Spring has sprung!
Springtime is the kick-off to the music festival season and the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California is one not to be missed. The 2016 ticket sales are proving that this groovy music fest is drawing crowds, not only from it’s native California, but festival peeps will be coming from over 34 countries around the world. The event takes place over two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24, at the Empire Polo Club and is so fabulous that even Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses have put their differences aside to share the stage for one of the first times since 1993 right here! While the big buzz is all about Guns N’ Roses this year, there is something for everyone and performers like Ice Cube, Ellie Goulding, Peter Yorn, Beach House, Disclosure, country’s Chris Stapleton and Calvin Harris (the festival’s first electronic headliner) will all be there amongst many, many others.
Coachella isn’t just about the music though. Fashion and art play a huge part in the whole festival experience and you’re going to need to up your bohemian fashion game…tenfold. While the fashion seems to be more designer hippie than Woodstock, boho babes can still be seen wearing flower crowns along with lots of fringe, suede boots, bikini tops with shorts and maxi sun dresses with hats. Along with the serious fashion scene, larger than life sculptures can be seen throughout the festival grounds. That’s not all, this year the Global Inheritance Program called upon 40 artists (all 40 submitted their work in a contest and were chosen by the program) to transform recycling bins with their artistic creations that will be not only on display but will be used throughout the festival as well, in hopes of bringing heightened awareness of the necessity of recycling. Not only do the 40 artists get to promote their work, the Global Inheritance Program gave each artist two VIP passes to weekend two. Win-win!
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We can’t help but love Otium, chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s DTLA restaurant. From the tableware by native L.A. potter Dora De Larios (who had a recent show at one of our favorite, homegrown art spots, the Craft and Folk Art Museum), to the inventive food – we’re still dreaming about the octopus with mole, the agnolotti with peas and pistachio and the banana cream grand macaron – to the huge, exterior Damien Hirst mural and Steampunk bathroom faucets. The spring weather makes us want to sit on the patio and gaze at The Broad museum nextdoor, but we’re equally happy at the banquettes overlooking the buildings of DTLA. The open kitchen really is open, no glass or walls separating you from the action (TIP: You can walk right through the kitchen on your way back from the loo). Otium is a perfect spot to eat when you’re heading to the Broad, MOCA, the Music Center or Disney Hall, but in our book, any excuse to go will do.
S E E
There are so many shows to see on the West Coast this spring, we can’t even pick and choose. Instead, we’re just saying, see ’em all. We’re happy to report an unusually large number of shows devoted to women artists, but ironically there are three shows glorifying men’s bodies and men’s fashion, and even a show on a male designer who created fashion for women. Here’s our list: Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel through 9/4, Women: New Portraits by Annie Leibowitz at The Presidio through 4/17, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 at the Hammer Museum through 5/15, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at LACMA and the Getty through 7/31, Reigning Men at LACMA through 8/21 and Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective at the de Young Museum through 5/30.
W E A R
Nowadays, it seems like every label is jumping on the sneaker/skater shoe band wagon, and with very good reason. Guys, what could be better than being comfortable and fashionable in one fell swoop? The old-school Jack Purcell classic by Converse has you covered. We have missed these kicks and their resurgence in 2016 is bringing smiles to our faces. The classic, now very hip, JP’s look just as groovy with shorts as they do with pants and now come in array of new colors and fabrics, such as leather and suede. Retailing at around $95, they leave your cash in the bank, right where it belongs!
B U Y
As if Hudson|Grace didn’t already have enough temptations to make us want to buy out the store, the Brentwood Country Mart shop now has flowers by the bundle. Just bring in your favorite vase and Becky, H|G’s floral buyer and designer will help you fill it up with gorgeous blooms. Of course, you can also just grab a bunch to go, or buy a vase on site. Don’t feel motivated to leave the house? Not to worry, H+G can deliver the blooms locally as well. Happy Spring!
From top: GO: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; EAT: Otium 222 South Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-935-8500, photo: ladowntowner.com; SEE: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013; The Presidio‘s Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129; The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024; LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049; and the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118; WEAR: Jack Purcells; BUY: Hudson|Grace.
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