Promotors for FUSE drinks took a spot at Fiesta Broadway and brought 480 cases of product to pass out. By noon, the last two bottles were gone. Others vendors are still going strong, and lines for giveaways can be seen up and down Broadway.
Slightly distributing to hear are the multiple reports that Loft Appeal's Ron Senger was taken to Good Samaritan for treatment. Reports are he was in an altercation with four Fiesta Broadway "staff" whose trucks were blocking access to his just west of Broadway business.
LAPD on site is reporting it is being investigated and do not have any word if an arrest was made.
Of course, it will be a topic of discussion for a while. Or at least for now, as Rich of Angelenic and I chatting away as we watch the Fiesta Broadway crowd from inside siptea.
A quick note to introduce a new series at the The New York Times called "Ask About New York City’s Community Murals" that began when a reader asks what "were common images and themes that appear frequently in
Community murals continually bring attention to the need for social
justice, decent and affordable housing, better education and health
care, and improved community/police relations. From the 1970s to the
present, murals have offered images of residents demonstrating, raised
fists and picket signs that define and demand solutions to pressing
problems. The “community” is also shown actively intervening to rectify
prevalent adverse conditions.
Symbols of community concerns recur across the decades: the black
power salute, hands clasped in solidarity, chains locked and sometimes
broken, gentrifying bulldozers at the ready, unchecked flames, the
grasping octopus, the dollar sign, and impersonal machines and symbols
West Coast Sighting: Of course, the tradition of "people's art" carrying themes of community rebelling reached an apex with Shepard Fairey's Obama/HOPE series. Now there's a grassroots campaign appearing around the Arts District that has a muddy meaning. The intent isn't clear, and the idea of white face also brings up images of racism. The poster FOXNews is bound to love is after the jump.
No telling if lowrider bikes will be in play. Bicyclists will kick off Car-Free Friday, that's tommorrow, at MacArthur Park. "City of Lights program targets Latino cyclists with a bicycle ride from MacArthur Park to City Hall". (Friday, April 24, at 8 a.m.)
Architecture photographer, you-are-here.com publisher, and long distance honorary Angeleno Martin Schall gets a nice write up at PC Photo online.
You probably can’t learn from
him how to photograph architecture, or how to take better travel
photos, or even how to get published. Yet he does all these things
amazingly well. The main thing you can learn from Schall is how to
photograph what you love, for nothing but immense personal satisfaction.
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“I’m so used to what I do,” he says, “I don’t spend time thinking about
it. I don’t press the button if I don’t think I’ll get a decent
picture. I shoot pictures as if on a shooting range—hold my breath and
press the button, a good way to prevent shaking. I sometimes use a
tripod after sunset, but I usually use objects like parking meters, by
night. I walk around until I find my perfect spot. If I compare old
photos with the new photos of the same building, I sometimes wonder,
‘But they’re exactly the same.’ I wait for up to 20 minutes to avoid
cars—I don’t like to have cars included, my weak point—or I come back
on Sundays, which are always great for less traffic, especially
downtown. If nothing works, I’ll be back next year.”
The article reports Schall may miss his annual visit to Los Angeles.
Some reporters from the L.A. Weekly are known to call City Hall staffers and
whisper promises that they are working on articles that will carry a human interest angle,
then go the opposite direction in print. Earlier
this year, an undisclosed outside downtown council member staffer told me one such
reporter called around saying "No, really, this article isn't going to
be a 'hit job'. It's about what council people do in their off time."
That article ended up "Should L.A. City Council Agree to Slash it's $178,789 Salaries."
Now they have a lengthy article that's touted as another example of City Council's lack of transparency.
As "The Soloist" opens April 24, journalists are finding angles in the
story of the friendship between a big city journalist and a troubled
homeless musician. For many mental health is the subtext. Some say it's
a last celebration of the power of newspapers.
At the 79th Annual Blessing of the Animals, Cardinal Roger Mahony took some time to personally greet Ventura, a snake who is now a regular at the ceremony presented by the Olvera Street Merchants. Safe to say, caged hamsters and mice were decidedly cautious when they spotted the yellow boa constrictor passing by. No unfortunate incidents were reported.
The Los Angeles Times Culture Monster reviews "New Works by Murray Mednick" (now playing at Arts District Art ShareLA):
Playwright Murray Mednick is a veteran innovator who, some 30-plus
years into his career, remains dedicated to shaking up the theatrical
format. Much of Mednick’s work (“Joe and Betty,” “Mrs. Feuerstein”)
tries to bridge the chasm between savagery and creativity -- Beethoven
and Nazism. That preoccupation, in recent years, has led Mednick into a
pointed exploration of the Jewish identity, the existential angst of a
people who have often tumbled into the gap between civilization and
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By contrast, “Clown Show for Bruno” initially plays like pure
burlesque. In the play, three mime/clowns, Emilio (Daniel A. Stein),
Jacko (Bill Celentano) and Cleo (Kali Quinn, alternating with Dana
Wieluns), reenact the true story of Bruno Schulz, a Polish writer and
artist killed by the Nazis. In Guy Zimmerman’s perfectly syncopated
staging, the gifted performers cavort like commedia players at a street
festival. But the mood soon shifts from the frantic to the funereal.
It’s a cunning setup intended to take us off guard and make us
experience the horror afresh. It works.
“New Works by Murray Mednick.”Art Share L.A.,
801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles. “The Destruction of the 4th World,” 8
p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays. Running time: 2 hours, 15
minutes. “Clown Show for Bruno,” 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Series ends April 19. (213)
Photo: Kali Quinn, left, Bill Celentano and Daniel A. Stein in "Clown Show for Bruno." Credit: Stacey Bode.
Nearby dining spots are offering specials that combine dinner before the show for one price. view [DADSpaceLA]