Thursday December 5, 2013
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery's (LAMAG) curator/director Scott Canty found inspiration in everything from David Alfaro Siqueiros' 'América Tropical' mural on Olvera Street to the epic Watts Towers, when he put together the show 'Size Really Does Matter.'
The exhibition--up through January 5, 2014--shines the spotlight on public art as perhaps no other art locale can, with its 10,000 square feet of space.
The LA-centric group show features large-scale pieces like sculptures, paintings and video installations by burgeoning artists, in the spirit of the aforementioned local works and others.
LAMAG is located in the magical Barnsdall Art Park on Hollywood Blvd. between Los Feliz and Little Armenia.
Related: Legendary East Side Fringe Art Mecca La Luz de Jesus
Photo of Watts Towers: Hulton Archive/Staff/Getty Images
Tuesday December 3, 2013
In the wake of the accidental death of The Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker in a car accident in Southern California over the weekend, celebrities have taken to social media to express their grieving and condolences.
Here's what some of them are saying:
Vin Diesel: "If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here. If he could see for himself that [you have] shown my brother love."
Goldie Hawn: "Our family mourns the loss of Paul. A very special Human being. Our prayers go his beloved family."
James Franco: "Much love to Paul Walker. So sad. He gave a lot of joy."
James van der Beek: "Thoughts and prayers tonight are with Paul Walker's friends and family, especially his little girl. So sad. Very heavy heart tonight."
Ryan Phillippe: "Paul was a good dude. Conscientious and not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life and lived like it. Nice to know you brotha."
Reese Witherspoon: "So sad to hear about Paul Walker. He was a pleasure to work with, a true gentleman and a humble soul. Prayers and love to his family."
Alyssa Milano: "No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy."
Neil Patrick Harris: "Such sad news about Paul Walker! It's so tragic and crazy how things can just end so suddenly. My condolences to his family."
Carson Daley: "Sick about the tragic loss of Paul Walker. I enjoyed our time together very much. Such a really nice guy"
Related: Celebrity Culture in Los Angeles
Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Andre Luis
Saturday November 30, 2013
How does LA's fringe art community stay connected? Not by something as mainstream as Facebook (well, maybe for some). The resounding answer: by attending Billy's Saturday Night Community Social.
Taking place at LA's East Side alternative art Mecca, La Luz de Jesus gallery, this sporadic event is happening again next Saturday, December 7th from 8 to 11 p.m. The free-styling salon night will feature a mixed bag of tricks: from spoken word and musical variety shows to truly strange and wonderful performances.
The evening is all ages and the best part--for all of you struggling artists out there--is that there's no entrance charge. Musical talent on the bill include: The Groovy Rednecks and Best Western (who will perform The Hangmen's songs).
And what fringe community salon would be complete without a fire dancer, a juggling comedian and a burlesque dancer? This one will pull out all the stops. So if you haven't been to La Luz or are looking for an excuse to revisit the funky creative space, this is it, folks.
Related: The Story of La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz
Flyer Image Courtesy of La Luz de Jesus
Thursday November 28, 2013
When all the turkey and stuffing have been consumed, the family debates have gone silent and the food comas have worn off, what will you be doing post-Thanksgiving to get off your butt and move into action?
On Sunday, the Turkey Dash is on. It's a 5k, 10k, 15k, or half marathon, taking place in Van Nuys.
Starting Saturday, the LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon at JW Marriott at L.A. Live will be offering Angelenos the best of both worlds with a 'Supper and Skate' promotion through January which includes a three-course prix fixe menu and tickets to the nearby L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza.
On the dietary side of life, consider a new daily menu for the new year. I personally have gone pescetarian for a few months. You can also go raw, and learn more about raw foods by booking your ticket early for the Raw Living Expo, which takes place in Thousand Oaks from January 31, 2014 to February 2nd.
Or you can happily ignore all of the above until New Year's Eve when you make your LA-style New Year's Resolutions.
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