Patriot

It’s surprising how some of the best film and TV content around comes from relatively unorthodox newcomers now. My wife and I have been enjoying the Amazon series Patriot quite a lot. It is very strange and often painfully awkward. If you like Wes Anderson movies, I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.

Memrise

My wife told me about this free educational app for learning a new language, Memrise, and I’m enjoying it tremendously so far. I’ve been trying to learn Korean, and have made some good progress. The app is based around flash-card memorization with audio queues. The native speaker pronunciation is great. It’s available for mobile phones and for your laptop, and perhaps more importantly, it’s fun.

Open Studio

Kat and Roger of K&R Ceramics are having a very special Open Studio at their lovely space in Verdugo Village today. They don’t usually sell direct to the public so it’s a special chance to score some amazing pottery direct from the artisans/artists. Visit my friends next door at Hutch LA while you’re at it! I’ve posted about Kat and Roger’s great work before here.

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Stand Up Guy

I don’t really watch or follow sports so this is a bit outside my regular area of interest, but the fact of the matter is you can’t go two feet without seeing or hearing about NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who famously refused to stand during the national anthem at a game recently, stating he couldn’t stand for a country that doesn’t provide justice for people of color. Needless to say, people are up in arms about his statement and his actions (or lack there of). A couple thoughts from a humble documented immigrant:

1. Police brutality seems to be a nationwide problem and race relations in the United States are pretty miserable too; maybe more people should address these issues publicly.
2. It’s appropriate for people in positions of success and leadership to use their platforms to address major social issues. Muhammad Ali did so. Ditto Kanye West speaking out about George Bush.
3. My gut feeling is that this will impact his career positively in the long run. I really hope so. I probably would have never heard of Kaepernick if it wasn’t for this story.
4. If you are offended maybe you should ask yourself what it is about equality that upsets you so much.

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale

Chill

LA-based artist Benjie Escobar introduces a new body of work at The Seventh Letter flagship store and gallery in the Fairfax district tonight! The opening event includes the release of a limited edition The Seventh Letter T-shirt designed by Benjie, with the back room curated by local film photographers the Camera Creeps

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L’Atlas Opening

If you’re lucky enough to be in or around NYC this evening, French artist Jules “L’Atlas” Dedet has a...