Everyone in Los Angeles knows who Gustavo Dudamel is. He’s the charismatic and bold LA Philharmonic conductor who serves as the institutions mascot. He’s a local icon who is often seen with his curly hair all over the place and an intense–but happy–facial expression. He’s a modern classical music celebrity! A few weeks ago he made an appearance on NPR’s All Things Considered where he spoke with Robert Siegel about his roots, his practice, and a landmark performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). It’s a great listen.
I saw a movie this past Sunday evening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Have you seen a movie there? You should. Like the Egyptian and the Vista and any of the other old and ornate theatres, the space does not fail to draw you in and make moviegoing feel like a regal privilege. Los Angeles spaces like these stand as obvious reminders of our history and as architectural altars for us to celebrate the creatives that have come before us.
It’s always a bummer when a pretty cool Kickstarter project fails to reach its goal–especially when it gets super close to its goal! Here’s a project that we missed but we’re very much into: AboutFaceClock. The project is a designy clock intended to be more versatile than your normal clock as it plays with the form of the time device, allowing you to do whatever you want with it.
Molly Nilsson is essentially post-now. She’s a Sweedish musician with a witty take on handcrafted gothy synthpop. She conducts performances through a label she manages for herself, using the Internet as a conduit for booking shows, promoting events, and creating music and video: she is both her own puppeteer and puppet. She’s fascinating and is undoubtedly one of the most talented musicians working today. Although she may sound unfamiliar, you’ve likely heard of her by way of John Maus’ cover of her song “Hey Moon” which she also lends her vocals to (listen to her original here).
This Friday, Nilsson is going to be in Los Angeles for a one night only, super rare performance to promote her album History. She’ll be at La Cita’s Punky Reggae, which is peculiar because she is neither punk nor reggae. We spoke with Molly super quickly for an almost precious and tiny Questions With A Visitor. What a treat to speak with her–and catch her new music for the song “I Hope You Die” after the jump, too.
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with The Quiet Life, the little Los Angeles designy clothiers. They are known for their shirts and hats and have expanded into some winter wears too. They’ve been around for nearly fifteen years and still are carrying on an imagery driven brand, one that is about celebrating great images and the making of an image. Their new collection has new entries into this canon in addition to some heavier items that we haven’t seen before. (Then again, it has been a while since we’ve visited their online store.)