POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 Recap Vid

Speaking of POW! WOW!, here’s a great recap video of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016. It was expertly filmed and directed by Michael Inouye, edited by Michael Inouye & Sam Davenport, with hyperlapse video by Selina Miles, and additional footage from Andrew Tran, Zane Meyer, Vincent Ricafort, Pablo Rivera, Selina Miles, Jess T. Johnston, and Kevin Sawicki.

City of Gold

I’m a big fan of Jonathan Gold – the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for the LA Times. I’ve certainly enjoyed some amazing food thanks to his knack for discovering culinary gems worth visiting. The downside is of course, that his reviews can really blow spots up, which, while presumably a great thing for business owners, can be frustrating for longtime clientele. Still, sharing is caring, as they say. This award-winning documentary City of Gold is all about the talented writer and it’s in theaters now.

Self Starters

Check out my Hawaiian homies, Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar, co-lead directors of the incredible POW! WOW! Hawaii and POW! WOW! Worldwide mural festivals, recently featured on the NBC Asian America presents Self-Starters program. They’re two of the best, most-talented, and hardest-working people I know. This is well-deserved. Congrats guys!

Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Chef

The other day my wife and I went to check out the new Roy Choi spot in Watts, called Locol. If you live in LA you probably already know Roy Choi helms the city’s most sought-after food truck empire (Kogi BBQ), revitalized Chinatown with his Chego rice bowl spot, and more recently explored higher-end dining Pot and Commissary at the lovely Line hotel in Koreatown. Here’s Jeff Weiss’s review of Locol for LA Weekly. Watts is often referred to as a “food desert” with very few healthy options and little fresh food available. Locol aims to change that.

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Director’s Drawings

Once the exclusive domain of film crews tasked with realizing a director’s vision, storyboards have in recent years become appreciated as works of art on their own. This is largely the result of Drawing into Film: Directors’ Drawings, a landmark exhibition held in 1993 at Pace Gallery in New York. The show’s catalog, the first published collection of this rarely seen material, features sketches, drawings, notations, and storyboards by a who’s who of superstar directors, including Sergei Eisenstein, Orson Welles, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, Tim Burton, and Terry Gilliam. These highly diverse, wildly expressive hand-drawn illustrations—from Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull fight sequence storyboards and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice character sketches to David Lynch’s surreal Dune landscapes—add new layers of meaning that enhance the experience of these iconic films. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, Drawing into Film a fascinating slice of film history and a fantastic visual feast.

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