Archive for September, 2009

Isogabamaware

Posted on September 7, 2009
Filed under something to hear, something to look at.

Is there a better way to welcome you back from the last holiday weekend of summer than with a couple of Japanese stuffed animals playing ukuleles? I didn’t think so. The Ventures (who are, incidentally, “the best-selling instrumental band of all time” according to Wikipedia) classic “Walk Don’t Run” performed by the Japanese ukulele duo U900.

And coincidentally, here’s The Ventures 1964 performance of “Walk Don’t Run” in Japan:

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THIS WEEKEND: Attack From Space, Michael C. Hsiung, Swingers, Fuck Yeah Fest, Buff Monster, Being There, Ferris Bueller, and Pee-Wee

Posted on September 4, 2009
Filed under something to hear, something to look at, something to purchase, somewhere to create, somewhere to go.

Close out the summer this Labor Day weekend with art openings, saving our state parks by dancing your ass off and watching classic movies in unusual places around Los Angeles.

Jon Vermilyea-Attack From Space
Opening reception: Friday, September 4th, 8-10pm
The Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90026
  • Fresh friends at Fresh Pressed host Michael C. Hsiung and his cast of mythical creatures for an opening and live screenprinting of select works in Los Feliz.

Michael C. Hsiung
Opening reception: Friday, September 4th, 7-10pm
Fresh Pressed
4646 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Picnicing, beer tasting and “beautiful baby” watching at the Barnsdall Art Park for an outdoor movie night featuring Jon Favreau’s Los Feliz inspired Swingers.

Barnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights
Screening of Swingers and Beer Tasting by Silverlake Wine
Saturday, September 5th, 5:30-10pm
Hollyhock House
4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027

Fuck Yeah Fest
Saturday, September 5th, 1pm
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, 90012

Buff Monster-Heavy Metal Ice Cream Smile
Opening reception: Saturday, September 5th, 7-10pm
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Show runs from September 5 through September 26, 2009
  • Be there for Being There at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as Cinespia presents the 1979 dramedy (and original Forrest Gump) directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) starring Peter Sellers.

Being There
Saturday, September 5th
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
gates open at 6:30pm, movie starts at 8:00pm
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
$10 donation tickets available at gate

  • Enjoy your day off while watching the recently departed John Hughes’ 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Also at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
Sunday, September 6th
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
gates open at 6:30pm, movie starts at 8:00pm
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
$10 donation tickets available at gate

  • Also on Saturday night, The Cinefamily on Fairfax and Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show) has an adventure for you should you choose to accept it: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure directed by Tim Burton. Screening as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Comedy Death Ray series.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Sunday, September 6th, 8:00pm
Silent Movie Theater
611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Bubes and a Puppy

Posted on September 3, 2009
Filed under something to look at.

First of all, I apologize for this post in advance as there’s absolutely nothing redeeming about what you are about to witness. Secondly, these are two of the most mesmerizing things I have come across on the internets lately: a tumblr blog dedicated to images of womens’ faces morphing into one of their boobs-nose to nipple, and a french bulldog puppy trying to get up while laying on his back. Thus, born was the post title Bubes and a Puppy.

Click here or the images below to be taken to Bubes.tumblr.com where you will be sure to fall into a prolonged state of hypnosis. And yes, that is correct, Bubes.tumblr.com.

And to make up for the inappropriateness of womens’ faces morphing into their own boobs here’s that puppy video which is equally as mesmerizing. Did I mention womens’ faces morphing into boobs yet?

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THURSDAY: Celebrate 30 Years of Farmers’ Markets in LA

Posted on September 2, 2009
Filed under something to eat, something to hear, something to look at, something to purchase, somewhere to create, somewhere to go.

With their fresh locally grown produce, independent vendors and hours or operation that usually directly coincide with your workday, farmers’ markets have been a Los Angeles staple for 30 years now. This Thursday’s celebration of the LA institutions will be held at the first farmers’ market, the Gardena market which opened back on June 23, 1979. On hand will be Mayor Villaraigosa to start the day’s festivities, as well as our friends at GOOD (focusing on design solutions for local food) and Fresh Pressed (handing out free vegetable dyed produce bags from ECOBAGS and the crafty hands of Gelatobaby’s Alissa Walker), a salsa Contest, free birthday carrot cake and food samplings galore. A worthy celebration to be happy for, but sadly the farmers’ market schedule holds true as the party only lasts from 10am-2pm in Little Tokyo.

Click here for a confirmed list of the day’s participants and festivities.

30 Years and Growing
Thursday September 3rd, 2009, 10am–2pm
The Gardena market
Lawn of City Hall, 1st and Spring St. Downtown Los Angeles 90012 (map)

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Los Angeles is Burning in Pictures

Posted on September 1, 2009
Filed under something to look at.

With over 122,000 acres burnt to the ground and counting, poor air quality traveling as far as Colorado, and only 5% of the fire contained with a full containment date still weeks away (September 15th), the Los Angeles Station fire continues to burn down the Angeles National Forest and it’s surrounding areas. Yet, somehow, the fires have also created extraordinary images as documented by the LA Times photographers who have kept a keen eye open as the fire fight rages on.

Click here or the images below to see more amazing photos from latimes.com.

And here’s an additional shot photographed from space of the ever growing Station fires via NASA’s Earth Observatory website:

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