I can’t tell you all enough how absolutely marvelous this play and cast presenting it are. I’ve blogged it twice here. Go see it the final weekend. Wrap up your evening at either Lucky Baldwins or the Buccaneer, the latter if you prefer dive bars).
Hal Wescomb and Kermit Higgins lived at the Belmont, and had two other things in common. Both were divorced and both had taken bullets during the war — Hal to his right leg and Kerm to his left hip– necessitating the occasional use of canes, particularly on frosty mornings such as this one in early November of 1968 when they headed together out of the hotel south on Hill to catch the Angel’s Flight up to their polling place on what little now remained of Bunker Hill.
The two were great friends, but stood staunchly on opposite sides of Proposition 9, which sought to limit the property tax rate. In fact, if it wasn’t for their desire to cancel out the other’s vote, they might not have bothered to cast ballots that day.
Proposition 9 was defeated.
TRUTH IS: While the downtown location in the accompanying photo is real, I have no idea who those two fellows are and totally made up what they were doing after finding this photo (from the William Reagh Collection, California History Section, California State Library) in a wonderfully detailed post about the Hotel Belmont here at the On Bunker Hill blog. The year, 1968, is also legit, because I researched when Proposition 9 (shown second from the bottom of the campaign posters stacked on the left side of the image) was on the ballot. And yes it was voted down. The poster above Prop 9’s for Alex P. Garcia, who ran successfully for the 40th District seat in the State Assembly, is also worth mentioning. According to a feature on Latino political representation in state legislatures at the Latino LA Website:
In the 1966 elections, fifteen Chicanos ran for positions on the Assembly and all of them lost. Even, the one Latino incumbent Philip Soto lost his bid for re-election. Another nine Latinos ran for State Senate seats, and all of them lost as well. The result was that the California Legislature – once again – did not have a single Mexican-American in the Assembly or the Senate. Only the election of Alex Garcia to the 40th Assembly District in 1968 brought Latinos back to the California Legislature.
Do you wanna jump in the sand box and play with us?
Seriously, the “we” is a bit limited at the moment. Add in the return of a few old voices and that we have a new owner that wants to breath some life back into this blog so its gonna be a fun sandbox again..
Requirements are simple. Love Los Angeles. Love to write about what you see/hear/do here in Los Angeles. You don’t have to be spectacular, just be you and have a story to tell here. Be prepared to commit to semi-frequently posting to blogging.la.
I started here May 2007 for kicks and giggles. I’m among the few that turned it into one adventure after another here in L.A. How? I use my writing here to get press credentials and then apply for press passes on things that interest me. I’m not bashful so I’ve asked to go on ride alongs with local PD, visit concerts and even the L.A Auto Show. You get out of it what you put into it.
The group is always in flux. The common thread is we love L.A and have each others backs. We do fun things too. Series posts on themes like “Songs of L.A” and the Donut Summit. Of course we blog it and share it with everyone else that has a love of Los Angeles. Remember live blogging at Canter’s Deli? Thats the sort of events that build a community and readership.
With the return of our former “city captain” Lucinda Michele back at the helm we’ll have direction and start all sorts of new ideas. If you want to join blogging.la and grow your writing skills and share your love of Los Angeles send me a link to your writing or a sample to me at [email protected] and I’ll make sure it gets seen. I wish I could tell you how fast decistions will be made, but I can’t but I can promise your efforts won’t fall on deaf ears.
The artist SABO was detained and questioned by the Secret Service over a tweet. SABO is the genius or demented mind depending on your POV behind the anti-Left posters floating around whenever hillary or the prez visit town.
The tweet itself wasn’t threatening. He said he wished obama’s plane would crash. Its free speech. He certainly didn’t tweet he was going to take him out or similar that should have warranted eyebrows being raised. Certainly in bushys day there were plenty of hostile thoughts tossed out by the left that weren’t so aggressively looked at. What has become of us? Is the division between left and right so extreme now that no one can say whats on their mind if its contrary to anothers political beliefs?
If you desire you can follow the rants and missives of SABO on twitter as @Unsavoryagents
Personally I’d love to meet the guy and find out more about him and his art.
The L.A. Auto Show has one thing unique to others. Its the Design Challenge issued every year to the manufacturers. It has a theme that they must respond to. The Design Challenge is now in its 11th year.
This years Design Challenge is “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact With Us In 2029?” I’ve previewed Connected Cars that know what everyone is doing and can avoid accidents, even autonomous cars. This challenge asks them to take it to the next level of human auto connectivity. I can’t wait to see what all they have in store us as this years L.A. Auto Show.
Also, I have a bit of a spoiler. Yesterday I was at a Ford event at their Los Angeles Regional HQ. They confirmed that we will get the Premiere of the next generation Explorer at our show on November 19. I’ve heard a few bits and pieces on other blogs that the next generation will use a lot of aluminum to reduce weight and better its performance and fuel economy. They were tight lipped on specifics of the global reveal so I’ll just have to sit tight until then.
Also…the promo code AUTOTRADER2014 is still good for discounted tickets to the show 11/24-27.
Ha…my sore feet and aching body tell me two things. I had way too much fun yesterday and I need to get in better shape if I’m gonna continue these sorts of escapades. What did I do you may ask? Well, I was a runner at the first ever Running of the Clowns in Old Town Pasadena. This video is the unofficial done by me version. I have pic from it as well in a flickr album.
The official video is in need of a sound track. Anyone know of a guitarist who could do a flamenco version of “Send in the Clowns”? If so drop me a note and I’ll hook you up with the author of the official video.
This weekend was the Fall Artwalk at the Brewery, one of the largest artist-in-residence complexes in the world.
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s in the industrial district northeast of downtown, in a large complex/campus comprised of an old Pabst brewery (hence the name), an old Edison power plant building, and many warehouses, all of which have been converted into artist lofts. Not those crappy “artist lofts” that were just built five years ago in mixed-use spaces with cardboard walls…these are vast concrete caverns of loft spaces, the kind I’d like–you know, the kind you can just hose out when it gets dusty. And it does, because it’s right by the railyards and the freeway.
During Artwalk the majority of Brewery residents open their doors to the public so people can see their art–and, hopefully, so they can make some sales. It’s tough for a lot of people who put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into their work all year long, in relative privacy, to have hundreds of people tromping through their door, assessing their life’s labor, often snapping photos without permission, then turning and walking out. But they do it because they know it’s important for the public to be exposed to art and the work that goes into it.
Thousands of people show up twice a year for Artwalk. Next week, I’ll profile a handful of artists I found and discuss their work; as for now, here’s kinda a look at the scene. You should go next time. Just go early–the parking lots fill up early! Especially the parking lot I snagged–UPS HQ, next door, opens their parking lot for Artwalkers. Check out whose spot I got.
* Running of the Clowns
I’m sorry the uploader doesn’t work for me…if it did I’d have a snazzy pic for you from the GLA Improv facebook page to share with you. This is going to be a really fun event run through the alleys of Old Town Pasadena.
As a Runner you don’t have to be in that great of shape. The furthest we sprint at any given time is a block. You are to dress as the runners at the Running of the Bulls do…white pants, shirts and shoes with a red bandana.
If you choose a clown you have to be a happy friendly clown. Not like “It” or “John Wayne Gacy”. Costume materials are cheap and plentiful at the Dollar Store and 99Cent only stores.
The Mission is simple. We all meet at the Sierra Madre Villa station of the Gold Line before 2PM. Load your TAP card or buy RT fare totalling 3.50 for round trip. At that point we will be briefed and grouped…runners in one car and clowns in another. Catch a train to the Memorial Park Station by Holly Street and there the fun begins. Full details on FB.
Although I can’t help with a freebie…this promocode AUTOTRADER2014 good through 11/15 will get you discounted tickets good for admission 11/24-27.
I’ll try not to throw too many superlatives at the event, but this year I think they are going to be able to outdo what they’ve done the last several years.
On tap are 60 reveals for this show, 30 of which will be Global Reveals…or reveals for the first time anywhere for the global market. Those are always pretty spectacular as the manufacturers really want to get our attention.
In addition to the Green Car of the Year, Green Truck of the Year and Green Fleet of the Year awards are going to be awarded at this years Los Angeles Auto Show. Smell us…we’re really a big deal.
As always I’ll be there for press days and blogging what happens along with the oddities of the day that regular show goers don’t get to see. I’m even going to a few of the Manufacturer private after parties which are always fun. Last year Hyundai had Ziggy Marley as the entertainment and the wait staff was all dressed as zombies. Too. Much. Fun..
Who’s got two thumbs (and her index fingers, with which she primarily types, like a spazzy T-Rex on a typewriter) and is back in LA?!
Along these rhapsodic, elegiac and thrilled welcome-home lines I’m walking, here’s some songs to make you love your city again. Fall outta love? Don’t do what I do and leave. Or do…it might be what you need to appreciate it.
Rilo Kiley, Let Me Back In: link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXZR0rwhXvs
“From the Eastern seaboard, the landlocked Midwest
The Keys, the Alps, the Black Hills and Budapest
With my heart in a sling, tail between my legs a-swinging
I’m sorry for leaving
But when the palm trees bow their heads
No matter how wrong I’ve been
L.A., you always let me back in
And you can bury me when my body breaks
In the earth that created me, in the Golden State
By my mama and her brother and their mama too…”
And then there’s this one, by the Delta Spirit, for the folks I left behind in the South. ;)
I mean, this sorta already happened, and that fellow is now happily married, so….everybody come on out! Apparently I’m a great vector for changing your life. :P
(Yes, this post is enormously personal. Kevin Roderick may have a field day with this one. Or he may not, which will make me feel like a loser. Whateves.)
“I want you to move to California for yourself,
I want you to find whatever your heart needs,
I want you to move to California for yourself, but not for me.
I want you to go out there and find somebody else,
I want him to treat you like I know he should,
I want you to find somebody new for yourself, if not for me.
all of the feelings that I know you never felt,
and all of the simple words you never said,
I want you to keep them like a secret to yourself, they’re not for me.
I want you to wander silent past my outstretched arms,
I want you to hide yourself from all I see,
and though my heart will fight until its dying breath, you’re not for me.”
Also…I love the video for this one.
So, yeah. I’m back. We did hot dogs, we did donuts. What do you think should be next?
Sunday I met with the agents at GuerilLA Improv for what has the makings of an epic mission. Its “La Carrera de los Payasos”, literally “Running of the Clowns” a parody of the annual Running of the Bulls in Spain. Cool.
The mission dossier isn’t out yet. They do have a basic FB Page up now. I did walk the route and can tell you it took us less than 30 minutes with a lot of stops to discuss what would happen at each juncture. It will be short stints of running…something even my feeble old knees can handle.
There is a dress code. If you are a clown…you dress in happy clown attire, not scarey attire like “it”. If you are a runner you wear all white like the bull runners with a red bandana, sash or kerchief. Personally I’d love to see one of the runners in a white wedding dress being chased by the clowns down the street, but do I wish for too much?
If you want in message me so I can get you a full dossier when its ready. Join me for the first running of the clowns.
Pizza Rev is coming to K-town and its grand opening all proceeds go to helping the Los Angeles Animal Shelter, North Central Animal Shelter. The LA Animal Shelter serves local homeless and abandoned pets. The pizza deal is pretty sweet, you get a personal sized pizza and you pay what you want a the end for it (Suggested donation is $8). I absolutely love a local business that branches out and gives back to the community with each new location.
Adding to the fun is Social Media Sunday on October 12. All you have to do is “like” or “follow” them on facebook, instagram or twitter and show them your phone with the info and they will give you a free pizza! Such a deal. (Sorry they aren’t on ello).
I’ve written about Pizza Rev a few times already. Love the stuff…thin crispy Roman style pie you build yourself along an assembly line of friendly helpful Pizza Rev staff. They even have gluten free and vegan options! Do yourself a favor and pay them a visit if you are in the K-town area, you will be hard pressed to vind a better pizza for the money. Anywhere.
Deets: Pizza Rev grand opening 109/14, 11AM-10PM, 3150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90010
Press release if you are interested is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
Last night was the opening of 4000 Miles a pulitzer nominated play at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The play was so well executed and performed you didn’t neet an intermission. It ran a full Hour and Forty Five, but the time flew thanks the the simply amazing performances of Mimi Cozen as the grandmother Vera and Christian Prentice as the grandson Leo.
I’ll try not to give too much of the story line away or drop a spoiler. This is a drama with a lot of comedy included. Leo is a young man on a literal and metaphoric journey. Leo left Seattle on a bicycle with a friend who died tragically in an accident along the way. Leo arrived at his Grandmothers flat in New York at 3AM. The grandmother wasn’t expecting him and the first tiff started. During the course of this play Leo makes a new and stronger relationship with Vera. She wisely guides him through his problems and difficulties. Eventually they face a common sadness and he completes his bond with his grandmother.
Of course the supporting characters deserve mention here too. Bec, Leo’s girlfriend played by Alexandra Wright does a wonderful job of shedding light into Leo’s problems as well as allows us to learn more of Vera as she attempts to help her see her love for Leo and save that relationship. Bec in a way winds up being the hero that gives Leo the final push he needs to mend fences and move forward. Read the rest of this entry →
Pulitzer nominated play 4000 Miles makes it Los Angeles debut this weekend at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. I’ll be there for opening night and will report more detail on the production after I’ve seen it.
Of course I won’t let you just hang without a tease. The bit of info from the Sierra Madre Playhouse website:
When 21 year-old Leo shows up at his 91 year-old grandmother’s apartment in the West Village in New York City at 3 a.m. after biking 4000 miles across America neither expect it to be more than a one-night stay. But over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. This beautiful and funny play was called “the best play of the year” by Time Magazine and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2013.
You get more info oin the play and ordering tickets at their WEB SITE. Opening night is this weekend and there are some tickets left from what I have been told. The venue is perfect for this tupe of a play, big enough for a grand stage production but small enough that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Last Sunday was the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, and I hope I wasn’t the only one here that went to see it. I gave you 2 week warning after all. In my not so humble this car show was the best I’ve ever seen and well worth the cost of admission.
What you got was a tightly curated show, all beautifully and accurately restored autmobiles. The show was spread out over several holes at the Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes. Cars were grouped by theme, Woodies, Virgil Exner Design, Innovative Design, Import, Hot Rod etc.,. There was even a special section dedicated to first generation Mustangs that are now celebrating their 50th years in existence. Read the rest of this entry →