Dwell on Design opens the "West Coast's Largest Design Event" that June 25. On June 26, (2:30- 2:55) the long talked about green corridor. Architect's Newspaper/ SCI-Arc are holding a panel that will launch the new Cleantech Corridor in the now named Green District in Downtown Los Angeles (which includes/envelopes the Arts District). "The competition encourages innovative, sustainable urban and architectural visions and a rethinking of the relationships between industry, living, public space and the development of the city." Panelists include Sam Lubell (California Editor The Architect's Newspaper Los Angeles), Romel Pascual (Interim Deputy Mayor City of Los Angeles), Eric Moss (Director SCI-Arc). Dwell writes:
But the corridor itself includes more than just aging industry. The corridor stretches from Los Angeles State Historic Park (also known as the Cornfield) in the north, past Union Station's transit hub, through an established Arts District. It spans both sides of the Los Angeles River, including at least a dozen bridges, and will be instrumental in the river's revitalization.
It will also be home to the new California High Speed rail route when it comes to Union Station. Getting the all these factors to work in cooperation with the corridor's new green personality will require wading through a vast sea of zoning and working with an army of stakeholders ranging from environmentalists to public agencies to local artists.
"How do you maintain compatible uses so that you don't turn everything into a factory?" says Peter Zellner, principal of the architecture firm ZELLNERPLUS and cultural studies coordinator at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Fabrik Magazine and SCI-Arc are holding a free self-guided artist studio, museum, gallery and exhibition tour Saturday. [Arts District Art Walk]
Dana Hollister is due to open Villains Tavern at Palmetto and Santa Fe sometime in mid-July, reports EaterLA. It will add to Hollister's portfolio that includes Bordello Bar and Brite Spot
Restaurant. [Villains Tavern Heading for Downtown]
"The arrival of Downtown LA's first dog park is a milestone for the
area's transformation" writes Huffington Post's Micki Krimmel. [Dogs Make Create Neighbors]
Speaking of dog park, there is now a way to donate money to buy benches and lighting. Buy a bench and I bet they will let you name it after your pooch. [Arts District Dog Park]
The Arts District Art Walk was news a few weeks ago, and not many artists, LARABA, or the Arts District BID had much info on it. Still, it will be good if it takes off. The Arts District Art Walk is not to be confused with the Arts District Open Studio Tours held being August 7.
Fabrik Magazine and SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of
Architecture) present a FREE, self-guided artist studio, museum, gallery
and exhibition tour.
This will be a FREE, self-guided tour of
more than 60 local artist studios, museums, galleries and
project/exhibition spaces within the original Arts District area of
Downtown LA. This Studio and Gallery Art Walk is intended to introduce a
wider audience to the area’s growing art and cultural scene, which
includes Downtown’s Original Arts District, Toy District and Little
All artist studios, galleries and exhibition spaces
will be open from 2 pm to 8 pm. There will be special promotions from
neighboring restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as an official
after-party at e3rd Lounge at 734 E. 3rd Street, near the corner of
Parking is available on 3rd Street, Hewitt Street,
Garey Ave., Traction Ave. and Santa Fe and on the SCI-Arc campus at 350
Merrick Street, between 4th Street and Traction Avenue.
will be a shuttle service available during the Art Walk.
include several artist talks and a special musical performance by
Girlfriend’s star Persia White, who will be performing with Thavius Beck
(Nine Inch Nails and Saul Williams) and violin player Nishtan Motyka.
Friends and relatives from The Outback asked for some tips on attending the Lakers’ 2010 NBA championship parade. I thought I would pass them along,
Arrive early. Street closures around Staples Center will making driving impossible after 10am. By the time the parade begins at 11am, Downtown traffic will slow you down.
If you thinking about driving in, you can expect parking lot prices around Staples Center to inflate. Parade-goers may consider opting to park near Union Station. Both the Red and Purple Lines will take you to the 7th Street Metro Station. From there, you can walk south to Staples Center.
Even better, once at the 7th Street Metro Station, transfer to the Blue Line. While the first stop is Chick Hearn Station that is one block away from the south end of Staples Center, you can also take the next stop at Grand Avenue. From there, you can walk east on Washington for two blocks and be at a section of Figueroa where crowds may be a bit thinner.
Bring water. Temperatures are expected to be in
the mid-70s. If you pass by a restroom, use it. Many businesses only allow customers to use them. In the case of some franchise coffee houses, no one gets a restroom key.
Get a day pass at Union Station for $5. Then you can make all the transfers and still have time to end the day at Wurstküche via the Little Tokyo / Arts District Gold Line Station.
And if you take the Metrolink in, you will be back home by mid-to-late afternoon.
Above: Release raw footage sent out by LAFD to help identity those involved with the arson of a taxi after the Lakers victory. "If you have information regarding those seen in this troubling video - especially the person(s) igniting and stoking the spread of flame, please call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 485-6095."
Been sending tweets on the Laker / Celtic game for the crew at the LA Times Olympic plant, since it must be hard to hear a radio over the presses running. With 3:19 left, Edward Padgett sends word there will be a special Lakers section in Wednesday's paper.
It's a new way to put the game the 'fridge.
ADD: The final chapter in the 2010 Ring Cycle is Thursday. Lakers force a Game 7.
Here in Los Angeles, where dramatic tension is an industry and hype is recognized for what it is, nicknames are hard to come by.
During the Showtime era––back when Prince was still named Prince––the now defunct Herald-Examiner called the 80s victories Purple Reign.
The 2010 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics are playing out the latest rendition of good theater that has spanned decades. It may worthy of its own moniker.
As the Finals go on, Downtown L.A. is home court for opera’s equivalent of a seven game series with overtime; Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen (“The Ring of the Nibelung”) cycle.
From that, we wait for the gods to choose which set of giants sitting in the low post will leave the wood with decorated fingers.
At least now, a nickname for the series between the Lakers and the Celtics is set. It's "The Ring Cycle."
Giants for hire? Got that, from "The Spaniard" to "Big Baby."
Small people acquiring the power of the ring, only to lose it? Guards under the average NBA player height are making some big plays.
Death penalties handed out for gloating? Boston Celtic Paul Pierce is getting a beating (even from Boston newspapers) about his declaration that the series won’t be coming back to Staples Center.
Suicides by flaming pyre? Taking a charge or running through a screen then adding some flopping has become a theatrical technique mastered by both teams.
The third of the four operas that make Der Ring des Nibelungen has a scene where old enemies bump into each other. One boasts he will regain the ring and rule the world.
Hopefully, a victory by either side will have nothing go up in flames.
NBA Finals / Game 4, Thursday, June 10 in Boston / Game 5 in Boston, Game 6 and Game 7 in Los Angeles if necessary
LA Opera presents Richard Wagner's [Der Ring des Nibelungen] / Runs until June 30_