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Wednesday
Aug222012

the food truck cookbook

It’s not everyday we celebrate a cookbook—but the truck food cookbook is unique and it’s just in time for the dog days of summer.

One of the most fascinating culinary and urban trends, food trucks offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their passions and customers to sample small bites, usually for a small price.

The collection of 150 recipes—along with menu items from food trucks around the country, special tips and techniques—also includes full-color photographs that capture the fun and whimsy of a new type of al fresco dining.

Wednesday
May162012

setting small outdoor scenes

Think of an urban balcony as a small corner of a larger—outdoor!—room by using one or two big-scale furniture pieces to define its use. Outdoor living is relaxed and leisurely and how better to express that, and use it as such, than with bold playa. The white woven base is visually airy while the wide, platform seating is inviting for long summer reads in sun or shade.

And if floor space is too tight to plant greenery—go up! with titan, pony, or shore polyterrazo planters.

Thursday
Nov032011

preserving belkin's mural: new york

Murals are about the communities and neighborhoods that they becomes a part of—not to mention the building walls. Whether indoors or outside, inherently they’re one of the most fragile types of artwork created.

And as public art, or street art, there’s no museum staff or board of directors to protect them. Or to preserve them—one of the biggest challenges for outdoor works which are exposed to harsh elements 24/7.

Thankfully, the Heritage Preservation—a DC based national organization—is recognizing the need for such preservation and restoration at the local, community level.

Earlier this month it assessed Against Domestic Colonialism, a 50’ x 60’ outdoor mural in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Painted in 1972, the stucco—or canvas of the mural—is separating from the building’s wall, most likely due to water seepage between the two. Over time, colors have faded and large areas have simply fallen off looking like missing puzzle pieces.

Over the past few years, Hell’s Kitchen has been getting more attention and rehabilitation. But it was over 30 years ago that CITYArts, inc., found Belkin to create a work on one of the building walls overlooking May Mathews and Alexandra Palmer Park.

Other major cities also have mural arts programs such as Los Angeles and Chicago—but in Philadelphia, where hundreds of murals can be found, their Mural Arts Program employs hundreds of artists, gives tours, and generates millions for the local economy.

Referring to artist Arnold Belkin’s mural as not only his only outdoor work in the US, but also one of the most endangered public murals in the country in need of urgent preservation efforts. Today, Heritage Preservation considers about a dozen equally significant murals to be highly endangered.

Thanks to skip, soho sales, for the photo.

Thursday
Oct062011

cicLAvia, 2011

photo by: standardpixelWhat: CicLAvia
When: Sunday, October 9, 10am-3pm
Where: Los Angeles

In response to the congestion and pollution of the city streets in Bogota, Columbia, Ciclovías began there over thirty years ago in 1976.

Today they’re held every Sunday and Holidays—and they’re growing in popularity here as we become more concerned about the environment and take to biking which offers a healthy alternative to vehicular transportation.

For five hours this Sunday, the notorious streets of LA will be closed to motor traffic as CicLAvia makes them safe for people to walk, skate, play—and ride a bike.

Quickly becoming a bi-annual event—as shops and restaurants along the route open their doors to participants—seven and a half miles of streets were car-free for the 2010 event and this October new spurs in Chinatown and South LA will be added.

photo by: henryjose

Thanks to cristina, store manager west hollywood, for this submission.

Monday
Aug152011

the sunset strip music festival, 2011

photo by: luckylynda74 What: The Sunset Strip Music Festival

When: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Where: Viper Room, Whisky A Go-Go, Key Club
Who: The Veronicas, The Tender Box, Run Run Run, The Faceless, and Uriah Heep

When: Friday, August 19, 2011
Where: House of Blues, Key Club, The Roxy Theatre, Viper Room, Whisky A Go-Go
Who: Motion City Soundtrack, dredg, Buckcherry, Purple Melon, Lady Sinatra, and Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of The Doors

When: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Where: two outdoor stages on Sunset between San Vicente and Doheny
Who: Public Enemy, Bush, Matt&Kim—to name a few—will perform with honorees, Motley Crue

Thanks to cristina, store manager west hollywood, for this submission.