hasn’t changed much over the years, the grassy median is gone replace with concrete. The sharp turns and those instant on and off ramps exist in many parts. The individual lanes aren’t color coded but marked with botts dots nots, but every fun unbanked curve and straights still exists as it was when it opened.
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
It started late morning yesterday in Duarte and worked its way up towards Fish Canyon. Know as the “Fish Fire”, it and the nearby “Morris Dam Fire” have consumed some 5400 acres of brush at this writing and growning. As of the 9AM press conference there was zero containment. L.A County fire spokesman said that within 24 hours there will be enough progress that the fire will no longer be a threat to homes.
Duarte has had mandatory evacuations in place for homes north of Royal Oaks Drive between Olive and Encanto since yesterday afternoon.
L.A County Fire has put the city of Bradbury and the portion of Monrovia East of Myrtle and North of Foothill Blvd as potential evacuation zones in the event the wind shifts and blows the fires towards those cities. Right now I sit in that expanded zone of potential evacuations…not a comfortable space to be.
Its been an interesting experience watching the communities bind and help each other. Duarte quickly reached capacity at their Community Center and Monrovia stepped up and opened theirs for evacuees.
Its not limited to just community governments helping. Businesses such as Wonderdog Ranch opened up for evacuated small pets.
Earlier this month, I crowed via social media about getting a pair of cheap seats to the Vin Scully Appreciation Game at Dodgers Stadium this coming September and how by not spending $1,400 for field-level butt rests I would have mooooore than enough to get me a customized Dodgers jersey honoring The Greatest Broadcaster Of Aaaaaaall Times who I unabashedly idolize and cherish!
Turns out easier said than done.
But let me back and fill for those who might be entirely and inexplicably clueless. Vincent Edward Scully, 88, has been the Los Angeles Dodgers announcer since they were the Brooklyn Dodgers back in the year Nineteen Hundred and Fifty. Last year, The Beloved Institution That He Is announced his retirement would commence at the end of this his Sixty-Seventh season behind the mic. If that two-digit number doesn’t blow you away, what’s wrong with you!? Sorry, didn’t mean to snap. What I mean is: think on that kind of longevity a little harder. What’s the longest job you’ve ever held? Me, it’s six years. Next, factor in this nebulous and dysfunctional City Of Change that we call home, and how its landmarks have been torn down and built over and torn down again and again forming sedimentary stacks of reinvention rising upon a foundation of disregard for our past. Then mix in the changes the Dodgers as an organization have been through these last 20 years alone? Lastly mix in the fact that most of us came from somewhere else and a lot of us remain unrooted to L.A. as a permanent base.
All the while, there has been Scully. Since the Dodgers moved here in 1958, there has been Scully. Every single year of my old-ass life as a native Angeleno and Dodgers fan: There. Has. Been. Scully. If his landmark status previously eluded you, maybe now you can see how people such as myself have formed such an attachment to this humble extraordinary man — who, incidentally, would be the first to dismiss such adoration. Maybe now you can see how people such as myself are among hundreds of thousands who really can’t fathom our town or its soundwaves without Scully in it. I still can’t fully wrap my head around the idea of his “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” opener at every home game not ringing out next year.
But let’s return now to my original point: the jersey!
Part 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. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html 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.
Good morning all, as you are well aware Los Angeles is becoming a Tech giant in its own right and the L.A. Auto Show is looking for app developers working in the mobility field. Any app you’ve developed that has to do with autos, mobility and transportation will be considered in this competition to be a feature at the AutoMobilityLA , the auto industries private show held just prior to the public L. A Auto Show.
The top 10 winners of this competition will get a few perks like inclusion i the L.A Mobility video’s, invitations to the 2 day L.A Mobility private show as well as breakfast with the movers and shakers in the auto industry. For more information and how to enter do so click HERE.
Every so often I get a press release that interests me a lot and I start asking questions and getting more detail for a post. In this case Nathanael Welch from the Hatchery Los Angeles reached out with info on an Art Walk featuring artists with disabilities he works with.
The Hatchery in short form is a theological school that is focused on building “common cause” community based churches. Fair enough, but the program Nathanael is working on is special. Its about giving artists with disabilities a way to showcase their art and share it in pop up galleries that pop up all over Los Angeles.
The event in Culver City will be the #CityWalk, where they take pictures and explore the area. Then they will have the pop-up gallery at a different location at the end of the month. They will meet downtown and then walk around the main street on June 12th. He said you can also have people contact him directly at his email address: [email protected] if you have questions. To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.
This Tennessee Williams play is one of my favorites and I remember it well from my days in school. Its the tale of a young man torn between duties to family and a sickly sister and yearning to be free and make his own mark in the world. There’s tension, drama and heartfelt humor. The production by Sierra Madre Playhouse, directed by Christian Lebano promises to be one of the best seen in the area in ages as the Playhouse has a reputation of bringing magic and plays to life.
If you haven’t been to Sierra Madre Playhouse yet this could well be the play to see and visit this wonderfull 99 seat theatre. Located in downtown Sierra Madre there are a few dining options and bars to hit before or after and make it a night out on the town.
Tickets start at $17 for students and $30 for adults. You can order your tickets HERE.
Deets: May 6-June 12, Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, MAP HERE
Today was the annual Concorso Ferrari…a concours quality car show featuring the drop dead gorgeous Ferrari line of cars. From the early Series 250 to the uber rare Enzo and La Ferrari the line was well represented. There were 76 cars presented for judging…those cars were identified with yellow window placards and were up significantly in number from last year. Also regular pristine drivers totalled nearly 150 cars. Add in the exotics from lessors, restorers and new car sales there were well over 200 Ferraris on display in Pasadena’s Old Town April 24, 2016.
This past weekend I woke early and made tracks for the biggest Single Manufacturer car show in So Cal. Yup, not much gets me up early on sleep in day quite like a good car show. This show is not one to disappoint. From survivors to customs to the ridiculous you’ll find a good cross section of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsels to delight and amaze. Or just have a nice stroll down memory lane remembering Grandpa’s old Ford.
The run away favorite for me was the incredile Thunderbird Low Rider that claimed title of Best of Show for me. Through much effort mechanically and with shocking paint treatment turned this old classic into an amazing custom that looks more like some sort of science fiction transport than what the original did.