Quino recibe el Premio Príncipe de Asturias 2014

Hoy por la mañana estuve viendo la tele buscando algo que ver, trying to stay away from the news y de las noticias “que no quiero saber”.

En mi channel surfing, llegué hasta el canal 840, que es el de Television Española y cual fue mi sorpresa que estaban pasando en vivo los Premios Príncipe de Asturias 2014, desde Oviedo, España.

Pensé, “Vamos a ver que trae puesto la Letizia”. (Ustedes perdonen mi frivolidad y mi falta de respeto, todavía no me acostumbro a decirle “Reina Letizia”.) Little did I know que me iba a quedar dos horas viendo el programa, muy interesada en todo el asunto, especialmente en los galardonados. Del guardarropa de la reina ni me acordé. Traía un vestido bastante “equis” si me preguntan, pero bueno, eso es trivial.

La principal y mas grata sorpresa fue que el primer galardonado anunciado fue Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejón, alias Quino, uno de mis autores favoritos y el creador de Mafalda. Me dio tanto gusto por él, se veía feliz y realizado y disfrutó mucho de los aplausos. Le dieron el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Comunicación y Humanidades 2014, y vaya que bien merecido. El Rey Felipe lo saludó con mucho cariño, casi casi lo quería abrazar. Es la primera vez que se lo dan a un dibjunate, decían los cronistas de televisión, también muy emocionados. ¿Quién no ama a Mafalda, pues?

Otra sorpresa fue ve llegar al corredor y maratonista mexicano German Silva, como parte del grupo del NYC Marathon. Fueron cuatro personas representantes del Maraton los que recibieron el Premio a los Deportes, entre ellos Germán, a quien le tocó saludar al Rey Felipe.

Otro premiado que me encantó fue Frank Ghery, que recibió el Premio a las Artes. Es el diseñador de uno de mis edificios favoritos en downtown Los Angeles, el Disney Hall. En la ceremonia le reconocieron su arquitectura del Guggenheim en Bilbao y a sus 85 años se veía radiante y super ágil subiendo el escenario.

Dan premios diferentes categorías, como Ciencias, Letras, Ciencias Sociales, Investigación Científica y Técnica, Cooperación Internacional. Todos los galardonados son ilustres personas y muy interesantes, con un curriculum para darnos un poco de fé ante la actualidad y los acontecimientos. It’s people like these that give you hope in humanity.

La que me hizo llorar con su discurso fue la periodista congoleña Caddy Adzuba, que recibió el Premio a la Concordia por sus reportajes de la violencia contra las mujeres del Congo. Creo que fue el discurso mas emotivo, hablando de una realidad durísima en estas épocas y la necesidad de que todo el mundo ayude a combatir estos males. El teatro estaba enganchado de sus palabras, aprovechó al máximo su oportunidad para hablar, y creo que todos quedamos impactados. No la conocía antes, ahora no se me va a olvidar su nombre, ni su causa.

En fin, para alquien que no tenía planes de ver nada interesante en la tele, para alguien que no estaba buscando tanta emoción para el viernes por la mañana, este evento español resultó bastante inspirador.

Para festejar a Quino, I’m going to re-read los libros de Mafalda. Happy Friday everyone.

QuinoPrincipeAsturias

¡Es QUINO!!!!

El Rey Felipe le otoroga el Premio Príncipe de Asturias en Comunicación y Humanidades al creador de Mafalda.

El Rey Felipe entrega el Premio Príncipe de Asturias en Comunicación y Humanidades 2014 al creador de Mafalda.

¡Cuánto aplauso! Quino recibiendo el cariño de los asistentes.

¡Cuánto aplauso! Quino recibiendo el cariño de los asistentes.

Quino feliz.

Quino feliz.

El arquitecto Frank Ghery escucha atento las palabras que le dice el Rey Felipe. Recibió el Premio a las Artes.

El arquitecto Frank Ghery escucha atento las palabras que le dice el Rey Felipe. Recibió el Premio a las Artes.

PremiosReyFelipe

Los españoles presumen de tener un rey muy guapo, if I may say so myself.

La Reina Letizia.

La Reina Letizia.

Bella señora. La Reina Sofía, muy querida por todos. También le aplaudieron muchísimo.

Bella señora. La Reina Sofía, muy querida por todos. También le aplaudieron muchísimo.

Found! Los libros de Mafalda en el librero. (Si no han leido a Mafalda, ¿qué esperan?)

Found! Los libros de Mafalda en el librero. (Si no han leido a Mafalda, ¿qué esperan?)

“People watching” @Dwell on Design LA Expo

The annual Dwell on Design Expo is going on this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center and it’s worth a trip to see. If you’ve ever read Dwell Magazine or like modern simple architecture, interior design and eco friendly materials and buildings, then this is your cup of tea.

I had a chance to go on their preview day and saw very unique and interesting takes on living spaces and everyday items for your home and lifestyle. But this is material for another post since there was so much to see; I still need to sort it out!

Right now I want to post about the very unique PEOPLE that go to the event. I love architects, designers and design enthusiasts. They obviously have a very cool aesthetic and it shows in the way they present themselves to the world with their personal style. They are not afraid to show their personality with their eclectic and often minimalistic outfits. I guess they know they have to match great design spaces, so they see themselves integrated as part of the “package”…

Here’s a few shots of interesting people my camera caught. Lets just say at some point the people watching took over, since there was a great mix of creative individuals.

Go to Dwell this weekend! Entrance is $30 for Saturday and Sunday. From 10am to 6pm at the Convention Center.

LA creative types gathere at the Dwell on Design Expo in DTLA. Great place for people watching!

Isn’t she the coolest person? Love the Cruella hair with the outfit and the flat T strap shoes.

Citrus colors are a big deal with these design enthusiasts.

Black on black on black ALWAYS works. Look at her sandals!

Cute Guys Alert!

A skirt to match the wall decor. Well, I don’t see why not!

So Chill.

Shopping for lawn chairs with multiple functions.

Updating Social Media Status.

Sundresses and heels, skirts and booties.

Reminds me a little of David Bowie.

Designers meet consumers.

Test driving the lounge chairs in black, white and red.

Great Maps of LA exhibit at the Central Library in downtown

I’m always amazed at the sprawling, extensive size of the City of Los Angeles. This city I love está toda spread out, es enorme, llena de tráfico y luces, y freeways y mini-malls. What’s not to love?

So it was such a nice surprise to run into a very interesting exhibit of old Los Angeles maps at the Central Library in Downtown LA called “As The City Grew.” These maps are from the 184o’s to more recent ones from the last century. They all are amazing to look at just for the fact that they portray the gradual growth and initial distribution of el pueblo de Los Angeles.

This is one of the texts from the exhibit:

“The historical maps here trace Los Angeles’ challenges and illustrate its evolution into the metropolis we know today. The maps tell a story about a Spanish pueblo settled by eleven families that, in just 130 years, was to become the second largest city in America. From a Wild West frontier town that lived mostly outside the law, the city grew more sophisticated, surviving periodic cycles of “boom and bust” and doubling its population every decade, from a meager 5,000 at statehood to over a million by 1930.”

I’m always intrigued by the transformation of a place, of how things used to be and how people used to live before.  Did they ride horses? Can you imagine LA without freeways? How did people get to Santa Monica? What was life like here? These maps give you an idea of how LA transitioned into the place we live today.

So it’s worth a visit, and you may also want to check out some books at the library too! Everything is GRATIS, as you know, so take a trip soon if you can.

DTLA Central Library at 5th and Figueroa hours are Monday, Wed, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed  Sundays and will be closed next Monday due to Martin Luther King’s Day.

LA Maps exhibit at Central Library hallway, 1st floor.

Map of the City of Los Angeles, 1884, by Henry J Stevenson.

Birds Eye View of Los Angeles in 1909. Shows LA growing fast and becoming one of the nation's major cities. Population is 300,000.

This was one of the more elaborate maps, very colorful and showing different ethnicities.

The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County, 1937. Shows LA in the years 1784 to 1849. "The Ranchos as they were called were sometiems as large as 48,000 acres."

Yes people, WE were here first. Se les olvida quien formó esta ciudad.

Hollywood star maps, version 1937. But I doubt they had any paparazzi then.

Hey, with this map you could go look for Cary Grant, Marion Davies and Gary Cooper. Their head drawing was used as the pin point for their house!

Art in the streets of Los Angeles

A funny thing happened the other day when I did the AIDS Walk. Me percaté de muchos murales y cool art in the street popping all around us. How come I hadn’t noticed this before?

I guess it takes a good walk around town to become aware of how much talent surrounds us. Los Angeles is an amazing hub of designers and artists, in addition to the Hollywood industry folks, and you can enjoy the scene and vibe if you just start looking closer and observing the little gems artist leave for us here and there. Aproveché la vuelta por el West Side y alcancé a tomar unas fotos.

Y ahora this has become a new fascination of sorts, and with this in mind I set out to DTLA (my fav place) for a little street art inspiration. And there was something cool and photo worthy on every street!

You’d be surprised how many shots did not make it to the list, since it was the magic hour and my car was running on only 1/4 tank of gas, so I had to apurarme y editar on the fly. No fue precisamente un walking tour, but it helped that it was a Monday night and I found street parking here and there.

Here are a few of my observations around LA. Hope you feel inspired to do a little street art tour yourself.

West Side:

“Ignite the Imagination, Awaken a Dream.” From one of the windows at a gallery on La Cienega Blvd in West LA.

Los Angeles is in my heart. I ADORE LA and this mural spoke to me like you have no idea. Found it on Melrose Avenue.

Dennis Hopper was one of the coolest people ever, in addition to being an amazing artist and photographer. This mural is on Melrose.

DTLA:

Peace out James Dean. This mural is in DTLA.

So much sentiment going on here. Mural on a Los Angeles St. parking lot.

Looks a little Roy Lichtenstein inspired. “Vargas didn’t paint me”. On 3rd street DTLA.

“I always feel like… somebody’s watching me..” On Spring St. DTLA.

This seems to be inspired from the “Obey” series. I’ve labeled it as Woman Rebel Commie in Black and Red (the artists probably has another name for it.) Found it on an undescript alley on Olympic Blvd. DTLA Fashion District.

The Arts District in DTLA is worth a trip.

Mural collage and phone booth on Traction St.

Enlightened floating Ghandi on Traction St. ( Had a little help from Photoshop.)

Entrance at 800 Traction St. Does the artist Mondrian live here?

Lost Angels on 4th Street.

Spartacus points to Downtown LA.

What to do this weekend? Visit DTLA.

Aren’t you just in awe of how time flies? Already the weekend of August 12, the dog days of Summer 2011. Where does time go? (Insisto en mi teoria de que somewhere in a galaxy far far away, someone is speeding up the clocks, making time go faster… so we can just catch up. But I digress...)

Como seguimos en el presente, gracias a Dios, aquí les pongo unas fotos que tomé en un field trip con mi amiguita Robin cuando hicimos un viaje a DTLA (her new hood!) where we discovered some unconventional photo opps which had a few film references. (Thank you my friend for an amazing day.)

Downtown LA is the most interesting place in LA right now. It’s all happening down there. But don’t take my word for it. Plan a little trip and see for yourself. Come to think of it, take some time off this weekend and enjoy the scenery, will you? Aprovechemos las 48 horas que tenemos este fin.

He dicho.

At the Los Angeles Central Market. Chinese food sounds good!

25 cents will take you up Angel's Flight and make you relive a little bit of LA history.

Then you can admire the green view above Angels Knoll Park. It was the scene for the movie 500 Days of Summer.

Fancy a spot for meditation? This bench will do the trick.

One of the underground scenes in downtown. The movie "The Soloist" was shot here.

This is a thing of beauty, if only because an LA street is completely empty. Very uncommon.

A really tall woman was standing next to a really tall building. (It's The Bonaventure hotel, where the Clint Eastwood movie "In the Line of Fire" was made.)

My new favorite place in downtown LA: Bottega Louie.

Last week the LA Times had a great article on new restaurants changing the downtown landscape. The information was stored on my mental hard drive, filed under “to-do .” Today, on a downtown LA walkabout outing, I “stumbled upon” Bottega Louie on 7th and Grand, very close to the Metro station and one block east of Macys. Bottega Louie is one of the places mentioned in the article, and I could not believe my luck. “There are NO accidents,” dijo Sigmund Freud and I do truly believe this place is a “keeper” como dice mi Tia Silvia. Find the article here: http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-bottegalouie29-2009apr29,0,874012.story

To start off, the place looks and feels like New York City and maybe even a little French, except it is huuuuuge, light and airy. You don’t need a reservation and you can stop by for the bar, the coffee tables or the restaurant. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the kill: try the lavender, chocolate or vanilla macarons at 1.75 a pop and you’ll almost forget your recession blues. Here are some pictures to entice you. 

 

Admiring the beautiful and delicious Macarons.

Admiring the beautiful and delicious Macarons.

 

Perfect coffee break. Coffee, lavendar, vanilla and chocolate macarons and tiny red velvet cupcake.

Perfect coffee break. Coffee, lavender, vanilla and chocolate macarons and tiny red velvet cupcake.

Bar Bottega Louie.

Bar Bottega Louie.