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The Business Of Creativity: An Interview With Sonja Rasula

The Business Of Creativity An Interview With Sonja Rasula

Who said that creative people can’t do business? These two worlds, a world associated with artistry and making and a world associated with numbers and money, appear to have nothing in common. Their marriage is critical though and how you get mega-millionaire success stories: success comes from creative people who are savvy enough to snatch opportunities and spread the scope of their work as they grown. It sounds very simple–but it obviously is very difficult.

Sonja Rasula knows this. She’s the woman behind the now sprawling company, UNIQUE USA, the craftsperson supporting mega-sale that all started from the LA championing Unique LA. Her brand originated as an effort to support a local creative ecosystem and now is sprouting into all sorts of new pursuits around the world. She’s building an incubator space for creatives to work from, meet, take business workshops and basically do everything she can to make them successful: she’s become the creative business guru creatives didn’t know they needed.

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Hollywood & Highland Character Count: April 19

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As a means by which to chronicle what is going on in the American cultural zeitgeist and how we cater to that, The Hollywood And Highland Character Count is an infrequently occurring sociological examination. Every few Fridays, we’ll share who the performers are that are clogging the Hollywood and Highland sidewalks and see how they change and shift in relationship to what is happening in the entertainment world. We’ll make predictions, keep count of who stays and goes, and log just what is happening at the best microcosm of what is on the world’s mind: Hollywood and Highland.

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Jeff Speetjens, Puppeteer

Jeff Speetjens, Puppeteer 1

This month is Puppetfest in Los Angeles which means there are a lot of puppet happenings in and around the city. This means comedy shows with puppets for adults and fairy tale puppet shows for kids and much, much more. You know where it’s actually always a puppet celebration? Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood, a nightclub that regularly features puppets and puppeteers interacting with patrons. We got a tip from artsy person Joelle McTigue about a video on puppeteer Jeff Speetjens, one of Bootsy’s puppet masters. He’s the subject of a mini-documentary that gives a peek inside what it’s like to be a puppeteer in Los Angeles.

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A Peek At Brendan Lott At TENOVERSIX

A Peek At Brendan Lott At TENOVERSIX 1

There are lots of cool stores in Los Angeles, sure, but few are consistently stellar again and again and again. Melrose’s TENOVERSIX has done an excellent job of rising to the challenge of doing a good job of sharing interesting products and keeping their store looking great. They always have something interesting going on over there, too. Most recently? They’re having a little art show featuring Brendan Lott‘s culture smashing collages. The show is curated by Yaoska Davila and, although we haven’t gotten to visit the showing ourselves, she sent us a note with photos of the show. You’re going to want to stop by and see it!

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Molecule Designing The UNseen

Fifth Floor out in Chinatown is hosting a little art show about little things called Molecule. Catch it October 4 through November 16.

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Paper Chase Paper Cuts

Designer stationary outfit Paper Cuts by Paper Chase Press has three new entries into their series: get Luggage Tags from Tomboy Style, sketchbooks from Kelly Wearstler, and stationary from Sophie Buhai.

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Spider Pavilion Natural History Museum Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Natural History Museum is hosting a Spider Pavilion from September 21 through November 2. This is crazy and scary and cool.

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Grist And Toll Elegant Cooking WIth Whole Grains

Grist & Toll is having a class called Elegant Cooking With Whole Grains. These are always great learning experiences with food and you can get in on it on October 4.

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