Los Angeles is a new city. Compared to any big city on the East coast or cities more North of us, we are very young. We have the historic buildings that make an established city but they are few, far between, and fairly young. This fact–our youth–has led to Los Angeles being an inadvertent celebration of strip malls and common buildings: our city’s beauty is in its being stuck in trends and influences of urban construction past. Photographer Vicky Moon has realized this and is zooming in on the Los Angeles buildings that are markers of these eras past, decaying and mundane buildings we see everyday and admire for being embellishments on normality. She calls them Expired LA, a poignant title as it represents architectural and cultural trends that are common in Los Angeles but being forgotten as we focus on the future–and not restoration.
I drive past The Bob Baker Marionette Theater at least once a week. Whether I am heading East or West on Glendale, I always crane my head out of the window at the building, attempting to get a good view of it as I drive under the Beverly bridge into Downtown or into Echo Park. I don’t know what goes on within that cartoonish looking building but I can feel–we all can feel–the history of the space resonating from it. What goes on inside of there? Filmaker J. Emilio Flores must have had the same question because he stepped inside and made a fantastic little documentary on the place, giving a peek behind the Bob Baker’s red velvet curtain.
Aron Filkey and Mate Moro are a super talented duo that is one part graphic design, one part photography. One part post-modern design, one part surrealistic photography. One part Los Angeles, one part Switzerland. The two creatives are both European collaborators who make some really rad stuff although Filkey is local and Moro is in Zurich. Because it is Food Day Wednesday and we’re always hunting for local food/art mashings, we would like to show you some work the duo did for last year’s Örkény Festival as it is totally fun, bright, and gravity bending.
It’s finally cold in a city too health conscious to put on some winter fat. Having spent winters in Chicago and the Finger Lakes, an unconscious desire for the classic American Winter spirit has emerged in me. But I doubt I can find a cookie with 2 sticks of butter in the ingredients, an ambrosia salad, and an expert hot toddie maker in time for this weekend. And I won’t drive for any snow. What am I supposed to do this Winter?
Instead I’ll go back to the favorites. The classics of Los Angeles that do little more than reinforce the cultural blessings of the city. That doesn’t mean you’ll find me at Pinks Hot Dogs on Christmas Day (but to be fair, you can find me at Tommy’s). The end of 2012 is more of a reason to remind yourself “why?” Los Angeles. Those places that consistently beat expectations. Where flavor and fulfillment are one and the same.
“Happy new year, happy new restaurants!” is what we told ourselves when getting back to Los Angeles to discover that new Hollywood restaurant littlefork would be opening up on January 4. The concept is Atlantic Northeast seafood and homefoods that channel Boston wharf realness, according to their menu. With a crew of expats from A-Frame and located within a former Korean barbecue spot, our interest was piqued. We went here for dinner on January 5, had a pretty great time, but we want to reserve a proper “review” until they have a little more time being open since they fell into a few traps new LA restaurants fall into. Here’s why…