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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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The Signs of Santa Monica Blvd

The Signs of Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica Blvd stretches just over 14 miles from the urban nest of Sunset Junction to the sun-bleached cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designer Chris Rubino decided to walk the road in just one day, taking pictures of the city along the way. He recently posted this neat video with the results of that walk, focusing on the signage of SMB.

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Bag Brilliance From Mansur Gavriel

Bag Brilliance From Mansur Gavriel 1

A few years ago, I had this absurdly faggy obsession with Longchamp’s Roseau bag, a luscious black leather tote bag that elevated any owner from “Person With A Bag” status to “Hot Bitch #1 Look At How Fly I Am Respect This” status. I was obsessed with that bag for no other reason than it epitomized casual luxury and was so smartly made. I still fantasize about it….that is until I replaced it with these super fucking brilliant Mansur Gavriel bags. The brand creates simply beautiful, playfully fancy leather bags that represent a California casualness that I thought I was getting from Longchamp but obviously wasn’t because those bags are not from California in any way.

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Lucky Dragons’ Wow Mix & Publicity Reform

Lucky Dragons' Wow Mix

It’s been a little bit since we’ve checked in with Lucky Dragons. They’ve been doing lots from having gallery shows to participating in dublab stuff and more and more and more. They’re also sporadically releasing new music and have tossed out two items in the past few weeks: sound soup Wow Mix and tiny cassette songs Publicity Reform.

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la dance project the ace downtown october

They’re back: the L.A. Dance Project’s latest show at The Ace is this weekend. Catch it October 24, October 25, and October 26.

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Making LA de LaB Los Angeles November 7

de LaB is having a big, neat art, design, culture, and more event on November 7, where designers and city leaders will converge on the Los Angeles River. Lots of familiar faces are involved: check it out!

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VHS EIGHTIES HORROR prom The Devastator Los Angeles

Want something spooky and funny to do for Halloween? Well, The Devastator and the VHS Mummy are having a show called VHS 80’s Horror Prom on October 30. It’s free!

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Biran Scarf Vacation Days Hamish Robertson

Local design outfit Vacation Days has a new collection of scarves out called the Biran scarves. They’re quite beautiful! They also have a collaboration with TENOVERSIX. Check it!

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