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Taste of the Mideast Side -- at the Los Angeles County Store

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 8, 2014 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography

Taste of the Mideast Side


If there are regular readers of my column here on the Amoeblog, they've probably seen some of the hand-drawn and hand-painted maps which I include in my series of Southland explorations I call California Fool's Gold. Right now a series of new maps are on display at the Los Angeles County Store in East Hollywood. None, except the Los Feliz map, have been the subject of Eric's Blog entries yet. 

Eric Brightwell Cartography Art Show Los Angeles County Store

The Los Angeles County Store is a great retail shop which features only goods designed and manufactured in Los Angeles County. The opening has already passed but the maps can still be seen in person if you head over there soon -- the show ends on 21 September

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Mideast Side (3rd Edition)
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of the Mideast Side (3rd Edition)

I refer to the set of paintings as Taste of the Mideast Side -- a reference to Taste of the Eastside, a four-year-old food event which despite its name never features restaurants from the Eastside unless you clarify that you're talking about the Eastside of Central Los Angeles (aka the original Westside). Here are the maps included in the show (which you can vote for me to write about here). 

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Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 8, 2014 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Timothy SimonsAmoeba Hollywood was the place to be on Saturday, September 6 where Timothy Simons (Jonah from VEEP) highlighted and auctioned off all kinds of cool and crazy stuff to benefit the Theater Arts Program at Los Angeles High School of the Arts. With his droll sense of humor and his whimsical stream-of-consciousness descriptions of each item, he had the audience chuckling and bidding. The more they chuckled, the higher they bid. He raised more than $1,200.00 in bids which, when matched by Amoeba, means $2,400.00 for the LAHSA Theater program!

"Here is...a Beatles pack. The Beatles. Maybe you've heard of them....a band from Australia a bunch of years ago who made their debut US television appearance on the Johnny Carson show."

The deadpan delivery and ongoing ironies made for a highly entertaining afternoon. The sheer brilliance in his introduction of a Lynyrd Skynyrd wall tapestry...well, you had to be there. This month's auction items were also amazing, including autographed VEEP items, concert tickets to sold out shows and backstage access, as well as weird and wonderful promo items. As Tim slyly delivered up each item and shared memories, I wondered how many of the kids in the audience took his recounting as gospel. It was all in good fun for a good cause! 

Some highlights from Saturday's auction:

  • Lyndyrd Skynrd banket/wall tapestry - $15.00
  • Simpsons lunchbox + Trader Joe's gift card - $65.00
  • Nintendo 2DS + awesome Super Mario Brothers goodies - $130.00
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - $125.00
  • Patton Oswalt rad pack: 2 LPs + free passes to Patton's 9/13 Largo show, w/backstage meet & greet passes - $165.00!
  • Beavis & Butthead shirt + Silicon Valley poster signed by Mike Judge - $65.00
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Book signed by Matt Walsh along with Alt-J tickets - $60.00
  • VEEP Season 2 Blu-ray signed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus - $60.00
  • Beatles fan pack - $50.00
  • Led Zeppelin fan pack - $15.00
  • Signed Silversun Pickups CD, guitar pick & poster - $17.00
  • Bike pack: Golden Saddle cap, SOLE shirt, signed VEEP stuff - $ 90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at The Fonda - $40.00
  • Tickets to Elvis Costello w/Ben Folds at the Hollywood Bowl - $45.00
  • Tickets to the Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary: Fireworks Finale at the Hollywood Bowl - $55.00
  • Tickets to the PixiesGogol Bordello and Cat Power at the Hollywood Bowl - $65.00
  • Tickets to Bob Mould at the Roxy - $25.00
  • Tickets to Afghan Whigs at the Fonda - $30.00
  • Tickets to Lykke Li at the Hollywood Palladium - $30.00 
  • Tickets to Lilly Allen at the Hollywood Palladium - $50.00

A little bit about Timothy Simons, who graciously returned to host our auction:

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Summer on 7th Featuring Peanut Butter Wolf, De Lux & More August 2 in Downtown LA

Posted by Amoebite, July 10, 2014 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Ahhh summer in the city. Nothing quite captures the magic and possibilities of a late summer night in vibrant Downtown LA like a rooftop concert -- especially when said concert features performances from De Lux, YACHT and Peanut Butter Wolf. You'll also get to experience art installations from Friends with You and Animal Charm, music by dublab DJs, experimental video games curated by Messhof, and cocktails provided by the Roosevelt Hotel's Spare Room. And it wouldn't be a party without food trucks from Heirloom LA, Guerilla Tacos, Urban Oven and Salt & Straw.

Inner-City Arts

It's all taking place on Saturday, August 2, when Inner-City Arts opens its award-winning campus designed by Michael Maltzan for a celebration called Summer on 7th. Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment.

Tickets to Summer on 7th are $65 advance / $75 at the door and all proceeds support free access to arts education. The event kicks off at 7pm at 720 Kohler Street, on the corner of 7th and Kohler.  

Remembering Mike Kelley at MOCA

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2014 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead

This summer, LA's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is celebrating the life and work of another LA icon, the late artist Mike Kelley. So incisive and influential is Kelley's body of work that the exhibit takes up the entirety of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, plus a gallery at MOCA Grand Avenue. With a deep and far-ranging oeuvre that takes in media from sculpture to photography to performance, Kelley's contributions to the world of music are sometimes overlooked.

Sonic Youth Dirty

A founding member of Detroit's noise/proto-punk band Destroy All Monsters, a student of Laurie Anderson (at CalArts), and the artist behind Sonic Youth's Dirty album art, Kelley's musical output is proudly positioned in the underground. Amoeba Hollywood sat down with Kelley a few years back to delve into that musical heritage, and to get his thoughts on the movies and music that influence and inspire him as an artist. In this 2010 installment of our Webby award-winning series What's In My Bag?, Kelley runs through his picks, from hallucinatory no-budget schlock horror flicks to classic jazz vocalists.

 



A map and snapshot of Los Angeles

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 17, 2014 01:26pm | Post a Comment
Los Angeles County map of neighborhoods and communities
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's hand-painted map of Los Angeles County communities and neighborhoods

Yesterday I finished painting a large map of Los Angeles County. On it I attempted to depict every Los Angeles County community and every Los Angeles neighborhood. It was also important to me to include the two Channel Islands that are part of Los Angeles and to depict them where they actually are in relation to the rest of the county (and not shrunken and stuffed into a box in the corner -- a fate with which Hawaii and Alaska are intimately familiar). 

I first started writing about exploring Los Angeles neighborhoods in October 2007. I began writing about Los Angeles County communities a month later. I expanded to Orange County in 2010, in defiance of ignorant protestations based on stereotypes which, as with those leveled against Los Angeles, have a increasingly little resemblance to reality. I tagged all of my pieces California Fool's Gold in homage to the late, great Huell Howser, a fellow immigrant from the Upper South and explorer of the real California. I'd love to be able to map and explore other countries, cities, and neighborhoods too though and there is literally nowhere that I won't go. Have easel, will travel.

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