Sara Faith Alterman wrote about a few months back, has a pad that he's spent three decades turning into a museum (which, by the way, is also called Gregangelo) with the help of many local artists and folks involved in his Velocity Arts and Entertainment crew. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Sara, her fiancee Sam, and I trekked up to the fancy pants part of West Portal to check out the Gregangelo Museum. Sam and I had never been inside before, and the affable Greg (for short) gave us an in-depth, three-hour tour of every last kitchen nook, crawl space cranny, and secret trap door room, most of which went far beyond my wildest imagination. (He even showed us his roller skates, which is his method of choice for getting around the city).
Each room is in a completely different theme, decorated to the nines
with sculptures and paintings and thousands of knick-knacks. The coffee
table pictured above is from what was technically the third room we
saw. It's covered in a tower of candy, some of it fake and some of it
very real (Greg gave us to-go bags to take sweets away with us.)
Greg is an awesome host. He's a great conversationalist, who seems as
interested in his guests as they are in him, and he knows how to give
good spread. Here's a little tower of yum that he had waiting for us
when we arrived (and that's Greg in there, too).
What is this, you ask? A time machine, obviously. Every artist's home should have one.
My favorite part of the house, though, is up in the attic. That area
represents the cycle of life, and involves a lot of crawling and
spinning around, mirrors, glowing lights, and generally, very
psychedelic stuff everywhere. The last part of this wing is a pyramid
room, where unfortunately none of my photos came out. I can describe it,
though; it's like being in your own private laser light theater. (Which
= sweet!) Greg played some wild new age jams through the speakers and
we were instructed to lie down on pillows as images of stars and planets
were projected in the dark over our heads. It was, like the rest of the
Greganglo experience, completely surreal. I hope we can have a Bold
Italic event at the Gregangelo pad; it's like no other museum in town.