Bedlam Magazine reports on RIchard Godfrey, "one of the most gifted, successful and
well-liked veterans of the Arts District arts scene." Godfrey suffered injuries after a fall while working with a hanging installation for Phantom Galleries in Long Beach. Despite "multiple broken bones, a compressed lung and
head trauma" and four hours of surgery, he is reported as showing improvement. Says a friend who visited Godfrey, who is still in ICU at St Mary's Hospital: "He's
grumbling, which for him is pretty normal."
Julie Rico Gallery / Weenez will be hosting a fundraiser Friday April 30 until 9:00 PM. All checks should be made payable to Richard Godfrey.
Venue Change: Julie Rico Facebooks that the Fundraiser for
Richard Godfrey has outgrown the original plans. It will now be held at Hanger 1018 Gallery (1018 S.
Santa Fe, LA CA 9002). All art and donations are still come to Weeneez.
For more information, contact
OBITS: Former LAT staffer Jay Mathews wrote Escalante's 1988 biography. He now writes at the same newspaper that investigated charges of Garfield students cheating Advanced Placement calculus exams.
Retesting is a standard option for AP exams when results are
questioned. What would have happened if the Garfield students had not
followed Escalante's suggestion to give it another try? Many people
would have assumed that the school's success was bogus, that the
children of seamstresses and day laborers were incapable of mastering
something as difficult as calculus.
Teachers at other schools would not have been inspired to give
low-income students extra time and encouragement to learn. I would not
have one of my favorite statistics: In 1987, 27 percent of all Mexican
Americans who scored 3 or higher on the calculus AP exam were students
at Garfield High.
Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in "Stand and Deliver," died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Escalante died at 2:27 p.m. at the home of his son, Jaime Jr., in Roseville, Calif., said actor Edward James Olmos, who protrayed Escalante in the film. [LAT][LAO]
The Los Angeles Conversation Corps, Arts District BID, Million Trees L.A., and The Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association are working together to add some green in the Arts District. 50 volunteers are estimated to be needed to plant 38 trees. The project, headed by Tim Keating, is also co-sponsored by Wurstküche, Zip Fusion and Cafe Metropol.Volunteers will meet at East 3rd and Santa Fe at 9am, then plant toward the west. There will be an informal lunch / tree planting after party near the triangle parking lot in Joel Bloom Square.
Janis Joplin's Porsche 356 arrived at the Grammy Museum this morning. Painted by Dave Richards, who according to rock-n-roll lore, was the roadie who painted the formerly white Porsche at Joplin's request.
The psychedelic import will be part of The Grammy Museum's April exhibition Strange Kozmic Experiencethat will take visitors on a trip into the hearts, minds and music of Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, and Janis Joplin.
If your not running this weekend, shop. XRT expands their clothing sale to Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm with "everything $5 and under." It said that items for sale include men's and women's jeans, vintage tees, dresses, blouses, business wear, shoes, with labels like Abercrombie & Fitch, BCBG, Hollister, Levis, Polo, Lacoste, Gap, Dickies, Nike, and more.
Arts District-based St. Patrick's Day events include
Jerico's Cocktail Party at East 3rd Steakhouse (734 E 3rd street at
Traction. Music starts at 7pm. On the bill is DJ Edward Colver playing music from pre-vinyl 78rpm records, then on to live music sets with princess Frank. Tokyo Mississippi, Stevie Casual, Mal Pal and Lightnin' Woodcock and the Bad Mother . . .
(This is where you say "Shut 'yo mouth" and I reply that I'm just talking about Lightnin' Woodcock. Can you dig it?)
Musician Bill Woodcock,
who describes his band as a "filthy blues-punk," sent out his own
notice that includes a tip for attendees: The Irish tradition of
blarney may be substituted as the cover charge. The leader of Lightnin'
Woodcock writes "It's $7, but if you've fallen on
hard times like many of us, you can talk your way in the door for less
money. Just have a convincing story, that's all they ask!"