A lot of people claim to be storytellers but Joris Debeij is probably one of the most legitimate storytellers in the truest sense of the word. He isn’t writing about celebrity news or pushing products that are sent to him or making very OK art and calling it “storytelling.” No: he is speaking with Angelenos whose stories have not been heard and is telling them by way of bite-sized, finely crafted, easy to consume videos served up on his website, I Am Los Angeles. Joris is a one man production machine, creating video after video around the little and big people who make Los Angeles the fantastic city that it is.
You’d think the second weekend in March would be booming. Unfortunately, it isn’t: just a handful of things going on this weekend. However, looking at the calendar, next weekend is shaping up to be HUGE. Play it low key this weekend and prepare to go all out next weekend because there will be tons to do.
Traveling is just so difficult because it involves so much. You have to figure out what you are going to be bringing, you have to figure out how you are going to get to LAX, you have to figure out who is going to watch your dogs, and blah blah blah blah. It’s a lot! Angelenos travel a lot, even if it’s just a quick weekend trip to Palm Springs or a little vacation to Hawaii–and both instances take just as much out of you. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your bag which, thankfully, we don’t have to think about anymore because Lexdray, a New York bag maker who recently was in Los Angeles, have perfected travel bags.
Not many of the Pacific Standard Time shows come with the caveat, “This exhibition contains mature content. Visitor discretion is advised.” Maybe Ed Kienholz’s Five Car Stud at LACMA received similar treatment when it was up a few months ago–but not an entire show. L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles at Pasadena Museum of California Art (one of our favorite art stops in town) is a show with this warning and is a fantastic survey of “abject expressionism” from Los Angeles.
While poking around Tumblr, we somehow came across the work of Nick Lu, a local illustrator and designer whose work we had seen before but didn’t know who it was from. Nick is very accomplished in his field, having worked for the New Yorker and Bicycling magazines and even creating a wallet for Poketo, likely the source of his familiarity.