Finally, The Oscars Awards

Finally, The Oscars Awards

The strike is over and Hollywood is back to work. Turns out 2023 was a  very good year for the movies. On Sunday, March 10, the envelope will be handed out with the winners. The show, hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel and this year, the Oscars have an earlier timeslot and will kick off at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. Prior to the awards show, a pre-show will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.

There are options for viewing the Awards—here are just a few:

  1. El Capitan Theatre: They host a special Oscars watch party where you can experience the glamour of the event on a big screen. It’s a unique way to enjoy the ceremony with other movie fans​​.
  2. The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood: Known for its vibrant atmosphere, The Abbey offers an Oscar viewing party that’s especially popular with the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a great place to enjoy the ceremony in a lively setting​​.
  3. Oscars Viewing Party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: This historic hotel, situated just half a block away from the actual Oscars ceremony, offers a viewing party at its Library Bar or the Public Kitchen and Bar. Guests can watch the Oscars pre-show and see the stars arrive, making it a memorable experience close to the action​​.

So get out your cocktails, your pencils and money—let the ballots begin! You can download a usable ballot from here

The 2024 Oscars nominations feature a diverse range of films, performances, and creative efforts across various categories. Here are the highlights from key categories:

Best Picture

  • “American Fiction”
  • “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • “Barbie”
  • “The Holdovers”
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • “Maestro”
  • “Oppenheimer”
  • “Past Lives”
  • “Poor Things”
  • “The Zone of Interest”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper in “Maestro”
  • Colman Domingo in “Rustin”
  • Paul Giamatti in “The Holdovers”
  • Cillian Murphy in “Oppenheimer”
  • Jeffrey Wright in “American Fiction”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “Nyad”
  • Lily Gladstone in “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • Sandra Hüller in “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • Carey Mulligan in “Maestro”
  • Emma Stone in “Poor Things”

Best Director

  • Justine Triet for “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • Martin Scorsese for “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • Christopher Nolan for “Oppenheimer”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos for “Poor Things”
  • Jonathan Glazer for “The Zone of Interest”

Best Animated Feature Film

  • “The Boy and the Heron”
  • “Elemental”
  • “Nimona”
  • “Robot Dreams”
  • “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

Best International Feature Film

  • “Io Capitano” (Italy)
  • “Perfect Days” (Japan)
  • “Society of the Snow” (Spain)
  • “The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany)
  • “The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom)

Best Visual Effects

  • “The Creator”
  • “Godzilla Minus One”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
  • “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
  • “Napoleon”

This year’s nominations reflect a wide array of storytelling themes and techniques, showcasing both historical and contemporary narratives, animated features, and films that push the envelope in visual effects and production design

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High Rise Art?

High Rise Art?

In 2011, MOCA presented a show called “Art in the Streets”, it was the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. It was controversial and provoked an academic debate about the nature of graffiti. Today, one need only look up—downtown, South Park, for the moment, home to nearly 27 floors of typographical messages commonly known as graffiti. Derived from the Italian word graffio(“scratch”), graffiti (“incised inscriptions,” plural but often used as singular) has a long history. The graffiti seen here may be short lived as the the Los Angeles City Council.The buildings are part of the Oceanwide Plaza which was meant to be a $1 billion real estate project in downtown L.A., but it’s been empty since 2019. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Lin and Robert Gauthier, the plan was to build three neighboring towers that would serve as luxury condominiums and apartments alongside hotel and retail space. However, construction stopped when the Beijing-based developer backing the project ran out of funds.The abandoned buildings have been an eyesore for locals, and currently the cause of great debate about just what graffiti is. The building looks like an electrical panel with dull cement gray exteriors that have sat for five years, and at some point provided an opportunity for local graffiti artists to decorate the building. Currently, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to invoke the owners to clean up the “mess” of they will and send a bill.

Graffiti can be found throughout the city, from the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the neighborhoods of East LA. Here are some key points about graffiti in Los Angeles:

  1. Historical Roots: Graffiti has a long history in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s when it emerged as a form of expression among marginalized communities. The city played a significant role in the development of graffiti as an art form.
  2. Legal and Illegal Graffiti: While some graffiti is illegal and considered vandalism, there are designated areas and public spaces where street art is legal and even encouraged. The city has a complex relationship with graffiti, acknowledging its artistic value in certain contexts while also enforcing laws against illegal tagging.
  3. Venice Beach Walls: Venice Beach is known for its legal graffiti walls, where artists can freely express themselves without fear of legal repercussions. These walls attract both local and international graffiti artists, contributing to the vibrant street art culture of the city.
  4. Murals and Street Art Festivals: Los Angeles hosts various street art festivals and mural projects that bring together artists to create large-scale public artworks. The city has numerous murals that showcase a wide range of styles and themes, often reflecting the cultural diversity of the area.
  5. Melrose Avenue: Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood is famous for its street art scene. The walls of buildings along this iconic street often feature colorful murals and graffiti pieces, creating an outdoor gallery that reflects the trendy and artistic atmosphere of the neighborhood.
  6. Downtown Arts District: The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is another hotspot for street art and graffiti. Former industrial buildings and warehouses in this area have been transformed into galleries and studios, attracting artists who contribute to the urban art landscape.
  7. Political and Social Commentary: Graffiti in Los Angeles often serves as a platform for political and social commentary. Artists use their work to address issues such as gentrification, inequality, and cultural identity, providing a visual voice for marginalized communities.

It’s important to note that opinions on graffiti vary, and while some view it as a form of artistic expression, others see it as a form of vandalism. The city’s approach to graffiti continues to evolve, with efforts to balance artistic freedom with the need to maintain public spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Grammy Winners

Grammy Winners

Let’s review: The Grammys took place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Despite heavy rainfall, the event started on time and proceeded at an accelerated pace. Hosted by Trevor Noah (more of him, please), there were highlights. Luke Combs duet with Tracy Chapman, singing “Fast Car,” was an homage to the power of music and the longevity of song. There was a glee in this audience as they spent much of the evening in standing ovations. And it was well deserved. There were moments of historic poignancy as legendary artist Joni Mitchell took to the Grammy stage for the first time in her career and delivered an emotional “Both Sides Now” in a cane-tapping low voice that boarded on a narrative. Later, an appearance from Celine Dion added to an evening of surprises. On the WTF side, an acceptance speech from Jay-Z seems to conjure a lyric from Joni Mitchell, “sour grapes,” as he scolded the Academy for not handing his wife, Beyonce, the album of the year. The Memorium was a hot mess with segments from Fantasia Barrino, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, and Jon Batiste; it was fragmented and oddly lacked continuity. But overall, it was a fun night of music, seeing different generations mix and mingle in the tower of songs.

Album of the Year

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Record of the Year

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Song of the Year

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

  • Victoria Monét

Best R&B Song

  • “Snooze,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Blair Ferguson, Khris

Riddick-Tynes, Solána Rowe and Leon Thomas, songwriters (SZA)

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Jack Antonoff

Best Folk Album

  • “Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live),” Joni Mitchell

Best Audiobook, Narration and Storytelling Recording

  • “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” Michelle Obama

Best Rock Song

  • “Not Strong Enough,” Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, songwriters (boygenius)

Best Rock Performance

  • “Not Strong Enough,” boygenius

Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical

  • Theron Thomas

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • “Ghost in the Machine,” SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

  • “Rumble,” Skrillex, Fred again.. and Flowdan

Best Pop Dance Recording

  • “Padam Padam,” Kylie Minogue

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

  • “Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022),” Fred again..

Best Metal Performance

  • “72 Seasons,” Metallica

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Good Morning,” PJ Morton featuring Susan Carol

Best R&B Performance

  • “ICU,” Coco Jones

Best R&B Album

  • “Jaguar II,” Victoria Monét

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • “SOS,” SZA

Best Rap Performance

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane

Best Melodic Rap Performance

  • “All My Life,” Lil Durk featuring J. Cole

Best Rap Song

  • “Scientists & Engineers,” André Benjamin, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Michael Render, Tim Moore and Dion Wilson, songwriters (Killer Mike featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane)

Best Rap Album

  • “Michael,” Killer Mike

Best Jazz Performance

  • “Tight,” Samara Joy

Best Jazz Vocal Album

“How Love Begins,” Nicole Zuraitis

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“The Winds of Change,” Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Basie Swings the Blues,” The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart

Best Latin Jazz Album

“El Arte Del Bolero Vol. 2,” Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo

Best Alternative Jazz Album

  • “The Omnichord Real Book,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Spoken Word Poetry Album

  • “The Light Inside,” J. Ivy

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

  • “Bewitched,” Laufey

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • “As We Speak,” Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best Musical Theater Album

  • “Some Like It Hot,” Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks and NaTasha Yvette Williams, principal vocalists; Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Bryan Carter, Scott M. Riesett, Charlie Rosen and Marc Shaiman, producers; Scott Wittman, lyricist; Marc Shaiman, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Country Solo Performance

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • “I Remember Everything,” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Song

  • “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album

  • “Bell Bottom Country,” Lainey Wilson

Best American Roots Performance

  • “Eve Was Black,” Allison Russell

Best Americana Performance

  • “Dear Insecurity,” Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song

  • “Cast Iron Skillet,” Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album

  • “Weathervanes,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Traditional Blues Album

  • “All My Love for You,” Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album

  • “Blood Harmony,” Larkin Poe

Best Gospel Performance/Song

  • “All Things,” Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

  • “Your Power,” Lecrae and Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Best Gospel Album

  • “All Things New: Live in Orlando,” Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • “Church Clothes 4,” Lecrae

Best Roots Gospel Album

  • “Echoes of the South,” Blind Boys of Alabama

Best Música Mexicana Album (Including Tejano)

  • “Génesis,” Peso Pluma

Best Tropical Latin Album

  • “Siembra: 45° Aniversario (En Vivo en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, 14 de Mayo 2022),” Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado and Orquesta

Best Global Music Performance

  • “Pashto,” Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

Best African Music Performance

  • “Water,” Tyla

Best Global Music Album

  • “This Moment,” Shakti

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

  • “Barbie: The Album” (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Includes Film and Television)

  • “Oppenheimer,” Ludwig Göransson, composer

Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media

  • “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab, composers

Best Song Written for Visual Media

  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie: The Album,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best Music Video

  • “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles), Em Cooper, video director; Jonathan Clyde, Sophie Hilton, Sue Loughlin and Laura Thomas, video producers

Best Music Film

  • “Moonage Daydream” (David Bowie), Brett Morgen, video director; Brett Morgen, video producer

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

  • “Jaguar II,” John Kercy, Kyle Mann, Victoria Monét, Patrizio “Teezio” Pigliapoco, Neal H Pogue and Todd Robinson, engineers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer (Victoria Monét)

Best Remixed Recording

  • “Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix),” Wet Leg, remixers (Depeche Mode)

Best Immersive Audio Album

  • “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys and Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
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HD Buttercup is back!

HD Buttercup is back!

Celebrating 20 years of design excellence, HD Buttercup makes a triumphant return as they unveil the newly renovated HD Buttercup Design Center.

This 100,000-square-foot space, situated in the iconic Helms Bakery, has undergone a complete transformation.

The newly unveiled Design Center offers flexible shop-in-shop spaces tailored to renowned
brands in its expansive layout. Featuring the flagship store of Coco Republic, the inaugural
location of Fred Segal Home, Timothy Oulton’s newly reimagined space, Icon By Design’s debut
store from Australia, and Vondom, a high-end outdoor furniture company hailing from Spain.
Noteworthy additions also include a newly designed bedding department, consisting of luxury
lines such as Matouk, Coyuchi, John Robshaw, Pom Pom at Home; establishing it as Los Angeles’
premier bed linens destination. The HD Buttercup Design Center will also feature a curated
5,000-square-foot space dedicated to rugs.
Anchoring the HD Buttercup Design Center will be the 27,000-square-foot Coco Republic
flagship. Coco Republic, a design-led lifestyle brand established in Australia in 1979, brings a
sophisticated attention to detail and a timeless aesthetic to the forefront. Inspired by global
design and architecture, Coco Republic is committed to bringing design to life worldwide. The
Culver City flagship embodies Coco Republic’s vision, fostering inspiring, memorable, and
functional spaces.
HD Buttercup Design Center promises a dynamic and ever-evolving experience for design
enthusiasts. Products and partners will continue to expand over time. Monthly activations,
including art galleries, speaker series, and rotating pop-ups will keep the shopping experience
lively and compelling.

HD Buttercup Design Center
3225 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
P/ 213.223.9800

https://hdbuttercup.com/

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Welcome to the New Year

Welcome to the New Year

First the News: The sudden  departure of Sweet Lady Jane —  and the the venerable IHOP in West Hollywood has stirred unease as the year begins. Lady Jane closed all six locations (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Encino, West Hollywood, and San Fernando) on December 31, 2023, following 35 years of business. IHOP, the place for pancakes, has been in operation since the early 1970s. Located within reach of Barney’s Beanery, the IHOP was said to be impacted by a future neighbor, the Holloway Interim Housing Facility. It should noted that both are in West Hollywood and the City Council recently voted toincrease to the minimum wage to $19.08 an hour— the highest in the country. But let us not dwell on bad politics, let us take a look at the finer things of living in the Southern California area:

 

The Weather: In January, Southern California typically experiences mild and cool weather, although temperatures can vary depending on the specific location within the region.

Here are some general expectations:

  1. Temperature: Coastal areas, such as Los Angeles and San Diego, tend to have daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to low 70s Fahrenheit (12-23°C). Inland areas may experience slightly cooler temperatures, especially during the evenings and early mornings.

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  3. Rainfall: January is considered part of Southern California’s rainy season, but overall precipitation tends to be lower than in the winter months in other parts of the country. Coastal areas might receive occasional light rain, while mountainous regions could see some snowfall. But, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System region began Water Year 2023 100% in drought and ended with less than 1% of the region in drought. Water your lawn!

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  5. Sunshine: Southern California is known for its sunny weather, and January is no exception. Despite occasional rain, you can still expect a good amount of sunshine, making it a pleasant time to explore the region. Don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses.

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  7. Santa Ana Winds: Southern California is occasionally affected by Santa Ana winds, which are warm, dry winds that can lead to increased fire danger. While these winds are more common in the fall, they can still occur in January, so residents should be aware of fire weather conditions. The winds have also been written about—here is passage from Joan Didion:

    “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow, a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sand storms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to flash point. For a few days now we will see smoke back in the canyons, and hear sirens in the night.”

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  9. Snow in Mountains: Higher elevations, such as the mountains surrounding the region, may experience snowfall. Popular mountain destinations like Big Bear Lake and Mount Baldy can be covered in snow during this time, making them attractive for winter sports enthusiasts.

It’s important to note that weather conditions can vary from year to year, and anomalies are always possible. Therefore, it’s advisable to check local weather forecasts closer to your intended visit for more accurate and up-to-date information.

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It is an icon, a sign of the city called Hollywood. It rests in the hills above Beachwood Drive, perched unevenly in what appears to be  in various heights and today is the 100th birthday of that sign. For those that grew up here, it has always been with us; a fanciful reminder that we live in a city of hopes and dreams that can only rise up. It has also been featured in many movies, often being tormented, demolished or trodden. But, it remains. It is a curiosity that the sign has only been illuminated twice in its long history—one can only imagine the Hollywood Sign at night, spotlights on each character, truly fulfilling the idea that is the place where stardom happens—but that is not likely. Residents below have fought this notion for years, fearing an illuminated kitchen. Alas, it is what it is and remains: the beacon, though dimly lit at night, the Hollywood Sign.

  1. The sign was originally erected in 1923 as an advertisement for a real estate development called “Hollywoodland.”
  2. Over the years, the sign underwent various repairs and restorations, and in 1949, the “land” portion was removed, leaving just “Hollywood.”

Movies and Television Shows Filmed at the Hollywood Sign:

  1. Superman (1978): The Hollywood Sign appeared in this classic superhero film.
  2. The Rocketeer (1991): This action-adventure film featured the Hollywood Sign prominently.
  3. Mullholland Falls (1996): This crime drama film also included scenes at the Hollywood Sign.
  4. Get Shorty (1995): In this crime-comedy film, the Hollywood Sign makes a cameo appearance.
  5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019): Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film is set in 1969 Los Angeles and features scenes with the Hollywood Sign.
  6. The Day After Tomorrow (2004): This disaster film includes a dramatic sequence involving the Hollywood Sign.
  7. The Artist (2011): This silent black-and-white film features a scene with the Hollywood Sign.
  8. LA LA Land (2016): This musical romantic comedy-drama showcases the Hollywood Sign in several scenes.
  9. Friends (TV Series): The Hollywood Sign has appeared in various episodes of the popular sitcom “Friends.”
  10. Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series): This iconic television series often included shots of the Hollywood Sign in its opening credits.
  11. Criminal Minds (TV Series): The Hollywood Sign is featured in several episodes of this crime drama series.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, as the Hollywood Sign has made appearances in numerous other films, TV shows, commercials, and various forms of media over the years. It remains an enduring symbol of the entertainment industry and Los Angeles itself.

While the letters are all the same height of 45 feet, the width of the letters varies by quite a few feet in some cases. The current measurements of the letters are

H – 45 ft. H x 33 ft. 6 in. W
O – 45 ft. H x 33 ft. W
L – 45 ft. H x 31 ft. W
L – 45 ft. H x 31 ft. W
Y – 45 ft. H x 35 ft. W
W – 45 ft. H x 39 ft. 9 in. W
O – 45 ft. H x 33 ft. W
O – 45 ft. H x 33 ft. W
D – 45 ft. H x 33 ft. W

10. The sign has only been lit twice since its original build.

The Hollywood sign was only lit up twice in the years since it was first erected as the Hollywoodland ad: In 1984 to commemorate the Summer Olympics being hosted in Los Angeles, and again in 1999 as part of a spectacular citywide New Years Eve celebration as the world counted down heading into the new millennium.

Some other fun facts:

Actually, the sign has been the target of numerous alterations over the years, ranging from pranks to unofficial modifications:

  • January 1976 – Changed to “HOLLYWEED” (following passage of state law decriminalizing cannabis)
  • April 1977 – Changed to “HOLYWOOD” (Easter sunrise service)
  • December 1983 – Changed to “GO NAVY” (group of Midshipmen covered the sign for the Army-Navy’s only West Coast appearance)
  • January 1985 – Changed to “RAFFESYOD” (obscure rock band named the Raffeys did it for self-promotion)
  • May 1987 – Changed to “CALTECH” (Caltech senior prank)
  • July 1987 – Changed to “OLLYWOOD” (during the Oliver North Iran-Contra hearings)
  • September 1987 – Changed to “HOLYWOOD” again (for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Los Angeles)
  • September 1990 – Changed to “OIL WAR” (in protest of the Gulf War)
  • July 1992 – A 75-ft.-tall cutout of character Holli Would was added to appear to be sitting on the sign (promotion for the movie Cool World)
  • October 1992 – Changed to “PEROTWOOD” (supporters changed it for his presidential campaign run)
  • Sometime in 1993 – Changed to “JOLLYGOOD” (no one knows why)
  • February 2010 – Changed to “SAVE THE PEAK” (part of Hefner’s effort to raise funds to buy the land around the sign)
  • January 2017 – Changed to “HOLLYWEED” for the second time (following passage of state law legalizing recreational cannabis use)
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November Events

November Events

Southern California, known for its vibrant entertainment scene, is gearing up for an unforgettable month of November 2023. From music festivals to film screenings, art exhibits to cultural celebrations, this region has something to offer for entertainment enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you’re a music lover, a film aficionado, or an art connoisseur, get ready to be captivated by the exciting events taking place throughout Southern California.

One of the most highly anticipated events in November 2023 is the ​Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Taking place in ​Indio, California, from November 3-5 and 10-12, this iconic festival promises a mesmerizing blend of music, art, and culture. Renowned for its impressive lineup of international musical acts, eclectic art installations, and delectable food options, Coachella offers an unforgettable experience for festival-goers.

For jazz enthusiasts, the San Diego Jazz Fest is a must-attend event. From November 23-26, San Diego will host this immersive festival, featuring talented jazz musicians from across the country. With live performances in an intimate and vibrant setting, the festival pays homage to the rich history and evolution of this iconic genre, from classic jazz to contemporary interpretations.

Car enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place from November 17-26. This event serves as a mecca for automobile lovers, offering a firsthand look at the latest trends and innovations in the automotive industry. From concept cars to cutting-edge technologies, the show provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s most renowned automobile brands.

Cinema lovers will be delighted by the Newport Beach Film Festival, running from November 1-8 in Newport Beach, California. This festival is a celebration of independent films, documentaries, and international cinema. Showcasing a wide variety of screenings, panel discussions, and special events, the festival both supports emerging filmmakers and honors the artistry of storytelling on the silver screen.

Throughout November, various cities in Southern California will come alive with vibrant Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. These events offer a unique opportunity to experience and appreciate the rich culture and traditions of Mexico. From elaborate processions to ornate altars honoring departed loved ones, these celebrations showcase the deep spiritual significance and colorful heritage associated with this annual Mexican tradition.

Art enthusiasts can indulge in the world of contemporary art at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Throughout November, visitors can explore the museum’s extensive collection of modern masterpieces, featuring works by renowned artists like Andy Warhol and immersive installations. The Broad Museum provides a dynamic and thought-provoking experience, enticing art lovers with its innovative and thought-provoking exhibits.

November 2023 in Southern California is set to be an extraordinary month filled with an array of entertainment events. Whether you’re a music aficionado, film lover, or art enthusiast, this region has something to offer for everyone. So mark your calendars and prepare to immerse yourself in the lively and diverse entertainment scene of Southern California this November. It’s an experience that you won’t want to miss!

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Los Angeles in the Movies

Los Angeles in the Movies

The enduring writer’s strike has certainly put Hollywood movies on hold—so it is a good time to look at what the city and movies have in common. This is, to be clear, the shortlist, for this list could go on and on, but we take a brief look at some of our favorites—

Los Angeles has played a prominent role in countless movies, serving as both a backdrop and a character in its own right. Here are some notable films that showcase the city:

  1. Blade Runner (1982) – Directed by Ridley Scott, this iconic science fiction film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019. Its dark, rain-soaked streets and futuristic skyline have become synonymous with the city’s portrayal in futuristic settings.
  2. La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle’s musical romantic comedy celebrates the magic of Los Angeles. The film showcases various famous locations, including Griffith Observatory, Hermosa Beach Pier, and the Warner Bros. Backlot.
  3. Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski’s neo-noir classic is set in 1937 Los Angeles and explores the corruption and intrigue surrounding the city’s water supply. The film captures the gritty, sun-drenched streets of old Los Angeles.
  4. Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed film features various locations in and around Los Angeles, giving viewers a taste of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
  5. Training Day (2001) – This crime thriller, directed by Antoine Fuqua, provides a gritty portrayal of Los Angeles’ criminal underworld. Much of the film takes place in some of the city’s tougher neighborhoods.
  6. The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers’ cult classic is set in Los Angeles and features a quirky cast of characters navigating the city’s diverse landscapes, from Venice Beach to the Hollywood Hills.
  7. Heat (1995) – Michael Mann’s crime thriller showcases various Los Angeles locations, including the historic downtown area. The film’s iconic shootout scene takes place on the streets of downtown.
  8. Die Hard (1988) – While often associated with Christmas due to its holiday setting, this action-packed film is a quintessential example of the high-rise architecture and urban environment that defines parts of Los Angeles.
  9. Boyz n the Hood (1991) – John Singleton’s coming-of-age drama offers a glimpse into South Central Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, addressing issues of race, violence, and socio-economic disparity.
  10. Mulholland Drive (2001) – David Lynch’s surreal mystery film is deeply rooted in the mystique of Los Angeles. The winding Mulholland Drive, a scenic route through the Hollywood Hills, plays a significant role in the narrative.
  11. Drive (2011) – Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish neo-noir crime film captures the nighttime allure of Los Angeles, featuring its neon-lit streets and moody atmosphere.
  12. L.A. Confidential (1997) – This neo-noir crime film, directed by Curtis Hanson, is set in the 1950s and showcases a period-specific Los Angeles, complete with vintage cars and architecture.

These films not only provide a visual tour of Los Angeles but also often reflect the city’s unique atmosphere, cultural diversity, and its place in the collective imagination of filmmakers and audiences alike.

The enduring writer’s strike has certainly put Hollywood movies on hold—so it is a good time to look at what the city and movies have in common. This is, to be clear, the shortlist, for this list could go on and on, but we take s brief look at some of our favorites—

Los Angeles has played a prominent role in countless movies, serving as both a backdrop and a character in its own right. Here are some notable films that showcase the city:

  1. Blade Runner (1982) – Directed by Ridley Scott, this iconic science fiction film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019. Its dark, rain-soaked streets and futuristic skyline have become synonymous with the city’s portrayal in futuristic settings.
  2. La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle’s musical romantic comedy celebrates the magic of Los Angeles. The film showcases various famous locations, including Griffith Observatory, Hermosa Beach Pier, and the Warner Bros. Backlot.
  3. Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski’s neo-noir classic is set in 1937 Los Angeles and explores the corruption and intrigue surrounding the city’s water supply. The film captures the gritty, sun-drenched streets of old Los Angeles.
  4. Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed film features various locations in and around Los Angeles, giving viewers a taste of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
  5. Training Day (2001) – This crime thriller, directed by Antoine Fuqua, provides a gritty portrayal of Los Angeles’ criminal underworld. Much of the film takes place in some of the city’s tougher neighborhoods.
  6. The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers’ cult classic is set in Los Angeles and features a quirky cast of characters navigating the city’s diverse landscapes, from Venice Beach to the Hollywood Hills.
  7. Heat (1995) – Michael Mann’s crime thriller showcases various Los Angeles locations, including the historic downtown area. The film’s iconic shootout scene takes place on the streets of downtown.
  8. Die Hard (1988) – While often associated with Christmas due to its holiday setting, this action-packed film is a quintessential example of the high-rise architecture and urban environment that defines parts of Los Angeles.
  9. Boyz n the Hood (1991) – John Singleton’s coming-of-age drama offers a glimpse into South Central Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, addressing issues of race, violence, and socio-economic disparity.
  10. Mulholland Drive (2001) – David Lynch’s surreal mystery film is deeply rooted in the mystique of Los Angeles. The winding Mulholland Drive, a scenic route through the Hollywood Hills, plays a significant role in the narrative.
  11. Drive (2011) – Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish neo-noir crime film captures the nighttime allure of Los Angeles, featuring its neon-lit streets and moody atmosphere.
  12. L.A. Confidential (1997) – This neo-noir crime film, directed by Curtis Hanson, is set in the 1950s and showcases a period-specific Los Angeles, complete with vintage cars and architecture.

These films not only provide a visual tour of Los Angeles but also often reflect the city’s unique atmosphere, cultural diversity, and its place in the collective imagination of filmmakers and audiences alike.

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Lake Tahoe Sojourn

Lake Tahoe Sojourn

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies the third-deepest lake in America and the 10th-deepest in the world, Lake Tahoe. It is a glistening gemstone in the wilderness filled with clear water and alpine trees. This is a lake that is claimed by both Californai and Neveda, and it is stunning no matter which direction you look at it from.

It is a 7 and a half-hour drive from Los Angeles, but what a drive! Of course, you can fly for $150 and be there in under two hours (stop in Reno and find your way to the lake).

We opted for the slow ride through the 395, with visits to Bishop, California, Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, Mono Lake, and finally South Lake Tahoe. Our destination is the Hyatt Regency in Lake Tahoe, with its spa and Casino. And just like that, we arrived. This is the weekend before the 4th of July, and there is a buzz about it. Dogs—to be sure, this is a dog-friendly hotel—and staff friendly!

WE HAVE ARRIVED

The hotel sits across the street from the lake, but it is a short walk to the lakeshore.

There is something to be said about what must be called “lodge style.” It is a rustic and rugged style built of wood and stone. It’s heavy and solid, and if anything can be called lodge style, it is the famous Lone Eagle Grill, which is one of the restaurants in the Regency. With vast views of the lake and at night, the open-air pits along the boardwalk provide a unique, romantic setting. The menu is also rustic, as it offers up Duncan Ranch Elk Strip Loin or Grilled Ra King Salmon Filet. Venture out a little further, and one can end up at Pier 111 Bar, which is a 275-foot suspended pier over the lake. And it is beautiful and the perfect place to mingle. Our first activity is the fine art of axe throwing, a newly appreciated sport that requires the throwing of a heavy axe at a target from a distance. It is not an easy sport, and as this is summer, it soon requires that we find shade in the verdant courtyard of the hotel.

After the strenuous axe-throwing workout, it is a good time to visit the Stillwater Spa, which offers facials, body treatments, and massages. All treatments spring from a sense of renewal and calm, and the physical Spa itself is testimony to this notion. But adventure calls once again, and we are drawn to the lake shore, where an afternoon yoga session is about to begin. In the distance, on a floating pier, is the unique Pier 111 bar. Located at the end of the floating pier, it is home base for speedboat adventures and, of course, cocktails. Back at the hotel itself, the large outdoor pool is one of four different pool areas. The large pool has a winding waterway that leads into the hotel itself. It is summer, the weather plays easy, and a night swim turns out to be a good idea. Another day, another activity.  As the sun sets on the lake, we take to our kayaks and head out into the lake, where the shoreline grows smaller. It is a fun fact that the name Larry Ellison is often mentioned. Ellison is the CEO of technology company Oracle, and he is rich. It is his property, Cal Neva Resort & Casino property, which is a 13-acre property that occupies much of the view from the kayaks. (Rumor has it he has sold the property.)

YOGA, LAKESIDE

There is nothing quite like doing yoga by a lake.

The lakeside yoga event series is hosted by DJ JOOLZ and local yoga instructor Alexandra Farrar. There is music, there is sand, there is water, and there is Yoga. DJ JOOLZ is spinning out quiet vibes as Alexandra Farra leads a group of 25 through the various yoga positions. It’s all for a good cause, as the suggested $10 donation will benefit Incline Elementary School’s “Step Up for Stem” program.

The lakeside yoga sessions  take place on September 14, and September 28, with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and the classes starting at 5:30 p.m. Following the classes, attendees are welcomed to relax and unwind at The Nest Bar and Grill for a post-yoga happy hour.

We venture around the lake on bikes, with the Regency as our starting base. The Alpine air, the clear skies, and the trails along the lake provide a unique opportunity to see the lake from a many angles.

As all things must come to an end, it is time to pack it up and leave all this behind, with regret—so many unique experiences were offered, we felt like we had scratched the beautiful surface.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

 

DJ JOOLZ and local yoga instructor Alexandra Farrar lead the Yoga by the Lake. Above: Zuke Oshiro, DJ KOOLZ, and Alexandra Farrar enjoy a post-Yoga moment.

The vast “lodge style” of The Lone Eagle Grill; a view of the resort; the spa faciltities, a lone kayaker; sunset on the lake.

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Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style

Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style

As the age of photography enters into the  new era of AI, Fahey/Klein takes a look back at some of the most iconic images of men of style with a new group exhibit this week.

If you have never been to opening night at Fahey/Klein, drag out the finery and get ready to see and be seen.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present, Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style. The photographs on display take the viewer through the varying ways personal style has been utilized in the expression of self-identity, with images spanning from the early 20th Century through the 21st Century. This group exhibition features (33) photographers with works celebrating male cultural icons, periods in history emblematic of men’s clothing, and figures with lasting influence on style today. Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style will showcase genres and identities in culture through music, cinema, and the visual arts.

Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style celebrates and documents the evolution of men’s style through iconic works by some of photography’s most notable artists, and the clothing that has defined the male esthetic – reveling in images of rakish style, eccentrics, and the flamboyance of self-expression. These photographs emphasize that clothes and adornments are the reflection of the individual who dons them and makes them their own.

The early 20th Century is synonymous with the rise of the “modern man”. Icons like Jazz musician, Dexter Gordon, who effortlessly combined dapper fashion with musical prowess, embodied the spirit of the time – as illustrated in Herman Leonard’s portrait. Moving forward, the rebellious spirit of the 1950’s gave way to the greaser subculture. Figures like James Dean, photographed by Phil Stern, with his relaxed posture and confident gaze became a symbol of rebellion and effortless cool. The 1960’s witnessed a revolution in numerous ways, propelled by music and cultural reckonings. Steve Schapiro’s photograph of “Hippie with ‘Love’ Hat, Haight Ashbury, San Francisco” is a glimpse into the explosive evolution in style that gave way to playful experimentation. Meanwhile, the punk movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s injected a fierce and rebellious energy into the collective zeitgeist. The likes of Billy Idol, captured by Janette Beckman, with his leather jacket adorned with pins and spikes, became a symbol of nonconformity and individuality. Fast-forward to the present day, we find common touch stones of style borrowed and repurposed to embrace and define unique idiosyncrasies – regardless of gender identity.

Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style features photographs by Bernice Abbott, Ruven Afanador, Miles Aldridge, Janette Beckman, Tom Bianchi, Brad Branson, William Claxton, Edward S. Curtis, Greg Gorman, Bob Gruen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Billy & Hells, Paul Jasmin, Annie Leibovitz, Herman Leonard, Alexander Liberman, Herbert List, Christopher Makos, Gered Mankowitz, Terry O’Neill, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Steve Schapiro, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Paul Solberg, Randee St. Nicholas, Phil Stern, Agnes Varda, Ellen von Unwerth, Bruce Weber, Alfred Werthimer, and Dan Winters.

Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style features photographs by Bernice Abbott, Ruven Afanador, Miles Aldridge, Janette Beckman, Tom Bianchi, Brad Branson, William Claxton, Edward S. Curtis, Greg Gorman, Bob Gruen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Billy & Hells, Paul Jasmin, Annie Leibovitz, Herman Leonard, Alexander Liberman, Herbert List, Christopher Makos, Gered Mankowitz, Terry O’Neill, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Steve Schapiro, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Paul Solberg, Randee St. Nicholas, Phil Stern, Agnes Varda, Ellen von Unwerth, Bruce Weber, Alfred Werthimer, and Dan Winters.

On view: June 15, 2023 – July 29, 2023

What: Male Edition: The Art of Men’s Style 
Where: The Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 North La Brea Ave., LA 90036
When: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Website: http://www.faheykleingallery.com

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Sojourns

Sojourns

As summer approaches we begin to ask…what will travel be like this summer?

 

An estimated 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, a 7% increase over 2022, according to a new forecast released by AAA on Monday.

Some 2.7 million more people will travel for the unofficial start of summer in 2023 compared to last year, the company said.

Are we daunted? No way. Pack the bags, fill up the tank and let’s explore a few of the  popular destinations for SoCal locals.

 

“Unveiling Earth’s Sculptures: Joshua Tree National Park”

Venture into Joshua Tree National Park and witness a surreal landscape of twisted Joshua trees and massive rock formations. This unique desert ecosystem attracts rock climbers, hikers, and stargazers, providing an otherworldly experience in Southern California.

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

 

“Exploring the Hidden Oasis: The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve”

Discover a vibrant display of California poppies at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. This hidden gem boasts acres of colorful wildflowers, offering a stunning sight and a peaceful escape from the bustling city life.

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627

 

 

“A Journey into History: The Queen Mary in Long Beach”

Step aboard the Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner turned floating museum in Long Beach. Immerse yourself in the ship’s rich history, explore its decks, and even spend the night in one of the luxury suites for a truly unforgettable experience.

https://queenmary.com/

 

“Unearthing Subterranean Beauty: The Salton Sea”

Visit the Salton Sea, a saline lake nestled in the Colorado Desert. Despite its eerie and unconventional allure, this offbeat destination offers mesmerizing sunsets, diverse birdlife, and the opportunity to witness the remnants of forgotten towns along its shoreline.

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=639

 

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Keith Haring at the Broad

Keith Haring at the Broad

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to view Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody – a must-see, first-ever museum exhibition
in Los Angeles of Keith Haring’s expansive body of work. The show is presented at The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles that exhibits Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal art collection that includes contemporary art from the 1950s to the present by artists such as Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and others. After exploring the exhibition and other galleries, you will be able to enjoy lunch on your own at The Broad’s very own Otium restaurant or – just a few minutes by foot down the street – Lemonade, a fast-casual restaurant located inside MOCA Grand Avenue, an iconic contemporary art museum that showcases a vast collection of multimedia
works produced since 1940. The trip includes round-trip luxury coach transportation, light breakfast, admission fees, private tours and a dinner
box with wine for the ride home.

7:30 am
Leave Balboa Park
8:00 am
Leave Lomas Santa Fe Plaza
10:45 am
Arrive at The Broad
11:00 am
Guided tour
12:00 pm
Free time for lunch
1:30/2:00pm Visit MOCA-self-guided tour
3:45pm
Meet at the bus (parking outside MOCA)
5:45pm
Arrive Lomas Santa Fe Plaza
6:30pm
Arrive at Balboa Park

Tickets: $165 Members | $185 Non-Members

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E81193&id=195

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