Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.
1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.
2) This event has several stops. We will meet at the Flight Path Learning Center at 10 AM, then have lunch at Grimaldi's at 11 AM, and then head to ESMoA to check out their latest art installation. Then we will drive to Culver City and visit several galleries that are within walking distance from each other for the Artist Tour.
The events are a la carte, meaning you don't need to attend all the stops. If you just want to join in for a few stops or lunch, that's perfectly fine. Just do not carpool if you only plan to attend one or two stops.
3) All the museums and galleries we will be visiting will have FREE admission.
4) Bring about $20 for Grimaldi's for lunch. Because its pizza, we will be ordering family style and split the order equally (excluding drinks). Family style means we share the pizzas, not order individually.
5) If you want to car pool for this event, then meet me at B of A parking lot in West LA at 9:45 AM SHARP. Its 4 blocks West of where Santa Monica Blvd. meets the 405.
Address is: 11501 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
If you carpool, give your designated driver $5 in CA$H to compensate for gas and car maintenance.
I have visited some of these museums and galleries in El Segundo and Culver City before. But they do change their exhibits, and the latest exhibit at ESMoA and the Culver city Artist Walk particularly caught my interest. So I figure why not have a museum and gallery up between El Segundo and Culver City and have lunch at Grimaldi's, NYC style pizza straight out of Brooklyn.
First Stop: Flight Path Learning Center
From Flight Plan's website
"In November 2002 the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners officially authorized Flight Path to operate an educational facility and museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal. During the next year, Flight Path refurbished the terminal with major support from Los Angeles World Airports, the City agency which operates LAX. The initial focus of the facility is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of LAX and the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.
Flight Path was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit, community-based organization to honor aviation pioneers, recognize the economic importance of aviation and aerospace to Southern California, and encourage youth to pursue education and careers in aviation-related fields. The kickoff project was a series of sidewalk plaques in the LAX business district saluting aviation pioneers, organizations and locations. This “Flight Path” is the aviation equivalent of the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. Flight Path hosts an annual gala fundraising dinner when additional pioneers are honored and youth scholarships presented.
With the opening of the Learning Center, Flight Path now has an opportunity to reach thousands of residents and visitors to Los Angeles with historical exhibits, educational tours and programs, research facilities and community events.
Unique among the fine aviation museums in Southern California is the Flight Path Learning Center, the only aviation museum and research center situated at a major airport and the only facility with a primary emphasis on contributions of civil aviation to the history and development of Southern California.
The Flight Path exhibits gallery, filled with memories of aviation’s golden years, is adjacent to the LAX airfield, where today’s aircraft and travelers arrive and depart the world’s busiest origin and destination airport. No other museum offers such a perspective on contemporary aircraft and aviation."
Second Stop: Lunch at Grimaldi's
2121 Rosecrans Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245
Yelp Reviews on Grimaldi's: http://www.yelp.com/biz/grimaldis-coal-brick-oven-pizzeria-el-segundo
Third Stop: Scratch exhibit at ESMOA
208 Main Street
El Segundo, CA
“Scratch,” at the ESMoA art laboratory in El Segundo, is a fascinating exhibit of graffiti art by local writers that sits alongside rare books from the Getty’s collection of liber amicorum, “books of friends” dating back 100s of years in which artists would trade visual images in friendly rivalry. A goal of the exhibit is to demonstrate the artistic connection between the artists and calligraphers of centuries past and today’s graffiti writers, many of whom use complex lettering, hieroglyphics and code drawn from antique sources, and “compete” in rival crews.
The exhibit, curated by Getty rare book specialist David Brafman (speaking to attendees at Sunday’s opening, above), grew out of by his LA Liber Amicorum, also known as the Getty Graffiti Black Book, a publication he created featuring the graffiti work of 150 artists that was intended to resemble the institution’s liber amicorum. At the ESMoA exhibition you can see the original liber amicorum of Johann Joachim Prack von Asch, a military attaché of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II’s embassy to the Ottoman court at Constantinople, whose book contains entries by Prack’s friends and contacts spanning 1587 to 1612. It and other rare books sit in secured cases amidst the painted walls and floors curated by local graffiti artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eyeone, Fishe, and Miner, and their crews of writers, many of whom had worked with the Getty in creating its LA Liber Amicorum.
Fourth and Final Stop: NY Magazine's Culver City Artist Tour
We will park at LAXART located at: 2640 S La Cienega Blvd. (its technically in Los Angeles, not Culver City). Its just south of Venice Blvd.
There are about 6 or so galleries all next door to each other, so we will walk about 2 blocks visiting each of them and checking out each gallery and possible meeting an artist or two.
For more info on all the participating galleries on the Culver City Artist Tour,, check out their website: http://promo.nymag.com/artisttour/index.html