Oh, man. I had all these plans to leave the Westside to meet a few folks and try out CorkBar’s Test Kitchen Tuesdays special (tonight’s $2 test kitchen plate: braised oxtail with parsley risotto) and then I came across this. The LA Times helpfully warns us that the convergence of normal rush hour traffic, the Lakers’ season opener at Staples Center, and the premiere of the Michael Jackson movie This Is It at LA Live likely will result in a nightmare for anyone headed in the general vicinity of downtown tonight. Shucks. To CorkBar, I’ll have to say what I’ve been saying to people more and more often lately: maybe next week. Maybe.
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One of my stock events for visiting friends is to take them to the Glendale Forest Lawn cemetery, a short drive from where I live in Silver Lake. It’s a serene setting with towering shade trees, usually very empty, with views that look out over Glendale to the San Gabriel Mountains.
It has it’s restrained yet overwrought kitsch in the guise of a full-size replica of Michaelangelo’s statue of David (carved from Carrara marble from the same quarry as the original); a stained glass reproduction of Da Vinci’s Last Supper; and something called The World’s Largest Painting, a.k.a. The Crucifixion, that measures 195 by 45 feet and is housed in an enormous square building with a church facade. There’s also The World’s Second Largest Painting, The Resurrection, in the same building and they are both unveiled from behind a huge curtain in an auditorium presentation with darkened lights and rumbling narration. Read the rest of this entry →
July 13, 2009 in Politics
As the battle heats up over who should foot the bill for the Michael Jackson memorial held last week at the Staples Center, the Mayor returned from vacation to throw in his 2 cents.
Today, he spoke with reporters, while his press secretary, Angry Matt Szabo, tweeted from the sidelines:
Mayor just told reporters he will not ask AEG or the Jackson family to cover city expenses for Michael Jackson memorial.
Mayor: Los Angeles is a “world class city.” Providing police and fire protection is “what we do.”
Good to know.
Should a member of your family pass on, rest assured that the LAPD will clear a lane on the freeway for your procession – free of charge.
For everyone in L.A. who has complained about taxpayer money going toward the Michael Jackson Memorial, Mayor Villaraigosa has officially resorted to begging for money. (I’ve seen people on Twitter asking how a bankrupt state like California can afford this. It can’t, but California is not footing the bill, the City of Los Angeles is. And no, L.A. can’t afford it either.)
As an L.A. resident, I, for one, am totally OK with that (the begging, not the footing of the bill). Since us L.A. folks have basically already paid for this, I’d ESPECIALLY love it if non-Angelenos would step up and pitch in. That’s right… not only can you honor the King of Pop, your donations are also tax-deductible! (Click here for the PayPal link)
Want to snail mail your check in?
Donations are being accepted to help defray the costs of providing public safety, traffic control and related costs associated with the Michael Jackson Memorial at the Staples Center. Please submit your donations by check payable to: “City of Los Angeles”.
Donation Mailing Address:
Room 255, City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All donations are tax-deductible.
If you’re a Michael fan, consider giving a small donation to help us celebrate his extraordinary life and music.
PS – Jackson Family, my sincerest condolences for your loss, but please step forward to help foot some of these bills. That goes for you, too, AEG — you stand to make a ton with all the footage from those rehearsal videos at Staples Center, as well as any tribute concerts that are yet to come. Seriously, help a financially strapped city out. It’s not just the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense, as well.
June 26, 2009 in History
A new King had been crowned in the world of music. He taught us how to walk on the moon and expanded our lyrical vocabulary. He inspired us to to wear zippers that had no function.
A look-a-like contest was held in Hollywood for his legions of fans. The year was 1984.