Above, Dominic Di Giamarino of Upland with an original copy of “Seven Days of Loving You,” a song he wrote in 1968 that has found minor renown in England among fans of what’s called Northern Soul. My Friday column tells the strange story. You can hear the song via YouTube here.
Did you know Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-sponsored series of museum shows about Southern California art history, is back this summer? Not many do, it seems. This time the focus is architecture, roughly 1930 to 1980, and 10 arts institutions are involved. I’ve been to two so far, with hopes to see more. Friday’s column has more.
Above, a view of the A + D Architecture and Design Museum show, focusing on Beverly Boulevard; below, a model of the Ray Kappe house at the Kellogg Art Gallery show at Cal Poly Pomona.
My Alfred Hitchcock film festival at the Ontario library concludes Thursday with his best-known film, “Psycho,” from 1960. The film’s Wikipedia entry has much useful info. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 215 E. C St. (Hitchcock famously instituted a “no late admission” policy during its theatrical run. We won’t do that, but you won’t want to miss a moment.)
Admission is free. And don’t shriek too loudly — they’re runnin’ a library there.
My Alfred Hitchcock film festival at the Ontario library enters the home stretch with Thursday’s screening of “North by Northwest,” from 1959. The Wikipedia page has useful background on the film, one of Hitchcock’s most popular and entertaining efforts. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 215 E. C St. Admission is free.
Record Store Day returns Saturday for its seventh iteration nationally and internationally. Most of the local action will be at Claremont’s Rhino Records. Wednesday’s column has more, as well as some Culture Corner items, a plug for my screening of “North by Northwest” on Thursday in Ontario and a report from Monday’s Postal Service concert in Pomona.
My Alfred Hitchcock film festival at the Ontario library continues Thursday with “Notorious.” Read the detailed Wikipedia entry, but as always, don’t read too far into the synopsis if you’re planning on seeing the film. There’s good commentary and behind-the-scenes info too (including two stills of Hitch’s hard-to-spot cameo). The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library, 215 E. C St. Admission is free.
With the news about the sudden demise of Ramon’s Cactus Patch, I had to forego the usual items column for Sunday. This left a couple of items orphaned that involved activities happening in the early part of this week. Selflessly, one even involves me. To wit:
Novelist Jonathan Lethem will discuss science fiction, popular culture and his 2003 novel “The Fortress of Solitude” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Biane Library at Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens. Yours truly will moderate — but don’t let that stop you from attending.
My Alfred Hitchcock film festival at the Ontario library kicks off Thursday with “Saboteur.” Read about the movie on its Wikipedia page, but don’t read too far into the overly detailed plot synopsis. The movie screens at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 215 E. C St. (When they say 6:30, they mean 6:30, so hustle.) Admission is free.
Paul Williams, who died March 27 at age 64 in Encinitas, is being called the father of rock criticism. We were casual friends for two decades. He’s the subject of Wednesday’s column because, after some second-guessing, I concluded there were things I could say about him besides that we knew each other. After all, some of those writing his obituary (and doing a fine job) never met him. And if a column by me helps spread the word about a writer who should have been more widely known, then it’s worth doing.
If you’d like to know more, an appreciation by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and the obituary from the New York Times are good places to start, and this NPR piece includes the video for “Give Peace a Chance,” in which Williams can be seen in the foreground, back to the camera, in glasses, long hair and green sweater.
Friday’s column plugs my film series at Ontario’s public library during April, consisting of four Hitchcock classics. The schedule: “Saboteur” April 4, “Notorious” April 11, “North by Northwest” April 18 and “Psycho” April 25, all screening at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 215 E. C St. Admission is free.
Have you seen any of the above? Do you quibble with my choices? (See the end of the column for my rationale.) Any thoughts on Hitchcock or his movies?