E3 was last week and all I got from it were glimpses of video game billboards as I biked to and from work every day. From what I read, nothing really looked that exciting in terms of releases save for that new Plants vs. Zombies game and something called Sunset Overdrive. The former is a mashing of the popular mobile game and Modern Warfare and the latter is a wild mutant shooter that appeared to be something that you figure out on your own. Sunset also has engaged in an interesting marketing campaign that employed three artists to interpret the game via a mural. The result is a hidden art piece on the back of Meltdown that is a pretty neat addition to the hidden artworks already painted on the back of the building.
There are some houses in Los Angeles that feel like they were built to confuse. These houses aren’t bad but they are incredibly eccentric, so weird that you can’t imagine a real person inhabiting it. Having so much land and so many personalities, LA has been lucky enough to have room for architectural oddities to flourish. James Goldstein’s house is a good example of this as it is a geometric concrete pyramid in Beverly Hills that is as insane as it is captivating. He and his place were recently featured on AudioVision and you get a really great glimpse at one of Los Angeles’ most bizarre homes.
When we met up with Marsea Goldberg of New Image Art, she talked up a new show that featured lots of young artists that she wanted everyone to know about. She got really giddy about it, sharing an enthusiasm for the show that much like a mother hyping up her child’s upcoming Summer pageant. The show mentioned is Tonight, We Fight!, a group show consisting of young voices who mix the worlds of art, design, and more. Marsea gave us a little zine that was produced for the show as we exited and it provides an exciting peek into what the show will be.
A few weeks back when we attended the Los Angeles Street Food Fest preview, they sent us off with a little goodie bag of related items. You had a KIND Bar, some spice rubs, OC Fair tickets, some Jarritos, and two Greenbar spirits. We mulled over what to do with them and immediately dinged, “Make a cocktail!!” Having a taste of each ingredient and rolling with the serendipity, we decided to mix the beverages given to us and add in some things we had lying around like it was a Chopped challenge. We ended up making a pretty sweet treat, too.
A week or two ago, we stopped into Buzz Downtown to get some wine. We were in a rosé mood so we grabbed one nice French that we were already aware of and grabbed another that had Los Angeles written predominately on the back of it. That made the bottle fly into our basket without really thinking about what it meant. We got home, tried the wine, and had convinced ourselves that it was a Los Angeles made wine, which–if you are a local at all interested wine–you know is an extreme rarity. After some research and confused poking around the Chateau Mourgues du Gres website we realized the wine we bought wasn’t made in Los Angeles: it was just imported by LA based wine distributor Paul M. Young. Yep: not an LA wine–just an LA based wine resource.