TimeOut magazine held a “Love Los Angeles” campaign and readers nominated their fave venues in five categories (restaurant, bar, cafe, shop, and local culture)--by neighborhoods. Chicken Boy was nominated for local culture in Highland Park (and BTW, his image was even used on the Highland Park neighborhood button). When we qualified, they sent us a nice poster and some stickers, and we did a bit of campaigning--so thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Chicken Boy. Then we got an email inviting us to their awards event, so naturally we rsvp-ed. I figured a nice certificate would be fine (cause I love certificates). Then when we got there, the very nice women from TimeOut informed us that Chicken Boy had won one of five plaques (I think that means we got the most votes in our local culture category), which they presented at the party on Nov. 14. We love plaques too, so we're super happy. We're also really impressed with the whole TimeOut team and operation. We knew TimeOut from a lot of time spent in England many years ago, and now they're in LA and producing a terrific quarterly free magazine. We'll be distributing them here at Chicken Boy Shop.
They had a groovy photo machine at the event--we asked the photo booth guy to be in one of the pictures.
Literally...there are now uplights on Mr Boy that will spotlight him every night. He was recently also repainted, so he's super shiny and primary colored--the pigeons still love him, but he's not all poopy yet. Thank you Relighting Chicken Boy campaign contributors and Outfront Media. You may have also noticed the animated small round neon blade sign of Chicken Boy saying hello to you--the result of Lili Lakich's neon workshop and additional help of Richard Ankrom--our two neon gurus. We also have a neon sign in the window that will be lit up when Chicken Boy Shop is open--it says “Chicken Boy Shop Open” (we are open only occasionally at the moment, apologies--but you can always call and make an appointment). The shop is open for sure during NELA Art Second Saturday Gallery Nights--we are open most second Saturdays. You can check our shows and schedule at futurestudiogallery.com
Incredibly, we've never had a portrait show of Chicken Boy...until now! We'll have two big chances to see this fun art show:
Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10am to 8pm--it's FIG JAM--a Celebration of No. Figueroa Street's Past, Present & Future--presented by Great Streets LA and North Figueroa Association. It's like a big open house on No. Fig--there will be free tastings from several local restaurants, music programmed by Stone's Throw Records, theatre programmed by Teatro Arroyo, shops and restaurants will have specials, there will be community booths and demonstration bike lanes, and lots more free, family friendly activities. Not only will we be showing many portraits of our buddy, but we will have tastings of fig jams throughout the day. We'll have map guide schedules, so start your Fig Jam day here.
Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7-10pm--we'll be open for NELA Art's Second Saturday Gallery Night. Chicken Boy Shop will be open for weird, strange, and unusual Valentine's Day giftware.
Artists include: Teenie Duchamp • Kristen Johanessen • Roseanne Kleinerman • Lyn Mayer • Ted Meyer • Corey Miller • Janet Olenik • Barbara Thomason • Louisa Van Leer • Katsu Yokoyama • and more! The exhibit includes photos, paintings, Lego art, sculptural pieces, a painted balalaika, crop art, and prints.
The show will be on exhibit by appointment to at least the end of the month after these two events. BTW, soon we will have a neon window sign which will be lit up when the shop is open. Little by little, we are going to be open more regularly than just for openings...
So, okay, we made up the “Starring” part. They came by, but didn't knock on the door (and, BTW, our phone number and QR codes are also on the door). We got a lead-in or lead-out to commercial, and no mention by name or location, but we'll take it! Thank you Eye on L.A., please come back and visit us sometime...
We have referred to Chicken Boy as the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles for decades. And we have been fine with our below-the-radar grooviness for like almost 30 years. Discerning pop culture enthusiasts, Route 66ers, little kids, downtown denizens from when it was smellier (CB lived on Broadway near 5th St. until 1984), and, well, just a wide range of super-cool & nice people have contacted us through the years with their Chicken Boy stories and admiration. And now this--Santa Monica based public radio station KCRW has ID'd Mr Boy for their new ad campaign. Other LA stuff they're using: Watts Towers and the binocular building. We are happy to be in such distinguished landmark company, but, we're the funniest, right? So far we've spotted bus benches in Chinatown and Hollywood, and this one across the street from Disney Hall on Grand. A friend saw it on the back of a bus. We wish we could say we were finally achieving our dream of selling out, but all we are getting is a different kind of street cred. We'll keep dreaming...
Appearing at Mr Ts Bowl this Friday, April 19, 2013. We'll try and remember to turn the lights on Mr Boy, saying hello to the band. This poster was posted right outside the studio... we took it down so we could scan it (and keep it), but now we're sending it out so maybe even more people can see it... and go!
(12) CB Gazette: Dec. 2016 Time Love LA Awards, Vintage Photos & Collectibles Sale Dec.--weird, strange, and unusual holiday gifting/home decor, Tap-o-Ween, NELA Holiday Parade
(11) CB Gazette: Nov. 2016 Nature: My POV, Photos by Pat Quinn; Spotlight on Chicken Boy; Mark Calendars for Dec. photo sale; Low-tech theft protection
(10) CB Gazette: Oct 2016 Future Studio Gallery opens again! “Your Heart Is One of My Kittens” (New Paintings by Krystine Kryttre); Coming soon: 2016 LA International Route 66 Festival; book publication: “LA's Legendary Retaurants”; Haunted Harvest Festival, “Seeing Downtown” photography talk
(09) CB Gazette: Sept. 2016 Defining Ourselves: A Matriarchy of Artists; Krystine Kryttre New Paintings at Future Studio Gallery in Oct.; Karla Klarin at CSUN Art Gallery; some fab new books, and NEON STUFF!
(08) CB Gazette: Aug. 2016 Defining Ourselves: A Matriarchy of Artists (opening Sept 1 at The Muck); Remembering the 1984 LA Olympics and looking forward to the Rio Olympics this month; CB is a Poke Stop; Happy Belated Birthday Book Booth Highland Park
(07) CB Gazette: July 2016 More great photos from LAPL Photo Collection, and you’re invited to an exhibit of some of them which will feature a fashion show!
(05) CB Gazette: May 2016 May is Asian American Heritage Month--here's a bunch of (mostly) free events to celebrate; Guess the Secret Word; make sure you're registered to vote; mark your calendar for Fish Outta Water workshops and parade
(07) CBGazette: July 2015 NE Wellness Center's Positive Visions Art & Cookie Sale; Repaint Chicken Boy update; Book Booth Highland Park celebrates its 5th birthday; weigh in on the future of the Southwest Museum...
(06) CB Gazette: June 2015 See you in July, LAPD '53, Our Neighbor Ariel Pink, Repaint Chicken Boy Update, History of Bunker Hill exhibit at LAPL
(05) CB Gazette: May 2015 Taking a little time off from the gallery; Stuff I Found at Dollar Tree; Chicken Origami pattern; About North Figueroa Association
(04) CB Gazette: April 2015 April artist: Carm Goode “39 Books,” Highland Park Route 66 stuff, Repaint Chicken Boy, Anne Williams’ bitchin’ Chicken Boy skateboard deck
(03) CB Gazette: March 2015 March 14, 2015 is super Pi Day, sale of artists' collections, photos fro The Scream photo op, Repaint Chicken Boy, coming to the gallery April 2015
(02) CB Gazette: Feb. 2015 HP Real Estate and The Scream; Repaint Chicken Boy! Relighting the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street Update; A Proust Questionnaire; Found at Dollar Tree