A Review of West Coast Drawings VIII at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery

A Review of West Coast Drawings VIII at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery

→  July 13, 2009

I am pleased to announce that Travelin’ Local has a new arts, culture, essayist, and featured writer. Although he is using his pen name–Tom Jones–in the real world, his vast education and experience are in journalism, literature, law, and film. He is a writer, a thinker and above all, well admired for his ability to [...]

Hollywood and Vine: Where Old Meets New

Hollywood and Vine: Where Old Meets New

→  June 25, 2009

Hollywood and Vine is one of Los Angeles’ most famous intersections. Who would have thought that one intersection could be packed with so many attractions–both new and old. Beginning in the 1920s, Hollywood began to see an influx of money and influence, as the previous nascent movie and music businesses began to evolve and move in, [...]

Discover your Inner Child at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Discover your Inner Child at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum

→  June 20, 2009

On Thursday, I was invited to see and cover a Natural History Museum of Los Angeles special event. It was an exhibition by, for, and dedicated to our children and nature: “A Sense of Wonder, A Sense of Place: Viewing Nature Through the Images and Words of Our Children.” The Sense of Wonder exhibition and installation was [...]

Visiting Los Angeles in June via January

Visiting Los Angeles in June via January

→  June 16, 2009

Because of the Mediterranean climate Los Angeles is fortunate to have, I’d like to retour and recap a few places Travelin’ Local visited in January. You won’t find any snow in any of these articles. Graffiti is Art Today, my mission was to find the Venice Art Walls. It’s legal graffiti art, requiring each artist to obtain [...]

Olvera Street the Alley of the City of the Angels

Olvera Street the Alley of the City of the Angels

→  June 16, 2009

Los Angeles City of the Angels Taking a quick appraisal of most of our State’s–and the Southwestern States– its hard to not see our history from simply reading a map or street sign—from San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma Valley, to San Diego. Practically everything California was, is and remains deeply rooted in Spanish and Mexican [...]

Union Station – The Hub of Transport

Union Station – The Hub of Transport

→  June 14, 2009

Many times while traveling, your trip is made a bit longer and more difficult because you have to wait at a strange and distant airport, hotel, or new location. Most of us, tired from our trips, still must wait for another ride, detour, or for a transfer to a new plane, train, or automobile; or even [...]

Los Angeles Historic Walks

Los Angeles Historic Walks

→  June 12, 2009

Literally on the road to see, hear, and learn about the history of Los Angeles, to find its heart, spirit, and soul is through walking the inner and outer sanctums of Los Angeles to discover its often forgotten roots. Starting at Union Station, the hub of Amtrak and Metro in downtown, I followed the faint echoes [...]

Noah’s Ark Exhibit Swings at the Skirball Cultural Center

Noah’s Ark Exhibit Swings at the Skirball Cultural Center

→  June 3, 2009

What could be more fun than making your own wind, lightening, masks, and playing musical instruments? If you’re a kid at heart or a kid, I don’t know. Where was I able to do all of this? At the Noah’s Ark exhibit in the Skirball Cultural Center As you enter the Noah’s Ark Exhibition gallery, one of Skirball’s [...]

The Culver City Art Walk

The Culver City Art Walk

→  June 3, 2009

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend my first Art Walk. Los Angeles has long been home to the Entertainment Industry; but lesser known is the fact of its existence as a long time home for printmaking, etching, seriographs, lithographs, and associated art movements. With the explicit goal to “introduce a wider audience to the [...]

Travelin’ Local Film Festivals and Events List

Travelin’ Local Film Festivals and Events List

→  June 1, 2009

Los Angeles and Southern California are “Industry Towns.” That moniker typically refers to the Motion Picture and Television Industry. A curious phenomenon has happened over the years—there has been a virtual—as well as an actual “Virtual”—explosion in Film Festivals throughout the Golden State; and with it–a range, depth, breadth, and width of viewing choices, which until [...]

The State of the State of California’s Funding for the Arts

The State of the State of California’s Funding for the Arts

→  May 30, 2009

A world-class city like Los Angeles means that it needs and requires a vibrant cultural community. “A strong and vibrant cultural community is vital to having a ‘creative class,’ according to the ideas of urban studies theorist Richard Florida. The Rise of Creative Class In his book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” Florida explores what it takes [...]

The Majestic Vistas from the Pacific Palisades

The Majestic Vistas from the Pacific Palisades

→  May 28, 2009

During a recent early morning walk, I headed for the hills, literally–the hills of Pacific Palisades to be precise. The Pacific Palisades is home to about 27,000 people, demographically very affluent, and a veritable who’s who in the movie and film industry. Founded by 1922 by Rev. Charles H. Scott, Pacific Palisades was initially envisioned [...]

A Garden Tour of Malibu’s Adamson House

A Garden Tour of Malibu’s Adamson House

→  May 22, 2009

The Adamson House, in Malibu, is very much a part of our past, present, and future. Its folklore lays both a physical foundation, and a symbolic one that is ever omnipresent. Its architecture, owners’ history, and location are an integral part of Los Angeles storied events, experiences, tradition and beauty. This classic Malibu home was built in [...]

Finding Art on the Beach

Finding Art on the Beach

→  May 10, 2009

When I recently took a trip to the beach, I was amazed to find the wide variety of nature which presented itself. The ebb and flow of the beach’s water and waves creates a perpetual motion that hits nature right between the eyes, which then nature turns into art. What do you see when you [...]

Fight Women’s Cancer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tomorrow

Fight Women’s Cancer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Tomorrow

→  May 8, 2009

On Saturday, May 9th the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the place to be. Why? Because the 16th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women will take place at the LA Coliseum. The mission of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women is to increase awareness and raise the critical funds necessary for women’s cancer research, [...]

Sunday afternoon at the LA Times Festival of Books

Sunday afternoon at the LA Times Festival of Books

→  May 3, 2009

Last Sunday, I went to the 14th Annual LA Times Festival of Books. I’ve been looking forward to attending this event nonetheless; but ever since my friend Frank, a long time LA resident, told me about how much he enjoyed going to it previously. I couldn’t wait. Who wouldn’t want to attend a free event featuring [...]

Christmas Morning and a Camera

Christmas Morning and a Camera

→  April 30, 2009

Creative Inkwell, is a new site dedicated to “making your blog great” and was created by Sean Platt and David Wright. It’s currently hosting a creative writing contest.   I thought participating would be fun, plus a great chance to help Sean and David launch their new business endeavor. When you have time, spend a few minutes [...]

“Postcards from Ballona”

“Postcards from Ballona”

→  April 24, 2009

On Earth Day, April 22, 2009, a group of artists and volunteers gathered to revamp the “Postcards from Ballona” mural which has graced the Ballona Creek Bike Path access ramp on the west side of Overland Avenue in Culver City since 1997. Over the years, the mural had become a victim of both vandalism and graffiti; [...]