April 2018

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Paper-Thin Hotel!

Corey Helford Gallery’s Cardboard Sculpture Artist Duo, DOSSHAUS, Create A Lo-Fi Cardboard Universe Called The “Paper-Thin Hotel” on view April 7th through May 5th

Paper-Thin Hotel!

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery

The creative Dosshaus duo of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly, artists whose work blends painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, video, and performance is premiering their most ambitious installation to date, transforming downtown LA’s Corey Helford Gallery into a 1960’s style flophouse hotel. The Paper-Thin Hotel is comprised of hundreds of individual pieces from the walls and floors themselves to furniture, beds, dressers, desk, phones, Kleenex boxes, wallets, room keys, every item, will be made entirely out of recycled cardboard hand painted to look like a black & white illustration.

Upon entering the gallery viewers are transported into the hotel lobby with the front desk, guest book, small rotary fan, the row of resident mailboxes, rack of room keys, elevator doors, the ratty chairs, the television, everything in view is painted in the same sketchy monochromatic style, giving the one the feeling that they have stepped out o their known reality and into a two dimensional drawing come to life. Moving past the lobby, viewers are able to wander through four hotel guest rooms each with a completely different environment featuring a myriad of cardboard artifacts giving viewers an immersive view into the lives of the hotel’s colorful denizens. A must-see!

Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson in downtown LA.


Charcoal Venice’s Avocado Toast


  • Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE

Charcoal Venice, open for two years, is now serving weekend Brunch. Recently I was lucky enough to try it before heading to the Pacific Resident Theatre for a Sunday matinee performance of Alright Then (starring Orson Bean and Alley Mills). Please don’t miss this show! For details, click here.

The day started off divinely with a must-have Charcoal Bloody Mary! This was seriously tasty and really festive. Not too spicy with an abundance of toppings including charcoal flavored salt on the rim of the glass. This gave it a unique look. We then nibbled on spicy Avocado Toast that was perfect for sharing. The toast was large and loaded with fresh avocado spread topped with tomatoes, radish, and pickled chiles. Really special! Next was their rustic take on two traditional breakfast items, an omelette (with avocado, spinach, and aged cheddar) and creamy scrambled eggs that were served with roasted potatoes. These were both homey and hearty plates.

Be sure to save room at the end of your meal for something sweet. There are many options (including an array of fresh house made pastries!), but the winner by far was the Corn Flake French Toast served with house made seasonal jam and warm maple syrup. Simply delicious!

Charcoal is located at 425 Washington Boulevard in Venice.

Gene’s Legacy!

Gene Kelly: The Legacy with Patricia Ward Kelly plays The Wallis on April 18th

Gene’s Legacy!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo Courtesy of The Wallis

Legendary actor, dancer, choreographer, and director Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the big screen during the golden years of movie musicals. In Gene Kelly: The Legacy, Patricia Ward Kelly – his wife and biographer – presents an intimate portrait of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Says Patricia, “Though he is perhaps best known for his brilliant dancing and captivating screen presence, Gene wanted to be recognized more for his innovative work behind the camera and, particularly, for ‘changing the look of dance on film.’” She will also touch on his stage appearances and the fact that he directed the original Broadway production of Flower Drum Song.

The evening at The Wallis will combine rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from Patricia’s hours of conversations with her husband. Many folks are unaware that Gene Kelly directed several of his most famous films and that he always choreographed his own dance routines. A remarkable nugget Patricia will undoubtedly share: Singin’ in the Rain was only a modest hit when it was first released. It has, of course, been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, and is frequently regarded as the best film musical ever made. The Hollywood Reporter has called Gene Kelly: The Legacy, “Endearingly entertaining.” How could it not be?

For all things happening at The Wallis, click here.

Where Is Kyra?

Where is Kyra? hits theaters April 6th (Pictured Michelle Pfeiffer)

Where Is Kyra?

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo Courtesy of Great Point Media

Where is Kyra? formerly titled Beat Up Little Seagull premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017 and will be released on April 6, 2018. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as a forlorn divorcee, Kyra, who moves back to her ailing mother’s Brooklyn apartment after losing her job in Virginia. The film frames a nervous and delicate woman up against a tough, unforgiving city, who must survive or perish once her mother passes and she can no longer survive on her mother’s disability checks. Variety’s Sundance Film Review by Guy Lodge says, “There’s an awful lot of ravishing beauty on display in “Where Is Kyra?,” Nigerian-born filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu’s startling new visual ode to life on the New York fringes, and it’s safe to say the characters on screen see none of it.” This is especially true as we watch Pfeiffer hide her Spartan reality from new love interest, Doug, played by Kiefer Sutherland. Time passes and Kyra is no better off than at the start of the film, nudging her towards a dangerous future.

Where is Kyra? is directed by Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George) from a screenplay written by Darci Picoult (Mother of George). The film is produced by Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa and Rhea Scott. The Executive producers are Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult, Erika Hampson, Jim Reeves and Robert Halmi Jr.

Where is Kyra?” hits theaters April 6th.

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