Category Archives: Art

Did you miss the Doo Dah??!

I went again this year to the best parade around in Pasadena, CA.  Both of my kids one aged 7, the other aged 13, had a great time and that does not happen often!  On top of checking out all of the fun participants, you get to throw tortillas at them.  What else could you ask for??!  Here are some pictures I have collected via Google search as my lovely camera battery went dead right when we got there and I got NOTHING!!

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The Huntington LIbrary

The Huntington LIbrary

Don’t let the name fool you, the Huntington Library has MUCH more to offer than a library.  This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens and collection of French and British art that I have ever seen. The Huntington Art Collections reside in two buildings on the Huntington estate: The Huntington Art Gallery, and the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The Huntington Art Gallery houses the European art collection and includes one of the most distinguished collections of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside London.

Located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 626.405.2100

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $20 $23
Seniors (age 65+) $15 $18
Students(age 12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
Youth (age 5-11) $8 $8
Children (under 5) free free

Hours

Monday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

 

 

This is my favorite piece at the museum 1784 Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse.
In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. His superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the botanical gardens. The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen garden areas.

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Also enjoy the beautiful mansion on site also used as the gallery.

 


The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

April 25–28, 2013  Things to do in Hollywood this weekend!

For years and years I have wanted to go but unfortunately the cost of this event has not allowed me to do so.  The cheapest total event pass starts at $249 per person.  I have thought of just hanging out in the area just to people watch as that can be just as fun sometimes.  The Turner Classic Movie channel has an annual event where they show classic films on the big screen and have lots of actors and actresses old and new come in and do commentary.

You can buy individual event passes for $20 for general audiences, $10 with valid student I.D. for most events. Individual tickets are $30 for general audiences, $15 with valid student I.D

Please note: Individual tickets will NOT be sold for the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala screening of FUNNY GIRL (1968) or Club TCM events – including panels – as these are exclusive events for pass holders (depending on pass level).

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not admitted to any Festival events.

Please click this link to see the film festival schedule: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/schedule-thursday.php  For movie nerds like us, this event is a guaranteed good time.  If you go, please share your experience here!!


Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There is no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than to visit your local botanical garden.  Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

Tram tickets: $4. Trams tours are 1 pm Tuesday-Friday; 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. Please check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays.

Enchanted Railroad: $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets. The Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am-noon Tuesday & Friday; and 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own.

On site there is also the absolutely gorgeous Boddy House.  Boddy, publisher and owner of the former Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens.  Built in 1937, this 12,000sq foot, 2 story, 22 room mansion is a stunner. 

There is also an onsite art gallery called the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Please check the calendar to see what is going on and if you go please share your experience here!  I love this place and can’t wait to go back!!

 


Mealy-Mouthed Prude, Scaramouche Animated GIF

What a great piece!

Movies Silently

Scaramouche 1923 Animated GIF

Climene (Edith Allen) is getting pretty sick of Ramon Novarro telling her not to see other guys. Who does he think he is, her fiance? Oh yeah. He is her fiance. Well, anyway, he shows absolutely no sense of sophistication about the whole thing. So what if she’s seeing the guy who killed his best friend and made him an outlaw? Chill, Ramon, sheesh!

Charming girl. Charming.

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Things to do in Beverly Hills!

Things to do in Beverly Hills!

The Paley Center for Media AKA The Museum for Television and Radio was founded in 1975 and a really cool place to visit.

Located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Beverly Drive, the white marble/glass venue is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. They are closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. Parking is free for 2 hours using the Paley Center underground parking on Santa Monica Blvd. Afterwards, the fee is $1 for each 30 minutes. Admission is free

Paley Center for Media is committed to the idea that many television and radio programs are significant works and should be preserved for posterity’s sake. Instead of collecting artifacts and memorabilia, the Paley Center comprises mostly screening rooms, including two full-sized theaters. More than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs are available in the Paley Center’s library, and during each visit, viewers can select and watch shows at individual consoles, and radio programs are accessed through these same consoles.

Some television programs are from the 1940s with radio programs dating back to the 1920s. The earliest TV program in the Museum’s collection is a silent film of NBC’s 1939 production of Dion Boucicault‘s melodrama The Streets of New York (1857), with Norman Lloyd, George Coulouris and Jennifer Jones.[2]

This is a great way to spend a lazy day and watch old shows in their entirety.  I particularly love this because the shows include the original commercial programming, giving you an authentic look into the fashions and mind states of everyone at that time. I took some time to watch some I Love Lucy, but then found myself loving the commercials even more.  I also watched some old Saturday Night Live, then again, was loving the commercials!

I do suggest trying to think of the long lost shows of the past that you would want to see because when I got there with no plan, I was at a loss and couldn’t think of anything .  I also suggest to check the event calendar because they are always having shows and events that are very interesting and include some screenings with commentary.

The Paley Center for Media

465 N Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 786-1091 Wed-Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

If you go, please share your experiences here!!


Visit your local art gallery. GOPA Gallery in Riverside, CA

Gallery of Progressive Arts is always on the cutting edge displaying the hottest local artists and having a new artist opening show every first Thursday of the month during the Riverside Artwalk.  The gallery also has lots of goodies to buy like prints, clothes, jewelry, and many other things that were made by local artists.

Located at 3595 University Ave, Riverside, CA Suite A (upstairs)

Contact: 909-561-2487

Please call before visiting if not during the Artwalk to make sure the gallery is open for viewing.  I know they are always working on the next project and at times close the gallery to hang new work.

https://www.facebook.com/GOPAGallery


What to do this weekend? Try going to the Long Beach Antique Market

Admission $6.00 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Early Admission  $12.00 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM (For the hardcore shopper who wants to get first pick at all the goodies)

 

Children Under 12 Free

The Box Office closes at 2:00PM – Shop till 3:30 PM.

Free Parking –  Rain or Shine – No Pets Allowed

I have yet to make it to this particular event, but only because I want to go with some money to spend and that has yet to happen.  I have read many reviews about it and the people who have been, seem to go back again and again and almost seem addicted.  I fear this would be my fate as well.  If you are in the area, check it out and let me know what you think!!

http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com/

 


Another stunning Victorian home…the Morey Mansion

This house is one of my favorites that is only about ten minutes away from where I live now.  Located in Redlands, California, the Morey Mansion was once was used as a bed and breakfast but was recently sold to new owners who keep this gem all to themselves.  It is not available for tours or anything other than loving it from the street corner. 


Check out your local artwalk!

Ok, so I am a little late on this but in time I will be on top of things! This past weekend was the Pomona Artwalk in downtown Pomona where the art culture is rich in the Inland Empire.

If you are in the IE and want something to do, every second Saturday of the month Pomona has an art walk that is full of galleries having shows, providing snacks and sometimes wine, local bars, and lots of restaurants to grab something to eat during your journey.  It is several blocks of all of the above and a guaranteed good night for all.  There is also local events all month long in the downtown art district  like the weekend Farmers Market and every last Saturday of the month is the Pomona Night Out Classic Car show.  Several times a year there is the Antique Rows collectors Street Faire (Next one is on May 25, 2013 8am-3pm). (This is so dangerous for me not to spend every last time on the treasures found here!

http://pomonaartscolony.com/pages/blast.html

http://www.downtownpomona.org/


Vintage loving things to do this weekend in Los Angeles!

Vintage loving things to do this weekend in Los Angeles!

Calling all nerd and living history buffs!!

Warning!! Reservations required!!

Admission for attendees is $30.00 for the General Audience and $15 for children 6 to 10 years of age $22.50 for Museum Members and $7.50 for member children 6 to 10 years of age. Children under 6 are always free. Reservations are required. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1. Call the museum offices at 323-225-2700 ext 223 for reservations.


Now to cover art….The Brewery Artwalk in Los Angeles

Now to cover art….The Brewery Artwalk in Los Angeles

This is a really good time to go for an all day stroll through the apartments and studios of LA’s up and coming artist.  Please click on the link provided above to see for yourself but it is an amazing collection of art and the opportunity to eat at the local food trucks or at the on site restaurant which was delicious and affordable. 

 

This year it is on April 27, 2013. Oh and best part is, ITS FREE!  The Brewery is located at 2100 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031,  off the I-5 Freeway at Main Street.

 

The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating residentartists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios.


Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

I have been to this house several times as they always have a full calendar of events.  Please check the site and pick any of the wonderful events they hold on site.  My personal favorite is the Chinese Moon festival.  As always a grand family event with free crafts, music, tours, and food to buy.

8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 826-5273 (RMM)

Heritage House & Gift Shop Hours
Open September from the 1st weekend after labor day to June. (Closed July and August.)
Friday:  Noon – 3 pm
Saturday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Closed Monday – Thursday & Major Holidays. Open for special events.
PLEASE ARRIVE 45 MINUTES BEFOFE CLOSING


The Homestead Museum…another So Cal hidden gem

The Homestead Museum…another So Cal hidden gem

For my fellow nerds who love to enjoy living history and occasionally dressing the part, YOU MUST visit the Homestead Museum in September.  I went last year and will be going again this year.  You can expect the following:

Ticket to the Twenties

Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15 • 3 to 7 p.m. both days • Free—but bring spending money for food and shopping • 1920s dress is encouraged and Prohibition will be strictly enforced! • Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, but please leave little Fido at home (only certified service animals are permitted at the festival)

Dig out your glad rags and join us for a weekend of great fun! Celebrate the Roaring Twenties as you enjoy dance demonstrations and lessons, fashion shows, silent films, crafts, music, games, vintage automobiles, historic house tours, tasty food, and much more.

Here is some pictures from my experience last year!


Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

The Heritage Square Museum is a 19th century reconstructed neighborhood with real drop dead gorgeous Victorian homes.  The last time that I went was last year for the Antique Car show which was just as amazing as the houses!  If you are visiting the city of LA you MUST stop by to check this out or I definitely suggest checking the site calendar and going during an event and enjoy living history!