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The Digest: Chaya Downtown’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Chaya Downtown

After almost thirty years in town, Chaya Brasserie might now be more of a function of Los Angeles than a product of it. Their lineage traces 400 years back, serving food under a tree in Hayama Japan, to offer food and respite for the vagabonds of the time. Shigefumi Tachibe brought the Euro-Asian style to Beverly Hills with Chaya Brasserie, offering food and drink for the power lunchers and adventuresome eaters of the 1980s. Ok, so the times have changed. Except the “All Night Every Night Happy Hour,” which must have survived since those days of drinking sake underneath a shade tree.

So we must celebrate. Not just to eating and drinking under a tree. But to the one hundred years of friendship between our country and Japan, symbolized by 3,000 cherry blossom trees decorating our nations capital.

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Where Shall We Meet? Holy Guacamole

Where Shall We Meet? Holy Guacamole 1

You’ve been living in Echo Park (adjacent) for so long, you forgot there was the Pacific Ocean somewhere over there. But there is. And you need to feel the sand in your toes, the salt on your skin and the sun on your back.

Start early, carpool with friends, make a playlist and replenish the tap water in one of those eco-tinted to-go containers you take to yoga. Arrive at Ocean Park, just south of Santa Monica, spread out on the beach and read that book you’d be too embarrassed to break open nearer home.

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Sean Norvet Illustrates Food Insanity

Sean Norvet Illustrates Food Insanity 1

If there is one thing we love on LAIY, it is hyper-creative food and art pairings from LA based artists. Some good examples of this are the work of Stephanie Gonot, Julie Lee, Aron Filkey And Mate Moro, and Judy Unger, all artists who add a bit of whimsy and food into their craft. These artists–and projects–are very few and far between and take a lot of research to find. We did find one recently that comes to us from Art Center Illustration student Sean Norvet who uses food and the surrounding culture as compliments to an insane illustrated world.

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Where Is Brooklyn, CA? We Have A Few Ideas…

Where Is Brooklyn, CA? We Have A Few Ideas...

Last week we set out to answer an admittedly weird question: where is the Brooklyn of California? The question came in anticipation of the upcoming Brooklyn Festival, a traveling show that brings Brooklyn musical ambassadors to Los Angeles to show off their skills. The part of New York has been a creative hotbed for over a decade and we were certainly intrigued to hear from you guys to know where or if a similar part of town in Los Angeles is. Answers poured in and, while many of them were a bit paltry, the idea came through: there is certainly a Brooklyn in California.

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Bleached’s Ride Your Heart

Bleached's Ride Your Heart

There is always a sense of sunniness in Los Angles music. It doesn’t matter what decade it is as the beach and warmth of the climate will always find its way into what musicians are doing. This seems to be something that is happening a lot now, or that has at least grabbed a little group of musicians who have adapted a modified surf to their rock. You have the Allah-Las, Cotillon, Cayucas, and more playing in this field and, another group who wears the sun in their hair, needn’t be forgotten: Bleached, the blonde sister rock duo. The post-Smell group have released their first LP on March 25 and it is a kindly aggressive Southern California girl power record through their rough sun POV.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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