Pre-Launch Events & Meetings

From May through August, 2018, we are hosting a series of public events and monthly open meetings to introduce the idea of spatial awareness and help shape the network.

 
 

Saturday, May 19, 2:30–7:30pm

Railways, Waterways, and Walkways

 

A 6.5-mile walking exploration of some of Los Angeles’ best rail, storm, and pedestrian infrastructure — sometimes neglected, sometimes revitalized, always in flux. Several guest speakers will help us understand the past, present, and future of these places:

Rafael Escamilla, muralist/artist — Trains Shaping History
Noémie Despland-Lichtert & Brendan Shea, curators/designers/educators — Roundhouse Platform
Jenny Aleman-Zometa, environmental scientist — LA River State Parks Partners
Tom Carroll, journalist/interpreter — Tom Explores LA
Fabian Wagmister, professor — UCLA REMAP
Cheri Gaulke, artist/educator — Woman’s Building
Rosten Woo, artist/designer/writer/educator — This Park Is Made by People

The walk will begin at the Glendale Transportation Center and end at the LA State Historic Park.

This event was co-organized, in part, by Roundhouse Platform.


Sunday, May 27, 6–7:30pm

SpAN Open Meeting

 

Help us build the network! Throughout the summer we are developing a strategic plan for the organization. This is the first of four meetings that will help shape that plan. The open meetings are an opportunity for you to learn more about our plans, give us feedback on those plans, and become one of “us.”

This month’s meeting will take place at Betalevel, in Chinatown.

 

 
 

Thursday, June 14, 8pm

Los Angeles Photography Congress:
Valerie J. Bower & Janna Ireland

 

Betalevel, Chinatown

Janna Ireland will talk about her ongoing series There Is Only One Paul R. Williams, an intimate look at the incredibly prolific black architect’s work.

Valerie J. Bower will talk about her work documenting Los Angeles subcultures, from the lowrider scene in Watts, to East L.A. punks, to the Harbor area neighborhood of Wilmington where she grew up.

Part lecture series, part social club, the Los Angeles Photography Congress explores a wide range of practices, from commercial to fine art, from the amateur to the academic to the historical and beyond — as well as the blurry boundaries in between. It provides an opportunity for both established and emerging photographers to discuss their work, their process, and their experiences, to forge new relationships, and to experiment with new ideas. Its primary focus is upon photographers and photographs that regard the city of Los Angeles as a subject, a backdrop, or a base of operations.


Sunday, June 24, 6–7:30pm

SpAN Open Meeting

 

Help us build the network! Throughout the summer we are developing a strategic plan for the organization. This is the second of four meetings that will help shape that plan. The open meetings are an opportunity for you to learn more about our plans, give us feedback on those plans, and become one of “us.”

This month’s meeting will take place at Peanut Lake, Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 9am

Pit City

 

The material mass of the city — the roads, the bridges, the buildings — must come from somewhere. For Los Angeles, that somewhere has often been Irwindale. Over millions of years, the San Gabriel Mountains and their largest river deposited a massive pile of rocks and gravel ideally suited for construction underneath the inland city. And so, as Los Angeles has risen upward and outward, Irwindale has sunk downward. On this flat, 20-mile, morning bicycle tour, we will peer down into the City of Irwindale’s finest craters and visit some former pits that have been (mostly) filled and transformed.

Meet at the Irwindale Gold Line Station. The ride will start at 9am.

Please note:

  • The Metro Gold Line takes about 45 minutes to get to Irwindale Station from Union Station. Please arrive early.
  • This is a slow-paced ride suitable for casual and occasional riders. No one will be turned away or left behind.
  • The ride is almost entirely flat, with only a few man-made inclines that are short and very walkable, if necessary.
  • There are several stretches that are unpaved. They are all reasonably easy but, if you have the option, we recommended a wider-tired bicycle.
  • Please bring a functioning bike and at least two bottles of water, sunscreen, and whatever else you may need for a warm, summer morning in the sun.
  • The ride will end around noon at the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station. If you drive to the start, you can easily ride the train one stop back to your vehicle.

Sunday, July 15, 6–7:30pm

SpAN Open Meeting

 

Help us build the network! Throughout the summer we are developing a strategic plan for the organization. This is the third of four meetings that will help shape that plan. The open meetings are an opportunity for you to learn more about our plans, give us feedback on those plans, and become one of “us.”

This month’s meeting will take place at the Lankershim Depot, in North Hollywood.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 16, 8pm

Establishing Shots: Visions of Los Angeles on Video

 

Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown

An outdoor screening of short videos that look at Los Angeles. From documentary to video art to performance video to experimental animation, a diversity of forms reflect a multitude of perspectives upon the city’s places, people, and history. Bring a blanket and a friend!

Featuring works by
Tolu Awosika
Tom Carroll
Gregorio Davila
Form follows Function
Will Geary
Jimmy Marble & Adi Goodrich
Natasha Masharova
Anna Luisa Petrisko
Zachary Tate Porter, Christina Novakov-Ritchey, & Mari Beltran
Arturo Romo & Sesshu Foster
Brian Smee
Sara Suarez

Approximate program duration: 90 minutes

Program notes (and links to videos) available here.

 

This event is presented in collaboration with:


Sunday, august 26, 6–7:30pm

SpAN Open Meeting

 

Help us build the network! Throughout the summer we are developing a strategic plan for the organization. This is the fourth of the four initial meetings that will help shape that plan. The open meetings are an opportunity for you to learn more about our plans, give us feedback on those plans, and become one of “us.”

This month’s meeting will take place at 2426ww, which is located at 2426 W. Washington Blvd.