Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 30th ~ Bike the Arroyo by day AND night

What an exciting day is planned for the Arroyo Seco! On May 30th, you can ride in the Tour de Arroyo in the morning ~ ~ then attend the 7pm presentation on the unnamed streams of Northeast Los Angeles, followed by a night bike tour.

I can't say it any better than the press release for this great urban water tour event:

an intimate history of the suburban landscape from the point of view of Water in Northeast Los Angeles

The wide concrete troughs carved through our city-- the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco-- have long been the focus of grassroots watershed restoration efforts. Yet few of the numerous small waterflows that fed those rivers were ever mapped or even named. Such myriad small streams were an unavoidable fact of life in the era before we made the landscape predictable by regrading and draining it.

Learn how oldtimers in Northeast Los Angeles experienced the landscape in the pre-storm-drain era. After an informal Powerpoint presentation, maps will be distributed. Head out for a self-guided night bike tour (under 8 mi). Front and rear lights recommended.

May 30th, Time 7-8pm at:Sea and Space Explorations, 4755 York Blvd, LA, CA 90042 (near Occidental College)

DIRECTIONS from Los Angeles: From the 5, take the 2 north. Take the Verdugo Road exit. Left onto Eagle Rock Boulevard. Right onto York Boulevard (major cross street is Armadale Blvd).

This event presented in conjunction with the exhibition:

Nicole Antebi & May JongThrough the Looking Glass: The Los Angeles Aqueduct
May 9 - May 30, 2009
Gallery is open Sundays 1-5 PM and by appointment

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