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.
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.
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!
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.
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.