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Take 5: Can’t-Miss Cultural Offerings This Month

October 12, 2016

Fall can be counted on for many things: cinnamon-scented pinecones at the supermarket, the return of must-see TV, and a banner crop of cultural offerings. Here, a few on our calendar this month: Treasure Island Music Festival Marking a decade this year, Treasure Island Music Festival returns with headlining acts Ice Cube (joined by fellow…

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Scene and Heard: Meklit + Skirball Cultural Center

October 03, 2016
“I like to say that I was born in Addis Ababa and I grew up in Brooklyn and Florida, but San Francisco raised me creatively,” says Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter and composer Meklit Hadero, simply known as Meklit. Since landing on the music scene with her debut solo album On a Day Like This in 2010, the Yale graduate and…

Scene and Heard: Florence Welch

June 01, 2016
“Now everybody, every single person at this festival, I want you to turn to each other and embrace each other,” said Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, during her performance on Saturday, May 28, at BottleRock Napa Valley, held at the Napa Valley Expo grounds. “Tell each other that you love each other, because you do,”…

Scene and Heard: Ken Fulk

May 06, 2016
“This is kind of insane, even by our standards,” said San Francisco-based interior designer Ken Fulk about the bustling honeybee hive vignettes he conjured up for the New York Botanical Garden’s preview party and plant sale held on Thursday, April 28, during the organization’s 2016 Antique Garden Furniture Fair. “I hadn’t been to the Botanical Garden until…

Scene and Heard: Peter Copping

April 28, 2016
“We look at traditional fabrics, that’s the starting point for each collection,” said Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping just before The Colleagues luncheon benefiting Children’s Institute, Inc., on Tuesday, April 26, held at the Beverly Wilshire. During the annual fundraiser, Copping presented his fall 2016 collection for the house of de la Renta, a…

Scene and Heard: The Kills

April 22, 2016
“The Mayan was amazing,” said Alison Mosshart about a recent show she played at the downtown Los Angeles venue alongside her bandmate, The Kills‘ Jamie Hince. “It sounded perfect, the lights were heavenly, I never felt my legs, not even once,” she added, while speaking with KCRW‘s Jason Bentley before a live set The Kills…

Scene and Heard: Brandon Maxwell

March 31, 2016
“I grew up in a clothing store,” says Brandon Maxwell. So it’s no surprise that the Texas-born women’s ready-to-wear designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion oracle (since 2012) looks cozy and relaxed sitting steps from racks filled with his spring 2016 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue‘s Beverly Hills boutique. Maxwell’s grandmother owned a boutique in Longview,…

Scene and Heard: Tiffany Pham

March 24, 2016
An online community for women, Mogul, has its sights set on San Francisco. The tech-centric city will serve as a second front from which the website will seek to raise consciousness for its movement of female empowerment. Mogul, which was founded by media veteran and author Tiffany Pham in 2014, is dedicated to enabling women to…

Scene and Heard: Francesco Ragazzi

March 23, 2016
After a grand tour to multiple international locations for fashion weeks held in various cities, Francesco Ragazzi, art director of Moncler and creative director of his own skate-inspired line, Palm Angeles, recently arrived in Los Angeles for a visit. His men’s sportswear line, this spring in its second season, was originally inspired by a photograph…

Scene and Heard: James Goldstein

March 08, 2016
“John never made a suggestion, but as soon as I came up with an idea, he had three alternatives for me to choose from,” says James Goldstein about reworking portions of the his residence, built in 1963, with the structure’s original architect, John Lautner. Goldstein, discussing the Beverly Crest house—originally commissioned by Helen and Paul…

Scene and Heard: Cate Blanchett

February 24, 2016
“I was at the ready because once again I have chosen form over function,” said Cate Blanchett, who emerged quickly from backstage wearing a black Atelier Versace gown to accept the Lacoste Spotlight award at the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, February 23. “A lot of actors get…

Scene and Heard: Rachel McAdams

January 19, 2016
“It’s a little overwhelming to be up here and speak on behalf of our enormous and incredibly talented cast I had the great fortune of working with. I’m sure they would all know the perfect things to say, but I’m doing this,” said Rachel McAdams who accepted the award from the Broadcast Critics Association for best acting…

Scene and Heard: Rooney Mara

January 07, 2016
“A few years ago, when I got the script for Carol (The Weinstein Company), I couldn’t imagine myself playing this part,” said actress Rooney Mara upon receiving the Spotlight Award for her role in the film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, January 2.…

Scene and Heard: Karyn Craven

December 22, 2015
The holiday countdown clock has nearly run out, but dedicated givers are still hunting for unique presents that will delight and inspire recipients both near and far. Procrastinator’s tip: head to Karyn Craven’s Burning Torch boutique in Venice for a trove of coffee table books on such diverse topics as the scene in Los Angeles…

Scene and Heard: The Big Short

November 26, 2015
Can anyone around your dinner table explain credit default swaps in a remotely entertaining manner? Doubtful. That’s why director Adam McKay brought in a spray-tanned Ryan Gosling, playing banker Jared Vennett, to narrate the film version of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book, The Big Short. The movie, which premiered at AFI Fest Presented by Audi on…

Scene and Heard: Sonia Sieff

November 03, 2015
“One hundred percent beauty doesn’t exist. Beauty is only about imperfections,” says filmmaker and photographer Sonia Sieff, daughter of French lensman Jeanloup Sieff (known for his portraits of Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent, as well as shot of dancers in motion) in a short work she shot this fall for Tod’s. In the film, Sieff turned…

Scene and Heard: Chvrches

October 28, 2015
Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry joked about “short person problems” as she lowered a microphone to her mouth to sing a fragile version of “I Need My Girl” with The National‘s Matt Berninger on Sunday, October 18, at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco. The Scottish singer-songwriter took the stage with her band at…

Scene and Heard: Christopher Spitzmiller

October 21, 2015
“We live in an age where it makes sense to have useful everyday things,” said ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller, on Wednesday, October 21, at a trunk show held at Sue Fisher King in San Francisco. The Rhode Island School of Design graduate’s hand-thrown, classically shaped lamps set in yellow or white gold bases have long been considered…
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