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Cindy Sherman at The Broad

on September 07th, 2016
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Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981The Original Selfie Queen Hits LA
By Laura Gatewood

The first temporary exhibition at The Broad Museum in Downtown LA – “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life”–  covers forty years and more than 120 works by the iconic photographer.  It’s the artist’s first show in the City of Angels in 19 years and judging from all the sold-out dates, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town. 
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Historic Route 66

on March 13th, 2016
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Will Rogers Highway


America’s “Mother Road,” stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, was the first of its kind in many respects. For starters, it was the first diagonal highway covering a long stretch of land in the 1920s. But more importantly, it was a pioneer in connecting small, rural towns in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas with larger, urban regions, which helped farmers ship their goods to the big cities. When it was officially commissioned in 1926, Route 66 included 2,448 miles of road. And even though only 800 of those miles were paved, it still served as the nation’s primary junction between the east and west.


Mike Bell Travels on the Mother Road


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Leiden, The Netherlands

on September 03rd, 2015
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The Molen de Valk

The Molen de Valk


Gorgeous Leiden and its Top Attractions


By Maxime Landemaine


Located in the Netherlands, Leiden is called Little Amsterdam because of the 17 miles of canals that run through it. Located 12 miles from the Hague and seven miles from the North Sea, tourists are drawn to the city’s cultural landmarks and the beauty of its historic center.

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Sexy Sports Coupes Gather at Celebrity-Curated Show


The F-Type Coupe

The F-Type Coupe

On Wednesday, April 10, the Petersen Automotive Museum debuted its latest exhibition, “The World’s Greatest Sports Coupes,” sponsored by Jaguar and the new F-Type coupe. The show brings together an all-star cast of fixed-roof cars, chosen by some of the most famous auto enthusiasts in the world. Celebrity guest curators including directors, rock-stars, actors and auto-industry notables, were asked to pick their favorite coupes of all time.


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Terracotta armored military officer, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) at the Asian Art Museum

Terracotta armored military officer, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) at the Asian Art Museum

You don’t need a time machine to travel back to ancient China with Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s “Terracotta Warriors” package. In celebration of the opening of China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy, the hotel is offering accommodations for one night, an 
exhibit keepsake and two VIP admission tickets to the Asian Art Museum. The exhibit features 120 objects from the tomb complex of China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210BC), including eight life-size terracotta warriors and two horses.

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Maya Museum in Cancun (courtesy of Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Maya Museum in Cancun (courtesy of Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau)

While some believe that the end of the Mayan calendar also indicates the end of the world come December 21, the city of Cancun has a different idea. And to prove it, a museum dedicated to Mayan culture has just swung open its doors on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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George Boyd and James Warren with Andre and Alain Gayot

George Boyd and James Warren with Andre and Alain Gayot

Tuskegee Airmen at the Udvar-Hazy Center and Baghdad

by Alain Gayot

It’s been a few decades since the end of WWII but there are still wars being fought and airmen up in the skies chasing bogies and dropping ordinance. A select group of black men, who had been previously forbidden to participate because of their race, were chosen as part of an “experiment” towards the end of the second world conflict to see if they might be fit to fly. African-American men had flown in air forces in Canada and France but never in the U.S. or for the U.S. Air Force.

“If you want to know more about us,” says George Mills Boyd, “you can watch the 1995 Robert Markowitz movie with Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr., The Tuskegee Airmen. But you should know that Eleanor Roosevelt was flown by the [white] Base Commander, as no [black] cadet would have been allowed to take the President’s wife up.” Alain and André caught up with four of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who were on their way to meet the boys in Baghdad for a motivational encounter, during a United Airlines tribute. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet a bunch of alert octogenarians who not only fought the enemy but also quasi-insurmountable racial obstacles on their ascent to build the respectable Fighting 99th Squadron. Some of them still fly to this day.

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Tim Street-Porter and Tom LaBonge

Tim Street-Porter and Tom LaBonge


by Alain Gayot

Who better than photographer Tim Street-Porter to feature LA and to be featured in LA at the debut of the prestigious Annenberg Space for Photography museum? Tom LaBonge, Councilmember for the Fourth District thought so too and used this glamorous occasion to present to him a Certificate of Recognition.

We were excited by the space which is supposed to remind you of a camera. In fact, the center room puts you right inside the lens and the ceiling design is reminiscent of a shutter. Starting Friday March 27th photography aficionados will be able to peruse the excellent work of talented artists free of charge.

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BMW Art Cars

on February 12th, 2009
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At the LACMA BMW event

Alain Gayot at the LACMA BMW event

Fast Art

by Alain Gayot


A long time ago in a place far away from the City of the Angels, I grew up collecting toy cars. Yes, I always liked cars, often taking them apart and putting them back together. (The same goes for watches but that will be for another story.) One of these cars was a model of the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL that car enthusiast and racer Herve Poulin commissioned Alexander Calder to paint. I loved the car design by itself, loved the race car version even more, had no idea who Calder was, but I thought his finished version was rather cool. He also painted a plane for Braniff International, for those who remember the progressive airline which was the only American company to fly — albeit very briefly — the magnificent but doomed Concorde supersonic airplane.

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