Just a friendly reminder came my way from the LA County Registrar. Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM. If you aren’t sure where your polling place is, as several have changed in the city you can find out where to vote at LAVOTE.NET. And if you are like me and don’t want to know anything until tomorrow morning when its all said and done you can even visit LAVOTE.NET for the final results. Just remember if you don’t vote you can’t bitch about the results.
If you have a soft spot for those quirky French and Italian cars this may well be the perfect show for you. The France and Italy Car Show will take place this Sunday in Woodley Avenue Park. It will feature a lot of vintage French and Italian cars.
It will be located on Woodley Ave south of Victory. Its official time is 9Am to 2PM, I’d strongly urge folks interested to be there early as a lot of people start leaving well before the 2PM close time. If they can start their cars that is…sorry for the snark but a lot of these cars will live up to their stereotypes. They even have a Facebook page with more details.
Details: Sunday November 4, 2012, Woodley Avenue Park MAP HERE, Van Nuys, CA
If you love classic film noir and like it even better in 3D this could be do not miss this Sunday. The LA 3-D Club is sponsoring the screenings that will take place at the Downtown Independent Theater on Sunday October 28 at 7pm. All the information you could want on the event as well as purchasing tickets online can be done HERE.
Deets: Sunday 10/28, 7PM. Admission $6 for current LA3DClub members, $12 for non-members, (admission is waived with USC Student ID). Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S Main, Los Angeles CA 90012. MAP HERE
The first effort was grand, but it was way to small to handle the crowds. The second event was in a bigger location but even then it was too small for the crowds it drew. How to make it even bigger and better? Score a deal with the folks at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Race track off Huntington Drive. This event is promised to be big enough to handle any crowd tossed at it. Add in ample parking (there is no mass transit to there yet) and this is set to be a really fun event without the horrendous waits of the original back in July.
All the deets you could want on their FB page HERE.
Its happening now, the space shuttle is slowly making the drive to its new home at the California Science Center.
Just my luck I blew out my knee and can’t stalk it as it makes its way to the CSC. If you had a chance to see it in transit today please feel free to share links to your stuff in the comment section.
Not to take away from the awesomeness of today’s CicLAvia, but there will never be one as supremely magical as the first one, two years ago. Even if it can never be topped, I still get out with my trusty GoPro cam mounted to my handlebar and participate whenever the next edition rolls around, and today’s was no exception.
So without further adieu, here’s the timelapse vid of me riding in from Silver Lake and then casually roll every inch of the 9.5 mile route from MacArthur Park to Exposition Park, back to downtown, then to Boyle Heights, back downtown, then up into Chinatown and through downtown and to MacArthur Park (about 21 miles total over three hours):
I am pretty amazed by the number of YouTube videos or flickr sets of the shuttle Endeavour’s tour of L.A. today. Did you post any pics or videos today of the Endeavour? If so please share the links to them in the comments section.
September 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm in LA
It was a pretty amazing, pretty much the entire city of L.A. had its eyes to the skies waiting for their glimpse of the shuttle Endeavour as it made its final flight over us. The anticipation of its arrival started last night when it made its landing at Edwards AFD and the local news was all aflutter with times and locations to view it.
I took the advice of a friend and headed to Altadena to the Gabrielino Trail head at the top of the Arroyo overlooking the JPL campus and the Hahamonga Park. What a view we had of the area. Gorgeous skies, at least no fog for us up above the Arroyo. It was hot and sadly I saw at least 3 folks pass out and need ambulances to wheel them out. The area was jam packed with cars and had gridlocked itself by 11 AM. L.A. Sheriff had its hands full trying to control the crowds and keep them off the streets. My best guess is that they gave up as they eventually blocked the roads around the trail head and let it fill up with people. My best guess is that at least 500 folks lined up along the road over the Arroyo. Read the rest of this entry →
I’d originally planned to bike up to the Observatory and hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood for a nice vantage point of the shuttle as it did its Los Angeles flyover this morning, but I instead opted just to park a rickety old adirondack chair up on the apex of our steeply pitched Silver Lake roof and camp out there with a camera. And not fall down.
Low and behold, at high noon, that blessed spacebird flew into view atop her trusty 747 transport and accompanied by two fighter jet escorts and literally arced around my gleeful self as if the pilots saw me and said to hell with the Observatory let’s give THAT GUY over their in the chair on that roof a treat.
Of course I hastily snapped off a few frames as I sat gape-mouthed in awe of her relative proximity, the best of which is below when she’s west from me across Silver Lake gulch and over the Micheltorena Ridge and banking southeast to go to downtown. Just awesome (click to enlargify):
PS. I also set up a timelapse cam beside me to autosnap me up on the roof snapping the shuttle, after the jump…
Hat tip to Anika aka faboomama who tweeted this link just a few minutes ago. Its “I love LA” updated for the new century. Worth the view while you wait for our Shuttle viewing as the Endeavor flies over L.A later this morning.
Speaking of the fly-over I’ve to a super secret spot near JPL that I will be watching it from. Our own Will Campbell is working his way by bike and hike to the Hollywood sign for his viewing. Where will you be viewing it from?
Warning the video does drop the f bomb so it isn’t entirely safe for work.
This past weekend I braved the heat (102F at 1 pm) and attended Variety’s Power of Youth at Paramount studios. This annual event acknowledges young entertainers for their charitable efforts. This years honoree’s were The Jonas Brothers, Vanessa Hudgens and others.
This was a really fun event with several different corporations there to help with the event. These corporations all had programs focused on our kids. Ford was there with practical hands on demos that were a fun way to learn the dangers of distracted driving. Allstate was there with their “X the Text” program where the kids could sign off on a car promising not to text and drive. Sony was there hawking their PlayStation with hands on play time at their corner of the event. Cartoon network was there with the stars of “Regular Show” Rigby and Mordecai were there for photo ops. Read the rest of this entry →
Because of whatever often-fleeting eye candy I might chance upon when venturing forth into the urban arena, I rarely leave home without some sort of photographic documentation device in hand — and that goes double whenever I find myself in the Arts District south and east of downtown. Case in point, discovered near the 6th Street Bridge and signed by what looks to be “dreb” near her left hip (click to enlargify):
I’ve watched this story unfold for a few days now and finally got my hands on the video. Short version is that the off duty lifegaurds at the public pool in El Monte thought it would be fun to make a parody video of “Gangnum Style”. It was done pretty tastefully as you can see and it doesn’t include any indication it was shot in El Monte let alone at their public pool.
The city powers that be saw it and fired them for misuse of the pool for personal gain. The pool manager was even fired and he didn’t appear in the video. All done without warning.
They have a facebook page up. Change.org is rumored to have a petition going (I can’t find it though) . Even one of the city council members thinks there should be an investigation and that the firings were done too fast.
What say you on the firings? Should they get their jobs back?
Sad, but the quest for domination in L.A. is taking place in the unincorporated areas of the county. The looser regulations make it possible for them move into communities that don’t necessarily want them. Altadena, the charming community northwest of Pasadena is the next target and so far no one I know there wants them or their stores.
The community is working on getting people educated but I doubt that will change the plans of walmart to put stores there and circumvent the regulations in Pasadena and other cities that keep them from entering their community and destroying their small indy merchants and downtowns.
Like Chinatown, another unique corner of the city is facing the doom that is walmart.
I was seriously saddened to read in today’s LA Times that Charles Ray Walker (aka Bamboo Charlie) was found dead August 26. I first learned of him and the wonderful Boyle Heights space he transformed a couple years ago:
From the LA Times story today by Hector Becerra:
What Walker did, over two decades, was turn something grim into a wonderland garden of edibles and toys. He grew fruits and vegetables on bare slopes. He took discarded toys and whimsical signs and decorated terraces and elaborate stairwells he carved out of the dirt. He built a shack, and under the cool shade of a tree, a home entertainment room with a television set and sofa.
I’d always meant to go there and say hello. Now it’s too late for that. Now, all I can do is go and pay my respects.