Friday, October 28, 2016

Eastside Weekend: Trains and Derby Dolls in El Sereno; bird watching on the L.A. River; street art show in Echo Park


Søren Solkær, D*Face, featured at the exhibit Surface opening Saturday at Subliminal Projects.


Sinews of creative elements connect the street artists featured in Søren Solkær’s photography featured in Surface. The Danish photographer has captured over 100 artists and their work in the wild, spanning the globe and of course different mediums. Surface features Aakash Nihalani, Above, Beau Stanton and many more artists, with music by Shepard Fairey, Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler and David Newton. Opening reception is Saturday, April 25 at Subliminal Projects.

Grandma, how did you get all those cool cartoons on your arm? Grandma, why are you such a badass? Yes, future grandchildren will ask such questions of their nanas and it’s all thanks to the Derby Dolls. Those flying warriors command the roller derby ring, bashing and smashing in unison, the event part carnal, part dance, but all fun. Welcome the Derby Dolls to their new digs in El Sereno, Saturday, April 25.

Bird watchers on the L.A. River | Photo by Martha Benedict.

As surprising as it sounds the Los Angeles River hosts an assortment of wildlife. Freeways and train yards may flank certain sections of the river, but nature finds a way. It always does. The L.A. River Bird Walk takes place (early) Saturday morning, but it’s worth the trek to spot any of the native birds who call the river home. Maybe the birds will get out of their cars and spread their wings. Saturday, April 25.
Travel by train is foreign to most children, so marvel at their curiosity when they lay eyes on the Pasadena Model Railroad Club’s train model. The train set up at the El Sereno warehouse is vast, passing through hillsides, small town diners, church, gas stations and switching yards. It’s the type of grand set up that most model train enthusiasts dream about and it’s all available for the viewing pleasure of the public, Saturday April 25.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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