THE WEEKLY: SOUL, CYANIDE, AND SATURDAY NIGHT

A rundown of the best events in our city this week.


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SEVEN POINTS PREVIEW

WHAT: Tired of scenester kids overrunning artwalk? What’s a cultured person to do? This Thursday, forego crowds and join LA CANVAS instead as we celebrate progressive menswear and the pursuit of sartorial refinement with an exclusive preview of DTLA’s newest retail destination for gents: Seven Points. The fine booze purveyors of Silverlake Cocktail Company will be running signature drink specials all night and the first 20 people to arrive will receive a free Goorin Hat. Join us for a drink or two or three, food trucks and swag giveaways. RSVP here.
WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 7pm-11pm
WHERE: Park Showroom | 845 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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MATTHEW BIANCANIELLO CYNAR TASTING

WHAT: Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello hosts a Cynar tasting tomorrow night at Marina del Rey’s Settebello. Putting aside the fact that Cynar sounds suspiciously like “Cyanide,” you’ll want to get a taste of how cocktail wizard Biancaniello whips up six cocktails featuring the Italian artichoke liqueur. Complement the booze with a Cynar ice cream sandwich with a saffron infused crust. Fancy! | See More 
WHEN: Friday, November 15, 8pm
WHERE:  13455 Maxella Avenue, Suite 250, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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BRANDED ARTS PARTY

WHAT: If you’re like us, the transient nature of street art often means that mural you swore you’d instagram next time has been painted over by the time you drive past again. Thankfully, organizations like Branded Arts have promoted the longevity of this urban art form by curating large-scale exhibitions and over 50 public mural projects in LA. With their dedication to their city, its no surprise that same dedication be transferred to its inhabitants. Hosting an art exhibit to benefit the Santa Monica’s Boys and Girl’s Clubs, Branded Arts is showcasing work from over 50 artists, including private collection pieces from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KAWS and more. Purchase tix ($20) here.
WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 7pm-12am
WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica | 1238 Lincoln Boulevard., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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TORO Y MOI, CLASSIXX AT THE WILTERN

WHAT: Chaz Bundick, or more affectionately known as Toro Y Moi, is arguably the kid that brought the whole chillwave-movement to light, or at the very least made it cool again. The hapa beatsmith’s latest release, Anything In Return, may be his best project to date with a refined, tasteful collection that touches upon all the phases Toro Y Moi went through in previous works: from silky R&B to bubblegum funk and roller-rink pop to his signature chillwave sound. To round out the multi-faceted Chaz is LA-based DJ/producer duo Classixx throwing down some spaced-out disco funk. | See More
WHEN: Saturday, November 16 at 8pm
WHERE: 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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SEED KITCHEN 5TH ANNIVERSARY

WHAT: We normally don’t like to succumb to LA-stereotypes that outsiders may have, but when it comes to good food well.. we can’t deny it. True to Angeleno form, Seed Kitchen has been delivering that good stuff the only way they know how and just how we like it: organic and eco-conscious. From their produce to their cooking techniques to recyclable menus and utensils, Seed Kitchen is about as green as they come, and they’re proud of it. Celebrate their fifth-year anniversary at the restaurant with live music, raffles, and of course, food. | See more
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 3pm-7pm
WHERE: 1604 Pacific Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

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JESSIE WARE AT HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET STRIP

WHAT: Those bemoaning the lack of soul in popular music breathed a collective sigh of relief as singers like  British chanteuse Jessie Ware emerged in the American market this past year. Her latest album Devotion took British charts by storm with its playful but earnest discourse on romance and now the singer is on tour stateside to promote the American release. We were first introduced to the singer with Disclosure’s remix of her track ‘Running’ and after a spellbinding Coachella performance this year, we can’t wait to rendezvous again with the delightful songstress. | See more
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 7:00pm
WHERE: 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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TYPHOON HAIYAN UNICEF FUNDRAISER

WHAT: On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and it hit hard. Whole towns were destroyed leaving thousands homeless, some separated from their families and without any viable resources. For its Southern California edition, the folks at UNICEF and Smith House Tap and Grill are hosting a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds are directed to the organization’s disaster relief efforts. If having a beer means we get to help those in need, we’re all for it. And if you can’t make it out to the fundraiser but still want to contribute, feel free to visit UNICEF’s site for donations. | See more
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Smith House | 10351 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

PREVIEW: BENJAMIN ALEJANDRO’S “THE TROUBLE IS, YOU THINK YOU HAVE TIME”

This Saturday, self-taught slash self-proclaimed vandal turned street artist Benjamin Alejandro hosts his latest art installment at the Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art in none other than Sin City, Las Vegas.

Known for his philosophical and iconographic approach to his art, Benjamin’s newest body of work builds upon the famous mug-shot portrait series that featured the likes of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Lindsay Lohan – simply because of course, you can’t not mention Lindsay Lohan and ‘mug shot’ in the same sentence – and even his own.

 

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By taking moments of past failures – as exemplified by the mug shots – and transforming them into pieces of art that teeter between disturbing and funny, Benjamin has developed a penchant on taking his concepts and ideas on societal worship of celebrities and flips it in an attempt to reveal to viewers just how obsessed we can be.

His latest body of work, “The trouble is, you think you have time,” Benjamin continues to toy with the idea of taking the celebrity off of the pedestal, to reaffirm that they too are also human, which is easy to forget – hell, we saw Adrian Grenier at Harvard & Stone last week, and he looked pretty human ordering a measly PBR.

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For you lucky folks that are in Las Vegas anytime between now and January 18 of next year – and you can definitely count us in for a Sin City visit before the year is over – check out Benjamin’s take on his favorite human beings and maybe take a leaf out of his book: “Some of our giant culture icons were and are human and people just like me and you. We are all human and yet quite capable of great level of influence.”

Go get ’em, tiger.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: WHITE SEA – “THEY DON’T KNOW”

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For all the years they’ve been blessing us with fantastic synth-poppy goodness, French electronic band M83 has kept vocalist and keyboardist Morgan Kibby all to themselves. For the past two years while working with M83, Morgan has been working her own a separate M83 music alter ego on the sly under the moniker, “White Sea,” a solo project that has been pulling some synth-dappled pop variety with a touch more of Adele-like drama ballad from Morgan’s vocal end.

Morgan, a fellow Angeleno, releases the first single, “They Don’t Know,” off her March-sceduled album, with an awesome video to boot. Directed by Steven Johnson, Lady Gaga’s go-to guy for her own extensive videos, most of the video was shot underwater and without clothes — making for graceful visuals to accompany the equally graceful, yet thunderous single.

Check out more of the White Sea’s music here.

ABSTRAXION’S BREAK OF LIGHTS ISSUED ON NICOLAS JAAR’S NEW LABEL, OTHER PEOPLE.

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Marsaille native but now London based producer, Abstraxion a.k.a. Harold Boué, just released his first LP, Break of Lights, through HAKT (Have a Killer Time Recordings). This week the album is also prominently being featured, released, and available to stream on Nicolas Jaar’s new subscription-based label Other People – a replacement of Jaar’s previous label, Clown & SunsetEvery Sunday Other People “issues” various songs from its roster of producers as a digital compilation to their subscribers. This magazine-like method of subscribing to a record label is relatively new but others are experimenting with it as well including Mad Decent and Drip.FM which offers subscriptions to not only multiple record labels but individual artists as well. However, Other People, like it’s name suggests, also helps in promoting new artists with the direction of taste-maker and winner of the 2012 BBC’s Essential Mix of The Year, Nicolas Jaar. This past Sunday Jaar placed the spotlight on Abstraxion.

Break of Lights is a collection of richly textured, futuristic, minimal tech tracks, coming across as a continuation of the 28-year-old producer’s on going exploration of shadowy dark sounds extending from his earlier EPs. Abstraxion shrouds infectious house beats with layers of moody synths, gleaming celestial bleeps, and beautiful soft guitar riffs, to create tracks that are atmospheric yet captivating, with some, such as the final 16 minute track “Les Histories,” ending in a whirl of ascending and descending chords reminiscent of compositions by Philip Glass. Guests include Parisian artist Chloé and Danish singer Astrid Engberg. Abstraxion completed the album in one year, recording at his home studio on Mersaille using old analog equipment. “I’ve built a system in my studio where I can spontaneously compose with all my instruments,” he says, “that way, in the end, the track has the same warmth of feeling as the room during the recording process itself.”

 

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Stream the full album at Other People.