If you're looking for something to do on date night [even if you don't have a date] This Friday November 17th from 7-10pm there will be a self-guided tour in Frogtown. Most notable painters Frank and Sharon Romero's [Frank pictured here] studio, along with photographer Paul Redman and Eddy Sykes Architectual and sculpture design are just some of the artists featured on the tour. There will also be a stop at Lovecraft Biofuels giving information on the work that they are doing with the conversion of diesel automobiles to run on new and waste vegetable oil. But where the heck is Frogtown you ask?
First I have to back up to the tip I got about the artwalk and the description of Frogtown [somewhere I have never heard of and I've lived here for a long time].
At some point during the 1960's residents of the small community of Elysian Valley stepped outside to a veritable flood of frogs blanketing the streets and yards of the neighborhood. Legend has it that the polluted water of the neighboring Los Angeles River caused a decline in the natural predators of the native red-legged frog: the herons and the crayfish. The resulting reptile explosion caused the frogs to overrun the banks of the river and to stray into the neighborhood. This event gave the area its enduring nickname, Frogtown. The boundaries of Elysian Valley (Frogtown) are the 2 freeway to the north, the 110 freeway to the south, the Los Angeles River to the east, and the 5 freeway to the west.
So there's the skinny on Frogtown. Here is more about the even should you be interested:
The event hours are 7-10 PM.
The tour is free and open to the public.
Free street parking is plentiful in the area.
For further details, images, and a map of the tour sites, visit the Frogtown Art Walk website or call the office of Tracy A. Stone Architect at (323) 664-0202.