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Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California needs foster homes

If you are in Southern California and can temporarily open up your heart to foster a hound, Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California is in a tough spot and needs your help!

BHRSC has 2 hounds in the Pet Hotel (Clyde Jr & Duke); 1 hound with the Vet (Lulu Belle); and 4 hounds (photos below) potentially heading our way on Dec 2nd, and we're out of foster homes.


So folks - we need your help - especially if you can foster one of these kids...even if it's for one-time-only.Please let me know if you can help out - I bet the joy you receive helping a hound during the holidays is far better than any other gift yourcould receive.

You can contact Laurie McCulloch  at:


15th Annual Lamplight Celebration

Witness as the past becomes the present among the beautiful glow of Victorian homes lit by the aura of lamplights at Heritage Square Museum’s 15th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration.
Hosted on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2009, guests will dance and experience spectacular holiday festivities in three of our historic homes. Experience this totally unique living history presentation by traveling through time to the years 1890, 1910 and 1930. Immerse yourselfe, as our costumed hosts transport you from house to house while warm apple cider and tasty treats await museum you at the end of the tour.
Additionally, guest may view the return of a guest favorite, “Holiday Heritage: A Southern California Christmas”, a photographic exhibit offering a glimpse of the culture, commerce, and art of Christmas in Southern California from 1880 to 1950, listen to classic tales from a “special visitor”, and shop for unique holiday gifts in our Museum Store.

Evening tours begin at 4:00 PM and continue through until 8:30 PM. Advanced reservations are required as space on the tours is limited. Tours are approximately one hour in length. Tickets are $20 per Adult and $10 for children 12 and under. Museum members receive a 25% discount on ticket prices. (Number of member discounts incremental by level.) Tickets are non-refundable. The program not suited for children under 6 years of age.

For reservations or additional information about Holiday Lamplight Celebration, please call the museum’s box office at (323) 225-2700 ext. 223, Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. beginning November 1.

Celebrating 40 Years of Preservation and Interpretation of the History of Southern California, Heritage Square Museum is an open-air, living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles. For further information, the public may visit our website at

Start Time:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 4:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 8:20pm
Heritage Square Museum

Arroyo Arts Collective Recovery Discovery Tour November 22: Edem Elesh

What is the Recovery Discovery Tour?:  "The Recovery Discovery Tour," is a self-guided auto tour of artists' homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, organized by the Arroyo Arts Collective.
Where: Starts at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park, CA 90031
When: November 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


As part of the Recovery Discovery Tour,  artist Edem Elesh will open his home studio in Mount Angelus, a hilltop neighborhood in Highland Park.

From an review:

The work of Los Angeles based painter, Edem Elesh, finds itself in the murky waters of the viewer's unconscious.Fantastical, dream-like and dystopian, Elesh's imagery is set in our postmodern time, at an intersection where the subject matter of various sorts has been cut loose from it's origins and dropped onto the foreign occupied space of the canvas.With an irreverence and narrative approach to working, each subject has been abandoned and ultimately left to stake its claim in a new and unfamiliar territory.When asked about the conception and drive of an individual painting, Elesh straightforwardly replies that, "Everyday situations of existence" are always where his subject matter remains fertile. 

Edem Elesh website


Steven Anderson last opened his home studio on the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery tour in 2003.  After a five year hiatus, Steven's home studio high in the hills of Eagle Rock will again be a featured destination on the tour.

From the artist's web site

Steven L. Anderson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1971, and raised by a family of creative environmentalists. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1988 and the following year attended the University of Michigan with the plans of being a "renaissance man." It was here that he began to make small collages using an approach of appropriation and re-contextualization that would serve as a basis for his creative process.

A post-graduate slacker/LSD experience in the newly split Czech Republic convinced Steven to follow a path through the arts, leading him to the Art Institute of Chicago to train as a painter, printmaker and graphic designer. It was here that he met and fell in love with his wife Liz (Department of Graphic Sciences), his life-long love and inspiration. Agnes Anderson joined the family in 2007.

Steven's career as an artist has been a cycle of collaborative and individual production, focusing on the nature of power and the power of nature. In 1998 he joined Cakewalk Magazine as co-publisher; designing, editing and raising money for issues 2-6. Steven has also been a driving force in 2004's October Surprise curatorial project in Northeast Los Angeles. Other fruitful collaborations have included Fat Farmer Bob and His Colourful Crazy Beard (2008-), Fuz Fon (1999-2001) and Chicago's Free the Real World Coalition (2001). Steven has art-directed and designed for In These Times (1998-2001) and WhiteWalls (1999-2003) magazines in Chicago, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (2003-04) and 1105 Media inc. (2003-current) in Los Angeles, among others.

The Andersons currently reside in Northeast Los Angeles with cats Big D. and Kittenhead Jenkins.

Steven L. Anderson's web site

What is the Recovery Discovery Tour?:  "The Recovery Discovery Tour," is a self-guided auto tour of artists' homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, organized by the Arroyo Arts Collective.
Where: Starts at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Highland Park, CA 90031
When: November 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Recovery Discovery Tour Its Not Too Late


Recovery Discovery Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the Tour. Advance tickets are still available at Galco's Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Boulevard in Highland Park or on-line at Hurry!
You may think, "Wow, 17 years! Hmmm, 17 years? There's always next year." Well, maybe not. You never know when there will be another chance to visit any of this years' 100 artists' homes and studios. What wonderful treasures might you miss? For example, new to the Tour this year are Margaret Alarcon, Kraig Blue, Molly Cleator, Carol Es, Matthew Freeth, Betty Phoenix Wan Hamada, David Reed James, Stephen James, Rebecca Janes, Susan Loraine Kromka, Irma LaPointe, Antionette Miller, Earl Parson, Michelle Perone, Rebecca Quesada, Darren Ragle, Gigi Scully, Richard Scully, Warner Traynham and Mark Verrillo. 2003 was the last time Steven Anderson was on the Tour. Now he's back. What's he been up to? Or you might want to see what Linda Lyke, Raoul De la Sota, Margaret Garcia, Michael Arata and J. Michael Walker, to name a few, have been up to this year.
You can walk, bike, take your car or leave the driving to us. Let the Arroyo Arts Collective plan your itinerary with one of our shuttle routes.
And have you heard about the Arroyo Bucks? What's up with that? Because this is the Recovery Discovery Tour we're offering a little financial stimulus package of our own. When you spend $100 or more on the work of any one artist your Arroyo Buck will give you a $10 discount.That's the Tour for free. What a deal!
WHO: The Arroyo Arts Collective
WHAT:    17th Annual Recovery Discovery Tour
WHEN:    Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:30am to 5pm
WHERE:  Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43, Los Angeles  90031 

NELA Art Second Saturday Gallery Night, November 14

Tonight, November 14, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT 

WHEN: Every Second Saturday 7:00-10:00p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is a free self-guided tour of the galleries, non-profits and artist run project spaces located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).

NELA has a tradition in the arts that dates back to the early 1900s.

The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.'s most exciting destinations to view contemporary art. 

Individual gallery hours may vary:

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Drkrm, 2121 San Fernando Road

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

hi tree, 131 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Jose Vera Fina Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard

Judson Studios, 200 South Avenue 66

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard

The Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard

La Tierra de la Culebra, 240 North Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

New Puppy, 2808 Elm Street, Unit 1

New Stone Age Mosiacs, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50

Sea and Space Explorations, 4755 York Boulevard

She Rides The Lion, 133 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Two Track Art Studio, 135 North Avenue 50 (next to Avenue 50 Studio)

Verbre Studio and Gallery, 4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard

At Avenue 50 Studio Sunday, November 15 , 2009, 2 - 6 p.m.


Victor M. Valle

A Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter exposes one of the biggest municipal corruption scandals of the last century

Sunday, November 15 , 2009, 2 - 6 p.m.

Founded in 1957, the Southern California suburb prophetically named the City of Industry today represents, in the words of Victor M. Valle, “the gritty crossroads of the global trade revolution that is transforming Southern California factories into warehouses, and adjacent working class communities into economic and environmental sacrifice zones choking on cheap goods and carcinogenic diesel exhaust.”

City of Industry is a stunning exposé on the construction of corporate capitalist spaces. Valle investigated an untapped archive of Industry’s built landscape, media coverage, and public records, including sealed FBI reports, to uncover a cascading series of scandals. A kaleidoscopic view of the corruption that resulted when local land owners, media barons, and railroads converged to build the city, this suspenseful narrative explores how new governmental technologies and engineering feats propelled the rationality of privatization using their property-owning servants as tools.

Valle’s tale of corporate greed begins with the city’s founder James M. Stafford and ends with present day corporate heir, Edward Roski Jr., the nation’s biggest industrial developer—co-owner of the L.A. Staples Arena and possible future owner of California’s next NFL franchise. Not to be forgotten in Valle’s captivating story are Latino working class communities, living within Los Angeles’s distribution corridors, who suffer wealth disparities and exposure to air pollution as a result of diesel-burning trucks, trains, and container ships that bring global trade to their very doorsteps. They are among the many victims of the City of Industry.

Victor M. Valle is a professor and chair of the ethnic studies department at California State Polytechnic University. An investigative reporter formerly with the Los Angeles Times, he is the coauthor of Latino Metropolis, as well as several other books, articles, and literary collections.

“The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Victor Valle is the pit bull of Los Angeles
writers. In the mid-1980s he sunk his teeth into a story about corruption in the
strange city-state of Industry, and he never let go. Now, after twenty years of
relentless sleuthing, he tells a tale of epic greed that began in the dusty hills east
of Los Angeles but now engrosses the very centers of power in Southern
California’s Pacific Rim economy. As a noirish revelation of power and secret
history of L.A., this is a stunning non-fiction sequel to Robert Towne’s ‘Chinatown.’”

—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz.

Countdown to Arroyo Arts Collective Recovery Discovery Tour November 22: Meet Artist Carol Es

On Sunday, November 22, artists' homes and studios throughout the Northeast Los Angeles Communities of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington will open their doors during "The Recovery Discovery Tour," the Arroyo Arts Collective's 17th annual self-guided auto tour.

The Moppet Studio of Carol Es will be one of the featured destinations on the Arroyo Arts Collective Recovery Discovery Tour.

Carol Es is a visionary mixed-media fine artist and writer with curatorial experience, as well as a musician and recording artist, and a web designer skilled in PHP and MySQL databases, DHTML and Java scripting. 

Carol's Blog

Es Art Website

Carol Es on LinkedIn

Avenue 50 Studio Art Opening November 14

365 . . . and Counting


“Cracks In The System” – Chukes

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 7-10 pm
Alex Alferov, Yrneh Brown, Nancy Buchanan, Chukes, Carol Colin, Kathi Flood, Sophia Gasparian, Graham Goddard, Miguel Angel Murillo, CCH Pounder, Suzanne Siegel, Joseph Sims, Charles Swenson, Richard Turner, Mark Vallen, Ted Waltz
The year 2008 was historic in the fact that a Black American became our 44th President.  We have asked our artists to demonstrate how they perceive the first year, the honeymoon period, of the Barack Obama Administration.  He has taken office facing high expectations and immense challenges.  Some questions we ask our "365" artists to consider are:  Does race affect political choices, or is it more a class question?  Have opportunities for minorities advanced?  What about health care, the turmoil in the Middle East, the economy?  Obama has declared a new spirit of engagement with the UN to confront global challenges, from climate change to nuclear proliferation. But is his foreign policy decisions an extension of Bush administration policy known for its political and international aggression?  Our "365" artists tackle these challenging questions with works that are aesthetically profound and timely.

November 14 through December 6, 2009

And Our Annex Presents:

The Writing On The Wall
A typo-active installation by Kay Brown, Poli Marichal and Marianne Sadowski

"A baited banker thus desponds,
From his own hand foresees his fall,
They have his soul, who have his bonds;
'Tis like the writing on the wall."

Jonathan Swift (Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, poet 1667-1745)

Taking the idiom, "the writing on the wall" (a portent of doom or misfortune, first used in the Book of Daniel), as a point of departure, artists Kay Brown, Poli Marichal and Marianne Sadowski have printed a series of flyers and other works on paper using phrases, slogans and idiomatic plays on words that address current issues concerning politics, ecology and ethics in a visually suggestive manner.

The artists intention is to create a space for thought and meditation in order to promote a call for pro-active action and grass roots  militancy and a return to common sense and self-sufficiency.

Brown, Marichal and Sadowski were inspired by the oeuvre of artists such as Barbara Kruger, Ellen Rothenberg and Jenny Holzer, among others, who use type to inform, provoke, agitate and confront the viewer.

The works were printed using a Laguna etching press owned by Sadowski and a Reprex letterpress proof printer owned by Marichal. Many of the phrases were created using vintage wood letterpress fonts and/or stamped fonts owned by Brown over monotyped abstract backgrounds.

November 14 through December 6, 2009

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery 131 North Avenue 50 Highland Park, CA  90042 (323-258-1435)