The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica has a few upcoming literary events of note: July 8 through July 11 and July 16 through July 18 is the showing of Four Clowns, new short fiction will be shared on July 15, WR & Daisy is doing a concert reading on July 22, and Red Hen Press has an event on July 29.
We’re in a drought, guys. If you have green grass and are watering it all Summer, please simmer: we need to conserve water! Don’t want to? The Department Of Water & Power will help you out.
Gawker has a speculative, a bit jabby (but good) review of local earthquake material and happenings and want to know if the big one is coming soon. Please make your Earthquake Kits!
I would call Los Angeles a utopia. It’s so grand and open and friendly and calm while being constantly sunny that it just feels like a dream environment. It’s no wonder that so many idealistic communities and thinkers have been born out of the city: all we know is the perfect and the wonderful—and we’d hope to spread that enlightenment to others.
Llano Del Rio Collective, a guide making group of artists concerned with expanding the minds of Angelenos, has tapped into this idea and has mapped it in a very special way. They’ve created Utopias Of SoCal, a fold out illustrated map that details past and present (and maybe even future) points of utopian attraction. The piece serves to capture the culture of local idealism and point you toward finding this peace around town.
The Catalina Island Conservancy has big news: some Bald Eagles hatched and are thriving on the island. To celebrate they have put up a live video stream of the nest. Cool!