Fritz Coleman in “Defying Gravity” at Sierra Madre Playhouse May 6

Fritz Coleman, from Defying Gravity

Everyone once in a while I get a press release that sells out before I can even post it.  This is for a second show on Saturday May 6.  Act Fast as Fritz is fall out funny and sells out fast in this venue.

Fritz’s show is a hilarious look at life on the far side of 50 and one not to be missed.

The press release teaser: Fritz Coleman Returns to SMP – Again!! – Again!!! – Thanks to a gratifying response to our last E-Blast, Fritz will give a SECOND performance Saturday, May 6 at 6:30pm. of his expanded version of DEFYING GRAVITY, a humorous look at the far side of 50. Yes, we all have to face that sooner or later, and Fritz is bound to share some insights that make it fun, funny, and familiar. We all know Fritz as that nice NBC weatherman who has been appearing in our living rooms seemingly for ever; we’ve watched him grow up. Join us for this playhouse fun-raiser, an evening of wit and laughter, followed by a wine ‘n cheese meet ‘n greet in the lobby.

Tickets HERE or by calling the Sierra Madre Playhouse direct at 626-355-4318.  Note groups of 10 or more can get a 20% discount

 

Fabulous Fords Forever show this Sunday in Buena Park.

Yes I know Buena Park is in the OC, but this show started in Los Angeles and outgrew its humble beginnings several years ago when it grew to be the largest single Manufacturer show on the West Coast.  With over 2000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsel automobiles it will be huge event.

Details….Sunday April 30 2017 from 10AM to 3PM.  This show is well attended and the brand is well represented.  More information on their web site HERE.  MAP HERE.

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Can you help a family out?

Oscar Garcia remembered from Go Fund Me Page

Tragedy struck my little corner of L.A again Saturday night. Two young men were gunned down walking about  near a friends home.

Details are sketchy.  Both young men have no known “history” and were active in local sports.  One went to Monrovia High School, the other at Monrovia Canyon High School.

Sadly Oscar Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other simply known as “Christian” on social media is in critical but stable condition.

The community kids got together and held an impromptu memorial at the local Skate Park with the family present to share their stories of Oscar.

The Schools held memorials on campus today for the students.  Grief Counselors were on hand to help the students cope with the loss of a friend and classmate.

A gofundme has been established to help out the Garcia family with funeral expenses and a memorial.

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10th Annual Concorso Ferrari

Sunday I dragged myself out of bed early, not for a box of donuts, but to wander a mile or so up and down Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pas to admire 150, give or take, Ferrari’s. Some really rare and vintage were well represented.

There are more unfiltered raw jpeg in my Concorso Ferrari flickr album.

San Gabriel River is flowing deep this spring

San Gabriel River at the East and West Fork Junction, click to embiggen

All that glorious rain that fell this winter made a dent in the 9+ year old drought through out the Los Angeles Basin.   The impact of those rains is most evident in the San Gabriel Canyon.  Both major dams are way up…and where the river was a barely a trickle where the East Ford and West Fork of the San Gabriel River meet the water is at near historic highs.  All that water will eventually work its way down to recharging out depleted water tables.

To get there to see it and the wild flowers in bloom take the 210 towards Azusa, exit CA Highway 39 and head north into the Canyon.  Word of caution, grab your Adventure Pass at the Rangers station at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon to avoid a ticket for not having a permit.

Ferraris on Colorado returns to Old Town Pas Sunday 4/23

Mark you calendars.  The biggest Ferrari only show in Los Angeles will take place Sunday 4/23 in Old Town Pasadena. The show is limited to 150 cars. Officially known as the Concorso Ferrari will have a wonderful collection of vintage to nearly new Ferraris for you to ooh and ah over as you stroll Colorado Boulevard.

The cars start arriving as early as 7:30 and are all in place by the opening at 10AM.  You’re welcome to line up and watch them assemble and listen to the glorious roar that only a Ferrari tuned exhaust can make, just don’t expect to get up close and personal with the cars that early.  Note the show is over at 3PM.

Significant Ferraris from around the country will line Colorado Boulevard from Pasadena Avenue to Raymond Avenue.  Map Here

Pi day deals…your choice of pies

Slice o homemade pie

March 14 is National Pi Day, and Whole Foods Market is celebrating by offering $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizzas! This Pi Day deal is only valid on March 14 and available while supplies last. Varieties of pies and pizzas vary from store to store, but may include pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, vegan pizza and more. All pies and pizzas contain absolutely no hydrogenated fats, no bleached or bromated flours, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Selection varies by store and excludes frozen.

Of course Whole Foods isn’t the only place in town with a “Pi Day Deal”…what’s your favorite Pi Day Deal in the city?

“What Role Can We Play in Fighting Hate Online?” L.A. Event from the ADL Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community

Robert Kang
Robert Kang
The community is invited to a discussion on “What role can we play in fighting hate online?” sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community on Wednesday, February 15, at Google, 340 Main St. in Venice, at 7 p.m. There will be a NextGen-hosted happy hour following the program.

Speakers include Brittan Heller, ADL’s first Director of Technology and Society, and Robert Kang, Cyber Security Counsel and lecturer.

The ADL Asian Jewish Initiative is a partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.

The ADL NextGen community introduces ADL’s mission, policies and initiatives to new, youthful audiences and emerging community leaders.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required at:
this form or email [email protected]. Call 310-446-4232 with questions.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights agencies and is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all.

Santa Visits my ‘hood

The tradition continues in my little corner of suburban L.A…Santa visits every neighborhood in the town a section at time for a week until every kid has seen him.  What traditions in your corner of L.A do you treasure?

Happy Huladays at the Original Tiki Marketplace

huladaysPardon the play on words, but its fitting.  A Holiday sale for all things Tiki, retro Tiki and stuff with a modern twist.  Among the Artists there will be my favorite Tiki artists, L.A Area based artist noir-Rick Kess.  A low quality watermarked  example of Rick’s work is to the right for your reference.

More information can be had on their website.  This isn’t a free event, but the cost of admission get’s you a drink coupon…might I suggest something with a slice of pineapple or an umbrella as garnish?

Deets: Saturday December 3, 10AM-3PM Garden Grove Elks Lodge, 11551 Trask Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843  MAP HERE  Admission:$10- includes drink coupon

Street Seen: De-Greened

For as long as I’ve been traveling Jefferson Boulevard either by bike or car, I’ve bemoaned the bunkerfication of so many of the buildings that line it — especially those between Crenshaw and La Brea. Squat, brutal, mostly windowless boxes seemingly fortified to repel looters and rioters, there is little in the way of architectural significance or a demonstration of history, and there are little opportunities for beautification.

One of these fortresses I’ve long appreciated (going back to 2007) sits on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Victoria, one block west of Crenshaw. I’ve admired it because whoever owned it allowed it to become fully engulfed in a thriving foliage that they then kept properly manicured. In effect, making organic and giving life to what I assumed was just another soulless nondescript structure hidden beneath.

Sometime last year whatever business was operating within it vacated and For Sale signs were posted on the walls. Eventually those came down and then one day a couple months ago, I did a double-take, fully shocked when I found the massive amount of greenery had been removed down to the last leaf… as if overnight.

Much to my delight the building it had long hidden from view was not a featureless box but a beautiful relic, and in the weeks of finger-crossing that passed I was overjoyed to see a restoration at work. After it was completed I snapped this drive-by shot and went in vain searching through some of my old bike commute vids to see if I had a frame that would show it in its previous state. Nope.

Then it dawned on me to Google Streetview the location, and as such I’m at least able to illustrate to you the dramatic now and then. I hope you enjoy it (click to enlargify the images):

after before

L.A Auto Show opens today-what to look for

First up a must stop and see is the Nissan exhibits in the West Hall of the L.A Convention center.  Not only did they have the most outrageous press reveal in L.A Ever, they have a full size Tie fighter ala Star Wars to launch their limited edition Rouge One Star Wars Edition SUV on display.  The Rogue One is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and includes a full sized signed and numbered Death Trooper Helmet.  Details on how to get one can be had at the Nissan Answer Desk.

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen
Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

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Los Angeles Auto Show opens Friday

LA Auto Show Logo
LA Auto Show Logo

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

You’ve waited long enough Los Angeles. The 2016 LA Auto Show is back this week and bigger than ever. November 18-27 at the LA Convention Center.

Whether it’s new car shopping, learning about the latest auto tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides, there is something for everyone. Early entry tickets are available each Friday, online only, for a limited time. Buy Tickets HERE.

What to expect this year? Comparison car shopping, test drives, customized rides, games for the kids and a whole lot more. Plan your day and create your own experience at the 2016 LA Auto Show.  Know before you Go!

They’ve changed up their bag policy this year, much more restrictive so be aware and plan in advance. The LA Auto Show has implemented a new bag policy for 2016. All bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12” x 15” x 6” will NOT be allowed inside the show. All bags will be subject to screening/security check.  Bag Policy Info.

Inglewood Open Studios art tour this weekend 11/12-13

Its a big deal, the 10th anniversary of the Inglewood Open Studio tours where artists open up their studio to appreciators of great art and hopefully future collectors of their art.

Map and details of the Inglewood Open Studios tour, click to embiggen
Map and details of the Inglewood Open Studios tour, click to embiggen

The studios are open Noon to 5PM daily and there is a free shuttle you can grab to see them all.  In particular track down Luke and Ginger VanHook in the Beacon Building.

DEETS: November 12 and 13, Noon to 5PM. Inglewood CA