June 11, 2011
Lots of Arts District News!
Nola’s Soul Food Kitchen to open this Summer. The new restaurant is replacing E3 Steakhouse (734 E 3rd St). I’m hoping for authentic yumminess.
Bloom’s General Store (716 Traction Ave) will reopen with a new name. At first the new owner was going to name it “Little Tokyo Shopette” Arts District Residents were not happy with the new name (as it’s in the AD not LT), so the new name is still being decided. It will still be a convenience store of sorts. More about Joel Bloom and the old Bloom’s General store here.
Also, there is news that the old Ay Caramba (714 Traction Ave) will be a pie shop! I hope it’s old-fashioned and fun.
And don’t forget about:
“Presented at 3rd Street and Traction Avenue in the Downtown Arts District, BloomfestLA offers live indie music, local artisan wares, and good food amidst a rotating outdoor gallery of street art by renowned artists.”*Thanks to the Arts District Facebook Group for all the news!
Last week I attended the cast/crew premiere screening party of “Million Dollar Decorators”. The party was held at a gorgeous private residences (one of the producers). It was such a fun party ! The only one who couldn’t make it was Martyn. It was amazing watching the premiere with everyone involved in the show. We laughed the entire time…seriously…even during the guacamole scene.
Here’s a few photos I snapped of the cast/crew:
Mary and JAM before the screening.
Me and Melissa
We love tacos and MARGARITAS
They must have been talking about the show.
I see Nathan.
Jeffrey and Ross…
Nathan, Mary, girls and me (Shazz).
according to my friend Eliza who was there. She has impeccable taste, and her job requires she travel the Film Festival circuit around the world (that has to be like one of the best jobs ever!)
I had to share her recommendations because the films look so good. Thanks Eliza!
The Artist (a silent film about the silent era):
Drive ( starring Ryan Gosling as a professional stunt car driver by day, and a getaway driver by night). The clip below features the Arts District. I can even see my building in it! There’s some small geographical errors, but I’m still excited my neighborhood sees some action.
Yay! Finally some good movies to see.
April 1, 2011
Tomorrow is International Pillow Fight Day!
Here are the rules:
“Bring a pillow. Preferably feather.
Yes, it makes a mess, but we’ll do our best to clean up afterwards.
Leaving no trace would be awesome
ONLY HIT PEOPLE WITH PILLOWS—-my favorite
DO NOT HIT PEOPLE Carrying CAMERAS
Here are the FAQS:
Will it cost me anything? - No
Where will we meet? - Pershing Square
When does the fight start? - When you hear the air horn
What time will that be? - 2pm Sharp
Can I help clean up? - Yes
Do you have permits? - No
Do you need permits - No
Will I get arrested? - No
Who is in charge? - No one is in charge”
More about the Urban Playground Movement here.
*Photo and info via LAist.com and pillowfightlosangeles.com
February 13, 2011
A few weeks ago, I picked up this AMAZING book about the Men and Women of Marc Jacobs. Photographed by celebrity photographer, Brian Bowen Smith, this book is one of my favorite new coffee table adornments!!!
From the intro: “Many things can be said about the appealing men and women that Brian Bowen Smith has captured in these photos. They all work for Marc Jacobs, in the company’s stores and corporate offices, all over the United States and the world…..The thing that you keep coming back to is that these look like people who actually like what they do for a living…People want to work there- and not because of the clothes. The men and women in these photographs look like they belong to something they actually want to belong to….”
The best part about this book? It was free! I heard about the give-away through a girl who had seen a twitter post by the official Marc Jacobs Twitter account- @MarcJacobsIntl. Robert Duffy was appearing at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store nearby–signing these beautiful books. By the time I got to the store, Duffy was gone, but one of the super nice employees gave me a copy. I haven’t had much free time to look through the book yet. But, below find some of the fab photos of the “Men and Women of Marc Jacobs”.
Also- This week, you can watch the 2011 Fall/Winter Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion shows streaming live from NYC:
February 7, 2011
Above: Sketch courtesy of Rodarte shows design for the “Demon” ballet costume in the film “Black Swan”. (Rodarte/AP)