Erin Garcia action shot by Kim Anh — new mural on the Commune wall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. More updates to come.

Erin Garcia action shot by Kim Anh — new mural on the Commune wall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. More updates to come.


PART II : LINDA GERARD & DJ DAY

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Our friend, fashion idol and philosophical guru Linda Gerard serenades devoted fans every Monday night at Sissy Bingo at Ace Palm Springs — a storied songstress of Broadway and Follies fame, she also peppers random lunches and dinners at King’s Highway with show-stopping belters, raising her bejeweled hands to the sky as she slays the final notes of Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart to thundering applause, having, each time, gained a couple dozen new groupies.

Recently, we were shaken by the news that Linda is in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. She was diagnosed earlier this year and is currently in the process of treatment and recovery. We love her dearly and would bend over backward to help and support her. This Monday, join us and her massive posse of friends, family and fans in the Commune for a festival of positivity, love and posse-rallying, with DJ Day, Alf Alpha, Giselle Woo, JP Houston and others. Donations at the door enter you to a raffle with damn good prizes, and proceeds from drinks go toward Linda and all rooms booked for that night at Ace with code FABULOUS are not only 25% off but go toward Linda’s support fund as well. See more about the event on our calendar.

Find here part two of three chapters of DJ Day’s interview with Linda about life, love and Lawrence Welk. DJ Day’s ridiculously great new record Land of 1000 Chances is up on our shop, as is Linda’s Fabulous Selections — which we released recently — and, you guessed it, proceeds from her record and our Sissy Bingo shirt go toward Linda as well.

Read on, show the love and stay tuned for chapter three, forthcoming soon.

Talk about the Rose Tattoo time…

What happened was, when my girlfriend broke up with me in ‘87, I needed a new beginning. I bought the Rose Tattoo in ‘88.

This was in West Hollywood and obviously huge at the time. I mean, Barry Manilow?

They all came. They all came to the Rose Tattoo and it was very, very exciting.

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We really love Reading Frenzy in Portland. It’s where we first read Doris and Burn Collector and everything by sts and got vintage postcards to send to our penpals before email shrunk our brains. RF lost their lease a few months ago and they’re looking for a new space. Hopefully you can kick down a little coin to help them make it happen — viva la real books!


Our dear friend and idol Linda Gerard is currently in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. We are throwing a benefit with some friends to pitch in next Monday night, March 25 at Ace Palm Springs — if you’re within an eight hour radius, you will definitely not regret coming. Proceeds from the bar, rooms and her record Fabulous Selections will go to show Linda the love and support she has from here to the moon from her fans and family. You can also buy her record on our shop to show your support. Here’s a note from Linda to you:
TO MY ACE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS,
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE ACE VERY SOON. I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO RID MY BODY OF THE M0NSTERS INSIDE ME AND ONCE AGAIN JOIN YOU IN KING’S HIGHWAY, OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO, THE AMIGO ROOM OR WHEREVER YOU ARE AT THE ACE… I WILL WEAR MY GIANT GLASSES, SING LOTS OF SONGS AND EVEN PLAY SOME FUCKING BINGO ON MONDAY NIGHTS. I HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU ON THE 25TH. AND AGAIN THANK YOU. THIS WILL BE A CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US.
OODLES OF LOVE AND HUGS,
LINDA

We love you too, Linda.

Photo of Linda in the Commune by Max Wanger

Our dear friend and idol Linda Gerard is currently in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. We are throwing a benefit with some friends to pitch in next Monday night, March 25 at Ace Palm Springs — if you’re within an eight hour radius, you will definitely not regret coming. Proceeds from the bar, rooms and her record Fabulous Selections will go to show Linda the love and support she has from here to the moon from her fans and family. You can also buy her record on our shop to show your support. Here’s a note from Linda to you:

TO MY ACE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE ACE VERY SOON. I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO RID MY BODY OF THE M0NSTERS INSIDE ME AND ONCE AGAIN JOIN YOU IN KING’S HIGHWAY, OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO, THE AMIGO ROOM OR WHEREVER YOU ARE AT THE ACE… I WILL WEAR MY GIANT GLASSES, SING LOTS OF SONGS AND EVEN PLAY SOME FUCKING BINGO ON MONDAY NIGHTS. I HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU ON THE 25TH. AND AGAIN THANK YOU. THIS WILL BE A CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US.

OODLES OF LOVE AND HUGS,

LINDA

We love you too, Linda.


Photo of Linda in the Commune by Max Wanger


We have an old friend named Chris Tucci. He’s not old — we just mean that we’ve been friends for a long time. Chris shares a nickname with our editor — Tino. So we also have in common that we are very tough cookies. Mr. Tucci curates our Sunday Night Live series in the lobby of Ace Hotel New York, and he also is an illustrator, animator and lady’s man with great-looking spectacles. Here is a video he and Steve Merten — no relation — made for Sunday Night Live returning act Turner Cody for his song “Better Days.”


Our friend Kara Place had a hand in this. We’re proud to know her.


Some fake ass propaganda shit. We know how it’s done.

Make your own kinda music and submit it to the 2013 Cha Cha Lounge Independent Skateboard Film Festival in LA. Created by and for skateboarders, the festival aims to shine a light on some of skateboarding’s under-appreciated talent by recognizing the best independent filmmakers and skaters. New work is being considered for categories including Best Short and Long Form, Best Single Skater and Best Film Wildcard.

Get your reels turning and send your film in by April 24. Screenings and awards run May 28-30 at the Cha Cha Lounge in Los Angeles, and online.


Family friend Eric Grebe used to work the door at Ace Hotel New York until life grabbed him and told him to go West, young man. If you’ve stayed with us, chances are you remember him. He’s the deceptively doe-eyed fellow “who looks exactly like Keanu Reeves (circa Point Break),” says Fast Company. And if you miss him, we know how you feel. But rest assured he’s okay, riding waves and working through his New York jones with collage therapy. Soon enough, we’ll open an outpost in his adopted neighborhood and he can grace us with his hangdog smile any time he’s not staring down a barrel wave till it raises the white flag.

Family friend Eric Grebe used to work the door at Ace Hotel New York until life grabbed him and told him to go West, young man. If you’ve stayed with us, chances are you remember him. He’s the deceptively doe-eyed fellow “who looks exactly like Keanu Reeves (circa Point Break),” says Fast Company. And if you miss him, we know how you feel. But rest assured he’s okay, riding waves and working through his New York jones with collage therapy. Soon enough, we’ll open an outpost in his adopted neighborhood and he can grace us with his hangdog smile any time he’s not staring down a barrel wave till it raises the white flag.


This is Eddie Huang, a young Jedi of the world of comestibles (see Fig. 1). He’ll be reading from his new memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, Wednesday February 6 at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. We’ll see you there.

This is Eddie Huang, a young Jedi of the world of comestibles (see Fig. 1). He’ll be reading from his new memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, Wednesday February 6 at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. We’ll see you there.


Today is our blog’s third birthday. And here, a retrospective of friends, family, strangers, idols, elves, angels, freaks, geeks and leaders of the new world in our photobooths, coast to coast, over the last few years.

Today is our blog’s third birthday. And here, a retrospective of friends, family, strangers, idols, elves, angels, freaks, geeks and leaders of the new world in our photobooths, coast to coast, over the last few years.


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