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Film Noir Under the Bridge and Other L.A. River Events This Week

These days it seems that a week can't pass by without some activities related to the L.A. River. So mark your calendars, here are river-related activities happening this week, starting Thursday:


Movies Under the Bridge, Thursday, 8 p.m.

Movies along the Los Angeles River are slowly gaining traction it seems. The California State Parks is hosting an L.A. noir movie night at the northern edge of L.A. State Historic Park, under the historic North Broadway Street Bridge, a Beaux Arts bridge built in 1901.

This Thursday, it will be screening Nicholas Ray's "In a Lonely Place," starring Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a screenwriter suspected of murder.

The screening is part of Chinatown artist Elizabeth Sonenberg's L.A. noir film series, a project she conceived to bring more people to the historic setting where roadway, railroad tracks and the Los Angeles River meet.

Apart from the movie, attendees will be treated to a nighttime view of the Los Angeles skyline, seated on bales of hay under the bridge arch. Those interested should bring their own blankets, but campfire complete with free marshmallows and popcorn will be available. California State Parks superintendent Sean Woods says plans are under way for two or three more screenings.

Enter at the end of Baker Street. in the Viaduct under the Broadway Street Bridge. Free parking available on Baker Street.

More details here.


The Los Angeles River Rally, Saturday 10 a.m.

If you're planning to attend the Los Angeles River Rally this Saturday, make a beeline for Marsh Park on 2960 Marsh Street, two miles up the L.A. River instead of the Los Angeles State Historic Park -- organizers have just announced a last-minute change in venue.

"We wanted to focus the event more on educating the participants on a one-on-one basis," said Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, one of the organizers of the rally, "We were a little worried that people would get lost in the expanse of the state park."

The River Rally is a call to mobilize grassroots support for Alternative 20 of the ARBOR study, which is the most expansive of the four alternatives laid out by the Army Corp to restore portions of the L.A. River ecosystem. Details of the study can be found here.

Marsh Park is located in a neighborhood that would highly be affected by the results of the ARBOR study. It would give visitors an opportunity to see its present reality and compare it with a possible future.

More details here.


Frogtown's 8th Annual Art Walk, Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.

Get to know the artists of Elysian Valley at the 8th Annual Frogtown Art Walk, held right by the Los Angeles River. This year's Art walk features a "River Pavilion," with river-conscious organizations, such as Friends of the Los Angeles River, L.A. River Revitalization Corps., and the Northeast L.A. Riverfront Collaborative, detailing some exciting projects coming up along the historic waterway. An art show of young artists will show work inspired by the river's ecology. Movie projections on the trees by the river would act as temporary wayfinding for different artist studios. Artist Leo Limon, of "storm drain cats" fame, will talk about his experience of the Elysian Valley. 

Making its first appearance at the Artwalk is Bookshow LA, an independent bookstore with a funky, carnival theme, held at Nomad Gallery on Blake Avenue. The pop-up bookstore will host a poetry event and exhibition showcasing artistically altered books by local creatives.

More details, including a list of artists, musicians, and organizations scheduled to appear, can be found here.

About the Author

Carren is an art, architecture and design writer and an avid explorer of Los Angeles. Her work has been spotted on Core77, Dwell, Surface Asia, and Fast Co.Design. You can find her online and on Twitter. 
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