Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

There's a reason this section is called the Fast Lane. It embodies the pace at which I was doing reporting and the brevity of the space we have to work with.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Gary Baum
Published: 2010 December, Angeleno magazine

As part of public art org West of Rome’s ongoing Women in the City initiative, Jennifer Bolande’s been engaging in an au courant bit of trompe l’oeil. For her Plywood Curtains project, she “boards up” storefronts—including Miracle Mile photo lab The Icon—with a poplin fabric printed with a wood grain. “It’s a commentary on the current economic and real estate crisis,” says West of Rome founder Emi Fontana of the series, which has graced windows in Chinatown and Pasadena as well.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum is on its third run of Folk Art Everywhere, a cultural treasure hunt that, beginning December 9, will take scavengers from East L.A. to the Valley. Stops all boast unique installations, such as the model of a Polish castle (traditionally called a szopka) fashioned from recycled candy wrappers that incongruously appears at charro suit seller La Casa Del Mariachi in Boyle Heights.

Dudamel devotees go digital this December as the L.A. Philharmonic offers up its new handheld app (for Androids, BlackBerrys and iPhones) featuring concert schedules, showtime reminders, ticket purchasing, musician profiles, an orchestra map and even turn-by-turn GPS directions to Disney Hall. [read more]


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