Big crowds — possibly the largest yet — with tons of food trucks and many familiar faces. Oh the life of a new print publisher-editor-everything guy: "I'm about to load a trike up with papers and cruise with a load of blogdowntown Weekly papers," blogdowntown's Eric Richardson posted. "Flag me down if you want some." His people spotted Natalie Portman and Martin Short (separately) in the moving swarms, which Art Walk founder Bert Green estimated at 30,000. I told the young'un with me that the packed sidewalks and street scene were reminiscent of Westwood Village when I was her age, and I could sense she had a difficult time believing that. I chatted with or spotted a few Times reporters and editors, Los Angeles Magazine's Donna Bojarsky, man-about-Downtown Ed Fuentes, Historic Downtown's Kate Bartolo, photographer Gary Leonard, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and Museum of Neon Art executive director Kim Koga, among others whose names I didn't know. Koga will be offering another LA Observed discount night on the museum's neon cruise with Eric Lynxwiler in October; stay tuned for more details.
LA Observed photos: Sean Roderick. Top: L.A. Theater Center, bottom: street scenes.