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”NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER 11PM“ —JOE ‘WILDMAN’ DENNISON
My dad’s authoritative reign was due in
rang true throughout LA CANVAS’ production. We sat
large part to his boyish indiscretions. He is largely,
on Rickett + Sones’ (rather lovely) couch while the
if not entirely, the reason behind my deep-seeded
photography duo painted a curious portrait of Dunkin
respect for the concept of ‘revelry.’
Donuts’ LA homecoming and chatted with producer/
But if we’re being honest here, ‘partying’
rapper/designer Taz Arnold about how social media
as a verb, like many other expressions of humanity,
has influenced the climate of hip-hop, with a brazen
makes me uncomfortable until I’m actually doing
new crop of artists like Tyler, the Creator and
it. What started out as a vehicle to remedy boredom,
untouchable veterans like Kanye West and Jay Z on
or to exorcize kinetic energy, or to have sex with
either side of the line. We picked the brain of G-Star
attractive acquaintances/strangers in our enthusiastic
RAW’s Shubhankar Ray about his adaptation of the
youth has since changed lanes. Partying, after an
Scientific Method to ethically develop a sustainable
denim line. We watched as three esteemed artists—
motivated by either obligation, the thrill of fizzy
photographer Brantley Gutierrez, writer/DJ/musical
conversation, or well, probably sex (with the latter
authority Garth Trinidad, and progressive hip-hop/
being the pervasive variable because. . . biology).
neo-soul artist Theophilus London—huddled up at
It’s not that celebration becomes less fun as
Mack Sennett studios for our November/December
we grow up. It’s just more purposeful. Our intentions
cover. These adventures elicited endorphins in me
adjust with the weight of responsibilities, existential
the same way a fresh Sharpie in Cha-Cha Lounge’s
dread, and the slow erosion of joint cartilage.
bathroom once did.
Priorities shift because . . . deadlines. Because other
While gone are the evening of weekly Robyn
peoples’ weddings. Because budgets. Because client
pre-games, splitting a Xanax four ways, unnecessary
dinners. Because Italian leather accessories. Because
pregnancy tests, and regurgitated chatter about
living alone rules. As we navigate our grown-up selves,
movies we hate and albums we were okay with, we’ve
we’d better love what we do, as our surplus of energy
sobered up and found a passion that doesn’t result
quickly becomes a deficit in pursuit of a cool life. Work
in an untagged photo. These days, we’re straight
is a demanding mistress, even if you’re a professional
with Sallie Mae and pay to have our pants tailored.
party girl (in which case, tell me all your gossip).
It takes a more refined kind of party to command
While producing the “Revelry Issue,” a
our precious time. Carousing, as maturity would
from Lena Dunham’s /PU5IBU,JOEPG(JSMstuck out
dictate, has to be worth the price of valet. We’ll take
for me: “You don’t need to be flamboyant in your life
our whiskey aged and our revelry polished, thanks.
to be flamboyant in your work.” Coincidentally, this
Spencer Pratt said something apropos to this on The
bit of wisdom also came from her father. The idea
Hills once, but that was a while ago.
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G O GREEN
dmittedly, we had to do a little research on matcha green tea
after hearing our friends rave about this superfood. A few wiki pages later, we can confidently confirm that itâ€™s an all around win-win.
tradition, the fine stone-ground powder is made from leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants. The tea is rich in antioxidants, burns calories and calms nerves while increasing both memory and energy. But how do we consume a ceremonial delicacy on our lunch break. Luckily, we
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hat can we say? Weâ€™re suckers for
bamboo whisk, glass bowl, and scoop.
packaging. So after spelunking through
Essentially, a modern and approachable
Instagram one evening, we stumbled
offering to an ancient traditionâ€”like if
upon DTLA-based Commodity Goods
kale, Ebisu, and espresso got together
and immediately headed to their site.
and conspired to improve our day.
With male fragrances like Cloth, Cane,
Whiskey, and Gin, and female scents such as Tea, Dew, Paper, and Sangria, we just couldnâ€™t choose only one. So, we ordered the ten-pack sample set to try at home. Think Warby Parker for your nostrils with all scents are responsibly bottled on California soil. In case you were curious, we chose Paper and Whiskey. $0..0%*5:(00%4$0.
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atmosphere with specialty
prime Beverly Blvd. real-
food stalls. Expect an artisan
estate was up for grabs for
bakery, espresso bar, market
almost a year. Not anymore.
salad & entrĂŠe station, a
was laid to rest,
Jet Tila (Food Network), is
wine & craft beer in the
slated to open this month.
A modern California take on
Honestly though, weâ€™d take
the classic European food
anything over the La Brea
hall, Stir Market promises
seating, mixing retail space
POUR IT UP
begins to lift, we can finally
without feeling lethargic when weâ€™re trying to party. And we mean, like, really party. Which got us thinking: is legal moonshine an oxymoron? It is if youâ€™re feeling ambitiously artisanal. Relax, because Stillhouse Moonshine Whiskey distills high-proof liquor five times over, charcoal filters it, and infuses natural elements for flavors like Apple Crisp, Peach Tea, and Coconut. Even their 80 proof whiskeys have a smooth, mellow taste with a nuanced reverberation of raw sugar
SP I N C I T Y
compartmentalized, focusing on one element of our creative identities at
Glad we found out about
this in time for sweater weather. Oh, and itâ€™s gluten-free if thatâ€™s your thing. .00/4)*/&$0.
into our face muscles mildly terrifies us, consequently leading us down
a time. Enter weeSPIN, a new app
some dark internet holes. Luckily,
that fuses elements from digital music
sharing applications like Soundcloud
Esthetics in the process. Renee,
whoâ€™s been featured on E! News,
social media platforms to foster a
Ellen, and Good Day LA, is a medical
progressive community connected by
esthetician, which is essentially a
music. WeeSPIN pulls from endless
hybrid of a traditional esthetician
libraries of digital tracks, integrating
and a plastic surgeon.
songs by aural persuasion, while
â€œage interventionist,â€? Lynn redirects
taking note of social interactions.
the skinâ€™s aging process naturallyâ€”
The interface is straightforward and
with 24k gold. We walked in her
sophisticated, allowing subscribers to
Sherman Oaks salon cynical, and left
tailor an intricate digital persona with
with lifted brows and plump under-
a likeminded network of tastemakers.
eyes, all for an absurdly reasonable
price (and free parking to boot).
N OT ED
THE RETRO-RAPPING, NEO SOUL-CELEBRATING, GROOVE AFICIONADO THEOPHILUS LONDON TALKS PERSONAL STYLE, HIS NEW CITY, AND ICONIC COLLABORATIONS.
Theophilus London has arrived. His aura exudes mellow, Milky Way vibrations—candy bar smooth, galaxy-magnetic, and nuanced with intent. He is a presence stocked with a brew of poise, wonder, and intrigue. Tall, striking, and with a breezy demeanor, he spreads love the Brooklyn way, and speaks proudly of his roots in Trinidad. Part
Theophilus’ latest project, aptly titled Vibes, finds him collaborating with soul music icon Leon Ware, sartorial authority Karl Lagerfeld, and executive producer Kanye West. The album is a well-crafted celebration of a young man growing older, lyrically espousing maturity while not forsaking the revelry of being 27. Over buoyant beats and sultry compositions, he glides deftly through spheres of genre influence—electro, new wave, soul, hip-hop, and dancehall— solidifying his spot among a handful of prominent artists of color who also defy expectation. Perched atop seven years experience and a substantial discography, Theophilus has taken a minute to survey his trajectory, mapping his flight path as he continues to ascend. Ducking into a cozy corner office at Mack Sennett Studios before the LAC cover shoot, we stole a few moments to talk about his now and future. YOU KNOW LA, BUT HOW DOES IT FEEL NOW THAT YOU LIVE HERE? Yeah, I’ve been here a couple of months. It took me 20 years to understand New York City—it’s such a complex place. Then it took me three years to get on top and be where I wanted to be in NYC. So I can’t judge any city even though I might want to after two days. It’s not fair. I’m finding some really good people out here. I came out for the serenity factor. I think LA is about to have a super booming culture. I want to help that. I want to spread the awareness of less celebrity, more culture. text GARTH TRINIDAD
WHEN DID STYLE AND FASHION BECOME IMPORTANT TO
p h o t o gr a p hy BRANTLEY GUTIERREZ
p h o t o gr a p hy as si stant BRIAN OVEREND
opposite sex to like you?’ Nice haircut, nice skin, nice teeth, dress
styling MINDY LE BROCK | AISHA SHAYA
I could attract females. I was taller, dark-skinned, and, at the time,
grooming ALEXIS SWAIN @ CELESTINE AGENCY
guys were taking over—Ja Rule, Jay Z. As a dark-skinned guy, I had
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to do much, but I had to do a lot for me to be acceptable. People
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brainwashed to think. They didn’t realize this was sexy at the time.
I think being a male teenager, it was often like, ‘How do you get the nice . . . smell good? I was always thinking about all those things so that wasn’t really in. We just lost Biggie and all these light skinned to work harder. My cousins were pretty boys so they didn’t have weren’t as comfortable with really dark males—that’s what they were
I THINK LA IS ABOUT TO HAVE A SUPER BOOMING CULTURE. I WANT TO HELP THAT. I WANT TO SPREAD THE AWARENESS OF LESS CELEBRITY, MORE CULTURE. SO HOW HAS YOUR STYLE EVOLVED?
because I feel like that’s new—newer than the stuff now. I listened
I’m a visual person. I’m always watching. I see every detail in slow
to Jay Z, Mase, Busta Rhymes, and Big Pun to get rap patterns. But
motion. When I travel, I’m very vigilant—watching peoples’ style and
my influences are not just rap. I took in Isley Brothers, John Mouse,
culture. I was never into Social Studies, but I got into it when I started
R. Stevie Moore, The Smiths, Joy Division, and James Brown. And
traveling. Like, ‘Oh shit, this is where Anne Frank was.’ I also watched
I’m not just listening to albums. I’m digging up everything I can—
important male musicians—Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Morrissey.
movies, DVDs, YouTube, behind the scenes work. But I never copy.
My conservative girlfriends would leave when I got into my not-caring,
Plagiarism’s not good.
dirty-hipster, crowdsurfing-thing. It evolved with the streets too. Then I got smarter. I started learning what works for my body. It didn’t matter
HOW DID YOU MEET KANYE, AND WHAT LED TO THE NEW
what it was. I didn’t give a shit if it cost two dollars—I could make it look
like a million. It wasn’t about the brand. Once I figured that out, I was
My friends will tell you I’ve always been a big Kanye West fan since
all right. Now, I keep evolving every year. Rockstar for life, skinny jeans,
the beginning. I used to skip school and listen to his music. I would
and I basically do what I want. No crazy stylist in my house.
need a whole day at home to figure out how he did these drums or this orchestra . . . or why he would work with that guy on the keys
HOW DID THE KARL LAGERFELD COMPONENT OF YOUR
or why he would work with John Mayer. Besides Michael Jackson
NEW PROJECT BEGIN AND EVOLVE?
and Marvin Gaye, Kanye was another reason—a new reason—why I
That wasn’t really planned at all. It started as a daydream. I just
wanted to get into music. It was cool. You could really be yourself.
finished writing and producing the album. At the very end, I had to
He stepped out of hip-hop boundaries. So in 2008 and 2009 when I
start all over again on the art side. The art is as important as the music.
released an album, I was out there, and people were forming opinions
I was like, I should get Karl Lagerfeld to do it. Velvet Underground had
about me. I was also in the fashion world—GQ and Vogue picked me
Andy Warhol do their shit and that’s how they bridged the music and
up—so Kanye heard about me. I finally met him in Cannes. I was
the art world together. So how could I bridge music, high fashion,
sitting at the best table during this day party, and he and his team
and the art world together today? That was the only way. Everything
started walking up. My friends and I were like, ‘Shit, we’re gonna get
on this album happened with good timing and scheduling. My agent
kicked off this table!’ I started to move because I didn’t want to be
asked him right around Christmas. Lagerfeld is a super busy guy, so
embarrassed (It happened before—Chris Brown got me kicked off a
we didn’t know if he’d do it. I got a call from Karl on New Years. He
table). Instead, Kanye asked if they could hang out with us. It was
said, ‘I’ll do it.’ I was like, ‘fuck.’ That’s how I started the New Year.
a good look. We talked about Tyler, The Creator, and what he and Jay Z were doing. That night, he did a show, and I could tell what
we talked about inspired it. That’s how he is. We went to an opera
INSPIRATIONS TO SHAPE YOUR OWN SOUND—ONE MOMENT
together while working on Vibes and he didn’t know what the Yeezus
LISTENERS FEEL MARVIN, THE NEXT DEPECHE MODE, THE
tour was going to be like yet. The opera inspired the tour. It wasn’t
SMITHS, ATCQ, SADE, ETC. WHAT NURTURED THAT ABILITY?
about the music when we met. It was a friendship thing. I didn’t
Yeah, that’s one of my pastime secrets. I like to take things in. I need
really know how to work with him in the beginning. I was in awe. But
to stimulate my mind all the time. I have to go to different places in
he brought it out of me. He taught me how to work with other artists,
order to produce. I don’t want to do anything new. I’d rather go back,
and I brought out some good stuff in him.
PA R T Y A N I M A L Ah, fallâ€”the uncontested finest time of the year. Here in LA, itâ€™s accepted that temperatures will run high until after that special day where we paint our faces, bless our pets, and celebrate the lives of our deceased loved ones on Olvera St. Like most glamorous women, Autumn takes her time. And when it comes to the left coast, she prefers to arrive fashionably late. So with our collective, perennial nostalgia running high, we thought weâ€™d kick off our pre-holiday festivities with a tracklist fit for the dedicated party animal. LA CANVAS enlisted help from DJ Sean Patrick, a seasoned regular in LAâ€™s music scene who has spun alongside the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Damien Lazarus to name a few. Get to reveling.
â€œNature of the Universeâ€? RAFAELE CASTIGLIONE, JOHN LA MONICA
â€œLook At Meâ€? REVERSE COMMUTER, DILO
â€œDervishâ€? SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
â€œKnowing Weâ€™ll Be Hereâ€? DANIEL AVERY
â€œStill Believeâ€? GERD, MARCORADI
â€œNo Distanceâ€? GUY GERBER, DIXON
â€œChallâ€? FEW NOLDER
(SOUL CLAP REMIX)
DEATH ON THE BALCONY
â€œDrop Scienceâ€? MATTHEW DEAR, THE SOUNDS OF GE
SAILOR & I
â€œCanâ€™t Do Without Youâ€? CARIBOU
THE MAN, THE LEGEND, TAZ ARNOLD TALKS KENDRICK, LSD, AND HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM.
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Taz Arnold is a sorcerer of pop-culture folklore. He’s the
it. I didn’t know until I took a trip on LSD and told her about my
guy wearing tight leopard pants in South Park’s “Fish Sticks” episode
experience. She said she wasn’t proud of it, but needed to tell me.
that parodied Kanye. Soulja Boy and Bieber have been known to lurk
She knows it was totally irresponsible. She grew up in Watts, south
in his studio. He’s designed clothing and accessories for MCM and Dr.
LA. She was a black hippie in a sub culture. It was a different line
Romanelli, and is credited with sparking the popular snapback trend
of thinking in those days. Hopefully it didn’t do too much damage.
that took hold in winter of ‘09. All this hype proceeded the creation of his fashion brand TI$A and music collective Sa-Ra Creative Partners.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT YOU PRODUCING ON KENDRICK
The latter is a trifecta of esteemed music producers Shafiq Husayn,
LAMAR’S NEW RECORD? HOW’D THAT ALL COME ABOUT?
Om’mas Keith, and, of course, Taz, who have crafted sublime neoteric
I put out Rad America a couple years ago. I was working with
funk for Dr. Dre, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, Jay Z, and more.
Kendrick at the time, consulting his label on photo shoots and
Born an only child to bohemian parents in south Los
things of that nature. He told me he liked the project. He would
Angeles, he ingested LSD in utero and as a toddler. He grew up a
come through the studio when he was recording his first album and
black prep where Crenshaw Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. border the South
say, “Yo, I need beats.” But I never really hooked up with him. Then
Bay—16 Candles and Pretty In Pink were his favorite flicks. Soaking
his record came out, and we stayed in contact. When he was off
up sunrays, surf culture, gang mores, and hip-hop, his upbringing
tour I reached out, and he came and got some music. He liked it,
was a colorful California mash-up of style and philosophy.
so we started recording.
Catching his breath between recent studio collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, TI$A's creative output, and inking a new record
WHAT’S UP WITH THE HOOD LOVE ALBUM?
deal, we caught up at Taz’s downtown LA penthouse . . .
It’s an LA album. It's Los Angeles, The Hood, A Love Made Manifest —Hood Love. It’s about positivity in adverse circumstances. It’s
YOUR MOTHER WAS A NURSE, RIGHT? HAVE YOU EVER
a moment. It’s my first offering as a solo artist. We’re looking at
ASKED WHY SHE TOOK LSD WHILE PREGNANT WITH YOU,
a spring release, planning to go hard at the top of the year with
AND WHY SHE GAVE YOU SOME AS A TODDLER?
singles and videos. We’re setting it all up right now. That’s when the
She’s a registered nurse, but she didn’t practice. We’ve talked about
fun starts—like putting icing on the cake.
F OR M O VER FUN CTIO N DOTS, THE JUBILANT PHOTO SERIES BY PHOTOGRAPHER DAN BUSTA IS NO HAPPY ACCIDENT.
text LINDSAY PRESTON ZAPPAS
Photographer Dan Busta doesnâ€™t take chances; he operates on orchestration and planning. He rarely subscribes to the philosophy of happy accidents, and yet, his work has an airy and candid feel to it. As a former skate photographer, Busta has learned how to prep for a shot and capture the magic, while maintaining a fly-by-theseat-of-your-pants freshness. His subjects
convey emotion, even through a sea of patterned backgrounds and highly designed sets, as seen in his latest series, %PUT I caught up with him over a breakfast of tempeh bacon and eggs at Highland Parkâ€™s Kitchen Mouse, where we talked over the rumble of passing trucks and dogwalkers about the timelessness in art, accepting failure, and the medium of photography.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ORCHESTRATION OF THE PHOTOS—
it. I think simplicity is timeless. There are certain fundamental
WHAT ARE THE STEPS LEADING UP TO THE ACTUAL SHOOTING?
things inside humans that never really change. Maybe it’s the tiny
TEN IN A YEAR IS BASICALLY ONE A MONTH, WHICH SEEMS
bit of sexuality in these images that show the female or a sense of
LIKE A GOOD PACE. NO?
humanity. These things are big, and simple, and timeless.
Yeah, I guess so. I’ve always been a fan of construction and building, and that’s been the most common thread in my work—this kind of
effort and attention to detail and a manufactured type of image. It’s
COMPRESSES AN IMAGE IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER
never, “Maybe we can get the shot,” or “Let’s try this.”
MEDIUM CAN DO. That’s one of the tools. That’s one of the amazing things about
photography: compression, stop action, lighting the frame. I like to
Yeah. It’s orchestrated, it’s planned, its composed, it’s careful. So,
make my pictures. A lot of photographers are of the nature that they
with the Dots, what I’m trying to capture is this moment of unknowing
want to take pictures. Photojournalists take pictures. They’ll see things
or floating in the subjects. A lost-in-a-world type of feeling.
happen in the world and document it and communicate a big idea in one image that speaks to what’s happening in this place. When I
HOW BIG ARE THE PRINTS?
make a picture, it’s this thing that I want to communicate, but I like to
They’re about five feet across.
construct it and make it happen versus hoping and praying that you’ll get the shot. My work is controlled, crafted, and carefully executed.
OH WOW. SO THEY BECOME THESE SORT OF OPTICAL
One of my images is a week of work for 20 minutes of shooting.
FIELDS FOR THE VIEWER. DO YOU FEEL THAT PLACING THE FIGURE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PROJECT
DO YOU PLAN EACH SHOT THAT YOU NEED? LIKE DO
AND PINPOINT THEMSELVES WITHIN THE PHOTOGRAPH?
YOU HAVE A SHOT LIST IN YOUR HEAD? OR HOW OFTEN
THE FIGURES ACT AS A PROXY FOR THE VIEWER?
ARE THERE SURPRISES?
Yeah, but it’s also a study of the form—the body’s form—which I’m
Happy accidents? Rarely. I’ll work on something, and nail it, and
also totally enamored with. They’re all nude, but they’re not nude, do
move on. Yeah, I don’t know. Is that weird? That might be weird for
you know what I mean? I mean, look—there’s no real new.
AH, YOU MEAN THE STATE OF ART? EVERYTHING’S BEEN
WELL WHAT ABOUT WORKING WITH MODELS? DO YOU
COLLABORATE WITH THEM, AND SEE WHAT THEY CAN
I think about the creative arts in kind of a commercial sense, which is
IMPROVISE AND CONTRIBUTE TO A SHOOT?
maybe not the best way to think about it. But, I don’t think that raw
I’ll take little things that inspire me on set, but generally it’s pretty
creativity is really even possible, because we’re always taking influence
controlled. With the Dots photos, I bring everything up to this level,
from other things and adapting them to the way we see the world.
and everything is there ready to go. I won’t just shoot one image in the weird pose that I want. You know, I’ll see stuff that the model
does and garner a little bit more.
THEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN WORLDVIEWS. WHAT’S
YEAH? WHAT’S YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FAILURE?
CHANGED TO MAKE “RAW CREATIVITY” LESS ACCESSIBLE
Well, everyone’s scared of it, and I do find it hard to accept it. But,
TODAY? MAYBE WE’VE JUST ADAPTED. IN THE SAME WAY
I will, and I have, and I can. I think failure is an opportunity for
CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY HAVE ADAPTED.
great things to happen.
Well, one change is the way we eat content, you know? It needs to be SO WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE DOTS PHOTOS?
new! It needs to be new! It needs to be new!
I don’t know. . . I kinda wouldn’t mind living somewhere else for a THAT’S A REALLY GOOD POINT. SO, THE TIMELESSNESS OF
while. But we’ll see. Maybe Mexico City? But I’m also thinking about
WORK HAS BEEN LOST?
buying a house here in LA.
The timelessness of work is important to me. I like to create things BUT, YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF TOWN. ISN’T BUYING A
that are timeless, in a way, or at least I’d like to think so.
HOUSE THE TOTAL OPPOSITE OF THAT? SO, WHAT IS TIMELESSNESS? BECAUSE, I FEEL LIKE YOUR
I’m a Capricorn, so I’d like to have some solid roots.
WORK IS VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE PRESENT. Well, going back to the Dots stuff, I feel like, sure, it does look very
YOU GOTTA HAVE THE HOUSE, SO YOU CAN LEAVE THE
much of the times. But I’d like to think it’s going to last because there’s
not much to it. There’s a simplicity, there’s not that much added to
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MADE IN AMERICA THE LA PHILHARMONIC REINVENTS THE TRADITIONAL ORCHESTRA EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR DYNAMIC NEW SERIES IN/SIGHT
text RENÉE GEORGE
The LA Philharmonic has been described
WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE STORY
as the most adventuresome and admired orchestra in
YOU’VE CREATED FOR THE SPACE?
America by consistently adding a futuristic curveball
The project is conceived as a non-linear collaboration
to classic symphony. Just having wrapped up their
“across time” between [LA Phil’s Conductor Laureate]
celebrated summer tenure at the Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil
Esa-Pekka, Varèse, and myself. The program will take
is back at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to kick start their
the audience on a multi-sensory journey, showcasing
2014/15 season with the debut of yet another innovative
the musical composition itself along with Varèse’s
program. in/SIGHT, a four-part, Friday night series
writings and journal entries from the time. The visuals
promises to revamp a traditional audience experience by
are separated into three important chapters: discoveries
adding works by prominent video artists in tandem with
on earth, in the sky, and within the human mind. My
orchestral and choral selections.
interpretation of his thoughts will be projected onto
in/SIGHT’s first edition, Visions of America,
the walls, the organ, and the balconies of Walt Disney
showcases a collection of Europe’s prominent composers
Concert Hall. From a re-imagined 1920’s New York where
who emigrated to the U.S. (more specifically, sunny Los
the composer took his very first steps in this country,
Angeles) such as Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse, and
to the future of architecture, interstellar travel, and the
how their journey and community transformed their craft.
future of post-human interconnectedness, we plan to
Varèse’s orchestrations are paired with masterful visual
examine, in our time, the questions Varèse posed in his
narratives of renowned multi-media artist Refik Anadol,
time. Through advanced visual storytelling techniques,
who employs light and 3d-projections to explore the spatial
an analysis of the LA Phil’s orchestra members, and Esa-
relationships between sound, melody, and vibration.
Pekka’s physical gestures, we will highlight the invisible
Visions of America invites viewers to imagine alternative
layers of this poetic multi-sensory journey.
realities by illuminating structural functionalities and redefining them, much like the migrated composers once
SO YOU’RE ESSENTIALLY CROSS-POLLINATING
had to do. Where we see a building, Anadol, sees a
A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT MEDIUMS?
canvas—and an opportunity to tell a story. We caught up
Yes. Image and sound are the major elements in the
with the Turkish-born artist to learn a bit more about his
experiment, used to blur the boundaries between the
latest collaboration with the illustrious symphony.
realms of the present and the fictional and between the physical and the virtual. The project will discuss the
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WHAT DREW YOU TO CREATE VISUALS AROUND
inherent spatial qualities of immersive virtual environments
AN ORCHESTRAL-BASED EXPERIENCE?
and their effect on the audience. Rather than approaching
Sensorial and spatial experiences are my inspirations.
the medium as a means of escape into some disembodied
I strongly believe in the power and serendipity of pure
techno-utopian fantasy, the project sees itself as a means
collaboration across different fields based on explorations
of return. It aims to facilitate a temporary release from our
of perception. I’m especially interested in exploring the
habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions
possibilities of creating new languages and collective
and enable us, at least for a moment, to perceive ourselves
experiences through combined disciplines.
and the world around us in a fresh way.
THE GRAMMY MUSEUMÂŽ PRESENTS
GALLERY OPENINGS BRIAN BRESS YOU CANâ€™T SLEEP ON A DOOR Cherry & Martin November 1st â€“ January 3rd, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1st, 4 â€“ 6pm Bressâ€™ new body of work explores tropes and traditions of abstraction and representational painting through the construction and documentation of both costumes and props that span a range of genres. The exhibition will include a new installation, wall-mounted HD panels, and photographs by the artist. | cherryandmartin.com ADAM MARS ONCE UPON A TIME, WE WERENâ€™T STALKERS Gusford Gallery November 7th â€“ December 20th Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6th, 6 â€“ 9pm The bold typographic works of Adam Mars make their way to Gusford Gallery for his solo show, Once Upon A Time, We Werenâ€™t Stalkers. The quippy, monochromatic one-liners are a play on social media platforms such as Twitter, which he uses to parlay his thoughts on technology and its intersection with celebrity culture. | gusfordgallery.com KATHY HALPER EPIC PARTY George Billis Gallery November 8th â€“ December 20th Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 5 â€“ 8pm Kathy Halper stitches the past and present in her show Epic Party. The embroidered works are a nod to the Victorian era, while the images are photographs she finds on social media networks. Itâ€™s a combination that investigates our understanding of private and public spaces and the interconnectedness of individuals within the fabric of technology. | lalouver.com SCOTT SHORT MORE AND THE SAME Christopher Grimes Gallery November 8th â€“ January 3rd, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 6 â€“ 8pm Christopher Grimes Gallery presents More Of The Same, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Scott Short. Shortâ€™s latest body of work continues his exploration on the relationship between the original and the copy, the mechanical and hand-made, abstraction and representation. | cgrimes.com
PRESTON DANIELS Mark Moore Gallery November 15th â€“ December 20th Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15th, 6 â€“ 8pm Curated by Jennifer Frias, the exhibition showcases Danielâ€™s newest collection of mixed-media and environmental installations. With use of neon light tubes, wood, and plaster, he creates haunting sculptural constructions, exploring architectural structures in majestic entropic decline. | markmooregallery.com
SERGEJ JENSEN Regen Projects December 11th â€“ January 24th, 2015 Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11th, 6 â€“ 8pm Sergej Jensenâ€™s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references. Primarily known for his textile works, his lyrical compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool. Jensen utilizes the canvas to sew, bleach, stretch, or stain cloth to create works that waver between abstraction and representation. | regenprojects.com NATURE AND THE AMERICAN VISION: THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL LACMA December 7th â€“ June 7th, 2015 Drawn entirely from the premier collection of The New-York Historical Society, the collection features approximately fortyfive American landscape paintings from the nineteenth-century. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are the heroes of the American landscape movement: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Albert Bierstadt, among others. | lacma.org JESSE STECKLOW M+B Gallery December 13th â€“ January 31st, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, December 13th, 6 â€“ 8pm Los Angeles-based artist Jesse Stecklowâ€™s images are conceptual hybridsâ€”a combination of photography and painted images that generate a new system of discussing traditional modes of art making. The use of untraditional material propels the idea of doing away with artistic formalities. | mbart.com
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SHUBANKHAR RAY ON G-STAR RAW’S SIMPLE SOLUTION TO A COMPLEX PROBLEM
t e x t E RI N D E N N I S O N phot o grap h y A N D RE W A RTH UR styl in g A S H L E Y C H A RBO N N E A U m ak e u p A M Y S TRO Z Z I h ai r BO BBY E L L I O T m o d e l s N I C H O L A S @ N E XT KI M @ P H O TO G E N I C
GREEN BRANDING IS MOST EFFECTIVE AS A ”SLOW BURN“ RATHER THAN A HARD, CLICHÉD SELL. BY SUBTLY INFUSING ETHICS INTO A BUSINESS BUILT ON ROI, RAW FOR THE OCEANS HAS BEGUN TO ALTER POP-CULTURE’S DNA.
The fashion world might have a reputation for being riddled with self-congratulatory systems of sycophancy, but Shubankhar Ray,
pioneering collaboration is in cooperation with The Vortex Project, a program created by sustainable platform, Parley for the Oceans.
G-Star RAW’s Global Brand Director, has never been one to fawn.
After hearing the world’s leading oceanic scientist speak
After obtaining a degree in chemistry, the former scientist became
and being organically introduced to Pharrell Williams at a Parley
disillusioned with the rigid institution. He went on to get his MBA, which
for the Oceans event last year, Ray was inspired to conceptualize
quickly turned into a lucrative advertising gig, all the while moonlighting
a solution to the paralyzing problem by raising awareness through
in the Manchester punk scene. The notable chasm between polymers
the vocal platforms of fashion. Through the exceptionally integrated
and anti-establishment rhetoric with a casual pit stop in media marketing
process that’s taken over 12 months to perfect, the Ocean’s collection
has made him an unlikely sartorial authority. In his words, each detour
is on par with the G-Star’s high-performance standards. With
has “changed his DNA.” You see, Ray’s just too busy standing at the
numerous tests, samples, and formula edits later, the garments are
intersection of science and pop-culture to be obsequious .
unidentifiable—there is no perceivable difference between denim
Since 1989, G-Star’s engineer-like approach is dedicated
manufactured from post-consumer waste and traditional cotton.
to understanding their product and consumer, taking a problem-
G-Star’s commitment to ethical production has been a
solver’s approach to purposeful design. From partnerships with
priority since 2008, when the company began experimenting with
Leica and Vitra to groundbreaking programs like RAW Gallery, a pop-
cotton alternatives. Back then, an independent auditor measured
up installation showcasing gallery style exhibitions of the runway
that 1% of their collection was entirely sustainable. Ray decided
collection and RAW Icon, which has featured notable celebrities such
to change the process from the inside out, making sustainability a
as Dennis Hopper, Benicio Del Toro, and Liv Tyler, Shubhankar has
condition for doing business by blending recycled materials they used
certainly added panache to the minimalist brand. His tenure aligns
into their most popular garments, consequently forcing retailers to
perfectly with G-Star’s examination of utilitarian solutions. Ray’s latest
sell sustainable products. As he explains it, green branding is most
progressive offering, RAW for the Oceans, is no different.
effective as a “slow burn” rather than a hard, clichéd sell. By the end
RAW for the Oceans is a long-term creative exploration,
of 2014, with the help from RAW for the Oceans, they’ll be at 20%.
where Bionic Yarn and G-Star have joined forces to innovate the
Shubankhar’s take on branding is both unexpected and
denim making process. Creatively directed by Pharrell Williams,
straightforward. He understands that in order to advance G-Star’s
Bionic Yarn develops and manufactures premium-textiles made with
mission of sustainability they have to change the industry. By subtly
fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles. The first high-performance
infusing ethics into a business built on ROI (with cool kids on the stoop
thread—which is unlike prior breakthroughs aimed solely at functional
and hallways lined with contrarians), they have begun to alter pop-
improvement—is also driven by environmental responsibility. The
culture’s DNA. A tall order, but not for an abstract-thinking futurist.
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I love ugly. The brand’s founder Valentin
p h o to g r a p h y ALLEN PARK s ty l i n g + cr ea ti v e d i r ecti o n NE.STREET model LEONARDO LAWRENCE @ FORD MODELS a l l cl o th i n g I LOVE UGLY ILOVEUGLY.COM
Ozich once used these words to sum up his personal
SPORTSWEAR SEEMS TO BE THE CRUX OF YOUR
style for a school assignment. Somewhere along the
BRAND. CAN YOU SPEAK ABOUT THE INFLUENCE
way, the subversive three-word sentence morphed into
SPORTSWEAR HAS ON THE GARMENTS?
a sartorial mantra, and eventually became the principle
Well, we felt this was just a natural progression for us.
muse behind the brand I Love Ugly, co-founded
The majority of our staff enjoy or, once upon a time,
alongside Barnaby Marshall. And contrary to their
played sports. We are all about fusing classic menswear
moniker, the label’s collections are thoughtful, well-
garments and adding our modern day twist. Once you
tailored, wearable, and progressive.
go through the basic categories for a man’s wardrobe,
Since 2008, the New Zealand brand has
you naturally begin looking elsewhere for inspiration. In
quickly expanded from a brick and mortar in Auckland
this case, it was sportswear. Also the sports industry is
to three other locations down under. International hype
changing now too, and you can clearly see that athletes
ensued, and this past summer, I Love Ugly opened its
and teams are beginning to understand the importance
first US location on La Brea Avenue. We sat down with
of branding. We thought it would be interesting to play
Ozich to get the scoop on his smart, minimalist designs,
with this idea, but from our point of view. The result is
‘Ye-like ambition, and the futuristic vision behind our
something we are satisfied with.
favorite new menswear digs. HOW DO YOU APPROACH NEW DESIGN? HOW CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE OVERALL ETHOS OF I
DO YOU KEEP YOUR VISION BOTH COHESIVE
I Love Ugly is refined, groomed, educated, and sanguine.
We always scrutinize what we have just done. The beauty of
If you are part of the brand, you have an eye for detail and
doing around 12+ collections per year is, if something has
are particular. You’re decisive and understand realness.
gone wrong, you can make it right pretty damn quick. It’s
You’re socially connected and verbally precocious. Our
all about being responsive these days. Even something like
customer knows how to dress and is not at the mercy of
a brand’s vision needs to be re-evaluated every six months.
trends; he exudes ingenuity, passion, and creativity. WHAT DO YOU GUYS HAVE GOING ON RIGHT WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT STARTING I
Quite a lot. We just opened our Los Angeles store on La Brea
It was hard—really fucking hard. But my passion for
Ave., which was a great challenge and by far our best work
success was also my fuel. I am now blessed with a team
to date. We are also looking at opening another ILU store
and a business partner that wants this as much as I do,
in Melbourne by the end of the year, along with four more
and when you have a group of people working on one goal,
next year. We have a number of different collaborations in
it becomes easier and secures a more powerful outcome.
the works with some highly credible brands.
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THE TASTEMAKERS STEVEN HADDAD + WILL RUNZEL Steven Haddad and Will Runzel are only as happy as their sweatiest fan. Founders of Hashtag | JukeLife, the LA-based management and entertainment powerhouse, Haddad and Runzel are the force and fuel behind the industry. It was a match made in EDM heaven—Runzel brought his experience as a talent buyer for LED/Goldenvoice to Haddad’s longstanding venture, Hashtag Management, and the two have been repping music producers, artists, and DJs ever since. Think of them as the coaches behind some of the industry’s most promising players, like Grammy nominated Nadia Ali, Bixel Boys, NGHTMRE, Meaux Green, and Bobby Puma. With their fingers sharply on the pulse, hustle is the HTJL anthem. As for the future, HTJL is going through a growth spurt, expecting to expand and launch a publishing platform in 2015. So the next time the bass drops, thank Haddad and Runzel for sponsoring your second wind. @STEVENHADDAD // @WILLRUNZEL //
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SONIC SWOON MOSES SUMNEY Moses Sumney doesn’t sing, he summons. With self-taught sound and a borrowed 4-track, Sumney’s EP Mid-City Island conjures raw and often times improvised tracks. The side effects of his music are like a core class sans suffering—if your knees are shaking, you’re on the right track. A product of Ghana and LA, Sumney’s folk-soul blends the two coasts, producing an uncalculated, unfiltered memoir of sound. His emotional melodies are layered thoughtfully, propelling a sound that stirs the soul. After wrapping a tour with Local Natives, Sumney hit the road with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ lead vocalist, Karen O and will be performing at the French music festival, Rencontres Trans Musicales de Rennes in December. His sound may be a nostalgic tug, but for someone who evokes the past, we’re betting on his future. @MOSESSUMNEY // MOSESSUMNEY.COM //
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LIVE FREE OR INDIE KEREM SANGA Kerem Sanga is on the up and up. The Young Kieslowski, which Sanga directed and wrote, debuted at LAFF this summer and took home the Audience Award for Best Narrative. Starring Ryan Malgarini and Haley Lu Richardson, Kieslowski delivers that awkward chemistry between two strangers hurled into parenthood. The film handles virginity, pregnancy, and general teen discomfort with such comedic prowess that Mance Media announced a theatrical release for Spring 2015. The indie favorite is the director’s official debut, but the whiz has been writing since he was a PA for Danny Leiner and a Masters student at USC. While he’s dizzy making festival rounds, Sanga, along with producers Ross Putman and Dave Hunter, are gearing up for their next feature, First Girl I Loved.
BRAZILIAN BEAUTY KAROL SANTOS
p h o to g r a p h y KAT BORCHART s ty l i n g + i n ter v i ew HILLARY COMSTOCK h a i r + ma k eu p BRITTANY SULLIVAN m o d el KAROL SANTOS @ NEXT MODEL MANAGEMENT
Giesele, Adrianna, Alessandra. . . clearly, there’s something
many difficult things we have to say goodbye to in order to
in the water in Brazil. Recently discovered model Karol
follow our dreams. No matter how many obstacles you may
Santos is no exception. With editorial spreads in Glamour
encounter, you should never give up. You'll meet people
UK and Elle Mexico under her belt, her piercing eyes
that you’d never imagined you would have the opportunity
and impeccable cheekbones are sure to permeate your
to meet. There is no better feeling than that.
favorite glossies in the coming months. We caught up with the Brazilian beauty during her summer-long stay in Los
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU HADN'T
Angeles and chatted about travel, international beaches,
and her profane lip tattoo.
I would be in law school.
HI KAROL! HOW ARE YOU?
DO YOU PREFER LA OR NY?
So good, I’m very happy to be here.
I prefer LA without doubt. However, I would love to go back to NY to spend a little more time there.
SO WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LA
I actually think they're very similar places. The beaches
The sun, the beaches, the people. . . this place has a
back in Brazil are just as beautiful as the beaches here
in LA. FROM WHAT YOU'VE TOLD US, YOU HAVE A BIT HOW DID YOU GET ‘DISCOVERED’?
OF A WILD SIDE. . .
I was selling coconut water on the beach, believe it or not!
Ahh! I love tattoos, and I have just one on the inside of my lower lip (of a certain four letter word, mind you). Sadly,
THAT'S CRAZY! YOU HAVE BEEN IN LA MOST OF
that’s it. That's the only one I can get away with at photo
THE SUMMER, HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?
shoots! I also just got a piercing in my nose too, but it's easy
I love LA. I've met so many incredible people.
to hide, so shhh!
DOES THE CONSTANT TRAVELING TAKE ITS TOLL
IT SEEMS LIKE THE PARTY GOES WITH YOU. WHAT
DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO GET READY FOR A SHOOT?
I actually love to travel—I just wish airport seats were more
I'm just happy! Like today—we got to the studio, played
music, and just started dancing!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING MODELS?
BOY, DID WE DANCE!
They should know that a model’s life is not easy! There are
I think it makes our work together that much more amazing!
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N A ST Y GA L S A N D A L S B I R K E N ST OCK S O C K S V I N TAG E T H I S P A G E / S W E A T E R V I N T A GE D E N I M R E F O R M ATI O N
In front of a microphone or behind a mixing board-
text MEGAN HUGHES photography DOUG EMMETT
IF A CONTEMPORARY, CULINARY-DRIVEN, WINE-SOAKED VERSION OF THE ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE LANDED IN LOS ANGELES, WE WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF LOU AMDUR OFFERED TO HOST IT. The forum itself would play out as the supporting cast member to one of Amdur's eclectic,
tasting Muscadet in a cellar in the cold. It's crisp and you feel it in the soles of your feet."
often impromptu, invite-only dinner parties. The guest
As with everything in Lou's life, the feelings
list would include restaurateurs, chefs, sommeliers,
and the details he's put into Lou Wine Shop & Tastings
artists, and others of equal culinary and oenological
are nuanced and have taken up a tremendous amount
mindsets. All of whom, much like the man himself,
of his time. "Everything in my shop is meant to have you
seem to be in cahoots with their passions.
drink it. There are some core wines, sure. But when
would hold court, flitting between open bottles of wine
you're working like I do with wines that don't come
and spirits, dispensing knowledge, and telling a story
from huge lots, you have to circulate them through."
about the first sip he had that really got him thinking
This is probably why the front of his shop
about wine. "I didn't get into wine. Wine got into me.
is stocked with reasonably priced "grab and go" wines
I just found myself falling for it deeper and deeper."
which range between $12 and $25 all of which he
He pauses in his admission, "It's an ever-deepening
consistently switches out. He then spices things up
abyss that I fall for more, every moment of my life."
with sparkling wines, followed by a long, hanging
Unfortunately for Angelenos and visitors
catchall of meticulously organized old and rare wines.
alike, this modern Algonquin setting wouldn't be held
On the far side, the shop folds seamlessly into a tidy
at Lou's nominative, former, restaurant on Vine which
display, arranged by body, sweet wines, and "oddball."
closed its doors in September of 2012.
Explaining the layout, Amdur stops in front
later, a palpable shift seems to have occurred within
of the chefâ€™s counter, which hosts both his wine and
Amdur when asked about his old place.
his food tastings. Grinning, he explains his obsession
his shoulders, he takes a breath, before responding
with Chenin, "Chenin is like the Rodney Dangerfield
quietly, "I miss it." This is all he says. There is no
elaboration and nothing much more in the way of
can be brilliant." The door opens for the seventh time
in fifteen minutes and Lou pauses so he can greet
His answer, though, speaks volumes about
the man: succinct yet subtle with emotion.
It doesn't get any respect but I think it
another guest and explain the way his shop runs.
Amdur's subsequent venture, Lou Wine
In his own words, there are a lot of wines
Shop & Tastings, is perched like a crown jewel in
that are really important to him. "A good Beaujolais
the corner of an unassuming LA strip mall. With
is very important to me because it's a wine that I find
the stencils barely drying on the walls, the doors
very much to be an antidepressant. It's so strange.
open in a part of Los Feliz that is swiftly becoming
It's almost like we're afraid to talk about how food
the East Side's answer to Abbot Kinney.
and wine makes us feel, spiritually.
Sure, we talk
the locale serves as a refreshing mix of knowledge
about what it tastes like but internally, how are we
and civility, mixed in with an appropriate amount of
experiencing it? Are you excited? Does it make you
flairâ€”a panache that he claims is a direct result of
feel bad, or good? We talk about the physical effects
his travels. "I hate to say it but a lot of my parochial
but that's obvious. It's like Budweiser. You can drink
view on wine is viewed through the wine lens. Sicily
Budweiser, and it's always the same. But when I
is mind-blowing. Previously, I was in the Republic of
drink wine, it turns me on. It's paired with food, and
Georgia. I try to go to France once a year. I go for the
it takes me to a place that I wasn't in when I started
vines. Last year, I went to the Loire. It was mid-winter
the meal. And that feeling changes as the wine and
and I froze my ass off. But there's nothing quite like
the food does." (continued on next page)
C HENIN IS LIKE T HE RODNEY D ANGERFIELD O F GRAPES. IT D OESN'T GET A NY RESPECT, B UT I THINK I T CAN BE B RILL IANT .
How a feeling can shape an evening or
knowledge of wine and wine techniques, which
a conversation seems to be a common thread in
helped him run a successful restaurant. But, what
Amdur's life. The space under his house, which most
he's not doing is trying to reinvent the wheel. He's
people would call a garage, consists of cookbooks—
guilelessly moved from a restaurant to a provisions
rows upon rows of them. He started noticing them
shop, and now to a tasting room and yet another
a couple of decades ago at flea markets. Initially,
wine store. Over the years, he's managed to sustain
he was interested in their kitsch value, but slowly
a small business in what was more often than not,
started investing more time into educating himself.
a less than stellar economic climate. He's also
"I'm extremely interested in food history. There's all
maintained a positive public image and created a
these ephemeral cookbooks. Back in the 1920s,
community for himself within quite a few of Los
you would buy a fridge and it would come with a
Angeles' most diverse neighborhoods. Our conversation moves back to food. We
cookbook. You'd buy a stove, and there's another. Really, they're a social document for civilization."
talk of the grapes in his garden (which are for eating
He is at once both student and learned, a
only) and how there are places in this world where
man drawn to his passions with a deeply embedded
wine is made in the exact same manner as it was
appreciation for technique. "I admire most growers
9,000 years ago. As we leave, Amdur is off chatting
because of their relationships to their traditions.
with another guest.
They're committed to the revival of their technique.
how most of human history was 100% agricultural-
We hear him talking about
centered and harvested by hand. A chef walks in
important because over centuries, they have been
and hands him his card. Amdur, as expected, is
what's best for the area. You can only leverage the
unendingly polite. It's clear that he derives great
insights of hundreds of years of experimentation.
joy from his life. He is unwaveringly dedicated to
You don't have to reinvent the wheel."
his work. In Amdur's own words, he's just trying to
And maybe this is what makes his latest venture so interesting.
He's leveraging his
sell wine to thirsty people. To his public, though, it’s clearly much more than that.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD | GRACIAS MADRE WHAT TO GET | LA QUINCEÑERA This adult-take on snack time encapsulates a flavor of that bittersweet resentment of our childhood friend Paola, who was lucky enough to have a Quinceñera. Each slow sip is a constant reminder of how deliciously agave pairs with citrus, and how nice we’d have looked in tulle. | graciasmadreweho.com
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WITH LINES WRAPPED AROUND THE BLOCK AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS EXPLODING WITH GRATUITOUS UPDATES AND CHECK-INS, IT’S SAFE TO ASSUME THE EAST COAST INSTITUTION IS, FOR LACK OF A MORE APPROPRIATE IDIOM, HERE TO STAY. While waiting in a Culver City lobby, we paid
satisfying and flavors seasonably relevant, Dunkin’s real
witness to a simple coffee chatter between two elderly men:
sorcery, like any great brand, lies in its enduring consistency.
one from Delaware, the other an LA native, who opened
After two decades of waiting, hundreds of Dunkin'
the conversation about a popular new neighbor. Their
Donut franchises are slated to open doors throughout
enthusiasm was infectious, expressing excitement over the
Southern California. But their MO is not to rebrand or change
entry of an LA-based franchise that has long been no more
the conversation. When asked, Weldon Spangler, VP of
than a glimmer of insatiated yearning on the West Coast’s
Operations for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada, denounced
horizon. The gentlemen went on to reminisce about their
any intimidation the company may face attempting to re-
adolescence, shared symmetrical criticisms of youth culture,
enter the West Coast market. He explains, “A big pro is that
and compared notes on their upcoming minimally-invasive
we know Californians love their coffee, and Dunkin’ Donuts
surgeries. As fate would have it that morning, Dunkin'
has been brewing its signature, smooth blend of coffee for
Donuts had turned a couple of strangers into new friends.
nearly 65 years. California is certainly a competitive market,
For LA locals, or perhaps someone merely
but we feel well-positioned due to our high-quality products,
familiar with Fred the Baker’s catchy TV jingle, "It’s Time
as well as our speed of service. We’re in the process of
to Make the Donuts," Dunkin' Donuts’ arrival may be a
developing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the state
retro, over-hyped trend that Angelenos are obliged to briefly
with our franchisees. Our initial focus will be on Southern
acknowledge for conversation’s sake. But with lines wrapped
California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County
around the 1100 block of Wilshire Blvd. (since its doors
and the Inland Empire, as well as the Sacramento area.
opened in August) and social media platforms exploding
We’re also recruiting franchises to develop the brand in
with gratuitous updates and check-ins, it’s safe to assume
Northern California, including the Bay Area.”
the East Coast institution is, for lack of a more appropriate idiom, here to stay.
certain that Dunkin' is ready to give the people what they
The socioeconomic scope of Dunkin' Donuts’
want, just as they always have. On whether there’s actual
breed of nostalgia is significant, spanning across both urban
sorcery involved in making their coffee, he states, “We blend
and suburban populations. The orange and pink logo beckons
our coffee beans with a special recipe. We would tell you
a sense of acquaintance to the cozy shrine to east coast
what it is, but it’s a secret.” If you ask us, when it comes to
ex-pats—a seasonally-attuned problem-solver, day-starter,
our daily routines, the satisfaction of knowing what you’re
and always faithful friend. While the product is predictably
going to get is a great thing. Long live the puffy font.
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HOLLYWOOD’S NEWEST COCKTAIL DEN INSIDE THE ARGYLE
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Every so often, one must brave Hollywood’s
An odd combination, but The Argyle’s beverage
baffling parking signage and neon glare, because even
director, Chris Hewes, is no stranger to the biblio-sphere.
the most delicate of Angelenos has to go to a concert
Hewes previously took the reigns at the Roosevelt Hotel’s
sometime. To make sure you are sufficiently imbibed
Library Bar after mixology maestro Matthew Biancaniello
pre-show, why not visit The Argyle? As the newest kid
departed the lounge, but not before teaching Hewes a
on the nightlife block, The Argyle stands where Tru
few tricks, of course.
Nightclub once stood, named rather simply after the
Unlike most bars, you’ll be hard pressed
street it resides on. While the name doesn’t leave much
to find a set cocktail menu strewn about. Hewes is all
to the imagination, the beverage program is the real star.
about creating a custom experience for each customer.
To find the den, simply look for the neon-lit ‘COCKTAILS’
On this occasion we’re presented with a smoked, negroni-
sign posted to the side of the building.
like cocktail that smells like a campfire and is likely not
Enter and you’ll catch a glimpse of The
for the casual Four Loko crowd. That’s not to say there
Argyle’s club floor, a Gatsby-esque space replete with
isn’t something for everyone—Hewes will never deny a
snakeskin booths and a two-story VIP booth. Ignore that
customer their drink of preference. But with every order
though, because you came for booze, and the thirst is
is an opportunity to try something new. Summon a vodka
real. Most low-visibility stairways should be avoided at
tonic and you might find pleasant citrus notes in your
all costs—lest you bump into unsavory characters—but
drink from a few covert lemon ice cubes. Indeed, the goal
head down the stairs to your left and you’ll be pleasantly
for Hewes is to make you think twice about the ingredients
greeted with The Argyle’s basement hideaway: a dimly
that make up a cocktail. Because sipping on a heirloom
lit cocktail den whose gilded ceilings, plush, velvety
tomato mojito sure beats jungle juice, homie.
chairs, and warm, cozy ambiance channels equal parts speakeasy, Paris haunt, and grandpa’s library.
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DIVE CLUB: O L’ S K O O L E D I T I O N
n September, we concluded our Dive Club series at the Tropicana Pool & Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. Our pals over at Bikini Bird and L*Space set up shop in the poolside suite, while guests sipped New Amsterdam sponsored drinks and grooved to the sounds of resident DJ Ladypills.
C U LT U R E C L U B : M E M B E R S O N LY
n celebration of our LA CANVAS Culture Club, we invited a few hundred of our new Culture Club members to join us for a night of interactive partying at the Container Yard in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Brands like G-Star RAW, Reebok, MAC Cosmetics, New Amsterdam, and Commodity Goods set up shop alongside a pop-up art gallery, blow dry bar, men’s grooming booth, nail art, and delicious tasting stations.
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R E L E A S E PA R T Y: OPULENCE ISSUE
or our Opulence Issue Release Party, we headed to Warwick for an evening of unadulterated luxury. The first 100 guests in line were treated to our complimentary vodka bar and specialty gift bags, while all of our attendees enjoyed an oyster & shrimp cocktail bar, a candy station, ice cream treats, and a DJ set by KCRW’s Garth Trinidad.
CONCERT USHER @ STAPLES CENTER
PARTY CLUB CRAWL @ HOLLYWOOD STRIP
CONCERT BASTILLE @ SHRINE EXPO HALL
CONCERT COLD WAR KIDS @ THE OBSERVATORY
EVENT OPEN HOUSE @ SAE INSTITUTE
PARTY CHANCE THE RAPPER @ HOUSE OF BLUES
ART OPENING WWI: WAR OF IMAGES, IMAGES OF WAR @ GETTY CENTER
CONCERT DEERHOOF @ TROUBADOUR
18 FILM LITTLE FUGITIVE @ HAMMER MUSEUM
15 PARTY FUNKY SOLE @ THE ECHO
THEATER MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET @ SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
CONCERT FLEETWOOD MAC @ THE FORUM
26 CONCERT SAGE THE GEMINI & IAMSU @ MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATRE
PARTY DUB CLUB @ THE ECHOPLEX
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FOOD CASK BEER & FARMERS MARKET @ ANGEL CITY BREWERY
CONCERT JUICY J @ THE FONDA
ART LEIMERT PARK ART WALK @ LEIMERT PARK
CONCERT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE @ NOKIA THEATRE
CONCERT FKA TWIGS @ THE REGENT THEATER
PARTY AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS @ THE FORUM
EVENT THE HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE @ HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
MARKET VENICE ART & COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET @ LEIMERT PARK
CONCERT CHET FAKER @ MACK SENNETT STUDIOS
PARTY THE TIMES VINYL NIGHT @ ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA
CONCERT BLACK KEYS @ THE FORUM
NOVEMBER W TH 4
FESTIVAL PROLONG TWILIGHT CRUISE @ POMONA FAIRPLEX
CONCERT WAR PAINT @ THE ECHOPLEX
CONCERT FLYLEAF @ HOUSE OF BLUES
FOOD CERTIFIED GOURMET FARMERS MARKET @ FIGAT7TH
ART OPENING THE ART OF THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA @ USC ROSKI MFA GALLERY
FOOD HAPPY HOUR RUN + YOGA + BEER @ ANGEL CITY BREWERY
ART DOWNTOWN LA ART WALK @ DTLA
PARTY OPEN MIC NIGHT @ THE LAST BOOK STORE
CONCERT FIRST AID KIT @ THE WILTERN
CONCERT DAY OF THE DEAD @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY
MUSIC CHARLES CURTIS @ MOCA
FOOD CUR-ATE DINNER SERIES @ RAY’S & STARK BAR
CONCERT MAC DEMARCO @ THE FONDA
CONCERT PARTY NEWDE FOUND GLORY DIAS LOS MUERTOS @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES-ANAHEIM @ QUEEN MARY
CONCERT FOR THE RECORD PRESENTS: BAZ @ DBA
COMEDY SARAH SILVERMAN & FRIENDS @ LARGO
FOOD TACO & TRIVIA TUESDAYS @ ANGEL CITY BREWERY
CONCERT MISFITS @ HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP
FOOD ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR @ THREE OF CLUBS
MARKET POP UP @ LA LIVE FOOD EASTSIDE FOOD FESTIVAL @ MACK SENNETT
CONCERT CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL @ LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM
15 ART MEMBER MONDAY @ LACMA
15 CONCERT AL JARREAU @ SMOTHERS THEATRE
CONCERT DILLON FRANCIS @ SHRINE EXPO HALL
PARTY TOTAL WRECK @ FOOTSIE’S BAR
PARTY ICE SKATING @ ICE DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA
FOOD LUNCH Ã LA PARK @ GRAND PARK
EVENT USED BOOK SALE @ LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY
COMEDY NOT SAFE FOR WORK @ WESTSIDE COMEDY THEATER
FOOD $2 TACOS @ PINK TACO
28 COMEDY GABRIEL IGLESIAS @ NOKIA THEATRE
CONCERT BEAR LINCOLN @ THE MINT
CONCERT PART TIME PUNKS @ THE ECHO
CONCERT BLIND MELON @ THE EL REY
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PARTY GAME NIGHT @ GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
PARTY BAND @ HARVARD & STONE
COMEDY ROB SCHNEIDER @ BREA IMPROV
PARTY NEW YEARS EVE WITH FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS @ DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
PARTY KARAOKE & $1 BEERS @ ALEX’S BAR
PARTY MOTOWN MONDAYS @ SHORT STOP
PARTY SOUL SESSIONS @ GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB
DECEMBER TH F
ART SUNDAY STUDIO @ MOCA
CONCERT DOWN @ THE WILTERN
2 FILM CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 @ THE SILENT MOVIE THEATER
ART OPENING PMCA123 @ PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIF. ART
1 CONCERT KELELA @ THE FONDA
PARTY EAT YOUR WORDS @ THE STANDARD-HOLLYWOOD
THEATER THE NUTCRACKER @ ALEX THEATRE
CONCERT DE LA SOUL @ HOUSE OF BLUES
2 COMEDY PINTS & PUNS COMEDY NIGHT @ ANGEL CITY BREWERY
FESTIVAL FIRST FRIDAY @ ABBOT KINNEY
1 EVENT LUNCH TIME YOGA RETREAT @ GRAND PARK
PARTY GRAND PARK LIGHTS UP THE HOLIDAYS @ GRAND PARK
ART OPENING METRO ART MOVES @ UNION STATION
MARKET RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR @ GRAND PARK
CONCERT AMERICAN FOOTBALL @ THE FONDA
PARTY MARINA DEL REY BOAT PARADE @ BURTON CHACE PARK
MARKET MULTI BRAND SAMPLE SALE @ ARK & CO HEADQUARTERS
12 COMEDY MAYA RUDOLPH & GRETCHEN LIEBERUM @ THE TROUBADOUR
11 CONCERT ALLAH-LAS @ THE EL REY
PARTY PUB CRAWL @ DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA
THEATER WICKED @ PANTAGES THEATER
CONCERT MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND @ THE ROXY
FOOD TASTE TUESDAYS @ AVENTINE TRATTORIA
PARTY MONDAY NIGHT TEASE @ THE THREE OF CLUBS
SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCES
THURSDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER 20TH
MAJIK HOUR RICKETT + SONES: PHOTOGRAPHY PRACTITIONERS, SCHOLARS, AND WIZARDS
Over the course of our indie print tenure, we’ve had the
they light this? What kind of light-modifiers did they use? What is real
privilege of working with a small army of talented photographers.
and what is composited? What is the process, how did they get that
A couple years back, we were introduced to Rickett + Sones. They
look? You learn so much by doing this. This usually leads to putting
helped us produce a captivating feature on Big Black Delta, and the
together a test shoot and trying out some new tricks. We also research
image remains one of our favorites to date.* The photography duo
the artists we admire and try to learn as much about their process
and real life couple have a rare cocktail of novelty, skill, enthusiasm,
as possible. This is an indispensable thing for any aspiring artist. We
futurism, and love of the narrative. They’re as affable as they are
had a sudden breakthrough earlier this year when we discovered that
masterly, and their work as experimental and imaginative as it is
some of our favorite artists were compositing 3D models into their
polished. You’re probably already acquainted with it—the duo shot
images. We never even considered this before, but once the seed was
LA Weekly’s 2014 “Best Of” issue, and has multiple billboards strewn
planted we became obsessed with the idea.
throughout the city. We caught up with Ryan and Sonia to talk shop about Dumbledore, 3D models, and destroying expensive equipment.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FLOP DURING A SHOOT? We’ve dropped or otherwise destroyed cameras, lenses, tripods,
SO, YOU GUYS ARE WIZARDS. WHERE AND HOW DID YOU
strobes—you name it. Anything that can fly out of your hand in a hurry
LEARN YOUR CRAFT?
and explode in a blaze of glory, we’ve flung it. Truthfully, we’re both huge
Our sorcery began many years ago in the dim glow of a high
klutzes. It’s a problem. But gear can be repaired and thankfully, we’ve
school darkroom, where we both learned the fundamentals of film
never had a catastrophe that halted production . . . knock on wood.
photography, first experimented with in-camera effects, long exposure magic, slicing and dicing negatives, hand painting prints, and so on.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST EXCITING COLLABORATION SO FAR?
When we met in 2009, we were both just starting to dabble in digital
We recently shot a secret project for comdeyd duo Tim & Eric that will
photography, and our combined Photoshop skills were pretty crude.
come out next year. We can’t say too much about it, but it is going to
Both of us love surreal, highly manipulated images, so we set out
be awesome. Oh, and we also shot the billboards for their new show
to learn and master the art of retouching and compositing our own
Bedtime Stories, that you can find on the Sunset Strip.
work. It has been a long road of how-to books and online tutorials, and countless hours experimenting both in the studio and on the
WHICH PHOTOGRAPHERS DO YOU FANGIRL OVER?
computer. It is a never-ending process of self-improvement and we
There are so many artists that we follow and admire. Gregory Crewdson’s
know we still have a lot to learn to reach full Dumbledore status.
surreal production-heavy scenes, Erwin Olaf’s portraits are timeless works of art, Miles Aldridge’s mastery of color, Swedish photographers
THANKS FOR INDULGING US IN THE HARRY POTTER
AORTA for their insanely brilliant touch ups and use of 3D compositing
(lots of interesting work coming from this part of the world right now),
Alex Prager, JUCO, Hugh Kretschmer, Chris Crisman, Romain Laurent,
Whenever we come across an image that blows us away, the first thing
we could go on forever . . . truly.
we do is try and reverse engineer how the artist pulled it off. How did
*They took plexiglass and scratched the shit out of it, creating the illusion that his head was flying off.
Published on Oct 28, 2014
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