At SCOTU we are attracted to all sorts of tracks for all sorts of reasons, but perhaps our kryptonite comes in the form of songs that are just too damn catchy to deny.
In only its second year, Paris Photo Los Angeles, opening this weekend, has become a must-see for its extensive array of photographic work — and has already inspired an alternative fair, Photo Independent.
Born in 1964 with a curious and sensitive eye for people, Matthias thoroughly learned his trade at Bayerische Lehranstalt fuer Fotografie in Munich. Ever since he graduated in 1990, his reportages sent him travelling around the world.
Joanna Hogg: Exhibition Thursday, April 24, 2014 “I had absolutely no fear,” says former Slits guitarist and punk icon Viv Albertine of taking on the role of artist D at the last minute, at the behest of her close friend Joanna Hogg. “I said: ‘I’m putting myself completely in your hands, I’m like your baby, do what you want with me.’” The writer and director’s third feature film Exhibition depicts the often-silent relationship of her two protagonists—D’s husband H is played by conceptualist one-time YBA, Liam Gillick—who are readying to leave their home
San Francisco has the nuttiest rental scene in the US—potential renters have to show up with mountains of paperwork and compete with dozens of other highly-paid people just for the privilege of paying enormous rent prices—but rents actually declined in the city last quarter , but they shot way up in Los Angeles. According to a rental report from rental site Lovely , median rent in LA was a scorching $1,850 in the first quarter of 2014, up more than 13 percent over the first quarter of 2013 and 8 percent over just the quarter before. (Meanwhile, San Francisco rents only went up 8 percent over the first quarter of 2013, although with such a high median price [$3,200] it has a lot less room for growth.) Even more troublingly, Lovely found that a spike in median rent across all sizes of apartments (whereas in San Francisco, rents on studios climbed hugely over last year, but rents on two-bedrooms only went up a little)
Where there is now a parking lot and some unused commercial buildings on Wilshire in Westlake, there may soon be Valencia , a six-story mixed-use project from veteran developer Sonny Astani that he hopes will be a link between Downtown and Ktown.
[Rihanna via Getty] Rihanna has lived in some really ugly houses in Los Angeles—leaky in Beverly Hills Post Office , bizarrely bland in Pacific Palisades —but at least her latest rental, as reported by the Real Estalker , is ugly with some flair. The Fortress above the Sunset Strip is known for its very phallic pool and for looking like a place where Bret Easton Ellis characters might get up to some torture; it was last owned by a DJ, naturally (Val Kolton), and before him Russ Weiner, the man who created Rockstar Energy Drink. Paris Hilton has thrown a Halloween party there.
Over at Curbed National, they’re taking a look at the preservation/renovation battle at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and considering what lessons the owners might learn from the country’s other oldest baseball fields: Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium.
Sixteen Sherpas were killed in an April 18 avalanche in the deadliest single day on Everest, but there’s a long history of fatalities on the mountain.
An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.