Walk around downtown and try and take a peek at the smaller renovations going
on. In one of the Anjac Fashion Buildings,
currently used for fashion studios and distribution space,
architecural details became uncovered when the typical white acoustical
tile ceiling was dismantled.
Local Does Good. The South Central L.A. raised and USC theater Alumus Forest Whitaker will now have "Best Actor" or "Oscar" next to his name on all future key art. Ready for Downtown Closeup: The front of the Los Angeles Theater looked stately as it opened the Barbara Walters Oscar Special. So did the lobby. ". . . not quite your local megaplex." said Walters at the end of the broadcast with the camera pulling back showing the majestic staircase and chandelier. She's not going, Simon: The interview with Jennifer Hudson was held in the Palace Theater where portions of Dreamgirls was filmed. For real coverage, go to: Oscar Telecast review via Variety . . .Hollywood Reporter's Ray Richmond does play by play . . .Noticed the "paparazzi" backstage as presenters went on stage and winner off stage? Here's a few shots from the LATimesNext Year: Here's a trailer for something filmed Downtown that will voted "highest profile of filming done downtown that caused biggest fear of traffic" . Look for the helicopter in the Historic Core Live Free or Die Hard
The Los Angeles Theater gets dressed up for Oscar Night. The sign was looking great at night until half the marquee went dark. As for the Oscars, in 24 hours we will know if it was a Dream or the Year of the Bore.
The Year of the Boar marks the 108th Golden Dragon Parade held
Saturday in Downtown L.A.s Chinatown. Here, special guests sent by
Magic Mountain give a thumbs-up at the parades start. At Ord and Broadway, the main dragon starts the last leg of the parade .
Two of a Kind: Artist/printmaker/daughter Sonia Romero with Chicano artist/muralist/father, Frank Romero, opening night of their "first official show" held Friday evening at Self Help Graphics.
Debuting is a collaborative print (seen in back) that uses iconic
images familiar in each others separate word and presented as a "family
It's billed as the "first official show" since a family art sale
is held each year at Frank Romero's studio. This exhibit runs until March 16 at
The Brooklyn Gallery at Galerias Otra Vez
Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc.
February 23-March 16
Frank Romero and Sonia Romero
"2nd Edition" A Father/Daughter Print Retrospective
ELF is an Echo Park organic vegetarian cafe that's been opened for only three months and is doing well. Not being from the organic vegan tribe––I only found it because there was a parking spot out front and I wanted to make a dash to the Burrito King for a very non organic, non-vegan item.
HE-WAS-THERE: If your fate was to bump into the man behind a popular Los Angeles architecture website, the chance meeting has to take place at a venerable Downtown location and the Historic LA Gods would make it the hallowed dining room at Philippes. Here's Martin Schall, the creator of you-are-here.com, taking a break from his "hobby" of photographing L.A, sitting on a stool at one of those tall large brown tables like a real Angeleno. A long way from Germany: This trip was busier than his previous visits to Los Angeles as Martin is a new found media darling. The most honored "Angeleno who is not really a resident" was interviewed this week by the Los Angeles Times and KPCC's Patt Morrison that will "introduce" Schall and his website to a new audience of L.A. History buffs.
Open with a Bang: Anything in LA that has been been around for 108 years deserves a mention. Leading a small march of art listings is the 108th Golden Dragon Parade this Saturday in Chinatown with a morning parade and an afternoon festival.
Write to Fight: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (152 North Central Ave) re-opens March 4 with "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution". A blog style website that supports the show, and be a spot to post POV on those same issues, launches this Friday.
Right to Fight: If the feminists have anything to say, we know who would win this ongoing battle of genders at Art Murmur Gallery. Battle of the Sexes continues to exhibit work" between the artists and based on gender. Which gender is the better artist? The public will decide." There's some solid figurative work on display –- but I won't say what gender.
5 Models Afloat Art Inspired by the LA River Clusters at Gallery 727 continues until March 17, but a fundraiser and mixer is this Friday, at 8pm. You get to Q&A Councilman Ed Reyes.
Self-Help Graphics has a Father-Daughter print retrospective exhibit called 2nd Edition, with Frank and Sonia Romero. Opening Night is this Friday, February 23.
Abstract Expression Fine Art and Sculpture and is view through March 5 at the Continental Building Gallery, 408
S. Spring St.(at 4th) (213) 458-3735 or downtownartwalk.com. Dale Youngman curates. Wed-Fri from 2:30- 6pm. Dangerous Curve continues it's music series, Sunday, February 25 with Igor Grigoriev, improvisational jazz guitarist.
More Down the Road: At the Mark Taper Forum, Edward Albee's "Who' Afraid of Virgina Wolf" with Katheleen Turner and Bill Irwin ends March 18. 12 Angry Men with RIchard Thomas and George Wendt opens March 28.