Friday, April 13, 2012

cicLAavia

LA is getting ready for the 4th cicLAvia bike riding festival this Sunday April 15th!
CicLAvia originated in Bogota Colombia 30 years ago, and has started happening in many countries since then.
Here is a link on the event check out what 10 miles stretch will become strictly bike paths between 10am-3pm ( or touch the map to biggify)
See you at cicLAvia!

*April 18th update: CiLAvia was so much fun! With a massive turn out- 100.000 happy people riding on stylish bikes! LA really wants to be known as a biking habitat- and our mayor made a cool announcement at cicLAvia - Los Angeles is getting a BIKE SHARE  program, 4000 bicycles!
 I am not saying we will became an Amsterdam... 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Zou Bisou Bisou

If you have been singing in your car this week Zou Bisou Bisou from Mad Men premier of season 5, then you would be happy to know, a record by Jessica Pare aka Megan Draper is now available as a limited edition vinyl  as well as on iTunes .

Or, maybe you just want to see her 2-min song and dance again.

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here to watch Jessica, stealing the 2-hour premier of the show on AMC.

...Zou Bisou Bisou...

Friday, March 16, 2012

Your Dreams are being Recorded

The other day, KCRW had a very amusing story on.
It was being told by Moran Cerf, a professional hacker, who gets recruited into neuroscience in Los Angeles. Incidentally, hacking talents are ideal for solving complex neurological tasks.
Dr. Cerf is also a fascinating storyteller, his delivery and the accent are part of the deal.
You can listen to the podcast here, it is 28 minutes long, and he tends to talk with the speed of light.
PS: He is accidentally perceived worldwide as The Man Who Could Record Your Dreams.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monkey Business

In less then 48 hours some of us will be getting our hands on the most amazing New iPad with Retina Display! Upon seeing such beauty, you might be wondering what to do with your previous Apple iPad, suddenly appearing somewhat pedestrian.
Well, you can think different, and help science, by donating the old one to Apps4Apes for the primates research project. They engage orangutans with finger painting application and put the apes in touch with other orangutans at different zoos via Skype!
Apparently, Red Apes also love watching Sir David Attenborough nature programs on their devices!
Just don't tell the monkeys about retina display.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Levitated Mass is Rocking LA

LACMA is getting a sculpture by Michael Heizer this Saturday morning. The controversial land art is essentially a 340-ton granite boulder.
It is named Levitated Mass since we will be able to walk under it, after it is installed over a trench outside the Museum!
Now, what I find most beautiful about the whole thing is the Radical Red Rig that was designed and engineered to transport the monolith for 105-mile journey. The Rig is traveling this very moment to its destination. The length of the contraption is the size of a football field. It has 196 wheels to distribute the weight, and it needs an escort of 60 people- so it can make the turns.
The Surreal Rock Procession is an 11 night event - at 5 miles an hour. It's two story hight makes for very demanding logistics- all the street signs, traffic lights and power lines need to be removed, and then rapidly reinstalled for LA morning rush hour.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Candy for Cutie

I have discovered this Cinemagazine, its a video created circa 1930, by The Pathetone Weekly.
I don't know what is funnier: the commentator's proclamations, or the dude at the end of the 90 second film clip.
Watch for yourself

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

There is no artist who understood Los Angeles better than Diebenkorn. His Ocean Park abstractions capture that very specific LA light and its playful spirit! Luckily, there is a fantastic exhibit that brings together 80 of his poetic paintings and drawings. The show just opened on Sunday, and it will run through May 27 at OCMA. That is Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach- and it is worth the drive!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars Red Carpet 2012

Fashion is the main reason we watch the awards, and yet, most of the time they all dress predictably alike, except for a couple of people that manage to look fresh!
This year, Emma Stone was a clear stand out in her raspberry dress by Giambattista Valli Couture.
Gwyneth Paltrow also looked great in a structured white cape by Tom Ford,
As for the men, the honor goes to Sacha Baron Cohen for showing up in his Dictator's finest.
The Artists!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

And the best film star is... the Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building was build in 1893, and it is the most romantic piece of architecture in Los Angeles. Legend has it, the architect was inspired by a book about the utopian society in the year 2000. It has a major element of surprise, since its understated exterior could not possibly prepare you for the majestic sky filled interior.
It has served as an atmosphere in many film noir detective stories. It also played an important "character" in my all time favorite movie Blade Runner.
The most recent appearance is in 500 Days of Summer, and of course, The Artist. In both films Bradbury acts as the space where the main guy runs into the girl of his dreams.
The Bradbury Bldg is in downtown Los Angeles. It is possible to see the main floor on any weekday, if you are curious to check out Victorian era take on a futuristic architecture.


Friday, February 17, 2012

2012 Best in Show winner is... a Loraxy creature?

How did this Pekingese "dog" got to compete with dogs, and beat them? When he looks like he could be the Lorax's grandma... What do you think? Is it me?
By the way, the new Lorax animation looks good - its worth seeing it just for the cotton candy looking trees! It's coming out in 3D March 2nd- the sneak peek.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NY Fashion Week

The best thing that happened to NY Fashion Week is by far Thom Browne! His fashion show had the emphasis on the Show, it felt beautifully mad, the way only the great Alexander McQueen himself could have pulled it off. And Browne got to toy with the fashion victims!
To watch 2 min of the show click: Thom Browne Fall 2012.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sundancing in Coldlandia

Films are fresh, Park City is adorable, but at 18 degrees F ( -8 C) with snow and ice, it is always cool to go from Sundance to Sunshine of LA!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chinatown Festivus


It is not every day you get to run into a life-size Origami Dragon. Made me realize Lunar New Year has arrived and it is a good one- according to the Chinese- 2012 is a Year of the Dragon, the most powerful of 12 yearly animal signs since its imaginary.

The Chinatown Annual Parade is taking place this Saturday Jan 28th at 1pm.
There are also some contemporary art galleries in Chinatown that are interesting. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kingdom of Wes Anderson

Fantastic News for Wes Anderson film enthusiasts!
New film Moonrise Kingdom is coming out in May.
As usual, it is deliciously funny, has an amazing style and full of dreamy music.
This time the story is set in the 1960's, and the main kid does watercolors, mostly landscapes, but a few nudes. Whats not to like?
Here is the trailer!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dogs on Film Awards


It appears today was the first "Dog Oscars"! So I thought I should check it out. I got to mingle with the charmer Uggy from The Artist, Maximillian, a doppelgänger of Sacha Baron Cohen from Hugo - one of the most amazing films! and Dolce, the smiling furball from Young Adult.