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Reasons To Love Los Angeles Right Now

Reasons To Love Los Angeles Right Now

I love New York magazine. I hate New York–but I love New York magazine. This has been written about time and time again because the magazine looks great, captures what is on the city’s mind, and it does an excellent job of making me want to set it on fire because everyone who contributes to it has their head so far up their own ass smelling doodie whiffs of New York streets that it makes me want to vomit and vomit and vomit. I hate it. The most infuriating New York moment comes late in December with their annual Reasons To Love New York issue, a self-congratulating, self-masturbatory pat-on-the-back from New York to New York. It’s disgusting and I hate it and I always throw the issue against a wall at least five times, hoping that its isolated elitism rubs off onto Los Angeles (even if just a *little* bit).

This said, I want to steal some of the magic from that stupid Reasons To Love New York issue that I hate and give a brief rundown of Reasons To Love Los Angeles (and California!) Right Now. It isn’t as thorough as their issue (yet!) or as manicured but this is a first attempt to match them point-by-point (in no particular order, all seventy four points) and speak to our own city pride. Why do we love Los Angeles? Let us count the ways…

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Expired LA

Expired LA

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.

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Inside Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Inside Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

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Aron Filkey And Mate Moro’s Party Foods

Aron Filkey And Mate Moro's Party Foods

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.

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The Digest: Guelaguetza

The Digest: Guelaguetza

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.

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Annenberg Anatomy Of A Fashion Shoot

Christopher Lapp and the Annenberg/Skylight Studios will be having a May 7 event through the American Society Of Media Photographers called Anatomy Of A Fashion Shoot. Sounds great!

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Taco Night Silk Scarf Karen Mabon Vacation Days

Love making tacos? Then you will love this: Vacation Days released a themed scarf depicting a taco fiesta illustrated by Karen Mabon. It’s quite nice!

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I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer Casita Del Campo Dane Whitlock Drew Droege

Remember last year’s Praire-Oke and how fun that was? Well big news: the team behind that show is back with the SpOoKy I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer. Should be fab! It’s happening May 2 and May 3, May 9 and May 10, May 16 and May 17, and May 23 and May 24. Catch a trailer for it below.

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Iko Iko Building Block New Space

Hey you guys: the new Iko Iko is open at 1727 Spring Street. To celebrate, there will be an opening party on April 26. Check it out!

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