Ten Essential L.A. Artworks made between 1964 and 1983

  1. Ed Kienholz, “Back Seat Dodge ‘38” (1964)
  2. Ed Ruscha, “Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass” (1968)
  3. Willie Herrón, “The Wall That Cracked Open” (1972)
  4. Chris Burden, “Trans-Fixed” (1974)
  5. Kent Twitchell, “The Freeway Lady” (1974)
  6. Bas Jan Ader, “Yeh I’ve been searchin’” (from “In Search of the Miraculous”) (1975)
  7. Richard Diebenkorn, “Ocean Park #79” (1975)
  8. Suzanne Lacy, “Three Weeks in May” (1977)
  9. Judy Chicago, “The Dinner Party” (1979)
  10. Llyn Foulkes, “The Last Outpost” (1983)

Creating the Future BOOK LAUNCH

Michael Fallon
Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970’s
Tuesday, September 9th, 6-8pm



Please join us in Midway’s Library Tuesday, September 9th from 6 to 8 pm for the launch of Michael Fallon’s new bookCreating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970’s. Common Good Books will have copies available for purchase at the launch. A presentation by Fallon will begin at 6 pm with mingling and book signing to follow.

"Unfairly maligned as a cultural wasteland, the Los Angeles of the 1970s was actually home to a stunning array of artists and art scenes that channeled the disillusionment of the era - and the myriad challenges of life in the sprawling, smog-choked city - into work that was powerful, enduring, and profoundly influential. Kudos to Michael Fallon for shining a brilliant and well-deserved spotlight upon this fascinating period."   
    – Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s 


Michael Fallon is a longtime writer and editor on arts and culture based in Minneapolis, where he serves as executive director of Minneapolis TV Network, a public access community media center. He has published hundreds of reviews, feature articles, essays, and profiles in print and on the internet for City Pages in Minneapolis, the Orange County Weekly, the St. Paul Pioneer PressPittsburgh City PaperMplsSt.Paul magazine, Utne ReaderPublic Art ReviewAmerican Craft, and Art in America. You can learn more about his work at www.writermichaelfallon.com and connect with him at www.twitter.com/michaelsfallon 

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Images of Septembers Past in Los Angeles

  1. Austrian Bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has some fun at a party on a yacht in Marina Del Rey in September 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  2. A September 4, 1936 re-enactment of the founding of Los Angeles (on the traditional anniversary of the 1781 founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, The Town of the Queen of the Angels; image courtesy of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner)
  3. Unidentified hispanic man driving a red car in Los Angeles on September 19, 2011
  4. The Los Angeles Raiders walk onto the field during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 5, 1993 (Mike Power/Allsport/Getty Images)
  5. Osamu Arthur Wakita, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Los Angeles Harbor College, in his L.A. office, September 10, 1960
  6. Spectators snap photos as Endeavour lands at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA, Matt Hedges)
  7. Pickets with placards reading “Save the Derby” in front of Brown Derby restaurant, Los Angeles, California, September, 1980. (LA Times Photo)

Eight culinary items invented in Los Angeles (and their likely place & date of origin)

  1. French Dip Sandwich (Cole’s Pacific-Electric Buffet, ea. 20th c.)
  2. Cobb Salad (The Brown Derby restaurant, ea. 20th c.)
  3. California Roll (The Tokyo Kaikan restaurant, ea. 1960s)
  4. Taquito (Cielito Lindo restaurant, 1930s)
  5. Shirley Temple (Chasen’s, 1930s)
  6. Frozen banana (Don Philips’ Original Frozen Banana stand, ca. 1940)
  7. Ice blended coffee drink (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, unknown)
  8. Fast food (McDonald brothers’ restaurant in Monrovia 1937/San Bernardino 1940) 

Nine Images from Los Angeles in July, 1979

  1. College student Chuck McManis watches Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise” speech at an L.A. service station. July 15, 1979. Source: AP
  2. Robert Alexander officiates a hot tub wedding ceremony in July, 1979. Source: Lyle Mayer
  3. Two punk fans outside an L.A. concert, July, 1979. Source: Getty Images
  4. Bee Gees in concert at Dodger Stadium, July 7, 1979
  5. Dodger Stadium crowds at Bee Gees concert, July 7, 1979
  6. Smog alert, late June, 1979. Source: Boris Yaro/L.A. Times
  7. Los Angeles in 1979. Source; George Parcari
  8. "Venice Beach, Los Angeles," Gary Winograd, 1979
  9. Cast and crew from M*A*S*H celebrating the start of their 8th season, July 10, 1979 

The Jogging Craze Sweeps L.A. (People Magazine, July 4, 1977)

Farrah & Lee jog the Hollywood Hills, July 4, 1977

The old folk from Indiana and Iowa and Illinois, from Boston and Kansas City and Des Moines, they sold their homes and their stores, and they came here by train and by automobile to the land of sunshine, to die in the sun, with just enough money to live until the sun killed them, tore themselves out by the roots in their last days, deserted the smug prosperity of Kansas City and Chicago and Peoria to find a place in the sun. And when they got here they found that other and greater thieves had already taken possession, that even the sun belonged to the others; Smith and Jones and Parker, druggist, banker, baker, dust of Chicago and Cincinnati and Cleveland on their shoes, doomed to die in the sun, a few dollars in the bank, enough to subscribe to the Los Angeles Times, enough to keep alive the illusion that this was paradise, that their little papier-mâché homes were castles.
–John Fante, Ask the Dust 


Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Cool view of the Santa Monica pier taken by an iPhone.


Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Cool view of the Santa Monica pier taken by an iPhone.

Showcasing Angeleno Writers #1: Erika Schickel


From Magic Hour

Erika Schickel

…Is this what I would become? A Hollywood have-not? I was off to a good start. Have-not-a-car. Have-not-a-job. Have-not-a-boyfriend. Have-not-a-clue why I had come to live in this bland and arid place.

And there it was again, walking beside me — my dirty little secret. I knew exactly why I was here; to become a movie star. It was not enough to be an actor making a honest living in repertory. I secretly felt — no, I knew — I had a face the camera would love. In my heart I felt sure I would be the one to beat the odds and achieve celebrity. This sparkly dream hung before my eyes and held me hostage to chronic unemployment and constant disappointment.

…My throat constricted with tears. What was I doing here? Had I made a terrible error in leaving friends, family, and the love of a perfectly good enough man to come to a place that called six wheezing buses public transportation?….

…The wind had changed direction. It was coming off the ocean, and it scrubbed the air clean. The light had changed, too. I t was as if a big UV filter had been placed over the low-slung sun. Shadow had returned, adding depth of field. The golden light turned the landscape Technicolor. Magic Hour had arrived.

I struck out, back toward Stanley Avenue, feeling as though I’d been filled with helium. I floated down the street, over the chunks of sidewalk cracked by earthquakes and pushed up by ficus roots. In the buttery light, Hollywood had become a natural beauty. I stopped seeing the trash and instead saw the plants. They seemed to burst out of every crack and crevice of the city.

In the east leaves were dropping, but in Los Angeles nature was in full riot. A purple bougainvillea scrambled up the exterior of a dry cleaner’s shop. A passionflower vine lushly upholstered a chain-link fence. Telephone poles were maypoled in morning glory. Purple salvia grew in an undulating wave along a curb. A concrete planter held an agave the size of a bus wheel. The plants were immense and prehistoric seeming. How had I missed them? Gathering in the corner of the Mobile station was a flock of birds of paradise, their orange heads titled back, wings arching toward the sky.

For all their exotic beauty, these plants were tough and sinewy — full of their own juices. None of them were native. They had all been transplanted from someplace else. I stopped to stare down the crimson throat of a yellow hibiscus the size of a phonograph bell. I had tried growing this plant on my windowsill back in New York. I fed it and kept it warm in its little pot; it lived for a long time, but it never once flowered. Here it was a profusely blooming hedge in front of a dental office. Like everything else, all it needed was the right location in order to root and bloom.

A handful of great moments in Los Angeles Dodger history.


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Hollywood in the 1950s


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Hollywood in the 1950s

"The difference between art and life is art is more bearable." 
–Charles Bukowski, “Notes of a Dirty Old Man”

"The difference between art and life is art is more bearable." 

–Charles Bukowski, “Notes of a Dirty Old Man”


Puig & Ramirez, back-to-back jacks

May 21, 2014

Citi Field

Flushing, New York

Photos by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America

Original post by the inimitable Mighty Flynn….


The Philco Radiobars website explains:

The idea behind the Radiobar dated back to the days of Prohibition (which was repealed in 1933) – make a functional piece of furniture in which one’s liquor stock and glasses could be stored, out of sight.

The earliest Radiobars, manufactured by the Radiobar Corporation of America (a West Coast manufacturer of the 1930s), used RCA-built chassis as well as chassis supplied by Philco, but within a few years, Radiobar was using Philco chassis exclusively in its products.

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Ah, L.A. in the 1930s….

(via greatgrottu)