We have talked about buildings that should be something cool, buildings that have been forgotten, buildings that need to be saved, and buildings that need makeovers–but what about entire neighborhoods or areas of connection: shouldn’t those be a point of concern, too? Yes, of course they should be! Two neighborhoods right now are in the middle of an incredible transformation that we need to prepare ourselves for and stand behind because they are going to help strengthen Los Angeles.
Recently, we in Los Angeles were blessed with a visit from one of New York City’s treasures: Tony award nominated, Obie and Bessie winning, performer extraordinaire, Mx Justin Vivian Bond. Bond is a renowned “writer, singer, painter, performance artist, and activist,” currently on tour and recently taking REDCAT by storm. V, as the artist is referred to, seemed to have a fantastic time here in Southern California. You’d be surprised how tempted the New Yorker is to make the move out here, something we will undoubtedly be fantasizing about for some time…
Not too long ago while in Yucca’s hidden treasure Lost and Found, we were introduced to Feal Mor, a local menswear retailer specializing in tops and outerwear, specifically sweaters. The company takes classic items for men and gives them a little bit of a twist, taking them from being ordinary to that right amount of delightfully weird.
Guys! Did you know they make movies in Los Angeles? They do! They make a lot of movies in this city. It’s something we cannot escape and, despite “the industry” being somewhat annoying, it is a part of our ecosystem, for better or worse. We can learn to use it to our advantage, though, like getting to see movies earlier than their actual release date, seeing celebrities in real life more often than most people, and even passing movies being filmed or getting to go “on the lot.” Last Thursday, Nike took advantage of this to an extreme level for the West coast launch of their new Fuelband, the newest entry into the Nike+ world, a tool that turns life into a constant pursuit of calorie burning.
Tomory Dodge is a local artist who is making an organized mess of colors. He is an oil painter and occasional collage artist whose work is clearly in order–but is a mess. The way he treats colors is much like crayons in a box that were left in the sun: organized, individualized, yet blending into each other.