ROA is an amazingly talented graffiti artist from Belgium. He uses spray paint to create what can be best described as large-scale monochrome drawings on the walls of buildings. Last Saturday, as part of the NELA 2nd Saturday Art Night, Thinkspace hosted a showing of ROA’s work at New Puppy gallery in Cypress Park.
The show consists of smaller (tiny) paintings on found wood, larger paintings on doors, wood shutters, and multiple slide shows of some of ROA’s large-scale three-story pieces that cover the sides of apartment buildings, water tanks, factories, and ships throughout Europe and in New York.
Locally, his work is starting to pop up around L.A. while he is in town. This piece literally hangs on the side of the Matteo Street Graffiti Gallery at 7th Street downtown. His showing at New Puppy is only for a brief couple of weeks, so DO stop by the corner of Elm Street and Cypress Avenue and see some of his exquisite work.
The Advice of Strangers is a month-long YouTube series where artist/comic Marc Horowitz takes advice from viewers on how he will live his life from his Avenue 57 home. With such questions as: “What should I talk to my shrink about?” “How should I spend Thanksgiving with my mom?” “Which bar should I go to?” November has been a very busy month polling viewers as to what his next adventure will be. Yesterday he did some auto-tuning and a impromptu ballet performance at the Figueroa Street McDonald’s with iJustine, and gave free car washes outside the 7 Eleven on Figueroa and Avenue 52. Last week he was spotted sailing Echo Park Lake on an air mattress with underwear on his head and marshmallows glued to his chin. The results have been enlightening and insightful, but more importantly, HILARIOUS! So keep an eye out for Marc around town doing his thing. Here’s to you Mr. Marc Horowitz, thanks for keeping Highland Park funky!
Marc cleans our neighborhood of Highland Park.
One year ago today the Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Avenue in East Los Angeles opened.
While the opening may have added 5.7 miles to the line and made Los Angeles a little smaller, it also has made it all too easy to pop over to Boyle Heights for LA’s Best Bean and Cheese Burrito. -Who also happens to be celebrating their birthday today. Happy Birthday to all!
Franklin Avenue reports today that after two years of being excluded, the “less-desirable” zip codes of Los Angeles will now be able to receive the monthly LA Times Magazine with their Sunday subscription. LA Times subscribers, (The few, the brave, the true believers) will now be able to “Opt-in” to receive the magazine. Which is really nice, because this particular 90042 household was wondering for the past two years why we were paying as much as Donald Sterling in 90210 for a LA Times subscription but couldn’t convince anyone at LAT with countless emails and phone calls to send us their goddamned magazine. But now we humble, yet noble lot on this side of the LA River can line our bird cages just as fashionably as our counterparts on the Westside. Good news indeed.
On Sunday, November 21st at 2:30 the mural Haramoknga – Place Where People Gather will be unveiled on the Sycamore Grove Archway / Glenmary Stairs along the 4600 block of Figueroa Street, across from Sycamore Grove Park. After 15 months of hard work by LA Commons lead artists Pola Lopez and Heriberto Luna, and Highland Park youth artists from Franklin High School and Academia Avance, the mural is ready for its installation and debut. This will surly be a highlight of the day’s activities connected to Northeast L.A.’s 18th Annual Discovery Tour. Don’t miss it!
There are many small front yards in 90042, but this home on Marmion Way at the base of Mt. Washington has to be the smallest. With only 24 inches to work with, these 90042 residents recently
landscaped spacescaped their front yard as best they could with low-maintainance, drought-tolerant plants and vines that make the most of their tiny front yard, proving you do the best with what you’ve got.