Monthly Archives: August 2012

Leather kids


Just as I was feeling the need for something creative, inspiring, unusual to pop up and breath some life into the day, I came across Leather Kids…

Originally posted on Chicquero:

Sabi van Hemert, lives and works in Rotterdam. Hemert creates sculptures that are a fusion between child and animals.

Her sculptures have a quality of alternately denying and confirming what you think you see in them and what feeling they give you. Because it is not immediately clear what you are seeing, the relation between viewer and sculpture is more complex.
“I create images that evoke associations with people and animals. I imagine the balance between the many conflicting feelings and thoughts that a man can have. Balance between opposites as attractive / repulsive, happy / sad or fear / security. My pictures have something in them that causes you to think what to see and feel that it gives you, and then confirm again denied.”

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs. Alexei Sayle


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Missoni x Demo – Statue of David

Fall Fashion Trends for 2012: Luxe Looks for Less

Summer is quickly coming to a close and it’s time to turn your attention to fall fashion. As promised Gia On The Move is reviewing, summing up the past couple of months and previewing what’s happening for Fall with upcoming September Fashion Weeks.

With each new exciting season, style and trend there’s also another stressful little secret:  shelling out the cash to update your closet. Today you can let out a sigh:

 POSHGLAM founder and style expert, Kimberly E. Stone,  shares some of her top picks for where to shop for this season’s most fashionable finds.  Because, “you don’t have to spend a lot to look like a million bucks!”

What to watch and how to shop this fall:

Trend: Peplum Tops – undoubtedly the season’s hottest silhouette, Kimberly says the peplum shape  accentuates curves in a sophisticated way.

Brand To Buy:ASOS ( 

Trend: Gold Accents – a touch of gold can make a piece look much more expensive that it actually is. Gold hardware on shoes and bags are the easiest way to pull this off.

Brand To Buy:Rachel by Rachel Roy (

Trend: Statement Necklaces –jewelry is one of the easiest and most inexpensive way to spice up your wardrobe and add new elements to your look each and every season.

Brand To Buy: Bauble Bar (

Trend: Structured Bags – the epitome of class and sophistication, a structured bag in a neutral color is not only a hot trend for fall 2012 but a look that will always be in stuyle.

Brand To Buy: Melie Bianco (


Who Likes Art?

You’d be surprised…












170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036


Summer Nights in Chinatown, LA

And this is how it ended…

But it started off with a determined trip to catch the MiXTAPE Los Angeles Pop Up exhibition CURATED BY Jessicka Addams & Brian Wakil

Mechanical Man by KRK Ryden inspired by DEVO

“LISTEN & LOOK, 24 artists, 24 songs, ONE stream of consciousness.  “LA MiXTAPE documents the effect of music on the process of creation, asking each participating artist to create a piece titled after a song, artist, or band that has inspired or influenced his/her creative process - until August 28th at LeBasse Projects Chinatown at 932 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

As I wandered the lit courtyards, I even managed to go shopping in the dark at 9:30pm and accidentally ran into the girls from Dle Cosmetics who enthusiastically convinced me that I needed 3 All Natural LightUp Lip Glosses.  Even the guys were into this one (they sell a man’s lip balm too!)

But it was KCRW DJs Jason Bentley, Anthony Valdez, Jeremy Sole, Valida & Aaron Byrd who pulled out all the stops with a Chinatown Summer Nights dance party on the final night of a 3 night immersion of art, culture, food & music!


Spontaneity RULES!

Milwaukee Rep Opens GUTENBERG This Sunday (8/26)

“Anyone who likes the zany humor of Monty Python will love this two-hour festival of silliness, laughter and joy about two guys and a pianist pitching an incredibly ludicrous, over-the-top musical filled with 16 ridiculous songs.”

I love theatre.  And apparently so do Doug and Bud.

So when I saw that Milwaukee Repertory Theater would be kicking off its 2012/13 Season with the wacky, award-winning musical comedy, Gutenberg! The Musical!, I thought, Ok time for some laughs.  But bummer!  It’s not in LA.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the rest of you out there searching GOTMLA today can’t enjoy, two men, one pianist, thirty baseball caps – and one massively misguided dream!

Nutley, New Jersians, Bud and Doug wrote a big, splashy musical about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, the evil monk trying to stop him and the beautiful girl who loved him.

“Tonight is the night that they are pitching this fabulous show to potential Broadway producers. It’s a “reading” of the musical, so there’s no set, no real props and no cast. Bud and Doug must play all the parts themselves. And that’s where the fun begins. They are so proud and so excited, that they have no idea that their material isn’t really as good as Wicked or Les Miserables.  But Bud and Doug love to dream big. And they’re having the best night of their lives.”

They may not have a cast, an orchestra or a clue, but with an unending supply of enthusiasm, they’re pitching their hilarious, 16-song epic to Broadway producers who just might fulfill their bright-eyed ambitions!

Listen to the Gutenberg MegaMix!

25 Gutenberg! The Megamix! (recorded in Bud_s apartment)

Gutenberg! The Musical runs in the Stackner Cabaret from August 24 – October 14, and opens Sunday, August 26.

Originally workshopped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The first two-act version premiered in London in January 2006. Since its premiere, the show has been performed extensively throughout the U.S. as well as internationally in Australia and Finland. The musical has won numerous awards including the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. Playwrights Scott Brown and Anthony King won the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and Gutenberg! The Musical! also won the 2007 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.



Tickets for Gutenberg! The Musical! start at $35.00. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2012/13 productions are now on sale and can be purchased online 24/7, through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling 414-224-9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Patron Relations Manager Christine Yundem at 414-290-5340.


Gerard Neugent (Doug) just completed his tenth season with The Rep, his sixth as a member of The Rep’s Resident Acting Company and, with the start of the 2012/13 Season, is now a Rep Associate Artist.

Eric Damon Smith (Bud) is a former Milwaukee Rep acting intern from the 2002/03 Season.

Paul Helm (Music Director/Pianist) returns to The Rep after performing in Always . . . Patsy Cline last season. 


Stephen Carmody (Scenic Designer); Rachel Laritz (Costume Designer) Charles Cooper (Lighting Designer); Sarah Hoffmann (Stage Manager) Jason Simpson (Stage Management Apprentice) Maggie Ellsworth (Assistant Director).

Laura Gordon (Director)

To learn more about The Rep or its productions, please visit

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, full-scale musicals and side-splitting comedies housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements, The Rep is committed to creating plays that are meaningful and relevant to the society we live in – plays that are challenging, visceral and engage the community through the issues they explore.

Shimmer Sheer Feather Glow -Hypnotized by Hiver Haute

Hypnotic runway fashion film by Director Trevor Undi, showcasing the Chanel Couture Autumn/Winter 2012/13 Collection

65 Days Left to View The World’s Largest Online Art Exhibit: 100 Curators 100 Days


Featured Guest Curators This Week from Athens, Greece, Los Angeles, CA & Gateshead, UK

 Attention lovers of art everywhere!  Saatchi Online’s art exhibit, titled “100 Curators 100 Days”, has got off to an amazing start with coverage in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, to name a few.  It has also been featured on the influential trendspotting blog Cool Hunting which said: “100 Curators 100 Days may very well reshape the perception that viewing art on a computer doesn’t achieve the personal relationship between viewer and artwork offered by a brick-and-mortar museum or gallery.”

Launched in mid-July, the “100 Curators 100 Days” project has revealed 35 of its 100 curators, leaving 65 yet to be seen. Each day for 100 days, Saatchi Online showcases 10 artists chosen from the online art gallery by one curator from somewhere in the world.  At the end of the 100 days 1,000 artists will have been selected and will be on display.  This week’s guest curators include:

Wed (today)  8/22 – Trevor Schoonmaker, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham NC, USA

Thurs 8/23 – Marina Fokidis, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece

Fri 8/24 – Amanda Hunt, LAXART, Los Angeles, USA

Sat 8/25- Alessandro Vincentelli, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

The 100 curators selected for the Saatchi Online project by Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London and Board Member of Saatchi Online, represent the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries. They include: Peter MacGill, Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC; Britt Salvesen, Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, LA; Carson Chan and Nadim Samman, co-curators of the Marrakech Biennale, 2012; Cecilia Alemani, Donald R Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art, NY; Eric C Shiner, director and Milton Fine curator of art at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Tobia Bezzola, Kunsthaus Zurich; Khaled Ramadan, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Daria de Beauvais, Palais de Tokyo, Paris Hendrik Folkerts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; John Zarobell, MoMA, San Francisco, among others.

The project is the first of its kind under the helm of Saatchi Online’s new CEO, Margo Spiritus.

The entire list of curators for 100 CURATORS 100 DAYS and all the artists chosen so far can be viewed at  For more information about Saatchi Online visit and 

Broadway Baby Bernadette Peters Goes Gray For Fame

Bernadette Peters shows off her Gray Line New York Ride of Fame™ double-decker bus featuring a custom decal with her likeness alongside her Broadway Barks co-founder, Mary Tyler Moore

Gray Line New York, New York City’s premier sightseeing and tourism company, today honored stage and screen icons, and Broadway Barks co-founders, Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore into the Ride of Fame™ campaign.  Ms. Peters, who was on-site to receive this honor, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the custom decal featuring her and Ms. Moore’s likenesses on the front of one of Gray Line New York’s iconic double-decker buses.  Ms. Peters also revealed a special edition poster designed by the legendary Bob Mackie, celebrating this year’s 14th annual Broadway Barks, the Peters/Moore -founded dog and cat adoption event produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

PHOTO CREDIT: Amanda Schwab

Since 1926, Gray Line New York has been a proud staple of the New York City tourism industry, bringing visitors to all the must-see stops in New York City on its signature red double-decker tour buses. Now with its Ride of Fame™ campaign, Gray Line New York is recognizing and honoring leading New Yorkers and iconic New York establishments, whom they identify as exemplary community figures and entities by bestowing a bus in their fleet to each dedicatee.  This will be the first occasion where two legendary celebrities are inducted onto one bus.  Past honorees include: Liza Minnelli, Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachael Ray, New York Ranger, Henrik Lundqvist, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Anthony, Kenneth Cole and legendary New York Yankee, Reggie Jackson.

Monday Morning Fashion Re-Blasts: Make Way for September!

There’s never enough time to talk about who, what, when, where and why when it comes to all of the fashion out.  Sometimes it’s best to simply sum up.

If you missed these Fall Fashion offerings when they began arriving in stores, you definitely want to do the re-cap before September Fashion Weeks roll around.  There’s always more.  But some things are worth seeing twice.

Oh Roberto!  Videograper Trevor Undi and take us to the extreme in a Cavalli inspired Fall Fashion fantasy.

In their signature free-spirited style, the Maison Kitsuné team is back with another edition of their battle video!

Directed by famed Fashion director, Loïc Prigent and set to music from the Kitsuné America album, this fun battle video features the looks from Maison Kitsuné’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

Accused by online fans of creating fashion for [maybe] Lady Gaga, H&M never-the-less launched a bedazzling Fall 2012 collection for girls and colorful chic for boys.  And come on girls, we all know we really do want to glitter at least some of the time. Boys get to dress to impress.

Rugged sexiness, teenage lust and boots to kill.  Welcome to the World of Luka where chic asthetics merges sophisticated elegance with city street style.

Berlin Fashion Week offered a man on woman, man on man, woman on woman, dancification of fashion.  Getting RAW with G-Star.  You will remember this! – From our friends at State of Style

Prelude to a Kiss…French designer Jelena Vujanovic of Vilorija, turned out some very flirty dresses during LA Fashion Weekend in March 2012, that lasted us all the way up till Fall.  Here’s what Gia On The Move saw live at the show this year. [I can't see myself in the video but I'm sitting right by the stage!]

Pizza Naturally! LA Food Trends Update

by Tracey Paleo

Adding to the ever-growing trends in Italian food, is an idea currently “bubbling up” to the mainstream.   According to Executive Chef Owner, Saverio Posarelli of Café Fiore in Woodland Hills, the newest version of two culinary hotspots in North Hollywood, CA, cuisiniers and cooks alike, all over Italy are beginning to experiment with what is being dubbed, “Natural Pizza.”

It was the first time I had heard about this technique which apparently has been making its way around for some time.   And during Café Fiore’s, “Sip of Italy” cocktail and small plate tasting event, this au currant discovery, now being featured at the Bistro, was more than a delightful surprise.

Dedicated, adventurous foodies seated family style on a high banked table and stools, gathered to sample the fare, surrounded by a stylized decor, as the chef proudly explained [the chairs, love seats, floors, bar], had been curated from various woods of old World War II planes and beveled glass from extinct bottle factories in Chicago; re-invented to provide a comfortable, homey, masculine, wood fire grill chic.

Primi piatti included routinely served homemade breads, braised lamb sliders and crab cakes followed by samplings of Butternut Squash Tortellacci and Risotto Alpina (Porcini mushroom risotto stuffed with speck and Fontina).

But as the meal progressed the “taste” of the matter, the Pizza made its way to the table.

At its simplest, Natural Pizza is a softer, lighter, less burnt version of our American style handhelds as well as traditional watery centered pies served in Venice or Rome and definitely not deep dish.  It also, most specifically has no yeast.

When I asked the chef about the difference, he excitedly blurted out, “it won’t make you feel too full.”  And as I sampled the soft, slightly under-cooked tasting flat bread (but not really), topped with various cheeses, meats and vegetables, I began to understand its delicate simplicity.  The Porchettara Pizza topped with Pomarola, buffalo mozzarella, roasted pork belly, green olives, and Fresno chili, was the“hit” of the evening and true to Chef Posarelli’s word, I left feeling completely satisfied without being overfull.

Simple in taste, the preparation, however, is not an easy task to complete.  Making the vinegar based liquid that enhances the doe (rather than yeast) takes months of “feeding” until it is ready to mix and must be done at least 2 days in advance of cooking.  It is a labor of love in detail with a sophistication that delivers on taste, especially for food lovers with distinct palates.

One other thing you won’t want to miss are the Margherita’s.  My personal choices are the Strawberry Basil and the Watermelon Sage.  But the Avocado Martini made with Cruzan mango rum, mango, fresh lime and muddled avocado, as a popular favorite is something everyone should try at least once.

LA Style – There’s an App For That

App trends are coming in fast and furious with the latest craze surrounding Fashion apps.  Here’s the newest:

LA style is studied, sought after and emulated all over the country and even the world. The carefree yet elegant vibe of the classic California girl has stemmed from the City of Angels as the epicenter of fashion for the golden state.

As you know, trends in Los Angeles are constantly evolving in order to keep ahead of the fashion game and for fashionistas on the go, StyleTag is the perfect companion app. With the free app, users can keep up to date on the latest trends with the customizable StyleTag fashion feeds by subscribing to favorite brands, designers, styles and fall trends as well as fellow fashionistas with similar taste. Have on online fashion following? Users can even post their own StyleTag images to their Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts.

StyleTag is a free app and available on Android and iOS devices here: