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espite the potentially gimmicky face-paint – a nod to her most recent album title, Masquerade – nothing
about singer-songwriter Lelia Broussard feels disingenuous. These days, an aspiring pop star might feel inadequate without the aid of theatrics – and Broussard has more in common with the utterly ubiquitous Gaga then you might think. Both are fans of Bowie and his glam-rock shenaniga ns; both are prolific writers who scored publishing deals long before their performance careers took off; and both were struggling musicians in NYC just a few years ago. But talk to Broussard , hear her chuckle endearingly at the end of a sentence, watch her perform earnestly, and you never get the sense that she’s fucking with you. Broussard spent the last six months competing in Rolling Stone’s “Choose the Cover,” contest, a voting competition for unsigned acts she eventually lost to long haired Canadian rockers the Sheepdogs. Along the way, she’s been interviewed on RollingStone.com, performed in front of seven thousand people at Bonaroo, and sung for many thousands more on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Even without the win, it was as big a break as one could hope for. Though, as we’ve learned from the growing list of swiftly discarded American Idol fi nalists: contests do not create careers. But Rolling Stone’s contest wasn’t for amateurs. The contestants were hand picked by Atlantic Records from a pool of bands they had considered signing anyway: established, experienced, working musicians – people who already had careers. At just twenty-two years old, Broussard was no exception. “I don’t think anybody is a natural performer,” Broussard tells LAC. “I was on tour for the better part of two-years,
playing every single night. It comes from a lot of hard work, a lot of trial and error – making a fool of yourself and completely fucking up. I’m obviously still learning, so it’s something that’s always evolving.” With three independent albums and two EPs under her belt, Broussard is certainly more evolved then most artists her age. Her songs are consistently catchy, wellwritten, professional pop gems. In just a few years her sound has grown from soulful folk à la Norah Jones to polished indie-pop with a hint of southern twang. Originally from New Orleans, Broussard holds up her hometown’s rep for great musiciansh ip: the girl can play guitar and sing live, no problem. And getting an early start didn’t hurt – at seventeen , she packed her guitar and moved to New York City, alone. “When I think about it now, I feel like, woah, that’s insane, I can’t believe I did that. I was a pretty ballsy 17-year-old I suppose … but it didn’t seem that weird to me at the time.” After two years spent cutting her teeth in NYC, the hard work (and big balls) paid off: Broussard signed a publishing deal with Rondor Universal, who encouraged her to move out to Los Angeles, which she did. “I lived in Hollywood on Ivar and Yucca, right by the Hotel Café. I would just walk down the hill and go there, pretty much every night. And that’s the place I played at…it was kind of my home base in LA.” Sadly, we won’t be seeing Broussard at the Hotel Café any time soon: she moved back to New York a couple of months ago. But she has no intention of slowing down. She plans to record another album with Dan Romer, of Ingrid Michelson fame, who produced songs on Masquerade and Wolves are at My Door, and will spend most of the next year on tour. Look out for her this fall, at an LA stage near you. Story by Rebeca Arango.
follows cutting edge music, so to fi nd some well-dressed kids look no further then LA’s own indie-rock mecca: The Echo. The Echo’s calendar is packed with the latest and greatest in local and national acts. Crystal Antlers, Cults, The One AM Radio and Active Child have all recently rocked the stage. And, for those of you who like to branch out from the head bobbing and do a little booty shaking, The Echo hosts DJ nights like Club Underground, Part Time Punks and Funky Sole. It’s a whole ‘nother vibe compared to the Monday night residencies. But don’t worry; there are still cool shoes to be spotted.
Let’s be real. The big draw might be the performers, but it’s also about the atmosphere and the hipster trendsetter crowd. LA is just buzzing with creative upstarts, in both music and fashion, and we all know that ever since Vivienne Westwood started dressing the Sex Pistols … you just can’t separate the two. Even the most seemingly unfashionable musicians can end up sparking trends that trickle up into the highest echelons of fashion. Like, big, thick dorky glasses. Once only for the poor-sighted, they managed to become emo, eventually hip, and now essentially en vogue. Did anyone see that one coming? (Rivers Cuomo,
I’m talking to you.) So, go on, add The Echo’s schedule to your iCal if you haven’t already, and then send us your predictions for what crazy trend Anna Wintour will be touting five years from now. You know, so we can tout it here fi rst. Story by Ashley Eliot and Rebeca Arango Upcoming shows: Lex Land, September 15. Pepper Rabbit, September 29. LOCATION: 1822 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
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o t a lot of people know this … but going to a live show is about so much more than standing still with your arms folded and your head bobbing while gazing up intently at all the hot rock-stars. Did you ever think about that crowd you’re trapped in? All those people you desperately maneuvered through just to get within spitting distance of your new favorite singer … I mean … did you see their shoes? Seriously. Give your neck a break and take a look around – you might spot a new trend or your next favorite designer. But, when it comes to style, not all venues were created equal. And typically cutting edge fashion
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While trying on those new threads and checking yourself out in the mirror, as we all do, you’re going to need some inspiring tuneage to get you in the mood. Of course fashion and music go hand in hand so whether you’re shopping, admiring your reflection or aspiring to be the next great designer, here are some local sounds to keep the innovative thinking unstoppable.
“Midnight City” M83
“Coming Home” 2 Hearts and Chemicals
“Starlight” Walter Meego
“Look Out” The Ross Sea Party
“Big Broom” Races
“Feathered” Army Navy
“Don’t You Give Up On Me” Milo Greene
“Wild Window” Fool’s Gold
“Hipster Bitch” Lelia Broussard
“Getaway Car” Grouplove
“Wrong Feels Right” Dum Dum Girls
“Cheetah” Voxhaul Broadcast
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ake a walk down Hollywood Blvd some afternoon or evening. Among the archipelago of queued-up hipsters, notice one bustling, brightly glowing facade near Cahuenga that doesn’t have velvet ropes, a bouncer, or an outrageous cover. That’s LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and you should go inside -- especially if it’s Thursday night. Operating as a non-profit art laboratory since 1978, the importance of LACE’s role in LA’s maturing modern art scene cannot be overstated. Not afraid of political, progressive work that tackles thorny social issues head on, LACE has earned a reputation for daring public engagement; Herculean efforts to transfer the complete archive of their glorious history into the digital age. But it’s also known for throwing great benefit parties, show-stopping auctions, and intense performances. Their exhibition schedule takes full advantage of its expansive rooms, especially the recently tricked-out video lounge, and frequently invites guest curators to realize their visions. Of course, staff members Geneva Skeen, Robert Crouch, Carol Stakenas and performance-art curatorial resident Dino Dinco are no slouches in these departments either -- all have extensive backgrounds in avant-garde visual and performance art. Among the more than 5,000 artists who have appeared in their exhibitions, auctions, courses, performances, popups, and publications are many that
have since become headliners and legends, such as Steve Roden, Jeffrey Vallance, Alexandra Grant, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Karen Finley, Dan Graham, Gronk, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Jorge Pardo, Nancy Rubins, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Diana Thater, and Bill Viola. Given all this popular and scholarly goodness, it makes sense they’d be a jewel in the crown of this Fall’s main artworld event: the city-blanketing, Gettyfueled historical survey Pacific Standard Time, with a September 27 opening for Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983. Highlights of Fall’s interdisciplinary plans include Ellina Kevorkian’s Recollecting Performance, an exhibition “suggesting that the clothing or objects used in a performance are not remnants but a sculptural void holding an inherent performance to be fulfi lled,” and working with Suzanne Lacy on Three Weeks in January, a re-staging of Three Weeks in May, a political-art intervention debuted in May 1977. Expect a lot from the Fall season of Thursday nights at LACE, their acclaimed ongoing series of performances, discussions, and screenings keyed to their exhibitions. For a complete schedule of exhibitions and programs, visit welcometolace.org or fi nd them on Facebook. Story by Shana Nys Dambrot LOCATION: 6522 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
BETTINA RHEIMS AND SERGE BRAMLY’S EROTIC AND SURREAL HAUTE COUTURE FILM NOIR FROM TASCHEN
ettina Rheims and Serge Bramly’s Rose, C’est Paris is a rare beauty indeed -- a considerable book that’s even better in movie form. Fortunately, Taschen gives you both, as a feature-length DVD comes standard with the hefty tome of photographs taken from it. Beyond the coolness factor, this creative choice makes sense for the artist and author, as New Wave cinema is a major stylistic influence on their project of deconstructing fashion, artifice, and the surrealism of the erotic -- as only the French can, in a confection of fiction, metaphor, and symbolism. The story at its heart is a detective mystery; a sexy, well-appointed drama involving twin sisters, one of whom disappears and the other of whom crisscrosses the city of Paris in search. Glamorous people are having naughty sex in public places by page four. The searching sister narrates the film in voice-over (like the book, in English, French, and German), and the sultry, matter-of-fact tone of her voice, even as she recounts the most outlandish scenarios, helps the viewer to better follow the vignettes -- that’s where the movie improves on the book. The array of theories envisioned are increasingly surreal, in the most classic art historical sense of the term, and as such the differences between reality, fantasy, delusion, memory, and art
can be hard to make out -- and of little importance. Each image is a wonderland of film noir, French photography, soft-core porn, and the pages of the Vanity Fair special couture issue. There’s a restaging of the famous Duchamp naked chess game, (which happened in Pasadena) as well as Manet’s Picnic on the Grass, and the final image is a wedding dress, which is a convention of runway shows. In a cavalcade of bare breasts, torn lingerie, posh sex clubs, glamorous masquerades, postcard-ready architecture, bridges, catacombs, gardens, libraries, churches, cabarets, cemeteries, plus mimes, nuns, and Tarot readers, appears every foreigner’s archetypal dream of Paris. But when Rheims kills off a model with a statue of the Eiffel Tower, she might as well be murdering Robert Doisneau in effigy. This hyper-intelligent splicing of old-school art and high-fashion deftly explores the extent to which most of the world is experienced indirectly, making a seductive fiction which is instantly accepted as truth. Story by Shana Nys Dambrot. Hardcover + DVD (138 minutes), 25.5 x 35.7 cm (10 x 14.1 in.), 368 pages. $69.99 from TASCHEN. Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Mark Moore Gallery September 10 - October 22 Opening: Saturday, September 10, 6-8pm APPROPRIATE, the latest of the gallery’s annual group shows, features new work by Theodora Allen, Sebastian Bremer, Alika Cooper, Mark Mulroney, Okaymountain, and Andrew Schoultz. markmooregallery.com
LISA ADAMS: BORN THIS WAY
Off-Ramp Gallery September 11 - October 9 Opening: Sunday, September 11, 2-5pm Not a show about Lady Gaga. Instead, Adams seeks to express “the human interface with the natural world and acceptance of imperfection’s guiding light.” offrampgallery.com
Gagosian Gallery September 17 - October 29 Opening: Saturday, September 17, 6-8pm Based in LA, Therrien is renowned for experimenting with scale, conjuring up a world of the unexpected by creating objects that draw attention to details usually overlooked in the everyday world. gagosian.com
COLLABORATION LABS: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARTISTS & THE ARTIST SPACE MOVEMENT 18th Street Art Center October 1 - December 16 Opening: Saturday, September 24, 6-10pm Curated by Alex Donis, this ground-breaking exhibition features the Electronic Café International, EZTV, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz Starus, Rachel Rosenthal, and Barbara T. Smith. 18thstreet.org
J.W. Marriott / Ritz Carlton September 30 - October 2 artLA is inclusive of all traditional mediums along with film, video, modernist and contemporary furniture and design, and architectural innovations that are part of the progressive post-war art movement in LA. artla.net
PULSE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR
The Event Deck at LA Live September 30 - October 3 PULSE Los Angeles will feature over 65 galleries –along with original special projects. Timed to coincide with Art Platform–Los Angeles, and Pacific Standard Time, PULSE Los Angeles will feature a particular emphasis on California artists and galleries. pulse-art.com
ART PLATFORM LOS ANGELES
LA Mart October 1 - 3 To emphasize the increased recognition of LA as an international art capital, and especially during the Pacific Standard Time initiative, Art Platform contextualizes works by the many critically acclaimed artists working in and from Los Angeles. artplatform-losangeles.com
BEYOND EDEN ART FAIR
LAMAG at Barnsdall Art Park October 1-2 Opening night: Saturday, October 1, 6-11pm A multi-gallery event celebrating the vibrant art scene in Los Angeles, with a special focus on the thriving New Contemporary Art Movement that used to be called Low-Brow, and sometimes Pop Surrealism. beyondedenartfair.com
GAJIN FUJITA: MADE IN LOS ANGELES
LA Louver October 13 - November 12 Opening: Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm Born to Japanese immigrants and raised in the predominately Latinocommunity of Boyle Heights, Fujita’s work merges elements of traditional Japanese art and graffiti culture, with a mastery of technique akin to the Renaissance muralists. lalouver.com
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: ART IN L.A. 1945–1980 100 venues all across greater LA October 2011 - March 2012
Although HQ’d at the Getty and officially kicking off October 1, the scores of participating galleries, museums, and coinciding art fairs, from Venice to Pomona, all plan their own individual events, exhibitions, tours, and openings, as well as special neighborhood-focus weekends, and a performance-based festival at REDCAT in January. getty.edu/pacificstandardtime
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hen you think of stunning, how do you and your innovative menswear, creative team come up with the Los Angeles may concepts? not be the city that comes to NS: For me any concept usually mind. However, Designer Kyle starts as a nagging idea. For FW10, Fitzgibbons is here to challenge that nagging idea came in the form that notion. After working under of 3D. At the time it felt new and Scott Sternberg at Band of fresh and with the help of RealD, Outsiders, Fitzgibbons emerged and some really talented people, to create his own luxury menswear we were able to bring that concept line, Native Son, in 2009. With his to life. modern take on quality design, the California-native’s creative reach LAC: Can we expect more use of spans far beyond a well-tailored media in your future campaigns? suit. The label’s first collection NS: I have a fascination with film (FW10) was the first ever to be and how it can be utilized as a presented in 3D during NYFW, tool for the fashion industry, so propelling them onto the scene as you can definitely expect more multimedia pioneers. motion projects moving forward. Story by Erin Dennison For Fall/Winter 2011 we did an experimental short called “The LAC: What’s your overall Track. The Train. The Traveler.” philosophy on menswear? which takes three subjects in a NS: Over the last couple of seasons, single room over the course of 36 I think I have really started to get a hours and plays out the nature of
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The aesthetic of the boutique has developed as organically as it’s flagship location. The gals discover new designers though city-kid osmosis, “We go through our favorite blogs, talk to our friends ... There is so much talent here.” By marrying runway trends with indie-credibility, the ladies have successfully cultivated an effortlessly-chic hybrid … and unlike many trendy stores, Stanton James pays equal attention to the fellows. “We wouldn’t sell anything we wouldn’t want to wear, or want our guy friends to wear.” By emphasizing a neutral palette and a great cut, Stanton James has made it easy for the average dude to embrace their inner sartorialist. So what’s next for Brooke, Britney and Kat? Expansion. “We hope to open more locations,” explains Brooke. Starting this Fall they will be hosting a monthly trunk show and live photo shoot at The W in Hollywood. Story by Erin Dennison. LOCATION: 600 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
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lack leather straps, chain linked metal: FW11 is laced with more kink than we’ve seen in awhile. Rich fabrics structured by austere elements trend heavily this season, but the marriage of opposing elements goes back to this masculine accessory’s roots. While leather binding the torso may initially call upon naughty references to our brains, the harness’s birth arose from a strictly utilitarian need. Western European soldiers began wrapping leather around their waists as a way to conceal weapons from the enemy combatant. Centuries later, outlaws in the American “Wild West” improved upon the waist bond gun holster with the addition of shoulder straps; allowing for a quick draw of a second weapon concealed at their side. Allied forces fighting in World War I continued to utilize the structured body harness as part of their uniform. Following the Second World War, the motorcycle counter-culture adopted the authoritative symbol as a reaction against the structure of society. The rise of the “Leather Culture” in the late 20th century continued to implement the masculine aesthetic as a response to popular culture’s exaggerated feminine stereotype of homosexuality- it was then that sexuality seeped into the harness’s once strictly functional use. Since it’s initial presence in the antiestablishment, bound leather has continued to symbolize the rebel culture with a combination of aggressive masculinity and sexual dominance. Both authority and the anti-authority archetypes have embraced the previously pragmatic tool of self-protection, illustrating the duality of its representation. Throughout the years, editorial fashion has taken a fondness to the paradoxical accessory, often using the harness’s bold structure to foil against classical elegance. Contemporary design house, Alexander McQueen brought us both men’s and women’s harnesses with their FW11 campaign. Creative Director Sarah Burton paid homage to “heritage silhouettes” juxtaposing Elizabethan influence with dark bondage references to the counter-culture. AF Vandervost illustrated a similar contradiction with a caged bird theme, and Zana Bayn brought more literal bondage components to the runway this fall. Making the editorial statement accessible at a high street price point, Los Angeles accessory lines Dear Raymer and Fleet Jewelry allow us the exquisite experience of wrapping ourselves up in a historical paradox. Story by Erin Dennison.
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owntown LA: it’s not just home to the LA CANVAS offices, the Arts District or the Walt Disney concert hall. It’s the epicenter of LA’s fashion industry, and where you’ll likely find the highest concentration of stylish people in California … well, at least from 9 to 5 PM. Around 1,200 showrooms representing over 4,500 brands are hidden in high-rises around 9th street & Los Angeles, forming an alliance known as “The Intersection.” We dropped in on some stylish showroom reps to get their top picks for fall. Story by Rebeca Arango
SHOWROOM: Liza Stewart, Inc. 110 E. 9th St. Suite B-35 BRAND: Gold Hawk WHERE TO BUY: American Rag, Ron Herman
SHOWROOM: Kascade Showroom 843 S. Los Angeles St. #301 BRAND: J Brand Men’s WHERE TO BUY: Barney’s, Nordstrom’s, Ron Herman, American Rag
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“J brand is designed, manufactured and washed in LA. The DNA of J Brand is clean. There’s no artistic design on the back pocket; it’s all about fit, fabrication, and different wash techniques. Blue-black, dark denim is our DNA; it’s what we’re pushing for fall and what you’ll see a lot of. J Brand had a lot of success with the “Houlihan” skinny cargos for women, so this last season we developed a slim-fitting cargo for men; it’s called our “Trooper.” It’s a beautiful fabrication: a brush cotton. It’ll to be a big trend for fall.”
“Gold Hawk is a newer brand based here in LA that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately. The Gold Hawk girl is more of a sophisticated woman – she’s cosmopolitan, she’s traveled. The line has a very European, romantic vibe to it, but watered-down and made easy to wear and pull back to jeans or leggings – ‘cause lets be real, we’re still going to wear them.”
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“My go-to look for going out in LA this season is pulling that one novelty piece out of my closet, whether it’s a sequined vest or a really great printed blouse or tunic top, and letting that speak for itself.”
“We have our Corporal chino, which is our tapered chino. They’re not your father’s Docker’s by any means, but for a guy who wants a slimmer chino. You can wear them with a great pear of desert boots, or loafers, or even a cool trainer.”
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Name: Ngoc Nguyen Shoes: Nordstrom Shirt: Thrifted Skirt: Leviâ€™s
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Name: Janet Kim Shoes: Zara Shirt: Zara Cardigan & shirt Pants: H&M Jeans
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Name: Duncan Dolson Shoes: Kuston Sk8 Shirt: Vintage Shorts: Ovisue Cut Offs
Name: Dan Johnson Shoes: Chucks Shirt: Check Shirt Shorts: Blue Shorts
Name: Ryan Neman Shoes: Converse Shirt: Lacoste Shorts: Leviâ€™s
Name: Eamonn Courtney Shoes: Converse Shirt: Urban Outfitters Pants: Joes Jeans
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Name: Bartolo August III Shoes: Nike Shirt: Kept On Shorts: Vintage Cut Offs
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tylist Beth Jones fell headfi rst into fashion after moving from South Carolina to SoCal where she adopted an anything-goes attitude and committed herself to sporting the boldest outfits of her dreams. Since launching her fi rst website in 2007, Beth has worked with brands like Quiksilver, Mercedes-Benz and DVF. Her latest blog, B. Jones Style, is a thoughtful chronicle of her dramatic, vintage-inspired looks … peppered with tutorials on everything from hair-dos to thrift shopping. We caught up with Beth about her thoughts on SoCal style, shopping and fall fashion. Check Jones out at http://www.bjonesstyle.com/blog. Story by Rebeca Arango
WHERE DO YOU SHOP IN LA? BETH: All the LA flea markets like Pasadena, Melrose and Long Beach. My favorite is the Melrose Trading Post on Sundays. I love having brunch at Urth Cafe down the road and then heading in to treasure hunt at the market. I am also a huge fan of Shareen Vintage. I wear vintage all the time, so most of the trends I see on the runway I interpret through wearing vintage.
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BETH: I love the tuxedo dressing I saw on the runways. Wearing a suit as a replacement of wearing a dress to a fancy event is fabulous. I also loved the high slits in dresses and skirts – I will definitely be on the look out for those. Also, brightly colored trousers are popping up and after all the color blocking of this season, I will be working that in again.
HOW WILL YOUR LOOK CHANGE, EVEN AS THE WEATHER DOESN’T? BETH: I always wear high waist anything … hats, blazers and platform heels. But I love wearing layers and I think the California fall works perfect for that. My layers aren’t usually thick and heavy the way they would be in New York, but you can still layer up lightly. A maxi skirt can be worn with sweaters for a bohemian flair, or a blazer for a little twist. Fall means more…and I always love more!
Summer might be “over”, but luckily for us Angelenos, that just means casually considering how to incorporate next season’s accessories into our arsenal. This summer’s popular tribal theme forges its way into fall with geometric prints and bold colors. So don’t store your favorite navajo items just yet; top designers like Proenza Schouler, Matthew Williamson and Vivianne Westwood have continued to front page these culturally inspired pieces in their FW11 collections. Think raver-kid meets “Lord of the Flies”well you know, without the carnage. Here are some of our favorite ﬁnds:
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ast time you caught a glimpse of Antonia Lofaso was probably on an episode of Top Chef. Meanwhile, last time you tasted her food was probably about three years ago when Antonia served as executive chef at Foxtail, a now shuttered SBE venue. Since then the Italian-American chef has cooked privately for a slew a slew of celebrities in LA, but she’s now back at the burner inside the newly opened cocktail-centric restaurant and bar, Black Market. We caught up with the busy chef to chat menu inspiration, influence from Top Chef and an early obsession with Jell-O. Story by Kat Odell.
LAC: How would you describe the menu at Black Market? AL: I would describe the menu at Black Market as what I thought I would want to eat if I were sitting in Black Market having a great cocktail. It is playful, simple and fun. LAC: What was your approach to creating the menu? AL: First I saw the pictures of Black Market’s brick dome ceiling and leather booths and spoke with [owners] Sal [Aurora] and Mario [Guddemi] about their concept. What were people going to want to eat in this space? They wanted a great atmosphere that was easy, cool and playful … and food that complimented that. LAC: What would you consider your specialty? AL: My specialty leans towards American-Italian cooking because of my family heritage. LAC: How frequently do you plan to change the menu? AL: I’ve been adding and mixing the menu since the fi rst day. I plan on changing it, playing with it, weekly; keeps me on my toes and thinking. LAC: Which dishes have proven most popular so far? AL: Alligator sausage and peppers and mussels; fluffernutter. LAC: Are any of the dishes you serve at Black Market dishes you prepared on Top Chef?
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AL: I did the gnudi and oxtail together on the show and I do them separately on the Black Market menu. LAC: How has appearing on Top Chef influenced your career path? AL: TC has influenced my career plan by giving me the confidence to take more risks and to challenge myself constantly. I don’t want to be complacent, and I don’t have the “I can’t do it” statement in my vocabulary because I did the craziest shit on TC already. LAC: What’s your earliest kitchen memory? AL: [My] earliest kitchen memory was being obsessed with Jell-O molds! I thought they were amazing, especially with the fruit floating in it. I made one almost everyday for a month and presented it at the dinner table like it was a Thanksgiving Day turkey. LAC: What three ingredients do you always keep in your fridge at home? AL: Olives; Parmesan cheese; baguette. LAC: If you could prepare a meal for any one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you serve? AL: I would want to cook for Chef Morimoto again! I feel like I royally screwed up his request of his favorite last meal. I think I need to make it up to him with my Hamachi, pickled Asian pear and crispy rice with miso vinaigrette.
Pan-Seared Halibut with Snap Peas, Asparagus and Purple Potatoes
Tuscan Kale with Lemon, Parmesan and Bread Crumbs
Edamame Dumplings with Daikon Radish and White Truffle Oil
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espite its newness and Arizona-based origins, True Food Kitchen is, perhaps, the quintessential Santa Monica restaurant. As part of a growing chain, two in Arizona and recently two in Southern California, TFK balances a seasonal, health-oriented menu with a bright, lime-green and lemon-yellow, cheerful and relaxed aesthetic. Renowned wellness guru Dr. Andrew Weil consulted on True Food Kitchen’s menus, and all dishes follow his anti-inflammatory diet and food pyramid. The diet promotes fruits and veggies to be consumed in abundance, proteins moderately and sweets sparingly. Not a huge
revelation, but a menu truly devoted to these principles, as opposed to fancy ingredients and technique, is a breath of fresh air … though not cheap. Most plates cost under $20, but if you start with a few small bites those $12 appetizers do add up. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch … the menu doesn’t veer far from its slew of market salads, edamame dumplings and lettuce cup appetizers, turkey burger and ahi slider sandwich offerings. There are larger plates that span the gamut from pan-seared halibut with snap peas, asparagus and purple potatoes … to a teriyaki brown rice bowl or spaghetti squash casserole, which is
really like chicken parm minus the chicken. All ingredients are fresh, seasonal and farmers market-derived. Taking into consideration that True Food Kitchen could be considered a “chain,” it’s impressive to see a larger-sized restaurant consistently tweak its menu to follow the fluctuating seasonal bounty. Aside from food, these seasonal sentiments carry into the realm of drinks. Fresh fruit elixirs, with and without alcohol, grace the menu. Some favorites include the non-alcoholic Hangover Rx, a mix of coconut water, orange and pineapple and the Samurai Sunrise comprised of yuzu, shochu and muddled oranges. There’s beer
and wine too, some sourced locally, some not. Though Weil believes in limited sweets, he does offer a few “healthier” dessert options that call for dark chocolate via flourless cake or pudding. There’s also an extremely moist olive oil cake served with Greek yogurt and blackberries. These creations are especially enticing because they satiate your sweet tooth without the added guilt. Yogurt for dessert? Why not. Story by Kat Odell. LOCATION: 395 Santa Monica Pl. Santa Monica, CA 90401
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GOLDEN MEAN 1028 WILSHIRE BLVD SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 (310 ) 393-6500 Psychedelic artwork and pink crystals adorn Golden Mean, a hippy dippy mom and pop vegan joint on Wilshire and 10th in Santa Monica. Grab a seat at one of a dozen two-tops downstairs or on the mezzanine level. Peruse the menu for edibles like meat-free chicken parm with penne; soft shell tacos piled high with faux chicken, guacamole, salsa and Daiya cheese; or go for a perpetual favorite, the Lean Mean veggie burger layered with a mixed bean, grain and veg patty; lettuce; tomato; pickles and veganaise. Larger plates come with a
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side (a daily rotating set of four are on offer). We recommend the stringy kelp noodles, with shaved carrot and slivers of red pepper, and the tangy quinoa tossed with carrots, black beans, celery and julienned basil. Plates cost between $5 and $14. No booze here, but Golden Mean does offer fresh juice medleys like apple-ginger or beet-celery. Or try their kombucha and coconut milk shakes to round out your meal.
CAFÉ GRATITUDE 639 N LARCHMON T BLVD LOS ANGELES, CA 90004 (323) 580-6383 Stepping into Café Gratitude actually feels like entering a free-spirited, laid back San Francisco café. You’re greeted with a modern glass façade, juxtaposed against utilitarian wooden tables for two to ten. Add to that a mosaic of white and red clay floor tiles and hand-woven baskets both here and there, and it’s not surprising that this vegan organic mini-chain actually originated in the Bay Area. Only within the past year has it expanded south to this Larchmont location. Both cooked and raw edibles are on offer, mostly priced between $10 and $13, and every single dish sings of the farmers market. Tortillas, in the tortillas and guac, are made from pounded heirloom corn. The veggie burger boasts a gorgeous shade of neon purple, stained from beets then topped with a zippy neon yellow mustard sauce and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and house-made pickles on a whole wheat bun. In addition to a slew of quinoa or brown rice-based bowls, their menu reserves a fair amount of real estate for its drink selection including teas, locally made kombucha and insanely delicious raw smoothies. For breakfast, dessert or beside your veggie burger … go with I Am Grace, a blend with fresh coconut milk, almond butter, dates and vanilla bean.
SAGE ORGANIC VEGAN BISTRO 1700 W SUNSET BLVD ECHO PARK, CA 90026 (213 ) 989-1718 A clean, bright, two-level café on W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park … Sage is actually part meat-free mecca, part raw ice creamery and dessert spot known as KindKreme. The ground floor is littered with simple black tables and chairs. Toward the front door sits a refrigerated case offering a handful of veggie-powered ice cream flavors like carrot-ginger-coconut and cucumberkale-lemon-salt. Also on offer are delicious kombucha floats and raw pudding. The short list of appetizers and entrees are all very reasonably priced, with no single dish costing over $11; a great deal considering all edibles are organic. Again, there’s no alcohol here…though you could opt for a coconut or fresh juice/smoothie from KindKreme. Don’t miss the fried polenta rounds topped with a sweet raisin-date cream and piled high with wilted arugula and sautéed leeks. As an entrée, we recommend the seitan piccata composed of seitan fi lets, flecked with tangy capers and served over crisp asparagus and brown rice. It won’t disappoint.
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nyone who sells liquor does so for one reason. To make money. Some may say that their goal is to make beautiful, hand crafted, artisanal, small batch whatever’s … but trust me when I tell you that the ultimate goal is green. So when I was given a sample bottle of Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey, I immediately assumed they were using Jack’s good name to spread their wings and catch more cash. While that may still be the case, they did succeed in producing a smooth tasting, easy to mix starter whiskey for those afraid to begin down the same road as Jimmy Page and Keith Richards. Think gateway whiskey. Honey is a natural when dealing with whiskey. Bartenders have been making cocktails with honey syrups for years and other brands have launched their own versions of honey whiskey recently. But, like most things they do, Jack Daniel’s does it the best. So, when it comes to deciding which honey whiskey you want to use to impress at your next cocktail party, look no further than Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey. And to make sure you are prepared with a delicious cocktail, I offer you: Miss Pamela (named after infamous 70’s groupie Pamela Des Barres – Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon etc.) Story by ET.
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You’re in … but what exactly is Sayers? It’s SBE’s version of a low-key lounge meets live music venue, but in true SBE style, drinks cost $18 a pop. It’s also likely that, among the hipsters, Jeremy Piven is drinking at that low-slung table up front. While table/bottle services are obviously an option, so too are classic cocktails like The Last Word and French Seventy Five, or more modern takes like the Blackberry Sidecar. “Dracula’s castle meets the industrial embellishments of Harvard
& Stone” is the way a friend described Sayers interior, and I think that description is right on point. The dark space boasts a living room feel thanks to an assembly of lounge tables and sofas that mostly comprise the venue’s center and face toward a small stage that hosts two musical acts per evening. Bands are not announced in advance and are therefore meant to surprise the audience. Jason Scoppa, shepherd of the Bardot Sessions, both collaborated with SBE on design and also curates the venue’s musical acts.
Hats off to SBE for experimenting with a new approach to nightlife even if it follows their tried and true formula of serving pricey cocktails to LA hipsters. At least there is late night dining next door, and even if you can’t get into Sayers … Papaya King won’t turn you away until 3AM. Story by Kat Odell. LOCATION: 1645 Wilcox Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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o you wanna play at Sayers Club? Well … first you need to know how to get in. Find Papaya King, the banana yellow and cherry red hot dog stand recently opened in Hollywood by way of New York City. To the left one will notice a plain yellow, unmarked door that looks like it might lead to an office or additional kitchen. This is, in fact, Sayers’ entrance. There’s generally a burly guy out front monitoring the crowd with another guy rushing in and out of that yellow door checking names off a list.
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m I allowed to curse?" That's the first question Lauren Bowles asks when we sit down to talk about her recent stint as Merlotte's waitress (and Wiccan) Holly Cleary on the fourth season of HBO's True Blood. It seems almost too cute coming from the blonde, cheery, self-described LA clichĂŠ. As a new-ish mom, a sometimes-vegan, and lover of yoga, hiking, and Santa Monica's Aero Theater, it seems an odd question. "Uh, sure," I reply. "How's working on True Blood?" "I'm like a pig in shit. It's the best job ever." Oh. Well, that settles that. "No, seriously," she continues. "If I were on the outside listening to someone say something like that, I'd be like, 'She's so full of shit, there's always something that's a pain in the ass.' But literally, I'm not lying -- it's the greatest show to work on." Bowles is no stranger to high profile projects. She recently appeared in the Owen Wilson / Jason Sudeikis comedy Hall Pass, as well as Ben Stiller's The Heartbreak Kid. Her TV credits include everything from Seinfeld to Grey's Anatomy to Detroit 1-8-7. Most recently, she appeared in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm alongside her real-
life husband, Patrick Fischler (who you'd recognize as Jimmy Barrett, the crass Utz Potato Chip pitch man from AMC's Mad Men). Bowles and Fischler knew each other for nine years before becoming an item, and performed in a theater company during Lauren's first few years in LA. The hilariously foul-mouthed True Blood star wrote a lot of the company's material, including a tonguein-cheek musical called Once Upon a Primetime. Now that HBO's vampire sex-fest is wrapped, Lauren's been spending all the time she can with her two-year-old daughter. "Parenthood is a really interesting gig, because it's just so fucking hard. And then on the other hand there's the indescribable joy of seeing this little being come into their own sense of self. It's the two together that make the experience so rich." In her downtime, Bowles is also enjoying watching True Blood along with everyone else. But don't expect her to cough up any spoilers. "I can't remember what's aired yet, so I don't know what I can talk about. I'm convinced I'm going to be the asshole that ruins it." Nonsense, I insist. If anything, it's clear Lauren's a total fucking class act. Shit. Story by Max Hurwitz.
he animators of the ‘60s thought they had the future all figured out, and that future was The Jetsons. But here in 2011, household robots look more like hockey pucks than Rosie, and our clothing looks less like The Jetsons and more like that of the ‘60s animators who brought them to life.
‘60s style is making a comeback in a big way, spurred largely by the impeccably-conceived AMC drama Mad Men. Dressed in finely tailored Italian suits and swilling Old Fashioneds in his corner office, Don Draper became the new definition of a man’s man, while Joan Holloway’s sassy attitude and airtight
Pucci dresses became the new definition of sexy. But if you want to dress like ‘60s success and can’t wait for the fifth season of Mad Men for inspiration, I’ve prepared a crash course on three must-see films that should have you looking sharp in no time. Story by Max Hurwitz.
A SINGLE MAN A Single Man (2009) seems the logical place to start our journey, as the production designer of this Oscar-nominated film was none other than Mad Men designer Dan Bishop. Plus, it served as the directorial debut of Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci. But A Single Man is much more than a pretty face. Based on the Christopher
AN EDUCATION Looking for real style? Don’t have to go much further than another 2009 Academy Award favorite, An Education. Set in 1961 London, the film follows star Carey Mulligan as a 16-year-old schoolgirl who starts an affair with an older man, throwing her life into a selfdestructive tailspin. Sort of. The real beauty of this film lays in its subtlety -- Mulligan and co-star
Isherwood book of the same name, the film follows never-better Colin Firth as a British college professor mourning his partner’s death over the course of a single day. It’s quiet, thoughtful, and poignant, and everything about it glistens with polish and wonder. Ford’s directing chops may still be developing, but the first time director has real talent and the film’s host of veteran actors more than pull their weight to make the film a can’t miss.
Peter Sarsgaard’s emotionally nuanced performances are breathtaking and wonderful. Also breathtaking: the visuals. The clean glamour of ‘60s London sparkles in every frame, and despite a few acknowledged anachronisms (the indie budget meant accepting certain things, like modern-style street lights), Danish director Lone Scherfig really brought the world of this quiet coming-of-age story to life.
THAT THING YOU DO! Despite what my previous film choices may suggest, our modern interpretation of the 1960s wasn’t all angst and murder. A rollicking counterexample is Tom Hanks’ 1996 musical comedy That Thing You Do!, which chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional one-hit wonder rock band. It’s also a decided departure from the visual aesthetic of the
other films, offering a mid-’90s interpretation of the mid-’60s. Gone is the pristine gloss we often bestow upon the era, replaced instead with authentic lo-fi goodness -- which is appropriate, considering the vinyl subject matter. That Thing You Do! is a blast from the past on two fronts, both in its feel-good ‘60s nostalgia and its equally feel-good nostalgia for a kind of ‘90s movie they don’t seem to make anymore.
Some people think that gadgets can’t possibly be fashionable, and for the most part they’re right … or they would have been about twenty years ago. Today companies work hard to make fashion more gadget and technology friendly (and vice versa). We bring you all the tech couture you need to make you geek chic. Story by Curt Hutson.
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URBANEARS Urbanears is an example of first-class technology hidden neatly within a polished exterior. Match any outfit with their extensive palate of color choices, while the headphones themselves offer superior sound quality and a fabric cord. No more tangles! It even comes with a microphone and remote attachment for MP3 players and phones. Pair these with thick-rimmed glasses and work it! ($60) www.urbanears.com
BLUALERT BLUETOOTH BRACELET Ringtones are often drowned out by loud noises and music. It’s hard to hear our phones from our pockets and impossible when accidentally left in silent mode (hate when that happens). BluAlert helps you avoid ever missing a call again by alerting you when your phone rings; buzzing and displaying a number all while looking damn classy at no extra charge. With 100 hours of standby time, and a security alert if your phone moves more than five meters away from you, it’s your best date to any soiree. ($29.99) www.thinkgeek.com
MICROFLEECE PULLOVER If you can resist focusing on the suggestive water bottle, you’ll notice how many things can easily fit in this comfy and attractive Microfleece. This pullover sports headphone slots and seven pockets; ideal for hectic travel, but just as good for a sashay. ($60) www.scottevest.com
MUTEWATCH Looking great is rarely cheap, but that’s the, well, price of fashion. The Mutewatch is sleek, gorgeous and refreshingly minimal. The technology inside, however, is not. This sweet accessory allows you to set the time with simple taps and swipes. With the built-in motion sensor, you’ll be hard pressed to miss an alarm, as the vibrations will adjust in strength depending on your range of movement. Fabulous and functional! ($259) www.mutewatch.com
MARVEL GYM, MESSENGER AND TOILETRY BAGS Who says you have to be subtle when being fashionably geeky? If you’re a comic book lover, prove you also have incredible style with this amazing messenger bag. There’s also a similarly designed astonishing gym bag or spectacular toiletry bag available. They’re uncanny! ($13 - $34) www.urban-collector.com
CALVIN KLEIN CK3084S USB SUNGLASSES The first designer sunglasses you’ll be happy to see come apart as you reveal the 4GB USB flash drive embedded in the right arm. Since you’ll be using them for data storage purposes, this may be the first legit excuse to wear your sunglasses at night. At least … that’s what you can tell people. ($182) www.framesdirect.com
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RITMO Parents have been pushing their music on their children for ages, but never have they had a captive audience like this. Ritmo works with your MP3 player so you can get an early start on those “back in my day” lectures on today’s terrible music. For you hipsters, this is a great way to introduce your baby to bands you’re positive they have never heard of. ($99 -$139, shop around!) www.nuvo-group.com
In fashion, men are severely limited in terms of accessories. We’ve got belts and watches. That’s it … but why not work with what you’ve got? Even by itself, the watchband can be used as a bottle opener, but when paired with an iPod Nano it is a conversation piece, fashion accessory and personal runway soundtrack player. Also, you can’t help but appreciate actually having a use for that clock face function. ($49.99) www.thinkgeek.com
t’s fall once again, which for much of the country means cooler weather and vibrant splashes of red, orange and yellow as the trees ready themselves for winter. In LA, the transition isn’t quite so dramatic, but we do get a bit of a break from the summer heat. What better time to be out and about having fun at a couple of the best events that only happen this time of year?
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ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL - A COMMUNITY IN CONCERT: SEPT
ent to the What do live music, great food, local artisan crafts and a commitm party! Since 1984, a have to reason’s environment have in common? They’re all great activities and with together these of all Venice has been host to a festival that brings boutiques, 100 over of mix dge cutting-e areas “designed to compliment the eclectic, and salons clubs, shops, coffee rms, fi art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, design and Blvd. Venice between Blvd. Kinney much more” along a one mile stretch of Abbot . nney.org AbbotKi Main St. For more information on this event visit
OKTOBERFEST - ALPINE VILLAGE: SEPT 9 - OCTOBER 23 In 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of SaxonyHildburghausen. The resulting celebration was so popular that they celebrated again the next year, and again, and so on. The event has become what we now know as Oktoberfest and is recreated around the world every year. Last year almost 70,000 people amassed in Alpine Village (home of the oldest and largest Oktober fest celebration in Southern California) for authentic German bier, homemade Bratwurs t and Polish Sausages, Oom-pah-pah music, contests, sing-a-longs and the chicken dance. Join the fun every Friday-Sunday. 833 W Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90502. For more information on this event visit AlpineVillageCenter.com/Oktobe rfest.
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MUSIC FESTIVAL FYF Fest @ 1st & Main, Downtown LA
FOOD + WINE EVENT Sept 2-5 The Taste @ Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown LA
4 FASHIONâ€™S NIGHT OUT @ Several Locations Throughout LA
ART EXHIBIT Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969-1972, Revisited @ LACMA
FESTIVAL Fiesta Hermosa @ Hermosa Beach
ARTWALK @ Downtown LA
TH FESTIVAL Downtown Film Festival @ Civic Center F. Deaton Auditorium
SPECIAL EVENT Angel City Oktoberfest Begins @ Angel City Brewery, Downtown LA
FOOD EVENT LA BBQ FESTIVAL Begins @ Santa Monica Beach Lot 1 North
CONCERT OneRepublic @ Pomona Fairplex
SPECIAL EVENT Alpine Village Oktoberfest Begins @ Torrence
CONCERT The Vaccines and Tennis @ The Music Box
ART EXHIBITION Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie) Opening Reception @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery ART EXHIBIT Neck Face & Fuck This Life @ New Image Art
MUSIC EVENT The National @ Hollywood Bowl
ART EXHIBITION Ultrasonic VI: Appropriate @ Mark Moore Gallery
CONCERT Fleet Foxes and The Walkmen @ The Greek Theatre
SPECIAL EVENT Special Edition Sole Bike Launch @ LAB ART
FOOD EVENT Pig Roast @ Kings Row Pub, Pasadena MUSIC EVENT The Sleep Over & Lucha Libre: Live Bands @ ACE Hotel, Palm Springs
ART EXHIBIT FreeWay- Solo show by Speedy Graphito @ Castanier Gallery, Studio City
FOOD EVENT Indulge Los Angeles @ Olympic Collection
FOOD + MUSIC EVENT Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival @ Ports Oâ€™Call Village, San Pedro
MUSIC The Henry Clay People w/ Manhattan Murder Mystery @ ACE Hotel, Palm Springs
CONCERT Two Door Cinema Club @ The Wiltern Theatre AWARD SHOW Emmy Awards @ Nokia Theatre
GRAND OPENING Lomography Gallery Store LA @ Santa Monica
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ART EXHIBIT Say It Loud: The Genius of James Brown @ Grammy Museum, Downtown LA
FESTIVAL Abbot Kinney Festival @ Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
EVENT 3rd Wednesdays @ Culver Blvd and Washington, Culver City
FESTIVAL VENICE BOULEVARD TarFest @ Hancock Park, Wilshire Blvd
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ART EXHIBIT Paid to Play: Illustrating LA Arts As Propaganda @ Robert Berman Gallery
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Bank of the West
Pacific Theatres Culver Stadium 12
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MUSIC Post The Section Quartet: The City Hall Office Music of Radiohead @ The Edye, Santa Monica
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Kirk Douglas Theatre/ Center Theatre Group
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CONCERT LA Font @ Bootleg Theater
Coming Soon 9300 Culver Boulevard New Retail/Office Building
Coming Soon Town Plaza Expansion
MUSIC Nocturnal Festival @Sony Pictures NOS Events Center Entertainment
Washington Mutual Bank
Bank of America
Brotman Medical Center
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ART East Hollywood Artcycle @ Santa Monica Blvd from Vermont to Virgil
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Downtown Culver City transforms into a festive dist Wednesday of the month. Over 30 businesses in Downt participate in this fun monthly event. Attendees can en LACANVAS.COM 67 performances under the stars, drink and dine on sp freebies and samples, view art at gallery openings and
EVENT ArtNight @ Pacific Asian Musuem
ART EXHIBIT California Design 19301965 :”Living the Modern Way” @ LACMA
FILM FESTIVAL Screamfest Begins @ Mann Chinese Theater
CULTURAL EVENT Opening Weekend of Pacific Standard Time @ Throughout So Cal
ART EXHIBIT Under the Big Black Sun: CA Art 1974-81 @ MOCA Geffen
FESTIVAL LA Beer Week @ Union Station
ART EXHIBIT Mercedes Helnwein Opening Reception @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery ART EXHIBIT TRANSFORMATION- Propaganda As Art @ Robert Berman Gallery
CONCERT Foo Fighters @ LA Forum
FESTIVAL FALL 2011 Brewery Artwalk @ 2100 N Main, Downtown LA
MUSIC FESTIVAL Culture Collide Festival Begins @ Echo Park
SPECIAL EVENT Metro Art Tour @ Hollywood/ Highland Station
CONCERT TORO Y MOI @ El Rey Theater
F SUN CONCERT Incubus @ Hollywood Bowl
ARTWALK @ Downtown LA FOOD EVENT Los Angeles Food & Wine @ L.A. LIVE
EVENT 1st Fridays @ Abbot Kinney, Venice
ART EXHIBIT Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 @ Hammer Museum
EVENT LA Concept Fashion Week, Spring 2012 @ Ace Gallery
FESTIVAL CicLAvia @ 7th, Spring, 1st, Central Downtown LA
FOOD EVENT Taste of Soul Festival @ Crenshaw Blvd. b/t Rodeo and MLK Jr. CONCERT Foster the People @ The Wiltern Theatre CONCERT Portishead @ The Shrine Expo Hall
EVENT Pasadena ARTWalk 2011 @ Pasadena Playhouse District
ART EXHIBIT Mural Remix: Sandra De La Loza @ LACMA
CONCERT Friendly Fires @ Club Nokia
CONCERT St. Vincent @ The Music Box
SUN CONCERT Empire of the Sun @ Club Nokia
ART EXHIBIT Jeremy Fish & Kenichi Yokono: Rise of the Underground @ Mark Moore Gallery
S CONCERT Robyn and Royksopp @ Hollywood Bowl
FESTIVAL Halloween Carnaval @ West Hollywood
FESTIVAL Dia De Los Muertos @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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n art consultant originally from Paris, at a certain point Fabien Castanier chucked a career in television & fi lm to “follow his true passion,” opening galleries fi rst in Paris and Corsica, and fi nally in Los Angeles. “Today I am focusing on bringing street and urban art to my new gallery. I love the energy and freedom that surrounds the work and the artists. They are all unique and different. I enjoy the genre because you can always fi nd something fresh and entertaining. I’ve been following the recent movements of this genre within Europe and the US, and have grown to understand and
connect with the artists surrounding this art form. I enjoy the genre because it fits with my personality, and I enjoy the atmosphere that it brings.” Working to bring artists such as Saber, Revok, Mear 1, Richard Duardo, Maximilian Wiedemann, Shepard Fairey, Eric Liot, photographers Eric Bottero and Tyler Shields, and many more besides, to the broader attention of local and international audiences certainly does sound like a good time. But at the moment, Castanier is most excited about his September show, for which the French big-in-the-
80s street artist Speedy Graphito (pictured on right with Castanier) has planned an extensive new series, along with six large silkscreens to be produced by Richard Duardo at the famed Modern Multiples studio. “Speedy is a hugely important aspect of the Street Art movement in Europe and is a facet to our gallery. I want you to understand the importance of his arrival in LA.” The September 24th exhibition will conclude Speedy’s two-month stay as Castanier Gallery Artist-inResidence, during which time he’ll be bombing the city from Venice to the Valley, plus making the new
work, and being followed by the camera and crew of a documentary fi lm on his life to be released this December. Check the gallery website for other 2011-12 season highlights, such as Guns N’ Roses, a group show opening November 6th; a solo show from mixed-media artist Michael Kalish in January; and in between, the gallery’s participation in the Arts for a Better World Fair during Art Basel Miami. Vive la difference! Story by Shana Nys Dambrot Location: 12196 Ventura Blvd. Studio City CA, 91604
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September 4-December 4, 2011 ELITE OF THE O B SCUR E
A RE TRO SPEC TIVE 19 72–1987
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Asco, Instant Mural, 1974, courtesy Harry Gamboa, © Asco, photo © 1974 Harry Gamboa, Jr.
A RE TRO SPEC TIVE 19 72–1987
ASCO: Elite of the Obscure is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Williams College Museum of Art. It is made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The Los Angeles presentation and publication are made possible by grants from
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