Whoever is doing PR for JF Chen is on their shit right now. Why? Because antique dealer and eponymous local cool guy Joel Chen has been making the publicity rounds on a few notable places. First, he’s the cover man of the latest issue of Apartamento. Yes, that’s him! Secondly, he recently was the subject of a little Nowness video. The video is particularly great and gives you an active peek into his home, which I think we were all a little curious to see.
July 13 at Materials & Applications in Silver Lake is a party and show celebrating the release of Matt Kivel’s new album. Sophia Knapp and Kevin Morby will also perform, too.
Some big news for KCRW, guys: they’re getting a much needed facelift, launching them into the forefront of contemporary news. This is twofold, too. First, the institution launched a brand new, flossy website. Second, they announced last week and released the renderings of a brand new building. KCRW may have been most locals’ standby—and now they have online (and offline) homes to match.
I would call Los Angeles a utopia. It’s so grand and open and friendly and calm while being constantly sunny that it just feels like a dream environment. It’s no wonder that so many idealistic communities and thinkers have been born out of the city: all we know is the perfect and the wonderful—and we’d hope to spread that enlightenment to others.
Llano Del Rio Collective, a guide making group of artists concerned with expanding the minds of Angelenos, has tapped into this idea and has mapped it in a very special way. They’ve created Utopias Of SoCal, a fold out illustrated map that details past and present (and maybe even future) points of utopian attraction. The piece serves to capture the culture of local idealism and point you toward finding this peace around town.
LA Record and The Art Of Visualizing The Aural are having an event at The Pickle Factory called Dancing About Architecture, a group show featuring artists and photographers in addition to music and video. Happening June 12!