Simply Red, LA Live and The Edison


I had the occasion to hang out at night in downtown LA this week, something I haven’t done in quite a while. The impetus was photographing the group Simply Red playing in concert in an intimate theater that is part of the LA Live complex.

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red

The only thing particularly interesting about the concert for me was the fact that for the first time, I actually got to shoot ON the stage. We’re used to shooting right in front of the stage and we were all set up there; at the last moment, the stage manager came down and brought us up onto the side of the stage, at the same level as the band. It was pretty cool …

The theater I shot at was called Club Nokia, which is the more intimate (2,400 seats; the other large theater called Nokia Live holds about 7,100) of the 2 new theaters at the relatively new LA Live complex.   The complex itself is a monstrous mish-mash of Blade Runner-esque video screens, a tacky ESPN Zone bar/restaurant and a post-modern bowling alley, just to name some of what’s there.

New La Live Center/Monstrosity in Downtown LA

New La Live Complex/Monstrosity in Downtown LA

But as disappointing as I found it, I had to admit it was still a significant improvement over what was there before; it’s just sad they couldn’t do better than they did with the design.

On the other hand, I was quite impressed with the hustle and bustle of downtown at night.  I used to work downtown as recently as 2000 and the vibe there now has changed significantly.  There were actually people out walking around at night and taxis zooming around everywhere.  I took one of these taxis to The Edison, an extremely impressive bar that describes itself as “a world-class bar that retains many of its architectural and mechanical artifacts from its history as downtown’s first private power plant.”

The Edison

The Edison

It’s really beautifully designed and has comfortable low lighting.  They served excellent drinks and light food.  It’s definitely a place to check out if you’re downtown one evening.

My favorite French story of the week:

DIJON – A French winemaker has been charged with attempting to poison his wife, whom he accused of working too hard in the vineyard and of not doing enough for him, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Jacky Chatelain, a 51-year-old vineyard owner from the Chablis wine region of Burgundy, was arrested on Friday after a four-year investigation into how his wife Josiane had fallen ill with arsenic poisoning.

Under questioning, he admitted that he had tried to poison her because “she worked too hard in the vineyard and did not do enough to look after me,” according to the state prosecutor.

Some photos of the week …

What the hell is this sign?

What the hell is this sign?

Statue at Farmers Market

Statue at Farmers Market

Pig Head

Pig Head

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red


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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Second Baseman on March 25, 2009 at 4:16 am

    We always believed that the way your “One Way” sign is pointing was only one way….Now we have proof….

    Reply

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