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


The Los Angeles Roadrunners run south along the Santa Monica Beach boardwalk on Saturday, October 9, 2010. They were on a 8 mile run.

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5th Annual Pico Festival - Images by Fabian Lewkowicz
Performance artist Marcello Pozzi  kicks a soccer ball covered in paint onto a canvas during the 5th Annual Pico Festival at Virginia Avenue Park on Saturday, October 16, 2010.
The Festival, presented by the Pico Improvement Organization and the City of Santa Monica, celebrated all that Pico Boulevard is with an Art Pavilions at Virginia Ave Park, a Classic Car Show, a fabulous Sidewalk Sale and many other art installations along the three mile stretch from Centinela to the ocean.

“Pico Boulevard is in the midst of one of the most exciting transformations in decades,” said Robert Kronovet, chairman of the Pico Improvement Organization. “New restaurants, art galleries and stores are opening all the time, making the Pico corridor an exciting new place for people to visit. We created the Pico Festival to highlight these changes, and make people aware of the treasure they have in their midst. We’re thrilled to introduce everyone to the rebirth of Pico Boulevard.”

Visitors to the Pico Festival enjoyed original artwork in all mediums at the Virginia Ave Park Art Pavilions where Pico art galleries, studios, and artists  displayed their work. Children also participated in live art events at the Children’s Activities Pavilion, either watching new works being produced, or making their own unique creations. Live musical acts  performed on the Pico Festival stage, including groups from SAMOHI, Santa Monica College and other local schools. Pico stores showcased their wares in booths, and food vendors offered delicious cuisine of all kinds. The Pico Improvement Organization gave away free hot dogs to the first 1,000.
Two Starline Tours double-decker buses with guides operated the length of Pico in Santa Monica, directing passengers to various sites and events. Visitors stopped to see artists exhibiting their work at various locations along Pico Boulevard. Pico galleries and studios were open and many demonstrated artistic and creative techniques. A Classic Car Show, which included 50 custom cars at the SGI parking lot at 26th and Pico. Pico Auto businesses had booths, a DJ and a mariachi band provided live music. Trophies and prizes were awarded in various classes.

At participating locations along Pico Boulevard, a large Sidewalk Sale temped fashionistas and bargain hunters. Participating stores had racks and tables with exciting merchandise on the sidewalk and some merchants had their entire store on sale. Types of merchandise included fabulous men’s, women’s & children’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, and much more.

The Pico Improvement Organization is a Business Improvement District encompassing the entire length of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. The district contains a growing number of attractions and businesses from Santa Monica College’s performing arts venues and planetarium to one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, designer furniture and more. A zone of small clubs and cafés are found along the eastern boulevard while Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar hotels mark Pico’s western terminus.


James Adams, Tony Belanger, Michael Kohl, Jamey Schrick and  Zack Avshalomov from the boy band XY Unlimited perform at the Third Street Promenade on Friday, October 15, 2010.


"Crochet Object no. 9," by artist Olek - Images by Fabian Lewkowicz
A couple look at "Crochet Object no. 9" by Polish artist Olek at the Third Street Promenade on Friday, October 15, 2010.
Olek was born Agata Oleksiak in Poland and graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland with a degree in cultural studies. In New York, she rediscovered her ability to crochet and since then she has started her crocheted journey/madness.

 Olek's work has been presented in galleries from Brooklyn to Istanbul to Venice and Brazil, featured in "The New York Times", "Fiberarts Magazine", "The Village Voice", and "Washington Post" and drags a tail of dance performance sets and costumes too numerous to mention.

Olek received the Ruth Mellon Award for Sculpture, was selected for 2005 residency program at Sculpture Space, 2009 residency in Instituto Sacatar in Brazil, 2010 AAI Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program, and is a winner of apex art gallery commercial competition. Olek was an artist in an independent collective exhibition, "Waterways," during the 49th Venice Biennale. She was also a featured artist in "Two Continents Beyond," at the 9th International Istanbul Biennale.

Olek herself however can be found in her Brooklyn studio with a bottle of spiced Polish vodka aggressively re-weaving the world as she sees fit.

The Macho Paradox

Dr. Jackson Katz discusses gender violence during Westside Domestic Violence Network's (WDVN) event leadership conference, 'The Macho Paradox: The Next Generation of Domestic Violence Prevention' at the RAND Corporation on Friday, October 15, 2010.
The full-day conference promoted positive, nonviolent definitions of male strength, power, respect and trust, and presented positive models for change. They looked at cultural factors that encourage violence, addressing the connections between masculinity and violence. Some questions asked were; In what way does the socialization of boys contribute to future violent behavior? How do we promote and teach positive, nonviolent definitions of male strength and power? What can community members do to prevent male violence? What can we do to raise children to be healthy, non-violent adults? 
Dr. Jackson Katz is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys. Dr. Katz is also the creator and cocreator of educational videos for college and high school students, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000) and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004). His book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, was published by Sourcebooks.
The Westside Domestic Violence Network (WDVN) seeks to improve communication, collaboration and accountability among agencies on the Westside of Los Angeles that work with those experiencing problems with violence and control in their intimate relationships.
The WDVN leadership conference was presented in partnership with the City of Santa Monica Police Department and Human Services Department.

Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 01:31PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint