We can sleep when we’re dead. At least that’s what we told ourselves while putting together our baby, The Future Issue. Sound crazy? Not so much. But sleep depravation is only worth as much as the the extraordinary people and places we covered in our November/December issue, and it was only right that we hastily clocked out last Thursday to prepare our livers for a grand party celebrating the release of our magazine. With low ceilings and dim lighting, the ambiance at Hollywood’s newest underground bar, Dirty Laundry, provided the perfect space for clandestine dancing and libations for all, toasting our city’s most innovative creatives, artists, thinkers, and doers trailblazing their way into the future.
Of course, what better way to throw a party than to have it soundtracked by some of our city’s most talented musicians? Special guest Mystery Skulls set the tone for the night alongside our Soulection homies AbJo and Andre Power, and the ladies of Immigré.
Big ups to our friends with benefits and partners in crime who help us in spoiling our guests: Tri-Antler | Grammy Museum | Warner Bros Music | The Vape Supply Co. | Monaco Vodka Cocktails | Sharetapes | Branded Arts | Duster Skateboards | Hint Water | See You Monday | Zanerobe. Proceeds from our silent auction will go to the Epilepsy Foundation.
Much thanks to our photography partners: Tommy B for keeping the memories alive with a killer photo booth and Guest of a Guest for assisting with photo coverage. Photo credit for GOFG pictures: Nathan Telea.
A rundown of the best events in our city this week.
SEVEN POINTS PREVIEW
WHAT: Tired of scenester kids overrunning artwalk? What’s a cultured person to do? This Thursday, forego crowds and join LA CANVAS instead as we celebrate progressive menswear and the pursuit of sartorial refinement with an exclusive preview of DTLA’s newest retail destination for gents: Seven Points. The fine booze purveyors of Silverlake Cocktail Company will be running signature drink specials all night and the first 20 people to arrive will receive a free Goorin Hat. Join us for a drink or two or three, food trucks and swag giveaways. RSVP here.
WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 7pm-11pm
WHERE: Park Showroom | 845 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
MATTHEW BIANCANIELLO CYNAR TASTING
WHAT: Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello hosts a Cynar tasting tomorrow night at Marina del Rey’s Settebello. Putting aside the fact that Cynar sounds suspiciously like “Cyanide,” you’ll want to get a taste of how cocktail wizard Biancaniello whips up six cocktails featuring the Italian artichoke liqueur. Complement the booze with a Cynar ice cream sandwich with a saffron infused crust. Fancy! | See More
WHEN: Friday, November 15, 8pm
WHERE: 13455 Maxella Avenue, Suite 250, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
BRANDED ARTS PARTY
WHAT: If you’re like us, the transient nature of street art often means that mural you swore you’d instagram next time has been painted over by the time you drive past again. Thankfully, organizations like Branded Arts have promoted the longevity of this urban art form by curating large-scale exhibitions and over 50 public mural projects in LA. With their dedication to their city, its no surprise that same dedication be transferred to its inhabitants. Hosting an art exhibit to benefit the Santa Monica’s Boys and Girl’s Clubs, Branded Arts is showcasing work from over 50 artists, including private collection pieces from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KAWS and more. Purchase tix ($20) here.
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 7pm-12am
WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica | 1238 Lincoln Boulevard., Santa Monica, CA 90404
TORO Y MOI, CLASSIXX AT THE WILTERN
WHAT: Chaz Bundick, or more affectionately known as Toro Y Moi, is arguably the kid that brought the whole chillwave-movement to light, or at the very least made it cool again. The hapa beatsmith’s latest release, Anything In Return, may be his best project to date with a refined, tasteful collection that touches upon all the phases Toro Y Moi went through in previous works: from silky R&B to bubblegum funk and roller-rink pop to his signature chillwave sound. To round out the multi-faceted Chaz is LA-based DJ/producer duo Classixx throwing down some spaced-out disco funk. | See More
WHEN: Saturday, November 16 at 8pm
WHERE: 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
SEED KITCHEN 5TH ANNIVERSARY
WHAT: We normally don’t like to succumb to LA-stereotypes that outsiders may have, but when it comes to good food well.. we can’t deny it. True to Angeleno form, Seed Kitchen has been delivering that good stuff the only way they know how and just how we like it: organic and eco-conscious. From their produce to their cooking techniques to recyclable menus and utensils, Seed Kitchen is about as green as they come, and they’re proud of it. Celebrate their fifth-year anniversary at the restaurant with live music, raffles, and of course, food. | See more
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 3pm-7pm
WHERE: 1604 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
JESSIE WARE AT HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP
WHAT: Those bemoaning the lack of soul in popular music breathed a collective sigh of relief as singers like British chanteuse Jessie Ware emerged in the American market this past year. Her latest album Devotion took British charts by storm with its playful but earnest discourse on romance and now the singer is on tour stateside to promote the American release. We were first introduced to the singer with Disclosure’s remix of her track ‘Running’ and after a spellbinding Coachella performance this year, we can’t wait to rendezvous again with the delightful songstress. | See more
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 7:00pm
WHERE: 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
TYPHOON HAIYAN UNICEF FUNDRAISER
WHAT: On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and it hit hard. Whole towns were destroyed leaving thousands homeless, some separated from their families and without any viable resources. For its Southern California edition, the folks at UNICEF and Smith House Tap and Grill are hosting a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds are directed to the organization’s disaster relief efforts. If having a beer means we get to help those in need, we’re all for it. And if you can’t make it out to the fundraiser but still want to contribute, feel free to visit UNICEF’s site for donations. | See more
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Smith House | 10351 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025
For the last three years, Santa Monica-based Branded Arts made it their mission to transform Culver City and other parts of Los Angeles into something of a city-wide gallery through curating and producing public mural projects. The large-scale art exhibitions, featuring prolific and rising artists both LA-based and internationally, have given life to the city’s local properties by branding developments, youth centers, recreation centers and schools with inspirational messages and positive imagery throughout the community.
But the contributions don’t stop there. Branded Arts is hosting another arts and music-driven event to benefit the Boys & Girl Clubs of Santa Monica featuring works from over 50 different artists and a special DJ set from Nickelodeon transfer slash Wildin’ Out host, Nick Cannon.
The artist line-up is no joke either; just to do a real quick run-down, the likes of Pixel Pancho, Cryptik, Saber, Steven Daily, NDSLA, Olivia Faze, Surge, Tracy Tubera, Craft, Angelina Christina, Adam Ward, Ross Morrison, and Mad Steez are just a few of the 50+ artists who will be participating.
The first 75 folks to come into the event will receive an event exclusive Nick Walker print release entitled The Morning After – Santa Monica. To close off the night, a silent auction will be held for basketballs customized by a few of the featured artists, including Kenny Scharf, Meggs, Chor Boogie, Aaron De La Cruz, 0ne0f0ne, Duncan Lemmon and a few other choice artists.
These prints and many more will be available at the event.
Holiday Mural 2011 | Dabs Myla
RADIANT CHILD | David Flores
Peace Rabbit | Surge
For more information, head on over to Branded Arts.