On the last Sunday of the month starting in March 2010, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather on the third floor of the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you’re interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the shortbread.
p>12:30pm: A table discussion hosted by Visionary Miguel Angel Corzo on the subject of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, a topic of particular interest to him in his capacity as the President of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles’ newest addition to the region’s cultural landscape, soon to open in the restored 1888 Brunswig Building. He is President Emeritus of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and former Director of the Getty Conservation Institute.
1:00pm: A table discussion hosted by Visionary Joan Renner on the dark and nefarious history of L.A.‘s old Chinatown (where Union Station stands today). From opium dens to fallen women, bartered babies to subterranean tunnels of vice, Chinatown embodied the weirdest fantasies of early 20th century Angelenoes. How much of it was true, how much a racist and pruprient fiction? Drop by Joan’s table to find out. Joan is a writer and a social historian with a passion for vintage cosmetics ephemera, and crime. As a tour guide for Esotouric she has created a personality profile of Elizabeth Short (aka The Black Dahlia) based upon her choice of makeup. Joan is currently developing a tour that will delve into graft and corruption in Los Angeles during the 1930s. Her blog Vintage Powder Room explores history, women, art, and provides her with a transparent excuse to add to her collection of over 500 items, which she has lectured on at the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival and at a past LAVA Salon.
Closing poem from Mike The Poet.
We regret to inform you that scheduled presenter Lin Van Hek is unable to appear due to unforseen circumstances.
Following the Salon, a limited number of attendees are invited to join LAVA founder Richard Schave on a free walking tour of historic Olvera Street and a preview visit to downtown’s newest cultural institution, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in the old Brunswig Building just south of “La Placita” church. Here President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo will give us a 30-minute walkthrough of the newly-refurbished site and touch on the core goals and objectives for the institution, which opens in the fall. For more info or to reserve (required), click here.
Clifton’s Cafeteria is at 648 South Broadway, near the corner of 7th Street. There are numerous paid parking lots nearby, and the closest Metro station is Pershing Square.