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  • 22 Jul

    Weekend About Town: Watts and Eastside

    If you’re not headed to Comic Con this weekend, you’ve still got plenty of options: Saturday LACMA starts running weekend shuttles to the Watts Towers, and on Sunday Eastsiders and Eastsider wannabees can party down at the Los Feliz Street Festival.

    Saturday: Sprawling Sculptures

    Meet up at LACMA Saturday and head to Watts for tours of the towers and neighboring arts center. Check the schedule and order tickets here. Though they aren’t the kind of architectural masterpieces we usually focus on, these intriguing sculptures, built by hand in the early part of the 20th Century, deserve a look. Constructed by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the towers are encrusted with pieces of broken glass, ceramics, tiles and other wares of the pre-plastics era.
    From top, photos from City of Los Angeles, Watts Towers Website
    If you go on your own, be sure to stop by when the towers are open for tours–$7 gets you behind the enclosing walls and an explanation of the eccentric artist’s life and work:

    • Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10:30am-3pm
    • Sunday: 12:30-3pm
    • no tours on national holidays or rainy days

    For more information, check out the Watts Towers website and this recent New York Times piece.

    Sunday: Circus Acts, Chalk Art and Carnival Rides

    Get your block party fix at the Los Feliz Street Fair this Sunday. It’s free and chock full o’ entertainment all day:

  • 02 Mar

    LACMA's 'Big Rock'

    After the third day of what is so far a successful 11-day journey, LACMA’s ‘Big Rock’ is currently parked in Chino Hills near the 71 freeway. Tonight, it will make it’s way to its next destination at Pathfinder Road, near Fullerton Avenue, in Rowland Heights. LACMA encourages people to see the boulder in Rowland Heights, where it will be located all weekend. The 340-ton granite boulder will soon form the centerpiece of artist Michael Heizer’s enormous, landmark sculpture “Levitated Mass” at LACMA.

    The entire project –- the art rock, construction of its sculptural site and the move –- will cost upward of $10 million in private donations; LACMA paid $70,000 to the quarry for the rock alone.

    You can follow LACMA’s ‘Big Rock’ journey on their website.

    Heather & Learka, Teles Properties


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