For the third year of it’s downtown Los Angeles residency, the
19th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival has a full schedule of features,
documentaries and music videos, plus free outdoor picnic-friendly
community screenings, industry panels, and events that has families dancing.
As in previous years, LAFF extends beyond L.A. Live’s Regal
The grassy mall of FigAt7th was the setting for Richard Linklater's 1993 "Daze
and Confused,” the classic about a pack of teens in 1976. The screening marked the
20th anniversary of the film's release. (Filmgoers dressed in
70's attire had the chance to win LAFF movie vouchers). Actor Adam
Golberg joined Maggie Mackay, LAFF Senior Programmer, for a pre-screening
Q&A. Hopefully there wouldn't be any spoilers, said MacKay of the cult film.
Goldberg revealed his spoiler; that "people get stoned” in the film. Then
he looked over to the picnicking hipsters beneath the trees. "I don't
trust the people there in the grassy knoll," he said. "I don't know
what they're concealing".
The early words were grim when the phrase “bus driver was found ‘face-down in water’” was recanted early this morning. Authorities are now reporting the Metro bus driver, 47, died Wednesday morning from the collision with a flatbed tow truck. The truck ran into the bus at an estimated 60 mph at 5th and Broadway. A fire hydrant was sheared, and the tow truck plowed into the front entrance of the corner 7-11. The driver of the truck and a store employee were injured.
Metro is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our family members
this morning as a result of a horrific accident in downtown Los Angeles.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the bus operator’s family and friends
during this difficult time. A thorough investigation of the accident is
Later in the evening, Metro employees left messages in memory of the driver. Olivia Gamboa, who died earlier that day.
With Arts District residents flustered over Arts District Bid dissolved
and Bloomfest changing course, trash and music were tested with the Jubilee Arts
and Music Festival in the Arts District, a frothy title to say the least.
It carried on as well as could be imagined for a first time in a new
location, and carrying a new name. Once called the Silver Lake Jubilee, this version of the festival was
neatly tucked away within a fenced-off triangular strip of land. No in-an-out privileges,
you hipsters. Across the way, Villains Tavern who provided a "Rooftop
Retreat" with no cover charge.
The mostly outdoor event featured local bands which was the power
of Bloomfest’s draw, and if anyone who worked with the event will tell you, ran
like clockwork. Jubilee will get their timing down once they get used to the location.
On the map, an art gallery was listed. I asked several people where it was and they all gave different directions. It was found soon enough. A
good touch was the line-up of readings from authors, as presented by Pen Center
But the most striking thing about the venue was the 6th
Street Bridge working as a backdrop. With the Arts District look becoming more
polished, the peeling and cracking legs of the bridge must have been a visual
throwback to an older Arts District.
Photo by Ly. A few more photos to be posted later.