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“Contact In The Desert” — A UFO Lovefest

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Faced with the enormity of human impact on earth, extraterrestrial life is looking more appealing. At least, that is the view of some who attended ‘Contact In The Desert,’ a four-day conference that took place mid-August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. 
Bennett Stein, aka The GOOD4NOTHING CONNOISEUR, attended this be-in for UFO consciousness-seekers and first-hand recountings of close encounters of the 3rd kind.
He went armed with skepticism but says …

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L.A. Designer: Ellen Bennett Designs Aprons for SpaceX and Earthling Cooks

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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This young designer is behind the aprons at your favorite L.A. restaurants and the SpaceX cafeteria.

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Architect Kurt Meyer: From Switzerland to Los Angeles to the Himalayas

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Kurt Meyer, the Swiss-born architect who made a mark on Los Angeles with his work in preservation, design and master planning, and his chairmanship of the downtown Community Redevelopment Agency, died last month at the age of 92. One of his late-in-life acquaintances was KCRW’s arts reporter Lisa Napoli, who shared with Meyer a passion for the remote country of Bhutan (where Napoli helped found a …

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L.A. Designer: Pam Juba and Carlie Campesi Put Doggie in The Window

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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As household pets outnumber children, they are spawning a new industry of goods, services and accessories tailored to our increasingly pampered pooches and kitties.
So when Found Animals, a nonprofit founded by billionaire medic and philanthropist Gary Michelson and his wife Alya, planned Adopt & Shop, a one-stop adoption, pet accessories, doggie grooming, training and daycare center headquartered in Culver City, they challenged interior designers Carlie Campesi and Pam Juba to create a “safe …

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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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Cranbrook Taps New Director, from Long Beach via London

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach since 2005, has left the Southland to take up a new post as director at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan (whose L.A.-based alumni included L.A.’s Charles and Ray Eames and Gere Kavanaugh). The British-born Scoates studied there himself, acquiring a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.
Scoates, who co-curated while at Long Beach a …

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L.A. Designer: Jared Shier, Tam Tran and Mindy King Try to Make a 3d Printing Drone

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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On this DnA we talked about how builders and architects are using UAVs with cameras attached to scope out views. And that’s how the growing number of drones in civilian use in the US are mostly being applied — to film stuff. But under the radar there is a growing number of drone hobbyists who see unmanned aerial vehicles as robotic devices that can be customized for other …

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L.A. Designer: Josh Abarbanel on “Seeing Life”

Posted July 16, 2014 by | Comments Off
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What do you do if you yearn for nature in our digital age?
In the case of artist and digital media professor Joshua Abarbanel you find a way to unite the two, most recently in See Life, an exhibition of bas-reliefs at Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City that are inspired by “biological, botanical, and geological structures,” conceived in the computer and cut by a CNC milling …

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Jenny Price Uses Play as Activism at LA’s River and Malibu’s Beaches

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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“I’m really interested in public space. So the two main places I’ve worked on in L.A. are the L.A. River and the Malibu Beaches, which I really think are two of the great public spaces in Los Angeles that for decades haven’t functioned as great public spaces. . . even though you think that they have nothing in common, our concrete river and our …

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