You know those times where you hook up with someone and you wake up the next morning and you’re all like, “What exactly did I do?” and you just have to sneak out of their apartment, hopefully without them noticing? We’ve all had that happen. It’s a weird ass feeling and it totally starts your day off in a good–but odd–way. The guys from local buzz band NO and director Ryan Reichenfeld must know this feeling too since they recently released a short film that’s basically all about this feeling. The film patiently follows a man as he exeunts a sleepover situation, one that certainly cast a bit of a spell on him.
Artist Ilona Gaynor must have seen one too many movies where some big, open air bank in Los Angeles gets robbed. We all know those banks and have been in these banks: they have those tall glass windows for tellers and the lobbies are so big and open and there seems to be no place for you to hide if anyone were to actually try to rob the bank. If you’ve been in the Bank Of America at Sunset and Vine, you know the kind of bank in question. She’s taking this idea of iconic bank robbery to the next level by Kickstarting a project to rob a bank. Well, she’s not *actually* going to rob a bank but, instead, she’s been researching LA law, stunt work, and everything surrounding a bank robbery to make an exhibition inspired by this act and culture.
We can all agree that offerings for menswear in Los Angeles has gotten a lot better recently, right? Between all the man businesses happening on Abbot Kinney, the J.Crew Men’s Store at The Grove, and the sprinklings of shops like Mohawk Bend, Individual Medley, Steven Alan, Confederacy, South Willard, Douglas Fir, and more, men are getting to a point where they don’t have to look far for quality clothing. Admittedly, I spend most of my clothing money spent at either the J.Crew Men’s Store or that Goodwill on Vine because many of the aforementioned fabulous stores and destinations while are great but don’t have that extra something I like in my wardrobe. There’s a little life missing from them and–like at Mohawk and Confederacy–I always feel like I’m spending so much with little in return. While excellent places, it’s like the happiness of clothing is missing.
Well, a new Men’s pop-up on 3rd Street is bring lots of life and love to men’s clothing with a selection of wears that are totally perfect for LA Summer (and, well, all year round). The pop-up is New York based Wittmore‘s first brick-and-mortar concept and sees them absolutely running wild with patterns and prints and shorts and brightly colored everything for the Los Angeles man. If you’ve felt like me and have been enjoying this wave of man clothiers but haven’t quite found that special place that was as colorful as you are, you need to get up off your ass and run over to Wittmore right now and buy everything that you can.
Whenever an artist does one of those “I’m going to give myself a new assignment just because and I’m going to stick to it!” kind of challenges, the results are always special. It comes from a very creative, often frustrated place and helps to push through some sort creative block. Paige Homan is a local freelance graphic designer and she must have been in a situation like this because she gave herself a very simple, creative, and delightfully silly task to do: she wanted to create a character out of ordinary objects every day for one hundred days. The resulting work from doing this is a collection of photos called 100 Days Of Characters. It’s a cute and simple project that added a little bit of magic to everyday life.
I had a friend who worked at UCSD one Summer. The San Diego school is known for being one of the best UC schools and, as my friend could attest, one of the best performing arts institutions in the nation. I only visited the campus briefly and maybe saw one or two buildings but remember my friend describing the campus as “brutal.” I didn’t think in terms of architecture but more in the academic, environmental idea of school campuses and how this relates to the overall vibe of the school. What did she backhandedly mean? The architecture is brutal. She didn’t mean brutalist or ugly but there were a lot of interesting, Modern buildings on campus that very often don’t fulfill the comforting atmosphere you want from a school. Thanks to photographer Darren Bradley and the tip from ArchDaily, we’ve realized that UCSD’s campus is a modernist architectural constellation of various hard-edged, sophisticated and retro-futuristic buildings. I am now kicking myself in the ass that I was on this campus, didn’t make this connection, and likely won’t be back there for a while. Field trip, anyone?