One Guitar | One Week | One Song

In a world that seems to grow ever more complex by the day, it’s refreshing to come upon a simple idea that’s well executed and leads to a satisfying outcome. That’s precisely how I’d describe The Acoustic Guitar Project (AGP), “…a global music platform — and concert series — that inspires musicians to write an original song and record […]

Celebrating Four Years of Curating Los Angeles

As Curating Los Angeles (CLA) embarks upon its fourth year online, I want to express my gratitude to all those who have shared their love of the city with me and the entire CLA community. As I’ve said in the past, I am very grateful for the continuing interest in and support of this blog and […]

Final Cut – Ladies & Gentlemen | A Captivating Found Footage Montage

I just watched the trailer for Final Cut – Ladies and Gentlemen and was blown away. Created by visionary Hungarian director György Pàlfi (Taxidermia), who calls the work a “recycled film,” it deftly melds together love scenes from over 450 classic films into a collage the celebrates the art of filmmaking.

At Home With History: Exploring Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zones


The City of Los Angeles currently has 29 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), commonly known as historic districts, which provide for the review of proposed exterior alterations and additions to historic properties within designated parts of the city. The Los Angeles Conservancy will feature three of those HPOZs as part of its highly popular series of At Home with History tours.

Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California


The history of 20th century Los Angeles and the aerospace industry are inextricably linked. Despite the importance of this relationship to the region and the nation, the subject has attracted little attention from scholars. Enter the Aerospace History Project, an initiative of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW). The collaborative research and teaching enterprise’s latest undertaking is “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California,” an exhibition opening at The Huntington Library this weekend.

Happy New Year from Curating Los Angeles

Since launching Curating Los Angeles in September, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of building this online resource. In just a few short months, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some fascinating local organizations, meeting others who are passionate about the city and enhancing life in southern California through their work and/or volunteerism, and then writing about these people and institutions so I can share what I’ve learned with you.

Los Angeles Odyssey

My name is Jim Gilbert and I publish this blog. A native Angeleno, I grew up in West Los Angeles, went to college in the Bay Area, grad school in LA and spent quite a few years living and working in Boston and Silicon Valley before moving back to southern California.  While my family and […]