Clark Library

So not too far from USC resides the Clark Library. I swung by there this month after the Festival of Books for old times sake. Unfortunately it was closed (renovations—always check website info before you leave people). The Williams Andrew Clark Memorial Library holds one of the most comprehensive rare book and manuscript collections in … [Read more…]

Festival of Books

Earlier this month was the LA Times Festival of Books. It’s an LA event now held at USC (previously at UCLA) every year since 1996. It’s basically paradise for a bibliophile. Rows and rows of booths with all sorts of books, from the latest releases to more vintage, signed volumes. Authors come for panel discussions, … [Read more…]

Long Beach Swap Meet

For as long as I can remember, childhood weekends often involved packing the blue wire wheelie cart into the van and heading over to the swap meet. Of the many swap meets, antique and flea markets; the one at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium is definitely one of the more memorable. Most recently I went … [Read more…]

Window Wall

CSULB campus is famed for its extensive outdoor sculpture collection in addition to its diverse and creative art community. But if you were to ask an art historian to pick the most significant, famed, and influential art piece on campus, he or she would probably say the Window Wall. Yep, that big, white square frame … [Read more…]

Airplane Tree

So last weekend I went over to the MOCA Grand. It’s on Bunker Hill, though the dramatically redeveloped area would seem pretty foreign to Bandini’s version of the place. After trekking up to the museum’s entrance, one of the first things that really caught my eye was the massive sculpture of tangled up airplane pieces … [Read more…]

Walking in L.A. (Bunker Hill edition)

Last month I took a trek across Bunker Hill. Actually I think I was underneath it. I started in Little Tokyo, and Bunker Hill didn’t seem that far away on the map by foot. Well, my navigation skills are lacking, my phone’s GPS has nefarious tendencies, and my friend had even worse navigational instincts; so … [Read more…]

Bergamot Station

On Saturday I took a stroll through Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. It gets its name back when it was a stop and car storage area for the L.A railroad in 1875. Bergamot flowers once thrived in that area apparently. Today it is an art gallery complex, and an extremely popular art destination for visitors … [Read more…]

L.A.’s Cold War

When a Soviet-controlled regime falls apart, what happens to all of its stuff? It ends up in L.A. apparently. For 40 years, East Germany remained closely veiled in secrecy and tightly monitored government propaganda. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, it was decided that the GDR’s trace be altered as swiftly as … [Read more…]