Downtown, Where All the Lights Are Bright

What a residential revival is happening in our own downtown now all trendy and cool with its own nickname DTLA.

I went out with…

November 24

I went out with Marsha today – we saw “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, the new Frances McDormand movie that I thought was very good.

Then we had a lot of food at Kendall’s (like anyone needs food the day after Thanksgiving) and then, YAY, Disney Hall to hear the LA Philharmonic play the marvelous soundtrack to West Side Story while they showed the movie on a big screen behind the orchestra. It was AWEsome and I didn’t cry until the end. Usually when watching West Side Story I cry at the overture.

There was a Pacific…

There was a Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibit at the main library (Latin American and Latino Art in LA) and it was wonderful. It wasn’t supposed to be available for a few more days but lucky us, here it is!

Check out the website because there are exhibts Everywhere.

Here’s something from the…

Here’s something from the website:

“The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) will present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition and associated public programs celebrating the Zapotec language as a key lifeline sustaining shared cultural experience in Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. will recognize the importance of the Oaxacan presence in Southern California and explore contemporary realities of indigenous culture.

“The project will include an installation in the Los Angeles Central Library’s Rotunda by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos, a short documentary by Oaxacan filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and a series of 60 public programs across Los Angeles with visual artists, scholars, poets and writers. Programs, many of which will be multi-lingual, will be presented as part of LFLA’s acclaimed ALOUD literary and performance series and as community workshops in select locations of the Los Angeles Public Library.”

Built in 1939, it’s…

Built in 1939, it’s a beautiful building and in very good shape these days.

From wiki: ‘Approved in a controversial ballot measure in 1926 and built in the 1930s, it served to consolidate rail services from the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific Railroads into one terminal station. Conceived on a grand scale, Union Station became known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.’

The wiki article goes into interesting length about the racial and economic factors in play in 1926.

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