Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ed Padgett Suspended From LA Times For Blogging About Last Week's LAT Press Melt Down!

Go to the above link and then scroll down to read my comment on this story.  But be aware it may not be approved until this afternoon.  So - until then - here it is:

I can not imagine the Los Angeles Times would be clueless enough to fire you. Or at least I would have thought that before last night.  

But after I saw the lead article - and lead photo - on the LAT website last night was a full scale review of a novel written by first time novelist Glen Beck, I realized idiots and morons are running the LA Times.

Friday, June 18, 2010

How Can One Neighborhood Be Called Arlington Heights, the Wilshire DIstrict and South Los Angeles - All In One Article?

In the LA Times, the headline correctly says Arlington Heights and the story says South Los Angeles - which is also arguably correct, though some might object - but the URL of the story identifies it as being in the Wilshire District, which is totally wrong.

Man found shot dead in car in Arlington Heights

June 6, 2010 |  8:22 pm
A  man in his 50s was found dead in his car with a gunshot wound to the head early Sunday morning in South Los Angeles, police said.
A woman, possibly the victim’s daughter, summoned police to the scene in the 2100 block of 2nd Avenue in Arlington Heights about 5:30 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gregory Baek.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What Stores Are Open On TONIGHT'S Thursday June 17th Fashion Walk!

June 17th 2010 Fashion Walk Map – Noon to 10 PM

MAIN STREET & SIDE STREETS                            

1.  Blends                  125 W 4th St.
Limited Edition Sneakers & Urban Clothing.              

2.  SkinGraft                             125 W. 4th St. #102
Raw underground Style combined
with sleek high-end couture.

3.  Elmer Ave                            120 W. 4th St.
Rock and Roll Rebels do High-End Formal Wear.
4.  Stelladottir                                430 S. Main St.
Handmade, vintage inspired clothes & hats.
Downtown store of the year last year - this year's LA Weekly's
Best Buy Open late most nights. 

5.  Pussy & Pooch                    564 S. Main St.
Pet couture, treats, food & grooming.

6.  Soulful Commandoe Skate Café    121 E. 6th St.
One stop shopping for Downtown Skaters,
’Soulful Commandoe’ line by Nicholas Mayfield
and music & fashion events.

A.  PE LOFTS                  610 S. Main

One Night Only – Two Huge Spaces
Over 20 hot young designers.
Runway couture & Vintage
Perfect Father’s Day Gifts  
Jewelry, sun glasses, sandals & hats
Menswear, Womenswear & Childswear.

7.  Gather///Otto Gates        630 S. Main St.    
VERY FIRST sneak preview of Downtown’s soon to be hottest
retail store featuring modernized antique furnishings, unique home
wares and rare young apparel  and jewelry.  Be sure and bring
your hard hat!    Closes 9 PM             

8.  Symbiotic Form             NW Corner of 7th & Main on Main
Vintage inspired woman's hand bags, hats, clothes and jewelry
Also unique household wares and one of a kind gifts.     

9.  Not For Sale                      NW Corner of 7th & Main on Main
Kaws, TrustcoCorp, Tristan Eaton, Monsieur and
Keith Haring Pop Shop – and much more….    May close early

10.  1-Man's Trash        NW Corner of 7th & Main on Main St.                                           Hard to find vintage items and one of a kind re-worked vintage pieces                                          for men, women and children that have been worn by Usher Raymond,                                      Ellen Degeneres and Carmen Electra.818-355-1130
11.  ZZYXX Gallery of  Natural Science    NW Corner 7th/Main on 7th
Gems, minerals and crystals.  Closes 8 PM


12.  apliiq                            6th Street between Main and Spring
apliiq applies unique rare textiles to everyday garments.  Learn
how to customize your own wardrobe and find out how to develop
your own personal style.

 13.  Flea                             6th Street between Main and Spring
Vintage clothes, furniture, hats, design magazines, one of kind
gift items and contemporary art.  Perfect place to find gifts for
the person who has everything - or nothing.  Closes 9 PM

14.  KAPSOUL               6th Street between Main and Spring
Contemporary & vintage clothes, sunglasses, and a wide
selection of unique and unusual gift items.  As cool as 
they come!


15.  Crack Gallery       204 W. 6th St.
Crack Gallery wants to get the city hooked
on a new drug: their own blend of fashion.

16.  Buchanan Gallery     204 ½ W. 6th St.
Art Gallery and Art Studio              

17.  Dialect                     215 W. 6th St #111
Fashion, Jewelry, Art and House wares.

18.  Norbertellen Art Gallery       215 W. 6th St. #110
Art of every type and medium

19,  BRITTINO     215 W. 6th Street
One of kind, handmade gifts.  Jewelry xoxes,
flower vases, mobiles and much more.

20.  ZLB                        215 W. 6th     #108
Vintage Clothing from around the country and around the world
of every kind and every price.  If you don’t see it there –
ask them if they have it in storage.     

Monday, June 14, 2010

Spaces Still Available for Thursday June 17th Downtown Fashion Walk!

This Thursday’s June 17th Downtown  Fashion Walk will have both  over  20 stores open on Main & Spring  between 4th and 7th Streets  AND over 20 designers and boutiques who will show for one night only in spaces along Main Street between  6th and 7th from  6 to 10 PM.  In addition, there will be special Father’s Days specials for this Sunday’s gift giving.

We will release the first list of participating brands and stores this Tuesday and if you have a brand or a store that would like to participate – spaces are still available to qualifying vendors at only $25 each.  For more information contact:

Brady Westwater at or at 213-804-8396.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

$25 Artist & Vendor spaces at June 10th Thursday Art Walk and June 17th Fashion Walk!

Thursday June 10th Downtown Art Walk Vendor Booths – Onetime special price of $25!
After the PE Lofts ground floor at 6th and Main was closed for 3 months –  it reopens  to artists, clothing designers, jewelry and creative retailers this Thursday June 10th Art Walk - when 25,000 people will fill the streets of Historic Downtown  and Gallery Row - and on next Thursday’s Fashion Walk on June 17th. 

Since the all glass ground floor retail space is just now available, prices to show will be far below usual.  Only $25 will changed for each space - AND each vendor or artist needs to bring their own table or easels or racks, their own lighting and their own extension cords.  Set ups start at 4 PM during the day Thursday June 10th and doors open to the public at 6 PM until 10:30 PM.

For more information contact  or call 213-804-8396.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Jeffrey Deitch's Secret LA Life Before MOCA

Even before I first met Jeffrey Deitch, I knew first hand the DNA of Los Angeles was etched deep into his brain. But that didn't keep me from being surprised by his first MOCA press conference. In only a few sentences, he explained LA's financial and cultural condition more succinctly than any economist or university professor I've heard. He then explained his vision of how to fix our city with simplicity - and a complexity - that has long eluded all of our political or business leaders, with the partial exclusion of Eli Broad.
Most of all, though, it demonstrated Jeffery's Deitch's unique connection with our city.
I'll begin with a quote from gallery owner, Bert Green:
There are not many people in positions of influence in the art world who have the dedication to making a point to go out and see everything they can, and get a real idea of what is going on out there. In New York, Jerry Saltz is probably the best at that, and in Los Angeles, we have Peter Frank. Both of these men go to see almost all the shows that there are to see.

Jeffrey Deitch is also one of those people. I opened a small, out of the way gallery in 1999 in Los Angeles, and one of the early signers of my guest book was Jeffrey Deitch When I moved downtown in 2004 his name showed up again at my new location.
What Bert doesn't add is that in 1999 he didn't just open a new gallery, he helped start a new arts district when he opened in East Hollywood. And when he opened in Downtown - the first new gallery on the fledging Gallery Row - it was still a drug dealer infested area most of LA's art leaders never visited until the Art Walk - which was started by Bert Green.
Two turning points in the development of the LA World - small and large - and each time New Yorker Jeffery Deitch was there before most Angelinos.
The second example is more complicated.
It was LA in the early 1990's - riots, earthquakes, rising crime and collapsing businesses. I no longer made monthly trips to the New York art world but was more active in LA until my only non-working activity was power lifting at Gold's Gym.
Eventually, my art world activities required me to change my gym hours, and the loss of my usual training partners, but a close knit group of hard core lifters, without my having to ask, were quick to spot me on my heavier lifts.
Two days later, one of them recognized me from a past world and launched into a story of the night I had fought his brother in a warehouse. Luckily for me, the story's end was that his brother had appreciated how I had ended the fight in way that left him with his dignity intact.
Most of lifting friends had known his then late brother and had heard the story from him, so I was accepted in a way that would normally take a lot longer time. But there was a smaller sub-group of them - guys who were clearly into the gangster life - who had no use for me until one of them noticed my art world friends and began working in with me on a regular basis.
He turned out to an artist - who also did tattoos. But he didn't want to talk about himself; he wanted me to tell me about a friend of his. A kid who had been jumped into his gang a year ago (i.e., physically forced to join the gang) and who had suddenly started doing some amazing work.
I offered to do a studio visit and, once he realized this naïve white boy was not joking - he explained to me his 'studio' was the safe house for his gang. But he said he would ask the kid if he could show me a few of his drawings.
Some weeks later my new friend showed up at Gold's with two new lifters. A big guy who clearly spent a lot of time in the gym and a younger and much smaller in height guy whose build demonstrated he must have lived full time in that same gym. The tattoo guy and I began doing inclines - but once we moved over to the flat bench - my best lift - the two new guys jumped in and joined us.
We kept bumping the weights up, we would go up, and they'd go up same as they did. But when we saw the big guy - but not the small guy who was just warming up - was about to hit his limit - with just a quick look between us, we ended the session at the last weight the big guy could handle.
Afterwards, I was taken to the parking lot and shown the drawings lying in the trunk of a car. I expressed a genuine enthusiasm about them and that's when the smaller of them two introduced himself as the artist.
Two months - and a lot of serous gym time - passed before I saw the real work.
It was early Sunday morning when the small guy drove me and the tattoo artist into one of LA's deadliest neighborhoods. The area was transitioning from one race to another and from one set of gangs to another, even more violent group of gangs. The safe house didn't seem all that secure when we drove up; the boarding up and metal plating of the doors and windows was not evident until we entered from the rear.
At that moment, my thoughts of art were gone and by the time we left the kitchen for the front of the house, my only thought was if I was going to get out of there alive....
For the rest of the story - go to the link at the top of the page.