Perhaps it’s a Saturday and you’ve wilted after picking up something naughty in satin at Kiki de Montparnasse, together with a bottle of fragrance at Chloé, Italian milk soap from Santa Maria Novella, and then taking a wistful gaze at the chandeliers in Connoisseur Antiques. You need caffeine–and quite possibly a sour cherry and chocolate scone.
Everyone loves Handsome Coffee. People are just wild about them! It should come as no surprise that brands are all giddy about them, too. From their very ubiquitous presence at any Art District store event to their beans sliding into nearly every coffee shop in town, the brand has taken the town–and beyond–by storm. What is the latest thing they are up to? They’ve teamed up with Sweedish denim masters Nudie Jeans to make some aprons. It’s a clever collaboration as both brands have a rock and roll, “We do what we want!” approach to their crafts.
Matthew Blackwell creates art that is distinctive, eerily beautiful and story-telling for each individual lucky enough to see his work. Categorized before as street art and modern graffiti, Matthew’s work transcends these common forms to something much more. Based out of his apartment in downtown LA, Matthew’s whimsical style of creation heeds a story, a poem, a progression of thoughts and emotions that captivate and manipulate one’s imagination.
We occasionally get notes in our inbox about curious occurrences in and around Los Angeles. A lot are fairly random or pretty bite-sized in the scale of what could be interesting to share. Other times, something is so curious that you have to dig a little deeper to get the story, to find out what exactly is going on. This is what happened with a little series of rock formations that have showed up in Joshua Tree very randomly. They aren’t Runyon Canyon rock stackings or a large scale art installation but instead are a curious combination of the two: they’re strange arrangements of fake rocks in the middle of Joshua Tree’s Keys View. What exactly does it all mean? We spoke with reader Noel Samson about the strange happening.
Brooklyn: it’s become less of a physical place and more of a state of mind. It’s a place in New York that represents the independent spirit and, in a way, this new concept of what the American Dream is. It can be obnoxious and it can be entrancing and it undoubtedly has been a big cultural landmark for the past decade (plus). The NYC borough is now hitting the road and is actually coming to Los Angeles by way of Los Angeles Philharmonic’s musical celebration with its April 16 through April 22 Brooklyn Festival, a musical series of events focused on celebrating the talents that have emerged from that part of the USA. To celebrate the arrival of the Festival, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the first event in the series: Green Umbrella, which sees Alan Pierson of the Brooklyn Philharmonic conducting the LA Phil with Tyondai Braxton of Battles. This will definitely be cool!