Also published on »August, 2009«

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

→  August 24, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is located in Hollywood, at the top of Olive Hill in Barnsdall Art Park. The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles Architectural project. It was commissioned by Aline Barnsdall, granddaughter of the oil magnet, William Barnsdall, and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to be a combination [...]

What’s the most efficient way to transport 300 passengers?

What’s the most efficient way to transport 300 passengers?

→  August 23, 2009

It’s a thought-provoking question. Here in Los Angeles, the car capital of the world, the average car on the freeway carries 1.1 passengers, and we spend an average of 100 hours per year commuting to and from work, which is not very efficient at all. More frequently than not, the car pool lanes are backed up [...]

A film review of Inglourious Basterds and the “Killin Nazis business”

A film review of Inglourious Basterds and the “Killin Nazis business”

→  August 22, 2009

And the “Killin Nazis” business in this movie is good. Overlooking some basic details including that the movie’s plot has no historical or other basis in fact, or that no organized Jewish Nazi hit squad existed, the movie’s premise serves as an ornamentation of vengeance and revenge. Shot with a lingering affection for the French countryside, [...]

A  Santa Monica Walking Tour

A Santa Monica Walking Tour

→  August 20, 2009

For my inaugural Walking Tour and Map for Santa Monica, I’m featuring three of its most popular locations– the Third Street Promenade, Palisades Park, and the Santa Monica Pier. Relax, it’s not too bad to move about as they’re all within a 2.07 mile walk. Starting at Wilshire and Ocean Ave., you’re greeted by the St. [...]

Travelin’ Local’s Mapping Los Angeles Public Art

Travelin’ Local’s Mapping Los Angeles Public Art

→  August 17, 2009

How do you define art? Wikipedia defines Art as “the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions.” Art is generally accepted as painting, drawing, music, dance, film, television, drama, writing, poetry, photography–but the list can be considered in a much larger context. Donald Trump wrote about [...]

Keeping your Automobile Green and Eco-Friendly

Keeping your Automobile Green and Eco-Friendly

→  August 17, 2009

One might think that washing your car at home is more eco-friendly than going to a big, large, and impersonal carwash. Seems like a reasonable conclusion, after all, the Car Wash is so large and industrial, and has all of those big scrubbers, brushes, chemicals, and other devices. Well, if that was your conclusion—you’d be [...]

Beyond Baroque is thriving in Venice

Beyond Baroque is thriving in Venice

→  August 16, 2009

Located in the old Venice City Hall (circa 1906) at 681 Venice Blvd, resides Beyond Baroque, As LA’s leading literacy arts center, Beyond Baroque is dedicated to emerging, over-looked, and out-of-print poetry, books and manuscripts–especially from Los Angeles-based writers.  Beyond Baroque features film and poetry writing workshops, script writing classes, a library, poetry readings, live [...]

Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica

Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica

→  August 14, 2009

Santa Monica is known for its world famous beaches, but when you want to avoid the crowds, check out Santa Monica’s Crescent Bay Park on the beach. Located half a mile south of the Santa Monica Pier– with its shaded picnic area and benches lining the sidewalk– it provides the perfect vantage point to access [...]

A Film Review of Gomorrah

A Film Review of Gomorrah

→  August 13, 2009

Gomorrah, the recent film released from Italy, is based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. It offers an inside look at the Camorra, a mafia-cum-syndicate-cum-criminal organization, which originated, and still operates in the region of Campania, and the nearby city of Naples in Italy. It recently won the Grand Prix award at [...]

Free Health Care at the LA Forum

Free Health Care at the LA Forum

→  August 12, 2009

Opening in 1967, the LA Forum came into full force and effect as the center for Los Angeles’ sports, music, and special events. With its original cost of $16 million, design by famed Los Angeles architect Charles Luckman, the Forum was built to contain upwards of 18,000 people, in various sections of the arena. The LA [...]

A Walking Tour of the Mid-Wilshire District

A Walking Tour of the Mid-Wilshire District

→  August 11, 2009

The Mid-Wilshire District is filled with museums, shopping, food, drinks, in addition to its sights, sounds, and history that that define Los Angeles. Mid-Wilshire District Walking Tour Highlights Although my Walking Tour covers a 3.2 mile route; it’s far from complete—I wasn’t able to visit its varied and venerable entertainment hot spots, restaurants, and cool places that [...]

Best Places to See the Hollywood Sign

Best Places to See the Hollywood Sign

→  August 10, 2009

Although at times you can see the Hollywood Sign from many places though out Los Angeles, getting close to it is easier said than done, and can be a daunting task. So Travelin’ Local thought we’d show you the best places to see the Hollywood Sign and how to get there. To map your journey [...]