Learn how to Curl, go ice skating, take an “angel” photo at Pershing Square in #DTLA

Perhaps it is too early in December, but there were almost no Christmas decorations, no jolly Santa Claus, and no carolers in Pershing Square -- unlike other years.  There weren't even a lot of children skating on the ice rink.  It really did not feel very festive. There was an "angel wings" backdrop for people … Continue reading Learn how to Curl, go ice skating, take an “angel” photo at Pershing Square in #DTLA

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Searching for Santa at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

After an hour and a half ride across L.A. on the Metro I disembarked at the end of the Expo Line in Santa Monica, fully expecting the Third Street Promenade to be decked out with holiday decorations.  It was -- although they were non-traditional. Santa Monica Place, the shopping mall at the end of the … Continue reading Searching for Santa at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

Luis Rodriguez, L.A. poet laureate, puts handprints in Vroman’s Walk of Fame

Rodriguez, the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate, author, bookstore owner, former gang member and community activist became the third author to be added to Vroman's bookstore Walk of Fame. Like Lisa See and Michael Connelly in previous years, Rodriguez placed his handprints in concrete outside this independent bookstore. Posing for photos after the ceremony and … Continue reading Luis Rodriguez, L.A. poet laureate, puts handprints in Vroman’s Walk of Fame

Beautiful Day of the Dead altars in Grand Park, Los Angeles

This year a group called Lore Productions "curated" some of the large altars for Grand Park.  Their altars were large and professional in appearance, like the one at the top of this post. This year I didn't see an altar by artist Ofelia Esperanza, the most famous altar creator in L.A. but the community altar … Continue reading Beautiful Day of the Dead altars in Grand Park, Los Angeles

Carrie Fisher, Littlefinger, Frida Kahlo honored with Day of the Dead altars in Pasadena

In this year's Day of the Dead event in Old Town Pasadena there were altars for a number of celebrities, as well as pets and family members who had passed away.  Unlike the large altars in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles most of the ones here were small, taking up a corner of each … Continue reading Carrie Fisher, Littlefinger, Frida Kahlo honored with Day of the Dead altars in Pasadena

The rebirth of the Pasadena Playhouse District and an Art Walk too

The annual Art Walk in the Playhouse District was a typical local art show -- but untypically located under the huge old ficus trees that line Green St.  The temperature was around 90F so the shade was welcome. After stopping by the booths of a few local artists I wandered around taking pictures of the … Continue reading The rebirth of the Pasadena Playhouse District and an Art Walk too

“Resist” reads the sign at a Metro Gold Line station in Los Angeles

Shortly after Trump was inaugurated the huge RESIST sign went up on a fence across from a Metro station that is surrounded by angel sculptures high up on pillars.  As Trump rampages through American democracy trying to create his own hideous dictatorship, I hope guardian angels protect us all.  Oh, the artist who designed the … Continue reading “Resist” reads the sign at a Metro Gold Line station in Los Angeles