Life of Cameron Tanja M. Laden's account of the fascinating life of L.A. artist/occultist Cameron had readers turning pages last week ("Cameron's Connections to Scientology and Powerful Men Once Drew Headlines, But Now Her Art Is Getting Its Due," Oct. 10). Pan69 writes simply, "Wonderful." Rafael Calderon agrees, writing, "An enthralling account of a woman living her life, neither asking nor giving quarter." But...
Based on San Francisco’s wildly successful Litquake, Lit Crawl L.A. is a literary take on the bar crawl. Now in its second year, the NoHo Arts District event consists of three “rounds” of literary events at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. (plus an after-party at 10 p.m. on the upper floor of the Federal Bar), all free and walking distance from the North Hollywood Metro station. Start the night with an unmistakably Hollywood crowd of writers — Annabelle Gurwitch, Richard Kramer (My So-Called Life), Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) — at Po§ch. Stay for the whole round (until 7:45) or continue your crawl for Poesia Para la Gente at the Metro station, a mini–Literary Death Match with Lara Marie Schoenhals (White Girl Problems) at XMA, a “poetry three-way” at Romantix Adult Boutique, or reimaginings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Ghost Story at the Antaeus Company Library (it’s almost Halloween!). Grab a drink between rounds and then catch Red Hen Press’ comedic poets at Tamashii Ramen, or magic literature plus Magic Castle magicians at Bow and Truss. For round three, check out stories paired with specially created dishes at the Art Institute Culinary School. Dine and dash so that you can make it to Spinder, a literary version of dating app Tinder, at Big Wangs. If these events aren’t setting your mind on fire, don’t worry — the whole point of the Lit Crawl is to hop from venue to venue (of which there are 30!), sampling a uniquely L.A. lineup of bookish events. Various North Hollywood venues, see litcrawl.org/la/schedule for schedule; Wed., Oct. 22, 7 p.m. litcrawl.org/la. —Sascha BosMore
Back when a group of Internet-savvy bloggers created the first HallowMEME party in New York in 2009, it was mostly an excuse to throw a costume party where fellow attendees would actually appreciate their clever get-ups based on obscure memes, GIFs and YouTube videos. “Back in the days of Three Wolf Moon,” event producer Andrea Rosen says, referencing a popular meme based on ironic T-shirt reviews on Amazon.com, “popular culture was mostly unaware of Internet culture.” Five years later, “There’s almost no differentiation between the two, so the event has grown as memes have made their way into mainstream.” Costumes at last year’s soiree brought to life memes involving sharknados, emojis, cronuts, Beliebers and Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball. This year, Forced Meme Productions’ first party on the West Coast ought to be just as fun, and it culminates in a highly competitive costume contest judged by Internet professionals IRL. Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake.; Thu., Oct. 23. 8 p.m.; winners announced at 10 p.m.; free, RSVP required: 2014-la-hallowmeme.eventbrite.com. (323) 663-9636, hallowme.me. —Jennifer SwannMore
While the Nightmare on Elm Street series went from “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you” to “Nine, 10, Robert Englund’s at a convention again,” it started out as a frightening look at small-town America, a place that was, in its way, just as ruined as the face of its serial-killer villain, Freddy Krueger. Wes Craven’s visionary work of horror struck directly at one of the most potent aspects of the human experience — dreaming — and transmogrified it into deeply personal violence, which, when paired with sick humor, took up a special place in the hearts of fans. By the time Don’t Sleep: An All-Nighter on Elm Street (Pts. 1-7), a 35mm marathon of the films, wraps up, you’ll stumble blinking into the daylight. Just don’t sleep through these movies — you might wake up in a multiplex chased by a spool of film that wants to have its way with you. Also scheduled: special Elm Street guests TBA, and if you’re lucky, maybe the resident Cinefamily DJs will play DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare on Elm Nightmare on My Street” so you can really start dreaming of death.More
Tenacious D’s devil-worshipping chubby rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass have been making fans laugh since they wrote “Fuck Her Gently” more than a decade ago, so who better to stage comedy in a music festival setting? Last year’s inaugural Festival Supreme included Adam Sandler, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Eric Idle, Tim & Eric, The Mister Show Experience, Garfunkel & Oates and The Mighty Boosh, as well as surprise appearances by Conan O’Brien, The Lonely Island and Billy Idol. This year’s lineup of comedy and bands (and a few performers who are doing both) features Cheech & Chong, Dethklok Metalocalypse, Workaholics, Margaret Cho, Norm Macdonald, Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Nick Kroll, Dr. Demento, Peaches, Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats and a reunion of The State. Also new this year? “The Circus of Death,” where you’ll encounter a spooky train ride, merry-go-round, puppets and freak-show characters to put you in the mood for Halloween. Costumes are encouraged. Dressing like Cheech or Chong — beanie, mustache, spliff — is highly encouraged. Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., University Park; Sat., Oct. 25, 2 p.m.; $99. festivalsupreme.com. More
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive mother's wrath by sneaking off to Indian...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...
Lily Simonson does serious research for her paintings. She studies specimens or goes on expeditions (she's on her way back to Antarctica this fall). But her paintings, like the ones in her "On Ice" exhibition at CB1, don't necessarily read as scientific. They read as intuitive, painterly explorations of what rock forms, icicles and iciness feel and look like. They're the kind of things you just like. And the way the main gallery is black-lit and her paintings glow seems to shrug off the gravitas of both art and science. 207 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; through Oct. 26. (213) 806-7889, cb1gallery.com.More
It's just math. With ever more overflowing arts districts and only so many Saturday nights a month, a bumper crop of shows opens tonight in Culver City — and several galleries are ringing in the new season by showing off their marquee rosters. Exact hours and show durations vary, so you'll want to check gallery sites for complete details. Promising and must-see highlights include Brooklyn-based artist KAWS at Honor Fraser, offering new work extrapolating from the Peanuts comics. The artist styles these images to the point of abstraction with his trademark bold color schemes, along with more gestural, black-and-white works (through Oct. 31). Also Kehinde Wiley's World Stage series at Roberts & Tilton (through Oct. 25) continues with an iteration based on Haiti's pageant culture, using the artist's iconic portraits of everyday folks rendered in his lavishly regal style. Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst's Post / Relationship / X at Luis de Jesus (through Nov. 1) surveys their years-long transgender love affair and artistic collaboration with recent photos that debuted at Paris Photo L.A., as well as a brand-new video piece. Sandow Birk at Koplin Del Rio (through Oct. 17) presents the third in his aesthetically and emotionally intense series transcribing the entire Koran and illuminating it with images of contemporary secular life in America. Rebecca Farr offers haunting mixed media paintings on canvas and the release of her new book at Klowden Mann through Oct. 18). The Miaz Brothers take on "The Masters" in a new series of ghostly, witty paintings at Fabien Castanier (through Oct. 11), in the Italian sibling-collaborators' first U.S. show. Tim Gratkowski at Walter Maciel (through Nov. 1) shows new two- and three-dimensional, retro-slick and expressively abstract mixed-media collages. Patricia Chidlaw at George Billis Gallery (through Nov. 1) installs a diverse suite of urban landscape paintings, which go beyond photorealism to show us our common world in an uncommon light. Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; thru Nov. 1; free. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.More
Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl Western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear cheap cotton and the score, by Nathan Johnson — all vibrating, beautiful melancholy — could be layered over any John Ford flick. But when...
Among its many attributes, Justin Simien's exuberant debut feature, Dear White People, proves that we're not yet living in a "post-racial America": Forget for a moment that there are so many vexing problems entwining race, class and economics that we haven't been able to put a Band-Aid on, let alone...
A Fuller Life is a family affair, produced and directed by Samantha Fuller, in honor of her late father, Samuel Fuller, the great journalist-turned-filmmaker (Forty Guns, Pickup on South Street, The Naked Kiss).
Reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi in both form and content, Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins's experimental documentary Yakona tells the story of the San Marcos River — or rather, lets the river share its own origin tale and life story.
Perhaps Ruben Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, the provocative and wise Force Majeure is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses — masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous.
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As a designer, Desanka Fasiska is not, as she puts it, trying to reinvent
the wheel. You dont need an instructional diagram to put on any of her outfits.
Not that she doesnt appreciate the avant-garde. She wants to be of the moment,
even a little ahead. Respected creatively by her peers. But mostly, she wants
her clothes to be something that a potential customer understands as in Oh,
I love that. I want to wear it. Interesting and comfortable. And, of course,
She is keenly aware that fashion is as much commerce as it is art. It has been
a learning process, Fasiska says, because I do have to answer to the market
ultimately with what is going to sell and what isnt. Im happy I dont have a
partner, because I like calling my own shots. I dont think I could have anyone
telling me what I could design and what I couldnt design except for the market.
Fasiska, who grew up in Ladera Heights and started her flirty, floaty Desanka
line three years ago, projects a kind of pragmatic confidence with a twist of
bubbly Cali girl. But she wasnt one of those kids making outfits for her dolls
she was drawing the clothes. Fashion wasnt a driving force in her life. She
didnt know what she wanted to do other than not go to college after graduating
from Beverly Hills High. Six months of doing nothing, then her mom pushed her
to go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
And thats where she fell in love with fashion. Once she became an FIDM graduate,
she studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and did a semester at the Chambre
Syndicale de la Couture in Paris to study couture sewing, followed by a six-month
internship there with American designer Carrie Rossman. All-night sewing sessions
taught her a lot.
She planned to return to Paris after graduation she had the really cute boyfriend,
was speaking French but on the way back to France, she stopped in New York and
was inspired to stay. But it was just before 9/11, and jobs became hard to come
by. Well, there was the well-paid, if somewhat gross, gig as a receptionist at
an escort agency. At least the hours were good. And there was a two-month internship
with Anna Sui not that she was doing much creative there. Think gofer.
Ultimately, Fasiska known as Desa and named for her Serbian grandmother wasnt
really doing anything fashion in N.Y. Time to come home. Friends from high school
who didnt have as much training as she did, people who took, like, one fashion
class, were starting successful clothing companies. Plus, she was excited by the
possibilities of design in L.A.
With her parents backing dad is a metallurgist and mom is a retired insurance
defense lawyer she launched Desanka, which was featured in Gen Arts Fresh
Faces in Fashion show last October. Detailed illustrations that evince a sense
of discipline and stick-to-itiveness dot the walls of her Garment District studio,
where the line is manufactured. Shes already filled a rolling rack with samples
from her Spring 2006 line, which she says will be for her first big show at this
falls Fashion Week. Shes been able to hire a few people to do some of the business-side
work that her mom has been handling which means, Fasiska says, She can be my
Desanka is available at Sirens & Sailors, 1104 Mohawk St., Echo Park, (213) 483-5423;
Satine, 8117 W. Third St., (323) 655-2142; Diavolina, 156 S. Robertson Blvd.,
(310) 550-1341; Tracey Ross, 8595 W. Sunset Blvd., Sunset Plaza, (310) 854-1996;
Silk velvet bolero with metallic leather piping over rayon jersey tie-dyed
blouse and silk georgette skirt with silk velvet yoke and cabochons
Metallic cashmere sweater with pom-pom trim over silk georgette and
metallic silk blouse and metallic wool shorts
David Lebovitz has the kind of life any foodist would aspire to. Ten years ago, after a long career in the kitchen at San Francisco's Chez Panisse, he up and moved to Paris. And now, with one of the top food blogs on the web and a pile of books under his belt,...
The egg-as–culinary test is something of a cliché. Many an old-school chef is said to have employed it as a means to separate the worthy cooks from the unworthy. The making of an omelette was even a major plot point in the recent film The Hundred-Foot Journey, with a French...
Petit Trois, the long-awaited space next door to Trois Mec, will open tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Owned and operated by the Trois Mec team — Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — Petit Trois aims to offer Bar a la Carte, described as the traditional French bar experience. "I...
As soon as the National Weather Service predicted a four-day heat wave for early October we started pulling together an it’s too hot to get off the couch survivalist checklist as seriously as any cast member of Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers. However, because our mini-apocalypse is so short term –...