It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...
The ever-soulful Bettye LaVette, 64, performs at the Santa Monica Pier during the 26th Annual Twilight Dance Series on Thursday, August 19, 2010. According to the New York Times, “Ms LaVette rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer. She uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predator’s sense of timing to seize the drama of a song.” Ms. LaVette has most recently made news in her nearly 50 year career with her May 2010 release of, “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook,” which brings the British Invasion home to its American R & B roots and features LaVette’s raw emotional renderings of compositions by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. For those who missed LaVette’s powerfully memorable three night run at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year, another opportunity presents itself to see this force of nature. Ms. LaVette’s show will include material spanning her entire career including the British Rock Songbook www.bettyelavette.com.
The Rizzoli Family, who hail from Bologna Italy, pose for a photo by the Route 66 sign at the Santa Monica Pier after completing their 15 day Mother Road trip on Thursday, August 19, 2010.
Photojournalist Fabian Lewkowicz poses for a portrait inside his own art work at Bloomingdale's of Santa Monica on Friday, Aug 13, 2010. The image is featured in Bloomie's elevator which is 8 feet tall by 15 feet wide and wraps around the inside of the cab.
(left to right) Cesar Rodriguez, 11, Nayla Torres, 14, Yoly Islas, 15, and Chloe Hassenfratz, 12, take photos of fruit at Farmers Choice during Santa Monica Bay Human Relations Council's Kids With Cameras Summer Photo Workshop on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. The class is being taught by photojournalist Fabian Lewkowicz.