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.

 

 

 

 

‘tis the season for charity.

December 8, 2008

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last night i went to the always fun, always A-gay -studded fundraiser, cracked xmas, put on by the trevor project. the trevor project is an organization that runs the only nationwide, 24/7 suicide prevention helpline for LGBT(Q) youth.  i put “Q” in parentheses because it seems there’s some confusion (at least in my mind and the mind of one of the presenters last night) as to whether this stands for “questioning” or “queer,” but I think it’s the former.  anyway, it’s an indispensible, life-saving organization that serves kids who need someone to talk to when it seems there’s no hope or escape from a life where everything around them is telling them that who they are as human beings is an abomination.

the only thing i can ever afford at these events (and just barely) is the ticket, but it’s always fun to watch the “haves” shelling out money for cruises to barcelona and flights on quantas to sydney.  the highlights of the evening for me were the recently out-of-the-closet wanda sykes’ standup and anne hathaway auctioning herself off for a date with three admirers for $12,000.  fantasia also gave a fun, barefoot performance covering purple rain and something else and another song.

check out some pics and video from the event here.

vegas, baby

December 6, 2008
3085788479_af29e162f12some  friends and i spent a not-so-conventional thanksgiving at the mgm grand in las vegas, continuing what’s become a tradition of sorts.  i joined the crew in ‘06 for what i believe was our first inaugural turkey day in vegas, but missed last year  to join the boys for a getaway in palm springs. 

the core crew was johnny and hsuan and their one + year-old boy, eames; evan and sakura and their 2 ½ year-old boy, kai; and the singletons –asako, terence, cliff and i. here’s a rundown of the trip with a flickr set at the end of the post!

·         asako and i were the last ones to arrive on wednesday… we hit a couple of roadblocks on the way there. i was about 15 minutes late picking her up. she lives on the west side but I’m on the east side, as is vegas (who says chivalry is dead?), then asako had to get some documents from the bank.  on my way to asako’s, my traffic was wide open, but eastbound on the 10 towards vegas was a parking lot, so we decided to take olympic east. unfortunately robertson to olympic was a mess, and once we got downtown we got a little turned around, which is so unlike me. but we finally made it on the 10, and inched along for the next five-and-a-half hours.  it’s usually a four hour drive, but whatever. I only used about seven gallons of gas so i was cool widdit.

·         everyone had already eaten when we got there, so after not being able to get our room keys since our names were under “pai ching” (hsuan’s mom), we went up to the mansion suite that hsuan and johnny were staying in.  it was sick.  two stories, probably 3,000 square feet, an elevator inside the room, an exercise room, and lots of brass and marble. so after a tour, asako and i finally got the room keys settled, moved evan, sakura and kai into a different room so they were closer and didn’t have to go to different towers in the building when transporting the kids, and then went to shibuya (the restaurant, not the fun tokyo neighborhood) for some much deserved sushi and kirin beer.  

·         cliff scored an academy screening DVD of slumdog millionaire, which everyone has been raving about, so we watched that in the mansion. FANTASTIC movie, beautifully shot and acted. plus M.I.A. (who all my friends know is my favorite female artist since missy) has a few songs on the soundtrack. asako and i went to the bar while the parents and kids went to bed and the rest of the fellas rested up for early golf the next day.

·         on thanksgiving day, asako, evan, sakura and i had breakfast at the café there, while evan and i discussed PR strategy (he’s president of a video game company) in a world where an exclusive story given to a publication in the US can end up on some third-tier blog in europe in a matter of hours.  we always have fun chats about stuff like that. 

·         i think there was some gambling and drinking during the afternoon, and then we got ready for dinner.  hey mom — i wore a button-down and a tie!

·         dinner was delicious. we ate at the same place we went two years before, seablue, because nothing says “thanksgiving” like seafood.  we got a seafood platter of prawns, crab legs, lobsters and oysters, and I had seafood paella as a main course.  here, i would like to take a moment to thank my statin.

·         we were also happy to be joined by hsuan’s mom, who basically helped set up the entire weekend since she’s one of the casino’s most valued customers.  thanks, mrs. pai!!

·         after dinner we went to LOVE, cirque du soleil’s take on the beatles. i was feeling a little cynical going into it. i’ve never been a big  beatles fan, and it looks like cirque may be starting to sell out (not tickets, but their soul).  a commercial I saw in the room for a new cirque show set to elvis songs sadly seems to support that. however, i thoroughly enjoyed LOVE. it was more like a series of music videos than one coherent story like the other two cirque shows i’ve seen (ka and dralion), but there were some amazing performances and fun sequences.  I have yet to see a cirque show i didn’t like, and i got teary-eyed at one point and goose-pimply at multiple others, so i consider it a winner.

·         on friday morning i went to the gym to work off some of that seafood and escape the lights, smoke and noise for a bit. i also took one of the best naps of my life later that afternoon.

·         by coincidence my roommate flew in that day with a couple of friends from san francisco. they stayed at the paris.  the four of us stayed out far too late that night, i came back to my room for a few hours of sleep, and then asako and i were back in the car to LA.

·         overall it was a great weekend, and reminded me of some of the things i’m thankful for this year:  my friends and family, good health and freedom.  getting home also reminded me how happy i was to live in silver lake

check out the flickr set from the weekend here.

trashy art

December 6, 2008

earlier today i saw this post by dakota at curbed LA about a couple of local artists who go around turning junk people throw to the curb into art.  it made me think of an online video about joshua allen harris i saw done by new york magazine awhile back.  i’m so happy these artists are out there doin’ what they’re doin’, and hope to stumble upon some of their work someday. 

below is the video from new york magazine’s story.

more reading your TV

November 26, 2008

here’s the latest in kinetic typography ads

and youtube’s gone widescreen, y’all. someone’s suffering from hulu envy.

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.

that ad looks familiar.

November 23, 2008

it seems like i’ve been noticing a lot more ads lately using “kinetic typography,” which is the fancy way of saying “moving text.” i’m a huge fan of good, clean design, and i do like the look of these spots. but at the same time, big brands shell out a LOT of money for their creative, one of the goals of which should be to help differentiate the brand.

i may start thinking motrin (poor motrin), ford and the new biopic about harvey milk are all part of some clandestine mega-consortium poised for world domination. and the fonts they use all look very similar to obama’s.  hmm…you draw your own conclusions.

check out the spots below and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

p.s. if you go see milk, don’t see it at a cinemark. read why here.

my first post: why am i blogging?

November 22, 2008

 

mural by cache on sunset between echo park and silver lake

mural by cache on sunset between echo park and silver lake

so this is my first post! i’ve wanted to start a blog for a long time now, but i’m just getting around to it. what’s taken so long?

  • this shiz seems so narcissistic. i’ve always been a little shy and prided myself on being humble (is that oxymoronic? is oxymoronic even a word?), and most of the blogs i follow seem like either an outlet for the blogger’s self-indulgence or a way to make money, but i realize now that’s not always the whole story or even half of it…maybe not even a third
  • wasn’t sure exactly how narrow/niche or how broad to focus the content. still not sure…i’ll wing it
  • who really cares what i have to say? a: maybe my mom

so why now?

  • REALLY want a way to document the beauty of living in silver lake and LA, and the beauty of my friends, people, art/architecture and life here; LA gets a bad wrap for being shallow/hollow/vapid, but it’s a misconception
  • had dinner with my friend’s 89 year-old great uncle the other night and wanted to share with peeps some of the cool stuff he told me about living in silver lake over the past 50 years. seems like a blog would be a good way to do stuff like that
  • started a twitter account about 4 months ago (@krwlos1 follow me!) and loving it, but sometimes feel like expressing myself in more than 140 characters; maybe i’ll explain why i like twitter so much in a later post
  • there’s so much going on in the country and the world right now.  i’m feeling compelled to write and can’t read my own handwriting so i might as well blog
  • it’s easy
  • i work in PR and want to get a better/richer/deeper understanding of the inner workings of social media

i’ll either post another blog about who i am, more around what i plan to include in this blog, why i chose KRWLOS1 (probably obvious but who knows), etc. OR i’ll just put that info in the “about” section of the blog. probably the latter.

okay…sarah silverman and it’s always sunny in philadelphia are calling me from my DVR right now saying, “watch me! please, watch me!” like i used to scream to my mom from the diving board at our family’s new smyrna beach summer vacation spot, and i WILL answer their cries. my mom didn’t answer mine, and where did that leave me? in the hospital after slipping and landing head first on the side of the pool. don’t want sarah and it’s always sunny to meet the same fate.