Month: May 2013

Torn shirt


April, 2012

Old Towne Pasadena mimics Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Someone handed this man their leftovers and he shouted, “OK, why not,” as they walked away.




Bionico, 2013
Bionico, 2013

The ideal bionico:

Strawberry, green apple, banana, shredded coconut, diced almonds and sugar mixed with sour cream.

Some fruta stands include watermelon, guava, raisins, grapes, papaya – makes me think that someone is playing a game with me when they send over a bionico with cucumbers.

“Let’s see if that guy eats this,” they whisper from the chopping block.

The simpler the better. Watermelon? Too much… well, water. Guava? Grapes? Raisins? They’re the same fruit, only in different states of their life.


Seven Beauties and Underground Gallery

Lili Bernard "Carlota Leading the People" Copyright 2011
Lili Bernard “Blessed Mother and the Dragon” Copyright 2011 at Avenue 50 Studio

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The woman at Avenue 50 Studio offers me a palm frond flower. She’s sitting behind a small garden of palm frond flowers, bottles and stapled saints. It’s opening night of “Seven Beauties”: An eclectic mix of work by an amazing group of L.A. artists brought together by Jose Lozano at the gallery space and the room is packed.

The featured artists are Lili Bernard whose work is vibrant and immediately catches the eye, along with Stephanie Mercado, Poli Marichal, Terry Konrath, Rochelle Botello, Linda Arreola, Leigh Salgado and Kim Abeles.


In the annex room is Frank Guttierez’ “Explain Yourself” – a surreal take on Alice in Wonderland. Or is describing Lewis Carroll and surreal redundant?

Art night is electric in that so many different talents and ideas can materialize, bringing together all sorts, many of who want to get lost in their own neighborhood. Yancey Quinones, owner of Antigua Cultural Coffee House, set out to make coffee for the area around his cafe and just so happened to convince the city to open one of the access tunnels under Figueroa Street. I wrote an article on what Quinones went through to get the tunnel reopened and what he plans for its future.

Underneath Figueroa Street in Cypress Park
Underneath Figueroa Street in Cypress Park

Saturday night Quinones, along with Parks and Recreation, and a slew of local help, hosted an underground gallery, replete with paintings and lots of people fascinated by the art and the tunnel’s confined space. It’s all ambitious for an area of Los Angeles that lived in gang activity in the early 1990s and well into the 2000s. Today is no different, though for that night a band played, children passed on their bicycles and artist Lalo Alcaraz sold posters. The area has come a long way since Antigua was the ice cream shop, the neighborhood gravitating toward the spot as a community pillar. Here’s to hoping for more galleries in the area, above and underground.



Free Comic Book Day – May 4, 2013

Comics Vs. Toys in Eagle Rock

Put the word free next to anything and people go crazy. Free Comic Book Day is a great marketing tactic for publishers to get the word out on unknown books and new talent, and also introduces a good jumping on point for newcomers to get familiar with ongoing series. It’s also the day where grown men push children to get a free comic. Some people take their free comics way too seriously.

I attended three local shops in my area. One costumed person, plenty of sales and lots of adults were found.

THANK YOU > 5011 york blvd

THANK YOU in Highland Park
THANK YOU in Highland Park

They had themselves a sale on Marvel hardcovers. Some were as low as $3. That’s like a cup of coffee. THANK YOU’s sister store, Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake, happen to treat comic aficionados as people. There is a culture alive and well at both shops, but it seldom feels pandering, or indicative of any type of marketing ploy.  THANK YOU comes across as a great first shop for children or adults. It’s classy, while still being incredibly fun.


Comics Vs. Toys > 1613 Colorado Blvd

They had Batman. That should make for an exciting day. Kind of weird to see the dark knight in broad daylight under a tent, but you know what, that’s cool, because you have to suspend disbelief when dealing with comic books. There’s no place for reality, physics or logic in the world of comic books. It wasn’t just a guy in a costume. Nope.

Comics Factory > 1298 E Colorado Blvd

The line at Comics factory pushed out the door. A man in a suit was referred to by the staff as ‘The Doctor’ and he lapped it up. A group of men pushed through the line and then stopped in front of the free comic books.

I picked a handful of free comics and also purchased some graphic novels, because I’m weak and I don’t like money.

That’s where the anime lives

Also, Comics Factory has a dense manga library. We don’t go back there anymore.

The day also celebrated May The 4th Be With You, Star Wars Day, which is like a lunar eclipse over the Arctic Circle, creating the perfect Death Star joke, but I’m not going to do it.

Gallery Nucleus – A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away


It’s comforting to know that Star Wars still brings out the good in people. Most everyone attending Gallery Nucleus’ “A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute Event to a Galaxy Far, Far Away” show were polite, posed, and not one person asked me why I would ever take their photo. Even the Ewok posed.

GalleryN22See. Ewok. She could just have easily hit me with a stick. Game over. Yes, the Ewoks turned the end of “Return of the Jedi” into a teddy bear show, but that’s OK, because there was that spin-off movie that we all remember.

Gallery Nucleus put up with Sith, Jedi, droids, and a few art lovers. Over 60 artists were featured, along with a remote controlled R2-D2, and plenty of extended universe art, characters and material from novels post-movies.

Think Asajj Ventress and if you know who that is then you’ve probably invested some time in trying to make a lightsaber or attempting to move an object with your mind. It’s cool. We’ve all tried it.

GalleryN2May 4th is synonymous with the force, and even though Star Trek will be all that people will be talking about this summer, the recent purchase of the Star Wars franchise by Disney renews hope for the once grand saga.

“A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far, Away” at Gallery Nucleus 210 E. Main Street Alhambra, CA 91801 through May 26