Thursday, December 29, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Made using a spare tyvek wristband, the scissors I carry constantly, a Sharpie, and a MOCA Geffen ticket stub.
Now on display in the Nijiya/Yagura fire tower courtyard, outside the Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo. Look for it!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
I'm about 4 hours in and losing my mind.
The instructions are 12 pages long.
I'm just glad I'm doing this now instead of waiting until April like a true idiot. Now I'm just a partial idiot for not sorting out my employment status immediately after my last paycheck from this previous job.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Banksy, I Hate Mondays
FREE MONDAYS AT ART IN THE STREETS
COURTESY OF BANKSY
June 13–August 8, 2011
The Museum of Contemporary Art announces today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.
“I don’t think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. You should only pay if you want to get rid of it,” said Banksy. “MOCA is very grateful to Banksy for his unprecedented gesture,” said MOCA Director and exhibition co-curator Jeffrey Deitch. “Art in the Streets is drawing record attendance, and opening it up to everyone will have a lasting impact on communities in Los Angeles, many of whom have not been to the museum before.”
The gift will help engage the exhibition’s diverse audiences and make it universally accessible—an important trait of graffiti and street art, which the exhibition illuminates.
Free Mondays at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will be every Monday, from 11am to 5pm, June 13 through August 8, 2011.
from MOCA's blog.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Like Farmer's Market for Specialty Desserts...
OMG, I've never had so many generous samples in my entire festival-going career. These amazing vendors are so passionate for food - their products, their methods, and their source ingredients - that any individual who dares to be called a 'foodie' will find themselves in good company.
Try the caramels from Pasadena-based Le Bon Garcon - they're stirred and worked to within an inch of their smooth, creamy lives. (I hear he's got buff arms.)
Chat with the gentleman from the goat farm in Mojave. He loves his goats and the products made from them. (I told him I wanted to come back as one of his goats in my next life... He's such a sweet man.) I spied some herbed goat cheese preserved in oil at his booth that I'm going to hit up again tomorrow.
It really is the best 10 bucks admission you'll spend all weekend. Forget Coachella - Sugarbird's Sweets & Teas gave me a box of scones at the end of the day - for free. You'll regret not going.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm really excited! 7 must be my lucky integer.Also, because I like free and I'm sure you do too, a giveaway! One lucky person could win this small handbag upcycled from a t-shirt. All you have to do is leave a comment. I would love for you to follow the blog and tell all your friends as well, but it isn't a requirement. I feel like you should follow the blog just because you love it. Winner will be announced Thursday March 31.And here's the awesome bag:
UPDATE: It's the perfect size to hold my library books!
Monday, March 28, 2011
On Tuesday, March 29, for every burger sold at any of their five locations, Umami Burger will donate one dollar to the American Red Cross to benefit the Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Fund.
Normally I try to donate to organizations like Medecins san Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) that don't earmark funds for specific disasters. They were one of the first on the ground after the tsunami and they continue to devote resources to ongoing humanitarian crisis' worldwide.
I hope Richard comes back okay.
Food doesn't taste the same without him.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
When Richard does a favor for me, I repay him in coffee. Oddly enough, neither of us had gone to swork in a long time, so we were probably overdue. We saw this car parked in front of us.
I call this 'serendipity'.
Thankfully the line for the book signing didn't go on very long. And afterward we went to punch dolphins.
Monday, March 21, 2011
The theme was graphite; and indeed, it was one of those rare pencil shows that makes you linger at the shiny glass display cases, marveling at the linework and delicate shading. I could have stood rooted for hours.
Barron Storey was present. He kindly signed my well-tagged Sandman Volume 11 aka Endless Nights. I complimented the Mysterious Mister Zed on Fracture of the Universal Boy, of which I am his Kickstarter backer #503. I picked up a sketchbook from Shelly Wan, whose self-portrait as Salome is very visually appealing. But mostly it was Joao Ruas' work that blew me away. I even picked up a print, though I've been trying desperately to cut back.
You need to see these wolves up close. Their eyes glitter.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
THE CULINARY HISTORIANS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PRESENT
ANDREW F. SMITH SPEAKING ON
“HOW FOOD WON THE CIVIL WAR” AND “POTATO: A RAGS TO RICHES STORY”
Saturday, March 12th, 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Public Library
Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St.
Free and open to the public
Andrew F. Smith will discuss his two soon-to-be published books: Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War (St. Martin’s) and Potato: A Global History (Reaktion Books).
Did hunger defeat the Confederacy? Culinary historian Smith will take a gastronomical look at the war and its legacy. From the first shot fired at Ft. Sumter to the surrender of the
Confederacy in April 1865 food – or its absence – played a crucial role in how the war was fought and its outcome. While the Civil War split the country in a way that affects race and politics to this day, it also affected the way we eat and drink.
He will also discuss the rags to riches story of the potato, examining how the once lowly vegetable that has changed – and continues to change – the world. Despite its popularity, in this era of fast food and health consciousness, the potato is now suffering negative publicity. Its health benefits continue to be debated, especially since it is most often associated with the ubiquitous but high-calorie french fry.
A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk at approximately 11:30.
Chorizo & potato tacos with pico de gallo, fruit punch with slices of green apple, potato cake with a blackberry reduction, homemade potato chips.
ABOUT ANDREW F. SMITH
Andrew F. Smith teaches food history at the New School University in Manhattan. He is the author or editor of 19 books, including his most recent books Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War and Potato: A Global History. He serves as the editor in chief for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He has written more than 300 articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers. For more about him, visit his website: www.andrewfsmith.com
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ikebana instructor Youkou Kitajima of the Sogetsu School gave an interesting slide show lecture and demo of modern vs. traditional kadomatsu techniques. Of course, the best part was getting to make our own miniature kadomatsu. It was well worth the materials fee.
Kitajima-san is an awfully nice guy. He owns NK Nursery - specializing in Japanese pine - in the City of Industry. And he volunteers to prune the pines at the JACCC. He took questions and instructed us on the proper way to prune pine and fruit trees (which I never really understood til now).
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Japanese have elevated the everyday affair of tea drinking to a high art. In January, many Japanese will observe the "first kettle," the first tea-drinking party of the New Year. Novelist Liza Dalby lived in Japan for several years. This month, she describes her celebration of the "first kettle" in San Francisco.