Shot The Kooks last night at the Troubadour. Photos up soon on mxdwn.com.
The Wilshire Grand site in downtown LA. The festivities around the longest continuous concrete pour ever.
I had a surprisingly good time shooting the USC Baseball Alumni Game on Sunday. The photo set: on.fb.me/1difGXp
The Velaslavasay Panorama. It’s an appropriately strange name for a self-consciously weird L.A. attraction. Even if you’re from the USC area, you probably don’t know it exists just north of campus. Located on 24th St. near Hoover, the Panorama is housed in the Union Theatre, a silent movie house built around 1920.
Past the lobby and up a dark staircase is the panorama, a 360° 19th century art form that combines a painted backdrop, lighting and sound effects to create the illusion that you’re in a faraway land. The current exhibition is “Effulgence of the North, An Arctic Panorama.”
Downstairs, the old theater space is now used for lectures. Sitting off to the side are a piano and an organ where an accompanist once provided the tinkly soundtrack to the action on screen. It’s not too difficult to imagine Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton flickering overhead.
The most surprising aspect of The Velaslavasay Panorama, though, might be the tropical gardens in back. In the shadow of a massive cell tower and bordered by backyard fences, the little oasis features ponds, palms and a pint-sized gazebo.
If you want to fill a few hours this weekend with a little weirdness (and wonder), head over to the Union Theatre. Run by volunteers, The Velaslavasay Panorama is located at 1122 W. 24th St. and is open noon to 6pm, Friday to Sunday. Donations for admittance are accepted in the lobby.