Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Off the beaten path Los Angeles: The Watts Towers

Watts Towers also called the Towers of Simon RodiaWhen traveling, I've found my journeys can be significantly enriched by going beyond the usual “top attractions” list found in tour books. Visiting locations and people “off the beaten path” can often tell us much about the area and its history and people. The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia is such a place in Los Angeles.

Would I advise first time visitors to LA to skip the Getty Museum, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the La Brea Tar Pits, the Huntingdon Library and Botanical Gardens, a stroll down Rodeo Drive, the Sony Pictures Studio Tour, and other iconic Los Angeles sights, on a first time visit to Los Angeles? No. They're top attractions for good reason.

Yet there are wonderful sights in Los Angeles beyond its “top attractions.”

Photography Exhibition: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Bruce Davidson - East 100th Street

Untitled, Bruce Davidson, from East 100th Street series, 1967-68, printed 1969The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, periodically has terrific photographic exhibitions. Bruce Davidson – East 100th Street is definitely such an exhibit.

This exhibition will run through September 8, 2013