You guys heard about that absolutely absurd Forbes article where Silver Lake was named the “best Hipster neighborhood”, right? We thought so. The news breaking last Thursday like a cold wave up the spine, inspiring a lot of cringes and protestations. It’s an absurd notion and, although Silver Lake is “hipstery,” isn’t that 90% of Los Angeles? Let’s face it: Forbes has no idea what a hipster is and certainly isn’t aware that Los Angeles is a center of people doing their own thing. Silver Lake wears their people on the surface, we guess. After some e-mailing and Tweeting with Alissa Walker , we wanted to follow up Forbes’ article with a few other Los Angeles neighborhoods that are pretty great. Take that, Forbes!
People describe Los Angeles as such a “tough city,” one in which you either survive after two years or move on from because it didn’t work. A lot of us have a story about a moment or time in which some sort of LA stereotype manifested itself, providing a breakthrough or a moment of “Ugh.” Whether it was making a fatal, rookie travel error or finding yourself in an unfavorable nightlife experience, we’ve all had these moments where your survival skills kick in, where living in Los Angeles is a sport. Moreover, we are a city of hard workers, who are never not busy and who never are not juggling twenty things at once. We know how hard you have to work to succeed! To celebrate these odd experiences and how hard we work in Los Angeles, we want to hear your story…and you could win a prize!
Back in July, we caught a preview of architecture student Duc Le’s The Sun-Bedazzler, a PARK(ing) Day project he was constructing as a means to repurpose a parking space and get people to enjoy the sun in a stylish, well designed way. After months of literally building toward the September 21 urban neo-holiday, Le finally was able to share his work. Sadly, Friday was a bit too hectic for us and we didn’t get to stop by and see The Sun-Bedazzler in person. However, Le sent a message with some photos from the event that see his creation at work. Catch a look at The Sun-Bedazzler at work after the jump–and hear from Le, too!
There’s something extraordinary about going to a live music event. This isn’t speaking to it being a good show but speaking to an experience that is incredibly unique and often tied to a “first time.” It’s intimate and special, albeit strange and captivating. We can all have a story of our “first time” into this world, a world that is particularly alien and quite the opposite of intimately listening to music alone in your room. London writing and directing duo Mathy & Fran made a short film that is part sci-fi vignette, part No Age performance video. It delicately deals with a person’s first encounter in this nature, which–in this case–is framed by the now iconic Los Angeles punk band.
Mathy & Fran sent us a note about the new film, which sounded super rad as we were familiar with their work–and hearing that No Age was involved was an added bonus. We spoke with the duo about their process and what went into creating the short film, which stars The Borgias Emily Taaffe as the lead. We discussed with them what went into making the film, the universality of its message, and how No Age’s sound played into the film. You’ll also be able to check out the film as they’ve just released it online. Catch it after the jump!
I would worry about over-hyping The Book of Mormon but I really don’t think such is possible. If you have not been indoctrinated into the fold, what you are going to need to do is Google “The Book of Mormon + 2011 Tonys” and “The Book of Mormon + 2012 Tonys.”