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trip to NYC

June 23, 2009

i went to NY this past week to celebrate a friend’s 40th. he and another good friend of ours do this trip every year, mainly to see a handful of broadway shows. i’m not much of a theater queen, but used my friend’s 40th this year as an excuse to make it out.

each show i saw was great! hair, fuerzabruta and broadway bares. so much fun.

but what i also love to do when in a city that isn’t my own is walk around to see the people, public spaces, buildings and art, and NY is one of the best places to do it. below are some of my favorite scenes from the week.

 

taken from high line. a little hard to see, but great street art on the wall.

taken from the high line. a little hard to see, but great street art on the wall.

 

also from high line, chelsea/meat packing district

also from the high line, chelsea/meatpacking district

 

japanese restaurant in chelsea

japanese restaurant in chelsea

 

sweet building in midtown, next to the chrysler building (also a favorite)

sweet building in midtown, next to the chrysler building (also a favorite)

 

LOVE the art deco detailing

LOVE the art deco detailing

 

haha

haha

 

facade of comme des garcons in chelsea; love the juxtaposition of the street art with the futuristic, egg-shaped silver entrance

facade of comme des garcons in chelsea; love the juxtaposition of the street art with the futuristic, egg-shaped silver entrance

 

cool amphitheater/aquarium-type lookout space at the high line

cool amphitheater/aquarium-type lookout space at the high line

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december’s de Lab event at GOOD magazine

December 9, 2008

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one of my favorite ex-coworkers and current editor extraordinaire for curbed LA, marissa gluck, invited me to december’s de Lab event.  (curbed is actually in my blogroll, but for some reason when I updated my blog to display my twitter feed, my blogroll disappeared. argh! baby steps.) UPDATE: i figured it out.

below is a quick description of the event from de Lab’s facebook group post:

“Join de LaB on Monday, December 8 for City Listening, when we’re bringing together the best and brightest voices in Los Angeles design and architecture writing for a special evening of readings about our fair city. We’re honored to present our final de LaB of the year as part of GOOD’s Community Monday, just one of many events that will be taking place during GOOD December.”

and here’s a list of the speakers:

·         Frances Anderton: Host, KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture; LA Editor, Dwell

·         Jade Chang: West Coast Editor, Metropolis

·         John Chase: Urban Designer, City of West Hollywood; Editor, Everyday Urbanism

·         Christopher Hawthorne: Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

·         Marissa Gluck & Josh Williams: Editors, Curbed LA

·         Greg Goldin: Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Magazine

·         Sam Lubell: California Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper; Author, London 2000+

what i lack in actual knowledge of LA art and architecture i hopefully make up for in excitement as a relative newcomer to the city and the scene (although, 5 ½  years may be seen as an old-timer to some here).  needless to say, marissa and josh from curbed were the funnest (most fun? most fun.) of the speakers. they had a slideshow of some of the worst (or best) pics from curbed’s “that’s rather hideous” column, which shows actual shots from actual MLS listings of some of the truly questionable design choices some people have made in their LA domiciles (and CHOSE to make public), and then read comments that curbed readers had posted about them.  hilarious.  the other speakers were great as well.  john seemed a little off-topic and made me uncomfortable, but that probably says more about me…and who am I to judge anyway?

marissa – invite me to more of this shiz. i promise to be mostly seen, not heard.

p.s. funny coincidence…literally the day before this event, a writer named kelly samardak from mediapost (an online news site for the advertising/media industry) — whose stuff i follow and is hilarious — had mentioned in her newsletter a place called SVA. i had never heard of it, so i twittered her (which isn’t half as dirty as it sounds) and asked what it stood for.  she told me it was the school of visual arts in manhattan and was probably sighing and rolling her eyes as she typed it, but whatever.  ANYWAY, long story long, when the de Lab hosts were explaining the genesis of their series, they said that it was an event at SVA a year ago that inspired them to start it! maybe that’s really not as random or strangely coincidental as it seemed to me last night after a couple glasses of free cabernet, but i’d like to think that it was.

here are a few more pics from the event.

 

 

 

 

downtown LA culture day

November 25, 2008

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on saturday, the crew and i went on a great walking tour of downtown run by the LA conservancy, followed by a visit to the MOCA’s bourgeois exhibit (bourgeois the artist, not the socio-economic class).  here’s a snapshot of what we learned:

  • majority of buildings we saw were either beaux arts or art deco (called “style moderne” back then); most were built sometime between roughly 1900-1930
  • beaux arts architecture shows baroque and rococo influences (classical columns, cornices, garlands, etc.), and the buildings are characterized by a horizontal, squat appearance, kinda like a french bulldog. examples downtown are the biltmore, the subway terminal building and the grand central market
  • art deco buildings are vertically oriented, influenced by far- and mid-eastern designs, and incorporate materials like limestone, terra cotta and marble. examples include one bunker hill (formerly socal edison and current home of my past employer golinharris; also one of my favorite buildings on the tour), the interior of the oviatt building, the library and the eastern columbia building
  • exteriors of lots of buildings have eye bolts near the corners. apparently the city had cable cars, and the cables ran through the eye bolts. can you imagine downtown LA with cable cars? take a look next time you’re downtown. neat stuff.

 

eye bolt in the right-center of the shot

eye bolt in the center of the shot

  • only in LA moment: they were shooting a jerry bruckheimer pilot when we were at one bunker hill. i thought it was a suzuki commercial
  • apparently the pyramid at the top of the library building was added during construction when king tut’s tomb was discovered and all things egyptian became the rage; so funny that it’s right across the street from golinharris, given golinharris launched the king tut exhibit at the LACMA a few years back (btw, that was a shout out to my peeps at GH)
pyramid atop the library building

pyramid atop the library building

  • the older buildings downtown aren’t taller than 150 feet because of an ordinance that capped them at that height until the late 50s
  • exterior of the million dollar theater — amazing; interior of bradbury building — even better

 

exterior of million dollar theater in churrigueresque style

exterior of million dollar theater in churrigueresque style

interior of the bradbury building where the scene in Blade Runner with crazy cartwheeling chick was shot

interior of the bradbury building where the scene in Blade Runner with crazy cartwheeling chick was shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as for the louise bourgeois show at the MOCA, all you need to know is that the woman is a twisted genius with an obviously effed up family history, and you should see the exhibit if you can. it ends jan. 25, 2009.

see my flickr set with more photos here.