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Thanh Nguyen’s Arrogant Bastard Conceptual Repackaging

Thanh Nguyen's Arrogant Bastard Conceptual Repackaging

Beer is not my thing and I certainly have not tried any of the Arrogant Bastard/Stone Brewing beers either. I’ve seen them though and I do know that they are made not-too-far-from Los Angeles. Los Angeles designer Thanh Nguyen definitely has tried the beer and must be something of a fan. This is assumed because he repackaged the Arrogant Bastard brand in quite a simple and wonderful way. If only this was the real packaging!

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Free Range’s Chicken Heaven

Free Range's Chicken Heaven

Chicken, pizza, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and burgers. Like many Americans, I know these five food groups very well. I was one of those kids who’d sit at the table for an hour trying to force down fish and vegetables my mom made for dinner. Fortunately though, taste buds change, I quit being a stubborn jerk, and I moved to an amazing food city. What’s never changed though is my search for the most delicious and well-crafted versions of my childhood street food diet.

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The Digest: Din Tai Fung

The Digest: Din Tai Fung

We all have extremely specific ideas of comfort food. Some people want a hot bowl of creamy New England Clam Cowder with a thick slice of sourdough bread to go with it. Others are want a perfect off-the-grill burger slathered I ketchup or your mother’s prized gumbo. I am partial to a soft fried chicken sandwich on a biscuit but, hey, we’re all different. For many these comforting foods are tied to their upbringing or a deeply personal event that changed how they interact with food. Many do not stray from their own culture since it is what they’re most used to. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia is a dumpling house that redefines which food makes you comfortable. Din Tai Fung serves exactly what you need when you want a cozy cold night feast or post break-up gorge or celebratory snack: Din Tai Fung is one of Los Angeles best culinary antidepressants.

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Jessica Rath’s Apple Studies

Jessica Rath's Apple Studies

Jessica Rath is not obsessed with apples. You wouldn’t think this is the case because her recent body of work is a group of apple sculptures and portraits of apple trees. They aren’t about the apples, though: they’re about plant genetics. Rath is a California based artist who has been studying and researching the genetics of plants for three years. The result is Take Me To The Apple Breeder.

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A Word With A Los Angeles’ Fairy Godmother: An Interview With Francesca Lia Block

A Word With A Los Angeles' Fairy Godmother An Interview With Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block is one of L.A.’s fairy godmothers. The New York Review of Books has said that she “writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler.” Author of the Weetzie Bat books, these punk rock fairytales are love letters to the city of angels–and one of the reasons I came to Southern California when I was seventeen. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Block at an LA Zine Fest event, where she signed my only-slightly-scuffed copies of Weetzie Bat and Wtich Baby, which I’ve been carrying around since age twelve. Her most recent projects include a prequel to Weetzie Bat (see interview), an adult fantasy (see interview), and a Weetzie screenplay (get ready). This promo video for an Italian edition of the Weetzie stories is a nice homage to the world Block writes about, though nothing will do justice save the books themselves.

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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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