Category: Features Archive

15 Dec 2015

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) with Director Tim Flemin

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is currently hosting its third edition at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barkar Hangar with a winning program; half Los Angeles and half international gallery participation. Tim Fleming, the Director of ALAC states, “there’s a real sense of hospitality,” when describing the tone of the fair. He continues, “ALAC was created from the idea that Los Angeles deserves and is ready for a contemporary art fair that champions the whole LA art scene and offers a good cross section of what’s happening in Contemporary Art.”

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15 Dec 2015

David Lynch and Friday the 13th

Eraserhood Forever is a night of art and live performances celebrating the inspirations David Lynch has given to many artists, including Bob Bruhin, Evan Cairo, Francine “The Lucid Dream” and Full Blown Cherry. This celebration will be held on a ubiquitously regarded superstitious day at PhilaMOCA that harks back to this cult figure’s breakthrough film, Eraserhead. Philadelphia in the late 1960s and early 70s had an indelible effect on Lynch, with its grim environs influencing this 1977 classic.

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15 Dec 2015

PST: Art in the Parking Space @ The Standard, Hollywood

On Tuesday, 1/24 evening, no one cared to be inside the bar at West Hollywood’s The Standard Hotel. Instead, patrons opted to grab a drink in the underground parking garage and observe the Art in the Parking Space. This year-long series of performative installations are a part of Pacific Standard Time’s (PST) Performance and Public Art Festival that is curated by Amanda Hunt of LA>

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10 Dec 2015

Pacific Standard Time sponsored by the Getty Institute

Pacific Standard Time is a massive collaboration of California cultural institutions coming together to celebrate the beginning of the post-World War II art scene in Los Angeles. Running from October, 2011 until April, 2012 and sponsored by the Getty Institute, over sixty cultural entities are taking place in an exhibit that encompasses every major LA […]

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10 Dec 2015

Fertile Grounds for Philly’s La Colombe

As with many other cities, coffee factionalism forms in Philadelphia along predictable lines. Sure, it’s not Portland or Seattle, but Philly has had more than its share of gustatory idealists and coffee snobs for a good while now, and sooner or later it was only to be expected that the two would converge. La Colombe Torrefaction has turned the best of the coffee world and fine cuisine into a vehicle for unprecedented success.

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01 Dec 2015

DIY-bit & Cartons

Smiling as she gestures at the interior of Little Berlin, a large gallery space in one of Philadelphia’s old factories in the Kensington neighborhood that is currently full of homemade arcade video game booths, Punk Arcade co-curator and games professional Sarah Brin recalls the story of Anna Anthropy’s game. It broke down during transportation, she says, at the height of Occupy Oakland. “So you had all these people pushing it through the streets,” Brin recalls. An appropriately populist touch for an exhibition expressly made for people outside the pale of professional game development, the Punk Arcade video games are just one part of a culture that’s been permeated by the DIY ethic.

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30 Nov 2015

Captured Music

Who Shot Rock and Roll? The photographers behind the scenes of rock history are currently being celebrated at the Annenberg Space for Photography (ASP) in Los Angeles. Created by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator and author Gail Buckland, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 To The Present, is the first major museum exhibit on rock and roll that highlights the integral role that photography plays in the history and making of rock icons.

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15 Nov 2015

SFFS: New Wave of Old Favorites

For 58 years running, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) has transported industry professionals and serious foodies to culinary heaven at the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS). From June 17-19, over 2,250 companies from around the world gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. for three days of exhibiting, learning, business and of course, food. As the largest marketplace event for specialty foods and beverages in North America, this Show sets the stage for upcoming industry trends. What attendees see on the show floor is what they can expect to see on store shelves.

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15 Nov 2015

Mainstream Fermentation

At the very core, Firefly Kitchens was started with the best of health intentions in mind–to make tummies happy. In 2010, two 40-somethings, former white collar professionals decided to turn their longstanding interest in food and nutrition into a fermented food business in Seattle. Julie O’Brien and Richard Climenhage borrowed a catering space, experimented non-stop, and came up with more than two dozen fermented vegetable items for an ad hoc “taste-off” of sorts. Their ginger carrots – now branded as Yin Yang Carrots – were a big hit among the younger palates, but it was their accessible, non-fishy version of kimchi that made a culinary and dietary splash.

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15 Nov 2015

Los Angeles Film Festival: Diversity x Youth

The 18th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival opened last Thursday, showcasing a fresh and diverse film selection. With films from 30 countries and its usual strong Latin presence, The Independent Film Festival steadily remains a prime authority on the ebb and flow of contemporary culture. Some intriguing festival spotlights include: 19 feature films directed by women, a special panel discussion with female animators, and several features starring African Americans and youths in leading roles.

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15 Nov 2015

Industrial A/V Renaissance

Every seat was filled at Tribeca Grand Hotel for The Black Soft’s screening of their latest music film trilogy. TOTU POPEP opened with an animation by the band. Their collaboration with Nicola Formichetti, Tim Richardson, Evaan Kheraj, and Francisco Garcia was an audio-visual amalgamation of electronic dissonance, abrupt and lingering vocals, convulsive and serpentine performance, and monochromatic geometric gesticulation.

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15 Nov 2015

Hybrid Play: Cross-pollinating Art Forms at MOCA

On the heels of the final installment of its hugely successfulEngagement Party series, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA LA) unveiled PLAY MOCA, a new multidisciplinary festival to celebrate the diversity of emerging creative talent in Los Angeles, featuring a three-night event which included live musical performances paired with visuals projected onto a temporary installation.

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15 Nov 2015

Homegrown Spice

Botanists may best know Washington’s sunny Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the Olympic Peninsula for its lavender. But in the foothills above Sequim, Phocas Farms is successfully growing a crop usually reserved for Asiatic or Mediterranean climates – saffron. On an ounce-by-ounce basis, this is the world’s most expensive spice.

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15 Nov 2015

Holy Trinity of Flavors

    After scouring close to 200,000 square feet, three key ingredients kept making a repeat appearance – ginger, honey and lemon. While each of these items can stand respectably on its own, these “it” flavors were presented over and over again in tasty, and often unsuspecting products at NASFT. Experts weigh in on the […]

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