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What to do this weekend? Visit DTLA.

11 Aug

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.)

Lopez Tonight is cancelled. There goes the only Latino on late nite.

11 Aug

Pues qué lastima. Maybe you heard of the surprise cancellation of George Lopez’  late night show “Lopez Tonight” on TBS. Maybe you care or maybe you don’t (most people I know don’t care and didn’t really watch it) but today people are talking about it online, on the radio and on the news.

As an occasional viewer, I was sometimes turned off by his sense of humor (not my cup of tea, es muy “pesado” para mis gustos) and the midnight hour/schedule…too late for me. But I was pleased that he had the airtime and the show going, if only because of the ego, el orgullo de que un mexicano from the San Fernando Valley could make it to the big leagues. I guess what I’m trying to say is I did not really like his show as a viewer, but I’m sad it will no longer be on TV every night. (Does this make any sense?)

I went to a show taping once and let me tell you, George and his staff were true professionals. Those people work their butts off non-stop during the live taping. He is actually a very cool guy in person, chistoso, simpático y decente. But on tv he creates this persona that has to be constantly pushing the limits and can turn offensive (just ask Kirstie Alley about the piggy jokes!) Yet he was gracious enough to move over his time slot so Conan O’Brien could come to TBS with his new show last year, after his exit drama at NBC…So I’m sure this cancellation has got to hurt.

From his Twitter feed @georgelopez, getting all sorts of messages from fans and other comedians. He also tweeted to thank everyone for the support..

Here’s a link from the LA Times that describes his monologue from last night’s show, taped just after the cancellation was announced. Vamos a ver que dice hoy en la noche, a lo mejor se le ve un poquito más ardido, or maybe he decides to keep taking the high road and not speak against the guys who cancelled him…for this we’ll be tuning in.  The last show airs tonight at midnight on TBS.

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