Fullerton, CA
We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 
The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:

Fullerton, CA

We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 

The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:


Los Angeles, CA 

Secret sharing: we like Cabin 207 in the old City of Angels. Kristen Shaw helms the ship at Cabin, styling and curating and making people feel like the whole world is smiling right along with them. Recently Cabin had a release reading for Matt Austin’s book, The Shape of Spilled Milk. Kristen was kind enough to write some words inspired by Matt’s work and their friendship:

given my current thought process, my hands are allowing me to type this story to you. 

so hi, i’m glad we’ve finally met.

you may not really know who I am, but we share two of the very same things. 

my hands + your hands. 

when i was a kid, 10 years old or so, i used to draw log cabins. i tried to make these as intricate as possible, securing my position to design the future home we would build. 

I remember drawing the same home over and over again. practice makes perfect and perfect makes perfection. Could my hand actually draw the same thing twice? 

So the thing is, I didn’t know what the most perfect home looked like, or the most perfect love to put in it. But i somehow trusted what i could do with my hands.

And, sometimes, my hands just go. they take off and i don’t have a second to think about where they are going or what they are making. 

 I do know what it looks like. 

I know what this feels like.

 I don’t know how to get there, 

I don’t know the formula, 

i don’t know what its like to do things the perfect way.

16 years later from the first day I drew a log cabin, I can write to you from mine. We make things here, we tell stories, we love, we listen, and welcome you to create and bring alive something you’ve always wanted to build. Every day I do this, I have this heartbeat that keeps a pulse so strong that I need people even stronger to be limbs to keep this moving. That’s where Matt Austin comes in for me. An old friend of mine from when we were merely 16, chatting on the Myspace about a contribution I asked him to make to a book I was putting together of collected midwestern artist’s work. We shifted and sifted through the years living in different places until I found him sitting in my cabin two weeks ago, reading stories, sharing goosebumps, making people cry.

How loud is your desire?

we innately float to the most beautiful places when instincts are trusted, movements make free motion, and you create what you feel is true—not because you’re told to, not because its perfect, but because when pressing bones, you’ll always know where to go. 


Downtown Los Angeles
Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri
If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 
Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker

Downtown Los Angeles

Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri

If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 

Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker


Downtown Los Angeles
Takashi Murakami and some unidentified revelers celebrate Friday’s screening of Jellyfish Eyes at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 
Photo courtesy of riyo_oko

Downtown Los Angeles

Takashi Murakami and some unidentified revelers celebrate Friday’s screening of Jellyfish Eyes at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 

Photo courtesy of riyo_oko


Downtown Los Angeles
Are you a person, dear reader? Well well. Good news. Along with JD Samson, we’re throwing a Pride party for people. It’s the first leg of our four-stop tour to bring everyone we can together to dance and smile and love and sweat. If you can’t wait till this weekend, JD made a mix called — and for — All of Us. It just keeps getting better. See you on the dance floor. 

Downtown Los Angeles

Are you a person, dear reader? Well well. Good news. Along with JD Samson, we’re throwing a Pride party for people. It’s the first leg of our four-stop tour to bring everyone we can together to dance and smile and love and sweat. If you can’t wait till this weekend, JD made a mix called — and for — All of Us. It just keeps getting better. See you on the dance floor. 


Downtown Los Angeles

Last night in LA, Swedish siren Lykke Li enchanted a sold out audience at The Theatre, and we’re still basking in the glow of her spell. We’ve been waiting months for this moment, and L.L.’s command of the space was awe-inspiring — the elegant bluster of her voice convincingly taking over every corner of the house. Think we might have fallen a little bit more in love with you, Lykke Li. Is it too soon to do it again?

Photos by Makiko Wakita.


Downtown Los Angeles
There’s some serious herstory in the making tonight, you guys. After two weeks of sitting on our hot little hands, the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race — shot in The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown — finally goes out to the world. 
We know, we know — the wait’s been killing us, too. If you can’t hardly stand it, here’s a quick sneak peak. Get an eyeful of our beloved Theatre when RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited airs tonight on Logo. 
Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard: the West just got a little more civilized. The best kind of baby steps, baby. 
Photo by Maggie Stoody

Downtown Los Angeles

There’s some serious herstory in the making tonight, you guys. After two weeks of sitting on our hot little hands, the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race — shot in The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown — finally goes out to the world. 

We know, we know — the wait’s been killing us, too. If you can’t hardly stand it, here’s a quick sneak peak. Get an eyeful of our beloved Theatre when RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited airs tonight on Logo

Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard: the West just got a little more civilized. The best kind of baby steps, baby. 

Photo by Maggie Stoody


Yuma, Arizona
"You are never strong enough that you don’t need help." — César Chávez
Photo by Richard Avedon

Yuma, Arizona

"You are never strong enough that you don’t need help." — César Chávez

Photo by Richard Avedon


Los Angeles

Our beloved Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — once the Texaco building — makes a cameo in this original Superman clip. We’re guessing it’s George Reeves starring in Superman and the Mole Men.

Thanks Kev and Don for the tweet.


Los Angeles, CA 

The Avant garde filmmaker’s filmmaker, Kenneth Anger made the Thelemic masterpiece Lucifer Rising in England and Egypt over an extended period from the mid-’60s – ’70s. The Theatre, sponsored by Martin Guitar, and our pals at cinespia reunite to bring it back to the big screen tonight, with a special appearance by Los Angeles’ favorite Occult octogenarian himself. Lucky all of us. 


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