Tumblr's We Love
Now that the Standard Culture website exists on Tumblr, we can’t get enough of perusing the vast community. Here’s a top 10 list of Tumblr’s we’re following ourselves. We’re impressed with some of the old school brands reinventing themselves on this platform. Here’s the greatest hits from our point of view: (The Atlantic recently posted this photo as the...
Midterm Elections in 7 Minutes
If you have been missing all the political nuttiness swirling around us, take a look at this video to catch up to speed. It will be an interesting end of year for Americans. Watch the What you Missed, Midterm Elections Video
Meet Neil Aline
Meet Neil Aline, our DJ at the party known as Nouveau York held every Sunday from 6:00 pm -2:00 am at Le Bain, inside the Standard hotel, New York. We think every DJ should not be afraid to drop a good Wham U.K. tune from time to time. Here’s a proper introduction to the man himself. What is your DJ name? Why? Neil Aline… because my parents gave me that name What...
Graphic of the Day: Great Pumpkin
Source: Nicole Prima
William Eggleston at LACMA
Photographer William Eggleston is one of a kind. His photos convey a beautiful side of America for the last 5 decades while he developed his craft. On his travels, William explored supermarkets, drive-ins, sidewalks, parking lots, and any other nook and cranny his curious eye wandered. His use of composition and inventive color work have inspired legions of young photographers coming up the...
Graphic of the Day: Rejection Letter
A rejection letter from the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company (1907-1925), best known for making Charlie Chaplin movies. Source: NPR
A Chat with AA Bronson
Heading into it’s 5th year, The New York Art Book Fair was lovingly conceived and brought to fruition by AA Bronson, Chief Executive of one of NY’s most cherished art bookstores, Printed Matter. Since its relatively recent inception, the Fair has grown exponentially to include over 280 exhibitors from around the world and has essentially revived the once floundering art book into a...
A Little Strip for Today
Who is Yvonne Marthay? God knows. But she created this cute little dance number in the 50’s. It’s one of the reasons YouTube is such a brilliant invention, unearthing these vintage pieces for all to see.
Meet Greg K
Meet Greg Krelenstein, 1/3 of the DJ crew, The Misshapes. Greg acts as a floating satellite all his own, DJ’ing major events at night while booking celebs for cool magazines at his day job. This weekend, we’re psyched to have The Misshapes make a cameo visit on our turntables for Halloween. Here’s a few things you should know about him… What is your DJ name? Why? Greg...
Waris + Playboy
(Paz de la Huerta. Photo by Guest of a Guest) Waris & Playboy? Not a likely combo, you’d think, right? Well, we enjoyed the mix. House of Waris (headed by Waris Ahluwalia) and Playboy magazine ended up hosting a very hip literary salon located underneath the High Line a few weeks ago. Jason Silva of Current TV referred to it as “Intellect plus revelry!” as he told the...
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES
As some of you already know, I just spent the past five days at the glorious Standard, Miami, swimming laps in the 80 degree saltwater pool overlooking the bay, getting my shoulders massaged by the 98 degree waterfall and then plunging into an ice cold bath to revitalize my perfect skin. And yes, I did it all without spilling a drop of my martini. It’s not a vacation for the faint of...
Graphic of the Day: Bromance
In Honor of our fundraiser tomorrow for marriage equality. Graphic is entitled Bromance. Artist, Unknown.
His real name is David Abitbol, but he goes by the moniker “Japanster” due to his penchant for the country. David now DJ’s every Friday at Le Bain, Standard New York. Here’s an introduction to his world… What is your DJ name? Why? Japanster. I guess it comes from a big crush I had on Japan when I went there in the late 90’s. What genre’s of music do...
Here in New York we’re all huddled together and joining forces to fight for equal rights. Did you know that 5 States and the District of Columbia have marriage equality, and New York does not? The Standard, New York is rallying tomorrow night with a fundraiser event hosted by Cornelia Guest & André Balazs. The fundraiser is aimed at helping make marriage equality a reality for all New...
Graphic of the Day: Thriller
R.I.P Michael Jackson
Be a Green Patriot
A new book is being released this Wednesday by Art Book. It is a compilation of posters on the theme of sustainability, with writings by Michael Bierut, Thomas L. Friedman, Steven Heller, Edward Morris, and Dmitri Siegel. Can we just say? We LOVE this book. We’re not just saying that because the launch party is at Le Bain on Wednesday, October 27th with DJ Spooky and Jon Santos. But we...
Desert Nights: Oct 27
It’s time for another batch of free spirits doing their thing on the mic. This Wednesday, come to the Standard, Hollywood to kick back, relax, and hear some good tunes. (Listen to Nick Rosen here) 23 year old multi-instrumentalist, composer Nick Rosen is on a mission to “inspire joy and hope” with his unique sound and vision. He’s been realizing his musical dreams...
We love Autumn in New York. Source: Mr Dale’s Flickr
Music Video of the Day
Here’s a simple idea. A few guys get together, create a Facebook page called “Music Video of the Day”, and have fun with it. The mission is simple. Just post up videos that inspire them. The site has slowly been building a fan base all summer culminating into the demand for a website of their own. Tonight we high-five the founders as they launch the new business at Le Bain, our...
Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a museum director, curator, writer, cultural instigator and professional conversationalist. He is also releasing the must-have new book entitled Interviews Volume 2. To celebrate the launch, Artbook, MoMA PS1 and the Institute of the 21st Century will be joining Klaus Biesenbach, Paul Chan, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dimitar Sasselov in a conversation. Expect a performance by...
A Feast for the Eyes
If you haven’t read The Journal, you are missing out on some fine photography and art. Subscribe here to get some for yourself. For those in New York, The Journal Gallery is pleased to present Salad Days, opening today. The body of work is a group show featuring 49 artists that runs through December 15, 2010.
Italian Hit Week
Giuseppe Verdi, a famous Italian Opera composer once said ”You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Other great minds like Truman Capote to Mark Twain were Italy obsessed too. Why wouldn’t they? How can you hate on any country that invented Tiramisu? So let’s discuss the New World and the current imports. The Standard, Hollywood was honored to host Italy’s...
We’ve Got Four Words For You
assume vivid astro focus. Say wha? You heard us: assume vivid astro focus (lower case intended and essential). Their friends sometimes call them avaf but you can call them assume vivid astro focus. An artistic collective from Brazil by way of NYC, avaf has just brought their own special brand of artistic chaos to The Standard hotels in Los Angeles. Their digital video installation, Amour, is...
Graphic of the Day: Twilight Zone
We’ve noticed an interesting trend among Tumblr bloggers who tend to grab movie stills, create a screenshot, and transform certain film stills into post-modern-art. This one was spotted on Soraya’s Favorites. Today’s snapshot is a classic Twilight Zone episode — something about facing your own demons… or maybe it’s just a good ‘ol fashion horror story?...
Music Video in our Pool
A week after our post on John Lennon’s 70th Birthday, we bumped into this sweet music video featuring his son, indie musician, Sean Lennon. Sean sings a guest hook on The Americans song entitled “Requiem”. Director Jordan Galland shot this video in “one hot day in August”. He used various locations, but the pool might look a little familiar to those who have stayed in...
Culture Collide Festival
We love a good music festival. We love it even better if we can be a part of it. The Standard Downtown got knee deep in music recently for the first ever Culture Collide Festival created by Filter Magazine. Our downtown hotel became the official hotel sponsor where we housed lots of the bands… and lucky us, we threw 2 parties on our rooftop to celebrate. (Theophilus London. Photo by...
J'adore Nouveau York
If you know anything about me by now, you’ll know that my life is a big fabulous party day and night. I don’t stop until the martini shaker runs dry, and even then, I just switch over to a little bubbly. But really that’s besides the point. This past summer proved no less. When it wasn’t at BBR, it was at the Purple Lounge in Hollywood. And when it wasn’t...
You'll Always Be My +1
(Kanye jumps on the Bar at Boom Boom Room for Impromptu Rhymes) Every now and then, someone takes an interest in Stan even more than I take an interest in myself. This time it was our friends over at Guest of a Guest. They sent me a quick email asking if I would indulge them in a little Q & A about my thoughts and feelings on life, love and The Standards as a whole. How could I have...
Frederic Tuten, Pt 4 (Tuesday)
Today we post the last of Frederic Tuten’s musings at The Standard, Hollywood. We thoroughly enjoyed his stay. If you missed his reading at the Getty last week, check out the LA Times review of him and Steve Martin’s clever conversation on passion, writing, and fiction. And now, Frederic’s final check out day… “Tuesday: Big Day at last. My reading with Steve...
Grcic Takes Designer of the Year
Craig Robins is one of the pioneers of Miami Beach. Founded in 1987, DACRA (where Craig is Chief Executive Officer) played a very key role in revitalizing Miami’s South Beach District through the restoration of Art Deco landmarks. He developed projects that helped build Espanola Way and Lincoln Road, and overall was a driving force in helping put Miami Beach back on the map. Robins is...
We Heart the Muppets
In honor of The Food & Wine Festival and the successful “Feast Talks” which we aired last week (shot at The Standard, New York, for NBC), here’s the most badass chef of all time — “The Swede”, rocking Versace for Pop Magazine.
Graphic of the Day: Bohemian Rhapsody
We figured since it’s CMJ Week, that today’s graphic must have the spirit of music. From the brilliant fellows at I Love Charts.
CMJ Showcase at The Standard
COUNTRY MUSIC JAM? NOT REALLY.
(Phoenix) When one thinks of Stan D’Arde, one doesn’t always imagine him deep down in the middle of a sea of sweaty bodies slamming together in front of a stage. Well, that DID happen once, but it wasn’t a concert. Don’t ask. My twenties were a rough period. ANYWAY… Beginning this Tuesday, October 19th through the 23rd, the CMJ Music Marathon & Film...
John Michael Stauffer Bartender, Bingo MC at The Standard, New York Aquarius First off, tell us a bit about your background, and what you do at the Standard? I’m originally from a three-stoplight Civil War Battlefield town otherwise known as New Market, Virginia. After studying English and Sociology at a small liberal arts university in Virginia, I moved to New York City to pursue a...
Desert Nights: Oct 20
It’s time to get ready for another line-up of musicians at The Standard Hollywood weekly music event, Desert Night. Here are the three acts that will be performing this Wednesday, October 20th. (Listen to Sundays Soundtrack here) Here’s what one reviewer wrote about Sunday’s Soundtrack: “What are the odds of two sisters separated at birth reuniting after twenty-four years and...
Frederic Tuten, Pt 3 (Monday)
Another thought nugget from Artist in Residence Frederic Tuten holding court at the Standard, Hollywood. Read part 1 and part 2. Frederic’s new book, Self-Portraits: Fictions, is available at Amazon. Monday’s journal….. “Breakfast at the Standard’s pool. Sky full of wonderful light and good intentions. Bettina came by a little later before lunch and interviewed...
AND THE WINNER IS...
As you all know, the kool kids over at Paper Magazine hosted their 6th Annual Nightlife Awards last night, and it was WAY too much fun! We arrived at Good Units fashionably early as always and went straight to our hosts to thank them for nominating us. Everyone from Paper was there including Peter Davis, Mickey Boardman, Luigi Tadini and Drew Elliot to name a few. It was a spectacular night...
Graphic of the Day: Magnolia
In honor of upcoming Halloween, we’re posting a Halloween graphic. We just love random outfits like Philip Seymour Hoffman… especially his Magnolia moment. Painting by Brandon Bird
Frederic Tuten, Pt 2 (Sunday)
A new note from Artist in Residence at The Standard, Hollywood. Writer Frederic Tuten held a conversation at the Getty with Steve Martin this last Tuesday. Read Part 1 here. Sunday: “Woke up. Went down to the reception desk and found the glass box empty. I went to the Standard’s 24-hour diner and drowned my sorrows in six cups of coffee and a wonderful breakfast. Bettina Korek of...
Zowie Hits CMJ
The name Zowie grabbed our attention recently. Partly because it feels like a subconscious nod to the name Bowie but from a Generation Y viewpoint. Zowie, too, has incredible outer space outfits but her futuristic vibe is her own. The teaser video (below) is amped with words like “it’s time to crush we love the rush”. The 22 year New Zealand native is now attacking the United...
Architecture & Design Festival
Get ready for a barrage of spectacular images, homes, furniture, and other graphic environments at this weeks Architecture & Design Festival starting today, Thursday, through Sunday (Oct 17th). It is the first US film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design and will feature a dynamic selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Expect to hear...
Frederic Tuten Checks In
Frederic Tuten was in LA this week to celebrate the launch of his most recent book Self Portraits: Fictions. The Standard hotel in Hollywood, was psyched to have this rare jewel of a writer sleep within our walls. Frederic just recently held a conversation at the Getty which took place on Tuesday, October 12th, with Steve Martin and Andrew Perchuk. If you care to read another smart conversation...
Graphic of the Day: Steve Martin
Yes. This doodle is written by “the” Steve Martin. In honor of guest blogger Frederic Tuten and his speaking partner, Steve, at the Getty in LA on Tuesday, we’re posting a visual from Steve’s personal notebook. If you’ve ever watched Steve Martin jamming on a banjo, this recent brainstorm he penned will make you laugh. Actually, if you’ve never seen him play...
HOUR OF MINE
We love the immediacy of email and electronic communication. We really do. I mean, how else can I be in touch with all of you Stan D’elicious people while laying poolside at The Standard, Miami, n’est-ce pas? But on the flip side of things, I do prefer chicness over functionality, and that’s why for REALLY important communication, I like to handwrite personal notes to my...
Momofukus' Crack Pie & More
(Momofukus’ Christina Tosi. Photo EunJean Song for New York Magazine) Last week’s Food & Wine Festival was officially a tasty success with top chefs representing. The best of the best convened at The Standard, New York, over a few days — be it cooking for a lucky few or sharing tips & tricks with a bigger audience. NBC was smart enough to sit with some of these great...
Shake 'dem Hips
As you know, Miami nightlife is very different from New York nightlife. It is one of the things we cherish the most when incubating activities for our guests at The Standard hotel in Miami. Enter Hoopla. Mark your calendar for the first Sunday of every month for this new monthly gathering where girls show up with flowers in their hair. What can you expect? Nighttime. Stars. Garden. Hula Hoops....
The Bachelor Pad
We normally don’t like to post ads but we’ll make an exception for 2 reasons: (1) It’s directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola so it’s not really a commercial, but more like a short film. (2) We can’t get enough of the Bachelor Pad. We’re takin’ notes to beef up our master suites as we type this.
PAPER MAGAZINE'S STAN D'AWARDS
We never really like to blow our own, um, horns because that would be unchic, but it’s that time again, and we are being recognized for our accomplishments by Paper Magazine for their Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards this Thursday! Quelle excitement! Paper has very kindly nominated us in the following categories upon which their staff will vote internally. We’re beyond humbled. ...
Tim Barber shoots BridgeRunners
This invitation goes out to the New York readers. If you don’t already know, the city boasts a casual running team called the BridgeRunners who are a cool crew of creatives — artists, directors, skaters, designers, graffiti artists and other talented misfits from all walks of life. It’s a tribe of creatives, if you will— all pushing each other to new heights, and building...