This week in Los Angeles (And the world, really.) is the week when everyone does all of their 2013 reflections, cramming in all of their backwards-looking posts to recap and reshare a few of their favorite things in the year: this is one of our many posts of that ilk.
We kind of slumped on the Trend Rising section of LAIY. In fact, we haven’t touched it since 2012! Shame on us. That said, there were a lot of trends that happened in 2013 that we easily saw and that you easily saw: here is our effort to pin them down and call them out for being trendy.
We’re in a juicy mood this week thanks to Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice being our cover girl this week. We wanted to take the opportunity to make something useful for you guys and to nail a trend down, making a list of a few definitive places within a specific world. What world is this? Juice! Thus, we’ve made a little juice map for you guys of notable places to grab drinks in Los Angeles. If you didn’t think there was a juice place for you, think again: there is a juicery for every type of Angeleno.
I was at a dinner recently where ten out of the twelve guests had the same question on their mind: what is Spruce Juice? Apparently the floral shop at the intersection of Akbar and the lube place (Sunset and Fountain) has only been advertising Spruce Juice for the past month or so, but to me it feels like ages. The shop’s marquee declares “We Have Spruce Juice” in such a confident, almost disarming way that my friends and I wondered if it was something important we had missed and thank god it wasn’t already sold out everywhere. But is spruce juice for plants or for humans? More importantly, would it taste good with vodka?
The Fourth of July comes into LA every year to herald summer. It’s been abundantly clear. The days are hotter than ever. Your windows stay open until it’s too hot to sleep. You wear less clothing. Feel happier. Live freer. And enjoy the city, in all its incarnations. Somehow without the Lakers.
If the Lakers mark the end of winter then the Dodgers are certainly the sound of summer. Vin Scully is the voice for the season. Every year Dodger Stadium oscillates in size, dropping tens of thousands of cars in and out of the Echo Park. If you twice make the wrong turn out of the Shortstop, you will be confronted with the third oldest stadium in America, playing the oldest game.
While the whole baseball world watches each night to see what Yasiel Puig, the hottest star in LA, is going to do next.
Score one for geek culture–a big one. In the era of Kardashian(s), Snooki, and a litany of other classless American tomfoolery, it might appear difficult to muster one thousand attendees to celebrate the successful landing of JPL’s Mars Science Lab, better known as Curiosity. Of course, the inclusion of Bill Nye (formerly The Science Guy, now head of the Planetary Society), SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and a handful of other science and technology gurus, made Saturday night’s effort substantially easier.
de LaB is having a big, neat art, design, culture, and more event on November 7, where designers and city leaders will converge on the Los Angeles River. Lots of familiar faces are involved: check it out!