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May 5, 2001 | SUSAN EMERLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just west of where Little Armenia meets Thai Town and just east of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, in the newly restored splendor of the Tswuun-Tswuun Pavilion, former home of the Chu Chu Chinese Restaurant, 24-year-old artist Sara Velas welcomes visitors "from all nations around the world" to the Velaslavasay Panorama in Hollywood--"a truly landscopic experience."
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April 22, 2004 | Robin Rauzi
Panoramas were the Imax movies of the 19th century -- a way for people to get a sense of epic battles (think Gettysburg) or far-off landscapes (think Egypt). In 2000, Sara Velas, who researched panoramas while a college student, painted her own. Called "The Valley of the Smokes," it was her idea of how the Los Angeles Basin might have looked in 1850. The 70-foot canvas filled the interior of the Tswuun-Tswuun Pavilion in Hollywood.
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April 22, 2004 | Robin Rauzi
Panoramas were the Imax movies of the 19th century -- a way for people to get a sense of epic battles (think Gettysburg) or far-off landscapes (think Egypt). In 2000, Sara Velas, who researched panoramas while a college student, painted her own. Called "The Valley of the Smokes," it was her idea of how the Los Angeles Basin might have looked in 1850. The 70-foot canvas filled the interior of the Tswuun-Tswuun Pavilion in Hollywood.
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May 5, 2001 | SUSAN EMERLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just west of where Little Armenia meets Thai Town and just east of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, in the newly restored splendor of the Tswuun-Tswuun Pavilion, former home of the Chu Chu Chinese Restaurant, 24-year-old artist Sara Velas welcomes visitors "from all nations around the world" to the Velaslavasay Panorama in Hollywood--"a truly landscopic experience."
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August 17, 2006 | Susan Carpenter
There was a time, back in the 19th century, when panoramic landscape paintings epitomized entertainment -- long before radio, motion pictures, television and the Internet, of course. But a few devoted souls remain, to restore the panoramas that still exist or, in the case of the Velaslavasay Panorama, to create entirely new works for modern audiences.
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September 7, 2003 | Mark Ehrman, Special to The Times
"I'm excited because here I am at the Panorama, which is my local museum, which holds one painting, and they happen to be having an ice cream social today," says USC photography student Amanda Wilson, who happened on this recent afternoon event while shooting pictures of her neighborhood.
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September 30, 2007
Art2102 Founded in 2003, Art2102 maintained an exhibition space in Boyle Heights for three years before letting it go to focus on facilitating independent projects. Billing itself as a "catalyst for collaboration," this nonprofit works with curators and other organizations to produce exhibitions, discussions, screenings and other events. Sponsors a curator-in-residence program. No exhibition space www.art2102.
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September 17, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles register of Historic-Cultural Monuments may look like a fairly complete document, but don't let those 18th century missions, 19th century mansions and early 20th century movie houses fool you. The list lacks trailer parks, and the city's Cultural Heritage Commission thinks it's time to change that.
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October 30, 2003 | Leslee Komaiko, Special to The Times
"Halloween has emerged as one of the richest sites in the calendar for creative activity, both on the professional and the folk-art levels." -- Robert Thompson Professor of media and culture at Syracuse University * For kids, Halloween is all about candy, costumes and, well, candy. For adults -- particularly those still of an age or inclination to party -- debauchery tends to be the overriding theme.
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