Wow! We were totally blown away by the sheer volume of awesome fans who commented with kind words on our ultimate prize package post– you guys are the best! Sadly, there can only be one winner. And that lucky lady is– chosen by a random number generator– commenter #472, Lauren! We will be in touch with you shortly.
The epic ride that has been We Love You So simply cannot be done justice in bullet-point form, but we’ll give it a shot anyway. Here are some great memories from these past 14 months–and 1000 posts–for you to revisit in our absence:
And then of course there are the hundreds of artists and musicians and writers who’ve inspired us along the way– go back through the archvies and rediscover them whenever you feel lonely! We’ll always have these moments, and one day we will meet again.
Jacob Samuel has been making exquisite artist prints for more than two decades. He’s teamed up with iconoclasts like John Barldessari, Ed Ruscha, Barry McGee and Marina Abramovic (prints form the latter two pictured above), going beyond simple reproductions of their work to create truly unique editions. Samuel’s catalog is so impressive, UCLA’s Hammer Museum recently acquired his archives and are presenting the works in a show called Outside The Box. Check out the video preview and visit the museum to see them up close through August 29th.
Lance Bangs and Spike have joined forces with the (RED) foundation to make The Lazarus Effect, a fascinating and emotional portrait of the AIDS crisis’ human impact in sub-Saharan Africa. Tracking a number of HIV-positive individuals’ journeys back from the edge of death as they receive Antiretroviral treatment, The Lazarus Effect offers an optimistic look at the effects of these medicines and the impact of organizations and individuals fighting to make them accessible.
“(RED), Spike and I went into this film wanting the people in it to tell their own stories,” says Lance. “Connie, Bwalya, Concillia and Paul represent people who now have a chance at a future when only seven years ago, a diagnosis of HIV for them would have been a death sentence. This film is a hopeful one, yet still a reminder that almost 4,000 people still die every day from AIDS in Africa, because not all people who need access to the treatment have it.”
The Lazarus Effect will be broadcast tonight on HBO at 9pm EST, in UK on Channel 4 at 11pm GMT, and globally on YouTube starting at 9:30pm EST.
Come join me at master illustrator Albert Reyes’ solo show, Never Dies the Dream, at Mastodon Mesa tomorrow night! His maze will reel you in and then his illustrations will melt your mind. Deep in the recesses of room B210 at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, you will have a one night only chance to enter a world of mystery, beauty and despair.
Taking the already rad concept of fan-powered dancing balloons to a new level of mind-boggling aesthetic awesomeness, Spike’s glorious Air Dancers made their debut at L.A.’s Opening Ceremony last weekend.
Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee are guest programming a festival of children’s films this month at Cinefamily! Every Friday there’s another mind-blowing night of entertainment to delight children and grown-ups alike:
To a child, there are no boundaries of culture, no barriers to acceptance of any external stimuli — as long as it’s cool. Explosions of color, light, music and funky characters are a universal constant, and never fail to, even in our adult lives, zap our inner kid cores into sweet submission. The hit kids’ television show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, an awesome program for kids and adults alike, is a proud proponent of this philosophy — and we’re thrilled to present guest programmers Lance Robertson (the show’s star, aka DJ Lance Rock), and animation producer Kevin Sukho Lee, as they unearth some choice childrens’ cinematic seeds from the vaults of yesteryear. From personal favorites to prominent influences to the just plain rad, they’ll orbit around this big blue marble of ours to bring you an eclectic assortment of far-out kinder-fare from around the globe.
Star photographer Matt Jones comes from a clan of uber-creative visual artists– his father is Terry Jones, creator of I-D magazine, and his sister is fashion photographer Katy Jones– so it’s no surprise that he has a gifted eye. But he’s carved out a signature style that’s all his own, as evidenced in his images that will soon be on display as a part of his solo show at The Oblong Gallery in London. Included in those are some fantastic portraits from the set of Where the Wild Things Are. Don’t pass up a chance to see Jones’ photos up close!
“A Psychoanalytic Symposium on Comedy, Loss, Attachment & Projection” is the catchy tagline for a conference about the work of Charlie Kaufman going down tomorrow at UCLA. It’s called Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind: Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman and it features a veritable fleet of MDs and PHDs discussing Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
As entertainment that satisfies both academic and psychoanalytic exploration, Kaufman’s films offer complex insight into the pain and projection that exists between people by exploring themes of consciousness, integrity, loss, memory, trauma and finitude.
Though stylistically different, his films raise questions about the creative process as defensive vs. growth-promoting mental activity and illustrate how we live with internal primitive mental states in a nuanced world of human relatedness.
There are still a few seats left, so if you’ve ever had your mind blown by a Charlie Kaufman movie, you’d be foolish not to check out this one of a kind discussion!