I can't believe we've been hosting our summer kick off barbecue for nine years now! But there you have it. Nine years of post-E3 fun. The crowd has changed from electronic entertainment industry folks-only to a big ass party for our creative cabal.
Thanks to Toby and Michael for hosting our party for the third year in a row. Thanks to Kiino and Matt for hooking us up with tunes. And thanks to all our friends that made the day fun and special. We are looking forward to the 10 year anniversary party, next year! See you then.
OsGemeos are in town getting ready for the big "Art in the Streets" opening at MOCA in a couple of weeks. The stars aligned and we ended up hosting their birthday dinner at our home with new and old friends in tow -- nearly a decade after we first met during their inaugural trip to America. We've been lucky to catch the twins over the years, but what made the evening incredibly special was our reunion dinner included photographers Louise and Ig from LostArt, who were also with us 10 years ago (see related link below).
I found my original photographs from the 2001 visit and we happily took the trip down memory lane together. Back then, we were much poorer (the twins crashed on the floor of our 150 square foot sublet in New York City) and aside from a lifestyle upgrade for all of us, not much else has changed except that OsGemeos is now more of a household name in the contemporary art scene and we're all a bit chubbier.
As seen in the slideshow above, here we are hanging with old pals, Ig and Louise from LostArt and Gustavo and Otavio of OsGemeos and Wendy, Arnaldo, Koyo and Ray. We celebrated the twins' birthdays and 10 years of friendship. Cheers to many more years ahead...
On my birthday, we dropped by photographer, director, and my pal, Peter Sutherland's "Muddy Treads" book launch and slide show at Family. In front of a packed house, Peter talked about his work's inspiration and recalled some pretty, pretty funny tales of growing up in Colorado. Since so much of Peter's personal life is reflected in all his bodies of work, it's great to hear some of the back story. I bought a book and had Peter sign it for me. Limited-edition "Muddy Treads" is published by Seems Books. Pick up a copy before they're all gone!
Kräftskiva is a Scandanivian summer tradition where friends and families gather to suck on crawfish brain and butt and wash away memories of doing so by drinking a lot of booze. The whole dinner/evening is silly and gluttonous. Schnapps makes very bright and motivated peeps turn into babbling fools. Have I mentioned how amazing this party is?! Thanks to Team EK for hosting such a fun night!
There's no better way to return to Los Angeles from two hectic days in New York City than to throw a barbecue for 150 of our closest friends! Our 6th annual post E3 Missed My Flight BBQ was a blockbuster! Big ups to Mary and Julian for hosting, Matt and Kiino for the tunes, and everybody else for making the day so memorable/fun/best!
Because we can people. Because we live next to the Pacific Ocean where the air is (mostly) clear and the sun shines all the time. So much so that we don't need to Twitter about the good weather we're having or the awesome lifestyle we're living. Eat it.
Our dear friend, Peter "Pedro" Fierlinger is in town. You might remember him from this Sesame Street gem (thank you, YouTube) or ye olde turntable.com days. The always-dreaming traveler, Pedro's decided to swing by our home for the weekend. I can't believe it's been a year and a half since he packed up and left for Mexico! We're so lucky to be a part of his pit stops, now if we could only find a way to visit him down south!
I'm in Austin for SXSW. Alexis, or Lexi as I affectionately call her, is visiting from Boston for a wedding. Calendar stars aligned and we found an excuse to meet up for drinks and some face time.
Lexi is one of my super BFFs. And she calls me by my first name, Lanha. I met her 17 years ago when she was assigned to me as my sophomore year suite mate at Boston University. I was studying science and she was studying communications. We spent many years together trudging down Lansdowne Street hitting all the night clubs. Venus de Milo on Thursday. Axis on Friday. Maybe another club on Wednesday or Saturday if we were feeling ambitious. It was with her that I could move any mountain and dance in cages all night. That's right kids. Dance in cages. But that was a long time ago. Today, we're reasonably reasonable adults. But when you get us together, it's the giddy gals all over again. When I'm with Lexi, I'm 19 again. And I wouldn't change it for the world.
I figured out early on that the party swag, although an excellent canvas bag by Loomstate Organics also included boxes with Parra-scribble for those who dared to pick one up. Armed with this intimate knowledge, I wandered the party scoping each box carefully. I honed in on a carton with humor and Parra's trademark characters. Before I left, I asked the guest of honor to take a picture with the gift I chose to take home with me. Why? So that if I got stopped on my way out, I could at least show security my photo and explain that, "it was all good".
Big ups to team Arkitip (Robert and Snyder) for throwing us a west side event worth turning out for and to Parra for my present!