On September 17, 2010 I launched Curating Los Angeles (CLA). I remember publishing that first blog post and wondering whether anyone would find this site and read what I wrote. I also had no idea how long I’d be at this – would I continue after the first couple of months?
Today marks the start of the 16th Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (aka LA Shorts Fest). The event features short films from around the world and is one of the largest festivals of its kind. Since the LA Shorts Fest is recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, some of the films presented during the event may receive Oscar nominations. In addition to film screenings, attendees can participate in educational panels and various interactive events.
It’s not often that one hears Bay Area residents expressing admiration for Los Angeles, let alone acknowledging that they can learn something from the nation’s second largest city. So it was a pleasant surprise to see that the theme of the August / September 2012 issue of The Urbanist was “Learning from Los Angeles.”
Ever since I learned about CityFabric, I’ve been intrigued by its mission and products. This Raleigh, North Carolina based company was founded on the principle that when people can easily communicate to others where they live and can tell a story about that place, they are more likely “…to get involved in the decisions that determine the direction of their city.”
If you love going to the movies but are ready for something other than the big summer blockbusters, the HollyShorts Film Festival is for you. Now in its 8th year, the festival showcases short subject films from around the world that run no longer than 30 minutes.
Joe Frank, one of my favorite storytellers, is back on the radio today with a special show called ‘Dreamers,’ which he is producing for KCRW’s Independent Producer Project UnFictional. According to Frank, “‘Dreamers’ includes stories about a family’s tragic visit to Palestine, a man who attends a dinner party after learning he might be dying, and a contemplation of different perspectives on time.”
The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies is once again co-sponsoring the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival. Held over a two-week period beginning next week, the festival will feature members of the iPalpiti Soloists and the Armadillo String Quartet in four free concerts at UCLA.
Every year on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, people in 460 cities in 110 countries celebrate music and community through a series of free, outdoor concerts and performances. These international events are based on and inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, a national music festival inaugurated in 1982 by the French Ministry of Culture.