The former Santa Fe Freight Depot was pop-gangsta for a day. My informal survey of music videos made Downtown has a new entry with Jason Nevins 1997 remix of Run DMC's "It's Like That." It's a peek inside the Arts District landmark when it still was a concrete shell, before it was converted into SCI-Arc.
This is a reminder that there will be an all-day Civic Center Haiti Relief Fund Drive tomorrow, January 28. From 6am to 6pm, Salvation Army volunteer will be stationed with red kettles on Main St––between First and Temple––to collect cash or check donations.
Urban dwelling donors can reach City Hall via the A, B, and D DASH.
You can also make a donation online, or by calling (800) SAL-ARMY, or texting the word "Haiti" to 52000 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
Shooting north from the 4th Street Bridge, Scot Ezzell captures the L.A. River during last weeks storm. The Arts District based photographer says his montage is made from six different images. Seamless.
The strange markings on the sloping walls are the work of the Army Corps of Engineers who were allotted $800,000 in Federal stimulus to paint over graffiti. The contracted paint crews wrapped up earlier this January.
From Saturday, the FADA Los Angeles Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show ended Sunday afternoon at 5pm. Here are a few shots from Friday [view] The live street art by Mear One, Kofie, Retna and El Mac had the attention of LAT's Mike Boehm, Ho hum says LATimes critic Christopher Knight before listing "some things to like." [view]
So ends the circus that began when Peacock executives slipped on the masturbating bear suit and diddled with talk show schedules. The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien ended with Will Farrell singing lead on "Freebird" with more cow bell while Coco played guitar, including a solo.
Locals will miss Los Angeles being a side kick alongside Andy Richter. Sure, L.A. was a punchline at times, but not at jokes that fed a New York or Midwestern tired view of L.A.
On comes the tired jokes after the Winter Olympics, unless Ebersol feels the only way to avoid the anticipated $200 million loss in Vancouver is by bumping the Winter Olympics to June.
The tall red haired man's brief stewardship to a television institution will have others will decide if he did honor the throne of the Tonight Show, or left in a huff.
Still, before O' Brien, Jay Leno, or even David Letterman, Jeff Zucker or Dick Ebersol, there was The Tonight Show, and it was nailed this week.
Steve Carell was deadpan funny handling Conan's NBC exit interview and shredding the host's NBC I.D. badge. So was Tom Hanks who toasted with fake wake cocktails before going off to join others to raise money for Haiti. And can you imagine what went on backstage with Robin Williams and Pee-wee Herman Thursday night? What a way to trash a green room.
But as the final song played, the credits rolled. It may have exemplified what defined Conan O' Brien. He let the band play and didn't do a Vegas showbiz style introduction. He just figured if you didn't know it was ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Beck, or Ben Harper who joined La Bamba and Max Weinberg, he trusted you were wise enough to know this was one damn fine band you were listening to.