Along with “Micheal Jackson; This is It” opening the Regal Theater, the Grammy Museum follows its earlier “Michael Jackson: HIStyle exhibit”, a temporary memorial display, with a new exhibition; “Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy.”
Including Jackson’s trademark fedora and gloves, six elaborately embellished jackets, original lyrics, a Jackson 5 stage costume, and more, the exhibit will include additional artifacts never before exhibited in a museum. Across eight video monitors, visitors will also enjoy footage of Jackson’s appearances on the annual GRAMMY® Awards.
<snip> The exhibit will feature a new interactive experience which will allow visitors to dance on a floor of light-up tiles, mimicking Jackson’s own moves in the “Billie Jean” music video. Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy will remain on display through summer 2010.
Last week, selected community groups were sent email invitations to join the Sunday, November 15th commemorative grand openings of the Gold Line, officially known as the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension.
That was the first real confirmation that the Gold Line Extension had a solid opening date.
Now a schedule is forming. Expect ribbon cuttings, community booths from local stakeholders, and speeches beginning at the East L.A. Civic Center at 9am. Then dignitaries will hop on the train and when they reach Mariachi Plaza, will do another round of celebrations. According to Metro community organizer for the the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, the party train is expected around 2pm.
GO METRO: Opening day rides, on the entire Gold Line route, are free to the public,
GO MOLINA: "We all struggled so hard to get this into our community," L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina tells the Times. "Now, at the end of the day, I feel like I'm being shortchanged
on the issues of integrity, safety and confidence."
GO SNARKY: Metro positions itself early by saying any accident on the route is driver error, not poor markings. [curbedla]
King of Pop impersonator Micheal Kiss at Nokia Plaza LA Live for "Thrill the World."
Well, maybe not all the 6,000 dancers that gathered at LA Live for "Thrill the World" dressed as Micheal Jackson, but among the zombies were a few dressed as MJ, and even a few as Janet. Story at Blogdowntown.
From early rendering, SCI-Arc site (left) next to proposed and entitled One Sante Fe.
It's critical to call it a coincidence, so let's call it news clipping fate.
Just as A/N reports Michael Maltzan's One Sante Fe will break ground in mid-2010, its muse, The Southern California Institute of Architecture, recants its position in D/N. SCI-Arc has always stated the architect institute goal to serve its academia by offering opportunity to develop community can only be manifested by owning the very parcel it resides on.
The Downtown News article reviews SCI-Arc's previous attempts to purchase its lots, and now that current landlord Meruelo Maddux is in bankruptcy and may be facing foreclosure; a window could open for SCI-Arc to own and not rent
If land ownership doesn't happen for SCI-Arc, Adios Arts District.
However, keep in mind that the multi-tasking One Sante Fe project is not only designed to beautify the area, but includes public space and housing that compliments neighboring SCI-Arc. The elongated shape is specifically to reflect the same building SCI-Arc resides in, along with the railroad tracks and the LA River.
Now, one project won't save the other, or vice versa; but in this case the two are at the very least urban planning study-buddies. There may be some extra effort to ensure SCI-Arc becomes a permanent Downtown resident.
The lights are on at LA Live's Regal. Below: The theater west end and next to the 110, sans signs.
As if he is is still on the campaign trail, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is taking on City Council and L.A. Live over billboards and the city's cost from the King of Pop's memorial service The stories keep coming. Will Councilwoman Jan Perry be sent to the slammer by Trutanich, a reported threat that has since been claimed as a statement made in jest. Then there is the cost for the MJ memorial held at L.A. Live that prompted a terse series of meeting between Trutanich and AEG/LA Live. The latest is that these are two different issues, say Trutanich to a Chamber of Commerce audience.
One Santa Fe, the 435,000 square feet development with 438 units, 77,000
square feet of ground floor for commercial use, 750 parking spaces, and as some in the Arts District hope, a community arts center, is reported to be breaking ground next year. (h/t Curbed)
A/N reporter Gunnar Hand (a good pen name for a pulp fiction writer) informs the masses:
It’s been a long time coming, but the fully-entitled One Santa Fe mixed-use project, designed by Michael Maltzan in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, is finally nearing the start of construction. After nearly a year of reworking the final drawings to minimize costs, the $150 million project, developed by a partnership that includes the McGregor Company, Polis Builders, and Goldman Sachs, will begin construction in mid 2010 with an anticipated completion 36 months thereafter.
<snip>From the onset, the 4-acre project has been lauded for its proximity to the Los Angeles River, but its sinuous form acts as a better wall than a window to the nascent river restoration efforts. Mimicking the long, slender footprint of the adjacent Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), One Santa Fe blocks both the river and the maintenance yard from public view. via blog.archpaper.com
"Where do we go from here?" seems to be the question from the ceremonial dead figures. Taken at the 2007 Fiesta De La Gente.
Rick Coca, Director of Communications for Councilman Huizar, noted the news of the cancellation of Fiesta De La Gente. He writes that the "failure to have a contingency plan
was ultimately the reason for the cancellation."
It is unfortunate to learn that this year’s Festival de La Gente
has been canceled. Councilmember Huizar has supported the annual
Festival de La Gente event since 2006 and committed his support once
more for this year’s event.
In these past three years, the
Councilmember has given ample support in City services and funding.
Mindful of the current economic climate, Councilmember Huizar committed
to supporting this year’s Festival de la Gente by providing equipment
rental fees in excess of $5,000 and assistance with Los Angeles Fire
Department and Building and Safety fees.
This year, we learned from the event organizer two weeks ago that he
mistakenly interpreted the Recreation and Park fees as a per-event fee
and not as a per-day fee, as Festival de la Gente is a multiple-day
event. Councilmember Huizar has no authority to waive Recreation and
Park fees since the City has determined that the impact to the parks
are significant due to the high number of patrons and vehicles on the
parks’ landscape, trash left behind, damaged landscaping and
maintenance staff overtime. Despite Council District 14’s support, the
event organizer solely and unilaterally made the decision to cancel
this year’s Festival de la Gente.
Coca's full response in the comments at the original post. [vfal]
It was with a surprise to discover viewfromaloft is now assigned reading for a few University syallbi concentrating on Latino arts. I may have to backtrack and make sure every post about Chicano art is properly tagged (so to speak).
As it happens, I took some time over the weekend to shoot a few murals in Boyle Heights and see how the restored 1991 mural "Resurrection of the Green Planet" is holding up.
There was another reason to take fresh shots of the Ernesto de la Loza piece, located on César E. Chávez Avenue and Breed Street. The main image of the healer had a familiarity when I first saw it years ago. Now I see why. It is from photographer Graciela Iturbide's 1988 "Curacíon, Juchitán, Oaxaca."
Of course, it's Shepard Fairey's current ongoing battle with AP that has shown photography has its own copyright protection.