“Tip the world over on its side and everything
loose will land in Los Angeles.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Sculptor De L´Esprie created a magnificent bronze statue of a male and a female angel soaring skyward. The bronze Angel´s wingspan is 10 feet wide and stands 18 feet high on top of a 22 foot hand limestone column.
The statue not only serves as the centerpiece of The Grove, at the famous Fairfax Farmers Market it is also a signature piece for the City and an enduring symbol of the limitless opportunities Los Angeles offers.
In The City of Angels where many have realized their dreams, the statues name rings true. It is called, The Spirit of Los Angeles.
“Everything’s gonna be okay. The ukulele player is here.” Unknown
The beginning of this month I started taking ukulele lessons. It turns out my ukulele instructor, Mitch Chang is an accomplished ukulele player. Mitch graduated from the University of Hawaii music program and has been teaching ukulele since 1994. He studied with the legendary jazz ukulele musician Bill Tapia. Mitch is also a long-time promoter for the ukulele and helped put together The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival.
The festival is a full day of continuous performances by today’s hottest ukulele fingerpickers, virtuosos and singer/songwriters. There are also unlimited workshops for all levels, children & adults alike, beginner to advanced: introduction to ukulele, chord melodies, strumming techniques, & more. I also heard through the grape-vine that a celebrity from the popular television series Seinfeld will be at the festival.
I’m looking forward to spending all day with fellow ukuelites Saturday, September 26th. So, whether you are a complete beginner, a casual observer or a seasoned player, if you love the ukulele and would like to spend a fun day in the sun in beautiful Torrance, come on out to the ukulele festival.