Test Kitchen

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 11 September 2010

Test Kitchen is just the place for those who dream about being the personal guinea pigs for famous chefs. This new LA hotspot offers a quasi-permanent pop-up experience with gastronomic genius circulating through on a regular basis.

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David Yow at DIY Gallery in LA

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Tuesday 17 August 2010

Jesus Lizard was one of my favorite bands in the ’90s. David Yow’s art is strangely much cleaner and more nuanced than his singing and stage demeanor, despite the crass humor and cartoon dicks. His first solo art show at the DIY Gallery in LA has been generating quite a buzz lately.

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Marissa Textor

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Friday 6 August 2010

Particularly fixated on rocks and geology, Los Angeles-based artist Marissa Textor specializes in photorealistic graphite drawings of landscapes, mountains, and other natural scenes that are often imbued with a sense of dread.

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Melissa Kojima

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By Stephanie Yazbek in New Illustration on Tuesday 27 July 2010

Los Angeles-based illustrator Melissa Kojima has recently completed a new series of artwork perfectly described in its title, Lost In LA LA Land. Kojima’s creations are fantastical, as she blends acrylic paint, India ink and collage to create a dreamy, wild and wonderful world.

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The Cake Monkey bakery in Los Angeles

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 July 2010

Admit it. Occasionally images of Yo-hos, Pop Tarts, and Snowballs creep into your mind, sparking an irresistible craving for those over-processed sugary childhood sweets. Well, breathe a sigh of relief: all your nostalgic food fantasies can now come true, thanks to the clever folks at Cake Monkey.

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The Sticky Pig’s candied bacon

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 16 July 2010

The foodie mania over bacon is nothing new. We’ve seen bacon popcorn, bacon chocolate, bacon doughnuts, even bacon-topped cupcakes. But Tara Simon (aka The Bacon Vixen) has taken the craze to a whole new level of sinful indulgence over at her Los Angeles-based outfit, The Sticky Pig. Her product? Candied bacon: truffle-sized mouthfuls of sweet and salty deliciousness that come in flavors like orange ginger, maple cinnamon, coconut curry lime, and apple pecan dulce de leche. Drooling yet?

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Where Cannabis meets Cream

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 18 June 2010

Want a little cannabis butter on that bagel? Or how about a marijuana-infused grape lollipop to help with that afternoon sugar slump? At The Farmacy in Los Angeles, California the ubiquitous food/marijuana relationship is taken to a whole new level.

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Sarah Anderson’s Harmonic Huh show

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Thursday 20 May 2010

LA-based artist and Sumi Ink Club founder Sarah Anderson focuses on collaborative work, inviting anyone who wants to join her in creating massive ink drawings. Still, she maintains a pretty distinct style. If you’re in Baltimore, check out her stuff at the Harmonic Huh show at the Hexagon, which will be up until June 19.

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Bake Sale Online

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By Kira Heuer in Cool Websites on Friday 16 April 2010

Warm fuzzy feelings for the creators of Bake Sale Online. While I spend the next two weeks in Los Angeles, I’m tempted to send these delectable delights to all fellow cookie monster girlfriends. Maybe even sign it from a secret admirer. And just like that, I’m segwayed back to grade school, pulling little pranks at […]

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Zack Stadel

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 10 March 2010

LA-based conceptual artist Zach Stadel examines the assumptions and presumed utility ascribed to various materials by reworking the ways in which they define and are defined by space, gravity, and light.

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The sunny tunes of Princeton

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By Eat. Sip. Chew. in New Music on Tuesday 2 March 2010

I’ve  been on a severe Kinks kick as of late. So it’s not surprising that I’ve fallen in love with Princeton — an LA band similarly formed in part by brothers (in this case twins) Jesse and Matt Kivel. Princeton echoes soothing Washed Out beats, coupled with Biff Ross wit-romantic filled lyrics (‘Show Some Love, When […]

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The Happy Hollows animated video and giveaway

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By Casper Johansson in Video on Wednesday 24 February 2010

Directed by Benjamin Hoste, the stop motion animation clip for LA art-rock trio, The Happy Hollows, is accentuated by a barrage of random shapes, a matted water color palate and the occasional splatter of paint. We’re giving away a Happy Hollows prize pack featuring a copy of their debut album, Spells, a t-shirt, 7″ vinyl, […]

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Lisa Solberg

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Friday 18 December 2009

Los Angeles painter Lisa Solberg was just what I was in the mood for this morning, as I was glancing through my links. Color, lots of color, tossed about, smeared and swirled all over the canvas. It really hits the spot. She also has a new video of her painting process.

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William Powhida at LA’s Charlie James Gallery

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By Chris Rubino in New Events on Monday 2 November 2009

Fellow alumni William Powhida has a fantastic new exhibit up at Los Angeles’ Charlie James Gallery, No One Here Gets Out Alive. In this new Series Powhida’s aptly named fictional character, Powhida, flees the New York Art World for a stab at destroying LA, indulging in all of our favorite vices, booze, coke, sex and sometimes art. We read about this debauchery in Powhida’s trompe l’oeil notebook pages, newspaper articles and obsessive lists. I even found myself enjoying an issue of 944. Incredible! The show remains open until December 5.

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Mirko Martin

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By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Wednesday 7 October 2009

German photographer and video artist Mirko Martin has some great photos of car crashes, arrests, and street scenes taken in LA. They are very much imbued with the character of the city, blurring the distinction between Hollywood and reality.

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