CULTURAL LIFE CONTINUES

SCRIPT.  AIRED in public radio news.  12.1 18

 Getting back to my enjoyable normal routine of attending cultural attractions these days, frankly, has been hard, since the wildfires of last month that devastated my Malibu, the disruption of the mandatory evacuations, and then coming back to a home that was miraculously spared, but in need repairs and cleaning.

Meanwhile, as I comment on public radio 99.1 KBU and select websites, the cultural life of Los Angeles continued to thrive, with a rich and diverting schedule of stage productions, art exhibitions, and dance and music concerts.  I look forward to doing double duty and being able to see some, the holidays and L.A.’s ever worsening traffic not withstanding.

High on the schedule is the musical “Come From Away” at the  Ahmanson, and the ever challenging venues at the Redcat and UCLA’s center for the performing art, and a diversity of engaging exhibits at the Hammer, Getty, Skirball and LACMA.

Keep tuned for those commentaries.

So oddly for my first foray back into the cultural scene in L.A. was not a particular exhibit or production, but a luncheon atop of the Petersen Automotive Museum, that bright red stainless steel ribbon wrapped mass in the mid Wilshire District.

The luncheon for the underpaid cultural media, who forever welcomes a free meal, was hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures; the occasion, the unveiling of plans for its long awaited premier museum,  that not incidentally will be located across the street from the Petersen and next door to LACMA, in the renovated and expanded May Company building, , at the northeast corner of Wilshire and Fairfax.

The opening will not be until late next year, but the Academy in the tradition of  playing coming attractions in movie theatre, reviewed with pride and enthusiasm at the luncheon the plans for its permanent and initial temporary exhibits, two film and performance theatres, an art education studio and spaces for public and special events.

 As a venerable movie lover, I prefer not to give away the plots, content to wait until the museum opens and can be experienced as a curious visitor and user advocate that I am.

But let me leave you with the tease, that the museum will be drawing on a vast, rich collection of films, and all aspects of their production, including technology, set and costume design, makeup and promotional materials. It promises to be a blockbuster attraction that I’m listing as a must see.

With a hooray for Hollywood.

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Parallel careers as an urban planner and a journalist, principally at present airing commentaries on pubic radio 99.1 KBU.FM The many arrows in my quiver have included Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News, design critic for the Los Angeles Times, urban affairs reporter for The New York Times, an editor of The New York Post, contributor to various popular and professional publications, news services and broadcast outlets, including Reuters, NET, NBC, CBS, NPR and the BBC. Founding editor of the East Harlem (NY) Independent. A diversity of professional positions and consultancies in the private and public sectors, (Metro, Disney Imagineering, Howard Hughes, M. Milken, NYC Educational Construction Fund, US Comptroller of the Currency etc,) assorted academic appointments (UCLA, USC, CCNY, Art Center etc.), and always open to new challenge. And let us not forget fashioning sand castles and acting on 90210, crafting TV docs, design reviews, master plans. Books: "The Dream Deferred: People, Politics and Planning in Suburbia," "L.A. Lost and Found," an architectural history of Los Angeles, "L.A. Follies," a collection of essays, and co-author of "The New York City Handbook." Writings have appeared in academic texts, commentaries on the web, scripts for TV, and wherever, latest the Architects Newspaper, The Planning Report and Planetizen.

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