Festival of Lights 2013: The Mission Inn Hotel opens their holiday light fest on Nov. 29. A CHECKLIST post at KCET has details, and great photos from last year's opening night shot by Bebe Krokpo, a photographer based in Corona. She will be there again, and I'm looking foward to the new snaps.
MIssion Inn's Massive Festival of Lights Opens Friday[view]
Winston toward Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
In front of 118 Winston, at Werdin Place / Indian Alley, is the Navajo Chief statue by sculptor Erma Yazzie near the "We Are Still Here" mural by Shepard Fairey. It made a debut during the November 2013 Downtown Art Walk. Details at my column Writing on the Wall at KCET's Departures.
"Erosion of Native American Culture Subject of Protest and Art" [view]
For the record, here's my monthly preview for Downtown Art Walk held November 14 [view]
Will the Wolf Survive? (1986) Los Lobos Dir: Mick Haggerty
Downtown Los Angeles is the dream destination, and escape, for a couple in this "meet cute" troupe on a pre-gentrified Main Street. Also note the band's logo as street art. It's the 40th Anniversary for Los Lobos, and "We feel like the Forrest Gumps of Chicano rock," said Cesar Rosas in the November 13th LA Times. "We've sort of been in a lot of trippy places, you know? We've met presidents too, a lot of heavyweights. Chicano kids playing with the Grateful Dead, you know?"
"As Los Lobos turns 40, bandmates reflect on a trippy ride" I Los Angeles Times [view]
"24-Hour Latin Alternative Radio Station to Launch with Live Set by Los Lobos" I Billboard [view]
Muralist Judith Baca, and Isabel Rojas-Williams, MCLA Executive Director, and Emily Winters, give the mural ordinance a proper send-off Friday, Oct. 3. Photo: Ian Robertson-Salt
Catching up with the stories posted at KCET. Missing from the list after the fold are a few posts on the slow progress of the mural ordinance, lifting a ban that lasted for 11 years. As you can see from the photo above, it's all official, signed-off, and waiting periods are over.
As the mural ordinance was voted on, Lydia Emily completed a mural on 5th and San Pedro. "Special Thanks to Wendell Blassingame of the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council and OG Man from the Skid Row Artist's Collective for their blessing," writes LA Freewalls via a Facebook "new mural alert." Assisting Emily were artists Crushow Herring and Lindsay Carron. It's a Birdman Photo.