Labor Day is officially behind us, and you better not be caught wearing white shoes! (Lol. Is that even a thing anymore?) Back to the grind, computer screens and fax machines. Luckily, the Holiday has made this week a short one. Though it seems like Summer is over, we technically have until the clock strikes 10:21am on September 22nd, 2016. So, get behind me Starbucks with today’s release of your deliciously tempting Pumpkin Spice latte. I’ll be drinkin’… watermelon, on a rooftop, poolside, while listening to Tame Impala in a bathing suit until my skin turns blue from the cold. Who am I fooling? This is Los Angeles, the land of sunshine and palm trees where cold weather is a myth. “Que lastima!”
I always find on these post holiday weeks that one can get a little restless to get out of the house or office, but not necessarily go “out”. I’ve got the perfect compromise. This Thursday September 8th, is the 2nd Thursday of the month which means it’s the Downtown Art Walk! The Downtown Art Walk is a nonprofit organization created to stimulate the community, culturally and economically. Most of the “walk” happens around Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th, 6-10pm. However, there is a lot of activity off of the beaten path as well (Find up to date Openings and Exhibitions on the “Curate LA” app!) .
An anticipated opening this Thursday is Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents Peter Hutton In Memory, opening at 7pm $12 admission / $7 students. Peter Hutton was a true artist, cinematographer, and filmmaker known for capturing breathtaking city and land -scapes on film, and presenting them in silence. With over 30 open galleries in the central walk area, including restaurants and nightlife to follow… Get out this Thursday! Put on those white shoes! Get ‘em dirty and paint Downtown whatever color your “Art” desires.
I’ve been looking for a positive word to describe the sensation similar to chills running through your body. When you get this feeling of excitement, your heart begins to race, you feel a wave of energy rush through your body… I just can’t seem to find the right word! From now on I’m going to call this sensation the “XOXO’s”.
At 12am midnight August 26th, the Netflix original movie XOXO was officially released!! What is XOXO? Well in the movie, XOXO is a huge, present day, festival-style Rave. A premiere party screening was held last night at the Harmony Gold Theatre in West Hollywood; rave attire strongly suggested! Glow jewelry and multi-color blinking LED foam light sticks printed with XOXO Netfilx logos were placed in the hands of each attendee. Every seat was filled with cast, crew, and friends, some donning glitter sequins and platform shoes, glow sticks in hand, waiting on the edge of their seats in anticipation! Lights down and the party begins. Immediately, when the first heavy beat drops on the soundtrack supervised by the legendary Pete Tong, I’m hit with the first wave of “XOXO’s”. Repeated waves of the “XOXO’s” continue throughout the movie triggered by bass drops in the impressive soundtrack including an all time favorite track by Disclosure “You and Me” – Flume remix. The teaser campaign “You’ll love how XOXO the movie makes you feel” is the truth. Watching XOXO is like going to a nice beach with hot looking people, jumping in the water, enjoying the movement of the ocean waves (sometimes unpredictable and challenging but nothing too crazy), coming out with a smile and sparkling with water droplets on your body. Ya, that’s it. It’s also got so many fun levels of character development that every generation of party-goer, “raver” can relate to, styled in a millennial EDM fashion. You do not by any means however need to be a furry, glitter covered, light up shoe shuffling, neon bead wearing EDM fan to feel the “XOXO’s”. The feeling is relative to all as it is that same sensation you get when you experience anything new, fresh, unpredictable and exciting for the first time. The best part is you can check it out right now on Netflix and decide for yourself if you “love how XOXO the movie makes you feel” and see if you get the “XOXO’s” as well.
Directed by Christopher Louie
Written by Dylan Meyer
Music Supervision Pete Tong
Check XOXO the movie OUT on Netflix NOW!
The 5th in our original series BackstagePass going behind the scenes of one of Beverly Hills busiest brokerages. In this episode we talk tech with the YouTube “Director” app We get key takeaways from PLG agents on the meeting and demo. We meet a whole host of characters as this reality series continues to evolve in our usual edgy style. We continue to pull back the curtain on the real estate at an ultra hip, trendy real estate brokerage with an insatiably progressive flavor with a no holds barred approach.
PLG TV Presents Selling Sunset Strip Podcast 003 featuring Cindy Lorimer
Finally here it is #SellingSunsetStrip 003 featuring the one and only COO extraordinaire, Mrs. Cindy Lorimer spills the beans on herself, PLG and her compelling past PLUS an Inman Connect catch up and of course we always have a gaggle of tech with an exclusive look at the new Ricoh Theta S 360 camera.
It’s back to school for many this week, and there seems to an abundance of birthday’s through August and September. Blame it on Holiday lovers. That means it’s a busy time for families and often a scramble to decide “what are we going to do”. Well you’re in luck! The touring production of “Newsies” will be delivering performances this week at the utterly fascinating, art deco designed, historical, Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are still available for shows from Aug. 30th – Sept. 4th and this is the 2nd time Newsies is back at the Pantages within months, due to high demand. Tickets start at $35 so you don’t even have to break the bank! Memories of Christian Bale’s magical silver screen song and dance performace of “Santa Fe” echo in my mind. Childhood dreams and nostalgia for parents of all ages makes Newsies the kind of show that everyone can enjoy. I was able to catch the recent showing of “Caberet” at the Pantages and I can tell you that I was extremely impressed. Andrea Goss’ portrayal of Sally Bowles character was breathtaking at times bringing tears to our eyes. Her refreshing performance was so inspiring, guests were leaving the theatre singing and dancing. In an age where entertainment is so easily accessed through flat screens, laptops, ipads, tablets and phones it’s easy to forget about Theatre. Well, Theatre is back!! Tune out and tune in to the experience of a live performance that requires talent, skill, practice, blood, sweat and tears. There are no photos or phones allowed in the Pantages Theatre… and believe me it is so hard to abide by that simple rule when there is an overwhelming amount of eye candy to snapchat. Let me tell you though, it gives the mind a nice maybe much needed tech break. For inspiration the whole family can enjoy, an pleasant escape from the daily onslaught of technology, or a taste of nostalgia “Newsies” is in town to deliver a front page performance to write about.
Check out the website for upcoming shows including “The Monkees” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” ((a must see in November!!))
The Line Hotel in Koreatown is an inconspicuous destination that often falls under the typical LA Radar as it is still fairly new. A collaborated creation from the boutique hotel Sydell Group along with The Houston Brothers (known for their exclusive themed LA bars: Break Room 86, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Pour Vous, Harvard & Stone) Sean Knibbs design, chef Roy Choi (Koji BBQ) and many others. Modern, minimal rooms reminiscent of Blade Runner and Fifth Element with impressive Hollywood views, may surprise one with the high level of comfort felt while drinking boxed water in a cement box. So hip, “future now”. The Line Hotel itself is a choice recommendation for work lodging, family stay, or even a birthday staycation. Though I could go on and on about the hotel, the true point of this blog is to GUSH about COMMISSARY at The Line Hotel.
COMMISSARY provides a casual but adventurous-feeling, dining experience, in a Greenhouse located on the 2nd floor mezzanine of The Line Hotel. The food is delicious, complete with complexity of flavors! Every bite makes me visualize the smile of content on chef Roy Choi’s face in response to my and my friend’s apparent outward expression of satisfaction. The depth of layered flavors is refreshing to the senses and not usual by any means, in the best connotation. COMMISSARY has many healthy meats, and vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free choices on the menu to accommodate (all)-ivore’s. We went with dishes recommended by our server and they were all so impressive to the palate that we wished we could try everything on the menu. It is recommended to make a reservation, however there is a full bar with an extensive list of specialty drinks to choose from should you just drop-in and wait for a table. The ambiance, bringing the outdoors in with the plant-life and glass exterior, all together makes dining at the COMMISSARY a highly recommended restaurant for all to explore.
In this episode of Magic Minute Real estate tips Peter breaks down one his favorite new social media tools, Facebook Live. Utilizing livestreaming on Facebook allows your followers to pull back the curtain and take a raw, unedited behind the scenes peek at you. Peter breaks down how to best utilize Facebook live for you and your viewers.