On Wednesday, July 8, The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles will host a special screening of Les Blank’s legendary unreleased Leon Russell documentary A Poem is a Naked Person. The evening will feature a Q&A with Leon Russell himself, Les’s son Harrod Blank and will be moderated by T Bone Burnett. Keep reading for more information including a link to buy tickets, and stills from this rare film.
Can you tell that we had a lot of fun at Pow! Wow! Long Beach last week? The week-long international mural festival gave artists massive canvases and photographers intriguing subjects to shoot. Our two staff photographers, Erwin Recinos and Desilu Munoz, took tons of digital photographs, but also captured the festival’s artists on instant film cameras.
Erwin’s weapon was the Polaroid 600SE and Desilu carried a 1st generation Instax Mini. Both cameras managed to catch the attention of the muralists, who wanted to get a look at the photographs as soon as they popped out. This lead to Desilu having the idea to let the artists sign their personal portraits. Until the next Pow! Wow!, we bring you this unique set of instant photos, follow the link for more!
Last Friday night, dual exhibitions by The Camera Creeps and Benjie Escobar opened at the Seventh Letter Gallery on Fairfax. We’ve interviewed both Benjie and the Creeps, so we always like to keep up with their latest shows and releases. Most recently, Benjie Escobar has been feeding the good people of Los Angeles with delicious musubi and he recently completed a huge mural for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.
Members of the Camera Creeps have been producing independent zines and various collectibles for a collective called Applesauce Industries. Last Friday night’s gallery opening was a hot one, as june bugs buzzed around the lights outside, people huddled around their favorite pieces as they instagrammed it for all their friends to see. The all film photography by the Creeps never seems to disappoint. Follow the link for a full recap of photos by both Erwin Recinos and Desilu Munoz.
Our coverage of Pow! Wow! Long Beach continues with nighttime shots of Jeff Soto (above) & Low Bros (below) murals for Pow! Wow! Long Beach along with in-progress and completed murals from bumblebeelovesyou, Tristan Eaton, Fafi, Push, & James Jean. All photos by Erwin Recinos. Want more? Day One / Day Two / Fafi Discussion.
The latest from King Kendrick, directed by Colin Tilley. The gorgeous, crisp black and whites of the video, and the choice of images and location do justice to a powerful song from To Pimp a Butterfly, which is the best album of 2015 so far.
Kendrick Lamar has “done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years.” — Geraldo Rivera, Fox News. Here come some more damage to enrage Fox…
The artist Fafi has taken a unique to art world success– exploring femininity through stereotypes and using them to her advantage. Without compromising her foundational ideals, she’s locked toy manufacturing deals with Sony and Medicom, created countless illustrations for Vogue, Elle and The Face, created collaborations with Adidas, M.A.C, Hennessy, Swatch, Samsung and Le SportSac, and been the subject of many solo and group shows in the most respected galleries around the globe.
The city of Long Beach has become an open air art gallery thanks to the work of the international mural festival Pow! Wow!, featuring artists like Aaron De La Cruz, Benjie Escobar, Mad Steez, Fafi, Cryptik, and more.
Thanks to Pow! Wow! for including L.A. Taco as a media partner, and congratulations to the organizers and the artists for putting together an incredible event that has left a lasting impact on the city of Long Beach. Please enjoy Erwin’s coverage of Day 2… Coverage of Day 1 is right over here.
Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos is universally considered among the best tacos in Los Angeles, if not the world. What happens when Wes decides to do a burger for one night only in a secret location? This is Los Angeles, so nothing should surprise you…
Bobby Crosby is one of the very few (only?) fans to ever have his name mentioned during a game by Vin Scully. Why? Because the season-ticket holder not only catches a ton of homeruns in the front row of the Left Field Pavillion, but films himself doing it. His YouTube channel, Dodgerfilms, recently broke 100,000 subscribers and is the most popular non-official Dodger channel in the world. His infectious fandom, impressive editing skills, cast of left field pavilion regulars, and star-making homerun catches have made him a celebrity in the world of hardcore Dodger fans. We count ourselves among his fans, so wanted to bring you this interview touching his past, future, and present as Mr. Dodgerfilms.
How long have you been attending Dodger games, and when did you first start filming the games?
I’ve attended games since I was a little kid. Got season tickets in ’97, the same ones I have now, front row in the left field pavilion. I first brought a video camera to games in the mid ’90s just for home movies, but I didn’t start bringing one consistently or sharing my footage with others until May of 2008 when I started up the Dodgerfilms YouTube channel. (Continued)
The walls (and even the grounds) of Long Beach were transformed last week by the international mural festival known as Pow! Wow!, which has previously been held in Hawaii, Taiwan, and Austin. Our correspondent Erwin Recinos was there every day, and all this week will be recapping the festivities and mural production for us one day at a time. Once you’ve seen our coverage, the next step is to go tour the completed murals in Long Beach in person. Huge thanks to Pow! Wow! for including L.A. Taco as a media partner, and congratulations to the organizers and the artists for putting together an incredible event that has left a lasting impact on the city of Long Beach. Please enjoy Erwin’s coverage of Day 1…
For the last two weeks, artist ABCNT hosted a pop-up shop (his first) featuring rare and unique items. The whole thing kicked off with a party featuring live screen printing from Hit + Run, and was attended by most of the city’s bastions of street art. If you missed it, there will reportedly be more to come…