ARTS DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES
This weekend Parachute Market brings together makers from around the Valley and beyondin LA’s Arts — a stone’s throw from the future Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The new quarterly presented by Storefront, is themed Psychedelic Summer, harkening to the hippie roots of West Coast craft.
Lindy and Grundy's Amelia Posada brings home the bacon from local family farms to discerning Angelenos with cofounder and partner Erika Nakamura. Amelia brings her journalist’s eye, activist’s passion, floral designer’s aesthetic and educator’s ethos to the butcher’s art. She’s also one of the curators at Parachute Market, so we asked her for a few words on craft, pigs and self-sufficiency.
Talk about the ever-increasing inclination toward keeping it close to home and doing it yourself.
Everywhere you look these days, we see actual craftsmen/women opening butcher shops, leather boutiques, urban farms, small batch ice cream… At my butcher shop, I get tons of people coming in who want to learn how to grind their own meat at home, make sausages for their families. I have friends putting bee hives and chicken coops in their back yards. We’ve become so disconnected with food and agriculture — and those of us who have grown up in urban areas have been conditioned to shop at massive chain stores — that it’s wonderful to see so many people who are tired of handing their hard-earned money to giant corporations instead seeking out specialists, farmers markets and artisans, and supporting their own local economies. I think we all crave that sense of community. It’s exciting and inspiring to be a part of this.
What are most excited about this weekend?
Eating too many “sausage snuggies” and Mexican street corn pies from my favorite baker, The Pig & Pastry Pie Company. And I’m totally looking forward to getting up at 4am to start roasting the pig, ha!
If you had to trade in the cleaver for some other tool what would you choose?
I’d pick up my floral shears and knife again. My first love has always been floral design. 

ARTS DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES

This weekend Parachute Market brings together makers from around the Valley and beyondin LA’s Arts — a stone’s throw from the future Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The new quarterly presented by Storefront, is themed Psychedelic Summer, harkening to the hippie roots of West Coast craft.

Lindy and Grundy's Amelia Posada brings home the bacon from local family farms to discerning Angelenos with cofounder and partner Erika NakamuraAmelia brings her journalist’s eye, activist’s passion, floral designer’s aesthetic and educator’s ethos to the butcher’s art. She’s also one of the curators at Parachute Market, so we asked her for a few words on craft, pigs and self-sufficiency.

Talk about the ever-increasing inclination toward keeping it close to home and doing it yourself.

Everywhere you look these days, we see actual craftsmen/women opening butcher shops, leather boutiques, urban farms, small batch ice cream… At my butcher shop, I get tons of people coming in who want to learn how to grind their own meat at home, make sausages for their families. I have friends putting bee hives and chicken coops in their back yards. We’ve become so disconnected with food and agriculture — and those of us who have grown up in urban areas have been conditioned to shop at massive chain stores — that it’s wonderful to see so many people who are tired of handing their hard-earned money to giant corporations instead seeking out specialists, farmers markets and artisans, and supporting their own local economies. I think we all crave that sense of community. It’s exciting and inspiring to be a part of this.

What are most excited about this weekend?

Eating too many “sausage snuggies” and Mexican street corn pies from my favorite baker, The Pig & Pastry Pie Company. And I’m totally looking forward to getting up at 4am to start roasting the pig, ha!

If you had to trade in the cleaver for some other tool what would you choose?

I’d pick up my floral shears and knife again. My first love has always been floral design. 


ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES
Our pals Marisa and Rachel own a shop in Echo Park called Otherwild — and it’s turning one tomorrow. They’re throwing a party at the shop to celebrate with Xina Xurner, Sister Mantos, Animanuel and Yacht, plus things to eat, drink and be merry with and tarot readings by MWTarotScopes. June 22, 6-10pm at 1932 Echo Park Avenue at Duane Street.

ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES

Our pals Marisa and Rachel own a shop in Echo Park called Otherwild — and it’s turning one tomorrow. They’re throwing a party at the shop to celebrate with Xina Xurner, Sister Mantos, Animanuel and Yacht, plus things to eat, drink and be merry with and tarot readings by MWTarotScopes. June 22, 6-10pm at 1932 Echo Park Avenue at Duane Street.


Photographs by Rush Varela are featured in the Art Walk Lounge during today’s Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.  

Photographs by Rush Varela are featured in the Art Walk Lounge during today’s Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.  


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Home sweet home — the United Artists Theater right around its first birthday. Opening later this year as an Ace.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Home sweet home — the United Artists Theater right around its first birthday. Opening later this year as an Ace.


“Phyllis Galembo’s interest in the masquerade traditions of Africa and its diaspora began twenty five years ago, with her first visit to Nigeria. Since then, she has travelled widely in west and central Africa, and regularly to Haiti, making portraits that document and describe the transformative power of the mask. Her subjects are participants in masquerade events, both traditional African ceremonies and contemporary fancy dress and carnival, all of whom use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters – sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, and always powerful and thrilling. Titled after the Haitian Kreyòl word for mask, Maske is the first comprehensive collection of these portraits.”

One of our favorite books to carry: MASKE by PHYLLIS GALEMBO

We may not share a street corner with Mohawk General Store, or even a neighborhood, but knowing that we share as much as distantly linked power wires and cellular data molecules in the stilted summer air of Los Angeles makes us happy. Go in, get this book and say hi to our friends.

If you’re on the other coast, you can pick up prints by Phyllis Galembo at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.

Cite Arrow via mohawkgeneralstore

Chris Stroffolino banging out Hanging Downtown by The Replacements in the Piano Van this February in Los Angeles behind Griffith Park’s old carousel.


Los Angeles’ Various Small Fires is currently host to Home Office, a solo exhibition by Anna Sew Hoy. Anna taught a workshop and lectured at Snow in the Desert, our gathering for women in the arts at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs last summer. The show is up through the 18th of May. See David Pagel’s review in the LA Times and see more about Anna’s vision.

Los Angeles’ Various Small Fires is currently host to Home Office, a solo exhibition by Anna Sew Hoy. Anna taught a workshop and lectured at Snow in the Desert, our gathering for women in the arts at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs last summer. The show is up through the 18th of May. See David Pagel’s review in the LA Times and see more about Anna’s vision.


…there exist these opulent gardens
With flowers as large as trees, wilting, of course,
Very quickly, if they are not watered with very expensive water. And fruit markets
With great leaps of fruit, which nonetheless
Possess neither scent nor taste. And endless trains of autos,
Lighter than their own shadows, swifter than
Foolish thoughts, shimmering vehicles, in which
Rosy people, coming from nowhere, go nowhere.

Excerpted from Bertolt Brecht’s Contemplating Hell, featured on Literary LA.

…there exist these opulent gardens

With flowers as large as trees, wilting, of course,

Very quickly, if they are not watered with very expensive water. And fruit markets

With great leaps of fruit, which nonetheless

Possess neither scent nor taste. And endless trains of autos,

Lighter than their own shadows, swifter than

Foolish thoughts, shimmering vehicles, in which

Rosy people, coming from nowhere, go nowhere.

Excerpted from Bertolt Brecht’s Contemplating Hell, featured on Literary LA.


Through July, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the vast Autopias and Plains of Id of Los Angeles with programs and exhibits like Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 at the J. Paul Getty Museum. We’ll be around, soaking it all in, meeting some of our new neighbors, and sharing what we see and learn right here.

Through July, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the vast Autopias and Plains of Id of Los Angeles with programs and exhibits like Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 at the J. Paul Getty Museum. We’ll be around, soaking it all in, meeting some of our new neighbors, and sharing what we see and learn right here.


William Bensussen aka The Gaslamp Killer, a hyperactive, hypersonic, LA-based channeler for all the right musical vibes, plays April 19 at Desert Gold with Warp Records in the Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — here, he represents for all the deep musical woo we love and believe in, as part of the Serato Icon Artist Series.


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