Go: New. Artisanal. Now

 

 

This summer is truly the season for biennials!  Art fans have Made in LA 2012, the Hammer Museum‘s amazing season-long program showcasing the best and brightest up and coming LA artists.  And now, for one delicious day, epicureans have New Artisanal Now, For Your Art‘s first-ever artisanal food biennial.

 

Inspired by and timed to coincide with Made in LA 2012 , New Artisanal Now will showcase some of the City’s finest food crafters.  Hosted in a special pop-up shop (in the FYA space) at  6020 Wilshire Blvd., an all-star team of culinary insiders including Krista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist), Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Fork) have curated a selection of 12 amazing local food artists for our enjoyment and discovery.  From bacon confections to trendy drinking vinegars, this is not to be missed.

Saturday, July 28th – 12pm to 6pm at the For Your Art Space at 6020 Wilshire Boulevard.

Photos by David Gilbert via For Your Art


Spring and Summer Redux

It’s mid-July and we haven’t been to the beach yet!  That should change shortly, but before we shut down HQ for a few weeks for our annual summer break, we wanted to share a few shots of what we’ve been up to since we last posted.  Our yearbook, if you will.  And what a year!

Let’s see, we started by throwing a party (for ourselves)…

And later hung out with a World Champ

Biyamba, sumo champion, LA Bloom

Then we headed to NYC…

When we got back, we launched the 2nd Annual LA Design Festival from one of the city’s best roof tops

Before buckling down for the biggest modern design show in the nation (and hitting a few parties)…

But really, most importantly, we met Walter White.


Agent J is One of Greek America’s 40 Under 40

Julie Karatzis, photo by Carla Choy

By day, she pitches.  By night, she letterpresses.  Agent J, like any true secret agent, has many identities. And this week, she’s being recognized for the one of the most important ones.  Congratulations are in big order for Julie who’s flying to New York this week to attend Greek America’s Forty under 40 Awards Reception.  Her fellow honorees in the Class of 2012 include a motley crew of accomplished Hellenic professionals ranging from a State Assembly member to a geneticist, with a smattering of lawyers and philanthropists, and one of the Three Stooges.

Συγχαρητήρια!

(Photo: Carla Choy)


Go: LA Bloom Festival

April showers mean May flowers…LA Blooms, to be exact.  This spring, don’t miss the first-ever LA Bloom Festival, a nine-day celebration of transformation and Japanese arts and culture, hosted by the Japanese American Cultural Community Center in Little Tokyo.  Co-curators – acclaimed international artist and modern zen master Hirokazu Kosaka and landscape architect and artist Calvin Abe – have transformed the iconic Noguchi plaza in Little Tokyo into a temporary ecoartspace, replete with one of the world’s largest zen gardens, a colorful metaphorical rainbow (more on that later!), and exhibitions on contemporary and traditional ikebana.  Add to that performances, workshops, and a three-time world champion of sumo wrestling and you have a veritable LA Bloom bouquet of activities.  With so much programming packed into nine days, we thought we’d give you the how to’s and what’s whats.

Opening Night Performance: Mare Nubium – Friday, April 27th – 8pm

Mare Nubium is the abbreviated performance of the much-lauded kalpa, which was performed at the kick-off of Pacific Standard Time at the Getty. In Sanskrit, kalpa means eons, or a long period of time. It’s said that once every hundred years, an angel comes down from heavens and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears. Hiro Kosaka creates a symbolic parallel between the kalpa and the inevitable passage of time that slowly transforms our lives and the memories that we hold onto. Performers include Butoh (Japanese dancer) master Oguri, who leads a small company of dancers.  It’s deep, and beautiful, seriously.  Buy tickets here now.  Listen for an upcoming interview with Hiro by Lisa Napoli on All Things Considered.

de LaB Tour with Hiro and Little Tokyo Happy Hour – Wednesday, May 2nd – 6pm to 10 pm

If you miss the opening night performance, catch de LaB‘s special tour with Hiro next week to get an explanation of LA Bloom from the modern day zen master himself.  End the evening with a much-deserved cocktail at Little Tokyo Happy Hour in the zen garden.  RSVP here.  Admission is free otherwise and the ecoartspace and exhibitions will be open to all.

Jazz Night with Mia Doi Todd and Motoko Honda – Thursday, May 3rd – 8pm

Jazz and Japanese culture collide harmoniously when gorgeous songstress Mia Doi Todd and experimental avant-garde jazz pianist Motoko Honda take the stage on the plaza.  Buy tickets here now.

Sumo Workshop with Three-Time World Champion Byamba – Saturday, May 5th – 2pm

Even if you don’t have kids, this is something you won’t want to miss.  World champ Byamba brings an often misunderstood Japanese cultural tradition to life for all as he demonstrates the basic sumo stretches and teaches a workshop for little ones.  Basically, a heavyweight workshop for lightweights. Admission is free.


Go: Dwell + Marin Magazine Marin County Home Tour

Photo by Matthew Millman

Fans of modern architecture already know that Marin County is veritable trove of mid-century finds.  Eichler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Raphael Soriano, John Bolles, Francis Joseph McCarthy, Cliff May, and Claude Oakland have all designed homes in the area (or a Civic Center, in the case of FLW), not to mention a new generation of local architects who are taking up the modern mantle.  Later this month, arch-nerds, mid-century fanatics, and lookiloos are invited to get their design fix on the 2nd Annual Dwell+Marin Magazine Marin County Home Tour which will take visitors inside ten of the most notable homes in this picturesque area, starting in Cavallo Point on Friday, April 27th with a Meet the Architects reception for true devotees.  The self-guided tour which takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from 10am to 4pm will explore Southern and Central/West Marin, respectively.

We wish we could go, but we can’t.  So you guys go and let us know what you think!

Check this out for more information about modern Marin County architecture, in case you’re in the market to buy one.  Or buy tickets to the tour here.


Been: iRchitecture

Phone, laptop, radio, movie screen, camera – the iPhone is the da Vinci of gadgets. Within a few short years, this all-in-one device has profoundly shaped the way people look at and interact with the world.

Much like the iPhone which is so much more than just a phone, Carlo Caccavale refuses to be limited to “just” the AIA|LA associate director. This veritable Renaissance man finds time to wear many another hat, including that of writer, producer, designer, and now artist.  He recently hosted an opening reception on for iRchitecture, a collection of images shot with his iPhone.  A follow-up to his first The Eye and the iPhone exhibition, Caccavale stretches the creative boundaries of this everyday medium, turning a practical device into an instrument of art. No lens, no filters, and no fancy apps with faux bokeh – his photos are au naturale, drawing attention to the intrinsic beauty of the built environment.

iRchitecture is a celebration of architecture and design, currently on display at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010).

Click on the images below (also taken on an iPhone) for a peek at the opening reception and Caccavale’s work.


Spotted: Core 77 Preview of New Nendo Housewares at Maison et Objet

Maison et Objet 2012, Core 77, Nendo

Every year we swear to ourselves that one day, we’ll make it to Maison et Objet.  Especially when we see stories like this one.  Core 77 just previewed several new collections by Japanese design heavyweight Nendo set to debut at the show in Paris.  The new collections will be part of a few different exhibits and are not to be missed.  Playing with materials like agricultural netting and glass, Nendo creates housewares that defy the laws of gravity while the “weak” furniture just begs gravity to have a go at it.

For a way better preview, check out Ray’s story on Core 77.  If you’re going to be at the show in Paris, don’t tell us.  We’ll hate you.