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

Architecture & Design

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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Bujones blazes again, in new Herrault doc

Dance · Featured

If footage of the late Fernando Bujones (1955-2005) partnering Cynthia Gregory in Grand pas Classique, music by Daniel-Francois Auber, does not represent a pinnacle in American ballet, then what does?

This outstanding pas de deux is on view [see 13:09] in  a new online documentary about the amazing male dancer whose absence is conspicuously felt. The film, “Fernando Bujones: A Celebration of Youth” was made by arts·meme friend Fabrice Herrault, whose tasteful journeys through dance history via lovingly constructed compendia of rare film footage we have so enjoyed, starting with Claude Bessy, Les lignes d’une Vie (Traces of a Life)  and La Passion Noureev.

The Gregory/Bujones footage (she is a phenomenon) benefits from the camera position. Looking down at the two dancers, as under a microscope, an uncanny level of technical perfection is radiantly on view. Technique that melds directly into beauty.

I make a point of calling Bujones an American dancer, because at the time of his career (and I was an fervent balletomane seeing him perform innumerable times), his career was so mangled by American Ballet Theatre that, beside his poor promotion and spotty casting, I always held the perception that he was a Cuban dancer. Neither did I know that Bujones trained at the School of American Ballet under Balanchine. Especially then, that detail mattered a lot. I wasn’t precisely the dance-history stickler that I am today, but I always knew the basics.

When I learned, reading Anna Kisselgoff’s obituary of Bujones (he died in 2005, truly tragically at age 50), that he was fired by ABT during Baryshnikov’s artistic directorship, well, it gave severe pause. Alexander Godunov, another superlative male dancer, a supreme technician, a great, great dancer, also got the ax from Baryshnikov. He too died young. Let’s leave it at that. Disturbing.  

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Marilyn, in red perfection, on auction this weekend


BRUNO BERNARD (German, b. 1912)
Marilyn Monroe At Niagara Falls, 1952
C type print, printed later
Estate signed & numbered ‘20/50’
40 by 30 inches

What a woman. What can we say? This spectacular portrait of Double-M among several now on auction at Julien’s. Bid now, auction closes this Sunday.

Marilyn Through The Lens – A Collection of Photography of Marilyn Monroe | Julien’s Auctions | closes March 26

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