Giant Humanoids Descend Upon DTLA in “Fantastic Planet” at FIGat7th

Giant Humanoids Descend Upon DTLA in “Fantastic Planet” at FIGat7th

Gigantic, startling, illuminated, and altogether breathtaking humanoid figures will descend upon Downtown Los Angeles later this month at the FIGat7th Plaza. The Australian artist Amanda Parer’s latest must-see light installation opens Tuesday, October 30th and will live among us through November 10th.

While seemingly peaceful and ethereal, the figures are also imposing and daring. They seem to display an extraordinary curiosity for their onlookers, just as onlookers are fascinated by them. These giants from above give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly observing us and gently exploring our, you guessed it, “fantastic planet.”

Parer’s edgy artworks explore the natural world and our place within it. As with Parer’s globally successful public art exhibit Intrude, these forms will not be randomly placed sculptures but are strategically placed to give the impression that the giant humanoids have taken over the entire event site and, perhaps, the world.

As Parer describes her work, “I raise questions about our relationship with the natural world. I communicate these themes by use of, scale, light, dark, humour, and drama. In these works, the audiences are enticed with beautiful, mostly invasive (which includes us) or endangered species, enlarged and dominant within their given habitats.”

Parer was inspired by the 1973 Czech/ French film Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage). This stop motion science fiction film was directed by René Laloux and depicts a story set in an unimaginably distant future in a world of gargantuan humanoids where human beings are treated as animals and sometimes even kept as pets. The film was awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2016, it was ranked the 36th greatest animated movie ever by Rolling Stone.

In her eerie and surreal installation, Parer lightly touches on the idea of a struggling human race through her Fantastic Planet installation, opening the door for existential questions about our place in today’s world.

While wondrous and life-affirming, Parer’s work also offers jarring examinations into our world today. Fantastic Planet is a sight to behold, but also crackles with emotional and political resonance.

Fantastic Planet will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is located at 735 S. Figueroa. The light installation is free and open to the public, and very close to the 7th Street Metro stop. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and welcome them to our City of Angels.

See more of Amanda Parer’s work at Parer Studio and watch a live one minute video of Fantastic Planet below.

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While seemingly peaceful and ethereal, the figures are also imposing and daring. They seem to display an extraordinary curiosity for their onlookers, just as onlookers are fascinated by them. These giants from above give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly observing us and gently exploring our, you guessed it, “fantastic planet.”

Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball

Seventh Annual Unicef Masquerade Ball

SEVENTH ANNUAL UNICEF MASQUERADE BALL

THE UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) MASQUERADE BALL IS UNICEF NEXT GENERATION’S SIGNATURE PHILANTHROPIC EVENT. MASKED GUESTS, DRESSED IN THEIR FINEST ATTIRE, DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT OF UNICEF’S LIFESAVING WORK. OVER 800 EMERGING GLOBAL LEADERS, INNOVATORS, CELEBRITIES AND PHILANTHROPISTS ATTEND THE UNICEF MASQUERADE BALL EACH YEAR.

UNICEF’s mission is to do whatever it takes for children everywhere, and UNICEF’s lifesaving interventions have helped cut child deaths by more than 50% since 1990.

What:  UNICEF Next Generation will host its seventh annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball in Los Angeles at Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Inspired by the organization’s signature color and logo, this year’s Blue Moon theme celebrates the beauty and mystery of the celestial. The night will feature a collection of immersive experiences, curated entertainment, and out-of-this-world fashion. Funds raised at the event will go towards supporting UNICEF’s work in creating a better future for every child.

Plus, Billie Eilish will be performing a special acoustic set at this fundraising event.

Why:  UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF Next Generation is a group of young leaders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and innovators in their 20s and 30s who commit their resources, resolve and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work.

Who:   Event Chair: Nima Nejat   Event Vice Chair: Kenna

 Creative Chair: Carlton DeWoody & Babs Burchfield

 NextGen Chair: Kelly Wilson

Honorary ChairUNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden

Event Committee: Cal Amir, Kate Becker, Mike Cribari, Corinne Crockett, Allie Dinielli, Alex Fadil, Eric Galen, Erica Henderson, Christopher Hughes, Nabilah Jiwani, Alice Carroll Johnson, Harleen Kaur, Stacey Kenealy, Katya Khazei, Michelle Lea Kim, Brittany Letto, Carmella Rose, Stafford Schlitt, Alexis Simon, Robin Warren, Brett Williams, Tallulah Willis

When:   Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Where:     Kimpton La Peer Hotel   627 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tickets:      Individual tickets start at $250

Website:    www.unicefmasqla.org

Contact:     Julianne O’Connell, [email protected], 212.922.2650

About UNICEF The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

 

Second Home comes to Hollywood

Second Home comes to Hollywood

The area of East Hollywood where the current Target is being built, very slowly, has a new neighbor. At night, driving by St. Andrews Place, one imagines a new mid-century modern hotel has moved in, what with the amber lighting and modern hanging lamps, its look like something that might be found in Palm Springs, not between Western Avenue and St. Andrews Place. It is so new that Google maps has not registered it. It opened last Monday, and it’s called Second Home. No, it is not for senior citizens, thought they are certainly welcome. Second Home is the newest “workspace” to slip into the vast SoCal terrain. Like Soho House, Neuehouse, Second Home caters to a sophisticated clientele in search of space, light, and working conditions that bring creative types together. Created by London-based co-founders and co-CEOs Sam Aldenton and Rohan Silva, Second Home is the new campus was designed by Madrid-based architecture firm Selgascano, with Downtown LA-based Omgivning acting as executive architect for the project. A lush landscape of light, 60 circular acrylic pods and foliage, it is simply, surprising that this somewhat off-beat neighborhood should house anything so glamourous. Second home hollywood will be home to 250 organizations and will feature: a branch of second home’s bookshop libreria, a 200-person auditorium, post-production facilities, a restaurant, outdoor terraces, and meeting and event spaces.

For memberships, a tour, information visit https://secondhome.io/hollywood

Address: 1370 N St Andrew’s Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

AND ON THURSDAY, SPETEMBER 19TH

Antoni is the food and wine guru on Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning sensation Queer Eye, and his passion for food is completely irresistible. A television personality, chef, model, and now cookbook author, Antoni is a man of many talents and even more fascinating stories.

During this evening event, guests will get to meet Antoni and taste recipes from his new cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen (published by HMH Books, on sale September 9).

Antoni in the Kitchen brings together Antoni’s trademark inclusive and accessible attitude to food with one hundred of his all-time favorite recipes.

This cookbook celebrates Antoni’s love for fresh, casual, and healthy cooking, and the occasional indulgent feast, and inspires both newbies and knowledgeable cooks to get back into the kitchen.

The ticket price includes a copy of the cookbook Antoni in the Kitchen and food inspired by his recipes.

Eat See Hear

Eat See Hear

WHAT:  Eat|See|Hear, the original traveling outdoor cinema series, presents the Oscar-winning 1996 black comedy thriller, FARGO. Set in 1987 Minnesota, the Coen Brothers modern classic follows the story of car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) who has gotten himself in so much debt that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. The Academy Award-winner for Best Picture has gone on to spawn three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Fargo television show. Projected on to the largest inflatable movie screen on the West Coast, the film will follow a musical performance by sleek and smokey L.A. vocalist Glory Daze (the moniker of singer/songwriter Lea Beiley). Food trucks on hand for the event will include Vchos, the Pudding Truck, Rice Balls of Fire, Wise BBQ, and Deli Dr.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2019

WHERE: Autry Museum of the American West at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

TICKETS: Tickets for Eat|See|Hear are $14 for general admission with advance online purchase or $16 at the door, and $8 for kids aged 12 and under. Children under age 5 are welcome to join for free. The festival also offers tickets to its signature Fashionably Late section for $21 (advance purchase only) which gives ticketholders access to premium seating up front. As always, dogs are welcome to accompany their humans for free.

ABOUT: Eat|See|Hear, a Los Angeles Times signature event, brings outdoor movies, food trucks and live music entertainment to iconic Los Angeles venues each summer. The eighth annual event series presented by SHOWTIME Networks features up-and-coming bands from the local music scene, a range of food trucks and the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast with the highest quality HD-projection, a 52-foot wide image and professional sound. Select locations include beer and wine bars and all welcome dogs. For more information follow @EatSeeHear (#eatseehear) and visit eatseehear.com.

Rémy Martin Announces Limited-Edition XO Designed by French Metalsmith Steaven Richard

Rémy Martin Announces Limited-Edition XO Designed by French Metalsmith Steaven Richard

     

The House of Rémy Martin has introduced its new, limited-edition Rémy Martin XO created in collaboration with artist Steaven Richard, a globally celebrated French metal smith who has worked with major figures in contemporary art and architecture, such as Jacques Garcia, Pierre Yovanovitch, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Nouvel.

     

The partnership highlights two living heritage companies rooted in historical craftmanship, refined luxury and celebrated expertise. Both the House of Rémy Martin and Atelier Steaven Richard bear the label Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV), a mark of recognition by the French State, a reward for artisanal know-how and manufacturing excellence.

Rémy Martin’s desire was to combine the world of cognac with the world of an extraordinary artist. During the collaboration process, Steaven Richard immersed himself in the story behind Rémy Martin and found inspiration from the vineyards in Cognac to create the refined design. The limited-edition XO label is made of an invented way to emboss brass with a unique golden texture featuring the Rémy Martin XO motif. The textured pattern is inspired by the diversity of the different eaux-de-vie necessary to create the XO blend.

I took inspiration from Rémy Martin’s centuries-old connection with the soil – its love for nature – and something happened. Something approaching a revelation: from the verticality of the vines that climb to the sky, this piece reaches out towards the stars,” explains Richard.

Designing the label was a starting point which led to an extension of the collaboration. Steaven Richard also created a metal sculpture, the Masterpiece, for the iconic Cognac house. The art piece is a unique architectural sculpture, which gently reveals Rémy Martin’s emblematic centaur in the “anamorphosis” optical illusion technique, glimpsed through metal pillars that represent the vertical vines of Cognac, France.

     

To celebrate the launch, Rémy Martin and Richard hosted an exclusive event in the Eric Buterbaugh Gallery in West Hollywood. The interactive event created the sensory experience of being inside Steaven Richard’s atelier. Notable attendees included Artist Russel Young, Actor Sarunas Jackson of Insecure, Jeweler Zenobia Morrow, Actor EP Evans of Ballers, Actor/Comedian Cherelle Patrice, former WNBA All Star, Cappie Pondexter, amongst others.

   

The limited-edition Rémy Martin XO is available in limited quantities through independent retailers in select markets and online at Reserve Bar for $200.

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Katana’s Red Sun BBQ Blazes Sunset Blvd.

Katana’s Red Sun BBQ Blazes Sunset Blvd.

Summer is in full swing and Sunset Blvd staple, KATANA, has an offering that feeds the palette of Angelenos looking for a unique dining experience this season. KATANA’s Red Sun is an annual event inspired by the Ginza tradition in Japan. It takes place every Sunday from 6:00pm – 11:30pm now until Labor Day Weekend, September 1, 2019.

SoCal Mag was able to get a preview of the limited edition menu along with the excellent Summer cocktails crafted by KATANA’s mixologists.

Enjoy items like the Popcorn Shrimp Tacos topped with a miso glaze, purple cabbage, and served in organic blue tortillas; The delicious Seafood Ceviche is made with shrimp, crab, yuzu, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and ghost pepper salt; The Hammer Roll is made with rock shrimp tempura, avocado, soy paper, spicy tuna, soy marinated jalapeno, masago, and eel sauce; My personal favorite was the Wagyu Short Ribs, served sizzling; and we can’t forget about the Smoked Robata Shrimp made with chimichurri ponzu and the Kurobuta Asian BBQ Ribs.

     

The star cocktails from the bar include the Tropic Like It’s Hot, a sweet blend of rum, Giffards apricot liquor, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. The Dragon Kiss is made with Azunia Resposado tequila, asian plum syrup, lime juice, rhubarb bitters, and aromatic tonic. Lastly, the Summer Snow is a tread made with vodka, matcha syrup, coconut milk, passion fruit, and lime juice.

Make sure to make reservations at www.katanala.com to enjoy the special table-side Robata Yaki Menu, Live DJs, and outdoor patio seating.

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