Designed and painted by artist Richard Wyatt, the Capitol Records Building’s Jazz Mural has been an aesthetic icon in Hollywood since 1990. Click image to enlarge.
AS ONE OF the creative capitals of the world, Los Angeles (home to Hollywood) should have a visual feast of public art of all genres.
But, perhaps because it lacks a center of gravity like most other modern arts capitals, public art is hard to find except in a few notable locations like world-famous Venice Beach.
Aficionados are expecting something of a renaissance now the City Council has lifted a long-running ban on murals.
‘GLOW SANTA MONICA’ LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT AND THE IMAGINATION
It was a night of inspiration, expanding the imagination to realms unfathomable, immersive, spectacular… pick your own superlative.
Anchored by a half a dozen major installations glowing against the balmy summer night sky, “Glow” is billed as an “all night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art.”
It definitely fulfills is mission.
As an expression of one of the most creative communities on the planet, “Glow” should be on everyone’s bucket list.
MANY OF THEM SHOULD BE WORLD FAMOUS
Living a stone’s throw from Hollywood is one of the fringe benefits of life in L.A.
But, for so many of the past 50 years, there was no “there” in Hollywood.
Visitors from around the globe had few choices when it came to checking out world famous landmarks. The community was run down, filled with derelict buildings and people.
That has changed recently.
The revitalization is proceeding apace.
Join us on a tour of some of the not-so-world famous landmarks, some of which should be on everyone’s list.
ARTISTS’ COLONY THRIVES JUST 90 MILES FROM DAMASCUS
Yakir Gershon, 73, lives in the artists’ colony Ein Hod just 90 miles from Damascus, Syria.
If President Obama decided to launch a missile attack on Syria, those missiles would almost fly right over the roof of his house in this artist’s colony about 10 kilometers south of Haifa.
Quite probably, a short time later, missiles would arrive from the opposite direction.
But the residents of this idyllic village just stay calm and carry on.
LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF AT THIS ‘BRIT-COM’ FROM OZ
Since the Israeli defense minister on Tuesday urged the country to relax and enjoy the Rosh Hashanah holiday which begins at sunset this evening, we thought we would take a break from the all-Syria-all-the-time news this morning.
For your amusement we bring you an item courtesy of Tropfest, Australia, which bills itself as “the world’s largest short film festival.”
Written produced and directed by Marie Patane, the description is a bit tongue-in-cheek (no spoiler, this)!
“One man’s faith in the medical profession is about to be ‘sorely’ tested.”
Laugh your ass off, indeed.
MEET SOME OF ITS HABITUÉS IN THE VIDEO
The world-famous Venice Beach, California, and its incomparable Boardwalk features daily some of the weirdest, most wonderful and wackiest people on the planet.
In our video presentation, you will meet some of the folks who populate the Boardwalk every day of the week.
Sit back take a few minutes off your weekend, and take a virtual trip down the Boardwalk at the world-famous Venice Beach, California.
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART GALLERY AND GARDENS ARE WORLD RENOWNED Whatever else you might miss on a visit to Southern California, this world renowned complex is a must-see. It is a short ride downhill on my bicycle from my home.
Get up close and personal here.
FIVE-HANDKERCHIEF COMING-OUT STORY HITS A NERVE (with two videos)
Love is a universal emotion. Everyone single one of us can identify with the issues so delicately explored by Kim Ho in his intimate personal coming out videos.
Kim Ho, 17, shares his angst over revealing his love for another boy in French class in “The Language of love,” which has been viewed more than 160,000 times on You Tube.
See the video for yourself here.
REVAMPED HISTORIC BUILDING NOW TRENDY LOCALE FOR URBAN HIPSTERS
One of L.A.’s most historic buildings, the exclusive Los Angeles Athletic club, has undergone a major renovation.
Designer Tracy Beckmann led a small group on a guided tour of the exclusive club on Tuesday.
The overall effect of the new decor is an unusual combination of avant garde and traditional. Old and new. Antique and modern. Get all the details here.
ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM A WORK OF ARCHITECUTRAL ART
The dominant exhibit in almost every corner of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the totem pole. But “The Raven and First Men” sculpture by Bill Reid is its most widely-known artifact, featured on the Canadian $20 bill. There’s much more to learn about it here.