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Monday, November 24, 2014

Dark Nights in Downtown L.A

Dark Nights in Downtown L.A take place at L.A Live. There’s music, cheap parking, cool performers and food discounts. And since I live nearby, I walked over with some friends to check it out.

One of the vendors said that it takes place every month, but it seems that they take place sporadically because the last one was on August 24. I attended the one on October 3rd.

There are artists spray painting their creations, venders who make their own jewelry and musicians playing music from the 50s era to jazz and rock.

Performers and dancers encourage the crowd to participate, and some restaurants have $5 Happy Hour appetizers and drinks. One of my friends bought a handmade necklace and I picked out a bracelet.

Taking pictures was not easy because of the crowd, but I managed to steal a few. So, keep a look out for the next one. It’s interesting to go see it at least once.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Art Exhibit and a Fashion Show

About a month ago I attended an art exhibit and a fashion show at the Pacific design Center. I wasn’t sure what to wear before leaving my apartment. I mean this is L.A and here people show up in jeans at the Opera. But I’m glad I decided to be more conservative and wear a pair of nice slacks and a pretty royal blue and white blouse. 

The event was sponsored by Alliance Francaise. The reception was titled “Etre & Paraitre,” photos exhibited by Emmanuelle Choussy.

The Lady in red is Emmanuelle. This was her first exhibit in the U.S.


Her favorite subject is people be it in a natural environment, nude or in a designer gown.

Her photographs reveal much about her subjects. I have to say that the above photo was one of my favorites.


The evening was classy and delightful. The crowd was friendly and dressed chic. Chef Josette had her servers walk around with trays of yummy amuse bouche and petits fours.

He was one of the servers. A funny man who asked me to take his picture. When he found out that I speak French, he spoke to me at a lightening pace. My poor memory of hundreds of years ago living in Paris did not help me understand everything he was telling me. I really have got to start practicing!


The bartender served champagne. There was that whole scene of lights, camera and action going on. Photographers circled the room, taking photos of the attendees.
And around 9 p.m, the fashion show started.  
Although I didn’t get a chance to meet all of the designers, I did have the opportunity to speak with Eric Coly who has a boutique in Santa monica – Le Dessein. 
Here are some more photos: