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Artist Reception and Scotch Tasting at Barnsdall Art Park This Evening (2/28)

28 Feb

Barnsdall at Sunset

Barns­dall Art Park at Sun­set. Photo by iamliam

Look­ing for some­thing to do tonight — but don’t want to get in your car because all the other dri­vers have gone rain-crazy? Well, you’re in luck. Barns­dall Art Park Foun­da­tion is host­ing a talk­back with artist Man­fred Müller whose exhi­bi­tion “Objects Are Closer Than They Appear” is cur­rently on dis­play at the Los Ange­les Munic­i­pal Art Gallery. Still not quite up for it because it will force you to com­mune with the increas­ingly rare phe­nom­ena known as Los Ange­les pre­cip­i­ta­tion? Did I men­tion there will be Scotch — and that if you grab a ticket, you’ll get to taste it?

Fri­day Feb­ru­ary 28, 2014
5:30 — 7:00pm Scotch Tast­ing (hosted by Sil­ver Lake Wine and Say Cheese)
7:00 — 8:00pm Cov­er­sa­tion with the Artist: Man­fred Müller

Los Ange­les Munic­i­pal Art Gallery
at the Barns­dall Art Park
4800 Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard
Los Ange­les, CA 90027

Tick­ets are $40/person, most of which can go towards get­ting you a mem­ber­ship in the Barns­dall Art Park Foun­da­tion which has arranged dis­counts for mem­bers a num­ber of local businesses.

Free Comedy @ The Virgil, Sat Jan 26 @ 8pm

18 Jan

New-ish bar The Vir­gil will be host­ing a free com­edy night later this month.

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& Tunes at Record Release Party Tonight">Free Booze & Tunes at Record Release Party Tonight

20 Dec

I have no idea if the music is any good, but who doesn’t love free drinks?


From a Smut & Bass press release (empha­sis mine)

Smut + Bass will release their annual com­pi­la­tion. This Small Sound Would Kill Her will be avail­able in cas­sette form (for free, lim­ited to 100 copies) and will fea­ture orig­i­nal music by Dave Beta­max, Jin­callo, Som­er­sett, Shakes, Lower Lev­els, Wind­slo, Kone, Wal­ter Gross, Fat Albert Ein­stein, Some­jerk, and Scum. A sort-of-kind-of beat tape with end­less styles, cour­tesy of our label and homies.

The release party will be an in-store show­case, this Thurs­day (Decem­ber 20th) at High Fidelity in Los Feliz, 8:00–11:30PM. Free drinks! Free tapes! Free stick­ers! Free entry! Throwed sounds c/o Jawn Titor fol­lowed by live sets by Wal­ter Gross, Wind­slo, Jin­callo, Kone, Dave Beta­max, and Fat Albert Einstein.

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Pop-Up Beer Garden and Christmas Tree Lot @ “The Service Station” This Weekend

12 Dec

From Our­Los­Fe­liz reader Austen Lee:

I just wanted to let you know about a com­mu­nity event and pop up beer gar­den we’re host­ing this week­end at the River­side Ser­vice Sta­tion in Los Feliz. There will be real snow on the prop­erty, christ­mas trees for sale, food trucks, music, pop up shops and bou­tiques, beer wine and cider, as well as games, raf­fles, and give­aways. More info can be found here on the River­side sta­tion website.”

Sounds like a good time to me!

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Neighborhood Council Elections — October 6, 2012 10am-4pm

2 Oct

If you’re vot­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, the Pres­i­den­tial race is pretty much already decided. Want your vote to really count? Vote in the Neigh­bor­hood Coun­cil Elec­tions for the Greater Grif­fith Park district.

Neigh­bor­hood Coun­cil Elec­tions
Greater Grif­fith Park District

Octo­ber, 6, 2012

Elysian Masonic Tem­ple
1900 N Ver­mont Ave
Los Ange­les, CA 90027

For infor­ma­tion on the can­di­dates, please see:’s cer­ti­fied can­di­date state­ments.

PM">Outdoor Movie “Fletch” at Barnsdall Park Tonight at 7:30 PM

15 Sep

The Barns­dall Art Park foun­da­tion is host­ing a series of screen­ings at the Barns­dall art park. Tonight (9/15/12) at 7:30pm they will be screen­ing the 1985 Chevy Chase com­edy “Fletch”. You can bring a pic­nic or if you’d rather not schlep a bas­ket there’s a beer and wine tast­ing that starts at 5:30. Tick­ets for just the movie are $10, and tick­ets that include the tast­ing are $25. This looks like a great alter­na­tive to the crazy long lines and impos­si­ble park­ing of the Cine­spia Ceme­tery Screenings.

Fletch Trailer

Tick­ets can be pur­chased and more infor­ma­tion can be found at the barns­dall web­site.

Here is the rest of this season’s calendar:

  • Sept 15th – Fletch
  • Sept 22th – Edward Scissorhands
  • Sept 29th — Swingers
  • Octo­ber 6 – Gattaca
  • Oct 13 – Sun­set Boulevard
  • Oct 20 – Lau­rel Canyon
  • Oct 27 – House on Haunted Hill

Watch the Mars Rover Landing at the Griffith Observatory Tonight @ 9:00 p.m.

5 Aug

It is dif­fi­cult for me to express exactly how excited I am about the prospect of another rover land­ing on the mar­t­ian sur­face — suf­fice to say it’s how I’ve started nearly every con­ver­sa­tion for the past three days. Tonight is your chance to get in on the “start” of what is likely to be one of the most sig­nif­i­cant sci­en­tific expe­di­tions in human his­tory. The first set of rovers to land on mars pro­vided us with strong evi­dence for a his­tory of liq­uid water on mars. This lat­est rover, “Curios­ity”, is tasked with explor­ing sed­i­men­tary for­ma­tions to deter­mine whether Mars ever pro­vided an envi­ron­ment that would have been hos­pitable to the for­ma­tion of life as we know it on Earth.

The mechan­ics of tonight’s rover land­ing are like some­thing out of a mis­sion impos­si­ble film. A descent from space into the atmos­phere, a gigan­tic para­chute, fol­lowed by a rocket-slowed descent, cul­mi­nat­ing in the low­er­ing of the SUV-sized nuclear-powered rover onto the mar­t­ian sur­face. This sequence is known as the seven min­utes of terror:


If you want to watch cov­er­age of the land­ing live, then I highly encour­age you to head to the Grif­fith Obser­va­tory tonight.

From the Grif­fith Obser­va­tory web­site:

Grif­fith Observatory’s cura­to­r­ial staff will present NASA’s live cov­er­age of the event, pro­vide addi­tional com­men­tary on the mis­sion, and answer ques­tions in a free pro­gram start­ing at 9:00 p.m. The Obser­va­tory will be open for this event until 12:00 mid­night. How­ever, inbound Grif­fith Park gates will close as usual at 10:00 p.m. In addi­tion, the DASH Obser­va­tory Week­end Shut­tle will stop oper­at­ing at 10:00 p.m. as usual.

Leonard Nimoy Event Hori­zon­Sun­day, August 5th, 20129:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Admis­sion is free.

If you can’t attend, watch LIVE onGrif­fith Observatory’s chan­nel on LiveStream.

Los Feliz Street Fair Today 11am-10pm

22 Jul

Bi-Weekly Figure Drawing Workshop Off Hillhurst Ave.

25 Jun

Photo Credit: Los Feliz Fig­ure Draw­ing Meetup

I just hap­pened onto a pretty fan­tas­tic ongo­ing event for the artis­ti­cally inclined. From their meetup page (empha­sis mine):

We are host­ing life­draw­ing and paint­ing work­shops Mon­day and Thurs­day evenings from 7 to 10 pm. Both evenings are twenty-five minute poses for unin­structed draw­ing. We are located at 4451 Kingswell Ave, at the North­east cor­ner of Kingswell and Hill­hurst in the heart of Los Feliz Vil­lage. There’s a long dri­ve­way and we’re all the way at the back, through a lit­tle court­yard to a bur­gundy door. The dona­tion is fif­teen dol­lars per ses­sion on a pay as you go basis.”

I went last Thurs­day and was impressed by the space, gen­eral abil­ity of the artists, and the dynamism of the model’s poses. This is an unin­structed work­shop, and you’ll need to bring your own mate­ri­als, but it’s a great oppor­tu­nity to improve your life-drawing chops.

More infor­ma­tion and pho­tos (some are NSFW) can be found on their meetup page.

The Griffith Park Bear Is Dressed Up Again

12 Jun

Update (6/25/12): I’ve been informed that the yarn bomber was not respon­si­ble for this par­tic­u­lar piece. You heard it here first: we have at least two artists dec­o­rat­ing the Berlin bear on a reg­u­lar basis.

From an emis­sary to the artist:

Pub­lic art has hit new heights in Los Ange­les, every­where you look in LA it seems like some­one has left their mark on a wall. Artists arm them­selves with stick­ers, wheat pastes and spray cans. How­ever, one par­tic­u­lar van­dal chooses to use wall­pa­per to express her­self. This last Sat­ur­day, Berlin the Grif­fith Park Bronze Bear was adorned in a cus­tom cos­tume made entirely of wallpaper.

This anony­mous and masked cul­prit wishes to cel­e­brate Los Ange­les using Princes & Crows wall­pa­per inspired by the city itself. Princes & Crows wall­pa­per is designed in LA by French export, Alix Soubi­ran and printed in the city as well. Out­fit­ted in a band hat and drum, the uni­form is accented with gold wall­pa­per. With his new getup, the bear is ready to march to the beat of his own drum. Attached to this email find images of the bear decked out in his new gear. You can also visit this pub­lic instal­la­tion at Grif­fith Park, located at the Los Feliz Blvd. entrance.

A peek at the artist herself!