I’ve always loved the phrase “La La Land.” It reminds me of my dad, who often used the moniker as he’d drive my family from the San Francisco Bay down the 5 and onto the 405. As we entered the land of palm trees, I’d envision the other passengers stuck in traffic next to me singing “la la la” as they waited not-so-patiently for the parking-lot freeway to pick back up again. For me this pet name of my now-home continually reminds me why I love living here: Wouldn’t the world be a more dynamic, happier place if people went through life singing?
As the Editor-in-Chief of the multi-genre literary journal, Exposition Review, I was lucky enough to transform my exploration of Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District into a blog about our fair city. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or in town for AWP or BinderCon, you’ll find more than one reason to walk in LA! Get the guide (complete with map) here.
On May 17 from 6-9 PM, catch sunset over the Getty gardens as well as the groovy vibe of Jonathan Wilson‘s raspy vocals, spiraling progressions, and funky & folky beats. Whether you are or are not going to make San Francisco’s Outside Lands, the first installation of the museum’s music series, Saturdays off the 405, is a picturesque opportunity to see one of the music festival’s performers in Los Angeles.
Carleton Watkins, “Beach and Bathing House at Santa Monica” (c. 1877), Albumen print
The Huntington Library purchased the Ernest Marquez Collection of 4,600 images of Santa Monica in the 1870s to the 1950s. “This photo archive was amassed over a 50-year period by a descendent of Mexican land grantees who owned the 6,000-acre Rancho Boca de Santa Monica or present-day Rustic and Santa Monica Canyons, Pacific Palisades, and portions of the city of Santa Monica,” said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photographs at The Huntington.
The Southern Pacific Railroad, built through Rancho Boca, was completed on the last day of 1887 (and via the Long Warf in 1893), and the images depict the rustic beachside ranches and tent settlements welcoming newcomers from across the country and bourgeoning into a buzzing costal city.