Big Changes to Art Walk
Art Walk is back this Thursday, December 12, and the recent transition of power was quiet compared to past management changes. Qathryn Brehm is now the official Executive Director and she quickly made the rounds to restore Art Walk's official hours from Noon to 9 p.m. "Ever since I assumed interim role, I heard over and over about having earlier hours from gallery directors, residents, business owners and community leaders," said Brehm. "We have had two gallery meetings since September, and the group asked to make it official -- so that's what we are doing. So far, the news has been very well received." Brehm was operations manager under previous director, Joe Moller, who resigned his post in September.
Beware of the LAPD
They are out in force to hand out tickets for jaywalking. It's their version of seasonal tidings since they have been using downtown's pedestrian culture to make a statement about public safety each holiday season. This year, tickets can be up to $250 and you can be nabbed if you step off the curb when the walk light is counting down. "In the interest of precision, we have posted specific text from the California Vehicle Code below regarding pedestrian violations. In the interest of brevity, no you cannot cross during a flashing red hand or during the countdown," states a post on the Central Division Facebook page (which is getting an earful in the comments and from other bloggy locations).
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In the Downtown Art Walk Lounge, where you can get maps to the self-guided tours of galleries, Eric Rosen is the featured artist, the Downtown Center BID will showcase spin art, and The Gloss is the musical guest at the Art Mart. Now, I don't make a big deal about the artisan craft angle, but being the holiday season, I'll make a seasonal nudge to shop. Of course, there is art to purchase in the galleries, which helps directly support the brave curators that have been hanging in while downtown grows. This week, some galleries are jumping on the Noon to 9 p.m. bandwagon, but it's always good to check hours when planning your tour.
Other downtown connection: The city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation in collaboration with Gallery Row Organization (GRO), presents the LADOT TAP Card Design Competition. The deadline is December 18.
Downtown Art Walk Lounge I 634 S. Spring Street
What do Peter Pan, Dorothy Parker, arts and crafts, tamales, and Amanda Palmer have in common? Any other time, the correct answer would probably be "not much," but this week they just so happen to represent some of the Southland's best events. Read on for more information on where and what to eat, drink, buy, see and listen to over the next seven days.
This week is one of many happy returns. There are some homecomings, including that of the Florida-based crime novelist and former Los Angeles Times crime reporter Michael Connelly, who is in town with his new book, and that of the art of Alexander Calder, who is focus of a new exhibition at LACMA, where one of his iconic sculptures has resided for decades. This week also marks the reappearance of such seasonal staples as "The Nutcracker" ballet and Unique L.A.'s Holiday Show. Read on for details on these and more interesting events.
With the Festival of Lights 2013, The Mission Inn once again becomes Riverside's holiday epicenter when its huge lights display are switched on at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29. The streets are likely to be packed with people to witness four million little lights and 400 animated angels, elves, and carolers come to life.
The holiday display, now in its 21st year, has become an annual gift to Southern California from property Owners Duane and Kelly Roberts, who saved the historic landmark from destruction in 1992 and keep it as a hotel and spa today.
Festive marching bands (and speeches by civic leaders) lead into the flip switch on Friday. But if you miss it, the lights are staying up until January 4, so there will be plenty of time to get (or stay) in the Holiday mood.
This week's roundup comes with an asterisk, because the top thing to do this week is almost certainly to spend Thanksgiving with your loved ones, eat entirely too much food, fall asleep on the couch and then wake up to make a turkey sandwich. That said, there's plenty more to do, including burning off some calories before the big meal, helping the homeless, touring the tastes of downtown L.A. by bike, catching a movie while chowing on leftovers, and, of course, getting ready for Christmas.
Thanks to a rare calendrical coincidence, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah this year, which should make for some festive holiday fusion. The Skirball Cultural Center, for example, will incorporate Thanksgiving themes and flavors into its annual Hanukkah celebration. But Thanksgivukkah isn't the only interesting combination on the horizon. This week the L.A. Opera presents a fantastical, silent-film-inspired production of "The Magic Flute"; Thomas Dolby performs a high-tech ode to an old English lighthouse; and Ed Fornieles mines the tropes and trash of Hollywood for a pool party like no other. Read on for more.
Downtown Art Walk is Thursday, November 14, and the night offers yarn bombing, a one day only exhibition of visual works from Indonesia, and a long-time Art Walk participant showcasing new paintings. The crafts and trucks are still part of Art Walk, and you can get details at the website. For a preview on how you can make it a full day of downtown art beyond Gallery Row, and want links where to check hours, read on.
Think of this week's top events as a showcase for those who like to mix it up -- whether by combining cuisines, melding musical genres, or blurring the lines between science and storytelling. Read on for details about the latest from chef Roy Choi, musician Toro y Moi, Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and more.
On November 5, 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct began bringing water to the city. 100 years later, KCET is looking at what has happened, what it means, and more across its website.
This story has been corrected. See note below.
The waterway where Sierra Nevada snowmelt flows into Los Angeles by way of the Los Angeles Aqueduct will be open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday in celebration of the waterway's 100th anniversary.
The Aqueduct Cascades in Sylmar at 17001 Foothill Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The area will not be open on Sunday.
The system of flumes, power plants and pumps brings water 233 miles from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, where it flows down a studded, concrete flume to aerate it.
On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water and Power officials marked the centennial of the aqueduct's 1913 opening.
Reader question via Twitter: Will they will be letting water flow down the open channels?
Answer from LADWP: Water will periodically be running down the cascade, but there is no schedule.
For the Record: Because information was transmitted incorrectly from City News Service, an earlier version of this story stated that the cascades would be open Sunday and that the centennial took place Wednesday. We regret the errors.
In Los Angeles, it all comes back to water. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the L.A. Aqueduct, a controversial but undeniably successful engineering feat that shaped the Southland forever. The moment when DWP chief William Mulholland first heralded its activation in some ways marked the beginning of Los Angeles as we know it, a city of infinite possibilities. These days, this week, L.A. is a place where one can ice skate blocks from the beach, a place where the dream factory that is the movie business was born and still reigns, a place where art and culture -- homegrown and imported -- thrive in so many corners.