Today was extremely busy. A friend of mine in our building has a daughter who is about 11. She had an art show and a film festival today with photos and films by her on display in both places. It sounded like a fun thing to do, so I went along for the ride.
The school, and the art centers were really interesting and bring to bear on a running argument that I have with my SO, who claims that there is less culture in the US in general, and in California in particular, than there is in Europe. To an extent I can understand his perspective, but I’ve always said that we Americans have our cultural events surrounding familial units and children rather than in the streets. Today’s events made that abundantly clear to me.
It isn’t that we don’t value cultural events, its that they are most vibrant in more closed settings.
Whereas in Spain or France, you go into the street and you see people doing art, and playing music, here you have to know where to go and usually they are open settings but with hidden addresses that you have to know about or be connected to in order to find.
I went to a bunch of different places with her along the way since she had errands to run, and things to pick up. I saw a local school, the Electric Lodge, Staples, Venice Arts Gallery, and the Lutheran Church where the Kids Film Festival was held.
While we were at the Electric Lodge, they were setting up a photo-booth convention. Real, not digital, photos ready in 5 minutes. It sounded fun, so I went back later with my housemate, and we went on further adventures.
Since on a recent weekend outing we found a photo booth, and took our pictures, I’m beginning to amass a collection of photo booth photos. There are some somewhere with me and one of my first Madrid roommies too. When I find them I’ll publish them too.
Here’s photobooth photos (digital) of me and H in 2006 and in 2012.