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Where Shall We Meet: Lab 3


The pretty shop called Lab 3 is a direct result of three market forces (bear with us, this is not an economics treatise) coming together: firstly, the rise of ecommerce (do we still need to use the ‘e’?) and the continuing beautification of downtown Los Angeles. For without both, Lab 3 could not exist. Access to a 24/7 international marketplace, universal currency platforms and all the sociable media type tools now available, combined with enlightened development agencies in the newly imagined #dtla, make Lab 3 a going concern, as opposed to just another cute retail spot.

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Where Shall We Meet: Hollywood Farmers Market with Tara Kolla from Silver Lake Farms

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You’ve embraced the farm to table movement, eating fresh fruits and vegetables in season, grown locally in Southern California. But what about the table itself – surely those hothouse roses shipped in from somewhere far away and encased in plastic wrapping need a re-think? If you’re planning on giving a dinner party and inviting your new eco-conscious movie star (adjacent) friends, you need to know the provenance of your blooms.

So next Sunday, stop by the Hollywood Farmers Market and introduce yourself to Tara Kolla, founder and farmer at Silver Lake Farms. Get swept up in the sheer beauty of the fragrant ranunculus in shades of cream, rose, and Tara’s own special shade dubbed “pink lemonade”. Mix those cuttings with an armful of sweet peas in the colors of vintage English 1940s tea dresses, all muted and gentle on the eye, and add in a generous sprig of Queen Anne’s Lace.

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Where Shall We Meet? Will Rogers State Beach with Doree Shafrir

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In the 1920s, a plum job in newspapers was to open a foreign bureau. It was considered a role for the brave and the bold. You’d land in a new place, set your typewriter on a make-shift desk, haggle with the phone service, find the nearest coffee house (or hostelry called “The American Bar” by hopeful locals) and start building a underground network of contacts, filing your stories over the wires back home.

A year ago, Doree Shafrir moved almost three thousand miles West to do the modern version of just that. As Executive Editor at Buzzfeed, she left Brooklyn and unpacked her laptop in Los Angeles to start the West coast operation, building contacts, hiring staff. One might argue that L.A is not exactly a foreign bureau for a New York Internet media company. But we know different, right?

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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