A rundown of the best events in our city this week. 



WHAT: Our teenage girl crush Tavi Gevinson along with a handful of LA contributors give us the DL on Rookie Yearbook Two. Filled to the brim with everything our fourteen-year-old selves could want along with exclusive content from Lena Dunham, Grimes and Mindy Kaling, the intimate reading is expecting a big turnout. Did we mention Judy Blume makes an appearance in this edition? JUDY BLUME?! We’ll save you a seat. | more info
WHEN: Thursday, November 7th, 7:30pm
WHERE: Skylight Books | 1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027



WHAT: West Hollywood Design District has been at the helm at all things associated with innovative and high-caliber design in all dimensions of art — fashion, interior design, architecture, dining, beauty; the neighborhood formerly known as the Avenues has become a cultural destination. On Friday, one-day design forum DIEM takes place throughout various showrooms in the Design District providing an environment for design junkies and aesthetes alike to interact for deliberate cross-pollination of ideas. | more info
WHEN: Friday, November 8 at 9am-6pm
WHERE: West Hollywood, CA | See more info for details.



WHAT: Not so much a riot, as a booze-filled feast, Wine Riot hits downtown LA for its second installment this weekend. Created by Second Glass, Wine Riot is an all access pass to hundreds upon hundreds of wines. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends and winos. The best part is, aside from the, ahem, “tastings, ”Second Glass has made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later. Just be sure to keep your Sunday morning clear, ‘cause, let’s face it, you’re never going to be able to pull off that morning jog you promised yourself. | more info
WHEN: Saturday, November 9th 1-5pm, or 6-11 pm
WHERE: Majestic Halls | 650 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014



WHAT: Tired of your overpriced loft? Our city’s notoriously difficult rental situation has left many an Angeleno jaded in pursuit of the perfect abode. After all, it’s not easy to meet the myriad requirements including satisfactory distance from your borderline-insane-ex-squeeze and proximity to work. But rest your weary head because there’s a rumor going ’round that the Valley is the new Highland Park and now has sidewalks! But wait, there’s more: NoHo is now home to the Hesby, the newest in artfully-designed living spaces for the creative who seeks a stylish home to match their lifestyle. Scope out the spot, i.e. party with us with a hosted bar provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and PBR, live music, a photobooth, giveaways and more. RSVP here. | more info
WHEN: Saturday, November 9th, 1 – 4pm
WHERE: The Hesby | 5031 Fair Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601



WHAT: Former Rogue Wave Artist and fellow Los Angeleno, Dianna Molzan opens a new exhibit in Hollywood this Sunday, November 10th. Molzan is known for deconstructing and rebuilding her canvases into wholly original forms that experiment with the painting surface to become sculptural in their presentation. Celebrated in solo exhibitions at The Whitney, The Hammer, and ICA Boston, we’re totes getting excited for Sunday night. (Guess Homeland will have to wait). | more info
WHEN: Sunday, November 10th
WHERE: OVERDUIN AND KITE | 6693 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028



WHAT: “Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well,” is such a more appealing alternative to YOLO, and leave it up to English-Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. to win that category of who alliterates the “Fuck it, I’m down,” moniker of today’s youth. Not to say we promote extreme forms of bad-assery, but maybe we should let bad girl M.I.A. do the rapping for us. Catch her two-night appearance at the Belasco Theatre next week, but before you go, make sure you check out her newest release, “Matangi” to get familiar with the bad girl’s newest digs. | more info
WHEN: Monday, November 11th, 8pm
WHERE: The Belasco Theatre | 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015



WHAT: Top Chef Alum Jamie Lauren combines forces with Park Studios Hwood for a six-course dinner experience and a specialty cocktail hour. Oggle at photographs by Jason Lee Parry Andrew Kuykendall as you chow down on some seriously delicious eats at the communal style table setting. Guests are encouraged to BYOB. | more info
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Park Studios | 6417 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028


At LA CANVAS, we have our eyes and ears everywhere. Sometimes we’re better off for it and sometimes, unfortunately, we wish we could hit the rewind button and recoup our time.

Recently, we fell deep through the Youtube abyss to scour through some of our favorite/most creative music videos released this last week. What we discovered, aside from the fact that puppies and baby cheetahs make an amazing, unlikely duo, shark attack videos are morbidly engrossing, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” new vid is, well, kinda rapey, and Miley Cyrus needs to just chill (c’mon Diane Martel! We love you, but real talk, girl, we would never let T.I. anywhere near our hair), there are, in fact, some real gems in the mix.

Peep our fave video releases from this past week:

M.I.A. – “Bring The Noize”

The pink haired provocateur is back with the new release off her upcoming album, Matangi. Bring the Noize (a tribute to Public Enemy’s 1987 classic of the same name) follows M.I.A. to  an underground club  (or a synth-pop version of Diddy’s White Party) where she and fellow dancers, all clad in white, dance to a ridiculously infectious beat. Love it or hate it, props to a girl who can rock out in all white and come out of it without a single stain.
M.I.A.’s fourth album, Matangi is due out this fall.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Despair”

Who the hell knew the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would be the first to film a video atop the Empire State Building? The band filmed on the observation deck from 2 a.m. until just after sunrise, before the public was admitted. The song builds slowly, as does the imagery, beginning in a bummer dive bar to crescendoing atop the iconic building as the sun begins to rise. Itchy trigger fingers should skip to the end of the video, where helicopters capture a spectacular long shot of Karen O and the band prancing along one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Although bands have applied before to shoot atop the Empire State Building before, nobody had met the production requirements. Anthony E Malkin, president of the Empire State’s operators was surprised it took 84 years for the first video to happen: “Credit to [Yeah Yeah Yeahs] for having the gumption to ask.” We second that.

“Despair” is the latest single from Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fourth studio album.

Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg  – “U Should Know Better”

While the song may be off of Robyn’s 2010 Body Talk album, the music video was just released last week. To which we say, “What took you so long Robyn? This track is killer.”
The video features a boy Robyn and She-Snoop kicking ass and taking names all over the neighborhood while challenging gender roles at the same time.

Cloud Control – “Dojo Rising”

Shot on location in Bolivia, this bizarre video has us captivated. From sad clowns to demonic children and bullet wounds made of glitter, the video is beautiful from start to finish. Even if we don’t totally get it.
“Dojo Rising” is the latest single from the Australian band Cloud Control off their forthcoming album Dream Cave due out in September.

Hanni el Khatib – “Penny”

We have to admit, we were a little surprised with El Khatib’s newest release. While “Penny” may be more of a pop ditty than we’ve ever heard from the rocker, the video brings the edge right back. In it, orange-suit clad inmates are portrayed crooning to the track, becoming more and more emotive as the song progresses. The Simon Cahn-directed video is a humorous juxtapostion of lyric and imagery.

Be sure to look for the Hanni El Khatib’s Head in the Dirt LP on sale now.

Solange – “Losing You”

Ok, ok, this one isn’t a newbie. but this video and Solange are just so damn charming, we can’t stop watching it.
Directed by famed video director Melina Matsoukas and styled by Ty Hunter, the vid takes us on a super stylish, cinematic journey through the streets of Cape Town with bold prints and gorgeous colors. It is a visual feast, better than the track itself, and will make you hit replay over and over again. We certainly did.

You can purchase the whole album here