Monday, March 19, 2018

A parking lot becomes a Pattern Park in West Hollywood...

There's many reasons I love living in West Hollywood, its lively and energetic, it has a big gay population and not too many kids, it's clean and has green, lush and well manicured spaces, plus it invests in outdoor art to lift the spirits and catch your eye.

Pattern Park by the Art of Chase
Pattern Park Art of Chase WEHO
The latest public artwork gracing the neighborhood is 'Pattern Park' by artist the Art of Chase, which is located at the parking lot along the Sunset Strip between Sherborne Drive and Horn Avenue.
Pattern Park parking lot West Hollywood
This new patchwork of colourful geometric shapes and watchful eyes really brightens this small oasis of green park space.
Pattern Park parking lot Sunset Strip
The great thing about West Hollywood is that you really can walk around the neighborhood without the need of a car to get around, whether you're walking your dog, or going to a bar, grabbing a coffee, or bite to eat.
Pattern Park Sunset Strip
L.A. is known for its street art and murals, you'll find several examples on this blog from the past ten years, so this colourful decoration of sidewalks (in Britain we call them pavements) and ticket boots is really fitting.
Pattern Park West Hollywood
As a resident for the last ten years it's always exciting to see something new when you're out and about, and I can imagine tourists, sightseers and Instagram addicts getting a kick out of this park makeover too.
Pattern Park sidewalk art West Hollywood
Plus if you're stuck commuting in westbound morning traffic I'm sure this vibrant artwork will provide a welcome distraction as you crawl your way to work along Sunset Boulevard.

This parking lot space is also home to an outdoor exhibit of historic Rock 'n' Roll billboards from along the Sunset Strip, so be sure to also take a look at those if you're ever passing.

Let's hope the forecast rain in the next few days doesn't wash any of this patchwork pattern away...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The leaders of the pack at the 2018 L.A. Marathon...

Even though I may not be running the L.A. Marathon this year I always get excited about race day, especially when I get to see the elite runners leading the pack today running down San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood just before Mile 15.

2018 LA Marathon leading pack
On Cooper's second morning walk we got to see this year's winners run by, who were Kenya's Welson Kirui for the male elite runners (his second win in three years) and Ethiopia's Sule Utura Gedo for the women's elite runners.
LA Marathon 2018 men leading pack
I also got to see some of my friends who were running the race this year and hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and it seemed like the perfect weather, cool, clear and not too hot.

I really miss running, but one too many marathons has left me with a back injury I just can't shake, so I'm not sure I'll get to run another one in the future.
LA Marathon 2018 women leading pack
At least I'll have all my race day memories from my previous marathons of running L.A. five times, New York twice, Vancouver twice, London, Honolulu and San Francisco once.

Happy race day L.A., and to all those people annoyed that the roads are closed for one morning, take a chill pill...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

10 images for 10 years living in L.A...

What a difference ten years makes. Back on March 4, 2008 we started our amazing journey by moving from London, Britain to L.A., California when a job opportunity presented itself. We've had many adventures since, the majority with our partner in crime our Labrador Cooper, and others with old friends and family visiting, or new friends we've made along the way. I've run twelve marathons, we bought a house in West Hollywood, we got married in July 2013, we've visited Vancouver, Canada, Hawaii, Palm Springs, San Francisco, New York and more since we've lived here and we've tried to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer, the beaches, the cocktails, the outdoor lifestyle, the billboards, the Hollywood costumes, the Hollywood Bowl, West Hollywood's annual Pride and Halloween festivities and more besides. Rather than go into detail, out of it can be found here on my blog, but here's ten images that capture the spirit of our life in L.A. so far.

Puppy Cooper at Sycamore Cove, Ventura County
in February 2009
Labrador Cooper Sycamore Cove

The weekdays in the early years were spent hiking
with Cooper at Runyon Canyon
Labrador Cooper Runyon Canyon

In May 2010 we were invited for a puppy playdate
at a Bel Air swimming pool
Bel Air Labrador Cooper

In ran my first marathon in stormy conditions
in L.A. in 2011
Running rainy 2011 LA Marathon

The highlight of our time here has been when friends
have come to visit us from the U.K.
Stearns Wharf sunset Santa Barbara

Cooper joined in our rooftop wedding day celebrations
on our West Hollywood roof deck in July 2013
WEHO Wedding Day rooftop celebrations

Over the years one of our favourite things to do is visit Hendry's Beach
in Santa Barbara with Cooper
Labrador Cooper Hendry's Beach Santa Barbara

L.A.'s 2017 Pride celebrations turned into a Resist March
and we sported Sesame Street t-shirts to show solitary with PBS
2017 LA PRIDE Resist March

Halloween in West Hollywood is always fun
and in 2017 I decided to get political too as a Liberal Snowflake
Liberal Snowflake costume West Hollywood Halloween

Sunsets are always spectacular in Southern California
Santa Monica sunset
Ten years have flown by and even though the past year has been a nightmare under the current administration, I'm hopeful for the future and look forward to many more great adventures.

They are even throwing a big Oscar party for us today, how did they know?!?

Cooper kisses from West Hollywood...

Friday, March 2, 2018

All-new superhero and sci-fi movie costumes and props on display in L.A...

This past month it was a great time to be a superhero and science fiction fan in L.A., as you would have been able to geek out over fantastic costumes from Marvel Studios solo Black Panther movie and Alex Garland's latest film, Annihilation.

Black Panther movie costume exhibit
at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Black Panther film costume exhibit
Black Panther movie costumes
Black Panther film costumes
I'd seen some of Black Panther's costumes previewed at Disney's D23 Expo last July, but it was great to see some different looks designed by Ruth Carter on display at ArcLight Hollywood before the film opened in cinemas.

Black Panther movie costume exhibit
at El Capitan Theatre
Black Panther movie costume exhibit
Black Panther movie costumes
Black Panther film costumes
I loved the movie, so I also took the opportunity to watch it at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood where you could find even more Black Panther costumes on display.

Annihilation movie costume and props exhibit
at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Annihilation movie costume exhibit
Annihilation plant people props
Meanwhile ArcLight Hollywood also had this cool exhibit of costumes from Natalie Portman's new movie designed by Sammy Sheldon Differ, plus the display also featured some of the plant creature people props used onscreen when a meteor hits the Earth and evolution goes wild in 'The Shimmer' zone.

You can also take a closer look at these Annihilation movie costumes and props on display.

Let's hope the Hollywood costume and prop displays continue throughout the year and if you're a film fashion fan be sure to also check out all the Oscar-nominated costume designs on display at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum at the moment.

Wakanda Forever...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cool TV billboards standing out in L.A.'s February 2018 skies...

Now that the awards campaigning is over for a time, the TV industry can turn their attention back to marketing their new shows, new seasons and new comedy specials, whether they be on network television, cable, online, or a streaming platform. Here's a cool collection of TV billboards filling the streets and skies of L.A. this February 2018.

TV billboards
Walking Dead season 8 part 2 billboard
The Walking Dead was returning this month for the second part of its eighth season with three of the show's favourites characters, 'Daryl', 'Rick' and 'Michonne', making their last stand.
McMafia series premiere billboard
And no McDonalds wasn't taking over the criminal underworld, but McMafia was telling the tale of a Russian global crime families.
Homeland season 7 billboard
Claire Danes 'Carrie Mathison' was striding back into action for the seventh season of Homeland, taking on a paranoid U.S. President. If you like this portrait ad creative be sure to check out these other cool season seven billboards for Homeland, it feels like they've really made an effort with the season key art design for this aging series.
Altered Carbon series premiere billboard
Speaking of eye-catching designs and Netflix's new sci-fi adaptation Altered Carbon was really turning heads this month.
Altered Carbon 3D body sleeve bus shelter installation
Altered Carbon naked body bus shelter installation
Not only do the billboards stand out with their naked bodies in fetal positions, but these 3D life-size body installations in bus stop shelters were freakishly lifelike. There was even a version of this Altered Carbon bus shelter installation that appeared to breathe, so be sure to check it out.
Tamborine Will you play teaser billboard
Netflix really has mastered the art of enticing viewers, like with this vague Tamborine teaser for Chris Rock's first stand-up special in ten years.
Marlon Wayans Woke-ish billboard
And speaking of comedy specials and Marlon Wayans was debuting his 'Woke-ish' stand-up gig on the streaming service this month.
Seven Seconds series premiere billboard
Claire Hope-Ashitey was also in the skies for Netflix's new crime drama about the cover-up of a black teenager's death by a Jersey City white cop in Seven Seconds.
Queer Eye TV remake billboard
Meanwhile on a lighter note, Queer Eye (for the Straight Guy) was being revived on the streaming service this month with some a new 'Fab Five' and some wonderfully emotional makeover episodes.
Joel McHale Show billboard
Joel McHale was making the most of green screen again with his new Netflix series, returning to his E! The Soup roots with some brand new content and pithy commentary.
Everything Sucks series premiere billboard
And Netflix was also parodying the mid-1990s with their new teen comedy drama, Everything Sucks.
Life Sentence series premiere billboard
Meanwhile on The CW, Lucy Hale was moving on from Pretty Little Liars with her new series about a young woman diagnosed with cancer who suddenly finds herself cured and no longer with a Life Sentence.
Tick season 1 part 2 billboard
This month The Tick returned to the city skyline with all-new episodes for the first season of his Amazon Prime reboot.
Mozart in the Jungle season 4 bilboard
Plus Mozart in the Jungle was back with more musical musings, relationships and world travel for a fourth season.
Giant Good Girls series premiere billboard
Over on NBC, life was getting to much for these mothers who turned to crime to solve their problems in Good Girls.
AP Bio series premiere billboard
Meanwhile Glenn Howerton was getting revenge as a former philosophy professor teaching high school A.P. Biology in a new NBC comedy.
Rise series premiere billboard
And Rise was putting the 'glee' back into drama in NBC's new high school series, based on real-life teacher Lou Volpe.
UnREAL season 3 billboard
The producers of a dating show competition were back for a third season of manipulating their contestants in the Lifetime drama UnREAL (shame about the cigars though).
Good Fight season 2 billboard
Plus the female lawyers of The Good Fight were back in these dramatic red ad creatives for their sophomore season.
Atlanta season 2 billboard
FX's award-winning comedy Atlanta was back for a second season, continuing to chronicle the lives of two cousins trying to make it on the rap music scene. 
Unsolved series premiere billboard
Plus USA Network was delving into the Unsolved murders of rappers Tupac and Biggie Smalls in their new true crime drama.
The Voice season 14 billboard
And speaking of music, The Voice was back for a fourteenth season with Kelly Clarkson joining the coaches.
High Maintenance season 2 billboard
Now that weed has been legalised in California for recreational use HBO's High Maintenance pot comedy may see like old news, but you have to love this psychedelic season two key art.
Last Week Tonight John Oliver season 5 billboard
Meanwhile this season five ad creative for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver really made me smile, because we all feel this way at the moment living in Trump's America.
One Strange Rock series premiere billboard
Fox Studios along L.A.'s Pico Boulevard always has a smattering of billboards to enjoy, including this cool spiral ad creative for National Geographic's One Strange Rock.
Undisputed great responsibility always right billboard
Undisputed always right billboard
Plus these different colour versions for sports commentary show, Undisputed, with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe also made me laugh. It really is hard being always right.
MasterChef Junior season 6 billboard
MasterChef Junior was back for an 'awesomesauce' sixth season and I really hope Gordon Ramsey is nicer to these kids than he is to adults.
Showtime at the Apollo billboard
Steve Harvey, not content with Little Big Shots on NBC, was reviving the grown-up talent show format with Showtime at the Apollo on Fox.
Ali Siddig bigger than these bars billboard
Meanwhile in the world of comedy Ali Siddig was in the skies for his stand-up special, 'It's bigger than these bars'.
Mr Pickles season 3 billboard
Whilst in the world of animation Adult Swim's Mr. Pickles was being cute, and demonic, for a third season.
Giant Final Space series premiere billboard
Plus TBS was debuting their new Final Space animated comedy series in a big way along the Sunset Strip.
Step Up High Water YouTube Red series billboard
YouTube Red was giving some super-sized ad support for its web spin-off of the Step Up film franchise, High Water.
Step Up High Water YouTube Red billboard
And Project Alpha was offering a safe space and streaming option for nerds and geeks everywhere.
Project Alpha website billboard
And finally for this month, Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the 90th Oscars in the live awards ceremony. Let's hope it goes smoother than last year.
Jimmy Kimmel 90th Oscars billboard
As you can see from this collection of billboards, there's no shortage of things to watch on television, however you consume it.

Be sure to compare these ads to last February's TV billboards and come back next month for another fab roundup.

As always, watch this space...

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