Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

My friend Skylaire gets to go to the coolest events. Sigh. My late, great movie hero Vincent Price was an ardent lover of art and an avid collector of some of the most brilliant works of his time, donating much of it to his museum at a college in Los Angeles, which has just reopened, and which costs nowt but your time to visit and enjoy… Here’s the start of the article on the re-opening, please click through at the end to read the rest which is equally fine with some great history… click like if you’re a Facebooker… Enjoy…

Vincent Price Museum Re-Opens in East L.A. Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Phibes!

By Skylaire Alfvegren Thu., Jun. 23 2011 at 10:00 AM
Vincent Price in his art museum.

“Imagine growing up watching the person you love most being bludgeoned, immolated, dunked in boiling wax … or doing those things to other people,” remarked Victoria Price, the willowy daughter of Vincent Price, as an eclectic mix of art patrons and horror buffs recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of her dad’s birth at the Downtown Independent.

Price, who appeared in 105 movies and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is best known for his ghoulish performances. But the St. Louis-born, Yale-educated actor, gourmet cook, “gray-listed” activist and art collector also was, unbeknownst to most Angelenos, responsible for creating the Vincent Price Art Museum, which recently reopened its East Los Angeles College location after an extensive renovation.

The museum, formerly known as …

Keep reading here!

Update!

Skylaire has published an expanded version of the article that appeared in the newspaper at her SoCal L.O.W.F.I blog… it’s called Dr. Phibes in East LA: How Vincent Price Founded the First Art Museum in the Southland and has more pics and even more juicy wordy goodness… check it out!

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Battle of LA

Don’t forget to raise a cup of your favorite, as today is the 69th Anniversary of the spectacular Battle of LA, in which the armed forces lobbed 1,430 shells at a meandering UFO, making many direct hits upon the object. The object not only suffered no dents… it didn’t even notice as it continued on towards the sea.

Join L.O.W.F.I founder Skylaire Alfvegren

at noon on Sunday, May 30 @ Clifton’s Cafeteria as she presents…

Charles Fort, the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists, and a little town called Los Angeles

(for the Los Angeles Visionary Association)

Phenomenologist Charles Fort (1874-1932) spent 27 years of his life humorously shredding orthodox science by collating thousands of accounts of unexplained phenomena which it couldn’t — and still can’t — explain away. The world has only gotten more phenomenal since Fort’s time, and the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists (L.O.W.F.I) ensures that his spirit lives on: neither cranks nor skeptics, Forteans are characterized by their objectivity, good humor and lust for supernormal adventure.

Based in Los Angeles, the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists’ focus is on the long, strange life of the American southwest, gathering to discuss its enigmas, peculiarities and unexplainable events.

Gonzo journalist and L.O.W.F.I founder Skylaire Alfvegren has spent a lifetime researching the weird, wacky and unexplainable history of her hometown of Los Angeles. Join her as she explains Fort’s importance and the objectives of L.O.W.F.I., while detailing some of her favorite local cases of unexplainable phenomena. For more information, visit: http://forteanswest.com/wordpress-mu/

Feel free to repost, transmit into space, etc!

Yours in Fort,

Skylaire Alfvegren

Philip K. Dick“I am made of water. You wouldn’t know it, because I have it bound in. My friends are made out of water, too: all of them. The problem for us is that not only do we have to walk around without being absorbed by the ground but we also have to earn our livings.

Actually, there’s an even greater problem. We don’t feel at home anywhere we go.” – Philip K. Dick

Come discover Philip K. Dick’s Fullerton, with our gracious host and tour guide, the venerable Robert Larson, this Monday, September 21st. Convene at 3pm at the corner of Chapman and State College, or contact me as soon as possible to iron out carpooling options from Lost Angles. (Feel free to forward this invite to any PKD enthusiast you may know in town.)

Bring a favorite PKD quote, passage or story to share at the last stop, which is, thankfully, a bar. One that PKD drank in (and wrote a scene or two about). Email me directly for more info: Skylaire@gmail.com.

Yours in Fort,
Skylaire

In a wonderful bit of news that’s cheered me up no end, my best pal Skylaire Alfvegren is now the Los Angeles correspondent for UFO Examiner. Look for a new post every few days. Click here for Skylaire’s first report. It’s sure to please your head…

While she was at it, she passed along this wonderful Cthulhu-infused humor piece from those skallywags at The Onion.

And in related news of good fortune befalling my friends, click here for a very nice review of my good pal Mick Farren’s band The Deviants’ compilation CD On Your Knees Earthlings.