As restrictions begin to lift, we’re shining the spotlight on Southern California getting back to business!
ERICA OLSEN: Hi, I'm Eric Olson. And welcome to Inside Socal Sunday Morning. It's been over a year since many businesses last opened their doors. And as things slowly return to normal, we're shining the spotlight on Socal spots that are getting back to business.
We are sitting in the oldest bowling alley in Los Angeles, which is awesome. When did it open? And what was it like back then?
DIMITRI KOMAROV: It was originally opened in 1927. And, you know, you had your hand pin setters back then. And, you know, the lanes and everything is all original from back-- you know, from back in the day. We've updated some of the pin setters, but there's still also old vintage. With just a little bit new identity. The original ones, even our bars and stuff like that are old pin setters that we took apart from here. And we rewelded them and made chandeliers out of them. We made our back bars out of them. Something like that.
I think that when you walk into this place, it has a kind of a moment, because of the high ceilings. And you see-- you just-- it's something that you least expect when you walk in. So this is a great place for events. So we do a lot of events here. From small birthday parties to big wrap parties, to kids' birthday parties. This is a place where on weekends, you know, it's cool to see families come with their kids and bond.
ERICA OLSEN: Then for over a year, everyone had to put birthdays and celebrations on hold when COVID-19 hit.
DIMITRI KOMAROV: We had to close by the state the order. Was March 16 of last year. So almost a year and one month. It's been really brutal, you know. It's so hard. Like you have a huge family. This place employs a lot of people. Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do. Now that where rehiring, we're fortunate to find out that a good portion of our employees are coming back. So we're just super excited to get back to work. Getting back to business for me is just, you know, is a creating jobs again. Just putting life back into the city and continue to grow our business. You know, we want to see busy bars with happy customers and spending their leisure times here, you know. So that's for-- that's what getting back to business is for us.
ERICA OLSEN: A very important question. How good of a bowler are you?
DIMITRI KOMAROV: I am very average.
ERICA OLSEN: You own a bowling. How is that possible?
DIMITRI KOMAROV: Because I never have a chance to bowl because the lanes are always full.
ERICA OLSEN: That's a good problem to have as an owner. Isn't it?
DIMITRI KOMAROV: Yeah.
ERICA OLSEN: The art world is coming back to life in museums. And made in LA 2020 a version is now open to the public at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington Library art museum in Botanical gardens. As its name suggests, it was meant to be seen last year, but was very much worth the wait.
LAUREN MACKLER: This particular edition of the biennial is sprawled across the city. And one of the ways in which we decide to use these two spaces is that we're actually exhibiting all 30 artists in the biennial at the Hammer, and all 30 artists at the Huntington. So having a kind of mirror show sublime like that.
MYRIAM BEN SALAH: For us, it has been a really exciting process because we have gone through Los Angeles and visited more than 300 artist studios. And really selected a group of individuals and artists and practices that we felt very compelled to. And we think they-- they really deserve to be shown in LA.
LAUREN MACKLER: You know, And I think the biennial is a project as it recurs every couple of years is really important to the art community in Los Angeles. And then hopefully, important to Los Angeles in general, as an opportunity to kind of take the temperature of the moment through a certain perspective.
IKECHUKWU ONYEWUENYI: It's-- I think it's done its job in terms of like putting on underrepresented artists and artists who have been overlooked, you know. And that can mean anyone from a young artist to an older artist. You know, like Nikola L or Rinaudo Rivera, they're both older artists. And, you know, I think the show has given them, you know, their deal.
MYRIAM BEN SALAH: It's really an opportunity for artists who haven't had a museum show before or a gallery show before to really have an opportunity to produce some new work. I think people have been very excited because it is, for most of them, it's the first exhibition that they've seen in more than a year now. So not only there is the excitement of getting back in the museum, but also discovering all of these incredible artists. And I was gonna say one space with two spaces, actually. And I'm also rediscovering, you know, the Hammer and the Huntington how lovely it is to be here and wandering the gardens.
ERICA OLSEN: Next week on Inside Socal Sunday Morning, we've got you covered with Mother's Day gift ideas. Until then, I'm Erica Olson. Thanks for watching.