Outdoor Movie Nights at Barnsdall Art Park this Fall Starts this Weekend

Barnsdall Art Park’s famed fundraising Outdoor Movie Night series is kicking off just in time for fall, on Saturday, September 12th through Saturday, October 24th for a seven-week run.

 Join us on the lush west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House with surprise guests introducing the movies. Curated by The Black List, a trailblazing online networking community for the film industry, and Trailers from Hell, a premier platform for trailers from world-renowned contemporary filmmakers, all are invited to celebrate a season of American Pop-themed movies. Enjoy a curated selection of wines, courtesy of Dark Horse Wines as well as a selection of LA’s finest food trucks. Musical entertainment will be provided by D.J. youNGNoon from 5.30pm till dusk with the movies (on a high-resolution screen with superior surround sound) starting at sundown—7.30pm-- on top of Los Feliz’s scenic Olive Hill at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard.

 Tickets cost $25 for movies plus tasting (4 pours) or $15 for the movie without beverages. Additionally, each film will be introduced by special guests including John Landis and Jessica Bendinger. Support the People’s Park with this popular family-friendly event that has raised over a half a million dollars to support the Park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions over the last six years.  Please visit http://www.barnsdall.org/events/outdoor-movie-nights/ to purchase tickets.

Here's the complete list of shows:

 September 12th: Shaun of the Dead
• September 19th: Groundhog Day
• September 26th: Coming to America with special guest John Landis
• October 3rd: Bring it On with special guest Jessica Bendinger
• October 10th: Stand and Deliver with FYI Films
• October 17th: Dear White People
• October 24th: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Mickey Mouse and Disney have strong ties to Los Feliz.

2495 Lyric Avenue, Los Feliz

2495 Lyric Avenue, Los Feliz

I'm a real estate for Keller Williams in Los Feliz and I love the history of this town.  I love homes in the area too - here's a piece on the Los Feliz is the birthplace of the most enduring and lovable stars that Los Angeles has ever produced; Mickey Mouse.

The Pacific Ready-Cut house at 2495 Lyric Ave. was built by Walt Disney in 1926 for $8,000, including the 2875 square foot lot. His brother Roy bought an identical house and lived next door with his wife. Ready-Cut homes were ready to assemble houses, that came complete with the framing, doors, windows, sinks, cabinets - even the nails and paint were included along with an instruction manual to put it all together. Pacific Ready-Cut were popular houses in the 1920’s, selling over 37,000 in Southern California.

The 12,000 pieces for the houses were delivered by rail in August of 1926 and construction was finished by December, in time for the holiday season. The modest, two bedroom, one bath house was 1066 square feet inside. Walt and Lillian lived on Lyric Ave until they moved to Working Way in 1932. The brothers houses were identical and both are still standing today.

The current owner of the house bought it in 1997 for $150,000, not knowing the home's origins. He started to hear rumors that Walt Disney had owned the house and began investigating. When he bought the house, the previous owner had died, leaving it vacant for six months. Sadly, the house was in such a state of disrepair that it had to be completely gutted, with new plumbing and electrical installed.

Mickey Mouse was born in the garage of the house on Lyric Ave. Walt, Roy and Ub Iwerks worked in secret on the project, while still under contract to Charles Mintz and Universal Studios for the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons.

Disney had strong ties to Los Feliz, with many of the original workers living in the area. A co-worker moved into Walt’s house when he left for Working Way, while his brother stayed on at his home on Lyric Ave.

The very first ‘Disney Bros Cartoon Studio’ was located in the garage of Walt’s uncle Robert Disney at 4406 Kingswell Ave. The garage has been on display for the public since the 1980’s, at the Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove. The brothers also rented an office next to their uncles house, which is where Walt met Lillian when he hired her as an ‘ink and paint girl’.

In 1926, Disney opened a new, larger studio at 2719 Hyperion Ave. Many Disney legends were created in that studio, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s. It was sold in 1940 and demolished in 1966, replaced by a shopping center which is now Gelson’s market. In honor of the studio, Disney continued using the name Hyperion for many different things, such as Hyperion Books and the Hyperion Theatre.

Disney was fond of saying “it all started with a mouse!” The part that many people don’t know is that the mouse got his start in a modest home on Lyric Ave. in Los Feliz.

When hiring a real estate agent, hire local.  Debbie Pisaro

Architect Frank Gehry and the LA River Revitalization

A surprise announcement regarding the revitalization of the Los Angeles River came recently, world famous architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new plan to bring life back to the 51 miles of waterway flowing through LA.

Frank Gehry is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall right here in Los Angeles. Gehry calls LA home, so was happy to volunteer his time for the project.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA Revitalization Corp. had originally planned to make the announcement later this month, but the Los Angeles Times discovered his involvement and disclosed it early.

The Los Angeles River begins in Canoga Park, where Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas meet. It flows, in a concrete flood control channel, through the Sepulveda basin, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks and Studio City. It runs parallel to Route 134 past Burbank and North Hollywood, then into Griffith Park. It continues to weave its way through Los Angeles, mostly enclosed in a concrete channel, until it finds the ocean in Long Beach.

The concrete channels were built after a the catastrophic floods of 1938, which caused widespread damage to the city and killed 115 people. The aim was to prevent further flooding and get control of a river that could be unpredictable during the winter rains.

The revitalization project aims to return the river to a more natural state, including parkland open to the public. The project has $1.4 billion in federal funding, Gehry’s involvement is expected to build on the Army Corps of Engineers restoration project, enhancing transportation and adding economic development.

Gehry had a condition for taking on the project; it must be approached as a water reclamation project. Surprisingly, Gehry does not want to eliminate the concrete walls surrounding the river, which for many are an eyesore which takes away from the plan for a natural space.

“I don’t see tearing out the concrete,” Gehry said. “It’s an architectural feature, and I can see ways of incorporating it into what we’re doing.”

Gehry is assembling a team of the best and brightest, already on board are engineers at Geosyntec as well as Olin landscape architect Richard Roark. They will be joined by Henk Ovink, the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs in the Netherlands.

Not everyone is happy with the announcement, the Friends of the Los Angeles River have expressed their opposition to the addition of Gehry to the project, citing concerns that it may put the current funding in jeopardy.

Lewis McAdams, the group's leader, is disappointed that decisions are being made without public involvement, pointing out that this is how the river ended up enclosed by concrete in the first place.

While Gehry’s addition to the project will likely remain controversial, it does have advantages. His fame will be an important factor in fundraising for the revitalization project, as well as bringing international attention to it. He is also bringing state of the art technology and a top rated team to work on the project.