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Buy art from last month’s Monster Drawing Rally

Among the art available for $50 from the Monster Drawing Rally includes Maxfield Hegedus' 12 x 9" ink and watercolor piece. Image courtesy of Outpost for Contemporary Art.

About a month ago, Highland Park-based Outpost for Contemporary Art held a drawing rally to fundraise for their non-profit organization.  Now, some of the art made at the event is available for $50 (originally $75!)

Art is available for local pick-up, and shipping is also available.

Visit Outpost’s website to see what else is up for sale and help support the local art community…You know your walls need it!

North Hollywood gets its own gateway

The NoHo gateway waits for its day

The NoHo gateway gets prepped for its big day.

I apologize for the lack of posting; I’ve been busy contributing to LAist and working on some other projects.  Moving on…

For months, there have been non-descript giant wood boxes on the sidewalk off Lankershim Boulevard and Huston Street, close to where this blogger is located offline…Could they be a makeshift homeless shelter?  A secret passageway to an underground tunnel?  Or just a big wood box?  Turns out NoHo is getting its own gateway, so while there will no be exciting hidden passages, there will be a new structure welcoming people to the Arts District.

The gateway is set to be unveiled tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend – I’m covering the Metro’s meeting on their bike policies in downtown for

Also in NoHo news: A walking tour by the San Fernando Valley Museum will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.   It meets at the Amelia Earhart statue at the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue, with a suggested donation of $10.

Hi De Ho Comics draws in fans on Free Comic Book Day

Gordo, an employee at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, makes sure complimentary comic books are well stocked for Free Comic Book Day.

Gordo, an employee at Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, ensures complimentary comic books are well-stocked for Free Comic Book Day.

“You want a free ‘Watchmen’ poster?” asks Gordo as he sits in front a glass display case with about 15 stacks of different comic books at Hi De Ho Comics & Books with Pictures on Santa Monica Boulevard, a couple blocks away from 3rd Street Promenade.  “Wanna free holiday issue?” he later asks a teenage boy eyeing the free comics.

The store participated in the international Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 2, and Hi De Ho Comics co-owner Bob Hennessy says there’s been a noticeable number of people coming in for the event.  At the time of this blogger’s visit, there was a steady flow of 30 to 40 customers at any given time in the 2,300-square-foot store.

“Comic books are a subgenre of literature,” says the 60-year-old Hennessy, who co-owns the Santa Monica store with his 59-year-old brother, Mark.  “There are some things that the medium does that other media can’t,” says Bob, sitting in the store’s back office.  “It’s enchanting.”

Now more than ever, he says, great comic book writers and artists are emerging.  More recently, there have been some great non-fiction graphic novels. “It really is good story-telling,” he says, adding that many of the best writers who earn a living elsewhere and stray from comics eventually return to the art form, “not because of the money,” but because they truly love the genre, says Hennessy.

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Looking to lend a hand? This Big Sunday is your chance

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Volunteers give a hand during last year's Big Sunday festivities. Photo courtesy of

Former British prime minister Winton Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

This weekend, the non-profit organization, Big Sunday, aims to help L.A. give their time or money for a good cause.

Check out their 3rd annual Big Sunday Arts Fair at the L.A. Farmer’s Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Sunday, May 3.  The event will include live dance, music and puppet show performances and craft-making, as well as a flea market in which all proceeds will benefit the long-running theatre group, “We Tell Stories.”

The organization is hosting several other events throughout L.A. over the weekend, including blood drives, electronic waste recycling, lemonade stands, and manicures (click here for a more detailed list).

Interested in donating time during Big Sunday?  Volunteers are needed for everything from beautifying public stairways in Los Feliz, exercising a green thumb at the Salvation Army residence Alegria, help repair reb center Phoenix House’s fence in Monrovia, take foster children on a hike at Whittier Narrows State Park, entertain seniors at St. John of God Nursing home and more – see all of the weekend’s opportunities here.

If you’re looking to do some shopping while doing some good too, Unique L.A.‘s anti-mall event at the California Market Center in downtown is showcasing independent designers’ and artists’ works this weekend, May 2 & 3.  Tickets are $5, and half of the proceeds are donated to local charities.

Hunt down Hollywood’s history on a Saturday scavenge


Watson Adventures is offering a free scavenger hunt in Hollywood this Saturday. Though no more tickets are available, they regularly hold hunts throughout L.A. Photo courtesy of Watson Adventures.

When you’re an L.A. resident, Hollywood Boulevard is often just taken for face value as a hotspot for tourists mining for something more glamorous than its superficial sparkling sidewalks.

Watson Adventures is offering another twist to the Hollywood hunt for stardom…literally.  They’re hosting a “Hooray for Hollywood” scavenger hunt this Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m.  Though there are currently no more tickets available at the moment for the free event (upon checking the website, there were no more tickets available at the moment, but those interested are advised to check back the night before on April 17), they do also offer other events that require admission.

Check out their page and Facebook page for more information.

Anyone ever tried out their scavenger hunts, or set up your own urban exploration-themed hunts?  Feel free to share!

SurveyLA’s head discusses technology, methodology for preservation project

As mentioned in previous posts, the city is asking its citizens to recommend their favorite neighborhood spots to be made historical landmarks.  An event is being held Saturday, April 4 at the Central Library to kick-off the SurveyLA project.  Ken Bernstein, the project’s head, discussed the city’s renewed efforts to protect the city’s historical areas.

According to a report released by the Getty Conservation Institute showed that there was “no comprehensive inventory of [L.A.’s] resources,” said Bernstein.  “[GCI] entered into a grant agreement with the city” in which L.A. matched the J. Paul Getty Trust’s funding of $2.5 million for the five-year project that would strive to document historical places.

“[The project will] radically rethink how historical surveys used to be [with] a pencil and clipboard,” Bernstein said, adding that the city consists of 880,000 legal parcels.  “[It’s] creating an entirely new methodology…we now have a new database, and a field tool that surveys with tablet PCs…[using] donwloaded information from our geographic survey.  The city an upload a photograph and match it to the parcel [being surveyed].  It’s taken a bit of time to design and get that tool in place.”

L.A. approved an ordinance in 1962 that would preserve cultural heritage sites, but “in many ways we are playing catch up” because it wasn’t until recently that the city began taking more initiative in protecting its historical areas.

“This really should have been done 40 years ago,” said Bernstein.  “We’ve been operating…very much in the dark,” and neighborhoods in West L.A., the San Fernando Valley and downtown cities have yet to be surveyed for important places.  These are the areas where “significant buildings [may be lost] without [us] even knowing it…Community members have to rally to save [these places] at the 11th hour,” he said.  “It’s far better to be proactive and upfront well before there’s a threat to a particular site.”

The city is reaching out to those community members who are willing to act as neighborhood coordinators and reach out to their “friends and longtime residents to identify places that are important local landmarks…We are hoping to begin building a network of engaged active neighborhood volunteers” and work with Angelenos.

So far, the city has been getting a stream of steady responses from their online MyhistoricLA submission form, Bernstein said.  One example includes “an old (Chatsworth) movie ranch up against a hillside…that has never been designate and has great natural features.”   There have been some “offbeat responses,” but for the most part, many of the submissions have been “very interesting.”

Bernstein, who used to work with the L.A. Conservancy, said they are working on “a nomination for the Bob Baker (who has been at his craft for about half a century at this point) Marionette Studio just west of downtown, along with the original See’s Candy home on Western Avenue.  Both sites are “very (architectually) modest…but it’s not always about a single place or one great grandiose architectural landmarks.”

“It’s how these buildings tell the story of Los Angeles,” Bernstein said.

The SurveyLA kick-off celebration takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Library, located at 5th and Flower in downtown.  A panel discussion headed by KPCC Air Talk host Larry Mantle runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., when local community organizers, city officials, developers and preservationists discuss issues in surveying the city; reservations to attend the panel discussion can be made at

City to celebrate new efforts in documenting L.A.’s historic places

Los Angeles Central Library by mental.masala on Flickr

A celebration will be held at the Los Angeles Central Library to mark the city's new SurveyLA project, which is encouraging citizens to recommend historical sites in their communities. Photo courtesy of mental.masala at Flickr.

Every community has it: that bizarre house at the corner known for its strange architecture and perhaps even stranger occupants.  Angelenos can now report that odd abode, whether it’s someone else’s or their own, as a historical place of Los Angeles.  As part of a new preservation program to document the city’s historic resources, officials are encouraging citizens to suggest oft-ignored areas of their neighborhoods for their new SurveyLA project.

The city is throwing a kick-off celebration at the L.A. Central Library, located at the corner of 5th and Flower downtown, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4.  KPCC Air Talk host Larry Mantle will host a panel of community organizers, city officials, developers and preservationists discussing the survey from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Reservations are recommended for the panel discussion and can be made at

Among the 11 communities to be surveyed include the 210-freeway cities of Sunland-Tujunga, La Canada, La Cresenta, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills.

Got a suggestion for the survey? Visit to help out.

To get to the April 4 event car-free, take the Red Line subway and get off at Pershing Square, located at 4th and Hill and walk west to 5th Street.  If you’re driving, parking is only $1 all day during library hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays) with a validation.

Unfortunately, this blogger will be unable to make it – she’ll be playing a real tourist as she explores Paris and London for two weeks (stay tuned for special out-of-LA posts during those travels!).