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Is This Love? A Teasin' Pleasin' Glam Metal Wedding Lookbook for June

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 4, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

Though I'm not the kind of person that whiled away my teenage fantasies dreaming up details of my future wedding plans, I will always and forever revel in the particulars of full-on fairy tale weddings of the rich and famous which for me, specifically my teenage self, were the painted faces and teased tresses posing in the pages of Metal Edge, RIP, Hit Parader, Kerrang!, Creem and Rock Scene. Four years ago today I got married to a normal guy with personality traits that resemble neither those of Slash nor Sebastian Bach (in other words, he'd rather not wear hats, never hides behind his hair and has yet to spend one thousand dollars on a single pair of leather pants). Anyway, in a sort of homage to the kind of rockers I loved to love in seventh grade (as evidenced by the names scrawled on my Trapper Keeper™) I choose to celebrate the anniversary of my nuptials by compiling wedding photos of some my favorite mid-late eighties and early nineties rock stars and the models, actresses, and model/actresses who loved them into a sort of Glam Metal Wedding lookbook -- the stuff that power ballads are made of. Enjoy!

Let's kick off this retro eleganza extravaganza with the most famous rock wedding that never happened, that of W. Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour as showcased by Guns N' Roses video for "November Rain."

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As you can see above, Seymour is so obviously owning the hottest-rock-babe-in-the universe bridal attire it's almost a shame she and Axl only video married and didn't get married married, which is what I like to assume they were planning on doing if they hadn't broken up before the "Illusions" video trilogy had completed filming. Just goes to show that in spite of how many times you believe you were "together" with someone in a past life doesn't necessarily mean it's kismet.

Summer on 7th - Inner-City Arts fundraiser

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 25, 2012 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The other night I went to a fundraising even at Inner-City Arts in Downtown LAInner City Arts is a program provides arts exposure and education to kids, most of whom live within a few miles of the school -- one of the more impoverished and under-served areas in the county (although there is at least one student who’s bussed in all the way from Pomona).


A center for ants


The Inner-City Arts campus was designed by Michael Maltzan, whose Los Feliz-based firm is also responsible for Westwood’s Billy Wilder Theater, part of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and several housing units for the formerly homeless.


 
Inner-City Arts classrooms


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Beat City Downtown - A Downtown Los Angeles Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 15, 2011 11:00am | Post a Comment
Downtown Los Angeles at Night

As regular (and probably irregular) readers of Eric's Blog know, I'm a bit of a Southern California wonk and a big part of my focus is writing about the culture, character and history of the many diverse communities of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Although so far there have been around 800 votes from readers I thought it would be fun (and hopefully entertaining) to focus on the regions and provide a brief summary of the districts within with the hope of encouraging informed voting. First I'd like to focus on the center of the southland, Downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Downtown Aerial View

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Before I moved to Los Angeles, a Chicagoan told me that LA had no downtown. I could see the cluster of buildings although it wasn't that much different from the many others that rise above the sprawl. Having visited it in the late '90s I disagreed with my acquaintance but could see her point. During the day the western portion was a commotion of be-suited bankers and accountants. The middle was absolutely bustling with Latino businesses and I found a great source for white denim and pupusas. The eastern portion was covered with tents and I saw people performing acts in exchange for crack that should only be done in private... and not for crack. When the sun set, metal doors and gates closed and it was desolate. I was occasionally threatened although I never was robbed or assaulted and to me it seemed that most visitors were from safe middle or upper class backgrounds who needed a bit of danger and prescribed, structured, punk rock rebellion to feel alive.  
 

Map of Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhoods
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Downtown Los Angeles 
 

A decade later it's greatly changed, with a large influx of residents and businesses returning to the city's core. Downtown Los Angeles is home to 21 (or 22) distinct districts and now home to around 64,000 Angelenos. It's a highly diverse region with a 44% Asian (mainly Chinese, Korean and Japanese with large numbers of Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai) plurality with the remainder breaking down as 31% Latino (mostly Mexican), 13% black and 10% white (based on 2008 estimates by the L.A. Department of City Planning).
 
 
LA in the Future LA streetcars
 

None of this is meant to suggest that all is now well and functioning at its peak potential. Downtown is still the epicenter of homelessness, has a lack of sufficient green space (why aren't green roofs more popular?) and I probably wouldn't suggest raising children there just yet. It is, however, coming up, with LA Live bringing entertainment, abandoned buildings being repurposed as beautiful lofts and the imminent return of trolleys all drawing visitors and new residents. Here's a short history.
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El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles was founded by the Spanish in 1781 in a small neighborhood colloquially known as "El Pueblo," between Chinatown and the Civic Center. In the 19th Century the area around it evolved into Sonoratown and later Little Italy, Dogtown and (old) Chinatown

In Celebration of the Hard Rock Power Trio: 1968 - 1973

Posted by Billyjam, November 2, 2010 06:25pm | Post a Comment

In the latter half of the 1960s, thanks to the then-new technology of powerful amplifiers, rock and roll witnessed the emergence of the power rock trio. Its blues based "hard rock" music would pave the way for heavy metal, progressive (prog) rock, and other later strains of heavier rock. Sans keyboards, rhythm guitar or other instrumentation, and simply utilizing the basic guitar, bass, and drums (plus feedback), the power rock trio formula was born. Cream (comprised of Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, & Ginger Baker) and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were among the early pioneers & ambassadors of this highly influential form of rock, and their combined influence was far reaching. Below are these two trios and several other late 60's into early 70's power rock trios spanning the formative half-decade Creamfrom 1968 to 1973.

Included are video clips of Cream doing their classic "Sunshine Of Your Love" from 1968 and The Jimi Hendrix Experience (with Noel Redding on bass & Mitch Mitchell on drums) doing "VooDoo Child (Slight Return)" live on the Lulu Show on BBC TV in 1969. From 1968 is renowned San Francisco band Blue Cheer with their classic interpretation of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" from a decade earlier. The band, who typically were on the more psychedelic hard rock end but are more hard blues rock leaning here, featured vocalist and bassist Dickie Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stephens and drummer Paul Whaley. "Summertime Blues" was recorded for their 1968 debut album Vincebus Eruptum.

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The Nickel aka Hell's Half-Acre - Los Angeles' Skid Row

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 25, 2010 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Mural in Skid Row, Los Angeles

This blog entry is about Skid Row. Joining me on the adventure were Aussie-Chinese film-producer Diana Ward and Colombian-Chinese-American designer/illustrator/downtown resident Wendy Chin -- both used to playing "traveling companions" to my Doctor.

Skid Row
is a neighborhood in Los Angeles' Central City East District. It's known to locals as "The Nickel" because it's centered on 5th. It's neighbored by the Fashion District, Little Tokyo, The Toy District, The Flower District and The Downtown Industrial District.

To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be covered on the blog, vote here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, vote here. To vote for Orange County communities, vote here.

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