Monday, September 30, 2013

LA Times Uses Joshua Trees to Illustrate the Antelope Valley 'Cactus Curtain' Dividing Lancaster and Palmdale

Joshua trees decorate the landscape looking south along Avenue M, which splits the Antelope Valley into two nearly indistinguishable swaths of desert, a concrete ribbon that roughly marks the border between Palmdale and Lancaster 

In an entertaining -and informative - article today, Frank Shyong of the LA Times covers the on-going shootout between the leaders of rival Antelope Valley cities of Lancaster and Palmdale (the 'palm' in Palmdale's name being Joshua trees even though they are not palm trees) which despite not yet producing any dead bodies, has cost the two cities over one hundred million dollars, according to at least one local score keeper.
However, what first caught my attention was the lead photo describing Avenue M as the physical Cactus Curtain since, rather than showing the street itself,  it showed the grove of Joshua trees along the street.  So even though the Joshua trees were not labeled as being 'cactus', the uninformed might be confused even though (as any local knows) - Joshua trees are not in the cactus family or genus (they are Yuccas). Most locals also proudly know the Joshua tree are more correctly... lilies .... since they have been long standing members of the Lilales order. Or at least... they were.
Without any public notice, Joshua trees have recently been reclassified as being part of the Asparagales order (yes, as in ... asparagus) - so they are no longer... lilies - or even related to lilies - but to the ... asparagus.
However, there  is good news for local Joshua tree fans.   They can now show their taxonomic skills by correctly observing the Joshua tree now shares the same genus as its new kissing cousin (and fellow Asparagales) - the majestic orchid.  A considerable upgrade from the lowly lily.
As for the rest of the story - here is the lead and then a link to the rest of the Cactus Curtain War:

The Cactus Curtain splits a prickly pair: Lancaster and Palmdale 

Avenue M roughly marks the border between the two desert cities. For as long as anyone can remember, they've been squabbling





                    BY FRANK SHYONG 
Avenue M splits the Antelope Valley into two nearly indistinguishable swaths of desert, a concrete ribbon that roughly marks the border between the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster.
Lancaster residents head south to Palmdale's Antelope Valley Mall, the only indoor shopping mall for 40 miles. Palmdale residents drive north to buy produce from Lancaster's farmers market and attend the annual Antelope Valley Fair.
Locals have given a name to the rivalry: the Cactus Curtain.But for decades, some city officials have treated Avenue M as a battle line. For as long as anyone can remember, the two cities have gone to war over Wal-Marts, Costcos, car dealerships and, now, a power plant. The squabbles have cost millions, launched lawsuits and, lately, tended toward the personal.
Relations may have reached a low point last year when Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris held a Chuckie doll during an interview with a local television news channel, pretending it was Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. 
And the rest of this - again - entertaining and informative article is here. 
 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Downtown LA Art Walk Director Joe Moller Resigns

photo by Gary Leonard of the Downtown News
The Downtown News reports that Joe Moller has resigned as the executive director of the Downtown Art Walk as of Friday after serving for almost three years in the post.  He was the third director after Art Walk founder Bert Green left the post prior to his moving to Chicago.  Moller took the position during a time when the Art Walk was attracting increasing large crowds during the hot summer months that were increasingly unmanageable while parking lots filled with food trucks in already over-crowded parts in the heart of the Walk were drawing more people than could be contained on the sidewalks.

At the same time, the number of full time art galleries had dropped with only one art gallery now left at 5th & Main where Art Walk had started.  But after a rough start, Moller and the city's Art Walk Task Force was able to stabilize the crowds by enlarging the footprint and moving the food truck lots to edges of the footprint.  Moller was also able to get enough corporate funding to continue to market the event and host art-related events during Art Walk.  And this summer has seen a much calmer and more enjoyable Art Walk.

Now the challenge for the new director - who, hopefully, will be Qathryn Brehm, the current director of operations - will be to return the focus of the event to the art galleries and to encourage more galleries to open in the area.  And, most importantly, to return the starting time of Art Walk to noon to encourage those who work Downtown - and those who do not wish to deal the nighttime crowds - to come and visit the galleries during the day.

And here is the start of the Downtown News article by Donna Evans:

Moller was the first paid executive director, and his hiring came after a group of eight Downtown property owners ponied up $200,000 to support the event.
Moller was charged with turning around the financially strapped event, which takes places the second Thursday of every month, and making it self-sufficient so that the property owners could withdraw their funding. To the disdain of some, he brought in corporate sponsorships, which helped boost the annual budget to approximately $250,000.
Moller received a salary of $70,000 a year. Brehm, the nonprofit’s only other paid employee, earns $40,000.
Brehm, a lifelong artist who works in digital and mixed media, has been a resident of Downtown Los Angeles for more than 20 years in the Arts District. For seven years, she served as Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the Central City East Association.
And the rest of the story is here. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

No Walking Tours Weekend of September 28 - 29 -Will Resume Next Weekend

Since I have no reservations for any walking tours this weekend - and I've been too busy at The Last Bookstore to advertise for any - and it's going to be pushing 90 Saturday, I will not be giving any tours this Saturday, but I am now accepting reservations for the next two Saturdays.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

70's Degree Weather Predicted for This Saturday's 2 Hour Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Los Angeles Starting at The Last Bookstore at 5th & Spring in the Spring Arts Tower

The Last Bookstore (and a  2nd floor with 50,000 books at ONE DOLLAR each!)  Presents  10:30 Summer START TIME FOR 2 hour walking tours of the The Secret Lives of Historic Downtown Los Angeles - Just Endorsed By - LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE!


Now that temperatures are forecast to be in the low to middle 70's again -- the HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES 101  2 hour walking tours will resume this and the next two Saturday's -  September 21st, 28th and October 5th  with a start time of 10:30 AM and an ending time of 12:30 PM.     And with reservations totally at least 4 or more made by 5 PM Saturday - Sunday Tours will also be given starting at 11 PM - or later depending -  on the first person's reservations.  And all tours start at THE LAST BOOKSTORE in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th and Spring and they are still only $15 per person.

And  besides our regular scheduled tours, we will be offering customized tours on different days and different times and from one to three hours including weekdays - depending on your schedule.  With a minimum of four reservations, we will design a tour of any part of Downtown focusing on any subject matter you choose.  These tours can be after work, during lunch breaks - or??

FOR MORE INFORMATION  - contact Brady Westwater at 213-804-8396 - or bradywestwater@gmail.com
BRADBURY BUILDING
All tours begin at THE LAST BOOKSTORE at 453 S. Spring Street in the Spring Arts Tower and will be led by long time Downtown resident Brady Westwater who, besides being involved with the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, the Historic Downtown BID, Gallery Row, Art Walk, and the BOXeight and the CONCEPT Fashion Weeks, has brought over 150 businesses, artists and non-profit institutions to Downtown.  All tours are only $15 per person.  
Wyatt Earp

If you are a participant in 'Historic Downtown Los Angeles 101' Tour, you will see the first motion picture theater built,  the place where Babe Ruth signed his contract with the Yankees, the hotel where Charlie Chaplin lived when he made his early films (and the place where he made his Los Angeles vaudeville debut in 1910) - plus the homes and haunts of everyone from actor Nicholas Cage, the Black Dahlia, Rudolph Valentino, LA’s version of Jack the Ripper, President Teddy Roosevelt, the Night Stalker, western outlaw Emmet Dalton,  actor Ryan Gosling and more.  And you will also visit where O. J. Simpson bought his knife.

You’ll explore an intersection where all four buildings were often visited by gunfighter/sheriff Wyatt Earp since they were all built or occupied by friends of his from Tombstone during the shoot-out at the OK Corral.  At this intersection you will also discover what John Wayne, a prime minister of Italy, Houdini, Winston Churchill, boxer Jack Dempsey, Greta Garbo, President Woodrow Wilson and multiple Mexican boxing champions all had in common here.

You will also see where the first new lofts were opened, the places where Gallery Row and the Art Walk began and where Fashion Week returned to Downtown.  You will see many of the new boutiques, designer showrooms and stores that have recently opened in the area along with getting a sneak preview of what will soon be happening in the area.

Tickets for either tour are only $15 per person - free for children under 8 - and reservations can be made by calling Brady Westwater at 213-804-8396 or emailing bradywestwater@gmail.com.  All credit card orders will be processed  at Last Bookstore and cash payments may be made at the start of the tour.   All proceeds will go towards the revitalization and the study of the history of the neighborhood.  
Lastly, future tours will feature specialized areas of interest such as architecture, art of all kinds, shopping and food, single streets, sports (from steer wrestling to luchador wrestlers to a Sumo wrestler), transportation, specific periods of history, the hidden Wild West history of Los Angeles, movie locations, Downtown after hours and many other aspects of the neighborhood. And custom designed can be developed by request  for groups of four or more.
We will also be soon starting weekday and evening tours on what it's like to live in Downtown Los Angeles. You will be introduced to the many of stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues (and often their owners, too) - along with being given previews of one of a kind special events - so you can get a feel for what it is like to live in Downtown Los Angeles.

We expect this tour to be popular with not only people considering moving to Downtown and people who work in Downtown and who would like to know what to do after hours in Downtown - but also to recent and even long established Downtown residents who want to know more about their neighborhood.

The Vaux Swifts Return to Historic Downtown Los Angeles May Not Be as Famous as Capistrano's Returning Swallows - But...

photo courtesy of Jessica Wethington McClean
... DTLA's Vaux Swifts are a lot more reliable then Capistrano's swallows, there are a hell of a lot more of them - and they do it twice a year.  And this year (as covered by LA OBSERVED)  - after spending their nights during their two week migration over DTLA  at the Chester Williams Building at 5th & Broadway, they have joined the rest of Downtown's creative - and now avian elite - at the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring.

Since construction at the Chester Williams closed the building's chimney vents, the owner of the Spring Arts Tower, Paul Su, agreed to reopen his building's old chimney vents for them to sleep during their flyover of DTLA. And - as usual, anyone who had a window open during dusk, might the following morning find a marooned swift trying to find their way out after someone had shut the window they had entered the previous dusk.

Fortunately, swifts have little fear of humans while they are at rest, so as soon as they stop flying around and stop to rest, it is relatively easy to lightly grasp each bird and carry them to an open window.  And if you miss the guided tours by the Audubon Society, you can get an excellent view of them circling the building by standing in front of the parking log on Spring Street just north of the Spring Arts Tower and The Last Bookstore.
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And if you can't do that - here is a short video shot by Jessica Wethington McLean of Bringing Back Broadway fame when we were on top of Spring Arts Tower.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thousand More $1 Books in The Last Bookstore's 2nd Floor Labyrinth!

Just One Corner of the American History Section of The Last Bookstore's One Dollar Room


Summer is ending and another new flood of new/old one dollar books has hit the The Last Bookstore's LABYRINTH filling its sections to overflowing with plenty of books for every taste.

At one extreme, if you are into linguistic theory, language universals, syntax, artificial intelligence, rhetoric & logic, general phonetics, generative grammar, parentheticals, intonation encounters, nonspecific noun phrases, syntactic typology, transformational syntax, syntactic argumentation, transformational grammar, the Chomskian paradigm, social cognitive development, phonology or any of a dozen related topics - we have just had two new shipments bringing our stock in our $1 room up to almost 100 books.

And our Physics section now has over 20 different text and other books - an all time high - while Chemistry is running a close second.

On the other extreme, our California fiction section now has copies of almost every book Danielle Steel has written  - and over 20 of these titles are  in excellent condition hardcovers - as well as a 100's of other books by similar authors.  And our English section now has the widest range of UK writers it has ever had - with five or different novels from a dozen different authors.

Our American History and Culture section is still growing expanding by about two shelved a week as major new collections are still being donated to us,.  I stopped trying to estimate how many books there are in that section when I hit 2,000 - all at one dollar each.  And we have many, many very hard to find books starting from the beginning of the last century until today as well as many recent best sellers.

And since I am in the store about 8 hours a day - just ask to see the guy in the black cowboy hat if you have any questions

Our Russian history, culture and literature section, it now has had many rare and unusual items recently added to it - which brings its total to over a hundred often hard to find titles at any price, much less a dollar each.

Our German, Italian, French, Icelandic, and Czech sections - among others - also have a number of hard to find translated novels.

And the psychology section is again packed it with over 1,000 books. Other sections with many just arrived books and which are at the 1,000 or more level are literary studies, Judaic, combined European history, Asia, business & economics (well over 2,000), religion & theology, military/planes/ships, medicine & health, wine & cookbooks, self-help of every possible kind (easily 2,000), travel (split among multiple sections),  science/math & natural history combined and well over 2,000 in our social sciences section (sociology, archeology, anthropology, folklore, political science, education, feminism & woman's studies and other related fields).

In the realm of the 100's we have law, music, film, theater, African-American & Africa, home repair, real estate sales and investments, poetry (and that is very strong at the moment), gardening, Latin America, the new and old left, pets of all sorts, sports (with a special section on the history of women in sports), golf, home decoration and design, gay and lesbian (also very strong at the moment) gambling, cards, horse racing & games of all types, the occult, ghosts, astrology, UFO's & all things weird and wacko and the Middle East and Islam.

Plus we have smaller collections on everything from flower arranging to needlepoint to philosophy to cars to camping to mountaineering -  and every week we get large collections for many of those sections and we also get collections of more unusual or harder to find topics.

And - as always - over half of our books are novels which are located on separate shelves from the non-fiction except we do shelf some of the better literary fiction with each country.

Lastly, The Last Bookstore is at 5th & Spring in Downtown Los Angeles in the Spring Arts Tower at 453 S. Spring and we are open seven days and nights a week from 10 AM every day and until 10 AM every night except Monday, Friday and Saturday when we are open until 11 and Sunday when we are open until 9 PM.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Wrestling Returns to the Olympics! So - What's Next??


Not that wrestling needed to do much after the international outrage when the IOC dropped the world's oldest sport (and one of the great sports of the original and current Olympic), but the newly rebooted FILA had an excellent presentation that easily trumped the competition.

FILA's next job is to get wrestling reinstated as one of the core sports after it demonstrates wrestling's new rules during the next Olympics (rather than waiting until its 'demonstration' year) - and then, the men's weight categories that were dropped for the next games need to be returned to the men's competition - while also also being added to the woman's competition - and the adding of  woman's category to Greco-Roman needs to start on the local level to further develop - and protect - the sport.

And, finally, FILA needs to join with USA Wrestling to battle the illegal use of Title IX as a tool to destroy  the US's  wrestling college programs.

Wrestling's Presentation to the IOC Starts at... about.... 7:30 LA Time (though it is running a bit late) & the Vote Will Take Place Right After at 8 PM LA Time

Below is the full schedule for the 125th Olympic Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentine.

Appropriately, wrestling has the final of the three slots to make its presentation and the vote will then start at - High Noon - Buenos Aires time.

That means the vote starts at 8 AM Sunday LA time and the presentation for wrestling begins at 7:30 AM Sunday morning.  Twitter feed for Olympic Wrestling Federation https://twitter.com/fila_official &  twitter feed for USA Wrestling https://twitter.com/USAWrestling.

Follow them both and cheer them on to victory - and stop the IOC from retiring wrestling from the Olympics.
A wrestler leaves behind his shoes when he retires from competitive wrestling and has to walk off the mat for a final time.


Programme of the live transmission of the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina
©IOC / Richard Juilliart
05/09/2013
The IOC will broadcast the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires live. You can find the programme of the transmissions here further down. All times are local times.

Saturday 7 September 2013

8.45 – 9 a.m.President’s opening remarks – followed by the presentations of the 2020 Candidate Cities

9 – 10.10 a.m.Presentation by Istanbul, Turkey – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

10.30 – 11.40 a.m.Presentation by Tokyo, Japan – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

12 – 1.10 p.m.Presentation by Madrid, Spain – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

3 – 3.30 p.m.Report by the IOC 2020 Evaluation Commission

3.45 – 4 p.m.Vote and election of the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020

5 – 5.30 p.m.Announcement of the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020

6.30 – 7 p.m.Signature of the Host City Contract and joint IOC/host city press conference

Sunday 8 September 2013

9 – 9.30 a.m.President’s opening remarks

9.30 – 10 a.m.Report by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission

10.15 – 10.30 a.m.Vote on the 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Programme

10.30 – 11 a.m.Presentation by the WBSC – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

11 – 11.30 a.m.Presentation by the WSF – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

11.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Presentation by FILA – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

12 – 12.45 p.m.Vote on possible inclusion of an additional sport for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games

2.30 – 4.15 p.m.Reports by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games

4.30 – 6.10 p.m.Reports by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games

6.30 p.m.IOC press briefing
Monday 9 September 2013

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Reports by the IOC commissions and the IOC administration

3 – 5.40 p.m.Reports by the IOC commissions and the IOC administration

6.30 p.m.IOC press briefing

Tuesday 10 September 2013

9 – 9.15 a.m.Report by the Nominations Commission

9.30 – 10.15 a.m.Election of new IOC members

10.15 – 10.30 a.m.Proposal of honorary members

10.30 – 10.45 a.m.Olympic Orders

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.Election of the ninth IOC President

12.30 p.m.Announcement of the ninth IOC President

3 – 3.45 p.m.Election of an IOC Vice-President and a new member of the Executive Board

3.45 – 4.15 p.m.Swearing in of new IOC members

4.15 – 4.40 p.m.Miscellaneous

4.40 – 4.50 p.m.Closing speech by IOC President Jacques Rogge

6.30 p.m.Ninth IOC President’s press conference

Saturday, September 07, 2013

2 PM Today - Saturday Sep. 7th - Lecture on Ansel Adams' LA Photos at the Downtown LA Public Library

Ansel Adams photograph courtesy of LA Public Library

I would have totally missed hearing about this event - which I will have to miss - except Kevin Roderick has the story about it. which he just put up.

Hear about the LAPL Ansel Adams photos

By Kevin Roderick | September 7, 2013 12:04 PM 
I've mentioned several times the small collection of photos from 1940 Los Angeles and environs that Ansel Adams donated to the Los Angeles Public Library. They were exhibited for the first time last year at Downtown's drkrm gallery, showing scenes of the old Court Street incline railway downtown, the Lockheed and Douglas aircraft plants, store fronts on Sunset and San Vicente and Wilshire, and this group above on the pier at Ocean Park. (Plus much more.) Prints were exhibited last year at the drkrm gallery in Downtown, and today at 2 p.m. Richard Stanley will discuss the images at the Central Library. Photo librarian Christina Rice will also introduce the LAPL photo collection, one of the city's real treasures. 

For the rest of the story - and exactly where to go to see this event, go to LAOBSERVED. 

Rare Ansel Adams Images of Los Angeles in 1940

Adams

Date(s):

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Time:

2:00pm

Location:

Meeting Room A

Audience:

Category:

Description:

Bruckman Rare Book Friends presents a Fall Program:
Rare Ansel Adams Images of Los Angeles in 1940.
Featuring Richard Stanley, discussing the rare Ansel Adams images of 1940 Los Angeles in LAPL's Photo Collection, and Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, LAPL Photo Collection, presenting some of the highlights of the Library's collection of 3 million historic photographs.
Silent Auction of rare & collectible books.
Validated Parking for $1 with Library Card at Westlawn Garage, 524 South Flower Street.

Writ Large Press Opens at The Last Bookstore!

The Last Bookstore is very excited to be hosting LAB•FEST today to celebrate the opening of Writ Large Press's space in the Labyrinth. Things are happening all day, including a kick off from our friend Mike the Poet, Luis J. Rodriguez in conversation with Sesshu Foster, and music from Queztal to close the night.

LAB•FEST @ THE LAST BOOKSTORE - SAT 9/7 - NOON-11PM

Writ Large Press presents:
LAB•FEST
Saturday - September 7th - Noon - 11PM
@ The Last Bookstore
in celebration of the grand opening of
DT•LAB
[an independent art, literature, music, and creative space]
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LUIS RODRIGUEZ! SESSHU FOSTER! CRYPTIK! SHARK TOOF! QUETZAL! JEN HOFER! MIKE THE POET! AND MORE!!! 
We here at Writ Large Press are throwing a party. No. A festival. A festival that is going to be annual. We are calling it LAB•FEST and it’s going to be an amazing day of writers, musicians, painters, dancers, thinkers, explorers, makers, and other alchemists.
Mark you Calendars. Full line-up below:
• Noon — A Writ Large Press welcome & a performance by Mike ThePoet Sonksen.
• 1PM — INTERSECTIONS: A CONVERSATION. Sesshu Foster and Luis Javier Rodriguez. The two LA literary legends sit down on stage for a historic conversation about writing, social justice, Los Angeles, about the past, present, and future.
• 2PM — HOLLYWOOD NOTEBOOK. Wendy C. Ortiz, Kate Crash, Anthony Miller and The Six Shooters.
• 3PM — OUTSIDE IN: STREET ART 2013. CRYPTIK, Shark Toof, Andrew Hem, and Nathan Ota. A group book signing and a panel discussion moderated by Shana Nys Dambrot.
• 4PM — New Blue Sun. The jazz band releases their new album, Hope: In the Epoch of Chaos
• 5PM — TRANSIT. Poesia Para La Gente, Steve Abee, Sam Dufelmeier, and Ariana Evans.
• 6PM — LA WRIT LARGE. Melora Walters, Kim Calder, Andrew Choate, Khadija Anderson, Billy Burgos, Chris Kerr, Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, and Chiwan Choi.
• 8PM — EMERGING VOICES. A line up of current and former PEN USA Emerging Voices fellows. Kima Jones, Lauren Marks, Azarin Sadegh, Cara Chow, and Reyna Grande. Hosted by Lilliam Rivera.
• 9PM — Inner Ecstasy
• 10PM — Quetzal, the Grammy Award winning band from East LA.
• 11PM — El-Haru Kuroi
ALSO HAPPENING:
• 1-5PM — CACHE BAR. Jen Hofer and Erik Shveima, in true acts of alchemy, will deconstruct and transform printed work into new works of art. In conjunction with PUBLISH!, the underground publishing project from Writ Large Press.
• 5-8PM — POEM STORE. Jacqueline Suskin brings her typewriter for some poetry on demand!
• ALL DAY — a JT Steiny Treasure Hunt. The much loved artist will be hiding various works in the bookstore for unsuspecting attendees to discover.
• Throughout the day — There will acoustic sets inside the intimate DT•LAB space, beatmakers, and other FUN activities!
MORE UPDATES TO COME!!!




Only One More Day Before the IOC Votes on Returning Wrestling to the Olympics! Follow USA Wrestling on Twitter and show your support!

COUNTDOWN: 1 DAY UNTIL THE IOC VOTE 1: WRESTLING was in the ancient Olympics in Greece & FIRST modern Olympic Games

Friday, September 06, 2013

Only Two More Days Before Wrestling Is Returned to the Olympics!

Below is the full schedule for the 125th Olympic Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentine.

Appropriately, wrestling has the final of the three slots to make its presentation and the vote will then start at - High Noon - Buenos Aires time.

That means the vote starts at 8 AM Sunday LA time and the presentation for wrestling begins at 7:30 AM Sunday morning.  Twitter feed for Olympic Wrestling Federation https://twitter.com/fila_official &  twitter feed for USA Wrestling https://twitter.com/USAWrestling.

Follow them both and cheer them on to victory - and stop the IOC from retiring wrestling from the Olympics.
A wrestler leaves behind his shoes when he retires from competitive wrestling and has to walk off the mat for a final time.


Programme of the live transmission of the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina
©IOC / Richard Juilliart
05/09/2013
The IOC will broadcast the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires live. You can find the programme of the transmissions here further down. All times are local times.

Saturday 7 September 2013

8.45 – 9 a.m.President’s opening remarks – followed by the presentations of the 2020 Candidate Cities

9 – 10.10 a.m.Presentation by Istanbul, Turkey – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

10.30 – 11.40 a.m.Presentation by Tokyo, Japan – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

12 – 1.10 p.m.Presentation by Madrid, Spain – 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A

3 – 3.30 p.m.Report by the IOC 2020 Evaluation Commission

3.45 – 4 p.m.Vote and election of the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020

5 – 5.30 p.m.Announcement of the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020

6.30 – 7 p.m.Signature of the Host City Contract and joint IOC/host city press conference

Sunday 8 September 2013

9 – 9.30 a.m.President’s opening remarks

9.30 – 10 a.m.Report by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission

10.15 – 10.30 a.m.Vote on the 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Programme

10.30 – 11 a.m.Presentation by the WBSC – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

11 – 11.30 a.m.Presentation by the WSF – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

11.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Presentation by FILA – 20-minute presentation followed by Q&A

12 – 12.45 p.m.Vote on possible inclusion of an additional sport for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games

2.30 – 4.15 p.m.Reports by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games

4.30 – 6.10 p.m.Reports by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games

6.30 p.m.IOC press briefing
Monday 9 September 2013

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Reports by the IOC commissions and the IOC administration

3 – 5.40 p.m.Reports by the IOC commissions and the IOC administration

6.30 p.m.IOC press briefing

Tuesday 10 September 2013

9 – 9.15 a.m.Report by the Nominations Commission

9.30 – 10.15 a.m.Election of new IOC members

10.15 – 10.30 a.m.Proposal of honorary members

10.30 – 10.45 a.m.Olympic Orders

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.Election of the ninth IOC President

12.30 p.m.Announcement of the ninth IOC President

3 – 3.45 p.m.Election of an IOC Vice-President and a new member of the Executive Board

3.45 – 4.15 p.m.Swearing in of new IOC members

4.15 – 4.40 p.m.Miscellaneous

4.40 – 4.50 p.m.Closing speech by IOC President Jacques Rogge

6.30 p.m.Ninth IOC President’s press conference

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tired of Summer Blockbusters? Well, 23 (yes, that's... TWENTY-THREE) Indie Films Premiere This Friday. That's Practically One an Hour.

Well, everyone was looking for a 'hole' in the schedule to fill and when 'Riddick' announced it's date - everyone headed for that hole.  So now not only does that hole have three strong hold-overs, but Riddick itself looks as if it is going to be a hit - and that 'hole' will also have more films premiering than on any other date this year.
Full details are provided by Todd Cunningham at the WRAP.
What’s Behind 23 Indie Movies Debuting This Weekend Blame ‘Riddick’
 “Winnie Mandela,” “Salinger” and “The Ultimate Life” are among the crush of small releases rolling out
Summer moviegoers who grouse that there’s nothing but sequels and superheroes in theaters have nothing to complain about this weekend.
“Salinger,” the Shane Salerno documentary about the reclusive author, the biopic “Winnie Mandela” starring Jennifer Hudson as the South African icon’s wife, and the faith-based melodrama “The Ultimate Life” are among a whopping 23 films that will debut at the specialty box office on Friday.
 “It’s because at one point, ‘Riddick’ was the only movie on that date,” Fox Searchlight distribution chief Frank Rodriguez toldTheWrap. “It’s not that easy to find slots in the fall and people saw a chance to make some noise with their films, and hopefully build on that. But then the list just kept growing.”

And the rest is at THE WRAP.