Friday, September 21, 2012

Spectacular Photos of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Over Los Angeles (and Glendale)

These are my photos of the Space Shuttle Endeavour taking a victory lap around Los Angeles before being moved to its permanent home at the California Science Center.  My initial plan was to go to the Griffith Observatory, but I heard it was incredibly crowded so I went to Elysian Park, which turned out to be a great spot.  It was truly awe-inspiring to see the Shuttle in flight.

My vantage point in Elysian Park:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Seeley's Building Grand Opening and Artwalk Tomorrow, 09/19

Curious to see inside the restored Seeley's Building at Brand and San Fernando Road?  Come to the Grand Opening event tomorrow. From the press release:
Glendale, California, September 12, 2012 - After 6 long years and a $8,000,000 restoration/redesign, the historical Seeley's Furniture building is celebrating its heritage and evolution with the grand opening of 'Seeley Studios', a modern and urban remodel of the historical building for use as creative office and live/work space. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and will feature live paintings, artist galleries, music, entertainment, a ribbon cutting ceremony and more. 
The Seeley Building was originally built in 1925 and underwent a Deco/Modern make-over in the 1940's for George Seeley and his furniture warehouse. The building sat untouched for another 65 years before it was converted to urban office space for creative tenants by Live Work Loft. The building will open publicly on Wednesday for the first time in over 18 years since Seeley's Furniture first closed its doors after 60 years in business. 
Glendale residents and business owners are welcome to the event and are encouraged to celebrate a historic part of the city being transformed into chic modern live/work and creative space. The architecture and individual spaces will be open for viewing, and many units will house premium artwork from the most creative spirits in Glendale and Los Angeles. 
Come and enjoy exhibits and installations from more than thirty prominent artists, some of whom have exhibited in LACMA and MOCA Geffen, as well as other galleries and museums worldwide.  
Historic Seeley Building Artwalk 
September 19th, 2012
Seeley Studios
1800 S. Brand Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204 
3pm- 9pm Artwalk
9pm-12pm After Party
Hosted food and drinks  
More details are available on the Facebook Page for the event:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Glendale Driving in 1914: Lions, Speeding Motorcycles and Spilt Milk

Glendale has a long history of bizarro driving stories - my personal favorite is this one from November 22nd, 1914.

GLENDALE, Nov. 21st 
The sleep of a lion was disturbed, a street was converted into a milky way, three motorcyclists were injured and four vehicles damaged here as the result of two accidents here last night. 
Irwing van Osdoll and Mason Morris, both of this city, were riding on a motorcycle, tandem fashion, last night, when they crashed into an unlighted wagon of the Barnes circus, just leaving town, on Central Avenue. 
So vociferous were the protests of the lion in the cage of the wagon on being disturbed in its slumber that its roars attracted several score of persons from the neighborhood. They found the young motorcyclists stretched out and to secure an ambulance, John Galt, janitor at the Glendale Union High School, leaped into the saddle of his motorbike and speeded to the police station.  At Central Avenue and Seventh Street he crashed into a dairy wagon.  
The motorcycle was wrecked and the wagon overturned, spilling milk in all directions.  Mr. Galt Suffered lacerations of the hands and face.

And we finally know who John Galt is!