MADE Rodarte 80’s Blowout Celebration Presented By Mastercard

MADE Rodarte 80’s Blowout Celebration Presented By Mastercard

Last night, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the talented sisters behind Rodarte, announced a limited edition capsule collection featuring “Cats!” from artist, Mari Eastman. By collaborating with Master Card (who are committed to championing women business owners), and by having their 5-piece collection sold exclusively through Fred Segal on Sunset with the new blockchain technology involved (which makes the company’s supply chain visible so you can see where and by whom your garment was made), the creative and eco-conscious sisters have a lot to celebrate.

And celebrate they did, with a huge 80’s blast-from-the-past blowout at Milk Studios. There were inflatable pink couches, popcorn and candy-corn stations, a mini game arcade with Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Master Claw (haven’t seen those games in years), plus a fashion show on roller skates and a short, but wonderfully enjoyable, performance from Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), who treated the enthused crowd to her hits “Manic Monday” and “Walk like an Egyptian”.

Spotted in the crowd were Rachel Bilson, Ireland Baldwin, Rowan Blanchard, Skai Jackson, Hunter Schafer and Nikki Reed. In other words, a room full of beautiful ladies, all out to show their support.
The Rodarte collection is available starting today, August 2 exclusively at Fred Segal.

ABOUT MADE: MADE began as a designer discovery platform giving rise to some of the top names in fashion today, including Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Jeremy Scott. MADE has evolved into a cross-cultural collaboration platform pairing fashion designers with talent across passion points. Fusing the worlds of fashion, music, art and entertainment, MADE gives consumers front row access to limited-edition capsules, one-of-a-kind collaborations, and over-the-top presentations, through both large-scale fashion festivals and tailored special events.

Susanna Hoff, co-founder of the Bangles, performs Paul Simon’s Hazy Shade of Winter.

 

For more information:

http://www.rodarte.net/

https://www.fredsegal.com/

http://ma.de/

http://www.milkstudios.com/studios/losangeles/

Santa Monica: Massilia

Santa Monica: Massilia

HAVE YOU EVER had the experience in a restaurant where your first bite of food sends a pleasing tingle through your body? Then you sip your wine and it’s like a little bit of heaven? No? You haven’t had that experience? Then you obviously haven’t been to Massilia in Santa Monica. This spacious, high-ceilinged restaurant seats 85 people inside and another 60 on the large, laidback patio, plus there’s a lounge upstairs available for private parties that seats another 30 people. Massilia is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as an incredible happy hour every day with exceptional tapas (from 3-6:30pm). In addition, brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays with choices of buckwheat pancakes laden with fresh berries, crème fraiche and maple syrup, Smoked salmon eggs benedict on toasted brioche with rotisserie potatoes, or Ahi tuna with a grapefruit salad. 

Massilia is the old name for Marseilles, France where the restaurant owner, Emmanuel Dosetti grew up. But Massilia isn’t his only restaurant. Emmanuel owns the four Zinqué cafes (in Venice, DTLA, Newport Beach and West Hollywood) and though they’re all popular French restaurants, Massilia is the only one that serves the signature fusion of Mediterranean, Moroccan and French cuisine. 

Here you can start your meal with an appetizer of socca chips: chickpea flour (gluten free) black olive tapenade and green peas hummus—absolutely delicious. Or try the tasty mix of clams with merguez sausage in tomato and white wine sauce served with grilled sourdough bread—again, delicious. There’s pan seared calamari (not fried), roasted red peppers bruschetta, aguachile ceviche—so many mouthwatering tapa style appetizers to choose from.

And why not have a cocktail? On the best seller list is La Francaise (please watch the video and allow the lovely Rebecca Carriel to present the special ingredients for you). Also popular is La Japonaise, a mixture of kikori Japanese whiskey and amontillado sherry with lemon, basil and cynar. The drinks menu offers 5 types of negronis (you should love Massilia for that alone), a variety of beers (even gluten free choices), aperitifs, digestifs and dessert wines. And of course, the wine list is superb. My favorite being the bold red, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape domaine du vieux lazaret 2015

For the main course, there are pasta dishes (I recommend the tagliatelle aux morilles—the most flavorsome mushrooms sprinkled with parmesan), and vegetables dishes like zucchini gratin and ratatouille style Provençal roasted vegetables. But the “big” dishes are the grilled branzino served whole with chimichurri, herbed oil and lemon—simply delectable, and Moroccan couscous royal chicken, merguez sausage, lamb, seven vegetables, white raisons, and Harissa sauce.

Leave space for dessert and try the ile flottante, a meringue with crème anglaise and caramel. It melts in your mouth and, as my dining cohort said, “it’s like the dessert that never was”. It’s lighter than air.

On top of the scrumptious food and fabulous array of beverages, the service is outstanding. I would be amiss to not give a loud shout out to our server, Jean-Michel Danays who was delightful, knowledgeable, entertaining and went above and beyond to make our meal a memorable one. 

Go visit Massilia. You won’t regret it.

Address: 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 319-1995

How to make an exotic cocktail (as interviewed by Zuke Oshiro)

 

Diego, Jean-Michel Danays and Niki Smart

The Get Around – July 13

The Get Around – July 13

Great news for Los Angelenos and art and music lovers at large, the Venice Art Crawl and the Mar Vista Music and Art Walk have joined forces to produce one of the Westside’s most entertaining, visually impactful and sprawling one-day arts and cultural activations: THE GET AROUND.

 The Get Around is a one day joint event with six art activation hubs along Venice Blvd. — from Venice beach to the 405 — that will feature live music, art, food and art installations—aka all of our favorite things. 

To help the expected thousands of visitors “get around,” LADOT is providing free shuttle buses along the entire event route scheduled to pick up visitors at eighteen stops along the way, allowing guests to walk, bike, skate and access cool micro-mobility alternatives like dockless scooters, smart bikes and hoverboards. Park on the streets near the 405 exit at Venice Blvd. and catch the first shuttle stop to ride and explore art in the newly formed Venice Mar Vista Arts District.

There’s more going on on the day than can possibly be reprinted here, but here’s an abbreviated selection of highlights! 

  • Five live music stages, over 150 art vendors, and even more exhibitions
  • Inside Venice Skate Culture exhibition, hosted by Juice Magazine
  • Edrok One’s Mar Vista Block Party, featuring live hip-hop and mural painting
  • The Wasatch Live Music Stage hosting rock and blues, plus fire-spinning by local flow masters
  • The Mercado at SPARC, an outdoor arts market, including a special exhibition at The Durón Gallery
  • Readings and a book sale courtesy of Beyond Baroque, plus a farm stand and performance by Takakao Minewaka
  • Scenes from a new original play about a teenage Andy Warhol at Pacific Resident Theatre
  • A whole motorcade of food trucks featuring the tastiest grub on four wheels
  • King Eddy Saloon’s Beer Garden with curated brews and live tunes
  • Art installations and dance DJs at The Bubble Lounge for those 21 and up 
  • The InfiniTree, a kid-friendly musical installation, photo opp and meditation space 
  • Live artists, karaoke, fitness games, tarot readings, face painting, and more presented by Venice Beachland
  • Japanese pop-rock duo Cribabi, plus local bands at the Venice Japanese-American Memorial Monument
  • Artist talk, book signing and photo booth with renowned muralist Emily Winters
  • Three-wheeled scooters, experimental bikes and skateboard demos at Micromobility Hub
  • Mind-boggling Burning Man Art Cars exhibited by The Dirty Beetles DJ Collective
  • And oh so much more! 

 Starsky and Hutch star turned AIDS activist after both his wife and son died from the disease (but bringing the Elisabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation to life), Paul Michael Glaser is a featured artist in the Art Crawl—calling his art his “third act.” He’ll be showing at The Paradise Project  2201 Ocean Front Walk  (at Venice Bl.) at the Luminaries of Pantheism mural (S. Venice Blvd.).

To wrap it up, this is the most ambitious art and culture project of the year for these two cities, and is a cool event for a hot day at the beach and inland!

For more information and to download the map click here

Enjoy Free Concerts and Movies with OC Parks this June

Enjoy Free Concerts and Movies with OC Parks this June

Kick Off the Summer Season with OC Parks

Enjoy free live music and movies June 14-28

WHAT:

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series, with events kicking off in June. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. June films include ZootopiaGrease, and Thor, and concerts feature Hard Day’s Night and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Sunset Cinema events will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family. Dates and times vary per series; for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com.

WHEN:

OC Parks Sunset Cinema June Dates

  • Fridays June 14, 21, 28 from 6 –10 p.m.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series June Dates

  • Thursdays June 20, 27 from 5 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series

  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park

o   Location: 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

o   Date: Friday, June 14

o   Movie: Zootopia (2016, PG)

o   Date: Friday, June 21

o   Movie: Grease (1978, PG)

  • Craig Regional Park

o   Location: 3300 State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835

o   Date: Friday, June 28

o   Movie: Thor (2011, PG-13)

OC Parks Summer Concert Series

  • Craig Regional Park

o   Location: 3300 State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835

o   Date: Thursday, June 20

o   Concert: Hard Day’s Night and Greasy Spoons

o   Date: Thursday, June 27

o   Concert: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kris Bradley

OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.

http://www.ocparks.com

Grappling with the Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

Grappling with the Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

In the recent Finding Neverland documentary, the long term effects of childhood trauma are clearly demonstrated. The two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck (who tell of the chronic sexual abuse they suffered at the the hands of Michael Jackson), only started to deal with what had happened to them almost 20 years later. Sometimes it takes that amount of distance from the pain to be able to deal with it, but the awful things that happen to you as a child do not simply go away. No, instead those experiences fester within and influence you in multiple ways, playing out in poor choices, addictions, ill health and a possible host of health and behavioral problems. Why does that happen? How does it happen? What does it look like? And how does one make it better?

Well, Rita Ciolek and Marianna Mankowska, both survivors of child abuse, have teamed up to do an in depth feature-length documentary film entitled Child Not Released to find those answers. The film will explore long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect by examining diverse survivor stories. The emphasis is on the effects of trauma on early childhood brain development including developing susceptibility to addictions, problems related to building healthy relationships with oneself and others, and repeating cycles of abuse in the context of intergenerational trauma. The film will also offer innovative approaches to healing, cutting-edge treatments, and experimental programs to help survivors re-wire their brains and overcome trauma. Rita and Marianna share a vision for this film to be a conversation starter on the difficult and often stigmatized issues related to childhood trauma. They want the survivors to know that they are not alone, that resources are available, and that any trauma can be healed.

Due to its hot topic issues, the project is gaining momentum and attracting top experts in the field of childhood trauma including Dr. Ramani Durvasula (psychologist), Dr. Regina Pally (psychiatrist), and Jenica Morin-Pascual (domestic violence expert). The project is also in talks with Dr. Gabor Maté (renowned speaker and bestselling author with expertise on addiction, stress and childhood development), and Dr. James Doty (Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford).
Interviews with these experts will discuss:

  • Re-wiring of brain circuits to overcome trauma Recovery from addictions
  • Learning to give language to emotions
  • Forming healthy relationships
  • Effective parenting
  • The third stage of self-esteem development – evolution

The producers are currently looking for collaborators and survivor stories in the local communities. Correspondence can be send to [email protected].

Kazia Productions is a Santa Monica media production company, founded by Rita Ciolek, MFA, CPA,
Rita Ciolek (Founder & Creative Director)  is known for collaborations with prominent figures in the entertainment, business and humanitarian worlds including Barbra Streisand, Linda Cruse, Keith Merrill, and David Rudd.
Marianna Mankowska (Co-producer and Lead Animator/Graphic Artist) is a multi-award winning animator and illustrator. (Scenes from the film demonstrating physical, psychological and emotional abuse and neglect will be depicted with animations).

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