Stills from Blancanieves, a silent, monochromatic re-invention of the Grimm fairytale Snow White by director Pablo Berger. The film is set in 1920s Spain and brings to life a gored matador, a wicked nurse, a band of dwarves and a phosphorescent poisonous apple. Blancanieves breaks its mesmerizing message in a champagne bottle over the hull of the Palm Springs International Film Festival tomorrow at the festival’s opening night. Standby tickets are available at the door only. Join us afterward for Afterfest — running throughout the festival — where you can catch late night festivities, good food and some tipsy armchair film criticism by the hot tub. We still have some rooms open this weekend, and you can try your hand at winning two nights from Kiehl’s — who are also working with us to support the Desert AIDS Project during the festival — at Ace Palm Springs if you enter by noon PST Thursday. ¡Olé!
Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.
Roy Hudgins was an extraordinary person from Delhi, Louisiana. Our friend Aubree Bernier-Clarke, of Portlandia and Where the Wild Things Are, is making a documentary about this gender outlaw, songwriter (see Fig. 1), musician and individual of mysterious origin. She and her team have five days to raise money to finish the film — chip in if you can so we can all behold the resulting glory. Read all about it.
For the love of shorty, we’ve translated some Ace classics onto miniature shirts and a handful of onesies, like this Ace Hotel Seattle tugboat, just huffin’ and puffin’ away. You can see the full gang on our shop. Through tonight, we’re giving 10% of all sales to New York Cares to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Our fair Gotham took a few hits recently but New York can get down without ever being out. As New Yorkers go, we can’t complain. Our extended Ace Hotel New York family came through the way they always do for each other and so did our guests and friends. Not all of New York was so fortunate though. Some New Yorkers could use a hand to get back their NYC swagger and keep keeping on.
We’re donating 10% of all proceeds on the online shop to New York Cares for the next week starting now. In the meanwhile, we’re working on some special wares to benefit recovery efforts with some artists we know and our in-house design team. Until all of NYC is back on its feet, we’re just going to act like this whole archipelago is one big borough and we’ll be looking out for ways to help those in need and ways our friends around here and around the world can plug in to volunteer their time, donations and creativity. We’ll keep you posted.
Join us in The Cleaners today at Ace Hotel Portland for Nike Graphic Design Studio’s One & Done show, featuring the highly encoded and very secret work being done in their mysterious lair in the Portland outskirts. The show benefits one of Portland’s very best and brightest organizations, Self Enhancement, Inc., illustrated above in fully glory.
Sunday marked the one year anniversary of the tsunami and earthquake that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, killing over 19,000 people and resulting in a nuclear crisis. We can’t express enough our love and empathy for our friends in Japan as the world marks this moment in history. The strength, perseverance and creativity the people of Japan have demonstrated over the past year humbles us beyond words.
One good way to support is just to send a lot of love over the sea.
A man watches as his paper lantern, lit in commemoration of the victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, floats away on the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. By Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images.
Artist and pal Timothy Goodman, who gave Ace Hotel NYC room 910 its soul, is part of Plywood for Good, an auction tonight in San Francisco, hosted by Collective Good — thirty skateboard decks were distributed to thirty Bay Area artists to with as they pleased. 100% of proceeds will be donated to further support relief efforts in Japan — Tim has represented the colors of Japan’s flag in his piece. Come out if you’re in the neighborhood — see full details on Tim’s blog.
We’re super excited about Summer School — a big design, music and art workshop weekend we’re throwing on July 23 & 24 at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. You can spend all weekend making art, learning to screenprint and blockprint, and letterpressing your $&%@ing heart out, for free. A handful of artists we admire from LA and Southern California are coming into town to set up camp in the Clubhouse for two afternoons full of workshops, and the Type Truck — a touring mobile letterpress installed in the back of a 1982 Chevy van — will be parked by the lobby all weekend. $1/Minute will be doing interactive speed design on Saturday afternoon and donating all proceeds to Adbusters.
School Night Los Angeles is curating bands and DJs by the pool and in the Amigo Room, and we’re finishing up Sunday night with a pop-up shop and gallery, Show & Tell, where we’ll be showcasing the art you’ve been making all weekend and some prints by visiting artists. Rooms are 10% off with rate code SCHOOLNIGHT, and we’ve got drink specials and 15% off on some of our favorite treatments at the Feel Good Spa all weekend, too.
See the calendar for more info — we’ll see you by the pool next weekend with ink-stained fingertips and an adult chocolate milk.
Keep an eye out for artist interviews over the next week or so, and learn more about your teachers.