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A Quick Word With Justin Krietemeyer And The Crew Of National Forest

A Quick Word With Justin Krietemeyer And The Crew Of National Forest 1

This week has been a little too annoyingly crisp for us. It’s not unbearable but, you know, it’s not the sunny mid-to-high seventies weather we were enjoying in LA last week and most weeks so, yes, we are bummed about that. Whatever: it’s Winter! At some points it should feel *a little bit* cold. Reflecting on Southern California Winters and Saturday’s upcoming event, we turned to Auroraborealis artist Justin Kritemeyer and the National Forest team to hear their thoughts on LA Winters, “rainbow energy,” LA icons, tacos, and–of course–Saturday. Here’s what they had to say…

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Shaina Kasanoff’s Wither And Return

Shaina Kasanoff's Wither And Return 1

We got a tip a few weeks ago from a reader sharing the work of Angeleno photographer Shaina Kasanoff with the note that her Wither And Return series uses lighting in the style of Carvaggio. We thought, sure, that could be possible and perused her photos to find we didn’t quite see it. Her work is darkly golden and beautiful–but that connection: is it there? After a little Google Image referencing and a brief study of the Carvaggio light, you do in fact see that Kasanoff is able to capture this painterly style in look and light from a young, playful point of view.

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The Auroraborealis, A Spicy Winter Cocktail

The Auroraborealis, A Spicy Winter Cocktail 1

Saturday is coming quickly. Ahh! Can you believe it? We can’t! We’ve been working on this party for nearly two months and it is finally almost here. So exciting! We know a handful (Just a handful, correct?) of you guys are not going to be able to make the event so we wanted to share a little cocktail recipe inspired by the event that you can sip at home or far away from Los Angeles, wishing you were here. We call it The Auoraborealis and it is a spicy cool Winter cocktail.

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Does Foursquare Know LA’s Best?

Does Foursquare Know LA's Best?

Recently, geographic social media site Foursquare released a list of the Best of Foursquare in 2012 for most major cities in the United States. This included a fairly lengthy list of LA places that represent the most frequented and most liked places by Angelenos…who are on Foursquare. Is this an accurate description of the LA food and fun landscape? Let’s check it out or at least see what value we can extract from this list.

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The Digest: The Park’s Finest

The Park's finest - spare rib

In the American consciousness, few things are more heralded, lauded, and worshiped than BBQ. I don’t mean cooking on a grill (in some parts of the states that’s called a “cook-out”). I mean digging a pit, lining up some rocks and sheet metal, filling the bottom with mesquite or hickory logs, and toss giant chunks of pork, beef, chicken or turkey on top to be cooked for hours. The protein, either slopped in a marinade for hours or rubbed by hand with a variety of spices, overwhelms and intoxicates. And then.. Then you add the sauce.

And no matter where you go, everyone has a favorite spot, that you haven’t been to, that serves the best _____, and well, you gotta try it.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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