Harry Savides — fearless, idiosyncratic and unflinchingly honest cinematographer — passed this week at 55. His work with Coppola, Allen, Van Sant and Fincher, to name a few, was indisputably the finest of his generation, and his was a painfully talented lens and heart we hate to lose.


Shots from Zodiac, Elephant, Greenberg and Somewhere.

Harry Savides — fearless, idiosyncratic and unflinchingly honest cinematographer — passed this week at 55. His work with Coppola, Allen, Van Sant and Fincher, to name a few, was indisputably the finest of his generation, and his was a painfully talented lens and heart we hate to lose.

Shots from Zodiac, Elephant, Greenberg and Somewhere.


If you’re in New York before November 12, consider making the trip to Gowanus to see Cabinet Magazine's exhibition of Harry Smith's string figures at their studio gallery space. Harry was a legendary artist, filmmaker and ethnomusicologist who resided at length at The Hotel Breslin where Ace now makes its home, and he holds a special place in our hearts as well as our lobby at Ace New York.
An avid student of the metaphysical aspects of geometric shapes and patterns, whose mysteries have entranced mystics and polymaths from the Pythagoreans to Kabbalists to the Five Percent Nation, Harry created intricate webs in which you can see a connection to other works in his vast oeuvre, from his animated films — timed precisely to bebop scores — to his mandala-like Tree of Life collotypes. 
The exhibit is accompanied by a video program of some of his seminal films, including his masterpiece, “Heaven and Earth Magic,” and a handful of short films about Smith and the string figure art form. In a short survey of Navajo String Games, the narrator weaves elaborate mazes resemblant of animals, spirits and constellations, then dissolves them with flicks of the wrist. In another, a young boy didactically, adorably walks you through the creation of Jacob’s Ladder, stopping to illustrate the swift proximity between Jacob’s Ladder and Anansi, just a couple of manipulations away from each other in either direction. We can only hope the video heralds a new generation of Harry Smiths.

If you’re in New York before November 12, consider making the trip to Gowanus to see Cabinet Magazine's exhibition of Harry Smith's string figures at their studio gallery space. Harry was a legendary artist, filmmaker and ethnomusicologist who resided at length at The Hotel Breslin where Ace now makes its home, and he holds a special place in our hearts as well as our lobby at Ace New York.

An avid student of the metaphysical aspects of geometric shapes and patterns, whose mysteries have entranced mystics and polymaths from the Pythagoreans to Kabbalists to the Five Percent Nation, Harry created intricate webs in which you can see a connection to other works in his vast oeuvre, from his animated films — timed precisely to bebop scores — to his mandala-like Tree of Life collotypes. 

The exhibit is accompanied by a video program of some of his seminal films, including his masterpiece, “Heaven and Earth Magic,” and a handful of short films about Smith and the string figure art form. In a short survey of Navajo String Games, the narrator weaves elaborate mazes resemblant of animals, spirits and constellations, then dissolves them with flicks of the wrist. In another, a young boy didactically, adorably walks you through the creation of Jacob’s Ladder, stopping to illustrate the swift proximity between Jacob’s Ladder and Anansi, just a couple of manipulations away from each other in either direction. We can only hope the video heralds a new generation of Harry Smiths.


Worn Path is the brand spanking new taco stand of Niles Armstrong (we’re not sure if he’s related to Neil) — a shop on Mississippi Street in North Portland that’s devoted to a love of the out-of-doors. Niles brings his own line of beach-comber accessories under one roof with skateboards, handmade knives, books, warm clothes and beautiful stuff. Friday night, he and some friends break champagne on the ol’ girl with an outdoor screening of some 1970s 16mm film. We’ll see you there with bells on.

Worn Path is the brand spanking new taco stand of Niles Armstrong (we’re not sure if he’s related to Neil) — a shop on Mississippi Street in North Portland that’s devoted to a love of the out-of-doors. Niles brings his own line of beach-comber accessories under one roof with skateboards, handmade knives, books, warm clothes and beautiful stuff. Friday night, he and some friends break champagne on the ol’ girl with an outdoor screening of some 1970s 16mm film. We’ll see you there with bells on.


Have you ever wondered what an EGOT is? Marvin Hamlisch was one. In his time on earth, he won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, not to mention a Pulitzer and two Golden Globes. We lost him to the other side this week — an enormous talent in American Broadway and film scores who will be greatly missed. We dim our marquee lights a moment in his honor, and offer this short clip of him mischievously canoodling with Carly Simon.


Filmmaker, sculptor, poet, essayist and doodler Len Lye was born in New Zealand in 1901. He was always searching, always experimenting with the relationship between our physical and sensorial experience and the epic trip-out of “art.” One time, he got kicked out of Australia for living in an indigenous community as a white person. He set his work to music, like Don Baretto and His Cuban Orchestra. He worked his way to London trimming coal on a steam ship, and started making experimental films by painting onto the film itself and scratching into black emulsion to make dancing sky shapes and aura explosions — this is his Swinging the Lambeth Walk. He was a quiet and dexterous master of his arts, and we salute him.


A life lived in fear… is a life half-lived.

Listen to the rhythm. Don’t be scared.

I have to help Wayne with his bogo pogo.

Shall we dance?

Snippets from Strictly Ballroom, one of the many Baz Luhrmann soundtracks brought to life at For the Record at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, March 28 and 29.

A life lived in fear… is a life half-lived.

Listen to the rhythm. Don’t be scared.

I have to help Wayne with his bogo pogo.

Shall we dance?

Snippets from Strictly Ballroom, one of the many Baz Luhrmann soundtracks brought to life at For the Record at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, March 28 and 29.


Linda Gerard is a magician — she can turn any frown upside down and make the most wonton among us blush like a little girl. She’s a sailor-mouthed, velvet-handed, self-identified O.W.L. (older, wiser lesbian) and she’s one of our heros. Every Monday night at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, you can see Linda in all her glory as the singular hostess of Sissy Bingo (occasionally R-rated) where she serenades and scandalizes a rapt and devoted troupe of players. Prizes include champagne, homemade cookies and flattering attention from Linda (a hot commodity around these parts).
Tonight is a special edition of Sissy Bingo wherein Linda-devotee Conor Fetting-Smith will film Linda for his documentary about SoCal bingo culture. All bottles of wine are half off from 7-9pm in King’s Highway, but your contribution to bingo history will be priceless.

Linda interpreted by Max Wanger

Linda Gerard is a magician — she can turn any frown upside down and make the most wonton among us blush like a little girl. She’s a sailor-mouthed, velvet-handed, self-identified O.W.L. (older, wiser lesbian) and she’s one of our heros. Every Monday night at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, you can see Linda in all her glory as the singular hostess of Sissy Bingo (occasionally R-rated) where she serenades and scandalizes a rapt and devoted troupe of players. Prizes include champagne, homemade cookies and flattering attention from Linda (a hot commodity around these parts).

Tonight is a special edition of Sissy Bingo wherein Linda-devotee Conor Fetting-Smith will film Linda for his documentary about SoCal bingo culture. All bottles of wine are half off from 7-9pm in King’s Highway, but your contribution to bingo history will be priceless.



Linda interpreted by Max Wanger


Tonight, we kick off twelve days of AfterFest — the official Palm Springs International Film Festival afterparty at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. We love film more than life itself and most of our fanciful self-perceptions and wildest dreams are built of the flickering moments of cinematic glory that have forever burned themselves into our minds. So we’re excited to offer this, our second year of kindred celebration with film buffs along with a killer line-up of DJs, bands and some short films, plus all the late night food and spirits you could require. Tonight, we’re getting it all started with DJ Day’s ¡Reunión! in the Amigo Room.

Tonight, we kick off twelve days of AfterFest — the official Palm Springs International Film Festival afterparty at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. We love film more than life itself and most of our fanciful self-perceptions and wildest dreams are built of the flickering moments of cinematic glory that have forever burned themselves into our minds. So we’re excited to offer this, our second year of kindred celebration with film buffs along with a killer line-up of DJs, bands and some short films, plus all the late night food and spirits you could require. Tonight, we’re getting it all started with DJ Day’s ¡Reunión! in the Amigo Room.


HBO’s The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell screens Thursday night at 8pm at Ace Hotel Palm Springs, as part of our Gay Pride festivities, HANDS ON. The documentary follows the movement to allow gays and lesbians to operate openly in the military without retaliation. The director will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening, and you can join us afterward in the Amigo Room for DJ Day and Kingdom (LA)


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