August 5, 2012
One of the most important things I can tell you about this little gem is to just go with it! The ride will be magical and indeed, this Ruby is full of sparks. Written by (and co-starring) Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks, is a movie with astonishing intelligence and humor; sensitive and full of grace.
With out giving too much away, this is a story of writer Calvin (an exceptional Dano), who as a teenager wrote a novel that became a sensation, but for the last 10 years has been in a drought. He fantasizes about the girl of his dreams, starts writing about her non-stop, till he wakes one morning and finds Ruby (Kazan) in his house eating cereal. Thinking his vivid imagination has gotten the best of him he soon learns that she is very much alive and real.
Real life boyfriend/girlfriend, Paul Dano (Calvin) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby), are excellent as romantic interests and head an all-star cast which includes Chris Messina, who turns in a stellar performance as Calvin’s brother/best friend, Annette Bening, Antonia Banderas, Steve Coogan and Elliot Gould. Ruby is expertly directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris of Little Miss Sunshine fame.
This maybe Kazan’s first screenplay, here’s hoping it’s not the last.
July 17, 2012
Want to be surrounded by rock ‘n roll’s greatest? Now showing at the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles is Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, running through October 7. As a self-confessed rock & roll chick, to be in the midst of the greatest rock legends and all the talent that oozed from the iconic photographers was like I had died and gone to heaven.
The group show features over 166 prints, divided into 8 sections – behind the scenes, live performances and stirring portraits of musical stars – from over 100 photographers, including Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle, Ryan McGinley and Linda McCartney, Bob Gruen, Lynn Goldsmith, Anton Corjin and Albert Watson. Make sure not to miss the series on Bob Dylan by photographer Barry Feinstein that is slightly tucked away. In addition, there is an original short documentary film directed by Steve Kochones, and produced exclusively for the Annenberg Space for Photography that shows more than 500 photographs, behind-the-scenes footage with exhibit photographers and transparent interviews with them that provides for telling insights behind the lens.
On Thursdays, from 6:30pm-8pm, there is a free lecture series that includes fabulous stories by the world’s top rock and roll photographers (requires advanced registration). For the following 2 Saturdays The Annenberg Space has partnered with acclaimed Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) to create free outdoor live music (advance RSVP required) to tie in with the exhibit.
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
June 16, 2012
Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
As the most buzzed about band of 2012, Iceland’s Of Monsters to Men - the “mild-mannered” six-pack folkie popsters – have transformed into total rock stars . As victors of 2010′s Músiktilraunir, the new group earned a slot on the influential Iceland Airwaves Festival later that year, followed by Seattle’s radio station KEXP posting Little Talks from a Living Room Session. From there it was just a matter of time before the ripple effect took place and by the summer of 2011 Little Talks hit No. 1 in the band’s native country. The band was asked to perform again at Iceland Airwaves 2011 where there audience had grown tremendously but their appeal has remained distinct. Their music is as fantastical as it is pretty.
The group’s, My Head Is An Animal, dropped in the US in early 2012 with their single Little Talks swiftly on its way up the charts. Though the song is about loneliness and insanity, the tune is upbeat and fun to sing along to – just as the band intended.
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks Watch Video here
June 11, 2012
Los Angeles’ very own A + D Museum’s (Architecture plus Design) annual Come In! exhibition series continues with their third installment titled Les Femmes. This summer’s exhibition which starts July 12 and concludes on September 8th, honors women in all fields of designs – architecture, interior design, textiles and installation art etc. 25 women will take over the museum with their innovative, inspired installations in this not-to-be-missed show. All to be topped off with an opening reception this Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the museum – 6032 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
A+D Museum, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, was formed to fill a need for an arena to showcase architecture and design exhibitions by important regional, national and international designers in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of museum row, A+D has continually held exhibitions on the subject since its doors opened in January of 2001. To become a member please visit aplusd.org.
May 5, 2012
We’ll miss you Adam. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yauch family.
April 16, 2012
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Take a look at Goyte’s (pronounced GO-TEA-YAY) latest video for his smash single Somebody That I Used To Know. A chillingly beautiful song from his 3rd studio album, Making Mirrors, that was independently produced. The Belgian born, Australian raised singer is a bonafide star in his homeland and is quickly becoming one here in the states – he was the musical guest on last Saturday’s SNL show and played Coachella yesterday. Purchase his album Making Mirrors here.
February 10, 2012
Black Keys –Gold On The Ceiling
I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, I LOVE THESE BOY’S ( The Black Keys), as long as they keep putting out hard-driving, rock and roll/blues music as excellent as their new single — Gold On The Ceiling. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “It’s a party record, a driving down the highway, “I’m in love with rock and roll, and I’ll be out all night” record.
For those of you lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to the upcoming Coachella music festival (April 13-15 and April 20-22.), The Black Keys are the headliners for Friday night of both weekends. For the rest of us living in Los Angeles , we won’t be able to see the boy’s (due to contract provisions with Coachella) unless we venture out of the city. Can any body say ROAD TRIP!!!
December 12, 2011
Last Friday, on a double date, we were lucky enough to be treated to a dinner at La Botte( Italian for the bottle) in Santa Monica, California. We had done our homework and knew we were going to a restaurant that had been awarded a Michelin star in 2009 but we weren’t prepared for the friendly yet romantic atmosphere that is La Botte, or that to receive a Michelein star you’re part of an elite group of restaurants.
The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality. One star indicates a “very good cuisine in its category”, a two-star ranking represents “excellent cuisine, worth a detour,” and three stars are awarded to restaurants offering “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”. A three-star Michelin ranking is rare. As of late 2009, there were 26 three-star restaurants in France, and only 81 in the world. Even a one star is rare and quite the accomplishment.
If you’re in the market for a romantic dinner for two or to start a new family tradition at the holidays – we recommend trying La Botte. Your taste buds will love you!!
March 29, 2011
From the director of Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor, and Ace Ventura:Pet Detective comes a surprisingly powerful and inspirational film.
“We started out asking;What’s wrong with our world? And more importantly;What can we do about it?
But we ended up finding what’s right with it.” Tom Shadyac
I Am in is select movie theaters, for more info visit http://www.iamdoc.com
March 24, 2011
“Rodarte: States of Matter” at MOCA.
Everyone wants to get close to the red-hot Rodarte designers, and this spring, those in L.A. will get their fix when MOCA displays over 20 designs by the ever-edgy Mulleavy sisters. The exhibit will include looks culled from various runway collections (Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008) and costumes the sisters created for Darren Aronofsky’s psycho-thriller, Black Swan. But instead of relying on the figures of Natalie Portman or the Mulleavys’ new mini-muse, Elle Fanning, to bring the looks to life, they will be presented on their own, as “inanimate objects in a state of flux.” And given Rodarte’s adventurous use of materials (from vinyl to cheesecloth) and atypical processes (they’ve been known to burn their designs), we have a feeling that these looks will speak for themselves. March 4 – June 5, 2011
for more info visit http://www.moca.org/audio/blog/
March 15, 201
We at Curators of Style, believe it’s stylish to help those in need and the people of Japan are in need. Give generously, give what you can but PLEASE GIVE.
Following are a list of charities that are aiding the victims in Japan:
American Red Cross: Donations can be made to the relief efforts for Japan by calling 800-733-27677 or visiting http://www.redcross.org. You may also text REDCROSS to 90999. Each text message is a $10 donation to the Red Cross and will be added to your next cellphone bill.
Global Giving: Donations to the Japan earthquake tsunami relief can be made online at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/japan-earthquake-tsunami-relief/ or by texting JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10. The donation will be added to your next cellphone bill.
International Medical Corps: Online donations can be made at https://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=1967 or by calling (800) 481-4462. You can also text MED to 80888 to donate $10, which will be added to your next cellphone bill.
If you enjoy Scrabble and Boggle, you’ll love Bananagrams – a quick paced game where you build your own crossword. There’s no waiting; everyone plays at once .
It’s a learning tool, a family activity, and sharpens your word skills; all while hanging out with family and friends. The game consists of 144 letter tiles that zips neatly into a banana-shaped case that provides fun anytime and anywhere.
So, if you’re planning on a career designing crosswords for The New York Times, or not, this is a game for you.
Available at http://www.target.com for $14.99
Holiday Rock and Roll
Clockwise from top left Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Tom Petty,Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford and Sons.
These gifts can speak to you, sooth your soul, or recreate memories of summers spent falling in love in Strawberry Fields.
They’ve been known to motivate Dancing In The Streets or to waste away in Margaritaville. It can even take us across where the grass is always greener for a more Beautiful Day.
They even penned some quotes to remind us of what’s important in life; All You Need Is Love.
We aren’t speaking of voodoo magic, or a glimpse inside one’s dreams, but simply the gift of music. A gift that can transform one hour into an escape or a trip down memory lane.
Here are 10 box sets or CDs that we think will make great gifts for the music lover in your life:
- Bruce Springsteen. The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story box set. $89.99
- Bob Dylan. The Original Mono Recordings box set. $129.99
- Tom Petty. The Live Anthology box set. $112.00
- Arcade Fire. The Suburbs. $13.99
- The Black Keys. Brothers. $13.99
- Kanye West. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. $14.99
- David Bowie. Station to Station (Special Edition). $34.99
- Mumford & Sons. Sigh No More. $13.99
- Florence and the Machine. Lungs. $12.99
- John Lennon. Power to the People (The Hits) CD/DVD set. $29.99