EVENTS – The Close Up 7/6-12

Note: Event listings are updated during the week as we see fit.

Now through 8/31/09 – Photography: The Billboard Show
7/9/09 – Downtown LA Artwalk
7/10-12/09 – Echo Park Community Festival
7/11/09 – Historic North Hollywood Walking Tour, 80’s Prom
– Bastille Day Los Angeles; Art and Poetry with Exene Cervenka

billboard showONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31st
Selling the California Lifestyle – Photographic Landscapes of the 1950s & 1960s
Take My Picture Gary Leonard 860 South Broadway, Downtown (213) 622-2256
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am–2pm & 3–6pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am–2pm; Saturdays 12–6pm; Sundays 12–3pm

Details: “Ever since taking a photograph of the Dodgers as a little boy in 1959, Gary Leonard has documented the mercurial landscape of Los Angeles, from the political to the cultural and economic. A former employee of billboard advertising company Pacific Outdoor recently gave Leonard thousands of billboard slides, a hundred of which are now on view at Leonard’s gallery, Take My Picture (named after his column in various regional publications). Advertising everything from funeral services and early fax machines to civic defense and entertainment, the images provide a rare historical survey of mid-century American commercial design, proving that, much like one of his influences, Weegee, Gary Leonard has an excellent sense of timing.” (SOURCE)

THURSDAY, JULY 9th, 2009

Various locations downtown – see web site
When: Thursday, July 9th, 12-9pm

Details: “The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a free event held every second Thursday afternoon and evening in and around the Historic Core’s Gallery Row neighborhood. For this one night each month, Downtown LA returns to its historic pedestrian- based culture, a vibrant scene that is itself a draw for locals and tourists seeking an authentic urban experience. Launched in 2004 by the then-marginal community’s pioneer gallerists, Art Walk has become a grassroots urban success story, with upwards of 6000 people coming out each month to see the newest art exhibits, enjoy the bustling street culture, eat, drink and socialize.”

FREE guide-led walking tours of the area depart at 6:30, 7:30 and 8pm.


[googlevideo][/googlevideo] What: The 1st Annual ECHO PARK COMMUNITY FESTIVAL (The Lotus Festival in disguise)
Echo Park of course. Duh.
Friday, July 10, 5-9pm; Saturday, July 11, 12-9pm; Sunday, July 12 12-8:30pm

Details: Since the city cut funding for Echo Park’s annual Lotus Festival, the Department of Recreation and Parks is now collaborating with the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce in hosting The 1st Echo Park Community Festival. See, basically, it’s *not* the Lotus Festival, but it… well, it… kind of is. Tricky!

According to the web site:
“…the 2009 Echo Park Community Festival will embrace all of the tenets of the Lotus Festival, while expanding on its rich cultural themes, to present a harmonious world community fair featuring Live Entertainment, a great selection of International foods, Carnival Attractions and The Lotus Children’s Area…”

I encourage you to make a point to support these efforts to keep the festival going… honestly, who wants to live in a Los Angeles without community celebrations!!!????

SATURDAY, JULY 11th, 2009

promWhat: 80’s PROM PARTY
Where: House of Blues, 6255 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323) 769-4600‎
When: Saturday, July 11, 2009, 9pm-2am
Price: $30

Details: Oh. My. God. Now I finally have somewhere to wear that dayglo Bodyglove formal dress that I bought at Contempo Casuals! How totally rad!!!! “Get the chance to relive your prom all over again! Come dressed to impress with your best taffeta dress or ruffled shirt, as this promises to be the best 80s prom party you’ve ever attended.” There will be hundreds of partiers, plenty of rad tunes as well as two 80’s cover bands, and admission will include prom pictures. 100% of the proceeds will go to support local animal rescue organizations. earhart_statue

What: Walking Tour of Historic North Hollywood – tour led by historian Richard Hilton and sponsored by the Museum of San Fernando Valley
Meet (promptly at 10am) at the Amelia Earhart statue at the corner of Tujunga and Magnolia in North Hollywood Park. Wear good walking shoes and bring along your water and sunscreen.
Suggested donation of $10. RSVP at (818) 909-4720 or just show up
The tour begins at the corner of Magnolia Blvd. and Tujunga St. at the statue of Amelia Earhart in North Hollywood Park. Tour highlights include: a walk through St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church with its beautiful stained glass windows, past the 1886 Southern Pacific Depot, the El Portal Theatre (1926), the NoHo Arts District, the Lankershim Arts Center (designed by theatre architect, S. Charles Lee), and the Lankershim Elementary school where Marilyn Monroe once attended. Tourists will learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican ranchos, great steam trains, vast ranches and orchards, land barons, wars, and much more.

SUNDAY, JULY 12th, 2009

bastille What: BASTILLE DAY LOS ANGELES, mon amis!
Elysian Park – Monticello Old Lodge, corner of Stadium Way & Scott Avenue right by Dodger Stadium
Sunday, July 12, 2009, 12-10pm Price: $5

Details: See, here’s the deal… a very very long time ago (1789), there was a quaint little prison called The Bastille. There were only seven people in it, mostly common criminals (embezzlers, swindlers, etc.), and nobody really cared about them so they’re not even a part of this story, really. The big deal was that there was gunpowder and arms being stored there by King Louis XVI and the public was sick of him being the boss of them… so, 8,000 men and women showed up one morning to overthrow the prison and take the gunpowder and arms. Then for fun they cut off the heads of the guards and the Governor and paraded them around on pikes. Boo King! Yay heads on pikes!

Moral of the story? BREAK OUT THE RED WINE AND CHEESE! The Los Angeles Consulate General of France *personally* invites you to a day-long féte in honor of Bastille Day! Ooooooh la la!

“The harbinger of the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille in 1789 heralded the end of feudalism and the beginnings of democracy in France. In the Southland, the anniversary is an occasion to celebrate the country’s culture, with Frenchmen and Francophiles alike heading to Elysian Park for the city’s eighth annual Gallic festival — which not only features French food and wine, but also international music, dance, art, and even a race to determine the fastest Parisian waiter.” SOURCE

What: A Poetry Reading with EXENE CERVENKA
CAFAM, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile (323) 937-4230
When: 3pm on Sunday, July 12
Price: FREEEEE! Just be sure to RSVP to (323) 937-4230 x50 or

Details: “In August of 1976 Exene Cervenka moved to Los Angeles because she knew she had to get out of Florida. She arrived in town with $80 in a paper bag and wound up living with 5 people in a 1-room apartment in Ocean Park.” And the story begins. Within a year, she began a musical collaboration with Billy Zoom, John Doe, and D.J. Bonebrake that became Los Angeles’ most iconic punk band. Since 2006, Exene has been living in Missouri while she focuses on her art, writing, and family, but this Sunday she’ll be in town to discuss her lovely art collages featured in CAFAM’s Celestial Ash show, plus read selections from her books, new work, and a handful of unpublished poems. Sadly, Exene was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclirosis, but continues to create art, poetry and still tour with X and The Knitters whenever possible. So hey – go show your support for a true creative icon of L.A.

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One Response to “EVENTS – The Close Up 7/6-12”

  1. Garth Bright says:

    Hi Lyn,
    Great meeting you and I could not wait to check out your site. It is great with a very intimate feel and perspective of our wonderful city LA.
    All the best with you venture, hope to see you on Sat.
    Jah Bless

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