There are many mysteries in Los Angeles but there is only one mystery that has kept the city stumped for decades: where did the French Dip sandwich originate? Was it at Cole’s or was it at Philippe’s? We may never know as both have different origin stories unique to them and both have enough street cred to back up these claims. It’s an iconic Los Angeles debate and goes into one of the city’s great divisions: are you a Cole’s person or a Philippe’s person? We don’t actually claim a side since we–Gasp!–have not been to Philippe’s yet. That said, thankfully a handful of film people wanted to let both sides tell their tale by way of a little film: The French Dip: A Tale From Los Angeles.
Are your nerves frayed a little by the Upfronts? Even if you’re not (strictly) in television production it’s a little tense right now as everyone wonders which series will get canned versus whose giant poster will seal their stardom gleam on the HBO board at 9000 Sunset Boulevard.
Maybe you work for a major advertising agency. Your nights are spent fretting about what to spend your client’s money on this year (such a tough job–especially if you get it wrong–what with all those audience measuring effectiveness tools–no, we don’t know what they do either). Either way, it’s a frenzied moment in the bi-coastal calendar.
What did I do when I was in school? I wrote little one man shows and participated in various little plays on campus but I didn’t really do anything of substance that actually got my work out into the world. Perhaps part “those were the times” and part absurd ignorance, the thought didn’t occur to me or any of my friends to spread our artistic reach beyond our school and into the real world. Maddie Sharafian is still in school and she is a much wiser student that many of us were. She’s currently at Calarts and she’s studying character animation. Like many, she’s throwing her work online and getting the world to see it. What has this gotten her? Well, a very coveted spot on the Vimeo Staff Picks channel, i.e. a guaranteed one hundred thousand eyes on your work. What was the piece in question? A little animation about a helpful dog assisting its master make a meal.
LA artist Kenny Scharf was recently arrested in New York for graffiti. It’s a funny irony that he–a very well established, iconic artist who works in making public art–got caught doing what he does (and was subsequently released for the same reasons). It is a little reminder that public art can be taboo and that where one makes has its own environmental baggage. It’s funny he was tossed into that situation because he was likely in town to support a show of his. It recently closed and was titled Kolors and explored just that: bright colors and how they resonate with you. Since most of us didn’t have the chance to see the show, we wanted to share a little process video Paul Kasmin Gallery did on the show.
A few days ago I was doing something and had this strange realization for the first time that I am some abnormal Angeleno who obsesses over this city and who has dedicated so much time and energy to it that I’m not just any other person who lives here: I’m like a super citizen of this city. You’d think running a website called “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” would automatically implant this idea into your brain but, really, it has not: it’s only now sinking in that myself–and the LAIY contributors–are huge fanatics of this city. It’s bizarre but not everyone sees this city as an glass-is-half-full-of-rainbows-and-sunshine kind of place: not everyone loves to be here. Weird!
In an attempt to pin down how we feel toward this city, we thought it would be fun to do a quiz or something to help us all see what kind of LA person we are. Are we a superfan of the city? Are we just a regular someone? Do we not even live here? We hope to help you figure that out with our “What Type Of Angeleno Are You?” quiz!