What is L.A. Auto Show press days without a manufacturer party or two? My absolute favorite is the Hyundai party. Again this year at the Hotel Figueroa a few blocks from the show itself.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Yes, they were our live entertainment. Nearly shat myself when they were announced to be our entertainment for the evening. Tons of fun, she hasn’t lost her edge. Totally fun night.
Legendary Angelyne’s legendary Corvette’s legendary parking job in 2009.
For years, blogging.la has served as a clearinghouse for photos of rude parkers, most often committing the sin of parking across the line and taking up two precious parking spots. Unfortunately, beyond posting the photo along with some snark and overhyped indignation, there was never the full satisfaction of knowing whether or not the “parking turd”* ever saw them publicly shamed.
We immediately thought of the satisfaction that would result from being able to tell a driver what a complete idiot he is. Imagine being able to inform someone about the rules of the road or just about plain parking etiquette.
Yes, IMAGINE! Not only can we post photos online of these human embarrassments, we can then text them to let them know they’ve been suitably shamed on social media. Read the rest of this entry →
Day 1 of L.A. Auto Show Press Days did not disappoint
Toyota’s Sponge Bob Tribute minivan
Of all the truly amazing things at this years L.A. Auto Show this one stopped me in my tracks and I thought wtf. Prolly the best use of a minican ever. If you want to see what Toyota is really capable of check out their FT1 concept. Vette…they have your number and are gonna kick you square in the crotch.
Went to our fave 24-hour taco shop, Casa de Tacos, hidden in a small strip mall at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Wyandotte in Canoga Park. It is SO GOOD to enjoy real Latino-style tacos after three years of Georgia tacos. Got me some lengua and some tripas, for the ultimate in all I had missed.
Then I saw the sticker affixed to the side of the napkin dispenser, and I knew…the taco gods want me home.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is breaking tradition and bringing in a new play for the Holidays. “A Little House Christmas” premieres on Friday November 28, 2014 and I don’t want the play to get lost in the holiday busy shuffle. Carve out some time and bring the fam to what promises to be another marvelous production by the Sierra Madre Playhouse.
The play as you might guess is based on the “Little House” books done by American author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book has been adapted for theatre by James DeVita.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse presentation of A Little House Christmas is directed by Emily Chase. Her cast includes (in alphabetical order) Jolie Adamson, Pamela Daly, Jeff Doba, Jim Harnagel, Eric Charles Jorgensen, Fletcher Kamal, Valerie Rose Lohman, Andrew Stock, Hannah Victoria Stock and Amy Tolsky. UCLA musicologist Lyndsey Strand-Polyak is the production’s consultant on music of the ear, which will include vibrant fiddle and guitar playing as well as lively dance.
Are you ready? I know I am. Press Pass in hand I’ll be doing nothing but press events and shooting hundreds of amazing concept and production autos coming our way Press Days 11/19-20/2014.
Thursday evening 11/20/2014 is the Preview Party. It does cost you, but the proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum’s music education programs. I did this event a few years ago and its simply amazing. Great food and booze all over the place. Meander through the event, meet the Manufacturers reps that are there for Press Days and really get to know about the cars. If you’ve got $275 per person to spare its worth it and its for a great cause. Of course since this is a non-profit organization a portion of your ticket is tax deductible.
Friday 11/21/2014 the Show will open to the public. You can buy your tickets direct HERE.
Starting on Wednesday I’ll be posting pics from my cell phone through the day. That evening the entire days worth of images will be uploaded to flickr. Thursday I repeat the process with the addition of driving “green cars” and that days shoot will be posted up for consumption late in the day and Friday. By Friday I’ll be posting stories here and on SoCalAutoBlog.
Thanksgiving this year is a bigger challenge than ever according to my friends at the Foothill Unity Center. They feed literally hundreds of families every month, but this Holiday will be their toughest for a variety of reasons. Last year they fed 1,000 families. I won’t dwell on the “why’s” but will give you some ways to help.
First up is the “Put The Fork in Hunger” food drive in Pasadena to benefit the food banks at the Foothill Unity Center. This food drive is going on NOW and all the details are in the link to their FB Page. In short bring your non-perishable food items to 200 Bellafontaine Plaza and they will get it to the Foothill Unity Center to include in their packages for needy families.
The Foothill Unity Center needs a ton of help, not just food, but toys for the Christmas party they will hold as well. This takes thousands of volunteer hours to get ‘er done. They hneed help sorting food, making family packages and distribution to the families itself. Sign up to volunteer HERE.
Snap to Grid show from the archives…click to embiggen
Yes, you read that right. Rex Bruce the owner of the LACDA prints and shows every single piece of digital art and digital photography that is submitted for this show. This is like close to its 10th year he is doing this. There is no jury you simply submit your work. There is no limit to subject matter or how many images you show. Just put your best foot forward as LACDA culls future artists for its big shows from these submissions.
I love this show as its a wonderful snap shot of the world as seen by digital artists and photographers at this moment in history. There is no curation, but as a whole it tells a wonderful story of where we are artistically.
A crowd estimated at 75-200 folks is marching along Hollywood and Highland area. Twitter @Hollywood311 has been giving out info as far as where they are and what they’re doing.
What is unclear is what they are protesting. Appears to be disorganized. One person commented that its in protest of some sort of alleged police brutality in the area recently. The consistent theme I’m seeing is that LAPD is trying to keep them off the streets to minimize traffic disruptions.
Anyone have details on the beef? On why they insist on inconveniencing others? If so sound off in the comments.
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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.