Seventh Street Bridge
Photo by Kevin Break

Usually I post just prior to an event date, but these two events presented by Los Angeles Conservancy will most probably be fully booked* by then, so posting this early --to obtain a reservation book ASAP:

~Panel Discussion on Los Angeles Bridges
Thursday - April 10, 2008 - 7 PM - 9 PM

Getty Conservation Institute
History and potential future of the historic L.A. River bridges
Part of "Conservation Matters" series
Moderator: Larry Mantle, host of AirTalk on KPCC radio station
Panelists: Glen Dake, landscape architect; Eric DeLony, private consultant for engineering and industrial heritage, one of the world's leading authorities on the history of bridges; Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer of Los Angeles bureau head also working on Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.
The Getty Center
Reservation Required - Admission to the event is Free
- Only secretive board members know why, but in direct literal violation of J. Paul Getty's Last Will, The Getty Center charges for parking: $8.00
Reservations: Call (310) 440-7300
More Details - Reservation Free: here

First Street Bridge, Los Angeles
Photo by Mark Lamonica

~"Bridge Mix" Tour and Activity Day
Sunday - April 13, 2008 - 10 AM - 4 PM
Tour: Four sites along the banks of the river between downtown and Boyle Heights
Tour and activity includes: First Street Bridge - Fourth Street Bridge - Sixth Street Viaduct - Seventh Street Bridge
Shuttle buses - walk - bring bicycle
Admission: singles, families and children 12 and under allowed
Details - Members of LA Conservancy and Friends of Los Angeles River discount: Buy ticket

*Personal Note I surmise reservations will go quickly because:

-there hasn't been a bridge event, that I know of, in past decade (--or more)
-events at the Malibu Getty, which I attended all through the 1980s, were booked so fast it was Serious work to attend every month.
I heard some of the finest lectures/discussions/symposiums presented by some of the best/finest in the world on subject speak. --Once even met one of my heroes: archaeologist Iris Love, who demonstrated to the British Museum they had a Greek head on a basement shelf that belonged on a statue she found; they decided 'appropriate' reaction was to dismiss her finding, her proof and her, she being, well, female. As for The Getty: no institution does lecture/events better, hopefully also true for The Getty Center, and with the LA Conservancy connection, this will most likely be informative and important. --Especially for those who want to Keep what is left of Los Angeles architecture, considering the developer-loving City Council 'reps' (re: Ambassador Hotel --not turned into multi-use housing and school structure, but: rubble --sitting atop toxic waste). Book early!

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