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Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride….Oh yahhhhhh!

Located in the abandoned Griffith Park Zoo, the setting is perfect!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Park_Zoo

The Griffith Park Zoo was a city-owned zoo in Los Angeles, California that opened in 1912 and closed in 1966 with the opening of the Los Angeles Zoo. The abandoned site of the Griffith Park Zoo, complete with the ruins of animal enclosures, is now a picnic area and hiking trail in Griffith Park.

History

The first zoo in Los Angeles was the Eastlake Zoo in East Los Angeles, which opened in 1885. The Griffith Park Zoo opened in 1912 with a grand total of 15 animals. The new zoo was built on the site of Griffith J. Griffith‘s defunct ostrich farm.  In the mid 1920s, William Nicholas Selig donated many of the animals from his own collection to the new zoo.

It was expanded in the 1930s by work crews from the Works Progress Administration.Most of the enclosures were built in the caves-with-iron-bars style which was then standard for zoos.

Old cages with a sign explaining their historical background.

As Los Angeles grew, the small Griffith Park Zoo was increasingly criticized as an “inadequate, ugly, poorly designed and under-financed collection of beat-up cages”, despite drawing more than 2 million visitors a year. In 1958 the city passed a $8 million bond measure to create a brand new zoo. Griffith Park Zoo closed in August 1966 and its animals were transferred to the new Los Angeles Zoo 2 miles away, which opened in November 1966. The animal enclosures, minus bars, were left as ruins; picnic benches or tables were installed in some of them.

 

http://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/

 


Happy 75th anniversary Wizard of Oz

Wow, has it really been 75 years?? Yes it has.

To celebrate they are showing it in 3D at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90160/887597?brand=pantagesca

http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com/

To celebrate here are some great behind the scene shots from the movie!!

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Tomorrow!! @ the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, CA! 7:30pm

Buy your tickets here! http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/down-to-the-sea-in-ships

Elmer Clifton directed this exciting and realistic saga of 19th century whaling, featuring an actual whale hunt captured on film. Shot on location in New Bedford, Massachusetts with locals in period costume as extras, the film stars Raymond McKee, Marguerite Courtot and, in her second film role, Clara Bow.


Vintage boxing – Just for fun :)


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Big Bear Air Fair 2013 – Saturday August 24, 2013

Big Bear City Airport proudly presents the Big Bear Airfair 2013 Celebrating 110 Years of Flight to be held Saturday August 24, 2013 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

http://www.bigbearcityairport.com/air-fair/

The morning skies will be filled wiith the sights and sounds of vintage Warbirds, antique aircraft, and many others. Now in the 16th year, the Big Bear Air Fair continues to be on of Big Bear’s most exciting family entertainment events.

This one-day show attracts and estimated 8,000 spectators from all over to see static displays, sky divers, and more. Also on hand enjoy lots of vendors, aviation vendors, community group exhibits, military displays, and more. There will be a lot of new and exciting aircraft for this year’s Air Fair.  The appearance of a pair of B-25s, P-47 Thunderbolt, F3F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat, Mk XIV Spitfire and Zero are sure to be eye-catchers.  There will also be television and movie stars flying-in. The B-25, “Executive Suite”, was seen in the movie Catch-22 and other aviation and entertainment media. The PT-17 seen in the TV show JAG will be here as well the PT-17 and Val (movie conversion) from the movie Pearl Harbor.

Classic cars will be displayed next vintage aircraft. A variety of vendors will have aviation regalia and representatives from community organizations will be present.  There is food for any and all tastes along with tasty treats.  For those of all ages there will be a full motion simulator, face paint along with spray and glitter tattoos and a balloon artist.  Rides will be available in vintage aircraft and a helicopter.

Arrive early at 7:00AM for the Kiwanas pancake breakfast to start your day right. Fly-ins of all types are welcome.

501 Valley Blvd, Big Bear City, California 92314
Admission is $2.00 for all except those in strollers.

 


The Knickerbocker Hotel- Tidbits and Facts on an old Hollywood landmark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knickerbocker_Hotel_%28Los_Angeles%29

Hotel Knickerbocker served as a temporary home to Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Rudolph Valentino, Three Stooges, Francis Farmer and some still live there in spirit.

The Renaissance Revival bar was a popular spot for celebrities. Silent screen star Rudolph Valentino was known to ride his horse down from the hills and dance the tango to the live music in this bar. Marilyn Monroe used to sneak through the kitchen in order to meet up with Joe Dimaggio.

When making movies, Elvis Presley liked to stay in Suite 1016. In fact, the song “Heartbreak Hotel” was written about the Knickerbocker by Hoyt Axton’s mother. Some of his publicity shots were taken inside the hotel.

Frances Farmer, who had a brilliant career in the 1930s and 1940s, turned to alcohol and drugs. She was arrested at the Knickerbocker after getting into a fight and dragged out half-naked. She was taken to a sanitarium where she was abused and eventually given a lobotomy. (Actual pic below of the arrest!)

Famous film director D.W. Griffith died of a stroke in 1948. He was living on the 10th floor and collapsed in the lobby under the art deco chandelier. He had turned to alcohol and Hollywood disowned him. Later, he was remembered as a brilliant director and, in 1999, a plaque honoring Griffith was placed in the lobby at the Knickerbocker.

Irene Gibbons, who designed costumes for famous actresses such as Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich, committed suicide at the Knickerbocker in 1962. She went into a deep depression after the death of actor Gary Cooper, whom she loved.

Bess Houdini, widow of Harry Houdini, conducted annual séances on Halloween night on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker. She did this for 10 years until 1936. During the first séance, thunder and lightning began. It was believed that this storm was limited to the top of the hotel and was not seen anywhere else in the Hollywood.

“The Hollywood Knickerbocker Apartments, formerly the Knickerbocker Hotel, is a senior home located at 1714 Ivar Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Built in 1925 by E.M. Frasier in Spanish Colonial Revival style, the historic hotel catered to the region’s nascent film industry, and is the site for some of Hollywood’s most famous dramatic moments. Rudolf Valentino was a regular at the bar before his death in 1926.”


Bettie Page….the side you DIDN’T know

Pin-up beauty Bettie Page’s mugshot from October 29th 1972.  Many of Bettie’s fans don’t seem to know that she left the pinup world and became a religious fanatic. Years later she was diagnosed of having ( acute schizophrenia ) and she ev…entually spent 20 months in a state mental institution because she stabbed three people. A husband and wife the first time, and her 66 year old roommate the second time because she said that ( God inspired her to do it ) She died at the age of 85.

What was the dark secret of Bettie Page—the curvaceous  black-banged pinup goddess who titillated 1950s America with S&M poses, abandoned her career in 1957, and disappeared? Other bios have chronicled her subsequent incarnations as an evangelical Christian, suburban housewife, and English teacher. But journalist Richard Foster, in his sensationalistic, albeit scrupulously researched book, The Real Bettie Page: The Truth About the Queen of the Pinups, reveals that in 1979 and 1982, Page (a diagnosed schizophrenic) tried to stab several people to death and was institutionalized and spent her last days as a recluse. She also made several foster attempts, clumsily, to reconcile her victimized childhood with her mental illness.

A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel — or nothing at all.

Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products — Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses — and, in 2005,  a film about her life and times, “The Notorious Bettie Page.”

“I want to be remembered,” she said, “as I was when I was young and in my golden times. . . . I want to be remembered as the woman who changed people’s perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form.”

Her life to an amazing twist at 35, Page walked away from it all. She quit modeling and moved to Florida, where she married a much younger man whose passions, she later learned, were watching television and eating hamburgers.

Page fled from her home in tears after a dispute on New Year’s Eve in 1959. Down the street, she noticed a white neon sign over a little white church with its door open.

After quietly taking a seat in the back, she had a born-again experience. Page immersed herself in Bible studies and served as a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade.

In 1967, she married for a third time. After that marriage ended in divorce 11 years later, Page plunged into a depression marked by violent mood swings. She argued with her landlady and attacked her with a knife. A judge found her innocent by reason of insanity but sentenced her to 10 years in a California mental institution.

She spent most of her final years in a one-bedroom apartment, reading the Bible, listening to Christian and country tunes, watching westerns on television, catching up on diet and exercise regimens or sometimes perusing secondhand clothing stores.


The New L.A. Folk Fest presents a “Happening” at HM157

Cover Photo

Return to the birthplace of the Folk Fest!
Featuring: The Americans, White Dove, Turn On The Sunlight, The Melodic, Emily Lacy, Kirpatrick (from Spindrift), Song Preservation Society, Ghiant, Vision Quest, Moomaw, Bloody Death Skull, AND MORE…As always, we will fit in as many bands as we can!
$20 ticket includes free drinks and other goodies! RSVP REQUIRED. RSVP on Facebook or email lafolkfest@gmail.com … We’re working on some big things, so this event is a fundraiser as much as it a way to get together and enjoy some summer fun.
Proceeds will also be donated to the California State Parks Foundation from this event & all events that we do between now and next summer. Save the parks!
Co-presented by The New LA Folk Fest, L.A. Record, and All Scene Eye
Want to participate? Sponsors, donors, services, volunteers, brands, contact lafolkfest@gmail.comHistorical Monument #157, also referred to as The Horace P Dibble House, is a community creative collective space on the California Historical landmark list, voted “Best Underground Date Night” and “Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment” by the L.A. Weekly.


Now this is a hair raising event!!


1920sTheme Casino Night in Pomona August 1st!!!


That’s LA??!!

Corner of Main, Spring, and Ninth streets in downtown Los Angeles, 1939.

 


Culture is calling! Though Aug. 9: Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Corazon de Los Angeles on Olvera Street

What better place to view such lovely art than in the historic downtown Los Angeles Olvera Street.  Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Corazon de Los Angeles on Olvera Street. Mixed media, multi-artist exhibit features George Yepes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Magda Bowen, Lani Cupchoy, Mirlette Islas, Lorena Rivera, Jorge Guillen, Johnny Rivera & array of Frida themed nichos & jewelry.  Corazon is located at W-19A (upstairs) Olvera St./634 N. Main St. LA 90012. For more information, call (323) 341-7970, email info@corazonla.com or on Facebook Corazon-de-Los-Angeles-at-Olvera-Street.

Pictured: “Frida on Wood ” by Maria Kane

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San Bernardino Art + Film Lab Friday, July 26–Sunday, August 25, 2013

Friday, July 26–Sunday, August 25, 2013 Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino is the second site for the LACMA9 Art + Film Lab.  Area residents are invited to participate in free film workshops, an oral history project, outdoor film screenings, plus a free day at LACMA. Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation and the Arts Council.

About the City of San Bernardino Located south of the San Bernardino Mountains and west of the lower desert, San Bernardino is known for its scenic beauty and strategic location.  It is the largest city in the County of San Bernardino with a population of over 200,000 people.  Early influences of Native Americans, Mexican settlers, Spanish missionaries and Mormon emigrants still echo throughout the city today forming a community rich in history and cultural diversity. Known as LACMA9 Art + Film Lab, the project opens its doors Friday, June 7, at the University of Redlands. The structure consists of three elements: a computer lab, an art-making space and an audiovisual lab, each housed in a trailer-like room radiating from a central hub.

A screen installed between two of the sections will be used for nighttime movie presentations. All the programs are free. The workshops, on topics such as documentary making, composition and sound design, will be offered in the first two rooms. The audiovisual lab will host oral history sessions, in which members of the public can talk about their lives. “People will record a story about their community or a significant story in their life,” said Sarah Jesse, the art museum’s associate vice president of education. “If they bring a flash drive, they can take (a copy of the session) with them.” The lab will be at the Redlands site until July 7. From July 26 to Aug. 25, it will be at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino, next to the senior center.

 

LACMA9 Art + Film Lab The project of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be visiting the Inland area through August. June 7-July 7: University of Redlands, Brockton and University avenues July 26-Aug. 25: Perris Hill Park, 780 E. 21st St., San Bernardino Oral history hours: 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Redlands workshops: Mini Docs: noon-3 p.m. June 15 and 29 Soundscapes: 1-4 p.m. June 16 and 30 Instant Film: noon-3 p.m. June 22 and July 6 Composition: 1-4 p.m. June 23 and July 7 Sign-ups start one hour before the workshops. Information: 323-857-6000


Old Pasadena Film Festival July 5-27, 2013!!!!

This sounds absolutely wonderful!! What a great selection of movies to watch in wonderful Old Pasadena.  I am a huge fan of Pasadena and their events.  I have NEVER been disappointed!!  Come one, come all!!

Old Pasadena Film Festival 2013

The   Old Pasadena Film Festival, a four-week, free movie series, returns  July 5 –  27. This mostly outdoor film festival  celebrates motion  picture in all of its forms, showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles  and genres.  With twenty screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the  largest open-air film festival in California.  The Old Pasadena Film Festival gives attendees the unique experience of  enjoying four weeks of award-winning cinema in unique outdoor spaces.

All Old Pasadena Film Festival screenings are free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating at One Colorado Courtyard and Distant Lands, where chairs are provided. Bring your own chairs and blanket to Central Park screenings.

For a full schedule of what films are playing what days, directions, and any additional information, please click below:

http://www.oldpasadena.org/filmfestival/