To all those who still grasp onto the opinion that they “don’t like LA,” I understand. You are most likley basing your opinion on either boring ass Santa Monica, douchey Hollywood or your experience of the city 10 some-odd years ago. Well times have changed, and Los Angeles is not what it used to be. Ever since I moved back here in 2007 I have been incessantly preaching to those outsiders that this is an great city on verge of becoming even more amazing, mainly due to the urban revitalization occurring on the Eastside (Los Angeles proper), more specifically Downtown Los Angeles. I am immensely proud to see the word is getting out, and that GQ has published a very accurate and detailed article about how Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly becoming America’s Next Great City. Whether you are a hater or lover of Los Angeles, you must read this article. I love Los Angeles. LA all day.
For a place defined by sunny and mild weather, it can be hard to imagine what it Los Angeles would be like if it snowed. Well, its happened before, and photographs are amazing and surreal. From a dusting at UCLA, to skiing the streets of La Canada, to a snowball fight in McCarthur Park, check out LAist for all of the fantastic photos. [LAist]
Illustrator and printmaker Chris Turnham has produced a stunning collection of pieces, highlighting the distinctive landscape of the Eastside of Los Angeles. Whether they be notable landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Hyperion Bridge or just a standard street corner in Silver Lake, his ability to portray the scenes with such authenticity, is complimented well by his unique illustrative style. The crisp definition of the light, ever present overhead power lines, and casual palm trees all add to the distinctive Angeleno atmosphere, which he has executed so well. You can buy some of the prints at his online shop, or see them on display at Hemingway and Pickett during the month of November. [TheFoxIsBlack]
The history of baseball in Los Angeles goes back much further than the Dodgers moving west in 1958. Though a young city relative to the rest of the United States, Los Angeles has a rich and storied history of our country’s national pastime with former stadiums like Wrigley Field and Washington Park located just south of Downtown, Gilmore Field located in Mid City next to the Farmers Market, and the Los Angeles Coliseum which housed the Dodgers for a few years until Dodger Stadium construction completed. Photographs and information of all this can be found on the blog Baseball In Early Los Angeles.
At the intersection of Olympic Blvd and La Brea Ave in Mid-City Los Angeles lies a non-descript strip center, a gas station and a body shop. On the fourth corner of this intersection is a new eatery from an all-star team of chefs/restaurateurs (Anthony Carron of 800 Degrees, former XIV chef Steven Fretz and Noah Ellis of Red Medicine) called Top Round Roast Beef, a casual dining concept with a delicious and well crafted (and inexpensive) menu of roast beef sandwiches, fries and frozen custards. Needless to say, this not the first place you would suspect a new restaurant from of some Los Angeles’ most talented young chefs, but it definitely delivers quality grub in a casual dining experience. It has the look and feel of a classic burger joint that has great food at a great price, something very refreshing in a world focused on fine dining with fancy ingredients.
Defining the image of Los Angeles are the iconic plethora of palms trees cresting above the urban landscape. Design group Common Studio have made it their mission to bring us closer to these elegant giants through a new project called Know Your Palms. On trees in the Los Angeles neighborhood aptly named Palms (near Culver City), trees are posted with these informative flyers that indicate if the tree is a Queen, Date or Fan Palm, and then has a tear-off with details on it’s defining factors.
Over the past month a 22 year old Cuban sensation has rocked Major League Baseball with one of the greatest offensive performances of any player’s first month in the history of the game. Yasiel Puig has brought his wreckless passion for the game of baseball to the city of Los Angeles, helping the Dodgers rebound from a lackluster start and thrusting them into contention in the National League West. His boundless energy and non-stop effort has enlightened his struggling teammates into a team that is now firing on all cylinders and finally playing some great baseball. Even 86 year old announcer Vin Scully has boy-like excitement in his voice everytime Yasiel comes to the plate. Yasiel Puig’s brut strength and God-given athletic abilities are being compared to the legendary Bo Jackson who had the famous Nike ad campaign “Bo Knows,” which they have revived into “Yasiel Sabe” (sabe means “knows” in Spanish) for this amazing show he has put on. Check out the Yasiel Sabe shirt here.
A very special thing happens every Friday night at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Ave. It’s an evening devoted to the greatest and sometime most eclectic movies the 80′s has given to the world of film, Heavy Hitter Midnites. For their one year anniversary this Friday June 14, there will be a very special screening of the beloved Canadian knock-off of Flashdance, Heavenly Bodies, where “a small “Dance-ercize” studio fights for its existence against the unscrupulous owner of a rival club. The conflict boils down to a “Dance Marathon” to settle the score.” Read that again and tell me that it’s not the perfect plot for an amazing 80′s movie! Come join us this Friday to see this masterpiece in person.
On April 3, 1988 the Los Angeles Times Magazine published a futuristic expose of what life in Los Angeles would be like in 25 years entitled LA 2013. The article (click here for the full PDF) included everything from revolutionary technology that would modernize our daily lives, to our futuristic transportation system, to the transformed urban environment. One of the things I found most fascinating with the article were the absolutley stunning illustrations of the futuristic Los Angeles cityscape composed by reknowned designer Syd Mead. Famous for his visual contributions to the science fiction masterpiece Bladerunner, Mead’s creation envisions a future Los Angeles categorized by clean lines, high buildings, sleek transportation and few remnants of the 20th century.
Up until recently, the much lauded menswear pop-up shop Northern Grade had only opened up it’s flea market style boutique in it’s Midwest home of Minneapolis and Chicago. Now, the annual event is expanding out to other cities to showcase a wide variety of american made menswear apparel and goods, including Los Angeles this Saturday April 6th 11AM-7PM and Sunday April 7th 11Am-5PM. Sponsored by Apolis and Pierrepont Hicks, some of the best local and national brands in menswear will be attending, along with food and drinks from Handsome Coffee Roasters, Wurstkuche and Coolhaus. See the flyer above for more details.
While the rest of the country is enthralled with the NCAA Basketball march madness, us taco enthusiasts here in Los Angeles are just as pumped up for Taco Madness 2013. In it’s fifth year, Los Angeles taco blog LA Taco puts together a tournament style bracket of LA’s finest taco establishments to find out which one reigns supreme as taco champion. Head on over and submit your votes, or use this as an opportunity to discover some real authentic taco spots.
I always rave about these guys, and they always seem to deliver. The incredibly musically gifted (attended Berklee School of Music) Los Angeles based duo Classixx have proven yet again they are some of the most talented DJs/Producers/Musicians on the electronic music scene. Their signature disco/80′s/funk style that sets them apart from the rest is beautifully executed in their newly released track Holding On, full of snappy lyrics, a slammin’ beat and groovy bass line. To make it even better, the video they put together for this track pays great homage to our fine city, artfully piecing together authentic street scenes from all over Los Angeles.