One of the best things we’ve done in the past month is follow Lorenzo Fonda on Instagram. We didn’t realize he was on there and his feed is full of very funny, very dry, often beautiful peeks into the life of a director on the go and working on myriad projects across Southern California (and the world!). He threw up an atypical little post almost a week ago that saw a few koala buddies doing various things. If you’ve driven around town, you will have immediately seen them and thought, “Koalafornia!!!” We did that and we’re sure lots of other people did that and–Guess what?–they totally are for Koalafornia: he made them commercials to promote the new exhibit!
While visiting The Standard’s Book Stand, we of course had to hide away a little goodie to share with you guys. One item that had a neat little display and that was certainly intriguing were the LA made Alexis Smart Flower Remedies, these little bright blue glass droplet bottles with discrete brown paper stickers on them. The goods are natural formulas from flower essences that are intended to make you feel better and healthier in a safe way. If you’re one of those people who likes to indulge (“indulge”) in natural therapies, this is for you.
Felix Salazar is a local photographer who likes to get up close with things. He doesn’t like to just zoom in on a subject: he has an ability to get inside of something, to expose their beautiful bright pores. Well, at least that’s what his current body of work is. He’s been taking some absolutely extraordinary macro photos of underwater critters. They are very rich morsels of eye candy.
Ben O’Meara must be one of those Los Angeles Instagrammers who takes a lot of photos of the sky. He’s that guy who shares photos of the sherbet sunsets with a palm tree or two poking into frame every time the sky puts on a show. He gets the occasional bright sunrise and often the strange glow of clouds, buildings, and the moon at night. This is a guess, obviously, that we take from recently watching Moon Lights Los Angeles, a film of his that meditates on cloudy Los Angeles nights where planes and helicopters look like shooting stars.
Get this: the National Park Service released a report that basically says the mountains surrounding us that make the San Fernando Valley could be included in the national park system. This would take a while but it would mean that we basically live in a park-city. Rad!