The title of “fashion photographer” has a lot of baggage. You think of a person who takes straightforward photos of models and occasional creates interesting, unrealistic worlds for fashionable whimsy to take place. Bennet Perez is a Los Angeles fashion photographer and he absolutely does not subscribe to that idea of presenting clothes on film. His eye for style is a lot more interesting and often funny. There is an artistry to his work and a bluntness. He doesn’t shoot fashion as a precious something: he shoots things as they are, even risking the subject looking ugly (“ugly”) as a result.
A week ago from today was our February installment of L.A.S., our LA based storytelling series. Because that month is always connoted by love, we thought that we’d have people share LA love stories. Those range from stories of loving the city to falling in (and out of) love in the city—and it was quite a great time. In case you missed the event or simply are curious, we have the podcast for you: check it out!
Though I lived in NYC for 6 years, I never saw a Wooster Group production. When my friend invited me to see the Group’s remake of CRY TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida) at REDCAT on opening night, I was thrilled. The fact that Wooster Group is premiering CRY TROJANS! in Los Angeles and not anywhere else, says A LOT about the state of performing arts here. Not only is it thriving but established venues are more confident that bringing a company like Wooster, to Los Angeles will inspire entertainment seekers to choose a live, black box theater experience over a more predictable, safer movie theater outing.
If your brain is a little dumbed down from not picking up a book lately, knowing the synopsis of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida certainly helps fill in any confusing plot gaps you may experience while viewing CRY TROJANS.
Andie Dinkin is an illustrator from Los Angeles currently pursuing an Illustration BFA at RISD. She has a very specific style that dips into more artistic, painterly work that always focuses on people of bygone eras. She very much enjoys Golden Age Hollywood, a time period that recurs in her work. The only item that doesn’t fit in with her typical style are a series of paintings of people sleeping. The work is called Sleeping Project and is exactly that: studies of people sleeping.
It’s basically a requirement for every Angeleno who can cook to be able to cook Mexican food. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the *best* Mexican food but you should be able to make guacamole or tacos or enchiladas, dishes emblematic of a big culinary culture in the city. This is to appeal to hungry locals but mostly visitors who find the abundance of Mexican food to be really, really special. Why not indulge them by making your best South of the border treats?
That’s what happened last night: Mexican was requested as the cuisine of choice for a dinner party and we had to rise to the occasion. Somehow, that is easier said than done for me and I’m not particularly good at making anything in that world outside of a (secret) family recipe for guacamole. So what happened? I took the arrow pointing at Mexico and pushed it upward, into trendier and slightly more comfortable territory: Tex-Mex. Inspired by Downtown’s Bar Amá and Chef Josef Centeno’s Super Bowl recipes for Bon Appétit, we made a Tex-Mex feast that was surprisingly easy to do and totally delicious. We had to share (despite our forgetting to take any photos of the process).