Here’s some shots from the benefit we hosted last night in The Cleaners at Ace PDX. Everyone who played was terrific. Colin Meloy drank some red wine and played new songs from the upcoming Decemberists album. Where there would have been guitar solo, there was instead audience whistling. There were local cupcakes, homemade ice cream, and locally brewed beers, but a big treat was Colin’s cover of Men at Work’s Overkill.
Tomorrow night, we’re hosting Make It Pop!, a benefit with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, at The Cleaners in Ace Hotel Portland. It’s a fundraiser for PDX Pop Now!, an organization that works to support and strengthen Portland’s incredible, diverse independent music community. We’re really honored to help.
We just wrapped up a seriously amazing weekend with Karen Kimmel and The Art of Exchange at Ace Palm Springs. 90 kids and their parents and friends showed up to craft it up, eat s’mores and a fresh, organic menu of kid-friendly meals, make friends, and take home their amazing art projects. Some of our favorite shots are the fakin’ bacon, a sneaky Havaianas x Ace flip flop toe, and the miniature version of the desert diorama in the lobby.
We’re planning another Art of Exchange for the fall — come make some paintings and let them dry on the clothesline while you take another dip in the pool. Stay in touch for updates.
We’re sending Jana DeHart two drink tickets for the Ace NYC lobby bar so she can celebrate her Gormley fame this week. She’s our winner for Week 3 of the contest. Our new entries are up, too. They include a Gormley clone walking a poodle. Alma says of her photo: “That is my mini-poodle LaMousse, and being French, she loves men — all men!!!” (exclamation marks hers).
So check out LaMousse and our other fantastic entries - click on the Gormley button in the sidebar. And send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win some cool things. We’ll send them to you, or you can come pick them up at the hotel. If Alma wins, we hope she’ll bring the fearless LaMousse with her.
The Affordable Art Fair runs from May 6 - 9 and has works from both newcomers and established artists you’ve heard of. All the art is between $100 and $10,000. Stay with us while you’re picking up some cheap art for your place. We have a special package that includes two private preview invitations and two day passes to the fair, two passes to the Museum of Arts and Design, and a Medium King room at Ace.
Ryan Huber of Context invited Cultural Engineer and Curator for Ace Hotel New York, Jou-Yie Chou, Andrea Westerlind of the Swedish Outdoor brand Fjällräven, Annemarie Ahearn of Salt Water Farm and his friend and Wisconsin native, Colin K. Hughes of The Institute of Transportation & Development Policy out to Madison this February to get a taste of winters in the Midwest and the local sensibilities and delicacies involving good local beer, local cheese, new friends, old friends, cheese curds, whiskey and the promise of some fishing on frozen lakes in the great outdoors. What ensued in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the Porcupine Mountains (The Porkies) was much of that and a little more; minus the fish. Here are some pictures. Read the full story on Context’s Eye to Eye.
We also have a special backpack exclusive with Fjällräven — the Mudd colored Kanken pack. It might be better suited to city, or even light country, rambling. But it certainly makes itself useful.
In the fall of 2009, Ace Hotel New York teamed up with Massify and Killer Films to launch a project supporting emerging filmmakers. We courted short vignettes that used Ace NYC as their background (or foreground). The winning films would be “original, concise narratives that are intelligent, artful, and comedic.” Maya Kazan shot just such a film, and placed as one of the selected filmmakers to shoot a longer project at the hotel. Massify sat down with Maya to ask her about her film, herself, and working with the Ace NYC team. Here are some pictures from her shoot for “Lulu at the Ace Hotel.”
We joined our friends at Levi’s and Converse for SXSW and created a very special VIP area for performers. A room from Ace Palm Springs sprung up in the Levi’s Fader Fort where the bands hung out while Will Bryant customized their Converse kicks.
Photos top to bottom: Ace PSP at the Levi’s FADER Fort, Will Bryant customizing Converse for Ace founder Alex Calderwood, Alex with Andrew and Andrew, Alex with Jason Thome of Converse, Levi’s FADER Fort.