The forgotten beauty of Los Angeles is that you are constantly a foreigner. Few people are truly from here. Even those born here must have came from somewhere. And most of them are from places you haven’t been or might never be from. So the businesses they occupy, the world they exist in, are tinged by their varietals, preferences, and their worlds. You might walk into a party serving arepas, drink Costières de Nîmes AOC at the Bowl, or step into a burger bar serving De Proef’s Gageleer Sweet Gale Ale. This is true in many other parts of the world, of course. But LA embraces the Far East and Southern countries like none other, something you only miss upon time away. Whenever I leave town, I become a foreigner somewhere else, lacking the comfort of unfamiliarity.
Of all the things to do for Halloween, haunted houses are the most fun. They are. They’re immersive, they’re scary, they put you into the time of year, and they are the only time we get to pay people to scare the shit out of us. Los Angeles has some good offerings, too. They range from DIY goodies to million dollar institutions to horrific environments created by some of Hollywood’s top horror producers: we have every possible type of haunted house in LA. Which do you want to go to? Let’s break it down for you…
Layron DeJarnette is comical illustrator and painter from Los Angeles who is incredibly talented. His work is greatly varied and can range from creative cartoons to really witty caricatures. We found his Behance profile where there are tons of goodies to look at. Our favorite? His illustrations for Topps’s Garbage Pail Kids that are pretty hysterical.
It’s that time of year: when American Apparel unveils their slightly brilliant, slightly silly DIY Halloween Costumes. This year brings in the same mashing of genius and groanworthy apathetic holiday costumes, some of which seem like repeats from previous years (Hi-Liters? Football Player and Cheerleader?). As I like to do every year, lets examine the DTLA retailer’s costumes, breaking down just how inventive or absurd these outfits are.
The online and offline worlds are starting to blur together. We all know this. The art world is doing an OK job at coping with this balance, whether it be by having people participate in a show online like Made In L.A. did or having guests use a website as the anchor to a grouping of several shows like Pacific Standard Time did. It cannot be said that the Los Angeles art community is leading in this art/technology crusade but there have been some good attempts. Perhaps the best attempt? MOCAtv, a landmark art beast that is intended to extend the MOCA‘s reach beyond Los Angeles and beyond contemporary art. They’re entering into some next level terrain.