Adventures in So. California

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the endless list of things to do and places to explore. Here are just a few of my favorites.


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    Church of Broken Toys - Slab City

    I’m sad to have missed this on my Thanksgiving trip to Salvation Mountain:

    Located next to Salvation Mountain, near the Salton Sea, a road sign proclaims Slab City as the “Last Free Space,” home of hippies and anti-government types who live in a collection of trailers and sculpture sites in the middle of the desert. It is a free campsite and you can stay as long as you want. One of its best known art pieces is called Rockette Bob’s “Church of Broken Toys”. It’s a camper with an attached decked out truck. Various pieces of old playthings and junk are glued all over it, including a broken television and an old Santa figurine.

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    Tom Bradley International Terminal - LAX

    Ballerina Clown

    @ Main Street and Rose in Venice

    Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey

    Negotiations on Hollywood Blvd.

    Salton Sea

    A beautiful, massive and incredibly polluted sea in the middle of the desert, about an hour from Palm Springs.

    Salvation Mountain

    This massive, climbable artwork an hour and a half from Palm Springs is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s worth the day trip when combined with a stop at Bombay Beach/Salton Sea.

    Birdman’s ( @birdmanphotos ) shot of Shepard Fairey ( @obeygiant ) at work - look for this photograph from Bird and work from Shepard in next weekend’s ‘Bird’s Eye View’ exhibit.

    Curated by Birdman and presented by Thinkspace

    Featuring new works from:
    David Flores
    Kenny Scharf
    Lydia Emily
    Mear One
    Nathan Ota
    Shepard Fairey

    Catch it as part of this year’s BEYOND EDEN event on October 12th & 13th – full details on the fair at

    #beyondeden #birdmansbirdseyeview #thinkspacegallery #thinkspace #art #birdman (at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery)

    Santee Alley

    "Santee Alley is one of the most popular shopping areas in the LA Fashion District and downtown Los Angeles. "The Alley" is best known for its festival atmosphere and amazing bargains.

    You’ll discover over 150 stores in Santee Alley selling thousands of items including everything from the latest trends in clothing styles, apparel for the whole family, jewelry and accessories, shoes and boots, toys and gifts, perfumes and cosmetics and more. “


    Intersection of E. 12th Street and S. Santee Street in DTLA


    9/15 @ 2-7pm Sunday Funday with Umami Burger

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    En route back from Los Olivos wine country, we spent the day in this lovely Danish village.

    Overlooking Venice Beach

    The view from Hotel Erwin.

    Malibu Cafe @ Calamigos Ranch

    Good food, great sangria and friends-or-family fun in a gorgeous setting, The Malibu Cafe is a lovely place to spend a weekend afternoon.

    Hermosa Beach near 21st Street

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