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PIN ARTIST LA DJ DILLON FRANCIS IS MAKING MOVES, GRADUATING FROM THE NIGHTCLUB TO THE MUSIC VENUE

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signed him shortly thereafter. “It’s amazing working with

Mad Decent.” Dillon raves. “It’s my favorite label, because

Diplo owns it, and I think Diplo is one of the coolest people

I’ve ever met. It’s really family-oriented – I’m really happy to be a part of that.” While Dillon is among the youngest in the family,

011 has been a busy year for Dillon Francis. In what seems like no

he’s already made his mark, approaching genres like

time at all, the LA native has established an impressive following for

moombahton and dubstep with an upbeat, light-hearted

his signature brand of slick, bouncy electro; released several EPs on Mad

perspective. His sound is consistently tight – carefully

Decent—arguably one of the coolest labels around; and toured the country,

balanced with shiny, almost squeaky, synth highs and

spinning on stages at legit venues raging with sloppy, dancing fans. But in

a clean low-end that punches hard while still bringing

early 2010, when Drai’s at the W Hollywood had just opened, Dillon Francis

that deep sub energy. And yes, he makes it all on his

was just a sound guy, working their wires and playing the pre-requisite top-

computer, with virtual synthesizers and samples. But fear

forty tracks for the early-bird crowd. It wasn’t a dream job, but it paid the

not – analog isn’t dead yet. “I’ve been listening to a lot

bills – and of course, he had an escape plan.

of the new Major Lazer. [Diplo] goes to Jamaica to work

“I started DJ-ing when I was 18,” Dillon tells LAC. “It was when

on all that stuff, and you can tell the difference between

electronic music was just becoming popular, mash-ups were really big,

electro bass and that reggae, dancehall, actual bass they

and ‘hipster’ was becoming a prominent word in Hollywood. I wanted to

use down there. They’re still doing analog stuff and it

play at LAX and Cinespace, which were the only clubs playing that type

just sounds so much better. I’ve been wanting to go down

of music, and the only way I’d be able to play them was by learning how

there with him and just experiment.”

to produce. So I went and learned Ableton through my friend,”—which

So what else does Dillon Francis aspire to? “I’m probably

means he learned how to write and arrange original music on his computer,

gonna do a full album. I’m setting aside time in January

making the leap from DJ to musician. Though if you ask Dillon, he’ll tell you

and February,” he says. And what about producing other

he’s not really a musician at all, but a computer programmer, explaining: “I

artists? “My dream artist is Fiona Apple, ‘cause I don’t

can’t go to a piano and play crazy piano riffs.” Well, we have to disagree.

know where the hell she went, but she was awesome.

Dillon produces original work, and that requires creativity, imagination, and

If I were to do a track with her, I’d wanna make like a

a level of musicianship. “I sit in my room, drink a pot of coffee and just think

Kaskade-type progressive house track.” Somebody make

of melodies and go from there. Coffee is my lifeblood.” The melodies won’t

this happen, please?

write themselves.

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After hearing Dillon’s spunky, infectious moombahton track, “Masta Blasta,” Diplo (of M.I.A and Major Lazer fame) invited him to the studio, and


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and the Friendly Fires. So at this point, we’re

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prospect. The place is a sprawling

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to watch from, even at a sold-out show. The

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of the Sun perform their tribal-futuristic

Club Nokia’s three levels and ordering drinks

long as you know where to park, (ANYWHERE

electro-pop spectacle … which was epic, to

from several different bars. Wolfgang Puck

but their lots – you WILL pay $25!) it’s really

say the least. EOS really showcased what

handles all the food and beverages, so you

not that scary.

Club Nokia is best at: putting on a complex

can expect some decent cocktail options and a

show full of sets, theatrics, lights, and

comprehensive wine list. It may not be cheap,

from upscale bowling (Lucky Strike) to

costume changes, all while maintaining

but at least you won’t have to down six watery

swanky dining (Katsuya), what usually brings

excellent sound quality. Despite massive

cokes with a splash of Malibu to feel a buzz.

us there is Club Nokia – the multi-level,

background synthesizers and pounding

Which is kind of like the whole experience; it’s

2300-capcity venue booked by Goldenvoice/

beats, we were always able hear the live

not cheap – but it’s worth the money.

AEG. Since opening in 2008, Nokia’s diverse

shakers, and the lyrics.

• by Rebeca Arango.

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miss concerts like Beck, Block Party, Blondie

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PLAYLIST

Party on this Holiday season with our favorite dub, dancehall and moombahton-flavored electro of 2011. WARNING: this playlist is not for everyone – an appreciation of staggered snare patterns is strongly suggested.

“Masta Blasta” Dillon Francis

“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” (Major Lazer remix) Beastie Boys + Santigold

“Disque Oh!” (J-Wow Remix) Beataucue

“Que Que” Maluca + Dillon Francis + Diplo

“Hangover (Bababa)” Buraka Som Sistema

“Shake It to the Ground” (Switch & Santigold Remix) DJ Blaqstarr + Rye Rye

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S ORM NSF TAPE TRA FUL S ER R O KL ION COL QUAT GEC E ITH GAN ME CES W EVER SPA ND CL A

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THE ∆RT OF M∆TH in 2008. Green recalls how the

catching, mostly thanks to her

she started making the architec-

piece “defined the street corner

sense of color, which I find to be

tural installation art she’s known

in a profound way, causing an

acutely modern, if not downright

for, and you’ll get a story about a

optical illusion for passengers

futuristic. What I love about her

young woman who was good at

in moving vehicles, while at the

work is that it functions equally

math and had lofty dreams of be-

same time anchoring the corner

well in two dimensions as it does

coming a neurosurgeon. Initially,

space as a light-filled beacon.”

in three dimensions, creating a

Geckler studied organic chemis-

Other projects at institutions

spatial dialogue that is unique

try, advanced calculus, the neu-

from the Wexner Center and the

to her installations.” - Shirlae

ro-matrix, and the optic nerve,

Pasadena Museum of California

Cheng-Lifshin, PMCA Associate

but, thinking art school would be

Art to commercial and corporate

Curator and Exhibition Manager.

a lark (not unlike summer camp),

venues like Space 15Twenty,

But despite an overwhelming

she applied, attended, and never

Urban Outfitters, and most

amount of attention and love

looked back. The truth is, as her

recently, the CAA offices and the

coming her way, securing gallery

work evolves – becoming more

Nike Vault at LA LIVE, have all

representation has been some-

complex with every commission

capitalized on her unique ability

thing of a challenge. “I get why

and typically involving crews,

to draw inspiration from every

people don’t or can’t buy my

charts, and calculations – those

location on its own terms. Andi

art. The commitment level of an

math classes are coming in

Campognone, whose gallery

installation in a private house is

handy. Think streamer hanging

will exhibit Megan’s work in

huge. The work is space-specific;

a la party decoration, except

November, notes that “Geckler’s

it’s hard to take home with you.

in swirls, stripes, vectors, and

architectural installations not

I’ve never sold anything. I’m not

vortexes, with each installation

only incorporate what I love

in anyone’s private collection.

engineered using hundreds of

about non-objective painting, but

I’d have to change to fit in, to

geometrical functions, creating

expand that experience of shape,

exist in the stream of commercial

large-scale objects and environ-

line and color to an interactive

objects. But I get to make art

ments constructed entirely of

volume, breaking the rule of

with other people’s money.” You

colorful industrial tape.

wall.”

do the math. For more on Megan,

sk artist Megan Geckler how

I first encountered the

Her contribution to Avant-LA’s

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interference-pattern magic of

“Top Ten Now” show in October

megangeckler.com.

one of Megan’s pieces when

hearkened back to her BGFA

• by Shana Nys Dambrot.

she installed “Set a Course

installation; it occupied the

for Wayward Schemes” in the

windows, acting as a visual lure.

windows of Bert Green Fine Art

“Megan’s work is incredibly eye-


GALLERY

A QUARTER CENTURY LATER, LA LUZ DE JESUS STILL PREACHES CUTTING EDGE ART

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On a 1974 trip to Mexico, Shire began

with the rise of Juxtapoz (basically La Luz in

celebrates its 25th year, it’s worth noting

importing Day of the Dead tchotchkes for Soap

magazine form) and of course, the Internet. “As

that the same words – populist, edgy, subversive

Plant, his original Melrose Ave establishment.

for the haters who say, oh you’ve got a gallery

– are still, a quarter-century later, describing its

Becoming immersed in the ritual, he started

inside a novelty store -- I say fuck ‘em. Soap

ahead-of-the-curve program. Truly among the

bringing back bigger and bigger objects. But at

Plant, Wacko, and La Luz – it’s all symbiotic.

first champions of what has since become all

Soap Plant there was barely room to move, much

It’s of a piece – my creation. I see 5,000 people a

the rage, founder Billy Shire’s taste for image-

less display large works of art, so they took the

month. For an artist, that’s huge. It’s always been

and character-driven art, innovative but still

space upstairs. “We weren’t conscious of starting

important to me to break down the hoity-toity

accessible to the masses, runs in his family. His

a gallery. Robert Lopez, better known now as El

art thing. I was the first to put a gift store right

brother, the renowned ceramicist Peter, and his

Vez, worked downstairs and really kept it going.

inside the gallery. Now they all do it, even – no,

late father Henry, a successful illustrator, have

No galleries like that existed then. It was Folk

especially – museums. It’s a business model I

both been the subjects of La Luz exhibitions and

Art, Outsider, self-taught. We’d already mixed it

invented! Just kidding.” He’s only sort of kidding.

books, with more in the works. While wrangling

up the first year, showing Gary Panter and Robert

• by Shana Nys Dambrot.

two anniversary shows and a lavish catalog

Williams – it happened fast.”

featuring 250+ artists is certainly keeping Shire

After moving to his current digs under the

busy, he always finds time to share the gospel

glittering WACKO sign on Hollywood just east

of La Luz.

of Vermont, everything expanded exponentially

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BOOK

DJ SPOOKY TAKES US ON A FROSTY TOUR IN HIS LATEST PROJECT, THE BOOK OF ICE

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have recovered it. What? Eternity. It is the sea

matched with the sun.” The poet Arthur Rimbaud said that, not DJ Spooky. But that’s exactly the kind of glorious, cinematic, meaningful imagery that infuses this astonishing publication, written by none other than DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid himself, and released under the name Paul D. Miller – which is both his real name and the one he uses in his prolific work as an author and visual artist. Here’s what he did say: “Everything I do is about paradox. It makes life fun. I think that people need to hear Antarctica because it is at the edge of the world.”

concern is how do we make music

So that’s kind of the same thing.

out of it,” he’s gone on to build a

THE BOOK OF ICE is a hybrid, a mix of historical

Nature Utopia. Entire sections of the

plus interviews and essays making unexpected

book are original art – lovely, crisp

connections between science, nature, industry,

abstractions of linear bubbles and

culture, and art. Miller teases out complex,

cloud-form music notes; a stylized ad

sustained analogies between and among creative

campaign for Antarctic tourism; and

art forms, the molecular structure of water,

a continental manifesto in several

international cooperation, and ice as all-purpose

languages. The most compelling

metaphor. The book is a sort of companion piece to

analogy is made between taking core

his 2010 multimedia symphony Terra Nova, which

samples in science and DJ sampling,

was composed during and after a trip to Antarctica

in that they both freely access layers

in 2008. Ironically, the ice continent is the most

of a shared, collective history. It

silent place in the world – or at least the most

forms such a neat metaphor for

devoid of human voices.

Miller’s artistic practice that within

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Full disclosure: there’s a lot of science. And

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visual and acoustic portrait of a post-

photographs and expressive graphic design

a few pages you are fully convinced,

world history. Geography, of course. And math.

and, ready to book your cruise.

Not just the calculus kind, but the improvisational,

• by Shana Nys Dambrot.

fractal math of jazz music, with its strict underlying structure and easy surface transitions. Saying, “My


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LA LUZ DE JESUS 25, PART TWO La Luz de Jesus Gallery November 4 - 27 Opening: November 4 & 5, 8-11 pm This iconic indie art gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary with the second of two huge group shows (the first was in October) featuring the rest of your Low-Brow, Post-Illustration, Hot Rod, Dark Folk, and Urban Romantic favorites. laluzdejesus.com YOKO ONO IMAGINE PEACE: FEATURING JOHN & YOKO’S YEAR OF PEACE University of LaVerne Harris Gallery November 7 - December 15 Opening: Monday, November 7, 6-8 pm This exhibition focuses on the thematic ideals of peace and love, and follows the work of Yoko Ono and John Lennon chronologically as solo artists, as a couple in the 1960’s, and also includes a selection of Ono’s recent solo works. laverne.edu CONSUMPTIVE Garboushian Gallery November 11 - December 16 Opening: Friday, November 11, 7-9 pm Contemporary art about wanting too much, curated by LAC’s own Shana Nys Dambrot, and featuring: David LaChapelle, Gina Stepaniuk, Casey Lee Wanlass, Rick Robinson, Austin Young, Swinda Reichelt, Jennifer Vanderpool, Peter Wu, Alexandria Lee, Grant Vetter, and York Chang. garboushian.com NAKED HOLLYWOOD: WEEGEE IN LOS ANGELES MOCA Grand Avenue November 13 - February 27, 2012 Opening: Saturday, November 12 The first museum survey devoted to the work the that the tabloid photographer known as Weegee produced in Southern California, opening to coincide with MOCA’s gala on November 12. moca.org STAKE YOUR CLAIM: LA, Art & Politics LACE Sunday, November 13, 3-5 pm A free, guided gallery tour and a special video screening featuring rarely seen performance footage, as part of their ongoing Pacific Standard Time exhibition and event series, Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-83. welcometolace.org PETER SHELTON: SCULPTURE, 1980 – PRESENT LA Louver November 19 - December 30 Opening: Saturday, November 19, 4-8 pm L.A.-based artist Peter Shelton will present an extensive exhibition of both recent and historic sculpture created in bronze, steel and fiberglass, installed throughout all of L.A. Louver’s First and Second Floor Galleries. lalouver.com RON ENGLISH: SEASONS IN SUPURBIA Corey Helford Gallery November 19 - December 10 Opening: Saturday, November 19, 7-10 pm One of the best known, bravest, and most provocative painters, political satirists, and street-art icons, New York based Ron English comes to LA for a rare solo show of new work and related city-wide shenanigans. coreyhelfordgallery.com DANIEL MARTIN DIAZ: QUANTUM MYSTICISM La Luz de Jesus December 2 - 31 Opening: Friday, December 2, 8-11 pm Self-taught artist and classically trained composer Daniel Martin Díaz draws inspiration from old masters Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, and Hieronymus Bosch—in subject matter and material, with a darkly modern twist. laluzdejesus.com

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LISA ADAMS AND OSVALDO TRUJILLO CB1 Gallery December 11 - January 15, 2012 Opening: Sunday, December 11, 5-7 pm Osvaldo Trujillo’s intimate drawings of Escher-esque fantasy structures and scenes are intricate, with an overtly magical optical effect, and his draftsmanship is impeccable. Lisa Adams’ haunting, mentally charged paintings are almost cinematic in their dream-like construction of unexpected narrative and reclusive symbolism. Her book is out now on Zero+ Publishing. cb1gallery.com

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A CLASS ACT LA DESIGN COLLECTIVE COMUNE BRINGS SOPHISTICATION TO THE SKATE-STYLE SCENE

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ith a clean aesthetic and an eye for subtlety , LA brand COMUNE has been pushing the boundaries of casual street wear since its inception in 2008. By putting

together a remarkably authentic group of individuals, COMUNE has crafted an identity that celebrates the spirit of ar t itself – raw, original and propelled by a hunger for progress at any cost. Organic collaborations among an evolving creative alliance are key to the label’ s ingenuity. Skate and snow teams are united with independent contributors via COMUNE ’s Drop City program – a network of like-minded ar tists – to emphasize momentum over trend. We sat down with founder Corey Smith and creative director Frank Delgadillo to find out what their brand is all about. • Erin Dennison .

HOW DID COMUNE COME TO FRUITION? COMUNE began just over three years ago with a group of like-minded friends. We wanted to create a clothing brand that ser ved as a creative platfor m for artists, musicians, designers, skaters, and snowboarders. DESCRIBE COMUNE’S AESTHETIC Modern, functional, and timeless . WHAT SEPARATES YOU GUYS FROM OTHER LIFESTYLE BRANDS? We strive to pioneer ideas in our design rather than just follow trends and mass-produce them. That’s why the COMUNE look is so distinct compared to other brands that tr y to have something for everyone. We are what we make. COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE TEAM? Our creative team is an eclectic group of ar tists and designers. We recently added Chris Dennler to our design roster. Chris is most well know for his work with his experimental brand, Rxmance. He’s a master screen printer and always has fo rward ideas. World traveller and fine art photographer Mike Selsky has also joined our team to help out with all of our photo needs as well as graphic design . HOW INVOLVED ARE THE SKATERS AND SNOWBOARDERS IN THE DESIGNS? It really just depends. Some of the guys are just into whatever we make, while others are really interested in bringing us new ideas of what to make and helping us fine-tune existing pieces. YOUR PHOTO AND VIDEO CAMPAIGNS SO ACCURATELY DEPICT THE VIBE OF YOUR DESIGNS

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We find inspiration in a variety of places. Music, movies, and ar t all provide constant stimulation. Everyone here is constantly creating, whether it be for COMUNE projects or personal projects. There’s no lack of creative momentum within our team . WHICH CITY HAS YOUR HEART? I think everyone here would have a different answer for that question. I think right now Los Angeles is our new home and ever yone is captivated by all that this city has to offe r. PERSONAL MOTTO? Something Better Change.


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anadian filmmaker Lauren Graham and Atlanta-born stylist/photographer Danielle

Defoe met in LA several years ago, and have been busy creating eye candy for the rest of us ever since. The duo direct and capture moments on-the-fly, guerrilla-style, while still maintaining remarkable attention to detail. Watching them shoot the editorial for this issue, we were captivated by their ability to complement each other’s vision intuitively, communicating effortlessly and capturing the perfect shot before the rest of us could even find parking. Defoe and

lived above me got her number that night and

we build on it and make it come alive. We are

Graham take fashion beyond the printed page

invited her over a few weeks later. Next thing you

basically translating our lifestyles / friendship into

with impeccable cadence and flawless transition.

know we’re in an RV with 4 other people on our

photography and film.

Think constructing fantasy over documenting

way to SXSW in Austin. Around that time I started

LG: Flow. Laughter? Obsession. We both want

clothing. • by Erin Dennison.

photographing LG, and the rest is history...

the same thing. But we use different mediums,

LAC: How did you two meet?

LAC: Describe your aesthetic.

LG: I met DeFoe at the Burgundy Room my first

LG: Dirty and street. Trying to clean up, but not

night in Hollywood, about three years ago. I rode

working out so well. It always shows.

my BMX to the bar and she was ranting about

DEFOE: A mixture of Rock-n-Roll and old

DEFOE: I think every time I create something

gambling as I locked up my bike. Then she spilled

Hollywood. I’m obsessed with leopard print, body-

new it’s better than the last…although, I quickly

a beer on the table.

con dresses, customizing jackets, sunglasses,

get over it and want to move on to the next thing.

DEFOE: There’s a gallery next to the bar that was

and red lipstick. Everyday is a performance and

There is no greater high to me than making art.

all spooked out and the owner was dealing cards.

getting dressed is an art.

The artist is a fiend and the pusher is the soul.

for several hours. I was killing it at first but the

LAC: Your process?

LAC: Who would help you hide the body?

more I drank the worse I got – go figure. I do this

DEFOE: Most of our ideas together are invented

LG: We can‘t tell you.

thing that Hemingway described as “disappearing

over iChat. We’ve spent the last three years

DEFOE: In the words of Jim Morrison, “we could

like a cat in the night,” and got in a cab without

growing together and ultimately have the same

plan a murder or start a religion.”

saying anything to anyone. But my friend Ali who

goals. One of us may come up with an idea, then

so there is no competition – that is important. We both just get it. LAC: What’s next?

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white-girl sigh of relief. Cher Horowitz’s fantasy wardrobe of bright colors, bold prints and preppy separates ignited a fresh outlook in fashion – bubblegum was

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rban Dictionary defines a “Civilianaire”

with a stark, blue-collar sensibility. Denim

as someone who lives within modest

enthusiasts will be glad to know the brand

means, but occasionally splurges on upper

is also carried at Ron Herman, as well as two

class luxuries. With that person in mind, Barry

more Civilianaire stores in Montecito and

Perlman and Gene Montesano – the duo behind

Venice.

boho-chic empire Lucky Jeans – developed

Perlman and Montesano have honed

Civilianaire is a collection of premium denim

their instincts, emphasizing the notion of

and casual basics that remain relevant despite

sustainability over fashion cycles. How have

fleeting fashion trends, appealing to a rational

they been able to work together so efficiently

consumer who still appreciates style and

for so long? “Mutual respect” explains Berry.

quality.

“We are creative partners – it’s as simple as

The line is 100% American made and manufactured right here in LA County. Each

What’s next for a couple of guys who have already conquered the men’s denim game?

Japanese cotton, assembled by a gold stitch,

Womenswear. Perlman and Montesano are

and available in two fits: slim and regular.

working towards developing pieces that mirror

Much like their denim, Civilianaire’s other

their original menswear prototype. Style, much like the perfect pair of jeans,

Chinos, jackets and button-ups are all unified

makes an authentic visual impression lasting

by the industrial principle of ‘form follows

longer than any trend. A unique blend of spirit

function’.

and substance, this isn’t the last you’ll hear of

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that,” echoes Gene.

pair of jeans is constructed from premium

pieces adhere to a simple utilitarian sentiment.

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40 years into their business relationship,

Civilianaire. A modern classic in the making,

on W. 3rd St right by the Beverly Center and

Civilianaire. • by Erin Dennison.

Joan’s – encapsulates the brand’s essence with its smart, utilitarian-chic decor. Jeans are displayed on wooden-peg lined walls

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TASTE MAKER WE CATCH UP WITH CASEY LANE ABOUT HIS NEW DOWNTOWN GASTROPUB

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hef Casey Lane moved to Los Angeles by way of Portland almost two and a half years ago to head up an experimental dining concept called The Tasting

Kitchen in Venice. Menus were hand-written in cursive, small plates reigned supreme, and the daily farmers market offerings were bound to end up on your plate. Since then, TTK has added a sophisticated cocktail program, made slight dining room tweaks, and earned a following for its local and sustainable food reflecting LA’s farm-to-table ethos. With the Venice restaurant as popular as ever, it’s no surprise to see Lane planning his sophomore effort: a downtown gastropub scheduled to open this winter. • by Kat Odell.

LAC: You and your staff relocated from

LAC: How does your new restaurant

Portland to open The Tasting Kitchen,

differ from The Tasting Kitchen?

what made you decide to move?

LANE: The new concept will differ

LANE: It was time for a change of

greatly. One of my motivators is coming

pace, and the economy in Los Angeles

up with new concepts. It is going to

provides a much better opportunity to

be a far lower price point without any

create a restaurant you can be proud of.

difference in quality. I plan to use different methods to produce high

LAC: How would you describe your

quality food. The dishes will be slightly

approach to cooking?

more aggressive, so a traditional five

LANE: It’s one that is an ode to the

to seven course meal isn’t really what

craft. People have been cooking for

you’ll find here. Rather, a variety

hundreds of years and, in the past,

of plates to enjoy separately. The

some aspects of cooking were done with

experience will be less intimate and

more care, precision, and consciousness

much more enticing.

than they are now. I believe in making everything by hand and removing the

LAC: Is the cocktail program similar to

term shortcut from our vocabulary.

that of TTK? LANE: The cocktail program will be

LAC: Who has been your biggest

similar, but will take a bit more of

mentor?

the limelight, as I want it to be a true

LANE: That would have to be Beau

gastropub – not a restaurant with a

Culpepper, the old sous chef from

great bar. This will be evident in not

Clarklewis (Portland), but a mentor that

only thought but also layout.

I have drawn the most from through literature would be Paul Bertolli.

LAC: Any new ingredients you’ve been playing with recently?

LAC: Any ingredients you hate to cook

LANE: Dill has kind of taken over my

with?

life a bit ...

LANE: Frozen anything (not that I would ever do it but...)


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RESTAURANT

OSAKA MIXES ASIAN TECHNIQUES WITH PERUVIAN FARE FOR ADVENTUROUS NEW FLAVORS

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our years ago, restaurateur Adolfo Suaya

with the heaviest focus on Peru. Most plates are

(BoHo) announced plans to open a branch

small and priced under $20, allowing diners to

of the popular South American eatery, Osaka,

share a bunch of different dishes. While specialty

in Hollywood. Suaya partnered with Osaka

sushi rolls and nigiri do claim some menu real

creators Diego Herrera and Diego de la Puente to

estate, what you really want to sample here are

launch the mini-chain’s first U.S. location – four

the ceviches, causitas, and anticuchos.

others can be found in Mexico, Lima, Buenos

A trio of ceviches is the perfect light and

Aires and Santiago. After three years of trials

refreshing way to kick off a meal. Standouts

and tribulations, this chic Peruvian-Asian fusion

include the classic Shiromi with sweet potato;

restaurant finally debuted on Hollywood Boulevard

the Nikkei with tuna, crispy quinoa and tangy

in September.

yuzu vinaigrette; and the Al Aji Amarillo: a mix

Designed by Kris Keith of Spacecraft, Osaka

of shiromi and South American aji amarillo chili

feels earthy yet modern with a South American

peppers that can be piled atop sweet potato

flair. Patrons traipse over stones in a shallow pool

wontons.

of water to enter a low-lit lounge anchored by a

Try the tuna causa: whipped potato topped

central bar. Stop in for a pisco (Peruvian brandy)

with chopped tuna, onion, and chives served on

cocktail – say, a classic Pisco Sour or Pisco Punch –

a big Asian soupspoon. Those feeling slightly

and then continue on to the dining room, in which

more adventurous should not miss the kokoro

the main attraction is a long, rectangular sushi bar.

anticucho: a skewered and grilled Kobe beef heart.

Pile into a corner booth, snag a banquette around

Don’t worry; it tastes just like fillet…perhaps a bit

the perimeter, or pull up a stool to the sushi bar

chewier. It’s good, we promise. • by Kat Odell.

and watch the chefs in action. Osaka’s menu mixes ingredients and

LOCATION: 6327 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

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COFFEE SHOP 101 (6145 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood) There is no guiltier pleasure than late-night breakfast food. Desperation could bring the drunken fool to Denny’s, but stopping at 101 Coffee Shop mid-barhop or post-club is just the classier thing to do in Hollywood. Located on Franklin right off the 101, this place has the atmosphere of a retro diner, but a fresher take on traditional diner fare. Cajun Catfish and Eggs replace greasy sausage links; buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries and sautéed bananas stand in for limp flapjacks. There are also vegan-friendly options, like Soyrizo & eggs and “No Huevos” Rancheros. In addition to a wide variety of savory menu options, 101 Coffee Shop is also known for its milkshakes. Purple Haze is a unique blend of blueberries, bananas, honey, and vanilla ice cream that’s dreamy no matter what time of day it is.

PHO CAFÉ (2841 W Sunset Blvd, L.A.) The insomniacs of Silverlake often find refuge in Pho Café – an unassuming, unlabeled doorway next to an escrow service center. Minimally decorated and brightly lit, this little restaurant is open ‘til midnight, offering a quickand-easy single-sided paper menu featuring Vietnamese comfort food. The Banh Xeo, a crispy egg omelet filled with Pho Café’s famous lemongrass beef, shrimp, mushroom, and bean sprouts, is definitely one of the most exotic options. It comes with four or five sheets of stiff rice paper, which are dipped one by one into a bowl of warm water until soft enough to wrap around a handful of vegetables and a slice of the Banh Xeo omelet itself. Then, this massive roll-up is dipped in a savory-sweet peanut sauce. If insomnia begs for noodles, then Pho Café offers not only a traditional bowl of pho with strips of rare beef, but also bun—cold vermicelli rice noodles—topped with a flaky fried egg roll and either beef, shrimp, or both. A liberal dousing of sweet fish sauce is the finishing touch to this hearty bowl of noodles.

EL TAURINO (1104 South Hoover Street L.A.) The streets of LA are notorious for those nocturnal taco stands that seem to materialize right when everybody’s getting ready to go home for the night. El Taurino on Pico and 11th is a great late-night spot for authentic Mexican food that is just as grungy, but actually offers a place to sit and unwind. El Taurino is busiest at night; open until 5:30 AM, it’s a loud, cheap hole in the wall, teeming with a diversity of patrons. Burritos, variety of juicy fillings, including the popular carne asada and spit-grilled al pastor. If you’re craving head late at night, order cabeza at El Taurino. Also, don’t neglect to pour their addicting red salsa on top of any of the above to end (or begin) the night on a satisfyingly smoldering note.

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START YOUR NIGHT OFF WITH THIS SEASONAL PICK-ME-UP

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anta Monica’s Hostaria del Piccolo offers some of the tastiest fruit libations on the

West Side. On any given day, this casual Italian retreat stocks fresh raspberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries to be muddled into signature creations like Brontolo (rum, jalapeno, fresh lime, berries) and Gongolo (Ketel One Citron, St.Germain, fresh lime, ginger beer, mint, strawberries) – which are both perfect for summer. But for fall, there’s an enticing new selection of cozy, seasonal drinks. During these colder months, opt for October 29th, a cocktail conceived by bartendress Leigh Goldstein that tastes like apple pie in a highball. Goldstein shakes together fresh lemon juice, amaretto, bourbon, a shot of espresso, and spices for a winter pick-me-up that’s appropriate at any hour. The resulting drink is well balanced from the lemon juice and slightly nutty from the amaretto, with an added depth of flavor thanks to the bourbon and espresso. A pinch of spice ties all the ingredients together with a hint of holiday cheer. • by Kat Odell. RECIPE - ¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice - ½ oz Honey Syrup - ½ oz Amaretto Di Soronno - 1 ½ oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon - 1 Single Espresso - Pinch of Clove, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg - Creme de Cacao infused cream top layer - Garnished with a Cinnamon Stick

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eek down the alley behind Rocco’s

cucumber, and crème fraiche. And yes –

Tavern in Culver City and you’ll spot a

there’s a speared gherkin pickle with a

blaring neon “cocktails” sign, summoning you towards a hidden new haunt that’s ready to dispense liquid salvation. Give the big guy outside the daily

medley of absinthe, Plymouth gin, fresh strawberries, passion fruit purée, and

seventy7la), and step into Seventy 7’s

simple syrup – all muddled together for a

deep, dark recess wrapped in vintage

libation that’s easy on the tongue.

chandeliers. Snag a stool around the L-shaped bar, or

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slice of cucumber as garnish.

But, for a true dessert in liquid form, go for the Smortini. Think Wodka Vodka, vanilla schnapps, Godiva chocolate liqueur,

get cozy on a low-slung leather banquette,

a graham cracker “crust,” and the pièce de

and imbibe via GM Mathew Goldberg’s

résistance: toasted baby marshmallows.

creative roster of boozy beverages, all

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It’s winter in LA, so you’ve probably started putting together your holiday wish list. Clothes can be great, but there’s still that kid in all of us that’s hoping for some expensive new toy in that last box hidden in the corner. As you put the finishing touches on your list before passing it out to anyone with a bank account, LA CANVAS has a few last minute additions for your consideration. • by Justin Fitzwater.

CISCO - FLIP ULTRAHD 4GB $79.99 / 8GB $99.99 Surely you’ve heard of the Flip: a digital camcorder that’s grown popular for offering 720p Widescreen HD video recording in a cheap, compact package. Edit and share your footage directly from the device, or connect it to a PC or HDTV. Also, you now have the option to create or upload your own design to truly make the Flip your own. www.theflip.com

AMAZON – KINDLE FIRE $199

NIXON - THE RUBBER PLAYER $150 With all those complicated gadgets out there, sometimes you just want a simple piece of tech that looks good. No matter what you’re wearing you’ll find this watch in a color to match. Nixon watches can get pretty pricey, but with this model you can expect an affordable, stylish watch that’s timeless – well, in an ironic sort of way. www.nixonnow.com

Books? Who wants a book for a present? Oh yeah, Kindle made books cool again. Ditching the black and white screen, the new Kindle Fire offers not only books, but magazines, movies, games, web browsing (it even supports Flash!) and much more, all in full color. In fact, the Fire can do pretty much anything the iPad 2 can – at less than half the price. www.amazon.com

JAWBONE – JAMBOX $199 ADONIT - JOT $19.99 / JOT PRO $29.99

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A Kickstarter success story if ever there was one, the Jot and Jot Pro had huge support before anyone even got to try one. Each is a stylus that works with virtually any capacitive touchscreen device for greater precision than any other stylus on the market. The Pro also includes a rubber grip and built-in magnet that attaches to the iPad 2 when not in use. www.adonit.net

Sharing videos with friends is great but huddling with them around your cell phone, and its tiny speaker, isn’t. JAMBOX is a portable solution that provides amazing audio with great highs and subwoofers you’ll feel even from a few feet away. You can connect wirelessly with any Bluetooth enabled device for big sound in a small package. www.jawbone.com

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ROKU 2 HD, XD, XS, AND LS $50.00 - $99.99 Most of us have plenty of movies, music and photos on our computer, but getting them onto the TV isn’t always easy. Roku connects to almost any TV for up to 1080p picture quality with access to over 300 channels and apps like Netflix and Pandora over wi-fi. As a bonus, the XS model includes the enhanced remote (with motion controls) and Angry Birds. www.roku.com

BOOQ BAGS - BOA PUSH, SAND $89.95

FUJI - INSTAX 7S $100 Digital photos are awesome, but few of us ever actually get them printed. And there’s something great about having a physical photo in your hand – a one of a kind that truly captures a memory. The Instax is a great, cheap instant film camera, like the old Polaroid, but with a modern twist. Though we have to admit, “Shake it like a Fuji picture” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. usa.shop.lomography.com

Whether or not you’ve bit the bullet and bought an iPad – or some other fancy tablet – you can’t deny this bag is stylish. Don’t go thinking you can’t have one without the other. Even without a tablet, the slim design provides just enough space for your phone, cords, pens, notebook and more without any excess bulk. When you’re on the go, what more could you ask for? www.booqbags.com

APPLE - IPOD NANO 8GB $129 / 16GB $149 If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Nano hasn’t received any upgrades this year, save for a built in sensor (for tracking your workouts without any extra gadgets) and a $30 price cut. A few new clock faces have also been added for those using one of the Nano watchbands. Don’t have one yet? What are you waiting for? www.apple.com

WACOM – INKLING $199

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Wacom offers artists and creative individuals great tools for creating digital masterpieces, but sometimes nothing beats a pen and paper. The Inkling provides the comfort of drawing with a pen and the ability to record your sketches digitally. Record every stroke, even in separate layers, and export them to Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchbook. www.wacom.com

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A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE RED, YELLOW AND BLUE

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ike a lot of folks, rising art star

Gogh biography, but with a twist – the

inky blacks, incorporation of text into

Gregory Siff landed in Hollywood

possibility of a happy ending. “Every day

the composition with poetic, narrative

to pursue an acting career. He’s made

I make something. Art has saved my life.”

purpose, and prolific dedication that keeps

decent progress, but everyone knows how

That optimistic, deeply felt connection

him constantly at work also resonate with

dispiriting that endless cycle of audition,

to his practice is not all swashbuckling

his patron inspiration, who once wrote,

rejection, and bad material can be. One

adventure, though. Signing his ubiquitous

“Great things are not accidental. They

day about six or seven years back, he

painted and posted work simply

certainly must be willed.” Yes, that line is

started painting as a kind of a creative and

“Gregory” is an homage to “Vincent,” but

in the movie.

emotional release. See, he’d been reading

there’s more to it.

van Gogh’s letters on the topic of rejection,

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On the irresistible date of 11.11.11, Gregory will have a solo show of new

and they resonated, so he just sort of went

visual or stylistic influence – Gregory

paintings and other madness at an

for it because, as he put it, “you don’t have

is not a 19th-century Impressionist

undisclosed Downtown location. Go to his

to audition to make a painting.”

– there is a quick, frantic energy, a

website, gregorysiff.com and/or look for

confident but anxious way of making his

red, yellow and blue in the streets to find

after some encouraging early success

instantly recognizable language of lines,

clues. “Secret show shit, you know? This

and insight gained, the inevitable

marks, and shapes, that alternates an

will be the closest I can bring you to being

happened, and he wrote the screenplay.

almost obsessive density with a lyrical,

me.” But of course, the truth is, all of Siff’s

Called “painT,” it’s a modern update

expressive approach to drawing what

art tells the story of being who he is.

of the iconic, if largely apocryphal, van

he sees. His use of primary colors and

• by Shana Nys Dambrot.

But this is still Hollywood after all, so

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