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?
Pardon 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
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):
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.
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.
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.
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
If this isn’t already on your bucket list, add it now. This has got to be one of the most iconic ironic farcical parades on the planet. ITs everything that the Rose Parade isn’t. Its sarcasm and parody and political rolled into one fun hour of floats and “bands” in East Pasadena.
The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2016 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 20th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.
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Opening on Friday November 18 and running until December 23rd is Sierra Madre Playhouses production of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “A Little House Christmas”. I saw the production of A Little House Christmas two years ago and was captivated by the quality of the acting and the sets. Under the direction of Alison Eliel Kalmus this time around I expect the play will be every bit as fun and enchanting as it was two years ago. This is a play is really beautifully done and suitable for families with elementary age students, especially during weekend matinees.
For those of you who haven’t ventured out to see a production at the Sierra Madre Playhouse this is a must do on your bucket list. Its a beautiful old theater that has 99 seats and every one is a great seat in the house. They are a 99 Seat Theater non-profit organization that produces quality plays based on the American Story and Experience. I’m always amazed by what they do.
For more information and to buy tickets visit Sierra Madre Playhouse web site.
Deets: November 18-December 22, weekends, time vary so consult the calender. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024, 626-355-4318
Get your tickets now to attend this years Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual it will be at the Convention Center and this year promises big changes that will make it bigger and better than before. This year’s press days promises over 50 World and North American premiere’s for the show goers to ooh and ah over.
The really big news is that Kenetia Hall is going to be better organized and renamed “The Garage” to really showcase custom rides and tricks to upgrade your own car.
Press Days this year have been renamed to be more descriptive of the 4 days prior to public opening. Now called Auto Mobility it focuses on the future of transportation beyond just the automobile but how solutions now are being worked on for denser populated cities of the future. These exhibits will be open to the public as “Go-Movement” during public days…you just miss on the actual press presentation.
Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE. I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.
Parking is pricey $20 for the day so be prepared to pay the price of admission. Traffic around the convention center is circus like during the show and I again have a recommendation to work around that problem. Use the Expo or Blue line and exit at the Pico station for a quick 2 block walk to the convention center.
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
This weekend is it. The 53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. As always its held in Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. This year there are 50 fine artists showcasing their art as well as local non-profits sharing what they do in the community.
There will be live and DJ provided entertainment all weekend at Celebrate the Arts. There will also be Food Trucks. Saturday will feature Pie and Burger, and My Delight Cupcakery. Sunday will feature Austyn Premier Hamburgers and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream.
New this year to add to the fun and excitement is a BEER GARDEN. All proceeds from the sale of fine craft beer from Pacific Plate Brewery goes to MAFA to help with various community art projects and events during the year.
If you have kids, bring them along as there will be ample for them to do. One of the sponsors, ChapCare is having a coloring contest. Another local business is sponsoring the Youth Chalk Art Competition on Saturday. Please note that this year because of anticipated rain and wet sidewalks Friday and Sunday the competitive Chalk Painting has been cancelled.
Additionally the Friends of the Library will be holding an Art and Collectibles Book Sale on Saturday during the show.
Deets. Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE
*3rd Annual Running of the Clowns
Looking for a break from the rhetoric and vitriol of the election season? If so be in Old Pasadena Sunday 10/23 3PMish for the silliness that is the Running of the Clowns. Yes, the parody of the running of the bulls with funny clowns is taking place next Sunday in Old Town Pasadena. After the fun and excitement in the alleys and byways of Old Pasadena the crew will meet up for debriefing at Lucky Baldwins.
Want to be a runner or a clown? Rules are simple Dress in white with a big bold Red sash as a runner. Be a funny lovable clown and you can join in the fun that way. Full dossier can be found on GuerilLA Facebook page.
Parking in Old Town is kind of a bummer and expensive when you find it so consider using the Metro Gold Line and taking it to Memorial Station…the official location of the start of the Running of the Clowns.
Video by me from the first running of the clowns in 2014.
Get yer trucker hats on and head on over to Stub Hub in Carson for the Nissan Titan Driving Adventure this weekend 10/1-2. What you get is a chance to run the new Titan in a couple of different trims through its paces on a slalom course and burn off some rubber in the process. AND you get to go on a simulated off-road course and marvel at the technology Nissan packed into the trucks. Hills…not a problem from “zero gravity” seats that are support and comfy to tech like “Auto Hill Hold and Descent control its some pretty amazing stuff Nissan packed into the trucks. Even if you aren’t in the market for a truck, its fun to slog them around a track or closed off-road course and see what they can do.
For anyone that that thinks an Asian Car Show would be a niche market, think again. They even charged admission and people lined up for blocks at the Queen Mary yesterday to see it. A crowd as diverse as all of Los Angeles was there for great cars and a trip down memory lane. Something some would think not possible when these cars first started selling here in the 60s and 70s given the “buy ‘murican” attitude of the time. A lot has changed and to say they are mainstream and dominant is an understatement. Hence this show was also the Los Angeles debut for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Read the rest of this entry →
Mark your calendars for something a little bit different. Galpin Auto in the Valley is hosting a car show. Not just any car show, but one dedicated to rare custom automobiles of all makes. There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for the whole family to see and enjoy!
The show will take place Sunday September 18 from 10AM-2PM at Galpin Auto. Their address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys 91343. This show is FREE to the public. More information here at the FB Page.