Friday, December 13, 2013

Mom's Apartment

1618 Vista Del Mar reads a hand-written note tacked to the bulletin board above my desk. I only write notes by hand. I had a roommate once who would type notes – reminders, to-do lists, quotes – and then color childlike borders on them with markers before she’d tack them above her desk. A typed, designed note is no longer a note, just as a painting, scanned, printed and rolled into a tube mailer is no longer a painting. The nature has been steamrolled out of it, and now it’s just a poster.

I learned two years ago that when my grandmother gave birth to her first child, my mother, she lived in a building at 1618 Vista Del Mar, right down the street from where I live now. The fact that my mother’s first home on earth was in Hollywood, just a few minute’s walk from the apartment where her daughter would live over a half century later is amazing to me. We’re from Utah. We know mountains and rivers and snow.

Hollywood, City of Dreams, with its constant din of noise and light, its coyote-filled hills, its imported cars and palm trees, A-list Lounges, and sordid motels, is not our territory. It’s been so printed and re-printed, it’s like a poster that you can walk around in. Yet, as it turns out, we’ve got roots here. My grandmother, going into to labor with my mom, took the bus by herself from her apartment to the hospital on Mid-Wilshire – that’s putting down roots.

1618 Vista Del Mar
Below the scrawled 1618 Vista Del Mar note is a blue leather desk organizer, from which stretches a stack of medical bills. I relegated them to the back of the organizer as I’d hoped to do in my mind, but I stood them upright so that I wouldn’t forget the thing one must remember about bills – to pay them. Every time I look at them, I tell myself that I ought to organize them, pay those remaining to be paid, and file them away for good. But there they stand. I may be residing in a city of dreams, but life doesn’t know it.

After all, I’ve got roots here: in front of the medical bills grows a cluster of journal entries that I wrote during my treatment for thyroid cancer. I’ve been tearing the entries out of the journal, because its pages are graphed, and I can’t stand writing on such regimented lines. I’ve been saving them in the organizer, where they obscure the bills. Their edges are torn and frayed, having had a difficult time releasing from the bookbinding. I’ve always had a soft spot for torn paper with its sharp edges turned cloudy. My notes, in addition to being hand-written, are usually scrawled upon torn scraps, their imperfect form reminding me of nature - of mountains, rivers, and snowflakes tacked to the bulletin board above my desk in Hollywood.

After living here for two years, I’d grown to like the neighborhood for its contradictions and justifications, but learning of the nearness of my mother's infant years caused me to love it with a fierce protectiveness. Finding the actual building in which she had lived, still tucked behind that sprawling parking lot south of the sidewalk that is tiled with celebrity names, under the unremitting lights of Hollywood and Vine, was a real full-circle moment. My adoptive city was no longer adoptive – it was a part of me, and while navigating its roads from hardship to health, I had become a part of it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I drive to Pacoima, in the San Fernando Valley. From Hollywood, it’s only 15 minutes in good traffic. I teach theatre at a charter school there twice a week. The air is hot and dusty in Pacoima, the streets are wide, and the trees are few.

On Monday and Wednesday mornings, I work out of the LA Weekly offices in Culver City, on the West Side. I have meetings at Culver Studios on these days as well – near enough to be close, but not near enough to make the travel time between them disappear. The air is soft and moist in Culver City, the streets are illustrated with colorful storefronts, and the trees are green and many.

Monday and Wednesday and Thursday evenings I spend at the University of Southern California, in Central L.A., in class or in meetings. The air is dirtier than dust, the streets are crowded, impatient, and the trees are exclusive to campus.

Tuesdays have me at Culver Studios in the morning, and from there I drive to Pacoima in the afternoon, on the 405. The freeway isn’t terrible, in the middle of the day. The drive is quick, and I enjoy the passing view of The Getty, and Laurel Canyon. Is that Laurel Canyon? I’m not sure, but I like it.  Its golden, rolling hills and hiding, curving roads makes me think of filmmakers and actresses.

Thursdays have me driving from Pacoima, after my class, to USC. I check my phone first, to see if the 101 Freeway will be faster than the 5. Silly to drive all the way around if I don’t need to, but often I do. When I don't, I inch past the Hollywood skyline – Capitol Records, Hotel Hollywood, the W, and wish it would all go faster. But just today. After today, don’t move, don’t change. Grow only in spirit, not in size.

I get off at Exposition Boulevard, and am filled with promise at the sight of heavy brick academic structures: The California Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, the lower end of the University, its grandest entrance off the metro line. I turn on Figueroa and park near the Felix the Cat auto dealership. I still don’t know what kind of dealership it is, or why Felix is its mascot. I don’t care, as long as it always remains.

Mondays and Wednesdays, I drive to USC from Culver City. I take Adams usually, sometimes Jefferson. Driving Adams is like navigating a box of crayons. Painted yellow carnicerias and blue mechanic shops, pink party supply shops, magenta-marquied dance halls and vibrant, multi-colored murals in green, overgrown empty lots greet me along the way, like celebratory bystanders of a marathon. Jefferson feels a lot like industrial North Brooklyn, but with faster traffic, and no time to see any of it. Muted red brick, cloudy white commercial glass, and rusted train tracks criss-crossed with nasturtium remind me of the distance I’ve journeyed.

Fridays. Fridays I am asleep.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events October 5 - 6

As minor signs of fall tease us Angelenos with the notion of seasons, my posting of The City Prolific will become less frequent. Festival season has wound down, the outdoor screenings are over, and after Halloween, there just won't be as much going on. This weekend, though, you've got to get out this weekend.


Eagle Rock Music Festival

I've gone to the event every year since I've lived here. The first year I attended, in 2008, I fell in love with its community feel. I was new to LA, and was amazed at how diverse it is, and the festival reflected this diversity - children and adults of all demographics took to Colorado blvd to dance, rock out, revel at the art and performances, and eat of the food trucks and festival food. Over the years, the festival has become much more crowded, the acts booked bigger and in more demand, and some of the original community spirit has gotten a little stifled. It's also no longer free - it's now $10. Despite these changes, it is still a great time, and the entry fee goes toward the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, so it's money well spent.


4:00pm - 10:00pm

Colorado Blvd. between Argus Dr. and Eagle Rock Blvd.
Free parking and shuttle service is available at
Eagle Rock Plaza
2700 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Aventine Hollywood presents a Kick-Off to Art Loves Fashion Alley Event

Aventine Hollywood, you know that club that used to be the Spot, and the restaurant next door that has the really pretty back patio and a great happy hour? Well, they host cool events, sometimes.  Tonight they present a hosted bar and free head shots (curious to see if this is liquor or an actor's marketing tool) from 5-6 PM, a fashion show starting at 6 PM, an art installation throughout Aventine and the alley behind, live DJs, two outside bars, food, gift bags and more.

5:00pm – 10:00pm

Aventine Hollywood Alley
1607 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

RSVP here:

Zombie Fashion Show and Creature Art Exhibit

Fans of gorey makeup fx rejoice. The Zombie Fashion Show and Creature Art Exhibit hits Lot 613 tonight. Dead models will strut their decaying stuff down the runway. Featuring fifty makeup artists will display their creepy talents, while up to 150 monster mash-ups will be on display as part of the evening's art show.  Live music and a performance from contortionist  Dangerous D will take the stage. Costumes encouraged. Fake blood required.



Lot 613
613 Imperial St.



CicLAvia heads back to where it all started, taking over the streets of Downtown. Grab your bike, your skateboard, your longboard, or your sneaks, and experience the city without cars. It's an incredible time.

9:00am - 4:00pm

Start out at one of five hubs:
MacArthur Park
Mariachi Plaza
Grand Park
African American Firefighter Museum
Check out the map for details.


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

I usually post events $10 and under, but this one deserves a mention despite it's $30 ticket price.  The fifth annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride opened last night.  Held at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park (yes, there's an old zoo - eerie ruins of concrete animal enclosures and abandoned cages), this year's hayride will see the return of its infamous 'The "In-Between" Dark Maze' and "Purgatory" sideshow attractions, as well as the new "Carving Shack" (guests can pick out a pumpkin and wield some carving tools) and "Death Row" (an interactive room focused on historical death devices), in addition to its historical 'scary-go-round,' freak and magic shows, demonic stilt walkers, and more.

$30 - $55

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Road

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events September 21 - 22


Made in LA  Ride III: LA River Edition

Pickles, surfboards and all things bikes! Enjoy a ride along the LA River and learn about places that manufacture and create goodies in LA.  This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through and around Cypress Park and expose riders to businesses that make products right here in Los Angeles. You'll visit Grain Surfboards, Kruegermann Pickle Factory and swrve (stylish urban bicycling apparel designers).


Meet at 10:30a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11:00 a.m.

LA River Center and Gardens
570 W. Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Venice Beach Music Fest

The Venice Beach Music Fest offers a lineup of free music, art, and dance at LA's quintessential freak show beach. Dance and drink and revel beachside, shop along Abbot Kinney, and wander the canals at sunset.

11:00am - 7:00pm

Windward Plaza Park
1 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

DUBLAB 14th Anniversary Celebration

DUBLAB celebrates 14 years of sonic adventures, or 14 years of being the guys who throw great parties.

Featuring musical performances, DJ sets, film projections, live screen-printing, food trucks, beer & wine bar, and art activations, this event also serves as the public unveiling of Maker City LA, a new creative hub housed within the downtown design hub, LA Mart.

FREE Before 10pm
$10 donation at the door after / 21+ to attend

8:00pm - 2:00am

Maker City LA
1933 S. Broadway
11th Floor of LA Mart
Los Angeles, CA

75th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

The annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (also known as the Zhongqiu Festival or Mooncake Festival) is a tradition that dates back more than 3,000 years. Farmers marking the end of the harvest season in China would gather to gaze at the moon and eat mooncakes, yummy round pastries filled with sweet red bean or lotus seed paste. Tonight, the moon cakes are offered up by local bakeries. Bamboo Lane's Night Market will provide traditional and contemporary edibles, the outdoor baccarat lounge will test your knowledge of the old-timey game, and the craft beer garden will wet your whistle. Telescopes provided by the Griffith Observatory will give everyone a chance to view the harvest moon. Art gallery openings, live cooking demonstrations, craft workshops and a band lineup, curated by Kevin Bronson of are the other highlights of the evening.


5pm - 11am

Central and West Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway, Chinatown


LA County Fair

There's still a few weekends left to go pet a pig and eat a deep fried chocolate covered pickle!

$12 - $19

Saturdays 10 a.m.-midnight
Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Through September 29

The Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave.

Pomona, CA 91768

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events September 14 - 15


Grand Park Presents: E.T. Extra Terrestrial

I'm sure I don't need to tell you how well this movie holds up. It's funny, touching, weird, and heartbreaking. And it cemented, early on, my love of Reese's Pieces. Go downtown and watch those bicycles soar over the skyline of Los Angeles. Bring a picnic, but leave the booze at home.


Doors open 5:30pm
Movie begins 8:30pm

Grand Park
210 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Beat Swap Meet

Head to Chinatown to dig through the crates of vinyl curated by over 50 record collectors and dealers. DJ's will spin rare selections, and there will be live music performances, as well as local clothing, art and jewelry vendors.

Free w/ a Canned Good

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Chinatown Central Plaza
N Broadway and W College St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

La Brea Music Festival: Summer Garage Jam

A free summer concert on the upper deck of La Brea's Parking Garage, with DJ's, live indie band sets, food trucks, art, and shopping.  (I love when LA parking lots are put to good use. When we have a transit-oriented city, we'll have all these empty parking lots that will need to be repurposed.)

Free with RSVP

1:00pm - 6:00pm

181 South La Brea Avenue
(top deck of the Shepard Fairey parking garage)

2nd Street & La Brea


L.A. County Fair

Growing up in Salt Lake City, the county fair was one of the most fun thing to do all year. Then, when I spent my summers in Montana as a teenager, the county fair was the biggest, most exciting thing to do all summer. Oh, the memories. I've heard incredible things about the food at the LA County Fair - deep fried chocolate covered pickles? Yum.

$12 - $19

Saturdays 10 a.m.-midnight
Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Through September 29

The Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Follow @LAhappenings for daily event updates.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Piece of Information

The heat wave has broken, and we've all gotten back to work. Fewer beach trips, vacations over, barbecues past.

Just last week I was on a mad hunt for an air conditioner, and when I learned that there were none left to buy in the city of Los Angeles, I began searching for a window fan. The outcome was the same. Luckily, temperatures dipped, and a cool breeze made its way into my home office. The softer light and gentler air reminds me of Autumn (that's all Autumn is in Los Angeles - a memory), and I find myself missing New York.

But then, out of curiosity, I look at the weather, and it's 91 degrees in Manhattan today. I remember that on September 11th, 2001, it was also hot. Not in the 90's, but in the 80's, I'd guess. I remember because I was wearing black rayon slacks and black leather oxfords, and, at 10:00 in the morning, I was hot.

I've written about that morning before. But there is something I left out of the story: as I ran down Broadway, trying to hail a cab to get back home, I heard a ripping sound. My rayon pants had split along the rear seam. I navigated the rest of the way home, through dust and debris and panic, with my underwear exposed to the world. A piece of absurdity on a tragic day, that I've never told anyone before.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Heat Wave (Summer isn't Over)

Though the summer season may be rolling to a close, our summer weather has no intention of cooling itself down. In time for FYF and the Los Angeles County Fair, our temperatures have skyrocketed. I, for one, appreciate any reason to get outside of my non-air conditioned office.

Keep these sites bookmarked, for more outdoor opportunities:


Eat | See | Hear

Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events August 10 - 11

Apologies for my silence the last two weekends. I was in Hawaii on a research project. Posts on Honolulu and Waikiki coming soon. Here in LA, this weekend looks like most summer weekends - outdoor screenings all across town.


Cinespia presents Cabaret

Liza, I love you. In Bob Fosse’s film about a cabaret singer in the Weimer days of Berlin, Liza sizzles - SIZZLES! - as Sally Bowles.  Bring your picnic, your booze, and your best Bowles wig. Oh, and those eyelashes.



Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles 90038

Eat | See | Hear presents Kingpin

An epic bowling saga with Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray & Randy Quaid. This one'll be fun.

Feel free to bring a picnic, but there will be food trucks galore.

$10 Advance General Admission
$12 General Admission At the Door (cash or credit)

5:30pm - Doors open
7:00pm - Band (George Glass) performs

8:30pm - Movie begins

Paul Revere Middle School
1450 Allenford Ave

Street Food Cinema presents Swingers

The quintessential LA movie. Seriously, you don't realize how much people rely on this film for their entire sense of LA humor until you move here. Everyone quotes from it all the time.

5:30pm - Doors open
6:30pm - Band (Decorator) performs
8:30pm - Movie begins

Exposition Park

700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles 90037 

The Tubes at Pershing Square

Again, bring a picnic and camp out at Pershing Square to see The Tubes. Their live shows have involved "mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers." Hm. Fun.



Pershing Square
Downtown LA


Ecuadorian Festival and Parade at Olvera Street

The Ecuadorian community in Los Angeles celebrates their Independence Day at La Placita Olvera across the street from Union Station.  The 15th Annual Parade starts at 11:00am on Broadway & 7th St. going north on Broadway until Temple St. then Main St., ending at La Placita Olvera. The parade will have car clubs, dance groups, drill teams, convertibles, motorcycles, and 24 beauty queens.


12:00pm - 6:00pm

Olvera Street
845 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Follow @LAhappenings for daily event updates.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 20 - 21

Man, summer in LA is the best. We saw the Psychedelic Furs in concert for free last weekend, in the heart of downtown. It was cool. Like, one of those moments where you look around and realize how happy you are, and how lucky.


Swimming with Sharks

Champagne specials, squirt gun battles, dj sets, free vodka jello shots and mega uber drunken hipsters. It's a ton of fun.

$10 with RSVP

1pm - 10pm

The Standard Downtown
550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Santa Monica Museum of Art Potluck

The Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts this free-admission potluck dinner to celebrate the Metro Expansion taking place at the adjacent Bergamot Station Art Center. They're calling it "Dig the Dig" - clever. The evening brings together construction workers, local business owners, and neighbors with an evening of cocktails, music, and food made by strangers. Admission is free, but RSVP and potluck contribution required.


2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 13 - 14

Last weekend was one of beaches, pools, bicycles, bikinis, and barbecues. Biked up the coast from Manhattan Beach to Venice, swam in the ocean, swam in a rooftop pool, and barbecued in our little backyard.  This weekend will likely be a little more urban (and clothed).


Saturdays off the 405 presents Pickwick

The Getty Museum presents free outdoor concerts all summer long. This week's performer is Pickwick with DJ Howie Pyro.

Free (Parking $15)

6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

NELA Gallery Night

NELA? Wondering what the hell that is? It stands for North East Los Angeles. We cities love our acronyms. Every second Saturday of the month, NELA (aka Eagle Rock and Highland Park) host an open galleries night.


7:00pm - 10:00pm

York Blvd and Thereabouts

Psychedelic Furs at Pershing Square

DUDE! The Psychedelic Furs are playing for FREE in Pershing Square tonight. Need we give you another reason why we love LA? The concert lawn is open to the public at 7:30pm and concerts begin at 8:00pm. There is a beer & wine garden to make up for the fact that you can't bring your own booze. Thanks, Parks and Rec!


8:00 - 10:00pm

Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189

Friday, July 5, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events July 5 - 7

I was in New England last weekend, in the humidity, and under clouds of mosquitos, barbecuing, blowing bubbles, and lighting fireworks. It's a very Americana summer back there.  Back in LA, I've been all about the beach, but it seems, according to this weekend's events, that I ought to shift my leanings toward Downtown.


Grand Performances Presents a Tribute to Nina Simone

Did you know that there is a large amphitheater on a beautiful man-made pond in a plaza called California, on top of Bunker Hill to which you can ride Angel's Flight?  Did you also know that an organization called Grand Performances holds free outdoor concerts there, to which you can bring a picnic, with beer and wine? If you didn't know all of this, it's probably because California Plaza is nestled between sky scrapers, with no clear pedestrian access - that is, if you're just wandering down Grand Avenue or Olive Street, you'd have no idea it's there, up those stairs and behind those buildings. In any case, Grand Performances offers a lot of great concerts throughout the summer, and tonight's is a tribute to Nina Simone, hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel.



California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90071

(Avoid driving, if you can since parking is a pain - take the train to 7th Street Metro.)

Friday Night Sing-a-Longs Present Soul Train Classics

Fun! Since you're going downtown for Grand Performances anyway, swing by the Walt Disney Concert Hall to admire the architecture, and the acoustics, along with the sound of your own voice. Friday Night Sing-Alongs provide an opportunity for song birds of all stripes to raise their voices with musical backing by a live band. Tonight's event will lead you through a communal belting of Soul Train Classics.

-The event is FREE. However, tickets are required for this event and are distributed beginning at 6PM on the day of event. One ticket per person waiting in line.
-There is limited seating, so come early.  First come, first served.
-Easy-to-use song sheets are provided.


6:30pm - 8pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles 90012

Once again, don't drive - take the train.

Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks Presents Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Or, since you'll be downtown for the soul train sing-along, head over to Pershing Square with your picnic (but no booze), for a screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Aside from being one of the best examples of Robert Redford and Paul Newman's legendary screen partnerships, this film also features one of the best (maybe the only?) cinematic uses of the song "Raindrops are Falling on My Head."


Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 22 - 23

We went to Laguna Beach last weekend for a quick get-away, and its beauty and accessibility from the sprawl of Los Angeles had us falling in love with California all over again. Yesterday, I produced a video for ScottDW at Huntington Beach. Splashing around in the waves with a go-pro - what a great way to spend a day. Now I've got one weekend to catch some Fringe Festival shows, before I head out of town again. Seeing Fever and Wet the Hippo today, with a television writer's panel at the Central Library in between. Tomorrow is CicLAvia, one of my favorite events all year - I won't miss it. Then, more Fringe shows (Lost Moon Radio and more tbd). It is, undeniably, summer.


I love that drive-ins are coming back, and now there's one right downtown. Complete with carhops, snack bar, and audio right in your own vehicle. And Office Space is a perfect drive-in movie.


8:30pm - 10:00pm

Electric Dusk Drive-In
1000 San Julian St
Los Angeles 90015

Catch this classic high-school movie at the Santa Monica highschool. John Cusack, *swoon*.


5:30pm- Doors open
7pm – Band performs
8:30pm – Movie begins

Tim Curry Tim Curry Tim Curry. That is all. Get there early. Bring a picnic. Or don't, since there are food trucks.


Doors open 5:30pm  
Live Cast Performance at 6:30pm  
Movie at 8:00pm (sunset)

Street Food Cinema
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Dr
Los Angeles 90037

Hitchcock’s gripping suspense story stars Jimmy Stewart, a man who tries to save his family from foreign agents as he dodges the police. With an amazing performance by Doris Day as a mother plunged into danger. One of Hitchcock’s best, and the first movie I ever saw at Cinespia in the cemetery, five years ago.



Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles 90038


This is my favorite thing to do. No cars, open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport.  Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a  look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network. Six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.


9:00am - 4:00pm

All along Wilshire Blvd, between 7th Street Metro and La Brea.

The fifth annual Korean BBQ Festival cooks up right on Wilshire Boulevard as CicLAvia bikes through Koreatown. There will be food vendors selling Korean hand-rolls, galbi and bulgogi, baby back ribs and more, plus a Beer and Wine Garden for Singha beer and soju cocktails. 


11:00am - 5:00pm

Adjacent to the Radio Korea building
3700 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles 90010


Theatre nerds unite! For the next three weekends, the fourth annual Hollywood Fringe festival takes over nearly every stage in Hollywood, showcasing the imaginings of our flourishing theatre community. You'll see everything from campy cabaret to avant garde dance to inspired drama and yadda yadda. The greatest part is that thousands of Angelenos are spending the next two weekends making live art. I mean, that's just cool.

From the press release:

Venues include both traditional and unorthodox venues; fully equipped theatres, street corners, clubs, bars, and places unexpected. Performances are self-produced by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. In the spirit of most Fringes, participation is open and uncensored.

Hollywood is home to dozens of Los Angeles’ premiere theatres and clubs, making it the perfect spot for the festival. The neighborhood has always been a source of unapologetic opinion, underground mentality, and a deep passion for the cutting-edge. The Hollywood Fringe is an immersive festival worthy of the neighborhood’s reputation.

Dig through crates of vinyl in Chinatown.  Over two  Days, 70+ Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over the West Coast and beyond, buy sell & trade: Blues, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul, and World 12′s LP’s & 45′s.  DJ’s spin rare selections from their record collections. There will also be a vendor village featuring clothing, art, & handmade jewelry.  Bring your broken turntable or beat machine, and take it home repaired. 

Free w/ a Canned Good

12:00pm - 6:-00pm

Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N Broadway
Los Angeles 90012

Friday, June 14, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 14 - 16

I'm going out of town, but man - there's so much to do in town this weekend. Here you go:


Dance Downtown Line Dance & Two Step Night

Fun! and Weird! Head to the Music Center Plaza to get all country. Beginner line dance lessons, live bands/DJs spinning tunes, and warm summer nights make for a chance to meet, greet, move and groove.



The Music Center
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks presents Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

I love this movie. And although Pershing Square needs a re-landscaping (as in, it needs to BE landscaped), I think it's cool that they're hosting community events.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to place on the lawn. Picnic baskets and snacks are welcome. Food will also be available to purchase at the "Square".



Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles 90189


Eat | See | Hear presents Fight Club

Great venue for an outdoor screening! Eat | See | Hear present Fight Club at the LA State Historic Park, against one of the most breathtaking views of the DTLA skyline.


5:30pm- Doors open
7pm – Band performs
8:30pm – Movie begins

Los Angeles State Historic Park

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The City Prolific: Weekend Events June 1 - 2

Last weekend, I went to Street Food Cinema's screening of Stand By Me, and watched Corey Feldman's band open for the movie. I have no pictures to prove to you that I was there, watching Corey Feldman bust his MJ moves for two full hours. But I was there, it did happen, and I will never forget it. It was like an episode of the Twilight Zone set in the entertainment industry of the '80s.

It's going to be hot this weekend! Summer is making itself known.


Unique LA Moving Sale

UniqueLA is clearing out their old office, so you know what that means! Uber-stylish furniture, props, and knick-knacks at great prices. There is also a section of freebies like craft supplies, books, decor items.


10:00am - 12:00pm

440 Seaton Street
Suite 206
Downtown LA

Make Music Pasadena

Make Music Pasadena hits the streets of Pasadena again today for a free music extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The all-ages affair includes over 100 bands rocking it out on outdoor stages scattered throughout downtown Pasadena.  Check the full schedule and line-up here.

5:00 Suggested Donation

11:00am - 11:00pm


Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening reception of Alexandra Grant's Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest on Saturday,  June 1st from 7 - 9 pm.

The exhibition marks the culmination of a large scale site-specific work initiated by Grant encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups and artist collaborations at 18th Street Arts Center. Co-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Isabelle Le Normand, this work premieres in Santa Monica and is presented at Mains d'Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France this fall.


7:00pm - 9:00pm

18th Street Arts Center

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Cinespia Presents Some Like it Hot

Did you know it's Marilyn Monroe's birthday? Celebrate by seeing her play a vapid ditz in Some Like It Hot. It's a fun movie, and she's totally magnetic. But damn it, Marilyn the woman was smart! And interesting! I wish we could see the behind-the-scenes. Anyway, she, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in the Billy Wilder comedy classic that has two men disguising themselves as women to join an all girls jazz band and hide from the mob. Marilyn plays the drop dead gorgeous singer who tempts them to give up their disguises, in her "most sizzling role". DJ David Holmes Spins before and after the movie. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinners. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS.

$12 tickets available at gate

Door open 7pm, movie screens at 8:30pm

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

Eat | See | Hear Presents Clueless

Another screening featuring more vapid ditzes! It's tonight's theme! (Frankly, I love this movie.)
Eat | See | Here settles in Brentwood with Clueless, LA's quintessential ouevre of '90's zeitgeist.
Plenty of food trucks for your noshing pleasure.

$10 Advance General Admission

$12 At the Door (cash or credit)

Doors: 5:30pm
Music: 7pm
Movie: 8:30pm

Paul Revere Middle School,

1450 Allenford Ave, just South of Sunset


Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour

The 5th Design-and-Dim Sum Bike Ride will visit furniture designer Stefan Bishop, the live-work studio of Astrid Diehl and Eddy Sykes, and master ceramicist Tracy Wilkinson. Followed by dim sum in Chinatown, of course.

FREE but please RSVP so they have a headcount for dim sum

Meet at 11:00 a.m., ride at 11:30 a.m.

Flying Pigeon
3404 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The City Prolific: Memorial Weekend Events

Memorial Day weekend means both a quiet LA, as most folks head out of town, and an event-filled weekend, as all of the summer festivals kick-off.  So, go, have fun, and find yourself a nice, open spot on the grass to relax. Hang in the cemetery, down at USC, on top of a hill, or even (get this!), on the LA River!


Barnsdall Wine Tasting

Barnsdall Wine Tasting launches for the summer, starting tonight. Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe.  All profits from the wine tastings benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects.

Tickets are $25 (including a limited edition wine glass) and available online only. All sales will be closed one hour prior to the event.

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90027


Cinespia Screens "The Party"

This 1968 classic was directed by Blake Edwards. When the clumsy but lovable Peter Sellers is accidentally invited to an industry party, he helps transform the night into the most swinging affair of the 60s.  Also starring Claudine Longet, with a mod soundtrack by Henry Mancini. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinners. As a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS. DJ Derek James spins before and after the screening.

$12 tickets available at gate

Door open 7pm, movie screens at 8:30pm

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA