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RODARTE and the Secret Underground World of Warholaland + WHO’S YOUR DADA?: The Secret Return of Noever

Posted December 25, 2011 by | Comments Off

Scene Around Town, by Bennett Stein (aka The Good4NothingConnoisseur):
I recently accompanied DnA on an outing to Hollywoodland and the epicenter of production companies and sound stages, to what I was promised would be a holiday party. There we found ourselves at the HQ of, the online boutique for the self-described “world’s finest in design, fashion, and art” at a top-secret launch party for Pasadena’s finest, most illustrious fashion …

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Happy Holidays from DnA

Posted December 20, 2011 by | 3 Comments

One of the great privileges of hosting or producing a radio show at KCRW is the opportunity it provides to talk to really interesting people. So it is in that spirit of gratitude that I urge you to listen to today’s DnA, where you will find a mix of penetrating insight, humor and savoir-faire delivered to you from guests Marty Kaplan; Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan; and …

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Psychedelia Had a Baby and They Called It Geek Soul: KCRW’s Orpheum Concert, Indie Rock and the Style Question

Posted December 12, 2011 by | 16 Comments

If you grew up, as I did, in the age of glam rock followed by punk, you tend to think that the point of being a rock star is to strut your stuff and have fun with clothes, the zanier and less like regular life the better. So, from a purely style perspective I’ve been perplexed by many of today’s indie rock bands, that …

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Eames Revisited, at JF Chen, at LAMA, on film and by Ice Cube

Posted December 10, 2011 by | 4 Comments

Eames, Eames and More Eames…
Pacific Standard Time was originally conceived as a retrospective of the oft-overlooked fine art of the postwar years in California. But it expanded to include the modern design of the period — an outpouring of experimentation in architecture, craft and industrial design that arguably achieved greater prominence than the fine art, especially through the mass-produced goods of Charles and Ray …

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KCRW Rocks at The Historic Orpheum; LA Conservancy at the Million Dollar Theater

Posted December 2, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Historic architecture meets alternative music tomorrow night at KCRW’s benefit concert, and there are some tickets still available. KCRW’s Beth Topping wrote this reminder about why the building is just one more good reason (in addition to Jimmy Cliff, Iron and Wine and a host of other great performers) to attend our concert:
At 85 years old, The Orpheum is youngest of the historic theaters in the Broadway …

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“Minimalism Is A Bummer”: Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan and The Seduction Of A Cynic

Posted December 1, 2011 by | 3 Comments

Undeterred by winds Wednesday night that brought down nature and structure, a big crowd gathered at Jonathan Adler’s Melrose store to see Jackie Terrell’s new paintings, and hang out with one of the design world’s wittiest couples, Adler and Simon Doonan. I went, bringing hubby Bennett Stein (usual question when I ask if he wants to accompany me to a design event: “Will there …

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