It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

CRADLE

"Cradle," a permanent artwork measuring 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high by Ball Nogues Studio, was installed on the east wall of the city's Parking Structure 7 on 4th Street between Broadway and Colorado on Tuesday, July 27, 2010.

An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture operates structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle - the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. As a whole, the balls imply an articulated surface suggestive of foam or sea life.

Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 04:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The Learning Garden 

UCLA Horticulture student Clara Yoshimare gives a tour of the The Learning Garden to students from Santa Monica Bay Human Relations Council's Kids With Cameras Summer Photo Workshop at Venice High School's on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Bobby Matos and his Afro-Latin Ensemble

Bobby Matos and his Afro-Latin Ensemble, perform at Santa Monica City hall during City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division's 5th annual Jazz on the Lawn concert series on Sunday, August 8, 2010.
 
The ensemble mixed percussive roots of Rumba, Bembe, Mambo Jazz, Bomba, Mozambique, Plena,and Iyesa with hard bop and charanga.
 
Bronx born Bobby Matos began playing music beating on pots and pans in Grandma’s apartment and went on to backstage informal lessons with conga drum masters Patato Valdez and Mongo Santamaria.

His first gigs were in the early ˜60’s “beat '" bohemian “ Greenwich Village Cafes, but he soon found himself playing in every type of venue; from Bronx dance halls to Carnegie Hall, to elegant supper clubs, Central Park Concerts, Off Broadway theaters, and ˜After Hours” clubs in El Barrio.

He was inspired and encouraged to play timbales by Willie Bobo and Tito Puente, and in the late ˜60s attended the New School and Manhattan School of Music studying composition and arranging. Around this exciting time for Latin Music in N.Y., he recorded “My Latin Soul” for Philips Records. This recording eventually became a much prized cult classic influencing many ˜70’s and ˜80’s Acid Jazz groups on both sides of the Atlantic...

After touring and recording with artists like Ben Vereen, Bette Midler, Fred Neil, Jim Croce, Ray Rivera, Joe Loco, Miriam Makeeba, and many others, Bobby relocated to Los Angeles where he began experimenting with an Afro Cuban Jazz band where he could blend (and bend) musical elements from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri, and the rich legacy of Afro Cuban music.

In the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, he recorded several albums, most notably 5 critically acclaimed CDs for Ubiquity Records’ “Cubop” label. He also produced CDs for Ray Armando, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Dave Pike, John Santos, and Jack Costanzo. In 2004 he released the critically acclaimed "Made By Hand", a live recording on the artist’s collective Life Force Jazz records,

Bobby continues recording and releasing new music on the LifeForce Jazz imprint including "Acknowledgement" 2005, "Charanga Chango" 2006, "Gratitude" 2007 and "Unity" 2009.
Posted on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 08:02PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

SRI LANKA DAY

(top) Ruwani Horanage performs the Uthama Muni Dalada at the Third Street Promenade during the fourth annual Sri Lanka Day  on Saturday, August 07, 2010. (above) Shwetha Jayasinghe performs the Udarata Niliya at the Third Street Promenadeduring the fourth annual Sri Lanka Day  on Saturday, August 07, 2010.
 

 

Posted on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 06:12PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

HOMEGROWN

Homegrown artist Pharoe paints an organic, garden-themed custom mural at Santa Monica Place on Saturday, August 07, 2010.

Posted on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 05:21PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint