Dodgerland, written by Michael Fallon, is the story of the memorable 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers, as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the “me” era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team’s struggles and triumphs. Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers’ season and the changes to California’s landscape – physical, social, political, and economic. Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California’s ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writers’ loft. And Tom Bradley, former Los Angeles mayor and the region’s most dominant political figure of that era, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic and economic forces that affected the state at the time. The “Boys in Blue” drew baseball’s focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narratives tell a larger story about California, late 1970s America, and great promise unrealized. Michael Fallon is a writer on arts and culture based in Minnesota. He is also the author of Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s. Fallon’s books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation. Co-sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary.
Sixth St. and Spring St., Los Angeles, CA
(AUG. 11) This self-guided tour, which started in 2004 and has flourished as much of Downtown has cleaned up, encompasses more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area's many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour.
1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Fresh off a sold-out debut run in Los Angeles, Ray Bradburys Pillar of Fire, a dynamic theatrical reading by actor Bill Oberst, Jr. will be presented at 7 p.m. on August 11 at the South Pasadena Publi...