Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

The Hammer Museum: ‘What Manner of Person Art Thou’ and other exhibits

Last weekend, Evan, my friend Laura and I went to the Hammer museum to see “What Manner of Person Art Thou” and the other exhibits. Though the Hammer is a small museum, it has some really wonderful works and frequently changing exhibits.

We started with the Francesca Gabbiani-curated collection of images that have to do with witchcraft, sorcery and the darker side of life. In a room filled with mostly old etching and prints, though also including some more modern ones, we were really delighted by the bizarre elements we found in many of the pieces, especially the extremely strange Pieter van der Heyden works from the 1500s.

There was also a neat portrait exhibit called “Other People,” which had a wide range of mostly contemporary portraiture. My favorite piece was a collection of baseball card style photos of baseball photographers. Of course, they were all in baseball poses and had baseball props, but were all in their normal clothes.

The real reason we went to the museum, though, was to see Erin Cosgrove’s animated film, “What Manner of Person Art Thou.” It was shown in a very small room, with just two couches and some chairs in the back. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but the film was quite funny, though a bit long. It followed two men from a religious sect, whose families had died, trying to find any other descendants to bring back to their community. They’re sorely disappointed by what they find out in the world, from pro-anorexia groups to dating shows. With each relative they meet, their journey becomes more absurd and more horrifying.

The film is only playing until tomorrow, but it’s worth checking out, as are the other exhibits.

Tuttle #2 – This Time With Video, and No, We Weren’t in a T-Shirt Shop


What is Tuttle LA? from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.

Tuttle #2 was even better than Tuttle #1. We met again at the Library, and started by meeting in the cozy room on the left that has lots of couches, but we had a special surprise — a video Skype chat with Lloyd Davis (aka the Tuttle mothership, as Geoff said), who is at SXSW this weekend. We were a bit loud when on the call, so one of the annoyed Library patrons suggested we head to the bizarre extra room off to the right, which was empty.

With talked about Austin, Tuttle, London and more (check out the video above).

Our new spot in the side room provided us more seating space and let us talk and move around more, but it was a really bizarre space. There were a few yellow walls, some mismatched paintings, a rack of T-shirts and hoodies (all in primary colors), a massage chair ($1 for 5 minutes) and some paper lanterns.

In addition to all the talk about tech, phones, Twitter, WordPress and SXSW, we also did some video interviews. Geoff’s phone died, so we took all the video on my Macbook Pro.


Tuttle LA: Interview with Mark Davidson from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.


Tuttle LA Interview with Amir Motlagh from Francine Kizner on Vimeo.

This week’s attendees: Me (@kizziefk), Geoff Hickman (@geoffsays), Jeb Brilliant (@jebbrilliant), Mark Davidson (@markdavidson), Amir Motlagh (@amirmotlagh, Vimeo), Christine (@christyxcore), Caroline (@thevixy)

Tuttle #2

Tomorrow will be the second-ever meeting of the LA Tuttle Club. We’ll be meeting again at the Library in Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and discussion about work, social media, marketing, music… whatever it is that you’re into. The first meeting was great fun — we all met some new people and learned about some new technology and music.

Geoff, Jeb and I will definitely be showing up, and anyone else who’d like to drop by is welcome. Leave a note in the comments, email, or send me a message on Twitter if you’d like to learn more or let me know to look for you.

We’ll be in the second room (so don’t worry if you don’t see us right when you walk in the door), and we’ll try to grab enough couch and chair space for anyone who’ll be coming. And don’t worry about coming a bit late — we’re not on any schedule — this is what you make of it.

The basics:

Where: The Library Coffee House
3412 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-2393

When: Friday, March 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m.

East Hollywood ArtCycle

Yesterday, Evan and I headed over the East Hollywood ArtCycle to check out the scene and see some art. While it wasn’t quite as large an event as we’d imagined, it was still quite nice. There were bands and other groups performing — our favorite that we saw was a band called Confessions of a Corn Silo.

There was plenty of food, from bake sale type stands with delicious looking vegan cupcakes, cookies and brownies (I’m pretty sure there were some non-vegan varieties as well), to local cafes and gelato shops. We had some really delicious Guinness Chocolate gelato, and were intrigued by the other very inventive flavors.

There were also, of course, various artists showing off their work, and there were bike tours that would take you around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, neither Evan nor I have a bicycle at the moment, so we couldn’t partake in the cycling fun. A lot of people did bike over to the event, and there was a great hipster-cyclist vibe, with people on double-decker and other tricked-out bikes.

Local galleries were also open, so we could look at some more art. We didn’t get to too many galleries, but we really enjoyed the Fake Gallery, which had a rather funny exhibition by “fake” artists, complete with placards giving great personal bios of artists like Roy G. Biv, the color-blind paint tester. The centerpiece of the fair was a large, undulating wooden sculpture (a small portion of which is photographed with Evan, above.

Another neat part of the fair was that they had the guys from Grinding Gears custom screen printing making t-shirts on the fly. I actually brought my own shirt to be printed on, and was able to choose from about 5 designs. I chose a design that had lyrics from Tom Waits’ song, “Broken Bicycles.”

I also got a very cute necklace from Kiki Designs. It was hard to choose just one from the creative and beautiful array of jewelry. I bought the necklace directly from Kiki herself, who was really nice, and it came in a takeout box!

Check out more photos from the event in my Flickr gallery.

The First-Ever LA Tuttle Club


The first Tuttle LA group: Amir, Caroline, Mark, Geoff, Jeb, Me and David

Today we had the first-ever meeting of Tuttle LA. Maybe it should be called Tuttle LB, as we were actually in Long Beach. In any case, Geoff and I had been planning for this for a few weeks, but weren’t really sure if anyone was going to show up. Thankfully, we didn’t have much to worry about — we had a nice small group of 7.

The Library was a cool place. It felt a bit like someone’s living room, with couches and coffee tables and walls painted different colors. The coffee was good, too.

We talked about mobile phones, as Jeb had recently returned from Mobile World in Barcelona and had quite a few Nokias for people to play with. We also talked a lot about music, since Geoff manages a band and Amir is a musician, as is David, who joined us after listening in on some of our music conversation.


Jeb and Geoff

We also talked film (Amir is also a filmmaker), Twitter, and of course social networking strategy. Mark also told us a bit about some new social networking tools and concepts, and we discussed how social networks can create ambient awareness as well as AI technologies for social networks — as in, do you want a social networking app to be able to predict your behavior on a certain day or time since it’s been tracking what you’ve been doing, or is that creepy?

We of course talked a lot about our inspiration for meeting up — the London Tuttle Club. We made a Qik video and said hello to Lloyd, we decided that Jeb was the new Whatleydude as he was letting everyone try out his various mobile phones, and we talked a lot about Solobasssteve, since he was the one who convinced us to start something up here in the first place.

And just like in London, the gathering went long — we started at 10:30 and hung around until just after 2. And though I had good intentions of getting some work done and brought my laptop with me, it stayed in my backpack. There’s never really any time for solo work at Tuttle.

We’re having our second meeting two weeks from today, on March 13, so mark your calendars if you’d like to come — and let me know if you want to carpool from LA.

West LA Tweetup

Last night there was a Tweetup — the first I’d actually attended in LA (I know, I’ve been a bit of a slacker since getting back into town what feels like a very short 6 months ago). In any case, when I heard that people were getting together nearby after attending Gravity Summit, I thought I should stop by to meet some new people.

The Tweetup was at Palomino in Westwood, a very popular bar and restaurant — I want to go back and try their thin-crust pizza because it looked delicious. The place was packed with a lively post-work/post-conference crowd, and I meandered around a bit before Rodney Rumford saw me looking a little lost and made some introductions (thank you!).

There was quite a big crowd, so I didn’t even come close to meeting everyone, but I did have some nice conversations with Ben, Dustin, Tony, Ricardo, Alan, Angie and John. I also ran into Jon Rognerud, who I worked with when I was an editor at Entrepreneur.com — we’d never met in person, so I didn’t even realize who he was at first!

It was great to get out and meet some new and interesting people. And tomorrow I have another event — the first ever Tuttle LA. If you’re available tomorrow morning and can make it to Long Beach, I’d love to see you there.

Driving Through Dramatic Weather: Road Trip Photos

This past weekend’s trip to Mammoth was incredible. The snow was powdery, we ate lots of good food, and we got to spend some time with friends. The drives up and back, however, were rather trying. On the way up, we had heavy rain and even some snow in Mojave before the clouds parted to reveal some sunny skies. On the way back, it snowed for about three hours of the drive — until we got well below 3,000 feet, then was a mix of wind, rain, a bit of hail, and even an extra dollop of snow in the mountains just outside LA.

Here are a few photos I snapped on my iPhone…


On the way up, after a few hours of rain, the clouds started to blow over. The strange part was that it happened very quickly, and at this point, the sky was half sun, half seriously ominous clouds.


On the way back, it snowed for hours, then rained so hard it felt like we were driving through a car wash. When the clouds finally broke for a bit, the sunshine on the wet road and windshield was very dramatic.


I tried to snap some photos of Joshua trees in the snow, since I’d never seem them covered in powder before, but this one turned out to be my favorite.


I just had to take a photo of the snow on highway 14, just outside of LA and by Escondido Canyon Road. Thankfully it wasn’t coming down at that point.