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LA Eats: Food Trucks, Part II

July 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

What’s better than a food truck? Dozens of food trucks all serving up their portable finest right before your very eyes.
Continuing our coverage of these wheeled wonders, this week’s destination was hosted by Westside Food Truck Central at 4th & Spring in Los Angeles. Though food trucks do ride solo, they also build communities by running in packs to attract the masses. Food Truck Central is no exception, and is one of several events that occurs weekly on the streets of LA.

You know you’ve come to the right place when the first truck you stroll past offers a free sample, especially when it’s freshly made falafel and hummus from Yalla’s menu. Of course, no outdoor event is complete without a rock climbing wall, a couple DJs, and a handful of invites to dance parties later that night.

After deliberating through countless appealing menus, tacos struck gold. Komodo was clearly the taco of choice—their Asian Marinated Chicken and Fish n’ Grapes entrees did not disappoint. Colorful, flavorful, and satisfying—Komodo is the best decision you will make all day. And if their truffle & garlic fries don’t change your life, than nothing else will. Komodo has stolen the hearts of LA locals, been reviewed as, “Not your typical taco truck” by the Travel Channel, and recently snuck its way into the pages of GQ. Need we say more?

Komodo was just one of many trucks serving happy foodies that evening. From sweets to sushi, you are sure to find anything your heart desires in one of these four-wheeled dream machines. Want to join the craze? Tweet and Friend these fine establishments and maybe we’ll see you at our next LA Eats stop.

Written & photographed by Rachel McCord

Featured Photographer: Jinjoo Hwang

July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment


Jinjoo Hwang is a fellow Los Angeles photographer. There strangeness in her work – the images, though rooted in reality, transform into abstractions of a remote observer. Her portfolio has a few straightforward portraits; mostly, however, her work consists of obscure landscapes and still lifes. You can see her work hereor here.

Written by Corey Vaughan

Cianfrance to take Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper to The Place Beyond the Pines

July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Actions are sometimes performed in a masterly and most cunning way, while the direction of the actions is deranged and dependent on various morbid impressions – it’s like a dream.”

At least, that’s what Fyodor Dostoevsky says in his masterpiece, Crime and Punishment. What he’s getting at, though, is the seemingly innocuous idea that crime, no matter the motivation, is an act instigated by circumstance, rather than one’s own volition.

It seems like a moment since theaters across the world watched the dust settle; the lingering burn of sulfur slowly dissipating as bottle rockets careened passed the rolling credits of Blue Valentine, bursting against the toxic black of what can only be described as outer darkness. Blue Valentine found writer and director Derek Cianfrance tackling the tender subject of divorce. Now, it seems as though he’s taking on a similarly paced drama; this time coupled with far more dire circumstances, and implications felt by several generations.

Cianfrance, who’s only other feature film credit aside from Blue Valentine is the little known drama Brother Tied, co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines with fellow scribes Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. The story centers on a motorcycle stunt man (Ryan Gosling), who is forced into a life of crime in order to support his son, the result of a one-night-stand. As though that weren’t enough, things become complicated when a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) begins tailing him, which ignites a generational feud between the two men. With a penchant for intensely real emotional drama, it’s interesting to speculate as to the direction and personal flare Cianfrance will apply to a crime story.

“It’s going to kind of end like a family trilogy I’ve been working on, from ‘Brother Tied’, which is about brothers, ‘Blue Valentine’ is about husbands and wives, and this is about fathers and sons. At the same time, there are guns in the new one. I remember shooting ‘Blue Valentine’, that scene at the end of the film with Dean and Cindy in the kitchen and it was so emotional, so painful, and so difficult to get to that moment, I thought, ‘This is why people put guns in movies.’ Emotional violence is more difficult to get to. At the same time, when you put guns in movies, people shoot like 10,000 bullets. In ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’,there are two bullets that get shot. When the bullets get fired, they do damage. It’s going to hurt.”

Pines” reunites Cianfrance with “Valentine” star Ryan Gosling. Joining them is a slew of A-listers, including Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Greta Gerwig, and Ben Mendelsohn . Production on the film is expected to begin sometime this summer, with a 2013 release.

Written by Zack Campbell


What’s Happening: Sea No Evil Art Show

July 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ecology |iˈkäləjē|

noun

1. The branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one

another and to their physical surroundings.

• (also human ecology) the study of the interaction of people with their

environment.

2. (also Ecology) the political movement that seeks to protect the environment,

esp. from pollution.

We’ve all heard it before; we’re destroying our earth. Going green, cutting back on fossil fuel emissions, and reusing and recycling are some of the most advertised and obvious ways that we can cut back on leaving a blemish on our planet, but there is one way in particular that most of us overlook: our diet. Oftentimes, we focus on long-term ecological solutions like phasing out fossil fuels and repairing the ozone layer. But we need to be mindful that more immediate, direct intervention on behalf of our planet’s life is required as well.

1982, the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, which took effect in 1986 and allowed for scientific research whaling. According to the Whale Wars website, “…some twenty thousand whales have died since 1986 not for profit, but for science.” Regardless of how affected you may feel by this number, the annihilation of whales has affected the oceanic ecosystem and has been a problem often internationally overlooked on the governmental level.

Whale Wars was started in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson, who began fighting against commercial destruction and poaching of sea animals, dedicating himself to the aggressive conservation and protection of ocean life. Today, their initiative has been televised, bringing the whole narrative to the public eye. With support from around the world and volunteers from every corner of the globe, Watson and his team have turned the tide on many of commercially-driven, ecologically destructive industries. The Whale Wars television show provides an insight into and an understanding of what is actually going on in our oceans, and has sparked a movement amongst activists to protect our oceans.

Sea No Evil is an annual benefit held in Riverside, CA, that raises money for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society through the auction of illustrations and art pieces from artists around the Los Angeles area. This year was filled with pieces from prominent illustrators like Jeff Soto, Shepard Fairey, Gary Baseman and Dave Kinsey, as well as a lot of work from local and up-and-coming artists (Ocean Roots, Shannon Crawford, FriendsWithYou, Kev Munday, Hydro 74, Melinda Read, Zoltron, Christ Anthony, etc.). The event was packed with supporters of the Whale Wars series and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The crew of Watson’s ships (the Bridgett Bardot, the Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin) were walking around, socializing with the guests, and the overall feel was very familial—everyone was there to support and hear more about the Sea Shepherd’s initiative.

The night was filled with entertainment. DJ Juicewon, Michael Rey and the Woebegones, and She Wants Revenge provided the musical backdrop of the evening while the bidding started on the pieces in the main gallery. The most important part of the night, however, was Watson’s speech. During his talk, he addressed the ecological issues that he and his crew have been facing over the years and what the audience could do about it, explaining the motives behind fighting the Japanese whaling fleets and other actions that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have taken against poachers and consumer corporations. He repeatedly touched on how important it is for average people to take issues into their own hands without approaching the government, and how passionate people working towards their goals are always more effective than people who are being paid to do the same things. He is currently on the Blue List of world terrorists, but he made sure to explain that he is honored to share that in common with the Dalai Lama. Watson stressed the importance of benefits such as Sea No Evil, and different ways that we could contribute, and it was definitely an educational experience. His point was that we need to be aware of the harm we, as humans, are causing our planet, and that if we continue to overlook our destructive corporations like the Japanese whaling fleets, we are going to suffer the consequences.

The night offered much-needed insight into the ecological standing of our planet’s oceans and many ways that we (as Californians, and as a nation) could help out. It is important for us to be good stewards of this planet, and I would encourage our readers to do a little research for themselves and find out what is really going on here. Make sure you check out Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, and do yourself a favor—be aware of what is going on around you.

Written by Josh Kaye

Photos by Jen Trahan

Featured Photographer: Michael Schmidt

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Michael Schmidt’s work is exciting and raw, especially his portraits of motorcyclists doing their thing. But these motorists are not necessarily untouchable, or prideful, or intimidating – they are approachable.  The sun shines on their sticker-laden helmets. They smile, they fall, and they really do ride off into the sunset. Though their lives are dirty and dangerous, Schmidt balances his images between the dangerous and the welcoming. His work expands past portraits of motorcyclists – his work is really quite good. See his work here.


Written by Corey Vaughan

Aronofsky Announces Next Project

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

If curiosity killed the cat, then Darren Aronofsky has a death wish. After crafting several critically acclaimed features and raking in a slew of awards, director Darren Aronofsky has shown that he’s not afraid to try his hand at vastly different kinds of films. His repertoire, respectable as it may be, is perhaps the most eclectic filmography of any filmmaker in modern cinema. To wit, his past films range from the fantastical movie The Fountain to grounded dramas such as The Wrestler to the more recent psycho-sexual thriller Black Swan. So naturally his next film would be…a biblical epic?

As the award-laden Black Swan took movie-goers by storm back in December, Aronofsky was already in the midst of planning his next flick. Strangely enough, his next vehicle was set to be The Wolverine; the not-so-anticipated follow-up to the critical failure X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aronofsky opted out due to scheduling conflicts; however, his penchant for choosing bizarre material remains intact, as he is currently gearing up to direct a biblical epic focusing on the story of Noah’s Ark.

“I don’t think it’s a very religious story. I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film. I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that.”

Even more interesting is the rumor currently circulating that Aronofsky is eyeing Christian Bale for the title role in the film. Regardless of the actor, under Aronofksy’s guidance it’s sure to be a career-defining performance. His execution has proven to have a certain dynamism, so all we can do now is drum up ruminations as to how the film and performances will actually play out on screen. Nevertheless, with his eye for detail and knack for inventive cinematography, the film is sure to be as beautiful as it is poignant.

Although only recently announced, production on Aronofsky’s biblical epic is expected to begin within the coming months. A word of advice for the common movie-goer: when you buy your tickets to see the film in the next year or so, leave your presuppositions at the door. I can bet this won’t be like any Noah you’ve read or heard about before.

Written by Zack Campbell, Film Writer 


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