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The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. His pick of the week is ‘Scratch my name on your arm’, a book of Deanna Templeton’s photographs. The series documents a quintessentially L.A. trend: getting top skaters and surfers to sign fans’ bare skin, drawing both the attention of the signer and of bystanders to one’s nearly-naked body. 

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"An old cliché about Los Angeles that never dies is that you can spend the whole year in a swimsuit. What’s proven to be even more interesting is how American teens pass the time in their swimsuits: armed with marker pens and stencils, they draw autographs, phone numbers and even logos on their friends’ bodies, sometimes even on people they have just met… It isn’t a tattoo, it is something much simpler and lighter, like a game that detracts from their nudity yet at the same time is inherently deeply sensual. The series of images was shot by Deanna Templeton, wife of Ed Templeton, a professional skateboarder and artist born and raised in California. Despite the ever-present sun, the series is in black and white, without staging and offers a collection of portraits of smiling, carefree teens – perfect to kick off the start of summer."

 

'Scratch my name on your arm', Deanna Templeton, 2010, 128 p. Ed. Schunck.
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Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Next stop on our tour is LA><ART, an independent nonprofit art space presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives.

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LA><ART

X marks the spot for the LA><ART space. Not only do you get to see emerging art and design, but it also has an amazing public programming schedule. From lectures and exhibitions to magic shows involving sawing a woman in half, the spontaneity of this place is what makes it a must-see.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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2640 South la Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles 310-559-0166 www.laxart.org
 

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth installment of the series is Arts.

 

Let’s start by heading downtown to the Geffen MOCA.  Once upon a time it was the temporary location for the Museum of Contemporary Art, now the 55,000-square-foot facility is the largest and most popular of the three MOCA venues.  

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Geffen MOCA

In 1983, as ground broke on MOCA, a provisional exhibition space was opened downtown and referred to as the Temporary Contemporary. The place was leased from the city for five years at one dollar a year. Once a Union Hardware building from 1947, it subsequently became a city warehouse and then a police garage before a renovation led by architect Frank Gehry changed it into the perfect public space. Gehry built a shaded plaza out of steel trusses and chain-link fencing while leaving the exteriors intact, highlighted the large gallery spaces with industrial effect. It soon became a popular destination, lauded as one of the great museum spaces, and MOCA, in turn, extended the lease for fifty years. The largest of the three MOCA spaces, the Geffen has some of the biggest and most stunning shows in town –however, it is also known for its frequent closures.

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles 213-621-1741 www.moca.org
 

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and commented by Angelo Cirimele. This week, he picked the autobiography of English painter David Hockney, who spent four years living in California in the 1960s. Upon arriving in the 'golden state', he decided to change from his ususal oils to more vivid acrylic paints, applying them in strokes of smooth, flat and brilliant colour.

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“I don’t read many biographies; I find that more often than not the works are more interesting than the actual life of the individual behind them. That being said, artists sometimes reinvent the genre. Enter David Hockey, who through telling the stories behind the works that he has created, succeeds in revealing his own story. The English painter painted his famous series of swimming pools in Los Angeles upon taking the advice of friend Andy Warhol. While his approach is classical, Hockney has a decisively contemporary flare because he uses the effect of photography to influence his paintings. His images, by their colors and framing, are strangely cinematographic. Written in the first person, this book of paintings and drawings tells us as much about art as it does about the man behind it.”

'David Hockney' by David Hockney, 1976, 312 p. Ed. Thames & Hudson.
Kenzo, 60, rue de Rennes, Paris.

Last stop: Echo Park. The venue of choice for up-and-coming and established bands is the Echoplex

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Why? The venue is intimate, the crowds are good, and it feels like home. Music performances here range from the soulful Jimmy Scott to indie darling Best Coast to the raging Nine Inch Nails. If you’re lucky, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the secret acts that make it onstage for impromptu performances. Find yourself face-to-face with Thom Yorke from Radiohead accompanied by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers –and if you think those two are awesome, the other guests will just blow you away. Enter through the alley.

 

 
From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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1154 Glendale boulevard, Los Angeles 213-413-8200 www.theecho.com

Our second address for the MUSIC category would definetly be Amoeba, the world's largest independant store in Los Angeles.

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Stepping into Amoeba is a lot like visiting L.A.: it’s crowded and vast. You look out onto a sea of people and find the scene so daunting at first you’re not sure what you’ve gotten yourself into. But once you get past the initial shock, you’ll discover that the real joy of coming to Amoeba is in its hidden pleasures. Saddle up next to the Goths and the Hippie rockers, the Jazz and Hip Hop heads, and start digging through acres of bins. With the largest collection of vinyl in town, you can easily spend a day just exploring. As you stumble across interesting finds you may want more information: the large and well informed staff is more than happy to help. Come looking for nothing and expect to find everything. Don’t forget to check the in-store calendar to see what big names will be gracing the Amoeba stage for a free show. From Paul McCartney to DJ UNKLE sets; from Cut Chemist and Elijah Wood (yes Sauron, even Frodo has performed here), to poets and comedians; signings by Guillermo del Toro, movie casts, and more-at one point or another, they’ll all pass through Amoeba’s doors. All free, all ages. Sign up for the Amoeba Music Newsletter for upcoming live shows.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

 

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6400 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. 323-245-6400 www.amoeba.com

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth category is MUSIC and with Coachella festival coming, let's start with the infamous Palm Springs festival.

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This festival is the perfect place to kill numerous musical birds with one stone, so head to the Empire Polo Club in Indio and try to see as many of your favorite bands as humanly possible. Though it’s technically not in Los Angeles, we’ve made an exception for Coachella, which takes place in the Colorado Desert, due to its legendary status as literally and figuravitely the hottest music festival in Southern California. For six days (the line-up is now repeats over two separate weekends) in April, headliners and emerging talents from all over the world play for your viewing and listening pleasure. Major groups have had reunions here and others have had meltdowns; one deceased artist was even resurrected as a 3D hologram. And with consistently strong line-ups, this festival always incites sheer pandemonium. Sure, three days packed with music and parties sounds though and you might end up fighting your way through crowds, suffering from sunstroke, and not bathing, but for a Coachella experience, it’s worth it. Note: while you’re in the Indio area, be sure to try a sweet, delicious date milkshake. Dates are the star produce in the Coachella Valley, which produces 95 percent of the dates sold in the United States.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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Empire Polo club, 81-800 Avenue 51 in Indio www.coachella.com

The book corner section will highlight the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected and commented by Angelo Cirimele. This week, he picked one of the most emblematic artist of the 90s of Los Angeles: Mike Kelley.

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"What I enjoy doing at a Mike Kelley exhibit is watching people take in the installations – I confess, it's more comfortable. Still, the devices that the Los Angeles native implements, here blankets and stuffed animals, that are by all appearances harmless completely shock their audience as they can prove to be harsh or perverse. I linger over the metaphors and transpositions that can be applied to the adult world, masculinity and femininity. The public is completely thrown, caught off-guard by a tougher softness than expected. This book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, plays on angles: it juxtaposes detailed and neutral views with large, more dramatic shots, revealing the humanity behind the stuffed animals. Definitely not a children's book."

"Arenas", Mike Kelley, 2010, 44 p. Ed. Skarstedt Gallery, New York.
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Our fourth category is Outdoors and our last stop the brand new Lincoln skatepark.

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A new skatepark designed by Lance Mountain and Paul Rodriguez, this cool and mellow snake run for us old folks slams you into a huge wall topped by a Jersey barrier. The rest of the park features a few low hips with three to four gap/stair/rail options at the lower end of the park. Doesn’t have the flow of Stoner, but if you like more transition, this is fun. Plus, if you find yourself on the East Side, this is your local.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).


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Our fourth category is 'Outdoors' and this time, we're going surfing at Surfrider Beach!

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This is one of the most-surfed spots in L.A. County. Located next to Malibu Pier, it’s one of the most iconic beaches in the history of surf culture. You’ll find the water dotted with new surfers and old pros like surf god Laird Hamilton. Just remember that in Malibu, wave etiquette is key- your fellow surfers do not tolerate bad behavior, and they’re not shy about letting you know. Not the best for beginners.

 

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).


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