Wednesday, September 13, 2006


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I love L.A.'s Chinatown. It's changed alot over the years. It used to be the central location for everything Chinese in Los Angeles. Now, Chinese restaurants, shops, markets, etc. are represented by many areas: Monterey Park, Sierra Madre, Alhambra to name just a few. L.A.'s Chinatown still has some great Chinese restaurants and artisan shops as well as an influx of Vietnamese places.
This past Saturday we were invited to an art opening at the L2kontemporary Gallery on Hill Street. Our friends, artists Keiko Fukazawa and Dennis Callwood were featured. Keiko is a ceramics profressor at PCC and USC, Dennis is a photographer and instructor in Los Angeles. We met this talented couple years ago at a mutual friend's home. Dennis' studio is in our area, so we run into him running errands around home. Both Keiko and Dennis are extremely creative and colorful individuals.

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Photographer, Dennis Callwood

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Ceramtist, Keiko Fukazawa

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Keiko's installation from "China Project"

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Keiko's installation from "China Project"

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Keiko and Dennis always wear hand-painted clothes! This particular exhibit featured Dennis' black and white photos from his body of work called "Erotica: Wheel of Fortune." When I asked Dennis about the location of these shots, he told me many were taken at the Adult-Con Expo here in Los Angeles. Keiko's pieces are part of her "China Project." It was a small exhibit, but packed with interesting people and inspiring artwork.

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Our friend, Joan joined us for the evening. We had a delicious dinner at the Mandarin Chateau on Broadway, just a few blocks from the gallery.

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I found a few reviews of this restaurant on of my fave sites to research restaurants in L.A.

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Delicious Dumplings

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Gingered Beef with Scallions

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Mixed Vegies
My next trip to Chinatown will be during the day so I can explore all of the great shops!



At 4:01 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I really like Keiko's sculpture. Why didn't you photograph any of Dennis' work?


At 4:02 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Judy,

Well, Dennis' photos were rather x-rated, since he took most of them at the Adult Porn Convention! What kind of blog do you think this is?

Ellen B.

At 5:19 PM PDT, Blogger Ana Petrova said...

Ellen, I love China town, next time take me with you.

At 5:57 PM PDT, Blogger mary said...

Hi Ellen, I just found your blog and love it, especially today's installment about Chinatown. I was born there! It used to be the French Hospital (in Chinatown?) but now it's the Pacific Alliance Medical Bldg or something like that. Anyway, keep up the LA fun!

At 9:21 PM PDT, Blogger WineGrrl said...

All I have to say is YUM!

At 11:16 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for all the nice compliments about this post, everyone! Now, if we can only find a yarn shop in Chinatown we could have a faboo field trip! Suggestions?

At 12:36 PM PDT, Blogger Laurie Ann said...

No yarn shops, but you can buy a gabillion knock-off handbags and turtles--live turtles!!!
I LOVE Chinatown (both the neighborhood and the movie :D )but I can't imagine why I never discovered the Mandarin Chateau. That's my next dinner for sure.

At 4:47 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

:) I could tell by the picture of Dennis why you didn't include his art in your post!!! Man likes a little boooty, huh?!

At 3:21 PM PST, Anonymous Joe Nguyen said...

Hi Ellen. I'm an old student of Dennis Callwood's from 2005. I have been on a mission trying to find and contact him without any luck thus far. I've Google'd his name numerous times and have landed here on your article. Any advice on getting a hold of him? An email address? Anything would be appreciated! Please email me @ or reply here! Thanks Ellen!


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