‘Googie World Expo’ slated to blast off at Corky’s


If you think Obamacare is gonna ‘explode’ (or is it ‘implode’? … it keeps changing), watch out for the Googie World Expo.

Wow! Heap-big explosion!

The first of a two-day celebration of futuristic mid-century modern architecture and design is queued up for Sunday April 9. Its organizer is arts·meme‘s good friend Chris Nichols, the maven of ModCom and ‘city scholar’ of Los Angeles Magazine.

On that day a klatch of cool speakers, vendors, book signings, and an exhibition of 3-D photography exploring modern architecture and design will gather in that mid-Century mecca, the San Fernando Valley. Look for the group of interesting people in the hall adjacent to Corky’s restaurant (1959, Armet & Davis) in Sherman Oaks, California. 

Free admish! Just show up, and bring all your appetites. All day-dining will be available at Corky’s Restaurant; late-in-the-day libations at the ‘Cork Lounge.’ Most importantly, bring your appetite to learn.


Speakers include architect Frank Escher; author Alan Hess (Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture); Heather David, an expert on stylish mid-century motels; Victor Newlove, longtime partner in the architectural firm Armet Davis Newlove; Jack Laxer, architectural photographer.  Adriene Biondo and John Eng will top up the day with remarks.

2 pm – Frank Escher
3 pm – Heather David
4 pm – PANEL: Victor Newlove + Alan Hess + Jack Laxer
5 pm – Adriene Biondo and John Eng

interior photo courtesy of Corky’s Restaurant

Googie World Expo | day one of two | Corky’s | Sun Apr 9 | free!

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