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Mexico’s “Creepiest” Director Gets His Own Exhibit At LACMA

Fans of oddities and horror are no doubt more than familiar with the works of Guillermo Del Toro. For the last few decades, the Guadalajara-born director (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and most recently, “Crimson Peak”) has delighted movie goers around the globe with his fantastic imagination. So it should come as no surprise that the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) is honoring Del Toro’s vision with his very own “At Home With The Monsters” exhibit. If you’re a fan and you’re in the Los Angeles area, you have through November 27 to check out the exhibition, but if you can’t make it, have no fear, mitú is here to give you a taste of what you’re missing.

LACMA is a huge place. Thankfully, the museum figured out a way to keep fans from getting lost.

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Upon entering, the first thing visitors see is a large statue of the Angel Of Death from “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.”

The Angel Of Death from #guillermodeltoro exhibition @ the @lacma #igerslax #igerslosangeles #lax #losangeles #lacma

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This is easily the creepiest angel since Criss Angel.

The second statue you’ll see is everyone’s favorite faun from “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

Guillermo Del Toro's "At Home With Monsters" at the #LACMA. GO.

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Don’t let the dagger scare you off. He’s cool for a photo op.

There are several interesting pieces of art near the entrance, but this photo of a young Del Toro explains a lot.

Guillermo del toro as a child with his sister. #LACMA #guillermodeltoro

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A face only a mother could love.

The Pale Man  — probably one of the scariest monsters in the entire exhibit — was also one of the crowd’s favorites.

slow down mija, carnitas ahead… #athomewithmonsters #guillermodeltoro #panslabyrinth

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Talk to the hand.

One of the parasites from “Pacific Rim” was just chillin’ in a glass case.

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I hope someone has some industrial strength Raid.

The exhibit doesn’t just stick to Guillermo’s art. Work from artists who have influenced Del Toro are also prominently displayed, like the “Birth Machine Baby” from H.R. Giger.

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You might not recognize the name, but Giger is the artistic-lunatic behind “Alien.”

There were also less obvious influences, like famed Disney artist Eyvind Earle.

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This art from “Sleeping Beauty” is one of the many Earle pieces on display. Pictures do not do his work justice.

Stephen Gammell’s work in the “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” was proudly displayed.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were my jam as a kid. #stephengammell

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This was in a children’s book?

These amazing glimpses of hell were created by Flemish printmaker Pieter van der Heyden.

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Seems like a well-adjusted artist.

Fans are given a behind the scenes look at Boris Karloff, who played the monster in “Frankenstein.”

#frankenstein #guillermodeltoro #guillermodeltorohouseofmonsters #jackpierce #boriskarloff

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Other statues include this one of Edgar Allen Poe.

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Got ’em.

And this one of H.P. Lovecraft.

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The creator of Cthulhu seems like he’s a good mood.

The delightful Schlitze warmed everyone’s hearts with his amazing smile.

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There’s even a wing devoted to Mexican wrestling, including this amazing piece of history: the actor’s card belonging to legendary luchador El Santo.

EL SANTO! Así se miraba sin máscara! #guillermodeltoro #athomewithmonsters

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The entire exhibit is an amazing experience. If you’re a fan of Del Toro or any of the art featured above, do yourself a favor and get down to the LACMA before this exhibit ends. If you can’t make it, Instagram is a great place to see all the odds and ends available at the museum.


READ: A Museum In Mexico City Is Hanging Shoes To Honor Thousands Of Missing People

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

La Virgen de Guadalupe means so much to so many. Especially the Latino community in Van Nuys, California, near Los Angeles, which is reeling after an important mural depicting La Virgen was vandalized overnight.

Although security cam footage captured an unknown man defacing the mural, the suspect is still at large and the community is asking for help in finding out who committed the vandalism.

A suspect was caught on camera destroying a mural with La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The community of Saint Elisabeth Church near Los Angeles is asking the community for prayers after a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized on church grounds. 

The parish’s security system recorded video footage of an unknown man dressed in black approaching the mural with a sledgehammer at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. He can be seen smashing the tiles that make up Our Lady’s face several times before fleeing.

On Friday, April 23, Father Di Marzio led a prayer service, which was livestreamed on the parish Facebook page. Some 30 parishioners gathered to sing and pray a decade of the rosary in front of the mural, which is roped off with caution tape, while nearly 100 others joined online. In closing, Fr. Di Marzio encouraged parishioners to “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us, and to touch the heart of the person who did this.” 

Also on Friday, a local artist, Geo Rhodes, was scheduled to visit the mural and discuss a plan for repair, arranged by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “We hope that soon we will restore the image, or have a new one more beautiful than the one we had before,” Fr. Di Marzio said.  

La Virgen de Guadalupe is extremely important to the church.

The hand-painted tile mural stands between the church and the rectory. It was installed over 35 years ago as a “symbol of community unity,” said business manager Irma Ochoa. Each square tile was sponsored by a parish family. Overlooking a small altar, the mural has become a popular place for parishioners to pray and light candles, asking Our Lady for special blessings. 

“I feel an unspeakable sadness,” said Fr. Antonio Fiorenza, who is in residence at the parish. “But I feel pity for the one who made this sacrilegious gesture. I pray for his conversion and for all those who show contempt to the Virgin Mary.”

To donate to the restoration fund, visit stelisabethchurch.org

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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