12 Dec
From Japanese art to the appreciation of well shaped derrières

The second installment of our Best Of 2011 retrospective series focuses on the Top 10 Books of 2011, including photo-heavy coffee table books, research tomes and literature. From the history of menswear staples to Japanese art to modernist architecture to the appreciation of the well shaped derrière, there were a multitude of books published covering […]


1 Nov
A look behind the curtain of the mid-century modern maestros

Charles and Ray Eames are almost as synonymous with Los Angeles — namely Venice Beach where their studio was located — as Frank Lloyd Wright was to Chicago. They made their indelible mark as monumental designers inextricably linked to the fields of modern architecture and furniture for over a half century. The Eames Office, widely […]


21 Oct
Funk, R&B, Blues & Soul rarities from the heart of Bar Dynamite

A well done 47-minute mix of Funk, R&B, Blues and Soul rarities whipped up to get you ready for the weekend by San Diego’s QUESTION. The aptly titled Grown Man’s Mixtape is brought to us by The Lovewright Co. who met QUESTION back in the day at what they term the “legendary” Bar Dynamite, which I […]


1 Jun
Artist uses award money for newest installation

Conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldman is important. So important in fact that he was named the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize last November — a bi-annual award presented to artists who make significant achievements in contemporary art. Attached to winning the award, the German artist received $100,000. In a stroke of artistic inspiration, Feldman — […]


1 Apr
Sometimes giant samurais, mechs, dragons & blondes In schoolgirl outfits CAN save your movie

OK, I know Miss Madeleine annihilated Sucker Punch last week with a blisteringly accurate review, but after seeing it this week I just gotta throw in my 2 cents. First off, she’s technically 100% right — the movie was riddled with weakness and flaws: the acting was atrocious (Vanessa Hudgens is a Golden Raspberry frontrunner), […]


We were all up on the Sucker Punch trailer ever since we first laid eyes on it this past summer at Comic Con. After 300 and Watchmen, faith in director Zack Snyder was strong. Sucker Punch certainly had every far flung element needed to be a great flick, and maybe that’s the problem. Miss Madeleine […]


19 Jan
Taschen collects the landmark architect's 300 buildings

Taschen has collected all the great work architect Richard Neutra has done in this country — including nearly 300 private homes, schools and public buildings — and compiled them into a 464-page hardcover tome aptly titled Neutra Complete Works. Born in Vienna, Neutra settled in the US in the early 1920s after initially studying under […]


14 Jan
Hanna film trailer

The film Hanna centers around a teenage assassin played by Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), who has been trained in the killing arts by her father (Eric Bana), an an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland. Apparently her father sends her on a mission and the poop hits the proverbial fan… all set to […]