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Charles Bukowski's Scarlet a memoir by Pam "Cupcakes" Wood

My good friend, Pam, is now a published author.

Pam ("Cupcakes") was Charles Bukowski's lover in the mid 1970s.  Bukowski penned the poems in his book "Scarlet" about her.
Now several years after Bukowski's death, Pam has written her memoirs of that time.  Her book "Charles's Bukowski's Scarlet" has just been released.  I figured the least I could do would be to create a  quick fansite,   and tell my friends about the book. 

And you don't need to be a fan of Charles Bukowski to love this book. It is a tour de force of life in Los Angeles in the mid 1970s, and it is an endearing and amusing commentary on the sometimes crazy and dysfunctional nature of romantic relationships.  (Watch out for adult language!)


Artist Michael Gullberg Juxtaposes Trees, Wood, and the Human Form -- Opening at Future Studio, Highland Park, May 8

Trees have inspired legions of artists, from Anselm Keifer to Ansel Adams. But Michael Gullberg takes his inspiration in new directions, creating a forest of images in oil paint and graphite that are framed in intricate hand-hewn wood creations. The new works will be featured in Gullberg’s solo show, “The Air that I Breathe,” at Future Studio Gallery in Los Angeles.


·     Saturday, May 8, 7 – 10 p.m. (Part of Second Saturday Gallery Night)

·     May 16, 23, and 30 from noon to 4 p.m. The artist will be present during these hours.

·     5558 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042


“Trees are an endless fascination and inspiration for me,” says Gullberg. “It is the human characteristics of trees that draw me in.”


Indeed, Gullberg’s trees are meditative in their humanity, reflecting the artist’s spiritual connection to nature. These aren’t cliched wood nymphs and trolls, but rather sensual torsos and limbs that invite viewers to linger almost voyeuristically to absorb the implied forms and shapes. Gullberg tips his trees on their sides and inter-twines branches and roots. The stoic foliage so many take for granted becomes gratifyingly alive through Gullberg’s command of tools and mediums.





Sunday, April 11 is Heritage Day at Heritage Square Museum

 Heritage Square Museum, Sycamore Grove, Los Angeles

Heritage Square Museum invites you to join us on Sunday, April 11 from 11am to 4pm,  for LA Heritage Day.

This year, the event will feature a heritage showcase, games and crafts for kids and lots of opportunities to discover the history of the region from the over 70 groups in attendance. Pink's Hot Dogs, will also be here and will have a special display showing their history in Hollywood going back to 1939!
Special activities occurring throughout the day include:
Blacksmithing from Adam's Forge
A living history interpretation of William Mulholland by the museum of the San Fernando Valley
Period dancing and audience participation by the Yesteryears Dancers
Performance of songs from the Charles Lummis Book "Spanish Songs of Old California" by the Historical Society of Southern California
A costumed presentation recalling moments in the history of the Centinela Valley by the Historical Society of Centinela Valley
The opportunity to see a 1922 Moreland Bus courtesy of the Burbank Historical Society
Regional Music courtesy of the Arab American Historical Foundation
A discussion on the Los Angeles City Preservation Ordinanance
For a complete list of participating groups visit .

Because you're "in the know," you can download a flyer for FREE admission here:  (it's $5 without the flyer).
Admission is also free for those showing their Heritage Square membership card.

Those attending the event are encouraged to take the METRO Gold Line to the Heritage Square stop, where a shuttle will be running every 5 to 10 minutes.
We also want to thank Councilman Ed Reyes and Supervisor Gloria Molina for their support of the event.  LA Heritage Day is put on by the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance. Learn more at

Heritage Square is a living history museum reflecting the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, Heritage Square Museum offers visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century.

The eight historic structures located on the museum grounds, constructed during the Victorian Era, were saved from demolition and serve as a perfect background to educate the public about Southern California's early development. From the simplicity of the Octagon House to the opulence of the Perry Mansion, the Museum provides a unique look at the lifestyles of the people who contributed so much to the development of modern Los Angeles. 


NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night, April 10

This Saturday, some of LA's best and up and coming food trucks will be rolling to the EAST SIDE to support the NELA Art, Second Saturday Gallery Night!!!

Saturday, April 10, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT

WHEN: The Second Saturday of Every Month  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.  

Miguel Angel Murillo

(Above image by Miguel Angel Murillo, showing at Avenue 50 Annex, April 10, 2010)

The following space are participating this Saturday, April 10:

(Individual gallery hours may vary)

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard -- With The Sweets Truck!

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard

Drkrm, 2121 San Fernando Road

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

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

Jose Vera Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard -- With Vesuvio:  Italian Food Truck!

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard

Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard

La tierra de la Cuebra, 240 South Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard -- With DOSA Truck!

Moppet Studio, 5101 Monte Vista Street

New Puppy, Unit 1, 2808 Elm Street

New Stone Age Mosiacs, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard -- With Kabob 'N Roll Truck!

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50

pLAyLAnd, 4140 Eagle Rock Blvd. (Performance at 7:00pm)

Route 66, 5917 North Figueroa

She Rides the Lion, 133 North Avenue 50

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

2 Tracks Art Studio, 135 North Avenue 50 (Next to Avenue 50 Studio)

Verbre Studio and Gallery, 4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard 

Late Night/After Party

Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Road- With Komodo Food Truck!

Avenue 50 Studio you are invited to attend Opening Night Reception April 10

The Violinist - Martin Charlot

Above: The Violinist - Martin Charlot

Please join us at Avenue 50 Studio for this Opening Night Reception: Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 7-10 in tandem with NELAs Second Saturday Art Night, April 10

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present Horizons, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists Martin Charlot and Raoul De la Sota. The exhibit opens with an artists' reception on Saturday evening, April 10, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

Martin Charlot, son of the renowned artist and muralist, Jean Charlot, is an oil painter and a muralist working in the fresco tradition. Taught by his father, Martin's careful draftsmanship and skillful color expresses a humanist spirituality grounded in earthiness. His work speaks to life reborn; the life of earth and of humanity. His love of flora and fauna is exhibited in his lushfully surreal landscapes, meant to be lingered over like an intensely flavored feast.

Raoul De la Sota's work reflects his beliefs in ancient cultures and civilizations as they relate to cosmic imagery. Mystical and dreamy, De la Sota's work points our eyes skyward in search of his Mayan nebulas and constellations. De la Sota's imaginative colors reinvigorates and deepens our interest in the universe as cosmic creator. At the same time, he deals with ecological matters in terms of ancient ideas as well as contemporary warnings.

Please join us on Saturday, March 10, 2010 for the opening night reception of Horizons - as far, and farther, than the eye can see.

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

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc. is an arts presentation organization grounded in Latin@ Chican@ culture. Our monthly shows principally exhibit artists of color who display a high quality of work, and who have not been represented in mainstream galleries. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. Using content-driven art to educate and to stimulate intercultural understanding, we build relationships and collaborations with artists and communities.