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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Reflections, Hollywood Boulevard
Topic: Light and Shadow
Reflections, Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard is what you'd expect it to be. This is an exercise on working with reflections in glass, but they capture the place, Tuesday, October 10, 2006. (See the footnote for the day's events).

Shoes in a window, 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic at a smoke shop, 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Souvenir shop, 6500 block of Hollywood BoulevardIt was a big day on Hollywood Boulevard -

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony Scheduled While Woods Tees Off in Front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, October 10, 2006

WHO: Ruta Lee, Buzz Aldrin, Jack Carter, Gary Collins, Carol Conners, Dom DeLuise, Larry Elder, Erik Estrada, Budd Friedman, Mitzie Gaynor, Monty Hall, Stephanie Powers, Anne Jeffries, A.C. Lyles, Joey McIntyre, Julie Newmar, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Rutherford, Jack Carter, Fred Travelena, Daphne Zuniga, Alex Trebek, Dick VanPatten, Joanne Worley

WHAT: While actress and LA philanthropist Ruta Lee is honored with the 2320th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, international golfing legend, Tiger Woods will be teeing a ball down the length of Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the launch of his most recent electronic golf game. The two momentous events will occur 50 feet from each other, tomorrow, October, 10, 2006.

While the scheduling snafu is the first of its' kind in the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies, organizers will try to make lemonade out of lemons and each event will occur side by side. "I'm sure that good sportsmanship will come to play," laughed Ms. Lee, "this is a lifetime achievement for me, and just another tee-off for Tiger!" Just as Tiger tee's off, Ms. Lee's alma mater, The Hollywood High School band, will parade on Hollywood Boulevard across Tiger's Astroturf "fairway," and Ms. Lee will follow in the Ahmanson family's 1924 Cadillac with actors Debbie Reynolds and Alex Trebek.

DETAILS: One of Hollywood's most glamorous ladies, Ruta Lee's career in show business began at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre as a candy girl. She was signed by MGM as the youngest of the "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and subsequently in "Funny Face" with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, as Tyrone Power's secret love in "Witness for the Prosecution" and Frank Sinatra's leading lady in "Sergeant's Three," and has headlined in many musicals as Annie, Dolly, Peter Pan, Mame, Irene, Irma, Nellie, Rose, and Madame in the "Best Little Whorehouse." Lee has appeared in over 2,000 television appearances and is currently in production with "Christmas Everyday," an ABC Family Film and "Loves Pure Light," both scheduled for Christmas 2006 release. For more than 40 years, Lee has headed the Thalians, which has raised more than $40 million for the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai.
Missed all that. Sorry. The reports are it all went fine.


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Monday, 9 October 2006
Hollywood Doors
Topic: Light and Shadow
Hollywood Doors
On Hollywood Boulevard, Monday, October 09, 2006 - a few doors -

A little of India -

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front door of the Geisha House -

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a little poison green at an abandoned smoke shop?

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shouldn't there be two M's here?

Door detail, Hollywood Boulevard


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Sunday, 8 October 2006
Visual Tension
Topic: Nature and Botanicals
Visual Tension
Nature is supposed to be all calm and that sort of thing. Not so - high tension shots in the deep shadows at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden on the UCLA campus, photographed Friday, October 6, 2006.

Bloom in the deep shadows at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, UCLA Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrel at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, UCLA Campus


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Friday, 6 October 2006
A Close-Up
Topic: Botanical Studies
A Close-Up
One of the better botanical shots - a specimen at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden on the UCLA campus, photographed Friday, October 6, 2006.

Specimen at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden on the UCLA campus, photographed Friday, October 6, 2006


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Thursday, 5 October 2006
1927 Rococo Madness
Topic: Historic Hollywood
1927 Rococo Madness

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 North Vine, Hollywood California - just a few steps up from Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine)Rococo emerged in France in the early eighteenth century as a continuation of the Baroque business - but not as heavy and dark. The usual words used to describe it are opulence, grace, playfulness, and lightness - carefree stuff, not heroic battles or religious figures. The word Rococo is apparently a combination of the French rocaille, or shell, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. You do get a lot of shell-like curves and odd flowers and figures. Anyway, when the term was first used in English, sometime around 1836, it was a colloquialism meaning "old-fashioned." And by the mid-nineteenth century it was - everything had turned all neoclassical.

Rococo hit Hollywood big-time in the late twenties, when the film industry really took off, at the tail end of the silent film era. And a few of the Rococo palaces are still around.

This is the Avalon Hollywood, 1735 North Vine - just a few steps up from Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine), and sort of across the street from the famous Capitol Records Building. This opened in 1927 as the Hollywood Playhouse, but it was the El Capitan in the forties, then the NBC Radio Theater, then the Hollywood Palace. It was the home of Ken Murray’s "Blackouts" and "Hollywood Palace" - television variety shows from the fifties no one remembers. Some might remember the "Colgate Comedy Hour" and "This is Your Life," and "The Jerry Lewis Show" - and the first years of "The Lawrence Welk Show." Those were done here, as was the first nationally televised telethon. But it wasn't Jerry Lewis getting all weepy with the sick kids - it was to raise funds for the 1952 US Olympic Team. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra were featured.

These days it's a techno-thump dance club, as explained here - "Avalon Hollywood and WiredLA present Avaland - voted one of the top three dance music clubs in the nation and Number One in Los Angeles. Avaland features the world's biggest names in the electronic dance-scene coupled by some of the cities best local talent. Residents include world renowned DJ's Sasha, Danny Howells, Roger Sanchez, Sander Kleinenberg, Hybrid, Ferry Corsten, Nick Warren and more - all presented with Avalon's own EAW Avalon Series Sound System, twenty-six moving lights, an LED wall, and top-of-the line decor."

Things change. It's still Rococo.

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 North Vine, Hollywood California - just a few steps up from Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 North Vine, Hollywood California - just a few steps up from Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 North Vine, Hollywood California - just a few steps up from Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine)


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