In my family, traveling by plane was something people with lots of money did and was something that we never did regardless of the circumstance. How did we travel? By car. In a burgundy 1993 Ford Grand Voyager, specifically. These trips were filled with tears and laughs and conversation and naps. We all hated and loved it and we always found a way to keep each other entertained. Designer and packaging person Olivia Paden must have had a similar upbringing because she made a little concept product to help ease the blow of car travel and make any car trip all the more fun–and creative. She’s made the Tripkit, a “roadtrip adventure kit” that will make travels by car all the more exciting.
Last week, someone sent us a note about a rad little park that was going onto Spring Street, Downtown. The Lehrer Architects project looked like a nice effort to bring modern greenness to Downtown and definitely appeared to be very, very well done. It looks innovative and bright and certainly is a place where people on Spring will want to gather and hang out. We had no idea that the park was nearly completed, though: while Downtown this weekend moseying around, we accidentally stumbled upon the almost completed Spring Street Park. How does it look? Pretty cool–but we’re sure a lot more work needs to be done.
Catch the first part of our visit with Iko Iko here.
In describing her Los Angeles-made Rowena Sartin clothing and accessories, Kristin Dickson-Okuda continually refers back to function and personality. The concise bio on her website tells us there’s an “everyday to the pieces…the clothes want you to be you and show that.” When you see these pieces incorporated into the serene geometry of IKO IKO, you understand what she’s striving for.
In anticipation of Ryan Heffington’s premiere of KTCHN this coming Friday at Mack Sennet Studios in Silverlake, I recently asked Sir Heffington a series of questions about his inspirations and creative process. I imagine the performance and the evening to be a contemporary incarnation of a Ballet Russes/1960s happening that pushes traditional and academic modes of dance, choreography, and visual expression to a tipping point of ecstatic swooning full of laughter, gasping, and musing. Stay tuned for my response to the actual performance of KTCHN, too! But, for now, a word with Ryan on the upcoming show.
Those hot LA days are nearly back and those hot days call for really chilled out music. Like, music that you can just turn on and zone out to as you tan and just enjoy the sun vibes the sky is giving you. Santa Monica’s Cayucas are very aware of this and they’ve perfectly crafted their sound to be the backdrop for these hot Southern California days. They know this is something locals like so that is what they are giving to us in their debut LP Bigfoot, an eight track record of hazy beach laid back rock. It’s a listen that will put any person–local and not-local–into that California cool point of view.