event calendar: december 18 – 25, 2011

behance/aiga meetup, december 2011
behance/aiga meetup, december 2011

counting down to christmas, i’ve got a lot on my plate this week, but i’m definitely making time for the behance / aiga december meetup to see all my design buddies and exchange our lovely cards. come on down, it’s free!

event calendar: december 12 – 18, 2011

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last of the triple-threat bed hang

last week, i said my final goodbye to my cat ray, who is at the far right in this picture. he was a really sweet cat who unfortunately suffered kidney failure, though he outlived all the vets expectations. this scene, of cats crowding each other on the bed, was always funny to me whenever it did happen. each of them, too close for comfort, would claim a patch of space on top of me while i try to take some sort of picture of what’s happening. this was the last time it would happen, about 2 weeks ago. it’s only something that happens when there are 3 competing for space, somehow there’s always room for 2. here’s to remembering 16.5 years with a great cat.

looking forward, i’ve got the busiest holiday season i’ve had in years. somehow i manage to find people who are energetic and motivated not to sit still for even a minute, so the fun far outweighs the overwhelm. for that reason, i’ll only be heading out to one event this week: saul bass: a life in film and design, free at the hammer on tuesday.

event calendar: november 28 – december 4, 2011

826LA bookmaking workshop
826LA bookmaking workshop

it’s hard to believe we’re actually moving into december already! this week, i’m really looking forward to this bookmaking for adults at 826LA, followed by the first colLAboration event on site at golden road brewery, followed yet still by a holiday open house & sale at peter shire studio. maybe after all that, i’ll need the sunday sound bath at yogala!

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event calendar: 14 – 20, november 2011

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an awesome yellow fungus on a tree stump, elysian park

we’re closing in on your last week to get your seasonal eats recipe guide in time to get cooking for thanksgiving!

among other things, i’ll be hanging out & having drinks tuesday at the behance/AIGA meetup at the york!

event calendar: october 24 – 30, 2011

behance / aiga october 2011 meetup

join the LA design community tuesday, october 25 at mohawk bend for the behance / AIGA october 2011 meetup! i’ll be there, LA-area members of behance and members of AIGA los angeles will all be there, mixing up & hanging out. come on down!

design week LA 2011

design week LA 2011

design week is actually here! after scouring the list, i think i’m going to head over to mid-wilshire and check out A+D’s eames designs exhibit, CAFAM’s the golden state of craft and LACMA’s california design: living in a modern way. then some other time this week, up to pasadena to the norton simon museum for proof: the rise of printmaking in southern california and the original print: an introduction to printmaking in the postwar period. sounds like a super week of design history & celebration!

cicLAvia: october 2011

4th street bridge, ciclavia2011
beautiful view of downtown LA from the 4th street bridge

this past sunday, we rode in the 3rd cicLAvia event in los angeles—this time with a longer route covering 10 miles of car-free streets. cyclists, families, roller-bladers, skaters, runners, walkers, and stroller-pushers alike came out to enjoy the gorgeous fall-in-LA day. we started out on a new leg of the route, extending up to cesar chavez & main streets, so our first views were of the outstanding crowd of people and tents at the occupy LA protest.

LA river exhibit, ciclavia2011
the LA river exhibit on the 4th street bridge

we headed east toward hollenbeck park. the views from 4th street bridge were amazing in all directions. a few days after a day of rain, and los angeles cleans up nicely!

coca cola bottling plant, ciclavia2011
the coca cola bottling plant in south LA

we were curious to see the new leg of the route extending into south LA to the coca-cola bottling plant and the african american firefighter museum. the ride down went past the old central market, by lots of music, fresh coconuts and taco stands, down to the bottling plant at 14th street, where coca-cola had set up a booth and was showcasing all their new drinks. we took some shots of sucralose in the form of coke zero [pretty good, if i drank soda] and powerade [it’s what plants crave, and it’s gross!] and headed into the museum.

antique firewagon, ciclavia2011
the antique fire wagon at the african-american firefighter museum

this fire wagon was quite a relic of history. i’m not sure how it was pulled, and i’m not sure how many successful fires it put out, but it sure is sweet.

broadway & wilshire, ciclavia2011
a totally non-typical downtown traffic jam at broadway & wilshire

heading back through downtown, i never get tired of shots of LA filled with bikes.

occupy LA rides with ciclavia2011
the other 99% rides with cicLAvia

there was strong support for occupy LA throughout the ride, whether they were protesters who joined in, or riders who wore supportive signs. this 1% guy cracked me up.

cars + bikes, ciclavia2011
cars stopped on the overpass, bikes ride free on the streets

on our way back from the east hollywood / LACC end of the route, i was riding under the northbound 101 overpass when i noticed this really slow sunday traffic in the southbound direction. though the cars are somewhat hard to see, it was an impactful reminder of what we’re trying to leave behind, and what we’re trying to create with awareness events like cicLAvia. keep riding, everyone!

LA design week 2011

design week LA

just around the corner, design week comes to los angeles, celebrating our great industry for one week, highlighting any & all design-related events. the lists for each day’s events are growing rapidly, with all kinds of art shows, workshops and meetups. check out designweekla.org and put your favorites on your calendar today!