As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find. The artists are there to talk to you about their art. The music if lively and adds to the entertainment. The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12. The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.
Deets. Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE
If you are a collector of vintage comic books, those going back 25-50 years this is the place to be this Sunday in the Valley. Oic your favorite super hero and or action figure comic character and find them in the stacks of goodies at this show.
There will be numerious vendors and exhibits as well as 8 comic book celebrities and/or Hollywood types gracing the show with their expertise in the minutiae of that business. Make not mistake about it, this is an art form and is celebrated at this convention.
They have a facebook page that the randomly update with information on the happenings that will take place Sunday at the convention. With nearly 2.5K followera this is shaping up to be a do not miss.
Deets: San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention. Sunday March 13, 10AM-4PM 11128 BALBOA BLVD, GRANADA HILLS, CA 91344 MAP HERE Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE!!!
How cool is this. A charity that helps people here in the SGV and is near and dear to my heart got a big help from the Helpful Honday Guys. The publicity for the brand aside, its nice to see Torrance based Honda and its local dealers step up and help the entire community they do business in. This is what a good corporate citizen does. Thanks Honda.
This story in today’s Los Angeles Times (link) explores the incident from which I derived a foundation-level disdain for Donald Trump, and I, like much of 1989 Los Angeles, was only all too relieved when his proposed tower plan was killed.
It’s understandable given Trump’s recent and meteoric rise as a politician that the article’s tone is chest-thumpy about how he “got schooled,” but still it’s interesting (and disappointing) given the ultimate loss of the Ambassador Hotel. The irony, of course, is that at the time of the clash the subtext of the LAUSD’s efforts to build public opinion against the project wasn’t just how distasteful it was for Trump to erect a quarter-mile phallic monument to himself, but that the Ambassador deserved the far better fate of being preserved and repurposed as a school, rather than razed in vein for so vain an endeavor.
Here’s a surprise: Turned out school and civic officials were rather disingenuous in their commitment to preserving the historic landmark. And while one could well argue that the new school there now is better than a giant tool and how, what we’ve learned a quarter-century after Donald’s failed deal is that the Ambassador was doomed to be collateral damage either way.
Last night was the sneak preview blogathon at the Sierra Madre Playhouse for “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story by Truman Capote. This is a musical with live musicians, not canned sound tracks.
I was captured from the get go with this play. The performances by the cast were engaging and brought the story to life. To avoid spoilers I’ll not give away too much of the plot or story line. The setting is a man’s boyhood home and sequences between the now and his boyhood spent in rural Alabama raised by cousins in the depression. The story is about a man returning “home” after being gone a long time for the funeral of a cousin who raised him. Its an interesting story of familial love and bonding, with adventures and making fruitcake.
The latter is central to the story and the song “Fruitcake Weather” is lively and just adds to the story line. Young Buddy (Ian Branch) and Sook (Diane Kelber) have a bond that is magical and plays out well on stage.
The music gets a big round of applause, but one of the best sequences in the production is when the cast breaks out the ukelele’s and busts out into song. Fun, well done and did I mention fun?
To read more about the cast and production team visit their website HERE. The Sierra Madre Playhouse has another hit on its hands here. The play has already sold out for Friday and Saturday night its opening weekend. You can still get tickets for Sunday and the remaining dates (the play closes December 27) via the Playhouse HERE.
Deets Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA
Tip of the hat to my friend Darlene Powells over at KCBS for finding and sharing this video from artist Vadim Tereshchenko. It took over 2 years of a few frames at a time to produce the final product. What a truly beautiful city we are.
Hat tip to my facebookie friend Will Campbell for this righteous find. Los Angeles, the good the bad the ugly and the truly magnificent in a drone’s eye view. How cool is this. And if you have ample bandwidth you can watch without buffering full screen.
This is going to be a fun event. Terrific even. Its about creating art, some adult refreshements (booze) and hors d’oeuvres to nourish your body and loosen up the creative spirit you bottle up daily while chained to your cube. Its about learning to express yourself in a media other than words.
The teacher this round is Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield, the featured artist at Monrovia Association of Fine Art’s annual Celebrate the Arts held in September. Elizabeth is an amazing mixed media artist. She takes bits of material, paper, what have you, tears in itty bitty bits and applies it to a canvas where it suddenly becomes a beautiful painting. She will teach you do the same in the First class held on May 30
The last time this was done at the Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery in Monrovia it sold out fast. The teacher made the class exceptionally fun and everyone walked away with a piece of art to hang in their cube to remind themselves they can do it. I can’t stress enough…sign up early and don’t miss this fun event.
I can’t begin to tell you the fun I have at Press Days for the L.A. Auto Show. Yes, its a lot of work but a lot of fun is interspersed during it too. You get to meet some really interesting people from all over the world, both media and manufacturer types. The reveals are 20 minutes long and 5 minutes apart. You have two choices…hustle to each or pick and chose the ones you want to stake out and really see. I always take the latter approach and have time to photo the exhibits with minimal people in the way.
Most of the manufacturers have some sort of refreshment set up. Audi and Porsche each set up pop-up restaurants with free wifi. Jaguar did a nice cafe this year too. However, hands down my favorite was the food trucks AND beer truck at the Nissan stand. Yes. A beer truck dispensing ice cold beer, ipa and ale from Stone Brewing. I had a nice cold glass of Arrogant Bastard thank you very much.
There are tons of other things going on during Press Days as well. There are receptions and happy hours. Notable ones were for the Design LA and Aftermarket Halls at the show. There is also the opportunity to get in and drive cars, mostly green cars on the last day (Thursday). Continue reading Press Days of the LA Auto Show→
So some 18 million of us in the greater L.A. area can’t be wrong about the famed In-n-Out burger. Food and Wine just named it one of the best burgers in the country. The only “chain” to make the list.
For my daughter and Son-in-law no trip “home” is complete without a trip to In-n-Out. There is much discussion on which version we prefer, I’m a purest and go for the regular cheese burger as does my daughter, the SIL likes it animal style. What’s your preference?
Don’t even argue with me: Sergio Leone‘s Once Upon a Time in the West is the best film ever made. Leone got together with fellow Italian filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, studied some of the greatest Westerns (High Noon, The Searchers, etc.), including their locations and iconic shots, and came up with a film that is simultaneously a parody of and loving homage to the Western genre. You’ll see things that are subconsciously familiar, like dusters and Monument Valley, and things that are deliciously unfamiliar, like Henry Fonda as one of the meanest villains ever to grace the screen.
And hopefully you’ll see it all this Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, as part of the American Cinematheque film series. Of course, that part about Once Upon a Time being the greatest film ever made is subjective, but don’t seriously call yourself a movie lover or film buff until you’ve seen this classic.
Ever since I saw this plumbing truck with its slogan “The Smell Good Plumber!” driving in the Culver City area, I’ve wanted to snap a photo of it. Finally, I had my chance the other day as I ended up behind the truck while we were stopped at a red a light. I guess that’s the plumbing equivalent of camping out for a new iPhone, and thus I call it good marketing!
One of my pleasures of living in the relatively dry SoCal climate is our thriving classic car culture. Part of that culture will be on display this Saturday, as downtown Culver City hosts its “Crusing Back to the 50s“ car show right out on Culver and Washington Blvds. from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. I was there four years ago, and it was loads of fun.
In addition to a selection of over 400 classic cars, expect to see some of the world’s most famous tv show custom cars and their creator, George Barris (Batmobile, Munster Koach, etc.). There will be food, music, and car-related merchandise on hand as well. Oh, and did I mention that admission to the show is free?