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

Meet The Majority: How Style Sounds

Meet The Majority: How Style Sounds

Contributing Editor: Anthony Stafford

Lights, cameras, action… Food, music, fashion! These are the staples that make up almost all of Southern California’s events, and it would be a disservice to attendees if even one of those necessities were forgotten. It’s a perfect formula, and emerging denim brand, Majority Denim, is looking to take advantage of what much of SoCal’s population thrives on — while also directly connecting to striving artists and influencers for amazing opportunities.

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 7 pm to 10 pm, Majority Denim will hold their first major event, titled “Meet the Majority – How Style Sounds”. This free special event is a celebration of a new beginning in Los Angeles for Majority Denim. This innovative, high-quality fashion brand, is designed to style all genders, and proceeds from every item purchased from the brand will be donated to charity. While designated to be an evening where fashion meets music, Majority Denim plans on introducing their new influencer program, “Meet The Majority”. The Majority influencers will unveil their creative craft by showcasing their custom denim pieces in collaboration with Majority Denim’s Creative Director/Co-Founder, Christian K.

Even more exciting, the event will feature live music performances from Jeff Bernat (@jeffbernat) & Nathi (@nathiofficial) with their original music. Fortunately, the fun doesn’t stop there, as the evening will also include a Majority Denim pop up shop with a DIY Custom Station, complimentary bites and drinks, a live DJ (DJ Street Fox) & live music, a performance by The Mob Dance Company (@themobdanceco), and a night of mingling with the trendsetters and tastemakers of LA. This special event will be held at As We Dwell, located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, at 440 S. Alameda St. More information about this new and beautiful location can be found on their website, while more details about the event can be found on Eventbrite.

Features and benefits of the “Meet The Majority – How Style Sounds” event include:

  • An estimated 1K+ attendees throughout the event.
  • An expansive network of fashionable artists, musicians, actors, dancers, and business entrepreneurs.
  • An innovative denim company fresh to the fashion scene introducing high quality styles fit for all genders.
  • A showcase of the “Meet The Majority” Brand Influencers custom denim styles created with the Creative Director/Co-Founder Christian K. The influencers collective network spans over half a million followers across digital media platforms.

Guests can RSVP for this free event here.

More About Majority Denim

“Sharing a sense of style through community, innovation, and unity. We don’t need to fit in, we stand out” – Majority Denim

“An innovative, high quality fashion brand, designed to style all genders. Made in Los Angeles. A team of veteran denim makers with over 30 years of experience using high quality Italian, Japanese, Brazilian and American denim. We are on the path of discovering the ‘nu’ generation movement and merging it with consistent high quality and tradition.”

Majority Denim also has a recently launched YouTube Channel where they give exclusive access to their business, their partners, lifestyle, and design process. Click the play button below for a deeper glimpse into what the fresh LA. brand is about.

Recap: Bohemian Ball Puts a Spotlight on Unlikely Heroes

Recap: Bohemian Ball Puts a Spotlight on Unlikely Heroes

LA nights are often subject to parties and gatherings all over the city, but on the evening of July 11th, a different kind of gathering took place. From 6 pm to 10 pm, this event gave back in one of the most heartfelt ways possible, and helped to cast away darkness encompassing the lives of today’s innocent children. The Bohemian Ball, a charity event created by Natalie Backman and The Young Leaders Council, gathered notable guests of the Agoura Hills community to raise funds for powerful social change. Among the crowd was Actress/comedian, Anjelah Johnson; Musician, Manwell Reyes; Singer/songwriter, Tyrone Wells; Buzzfeed actress and comedian, GloZell Green, and Actress/comedian, Angel Laketa Moore, to name a few.

The Bohemian Ball was created to bring awareness to the non-profit, Unlikely Heroes, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking all around the world. The Young Leaders Council created a presentation demonstrating how important Unlikely Heroes’ work is by highlighting the success stories of children they’ve been able to save within their program. Singer/Songwriter Tyrone Wells performed a medley of songs while guests enjoyed a dinner, drinks, and desserts. The event managed to raise just under $50,000 for the organization’s efforts, which is sure to go a long way in helping children worldwide.

While it may be pretty straightforward to believe that the funds raised will provide a shelter for the children, they actually go much further to include healthcare, education, recreational activities, rehabilitation resources, love, and hope to the rescued victims of sex trafficking domestic and abroad.

About Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes, is a local non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines, as well as the United States. The organization strives to rescue and rehabilitate all of these children — as well as post trauma therapy, education, medical care and job training and most importantly, a happy, healthy childhood.

About Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman is a yoga teacher, and the Founder of Imagine Fest. Originally from Washington State, Natalie has called Los Angeles home for nearly seven years and has been teaching yoga for five of them. She is currently a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher of the Himalayan Tradition and is working toward certification in ParaYoga with Rod Stryker. She teaches weekly at Agoura Power of Yoga as well as Horizons Senior Center, MUSE School, and for several private clients. She, along with the entire Imagine Fest family, donates her time and energy to offer healing and empowerment to their local community, as well as an opportunity to be the change we wish to see.

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.

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

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford

If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, odds are you will soon. And if you have taken that summer vacay already, you’ll probably be taking another one or doing some outdoor activities at the very least. For that reason alone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit  footwear brand MOBS Design. After all, in LA’s summer fun (and heat), comfort is a top-notch priority — and MOBS is here to delivery just that. If you missed our previous coverage of MOBS’ amazing brunch event, you can catch up here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why we’re revisiting this amazing brand!

MOBS Design is a staple for the shoe connoisseur, and they’ve been creating extremely comfortable, light-weight, and attractive shoes for both men and women. With a variety of eye-catching styles, the shoes truly fit whatever occasion life can throw at you. From running and exploring the city, to picking up the kids after work, MOBS has taken into account that we live diverse and busy lives. As a result, the company’s offerings transcend the demands of daily life.

In addition to the many styles, MOBS features an easy-on-the-eyes array of color combinations to further meet your particular tastes. Whether you’re feeling sporty and need a breathable knit finish, or life is demanding something more formal to match your slacks, this brand has your feet covered with all-leather finish options. When we last met with the MOBS team, they wore their favorite pairs of stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future. Here’s what that vision is like today, plus a little more insight from MOBS’ Founder and CEO, Alexandre Benaim, in a special Q&A interview:

Where do you find inspiration for the aesthetic of MOBS?

“I find my inspiration in culture all around the world but also in design, architecture, art, photography, cartoons, sport wear, work wear, combat wear, materials, high end and any fashion to create versatile sneakers that work in any situation and allow to be active and dress-up.”

What sparks your ideas, visually? Why unisex?

“Sneakers are functional product by definition which makes our designs are driven by technics and comfort. Otherwise I believe that men and women can definitely wear the same colors and materials.”

What are your imperatives as a creative director?

“Find the meaning without losing the goals. Create the aesthetic without losing the comfort. Build the story without losing the identity.”

How do you keep creative integrity and originality within the footwear market, while so many brands are copying from each other?

“We are not chasing the trends, we are not reinventing the wheels… In fact we are just trying to offer the best version of classic silhouette by offering a minimalist timeless design.”

Who would you describe as the quintessential MOBS consumer?

“Any active, nomadic people with a free state of mind.”

What direction would you like to see MOBS grow toward in the future?

“I would love to establish MOBS as a relevant high-end, athletic lifestyle brand with a diversity of products.”

Everyone has remarked the extreme comfort of MOBS shoes. What is the secret?

“The magic recipe! We design and engineer a real athletic in-sole and out-sole combined with leather uppers, and even the entire linings of all our models are made from natural leather. We have been through all the details to offer the best possible comfort.”

What is your favorite shoe from the collection, and why?

“Tough question… But the high top is really an awesome version of what I think is the most emblematic sneaker’s silhouette.”

MOBS Design brings innovation, unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort to the table. LA summers have become notorious for all there is to do regarding entertainment and activities — as well as the scorching weather. The MOBS brand is a refreshing eye-magnet in the world of sneakers, and it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way. Simply put, the shoes are just so damn cool!