Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Story In LA Weekly

Wrote a first person for the LA Weekly on President Obama's visit to the southland.
Click here to read it.

Photo by Ted Soqui c 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Bye L.A. CityBeat, You Will Be Missed

LA CityBeat newspaper closed down operations with it's last issue published last Thursday. Was honored to be a contributer to the publication since their launch. Worked with several amazing editors, writers, and designers there, and made some life long friends.
LA CityBeat will not fade in my memory.

LA CityBeat cover images by Ted Soqui

Silverlake Goes WT

Saw this vintage three wheeled electric car sitting on jacks in front of a home in the upscaled area of Silverlake this morning. Wondering if this is how Silverlake does WT?
The electric car was made by Electra Car of Long Beach, CA.

Photo by Ted Soqui c 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour In Los Angeles

The third annual Earth Hour reached L.A this evening. Landmarks in Los Angeles and around the world went dark at 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Restaurants and other businesses turned off their electricity to shed light on alternative energy, and to promote energy saving.
Los Angeles was the last major city in the world to observe Earth Hour.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

LA Weekly Cover Photo March 20-26, 2009

Made this week's cover of the L.A. Weekly with an image I took at L.A. Fashion Week.
The image was taken at the Yotam Solomon runway show held inside the Los Angeles Theater last week.
The cover was designed by Darrick Rainey, Creative Director of the L.A. Weekly.
Slideshow from L.A. Fashion Week, click here.

Thousands of "Rape Kits" Sit In LAPD Deep Freeze

Thousands of envelopes of containing DNA, blood, and other evidence collected from rape victims sit in LAPD deep freeze lockers untested.
The envelopes, often referred to as "rape kits" by law enforcement, continue to pile up at the LAPD Piper Tech facility in downtown L.A. 
Staff and budget cutbacks have left many of the kits untested for years. Some critics say the backlog will never get caught up.
Read Christine Pelisek's story here, published in this week's L.A. Weekly.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

President Obama in Downtown L.A.

President Barack Obama held a "town hall" style meeting at the Contreras Learning Center in downtown L.A. The President also spoke on tax issues, AIG, and reform in education. 
2000 Angelenos were in attendance for the meeting, and a lucky few got to ask him a question or two. 
The President went on to Burbank to appear on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," then headed back to Washington D.C.
This was the President's first visit to Los Angeles since being elected to office.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Louver Collection at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week

L.A. fashion designer Louis Verdad unveiled his new line, Louver. 
The Louver collection was presented on several mannequins at the MOCA museum in downtown's little Tokyo. Louis was on site to introduce his new fall line to a couple hundred guest. The fall line is mostly in a black pallet with a couple of dresses adorned with chromed metal spikes and crystals. 
Film artist Robertino Fonseca and photographer August Bradley also presented their artwork which featured the Louver line.
Spotted celebrities in attendance were Kelly Lynch, Nicky Hilton, Rose Mc Gowan, and Marisa Tomei.
Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week hosted the event which also featured a runway show of vintage couture from Cameron Silver/Decades.
Welcome back, Louis!

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

President Barack Obama in the OC

President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting in Costa Mesa, CA at the Orange County Fair Grounds. The President answered unscripted questions from the crowd, and spoke on issues ranging from the AIG bonuses to the local California economy. The OC crowd greeted the President with warm chants of "O-BAMA, O-BAMA!." 
After his speech, the President removed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves to host the town hall meeting.
This was the President's first post election visit to California, and he will be a guest on the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" tomorrow afternoon.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

L.A. Fashion Week at BOXeight Final Day

The final evening of fashions from BOXeight's venue at the Los Angeles Theatre. 
Mike Vensel, Hayley Starr, The Battalion, Sahaja, Yotam Solomon, Sjobeck, Maxine Dillon, and Li Cari by Jazmin Whitley closed the evening.
BOXeight promises to be back for next season, and vows to be the premier venue for L.A. fashion.

Photos By Ted Soqui c 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

L.A. Fashion Week at BOXeight Day 2

L.A. Fashion Week at BOXeight day two. 
Another long evening of runway shows. SkinGraft was the best of the night with their amazing and spectacular gothic line. 
LAKEN, David Alexander, Smoke & Mirrors, Jen Awad, Future Heretics, COA, and martinMartin also showed their fall collections.
Spotted at the shows, Margaret Cho.

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

L.A. Fashion Week Begins

Gen Art and BOXeight launched L.A. Fashion Week in downtown at the Los Angeles Theatre today. Gen Art featured fall lines from Raquel Allegra, GRAI, and Society For Rational Dress. 
BOXeight held two shows, one from Sonia Swim wear, and a smashing show from Gerald.
Celebrities spotted, Ron Jeremy (actor), Jerrell Scott (Project Runway), and Brook Mahealani Lee (former Miss Universe).

Photos by Ted Soqui c 2009