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PIN ARTIST LA DJ DILLON FRANCIS IS MAKING MOVES, GRADUATING FROM THE NIGHTCLUB TO THE MUSIC VENUE
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?
• by Rebeca Arango.
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
oing to LA Live can be an intimidating
and the Friendly Fires. So at this point, we’re
ants. And you can always find a good spot
prospect. The place is a sprawling
pretty much regulars.
to watch from, even at a sold-out show. The
complex of buildings forming a vibrant,
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
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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.
line-up of conventions, comedy shows, and
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private events has always included can’t
accidentally lose someone in, but small
miss concerts like Beck, Block Party, Blondie
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“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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“Jump Moombahton” Sabo
“Gucci Gucci” (Pierre Cardin Moombahton Remix) Kreayshawn
“Watch Me Dance” (Heartbreak Remix) Toddla T
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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.
do the math. For more on Megan,
sk artist Megan Geckler how
I first encountered the
Her contribution to Avant-LA’s
check out LACANVAS.COM or
interference-pattern magic of
“Top Ten Now” show in October
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-
A QUARTER CENTURY LATER, LA LUZ DE JESUS STILL PREACHES CUTTING EDGE ART
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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s iconic indie-art emporium La Luz de Jesus
DJ SPOOKY TAKES US ON A FROSTY TOUR IN HIS LATEST PROJECT, THE BOOK OF ICE
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
Full disclosure: there’s a lot of science. And
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
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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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
HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH THE TREATMENTS?
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.
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?
By the time LG showed up I had been gambling
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SAY GOODBYE TO GOTH AND GRUNGE – THIS SEASON, DESIGNERS BRING BACK COLOR AND SPUNK “So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all, but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with abackwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.” - Cher Horowitz
You probably know a sloppy kid like that today, but in the early 90’s, basically everyone was hanging ‘round the parking lot in flannel, ripped jeans, combat boots and converse. I mean, at least it seemed like that in Clerks, right? The Seattle grunge scene spawned an angst-ridden sartorial trend that defined a generation from high-fashion runways to high-school cafeterias…until the summer of ’95, when a naïve teenaged protagonist
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searched for authenticity in the independent rock scene. Music’s favorite cousin followed suit (get it?), rejecting the preppy opulence of the ‘yuppie’ paradigm. Newbie designer Marc Jacobs’ love affair with ‘grunge’ led to his termination from elite fashion house Perry Ellis. One by one, mainstream brands began to adopt the cult aesthetic, consequently turning the anti-trend into the trend. In 1995, a speculative bubble known as the “dotcom” boom revived the struggling economy. That summer, the release of Clueless mirrored the nation’s sudden prosperity, and pop-culture breathed a collective
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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
PROENZA SCHOULER, A/W ‘10
back. This optimistic and visually stimulating film about a materialistic, yet benevolent teenager quietly changed the station from “Nevermind” to “All the Young Dudes”. Like most things, fashion is predictably cyclical. The past several seasons we’ve seen everyone from Balmain to Proenza get a little Wednesday Adams on us. And really, with unemployment at 9% and an S&P downgrade, LACANVAS.COM
an ‘I-don’t-give-a-fuck’ attitude is almost viscerally satisfying. But even a good temper tantrum can get old. Feel me, Stella? Prada? Sonia Rykiel? Disillusionment can be such a drag. PROENZA SCHOULER, A/W ‘10
BALMAIN, A/W ‘9
• by Erin Dennison.
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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
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.
“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
and substance, this isn’t the last you’ll hear of
Civilianaire’s flagship boutique – located LACANVAS.COM
that,” echoes Gene.
pair of jeans is constructed from premium
pieces adhere to a simple utilitarian sentiment.
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
LOCATION: 8312 W. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
PHOTOS BY LUKE LOVELL
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TASTE MAKER WE CATCH UP WITH CASEY LANE ABOUT HIS NEW DOWNTOWN GASTROPUB
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
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
life a bit ...
LANE: Frozen anything (not that I would ever do it but...)
Experience La Brea
Be sure to stay tuned for up coming events, news and updates.
On La Brea between 1st & 2nd Street
OSAKA MIXES ASIAN TECHNIQUES WITH PERUVIAN FARE FOR ADVENTUROUS NEW FLAVORS
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
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
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
PHOTOS BY LUKE LOVELL
techniques from Peru, Japan, Thailand, and China,
• by Marilyn Chiu.
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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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
If you’d rather stick to sweet, the Moulin Rouge has you covered; it’s a happy
password, procured via Twitter (@
brocade wallpaper and lit by antique
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
Fire it up. • by Kat Odell.
priced between $12 and $15. Try Peter Piper – a mostly sour sensation due to the pickle juice, which is masterfully combined with Hendrick’s gin, fresh dill,
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PHOTOS BY LUKE LOVELL
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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.
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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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1 THEATRE Edgar Allan Poe’s Cask of Amontillado @ Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre
ART EXHIBIT Raymond Pettibon: Desire in Pursuyt of the Whole @ Regen Projects Gallery
W CONCERT Architecture in Helsinki @ El Rey
Th CONCERT Das Racist @ the Roxy
F DANCE Silverlake Contemporary Ballet’s Fall Program, w/ Live Rock Bands Starts @ The Sweat Spot
4 PARTY Part-time Punks @ the Echo
ART EXHIBIT Stephanie Vovas Photography @ Edgar Varela Fine Arts
COMEDY Jeff Garlin in Conversation w/ Michael Moore @ Largo FILM SCREENING Lacuna @ the Downtown Independent
EVENT Designer Con @ Pasadena Convention Center
CONCERT Vanaprasta (residency) @ the Satellite
COMEDY Bill Maher @ Gibson Amphitheatre
STYLE EVENT Thread Show: Indie Design + Fashion @ the Cooper Design Space
CONCERT Yelle @ The Wiltern
FILM FESTIVAL ZED FEST: Zombie, Horror & Sci-fi @ Noho Actor’s Studio
CONCERT Real Estate @ the Echo
FOOD EVENT LA Pizza Festival @ the Olympic Collection
FILM SCREENING Beyond this Place, w/ live score by Sufjan Stevens @ Vista Theatre
COMEDY Facebook @ the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre
CONCERT M83 @ The Music Box
ARTWALK @ Downtown LA F
PARTY Miami Horror DJ SET @ Avalon
CONCERT Kisses @ the Roxy CONCERT Holy Ghost! + Jessica 6 @ the Music Box
CONCERT Feist @ the Wiltern
COMEDY Michael Ian Black @ Largo
EVENT Charles Pheonix “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown @ Downtown LA
EVENT LA Auto Show @ LA Convention Center
EVENT Lava Sunday Saloon w/ Susanna Dakin @ Los Angeles Athletic Club
FOOD EVENT Old L.A. Certified Farmer’s Market @ Highland Park
THEATRE Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant @ Secret Rose Theatre
DANCE Diavolo Dance: Transit Space @ Music Center Plaza
EVENT Aloud w/ Miranda July @ Mark Tauper Auditorium, Central Library
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CONCERT Future Islands @ the Echo
S PARTY Martin Solveig @ Avalon
PARTY The VS (VERSUS) Party @ the Central
PARTY DJ Competition: LA vs. SF @ Exchange LA
CONCERT Pete Rock, Thundercat + DJ J. ROCC, hosted by Garth Trinidad (KCRW) @ Exchange LA
PARTY Dub Club @ the Echoplex
CONCERT The Chain Gang of 1974 @ the Echo
CONCERT Morrissey @ Shrine Auditorium
FILM SCREENING Film Courage Interactive Series presents: Missing Pieces @ the Downtown Independent
PARTY Chromeo @ The Wiltern
CONCERT The Black Apples (residency) @ the Echo
CONCERT Dan Deacon @ the Echoplex
PARTY Disco Party & Dance Competition w/ DJs Destroyer, Eric Coleman + Marlon Fuentes @ Exchange LA
CONCERT The Postelles @ the Bootleg
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ARTWALK @ Downtown LA FOOD EVENT NOLA Thursday’s w/ DJ Strategy @ NOLA’s Downtown
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CONCERT Jay-z + Kanye West @ the Staples Center
CONCERT Dead Kennedys @ the House of Blues
CONCERT Robatanists + Summer Darling @ Silverlake Lounge
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F Su THEATRE I Love Lucy Live On Stage @ Greenway Court Theatre
THEATRE Jane Austen Unscripted by Impro Theatre @ the Broad Stage
CONCERT KCRW presents Holiday Eclectic @ the Orpheum Theatre
COMEDY Garfunkel & Oates Ho Ho Hoes? Holiday Show @ Largo
FOOD EVENT Malibu Food and Wine Festival
CONCERT Someone Still Loves You @ the Bootleg
MUSIC FESTIVAL Jazz and World Music Festival @ Catalina Bar & Grill
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CONCERT Oh Land @ the El Rey
CONCERT Queen Kwong + Light FM @ Silverlake Lounge
PARTY Digitalism @ the Music Box COMEDY Charles Pheonixâ€™s Retro Holiday Slide Show @ Downtown Independent Theatre
Su DANCE LA Ballet performs The Nutcracker (Weekend Only) @ Alex Theatre
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FESTIVAL Electric Daisy Carnival @ Las Vegas
CONCERT Her Space Holiday @ the Satellite
FOOD EVENT Feast of Seven Fishes @ Drago Centro
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66 LAST LOOK
A DEEPER LOOK INTO THE RED, YELLOW AND BLUE
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,
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
Though not overtly manifesting as a
PHOTOS BY CARLOS GONZALEZ