The Iconic Mondrian L.A. on Sunset Continues Summer Reign with Full Redesign

The Iconic Mondrian L.A. on Sunset Continues Summer Reign with Full Redesign

Earlier this Summer, Sunset Boulevard destination staple, The Mondrian L.A., unveiled it’s complete redesign after a whopping 19 million dollar renovation. The level of luxury exuding from this West Hollywood location fits in perfectly with the beautiful days of an L.A. Summer. There’s a unique direction in design specific to the 236 rooms and hallways of the hotel bring in an essence of imagination through the Alice in Wonderland inspired decor. Take into account the floor-to-ceiling windows, marble touched bathrooms, and 24 Hour room service.

           

The renovation came in at a whopping 19 million dollars to create the ever-inspiring luxury hotel’s re-imagined aesthetic. It’s the perfect place for a local getaway while being able to also step outside and enjoy California-inspired cuisines at Ivory on Sunset and play at Skybar’s iconic sun-drenched pool deck by day, star-studded nightlife hotspot after sunset.

  

 

For Reservations and Calendar of Events, Check out Mondrian Los Angeles Online.

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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Outfest: STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES

Outfest: STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES

Steven F. Arnold (1943–1994) Born in Oakland, Ca., he moved to Los Angeles and set up a studio on the bend of Beverly and Virgil. His studio was dark—only when he lite it did you see all the extravangrant props and elements of his photography. In some ways, he felt San Francisco—though every visit to his studio would have someone from the movie business; Ellen Burstyn and Grace Zabriskie were regulars. He shot mostly from a tall ladder looking down. It was the first time I came to realize that a six pack could be created in illusion by painting shadows.  He mastered in tromp l’oei (to deceive the eye) and the creation of photographic tableaus.He was  also a filmmaker,  painter, illustrator, set and costume designer, and assemblage artist.

This Sunday, Outfest presents the documentary about his life.

Angelica Huston narrates this exploration of the spectacularly dreamlike world of Salvador Dali’s protégé and PWA, Steven Arnold, and his strikingly creative and influential body of work filled with occult rituals, Hollywood camp, and surrealist art nouveau whimsy. Taken from more than 70 hours of original and archival footage, including rare scenes of Holly Woodlawn, director Vishnu Dass digs deeply into the decadent countercultural and inspiring life of this unheralded multimedia artist of the queer community.

STEVEN ARNOLD: HEAVENLY BODIES

The Factory Kitchen Announces Summer Wine Monday Special

The Factory Kitchen Announces Summer Wine Monday Special

The Factory Kitchen is launching their new summer wine Monday special running Monday, September 30th, 2019. Guests can enjoy 50% off any bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. The weekly special is available every Monday during both the lunch and dinner business hours. Beverage Director and Sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi has created a wine list which reflects the essence of their distinctive regions. Though Italian wines are prevalent at The Factory Kitchen, additional wines from neighboring Western European countries and beyond are served.

The Factory Kitchen is the product of a long-standing friendship between Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality. The original trattoria, serving traditional Italian recipes, opened its doors on Oct. 24, 2013, in The Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles. The Factory Kitchen takes its name from the street it’s located on and the former factory building complex that hosts it, but the restaurant is purely Italian.

The food at The Factory Kitchen takes center stage, with a lively pasta-making station where pastas including Casonzei, pork sausage and veal ravioli with pork belly, sage brown butter and Reggiano Parmigiano cheese and Modenesi, 18-month aged Prosciutto di Parma tortellini. Filling the length of the back of the restaurant, the pasta station is also where The Factory Kitchen’s signature Mandilli di Seta is made—thin sheets of handkerchief egg pasta with Ligurian almond basil pesto, a favorite at the restaurant’s flagship location in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Factory Kitchen Los Angeles is located at 1300 Factory Place #101 in Los Angeles, CA 90013.

The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Dinner services on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 5:30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm and Sunday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Connect with The Factory Kitchen online and on Social Media below:

Website: www.thefactorykitchen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefactorykitchenrestaurants/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thefactorykitchen

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

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THIS WEEK: DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL, WONDERWORLD LA

DANCES WITH FILMS

The opening night green-carpet event for the Dancing With Films indie film festival took place in the gorgeous and historic lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, directly across from the TCL Chinese Theatres where the short and full-length works were set to screen over the next couple of weeks in multiple theaters. As directors, producers and on-screen talent made their way down the carpet, each group shepherded by a protective publicist, such as seasoned L.A. flacks Henry Eshelman and Diane Brown, cameras flashed and interviewers held up mics under the glaring lights. For many of these indie filmmakers from around the world and around the U.S., this was their very first brush with Hollywood glamour!

Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival has ceased hosting an annual event, Dances With Films — so named in its debut year by co-founders Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent to support a feature film they had made called Indemnity, in the wake of Sundance hosting a plethora of “dance” monikered film festivals — i.e., Slamdance, Digidance, No Dance, and several more with similar monikers.

Twenty-two years later, Leslee and Michaels’s Dances With Films is going stronger than ever while still sticking to their motto of “No politics, no stars, no sh*t.”

DWF has risen to fill the breach left by the L.A. Film Festival in supporting and featuring primarily indie film projects of all kinds, some of which this year included the heartbreakingly excellent The Land, which features a terrific star turn by actor Herman Johansen; the girl-centered video-gaming short Would You Like To Try Again?; Wowsers, produced by and starring the party’s most fabulously dressed guest Sam Fox, about a club where the BDSM isn’t always safe, sane and consensual; and the surprisingly witty horror-comedy Driven, starring the film’s writer, Casey Dillard, along with Richard Speight Jr. of HBO’s Band of Brothers and the CW series Supernatural.

WONDERWORLD LA

Just down the street from where DWF was hosting their opening night festivities, the fabulous magical interactive pop-up museum that is Wonderworld LA was throwing their own soiree to introduce the Wonderworld brand of visual genius to celebrities and local media influencers, sweetening the pot with drinks, donuts, a cotton candy station, complimentary nail art, and swag bags for attendees. Even Fox 11 news showed up to cover it!

Co-founded by venture capitalist Hua Wang and businessmen Jay Yue and Jie Wang, Wonderworld first popped-up in New York’s Soho district where the threesome gathered a cabal of creative designers who were seeking a platform for their work. Wonderworld Soho ran for a year before coming to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame just this month, where local artists such as Josh Wong collaborated in customizing the build-out to be unique to L.A.

Pop-up museums may be a new concept in Los Angeles, but they’re a big — and lucrative! — trend in NYC, where the trio behind the original and L.A Wonderworlds is set to launch Wonderworld Brooklyn any day now.

In NYC, Wonderworld is something of a fashion brand, but here in L.A., they’re not targeting the nightlife set. Rather, Wonderworld is open only during daylight hours and is bracing for a steady stream of both the legitimately young as well as the so-called young at heart, who will no doubt be completely entranced by the Alice-in-Wonderland-esque rabbit-warren of 11 differently themed interconnecting rooms, all housing art installations in various crazy-wonderful themes, all of which are meant for extreme posing and photographic shenanigans. Memory-making shots of patrons climbing in, on, and around the various oversized and decorative props, and Instagram-worthy photo ops with your posse are highly encouraged. We can’t help thinking that kids, both little and big, will take to Wonderworld LA as if it were a more sophisticated version of a Disney theme park!

Wonderworld LA is set to pop at least through the second week of August. For tickets and information call (747) 284-9616.