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November 11, 2012

LA in Cinty*

Chicken Corner set foot in Cincinnati for the first time in her life last weekend. It's an amazing city. While I was there I also had the fortune to visit a Zaha Hadid building for the first time. It's the Contemporary Arts Center and massively elegant, made of masculine materials and colors, feminized in delicate massing. Walk into the lobby, and what do you see? Andre the Giant -- in a huge Shepard Fairey wall, some of the pieces of which will be familiar to Echo Park pedestrians (even as they've been de-politicized and de-California-ized). A little bit of home near the Ohio River.


*Cincinnati for short.

Building exterior: Wiki image.

November 6, 2012

Election Day diary



Election Day and the hens are finally coming home to roost. Only 6-and-some hours to go PST. And then, hopefully, an end to the squawking about who will win, and we can start clucking (hopefully happily) about who did win.

In Echo Park, the polls were busy at 7:30 a.m., with a line outside the door on Morton Avenue. At 11:15 a.m., when Chicken Corner returned, the line was shorter, and the deed was done in less than ten minutes.

Meanwhile, at the Quaker Meeting House in Pasadena, a group of children were busy working on the sign above, which urges people to "go vote." The kids, ages five to ten, are art students of Abira Ali, and the sign was started and completed this morning. They're too young to vote, but not too young to join the effort. Good work! Cluck!

Full disclosure: Abira is my boss at Wisdom Arts Laboratory, where I help with admin and grants.

Shameless plug: This Friday, Nov. 9, Wisdom Arts Laboratory will hold the last of its 2012 Community Fridays events, in which the public is invited to join artists in making wooden toys, Mandarin calligraphy, and other art projects in a program funded by the Gayle and Rowe Giesen Trust. All ages. Free and lots of fun. From 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. at 520 East Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena 91104.

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