It isn’t really fair to write about a fragrance without smelling it. That just doesn’t seem right. We just had to share the work of Commodity though because they make scent making look so damned good: how good the product smells is almost irrelevant since the packaging is so good!
I was raised in a very Catholic household. It wasn’t overly strict and devout but my mother ran the youth ministry, my father was the head of altar service, my siblings and I attended Catholic school through high school, I acted as an altar boy up to three masses a Sunday, and did everything else from sing in the youth choir to play in the hand bell group to write a monthly article in the church newsletter. I even won a “Religion Bee” in the seventh grade! I was tooCatholic.com. This history undoubtedly gives a super heightened awareness of all things in the Catholic world and, although no longer a practicing member of the church, I have great respect for the institution despite myriad, overt flaws. One thing I have lot of respect for in LA Catholocism? That fancy ass geometric church Downtown that looks over the highway. It’s so fantastic! I’ve visited a few times but many Angelenos have not because, unless you are going to church, you have no reason to enter its doors. Thanks to a little video we found, all you curious architecture folk can take a peek inside the golden doors and learn its history.
Jim Mangan has lived in Los Angeles before–but it was never really his home. The former snowboarder and now fine art photographer is always on the move and enjoys the thrill of moving from place to place to place, which you can absolutely see in his often travel gazing bodies of work like the walkabout Color’d and landscape focused Time Of Nothing. The latter series currently is on view at Fairfax’s Martha Otero Gallery and has brought the artist to town. He’s been spending his time doing everything from catching up with old friends to doing book signings (he has one tonight at Family, actually). We spoke with the artist about his visit to Los Angeles so far, where we learned that he hates driving, loves the Spanish language, and thinks Art Center has some talented photographers.
The Bona Vista Lounge has become this kitschy wonderland that many cool people have been talking up as “their favorite place in town.” If you are unfamiliar with the place, it is a rotating top-floor bar Downtown hiding in a 1980s wonderland of a Westin. They also serve drinks in novelty glasses that they will wash and give to you on the way out. It’s made a few appearances on the LAIY Drink Map and we’ve visited once or twice before but knew we had to get in there with a camera and show you guys what is going on with the place.
There were two little 2012/2013 restaurants that we were very excited about opening: Silver Lake’s Black Cat and Hollywood’s littlefork. We basically visited both within hours of their being open just because we were that excited about their arrival. The resulting experiences were pretty meh but the spaces and concepts were so stellar that we had to give them passes as they were still getting their footing–and it is not fair to judge a restaurant until they have figured out all their kinks. This past week, we’ve revisited both places and wanted to do a quick follow up of how they were. Spoiler alert: both are great.