August 4, 2011 - David Banks - On Location Shooting in Australia
In 1999 Dave Banks (Member #1156) directed Discovery Channel's Eco-Challenge: Australia.
Join us tonight when Dave show clips of behind the scenes of the making of Eco-Challenge: Australia along with competition highlights.
The race took place in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, North Queensland, Australia.
The expedition race entails teams of four racing nonstop - 24 hours a day - over unforgiving terrain.
Each team comprised a mandatory mix of both men and women, racing 24 hours a day, over a rugged 300-mile (500km) course,
participating in such disciplines as trekking, whitewater canoeing, horseback riding, sea kayaking, mountaineering and mountain biking.
The expedition features 48 teams from 15 countries, and each team member must compete;
if one falls or cannot go on, the whole team is disqualified, placing the onus on team effort, not individual determination.
Director Dave Banks on Location Shooting in Australia
Press IDs for Dave Banks
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August 11, 2011 - Marc Weitz - Art Deco Architecture in Africa
Art Deco Architecture in Africa: Exotic Styles in Exotic Locales.
The world of Art Deco comes full circle with a look at Art Deco styles in Africa.
Themes of the exotic have long permeated Art Deco, but few know that the Art Deco aesthetic can actually be found in the authentically exotic continent of Africa.
Brought by the colonial powers in the '20s, '30s, and '40s, the modern,
cosmopolitan style was dotted across the continent as a way to demonstrate the African colonies' break with old European architecture.
From Art Deco cinemas in Ghana, Angola, Egypt and Zanzibar, to the entire "Art Deco city" of Asmara, Eritrea (the Miami Beach of Africa),
decaying Art Deco monuments suggest a bygone era of adventurers, pilots, and explorers.
In 2005, Marc spent 9 months traveling through 23 countries in Africa.
In his travels, he was always surprised to encounter stylish art deco buildings,
seemingly in the middle of nowhere, set amongst the dull, decrepit buildings of modern Africa.
Many buildings suffer from neglect but still have an air of faded grandeur, like a diamond in the rough.
Marc will take us on an art deco tour of the dark continent.
Please join us on this night which will be filled with many wonderful, exotic images and stories!
August 18, 2011 - Ladies Night - Father Gregory Boyle - Nothing Stops A Bullet Like A Job
Adventure takes many forms, and Father Gregory Boyle has found his own path to adventure.
A Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries, Father Boyle's life adventure has been to help gang members escape a cycle of violence and death.
His journey has drawn national attention - including interviews on "60 Minutes," "Anderson Cooper 360," "The Dr. Phil Show," and NPR's "Fresh Air."
Father Boyle chose his path while working in a small rural village in Bolivia.
Not yet ordained as a priest, he decided that he wanted to spend his life working with the poor.
He was therefore assigned in 1986 to be the pastor of the Dolores Mission Church, the poorest parish in the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The church is located in Boyle Heights (within easy walking distance from the Adventurer's Club),
in the middle of two large public-housing projects: Pico Gardens and Aliso Village.
Together, they comprised the largest grouping of public housing west of the Mississippi.
Those public housing projects had the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world.
In contrast, Father Boyle was the youngest pastor in the history of the archdiocese.
He was a third generation Irish-American and grew up in a comfortable part of Los Angeles...
and he was still honing his Spanish speaking skills when he arrived at the church.
He arrived just in time for the 1988-1998 "decade of death" in LA gang violence.
That bloody decade reached the highest point in 1992 when the county saw 1,000 gang-related homicides.
Fr. Boyle tried truces, cease-fires, and peace treaties to counter the violence.
He spent a great deal of time in a kind of shuttle diplomacy, riding his bike between neighborhoods,
securing signed agreements from the warring factions, and confronting individual gang members face-to-face in order to get them to literally drop their guns.
But he ultimately concluded that the unintended consequence of it all was that it kept the gangs alive.
He therefore helped create Homeboy Bakery to provide training, work experience, and the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side.
The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional non-profit businesses, including Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy / Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Cafe.
The motto of Homeboy Industries is, "Nothing stops a bullet like a job."
Fr. Boyle has helped thousands of gang members try to escape their pattern of violence and death.
But he has also overseen the funerals of over 170 gang members.
Come to the Adventurer's Club tonight to meet our neighbor, who is affectionately and respectfully referred to in the community as Father G-dog,
and who has been described by the national press as an L.A. "icon."
August 25, 2011 - Ricardo Flores - Backyard Wilderness
Ricardo Flores at Cucamonga Peak with Ralph and Shane
Ricardo Flores (Member #1120) was born in Los Angeles, California in 1955.
He graduated from Salesian High School in 1973.
He attended Los Angeles City College, East L.A. Junior College, UCLA, Cal State L.A., Pasadena City College and Long Beach State College
and somehow managed to not get a degree from any of them!
He has been employed in the aerospace industry for the last 25 years as a Nondestructive Testing Level 3 and a free-lance (some would say overpriced) consultant.
To escape the daily pressures of his stress filled career, he started hiking alone in the local mountains where he found the serenity he needed.
Since then many other club members have joined him on his Saturday morning excursions.
He has taken over 250 hikes in the local mountains, deserts and beaches during the last 4 ½ years,
including trails in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties, as well as in 7 National Parks.
He has a special fondness for the federally designated and de facto wilderness areas surrounding the Los Angeles area,
places where nature is dominant and man is the intruder.
There are more wilderness areas adjacent to Los Angeles than any other major American city.
If you haven't started to explore the wilderness in your own back yard, come and join us for a
fascinating talk about the possible destinations within easy driving distance of every Southern California resident.