We went to Atwater Village this weekend for brunch and with the intention on wandering around the main Glendale Blvd strip to grab holiday gifts. Surprise: we sadly didn’t have that many options. We had built up the area in our head to be cutesy and homey but we realized walking around that there were a lot more food storefronts than we thought and way too practical spaces that don’t lend themselves to be casual gift shops. We founds some drinkable goodies at 55 Degrees and, as we strolled North on Glendale, we noticed a peculiar store that was what we imagined to be all of Atwater Village: Individual Medley.
If I were to define the highest art form as a sensorial event that is like an electrical shock to your mind and body, then Jay Erker’s “social communication experiment” on December 9th would follow the entry “Art” in my self-published dictionary. Titled The Humans are Present(s) Erker’s foray into interactive performance served as a triumphant tweak in the cosmic universe to quell any humanoid disquietude with the coming Mayan calendar ending. Part of Dutch Door’s weekly, humorous, sarcastic, critical and serious Countdown Series, Erker’s personalized and therapeutic “reading” almost left me ready to die and jump on that asteroid.
We don’t often think of Los Angeles as a city with any history. It can be almost annoying that our city is so new and that the traces of our past are very much still on the surface. Unlike New York City and London and Paris, Rome, Madrid, and more, our city is a baby: we are the young upstart who is demanding all the same attention the old bags are getting. This said, we do still have history–we just choose to overlook it. With items like the Hollywood Bowl, Angel’s Flight, and more, we gloss over their age and history because they are only near a hundred or so years old, which is still a very long time ago. The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is staking their name in history and helping show that Los Angeles does have a rich history and that our structures–although often few and far between–are in fact marvels that rival any “older” city in terms of history.
On the eleventh day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me: Iron Curtain Press’ 2013 Calendar…and you could win it!
The Hollywood Sign has had its fair share of attention in recent years. In 2010, it was under threat of being pulled down but–thankfully–Hugh Hefner saved the day with a generous donation. The sign was a hot conversation piece around the same time after Bay Arch came up with a crazy idea to turn it into a hotel. The latest publicity surrounding the icon is a makeover: Sherwin-Williams recently gave the iconic sign a new coat of paint.