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I’ve noticed that in the next few weeks there are going to be a slew of good art shows and concerts going on and I had no way of sharing them with everyone, save doing individual posts about them all. So I started looking back into this whole Google Maps thing, and sure enough, they’ve made it pretty damn easy to do. Well, at least easier than it used to be, that’s for sure. I spent basically all night making this dang thing, so hopefully you all find it helpful (you all being those of you who live in LA, obviously).
The L.A. Happenings map isn’t intended to cover everything that’s going on in Los Angeles, just the things that I really feel would be the best or most fun thing to go do. With the map of above, you have two art shows, and two concerts. The art shows are at the same time, and the concerts are at the same time, so you’ll have to choose wisely!
Finally, if you have anything rad coming up that you’d like to share with Kitsune Noir readers, send me and email (you can use the tab above) and let me know about it. I’m not going to promise anything to anyone, so this is my disclaimer, haha…
Check back next Tuesday/Wednesday-ish for a new one!
UPDATE: I added the Amy Stein show, it looks too good to pass up!
The city of Dubai is slowly becoming one of the most amazing cities in the world, a city that looks almost like science fiction come to life, something you would only see in a Philip Dick novel. It already plays host to the world’s tallest hotel, and come 2012, it will also be home to the world’s largest arch bridge, the 6th Crossing.
The 6th Crossing is one mile long, 670 feet tall, and will be spanning the Dubai Creek. It will have 12 lanes, 6 in each direction and the Dubai Metro will run through the middle of it. It also looks like it will also allow people access to the upcoming opera house. The bridge was created by NY based architects FXFOWLE INTERNATIONAL, who had this to say about the bridge:
The bridgeâ€™s design was inspired by multiple sources, each evoking similar imagery â€“ the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creekâ€™s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the City, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House. We believe that our bridge design is not merely to link the Cityâ€™s cultural and commercial developments or ease congestion, but an opportunity to connect people both physically and emotionally by creating an iconic landmark, destination, and gateway between the old, the new and the future Dubai.
I think the bridge looks really beautiful, and I can only imagine how amazing it would look in person. English is their main second language, so maybe I’ll have to learn a little Arabic and pop over and see it 4 years from now! Also of interest, check out this great Wikipedia entry on the upcoming projects in Dubai, which make it seem like a grown up Disneyland on crack… and I mean that in the best way.
You can also see some more pictures of the project under the cut.
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I bought the new issue of GOOD Magazine, one of my favorite new magazines for sure, and noticed right in the front was the cutest food illustration ever! The images are by Rad Mountain, a NY art collective comprised of Damien Correll, Justin Fines, Wyeth Hansen & Garrett Morin. Phew! I seriously want to frame these in my apartment!
Also be sure to check out the rest of the magazine as well. There’s a great story about pampered food, and how it’s better for everyone, and a bunch of other great food related topics, which is what the issue is about.
Continuing the pimping (not in the Chelsea kind of way) of Hollywood’s actors and Oscar nominees, NY Times Magazine has an article featuring the people they thought were the breakthrough actors of 2007. Along with it though are some wonderful photos taken by one of my faves, Ryan McGinley. Overall the photos aren’t his best, it kind of feels like he made them a little more mainstream and a little less conceptual. But it’s also kind of cool to see him shooting big name actors and actresses.
There’s also a behind the scenes video of sorts that gives a look at the shoot. It’s kind of interesting to see, but nothing too crazy.
I’ve also posted more photos from the shoot under the cut, so check those out too.
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Painter in Your Pocket by Destroyer
Last week I was all over the place, listening to a lot of things I hadn’t really listened to in a while.
First on the list was Destroyer, whom I didn’t really like in Swan Lake, and I’ve never been a big fan of the New Pornographers, but I like him a lot more on his own. His new album Trouble in Dreams isn’t quite as good as his last album, Destroyer’s Rubies, but it’s still a good listen. My favorite track from Destroyer’s Rubies is definitely Painter in Your Pocket. It doesn’t catch you at first, but a full listen through should grab you.
After that was Vampire Weekend again, still being played a lot. Then Kings of Convenience, who need to a) come out with a new album, and b) play 14 live shows in Los Angeles alone. Their music is so great, I just need more of it! (Fun sidenote, Feist is on the last song of the Kings’ album, Riot on an Empty Street, while Eirik Glambek BÃ¸e sings on the last track of Feist’s new album, The Reminder. Sharing is caring!)
The rest are usuals, though The Books and The Elected could certainly use new albums as well. Moreso The Elected because of the really disappointing last Rilo Kiley album (I blame Jenny! haha…)
Later Saturday after the Murakami exhibit, my friend Garrett and I headed out to Santa Monica, Bergamont Station to be specific, to see the Travis Millard / Mel Kadel show. We ended up getting there kind of late, so there weren’t any drinks left, but there was lots of rad art!
I’m pretty in love with Travis Millard’s artwork, with all of the super fine details in his pieces, not to mention the over the top violence and gore. It was also cool to see his work up close, and let me tell you, it’s just as flawless in person. I also had a chance to talk with him briefly as the show was ending an he was a really cool guy. He ended up giving me a mini-book with a lot of the art from the show in it, which I’ll post up some pictures of soon.
Until then, check out the more photos from the show under the cut!
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I feel pretty lame admitting this, but I just went to see the Takashi Murakami exhibit yesterday afternoon, the exhibit’s closing weekend. I had been meaning to see the show since it’s opening day, but couldn’t seem to find the time to get out there. Anyhow, I went, and I really liked it. The space at the Geffen Contemporary is pretty huge, so there was a lot of space to fill. I was slightly disappointed that the majority of his pieces were the size of elephants, I was hoping for some smaller and more intricate drawings as well.
My favorite parts of the show were the giant sculptures he had, and the advertisements for Inochi, a Pinochio type robot who starts feeling like a real boy. The ads are only about 20 seconds long, but are pretty funny and done extremely well.
I’ve put the commercials under the cut so be sure to check them out!
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Tomorrow night in Santa Monica, Fudge Factory Comics mastermind Travis Millard will be having an art show alongside Mel Kadel at the Richard Heller Gallery. The show features new drawings by both artists and looks like it should be a pretty rad show. The opening starts at 5 and ends at 7 tomorrow, so come out and show some love.