During our last week in L.A., we had the pleasure of speaking at the Creative Mornings series. Started by Tina Roth in New York, Creative Mornings is now represented in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Zurich. Needless to say, we were honored when Jon Setzen, the organizer for L.A.’s events, asked us to share our story.
Although we’ve been pretty busy with work during our SoCal stay, this event gave us the chance to meet some pretty amazing people—L.A. has a great scene. About 70 people came out for the early morning talk. Everyone whom we spoke with was so excited about design and creativity—it was absolutely wonderful. Plus, I’ve got to mention all the love and support @LosAngeles_CM is getting: Media Temple hooked them up with seating and a delicious little breakfast; Boxed Water supplied some hydration; and 722 Figueroa hosted it all in their wonderful space.
A great big thanks to Jon and the crew at Creative Mornings Los Angeles as well as everyone who came out to hear us speak—we had a blast. You can check out some more photos of this event (by @ciciliateng) on the Los Angeles Creative Mornings’ Flickr site.
Hell yeah! The Magic Kingdom was at the top of my list for places we had to see in LA. Who doesn’t want to go to Disneyland?! Prepare ye selves for tourists, kids, mouse-shaped food, and plenty of strange smells in line, and you will have a great time.
It’s amazing to see the amount of detail and branding that Disney puts into it all. Every aspect seems thoughtful and purposeful, and I have to say it was amazingly well-organized. Although we had a wonderful time all day, nothing post-worthy seemed to jump out at us…that is, until we stepped into the tiny boats for the “It’s a Small World” ride.
Where everything else at Disney is meticulously done, It’s a Small World seems like someone’s after-school craft project, complete with scotch tape and glitter. It was so awesome, we couldn’t put our cameras down. My only regret was not going through twice.
And then there’s work. I think one of the hardest parts about this trip is trying to balance the workload. Obviously, work needs to come first, so sometimes we’re just too busy to do much else. That was the case for most of our time in LA–a lot of full days, late nights and weekends. Sadly, all that work meant we didn’t get to see much of the city, including doing any of the studio tours that we love. It’s a reality that’s hard to swallow. But on the bright side, I guess that just means we’ll have to come back!
We were lucky enough to catch the Pasadena International Antiquarian Book Fair our first weekend in Los Angeles. Approximately 100 vendors set-up shop in the Pasadena Center, offering up their goods; vintage posters, pattern books, magazines and, of course, books. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out ABBA‘s California International Antiquarian Book Fair next year at the same spot.
For those who don’t know, Har Mar is much more than a retro mall in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN. It is the namesake to one of the best on stage (and on twitter) performers of this decade. Sean Tillmann, aka; Har Mar Superstar, started his career in the Twin Cities’ based band Calvin Krime and later transitioned to R&B, finding his long awaited niche.
Har Mar’s music is catchy as hell. I remember driving through south Minneapolis when I first heard “No Chorus” —a 1.5 minute rap about avoiding a traffic ticket from a female cop through his sexual prowess. When the song ended my jaw was on the floor and I carried an expression of “What the hell just happened!” My second encounter with the Superstar was watching his “Power Lunch” video at Sound Unseen. It was officially on! I knew I needed to see this guy live!
Har Mar now lives in L.A. and I’m proud that he’s repping a strong Midwest vibe. I hadn’t seen him live since this summer’s lyn-lake festival so I was excited to watch him perform this past Friday at Spaceland in Silverlake where he’s been hosting a Minnesota showcase for the month of February. Be sure to check him out on Friday the 25th for the last installment.