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SPiN STANDARD on the cover of The New Yorker.  Ha.  This cover was actually inspired when Paris-based artist Lorenzo Mattotti was on vacation in Argentina with his family, watching his kids play ping-pong and voila. See more of his covers.  

SPiN STANDARD on the cover of The New Yorker.  Ha.  This cover was actually inspired when Paris-based artist Lorenzo Mattotti was on vacation in Argentina with his family, watching his kids play ping-pong and voila. See more of his covers.  

St. Lucia playing a set on The Standard, Downtown LA rooftop. See more of the action here!

St. Lucia playing a set on The Standard, Downtown LA rooftop. See more of the action here!

St. Lucia!  Live at The Standard, Downtown LA!
See more pics here and read the Standard Culture interview here

St. Lucia!  Live at The Standard, Downtown LA!

See more pics here and read the Standard Culture interview here

The Standard, Downtown LA from above

The Standard, Downtown LA from above

Menu face.   Photo: Oliver Zahm purple.fr

Menu face.   Photo: Oliver Zahm purple.fr

SPiN STANDARD LA is now open!  Check out the grand opening pics here.  

SPiN STANDARD LA is now open!  Check out the grand opening pics here.  

First Fridays - Venice Beach Edition

A couple months ago we gave a shout out to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum’s first Fridays, where they offer unique after-hours programming complete with DJ’s and food.  Not to be left out of the loop, LA’s West Side also knows how to kick off the month with Venice’s First Fridays.  On the first Friday of every month (August 5th is the next one) Abbot Kinney, Venice’s hippest street, loads itself up with food trucks, art shows, live music, and merchants that stay up well past their normal closing times.  The end result is a street party like no other. 

(Shot of the action during on of Venice’s First Fridays)

During First Fridays, Abbot Kinney bars and restaurants offer many a libation special and the neighborhood stores do their best to entice the tipsy shoppers.  In the past months stores have offered free s’mores, henna tattoos, and live music.

No one goes hungry at Venice First Fridays - at last count included, to name a few, the classic Kogi truck (Korean BBQ Tacos), the crowd-pleasing Grilled Cheese truck, the architecturally inspired Coolhause ice cream sandwich truck, the Dim Sum truck (steam buns? Yes, please!), and the aptly named Dogtown Dogs truck (they have tator tots!).

(Close up of Dogtown Dog’s Trailer Trash Dog: All beef dog topped with beef chili, nacho cheese and Frito’s corn chips)

Need we say more?  The only caveat is that parking in Venice can be a bitch so get there early, the festivities get crackin’ around 6.

Venice First Fridays
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
(between S.Venice Blvd & Pacific Ave)
Venice, CA 90291
6–10 p.m.

Hall & Oates Fireworks Spectacular

In honor of Hall & Oates headlining this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl next Saturday we thought we share the classic video of the Hall & Oates’ song She’s Gone.  It’s one of those videos that makes you want to play the game: “What drug were they on when they thought this was a great idea?”.   Seriously, John Oates deconstructed tuxedo and the bizarre devil costume make this one beyond hysterical. Enjoy!

(She’s Gone - Hall & Oates, 1974)

Download Some Free Summer Jams!

It’s that time of the season again where all our music-phile readers salivate over the prospect of getting a free goodie bag of music files, with the click on 1 mouse. If you look to the right of this blog page (under “SOUNDS” header),  you will see a music widget (as seen below) with 4 playlists, one for each hotel — Miami, New York, Downtown LA, and Hollywood. Each city has 10 songs to match the vibe of each city… totaling 40 free tunes.

Below is a proper song to start off the Summer festivities, an international jam called “Hoya Hoya” by Bole 2 Harlem. Enjoy

Prince’s 21 Night Stand

There is no easy way to bring you this news than to just come out and say it!  

PRINCE IS COMING TO LA FOR A 21-NIGHT RUN OF PERFORMANCES AT THE LA FORUM!!!!!  HOLY STAN!!!!

The first three dates have just been announced.  April 14, 21 and 22.  And you know what else?  In an unprecedented move to make his shows affordable, Prince will be offering 85% off all tickets for only $25 all inclusive of fees.  BOOM!  My head just exploded.

For more information and to buy tickets for the first three shows (which go live TODAY at 10am PST / 1pm EST), click here or here.

xoxo
Stan