Last week, I was lucky enough to drop in on Los Angeles artist Reef Kills Pop who was just finishing up his latest installation – at an undisclosed location in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The space belongs to famous Bay Area rap icon Too $hort and it serves as a recording studio, complete with a soundproof booth in one corner. Reef hit everything except the carpets and it looks amazing.
I was tempted to post about Super Bowl ads or some recent political shenanigans, but instead I’ve opted for a great real-world solution to a huge problem in Los Angeles (and many cities around the world): homelessness. This article from Co.Exist highlights the MADWORKSHOP x USC School of Architecture project, Homes for Hope, which aims to fight homelessness here in LA with well-designed $25K living pods (modular, portable, single unit-occupancy housing units).
The latest video from Los Angeles-based producer/musician Bei Ru is just out. His intricately layered song delivers an interesting and somewhat surreal video shot in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Postas (@itsPostas) / Edited by Paisley Zerr & Jesse Dvorak / Wardrobe styled by Moneeekah / Cast: Christine Garibian, ReefKills, Stuntman, Ervin, Lilly Breeze, Remind. The whole LA Zooo album is great.
A new print by Los Angeles artist CRYPTIK drops today, and it’s for a good cause too. The prints are 14 x 19″ and feature some impressive embossed gold foil stamping. The artwork features the green sea turtle, classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Proceeds benefit the Pangea Seed Foundation.
My talented friend Martin Wong is organizing another of his great fundraiser matinee concerts to raise money for arts education at his daughter’s school – Castelar Elementary in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I’ve been to a few of these events and I can’t emphasize enough how special it is to see the great acts that Martin lines up, in a cozy, family-friendly setting. The line-up of acts, tickets, and more deets are here.
#TheFeelingsWhen you’re a bit of a Star Wars nerd and you find out that Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site. Oh, yeah.
This recent no star review of Watts-based-healthy-fastfood-spot-turned-chain Locol, by NY Times critic Pete Wells has ruffled a lot of feathers! Here’s co-owner Roy Choi’s response on Instagram – he seems to be taking it in stride. Personally, I think Pete was a bit too harsh and arguably insensitive, but he makes a constructive point: the idea behind Locol is amazing; but the food is not mind-blowing. I’m more inclined to just support this kind of good initiative, versus critiquing it, but each unto their own.
Happy New Year! Took a break from posting here for a few days, which was nice. Here’s an interesting article by Gustavo Arellano for OC Weekly, on 10 Mexican Dishes Hipster Chefs Need to Get Over Already. Because poorly appropriating Mexican cuisine is so hot right now!