CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 |
Joseph Gatto was a fixture in the quiet Silver Lake neighborhood he had long called home. Friends knew the 78-year-old father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto as an easy person to talk to, a well-liked artist who spent decades teaching at schools across Los Angeles. He was a patriarch - not just to his close-knit family, but to a vast community of artists, former students and neighbors. So when news spread Thursday that Gatto had been shot dead in his home the previous night, those who knew him said it didn't make sense.
November 10, 2013 |
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
November 8, 2013 |
Sephora has pulled a un-PC shade of lipstick from its shelves -- and it wasn't the color that was controversial. The cosmetics giant this week removed "Celebutard," a pinky-beige hue from the Kat Von D lipstick line, following complaints from disability advocates and upset consumers. The name, which refers to vapid celebrities (often of the reality TV star variety), also references "retard. " "People with disabilities are the last to benefit from what some might call 'political correctness,' and what I would call basic human decency," Kim Stagliano, managing editor of Age of Autism, wrote in a Huffington Post blog.
November 4, 2013 |
Nicolas Ghesquière has been confirmed as the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Ghesquière, who turned Balenciaga into the hottest brand in French fashion during his tenure there, succeeds Marc Jacobs, who left last month after 16 years at the brand. "The Maison Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière, one of today's greatest talents," according to a statement by the house. "He will bring a modern creative vision to the House's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality which are at the heart of the Louis Vuitton Maison since 1854.
November 3, 2013 |
With Netflix streaming its way out of original content obscurity via popular shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," the Internet is making a serious play at competing with traditional TV to create shows of its own that attract eyeballs on a level with cable and network channels. That's why it was so astonishing to watch the mess that was the inaugural YouTube Music Awards, as homegrown YouTube sensations like the compelling and bizarre Tay Zonday shared screen time with international superstars like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
November 2, 2013 |
We set out to find 53 unique holiday gift picks from indie artists, artisans and craftspeople -- one every day from now until Christmas Eve -- and thought it a fitting to start with Kat Hutter and Roger Lee, whose studio is one of several making Los Angeles such a good place to be for fans of modern ceramics. The artists, who maintain separate careers in painting ( Hutter ) and ceramics ( Lee ), have been blending their talents for an interesting collection of graphic pieces appearing in some of L.A.'s more interesting stores.