Drum Lessons @ Metro’s Regional Connector Party, 1:53pm

TaikoProject giving drum lessons at the Metro Regional Connector Party at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo
TaikoProject giving drum lessons at the Metro Regional Connector Party at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo

LA Metro’s Regional Connector is halfway done: 3 years down, 3 years to go. So they threw a party at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Among the performers were TaikoProject who first performed, and then, as pictured here, gave drum lessons.

The Regional Connector is scheduled to open in December 2021. When it does, the current Gold Line will be split in 2 parts. The southern Gold Line will connect to the Expo Line. You’ll be able to go from East LA to Santa Monica with no transfers. The northern Gold Line will connect to the Blue Line. You’ll be able to go from Long Beach up to Pasadena and beyond with no transfers.

The 3 lines: Gold, Blue & Expo, will become 2 lines. One name will have to be retired. Apparently Metro is debating this now. One option is to rename all the lines! 😛 (hate that option)

OMG there’s a bathroom at Union Station with a mirror!?!? 8:08pm

Photo of me, taking a selfie in the men's room in the "historic ticketing hall" at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)
OMG there’s a bathroom at Union Station with a mirror!?

Union Station’s “Historic Ticketing Hall” is usually closed. No entry. From time to time there’s a private party, closed to the public. Tonight, however, the Ticketing Hall is open.

Join Metro Art Los Angeles for an evening of immersive, spatial electronic music from Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes), local underground mainstay John Tejada (Kompakt) and Tottie (Dublab) in collaboration with Decibel Festival.

What was also open, sort of, was the Women’s & Men’s restrooms at the back of the Ticketing Hall.

  • Big Surprise: there’s an actual mirror in the Men’s room! Also, they’re clean, and, you know, not disgusting.
  • No Surprise: I was thrown out. As soon as I managed to snap this selfie, a security guy was informing me that,

You can’t pee at Union Station without a wristband.

That’s the most succinct way I’ve heard the inhospitable and inhumane goals of Union Station described. No place to pee. No place to sit. And roughly 25% of the times I visit Union Station I will see 2 White Police Officers arresting a Black, Male, Citizen.

Kip Fulbeck @ Japanese American National Museum, 3:58pm

two women who have just had Polaroid photo taken at the museum are writing about their identity on sheets of paper. When they finish they will add them to the walls and become part of the "hapa.me" exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California
hapa.me @JANM

In 2001 Kip Fulbeck started traveling America photographing people who identified as hapa (“half” or mixed ethnicity). He made a portrait of each person and had them write something about their identity. In 2006 the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles exhibited the work.

Now in 2018, the Japanese American National Museum has a new Kip Fulbeck exhibition, this time of his hapa.me project. He’s paid another visit to the people he photographed. And made another portrait. And had them write something about their identity 15 years after the original piece.

It’s a beautiful installation about the diversity of identity. It is also a simple, sublime document about time. In the JANM gallery, diptychs of the early and recent portraits and writings fill the walls.

In a second room, you can have an instant photo taken of yourself (on Saturdays) write your own statement, and post it on the walls of the gallery. The two people in this photo have just had their photos taken and are now deciding what to write about themselves.