Legendary Animator Opens Santa Monica's gGallery
Emmy-winning producer/animator reveals eclectic art gallery.
July 18, 2012
TV/film animation is art on screen, which is why it was a natural step for Emmy-winning producer/animator Gabor Csupo to launch an art gallery entitled gGallery. Csupo, co-founder of independent animation production company Klasky Csupo, has been the creative force behind iconic series such as The Rugrats, The Simpsons, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
In his new role as curator, Csupo reveals an eclectic mix of art from his private collection, including cast bronzes of Pablo Picasso innovatively displayed under hanging mannequins. A fusion of paintings, sculpture, drawings, mixed media, and antiques, the gallery’s goal is to showcase all that is unique, interesting, and even wacky. Expect works from artists like Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, and Banksy. 319 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-393-1120
Photography by Vayaro Photography
Q&A: Brittany Ishibashi of USA’s Political Animals
Orange County's own stars in new six-part series.
July 18, 2012
Orange County native Brittany Ishibashi currently stars as Anne Ogami, an interior designer engaged to a JFK Jr.-esque member of a political family dynasty in the six-part USA drama, Political Animals. A behind-closed-doors look at the dynamics of this powerful family, Political Animals’s strong ensemble cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino, Sebastian Stan, and James Wolk as Ishibashi’s husband-to-be. We caught up with Ishibashi on politics, her new role, and life in LA.
What was it like to work with the iconic actresses that are on the show?
BRITTANY ISHIBASHI: It’s an artist’s dream. I literally kept pitching myself everyday just because working on a show with strong, great writing and strong, dynamic women, is just so fun. All three of them—Sigourney, Ellen, and Carla, are fantastically vibrant and spirited.
What did you do to prepare for this part?
BI: I researched a lot on political dynasties, America’s “royal” families, and read books on the Kennedys on the Clintons. It was [also] fascinating to read about these women that came from the outside, who were so smart, composed, and passionate in their own personal lives, then married into these families and everything was under this magnify glass. Seeing how they dealt with that sudden pressure and scrutiny was interesting.
You play one of these women, a sort of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, who is struggling to adjust to the spotlight. Being a Hollywood actress, could you relate to that feeling of your private life suddenly being made public?
BI: I’m in no way in any place where I have to worry about people caring what I do yet. I have a lot of friends who do and it’s interesting to watch. I think the easiest thing for me to identify with was the concept of a face that you put on for the public regardless of what may be going on inside.
Were you passionate about politics prior to being on the show?
BI: I first really got involved in the 2008 election because it was the first time I was actually moved, motivated, and empowered.
You grew up in Southern California. Where do you live now, and what do you love about the neighborhood?
BI: My husband and I just bought a home in Studio City, which we love. We used to be in the heart of West Hollywood, which was great for our 20s, but now we have a huge yard and fruit trees. It’s a wonderful little meditative sanctuary that we can both come back to.
Playing an interior designer, did you pick up any tips for your new home?
BI: I took so many pictures on set because it was amazing. I kept sending them to my husband saying, 'How about these curtains for the family room?'
Summer Treats at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
Old-fashioned sundaes and other cold sweets make for indulgent desserts.
July 17, 2012
The Four Seasons's signature ice cream dish, The Kitchen Sink, is joined by other cold creations this summer.
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles is now spotlighting luxuriously sweet treats for summer as part of a larger, national Summer of Ice Cream program. In addition to updated-weekly farmers market-inspired sorbets and gelatos from executive pastry chef Federico Fernandez, Four Seasons has a few new cold and creamy concoctions on the dessert menu.
To complement its signature sundae, The Kitchen Sink—a melting pot of seven types of homemade gelato, flavored syrups, meringue sticks, caramelized hazelnuts, candied cherries, assorted fresh fruit, and sprinkles—the Four Seasons introduces classics with a spin like gelato pie (meyer lemon, hazelnut graham crust, blueberries, and whipped cream) to the hotel’s swanky indoor/outdoor eatery, Culina, Modern Italian. In the more casual Windows Lounge, guests can satisfy sweet tooths with treats like the Knickerbocker Glory, an old-fashioned British sundae of vanilla ice cream, jello, berries, and whipped cream; or vanilla ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream bookended by triple chocolate cookies. 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-2222
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
RIMOWA Honors JU52 Aircraft with Lavish Party
Legendary German luggage brand hosts star-studded event at Van Nuys Airport.
July 17, 2012
Elite German luggage company, RIMOWA, partnered with the iconic JU52 planes for a July 11 event at Van Nuys Airport. The event is part of a larger collaboration between the two companies, with JU-AIR's JU52 planes stopping in select cities in the US and throughout North America.
Nicknamed the “flying suitcase,” the JU52 inspired RIMOWA to create its iconic aluminum grooved luggage in the 1950s. The Van Nuys event paid appropriate homage, with 50s-style touches felt throughout its live entertainment and elegant dinner party. Guests including Chris Hemsworth, Marisa Tomei, Aaron Paul, Danny Masterson, Jenni Kayne, and George Kotsiopolus also enjoyed tours of the luxurious aircraft. To cap off the evening, party-goers were gifted with a Rimowa Topas Silver carryon case for their next travel adventures.
Geffen Playhouse Hosts 'Girls Night Out' After The Exorcist
Enjoy a play and accompanying afterparty with friends.
July 16, 2012
Grab your girlfriends and head to The Geffen Playhouse for a night of fright, food, and fashion on July 19 (8 PM). After viewing the on-stage version of horror classic The Exorcist—which stars Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, and is directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle—a special Girls Night Out post-party is on offer.
Highlights include a buffet catered by Ronen Levy Events, wine bar courtesy of California-based Martian Ranch & Vineyards, Luna Bar snacks, and signature Karlsson Vodka cocktails, but the pinnacle of the party is women’s retailer WILLIAM B + friends’ mobile fashion truck. A sample sale on wheels, the pop-up includes clothing, accessories, home goods, and gifts from the WILLIAM B + friends' LA-based boutique. Gift bags will be provided by Pixi Beauty.
The Exorcist, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty and written by John Pielmeier, runs through August 12 at the Gil Cates Theater. Show and afterparty tickets available at geffenplayhouse.com. 10886 Le Conte Ave., LA, 310-208-5454
Photography courtesy Geffen Playhouse
Lanvin Introduces Menswear Pop-Up in Malibu
French luxury line reveals men’s ready-to-wear.
July 16, 2012
Lanvin adds a men's counterpart to its women's store in Malibu.
As a complement to its Malibu women's store, Lanvin reveals a neighboring men’s pop-up shop for summer. The luxury Parisian brand will offer its Hiver and Ete 2012 men’s apparel and accessories collections now through the end of October.
Ideal for the laid-back California lifestyle, the line—created by Lanvin menswear designer, Lucas Ossendrijver, and artistic director, Alber Elbaz—features knits, casual suiting, sneakers, and sandals. With a men’s US flagship set to open in New York City this October, the Malibu pop-up is a sign of larger things to come. 3832 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-456-1311
Dinner Plans: Bow & Truss in North Hollywood
A creative concept restaurant melds modern décor with classic Spanish/Latin cuisine.
July 13, 2012
An eclectic mix of Latin/Spanish-infused fare and unique cocktails, brand-new Bow & Truss is an artsy addition to North Hollywood. Set in a loft-like setting (the vision of LA-based architect Beth Holden of New Theme), the tavern features a sweeping outdoor patio, open kitchen, exposed brick, and the bow and truss ceiling, for which the eatery is named.
Bow & Truss, the second venture from Knitting Factory Entertainment (also owner to the year-old Federal Bar on nearby Lankershim Blvd.), boasts an ideal balance of modern and traditional in terms of cuisine and cocktails. For classic rice dishes, the earth, shelled, and walking paellas offer the choice of shiitake and oyster, seafood, and chorizo and chicken, respectively. Tantalizing tapas, like lobster ceviche, smelt fries, and a gourmet cheese plate are great for sharing, while the main entrees come in indulgent portions. Satisfy your stomach with lamp chop accompanied by charred asparagus and navy bean puree; or a signature seafood pot, chock full of California local white sea bass, PEI mussels, Manila clams, Mexican tiger shrimp, potato and charred corn. Toast your meal with inventive mixologist-made cocktails, such as the horse thief old-fashioned, DeCelia daiquiri, and fog cutter. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 818-985-8787
California Creation: Griffin Bracelet
Accessories brand debuts a collection of jewelry as a preview to its full line of leather goods.
July 13, 2012
Laguna Beach menswear brand, Griffin, is giving a taste of its premier collection with the reveal of cool jewelry like the Harrison Leather Double Wrap ($65). Worn alone or with its other stackable counterparts (try the Bond bracelets for a pop of color), this double wrap leather bracelet is available with rose gold or oxidized silver plating in a natural palette of black, tan, chocolate, gray, olive, and mushroom.
The brand is a complement to its sister line, Gorjana, which is helmed by Griffin creator Jason Griffin Reidel's wife of the same name. Griffin will also include weekend bags, wallets, and assorted leather goods when the fine line launches later this summer. gorjana-griffin.com
DineLA Restaurant Week Kicks Off Monday
LA restaurant series adds summer installment.
July 12, 2012
One of the offerings at The Strand House.
DineLA’s Restaurant Week takes over the city July 16-27, with up to 300 restaurants from Manhattan Beach to Pasadena participating in the first-ever summer edition of the popular dining series.
Fixed pricing for two-course lunches and three-course dinners ranges from $15-25 and $25-45, respectively, depending on the style of dining. Classic LA eateries and new hotspots including AGO, Bagatelle, Farmshop, Noir Food & Wine, Rivera, Bouchon Beverly Hills, and The Strand House highlight only some of the infinite offerings. To book reservations, visit dinelarestaurantweek.com.
Photography by Hamachi Crudo – The Strand House
Weekend Recommender: July 13-15
Visit an updated take on a county fair, shop a pop-up/installation, and celebrate Bastille Day.
July 12, 2012
Toast Bastille Day the French-Canadian way—with fancy cheese-covered takes on poutine.
The Orange County Fair
Starts Friday, July 13
The famous OC fair commences this weekend with an array of shopping, live concerts, food, rodeos, and amusement rides. As of Friday, the fest runs every Wednesday-Sunday through August 12. For single tickets and super passes, visit ocfair.com. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500
“Dosa for SMMoA” Opens
Starts Saturday, July 14
An opening reception (6-8 PM) on Saturday marks the debut of LA-based clothing designer Christina Kim’s pop-up store/photography installation at Santa Monica Museum of Art’s gift shop, Gracie. Kim’s Spring 2012 Dosa designs—kurtas, sundresses, scarves, and house wares—pay homage to the different shades of sky blue Kim photographically captured on a trip to Mexico. Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 310-586-6488
Celebrate Bastille Day
Saturday, July 14
P’tit Soleil and Monsieur Marcel will bring the famous French holiday to LA with drinking and dining options. Take a French-Canadian twist on Bastille Day, and enjoy fries dipped in gravy and cheese curds at the newly opened P’tit Soleil (regular menu; open 5 PM-12 AM). At Monsieur Marcel’s (10:30 AM-9:30 PM)—in addition to the usual mouth-watering croque monsieurs—exclusively priced Kir Royales and Kir Normales can be sipped to the tunes of a live accordion player (6-9 PM). P'tit Soleil, 1386 Westwood Blvd., Westwood, 310-441-5384; Monsieur Marcel, 6333 W. 3rd St. # 150, Los Angeles, 323-939-7792
Monique Lhuillier Annual Sample Sale
Sunday, July 15 10 AM-4 PM
Bridal couture designer, Monique Lhuillier is holding a one-day-only sample sale of her renowned wedding dresses and ready-to-wear collections. Merchandise at exclusive prices will be sold without alternation. 1201 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-747-8811
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.