It’s not often the LAC crew is jumping at the opportunity to go clubbing in West Hollywood. Trust us, we’ve had our fair share of overpriced cocktails, bandage dresses, cigarette stains, and interminable bathroom lines. We’ve crisscrossed down the alley of youthful, boisterous, all-night merriment and landed exhausted, slightly grumpy, and a bit more introverted. Let’s just have a kiki and call it a night.
Suffice it to say, we’re itching for a bit more from our nights out these days. And thankfully our pals at DBA have finally delivered. These guys have figured out a nightlife hack: go curatorial and you’ll never get old. And with stimulating program to boot (theatrical events, spoken word, live music & DJs, top-notch literary speakers—you name it) nearly every night of the week, DBA offers far more than the typical, LA, after-dark expectation. Breathe a sigh of relief dear Angelenos—your weekdays just got way more compelling.
Peep below to get the scoop on what’s on the horizon for August from our favorite, new, nighttime symposium:
AUGUST 5TH – GOLDBLUM AND THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA
Perhaps the only thing better than watching Jeff Goldblum play piano and banter with the crowd is watching Bill Nye perform science experiments (hint, hint DBA). Watch Goldblum, accompanied by the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra covort, clown, and tickle your ear holes. Early arrival is encouraged, as he’s known to joke around with the audience before the show is even scheduled to begin.
AUGUST 6TH – THE WRITER’S ROOM with KELLY MARCEL & SCOTT NEUSTADTER
Love books but hate the puffed-up pretension of literary events? Enter The Writer’s Room, a refreshing and long overdue take on the typically staid literary event. Hosted by Reza Aslan, writer, religious historian, and associate professor the University of California, Riverside (AKA the guy that schooled Fox News on what informed, critical thinking means), this month’s Writer’s Room presents Kelly Marcel and Scott Neustadter. From mega-book to mega-movie, Aslan talks to the screenwriters behind two of the most anticipated book-to-movie projects today: The Fault In Our Stars (Scott Neustadter) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Kelly Marcel).
THROUGH AUGUST 15TH – LA CANVAS + DBA PRESENT: THE LOOKING GLASS ART COMPETITION
Calling all artists! LA CANVAS and DBA bring you a unique opportunity to whip out your best ideas and bring them to life. Make your mark this August by creating a one-of-a-kind mural inside DBA’s highly visible front display window on Santa Monica Blvd. Win a celebration dinner for four at Fifty Seven in DTLA, your name on the DBA marquee during for the unveiling of your art creation, a VIP table for 10 with $1k bottle service + more. Deadline for submissions is August 15th, 2014. Get to it, art folk.
EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 30TH – FOR THE RECORD PRESENTS TARANTINO
This homage / mash-up of Tarantino directed films brings to life your favorite characters and sounds from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It’s a pretty raucous night—arrive early for DBA’s signature cocktails and snacks. Be sure to use code “CANVAS” to save 20% off tickets and thank us later.
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We know most of you have visited The Standard. Their Downtown LA location, dripping in mid-century goodness, has a coveted rooftop that you try, at least once to go to and listen to the hottest DJ in LA at the moment. Today, they are changing it up. With their new Unplugged Sessions, they hope to truly emerge themselves in all the talent LA has to offer, and that includes the singer-songwriter, pop, and indie individuals.
Tonight at their kickoff, Culture Bath, the attendees go on a journey – for free might we add. From TheRooftop, to the SPiN Standard, to the Lobby, guests will enjoy an eclectic group of musicians. Take a listen to the five acts that will be entertaining you throughout the night.
Los Angeles, we kinda dig you.
This past Wednesday, with the help of our gracious friends at Palihouse, we hosted our Hydration Issue Release Party, and, damn, did we have a blast. Tunes spun by beauties BOOM, Val Fleury and KITTENS, hosted cocktails generously poured and provided by Fireball Whiskey, custom LAC totes gifted with sweet goods provided by Stance, Element Eden, RESQWATER, BCBGeneraton, and See You Monday, and some all-around debauchery made the festive bash a night to remember.
Our bestest friends, cohorts, contributors, and drinking buddies all stopped by to celebrate with us, and we couldn’t have been more pleased to dance the night away at such a beautiful hideaway like Palihouse. We’re not gonna lie. The LAC crew left the party in a bit more of a “daze” than we had anticipated. All in good fun, we sincerely hope those who attended will be back for more for our next crazy shenanigans. Follow us @lacanvas and subscribe to our Weekly to keep up to date on what mischief we’re up to next and find out how you can score some swag (Yah, we’re giving away cool shit all summer long. Creative Rec shoes anyone?).
Kevin Smith is clearly an extension of his own films, so much so that at times it’s difficult to separate him from the crude-humored characters he’s created over his twenty year career as a writer, director, and actor. At a recent Q&A at The Los Angeles Film School, the students loudly greeted Kevin as he stood in front of them wearing his signature hockey jersey and long denim shorts, preparing to answer questions on the craft of film-making which would often send Kevin into a hilarious rant.
The Q&A session was part of the school’s on going “Film School Fridays” program, which was recorded and released as a podcast earlier this week. Students participated by asking questions raging in topics from how to find financial backing for their projects to how to treat crew members. LAC was excited to catch Kevin teach the young “cats” a thing or two about Hollywood.
While he never missed a beat to make fun of his weight, his pot smoking habits, or his sidekick Jason Mewes (the talking airhead member of Jay and Silent Bob), as the session progressed, the Q&A became more of an intimate talk among the students and their guest. The Kevin that seemed to had stepped right out of Mallrats, became the big brother in the room, genuinely motivating the students to pursue their dreams.
Kevin is set to retire from making “mainstream movies” after completing the third installment of the movie that started it all, Clerks, some time next year. Make sure to listen to the podcast at The Los Angels Film School’s website or Kevin Smith’s Smodcast.