FROM John D'Amico
WeHo's Sunset Spectacular The city of West Hollywood wants a new billboard to a site it owns on the Sunset Strip. But it doesn’t want any old rectangle with a static image. Instead it wants a dynamic digital billboard that inspires residents, and other billboard owners; and offers a public space for people to gather. This Sunset Spectacular design competition, as well as ordinances and an environmental impact report are all aimed at making the Sunset Strip the spectacle it once was. DnA spoke to West Hollywood city Councilmember John D’Amico, as well as Bianca Siegl, Long Range and Mobility Planning Manager for the City of West Hollywood. We heard from Tom Wiscombe, Roger Sherman, Tyler Kicera and Patrik Schumacher, members of the four shortlisted teams. "The Prism," a proposal by JCDecaux in collaboration with Zaha Hadid And we asked Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, about the challenges ahead for the firm following the sudden death of Zaha Hadid.
A Rumble in West Hollywood Since it was incorporated 27 years ago, West Hollywood has been known worldwide as a "gay destination." Some 37% of its residents are gay or lesbian. Now its reputation for enlightened self-government is under challenge. In next month’s city council election, veteran incumbents are accused of selling out to developers. Would term limits make for a healthier democracy? Or does their institutional memory make them more valuable than ever?
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Cambodians and fried chicken, baby pureés, vegan baking tips Frank Shyong explains how Cambodians got into LA’s fried chicken game. Clara Polito shares vegan baking tips from her new book, and Leena Saini says boost the flavor of your baby’s food with spices. Martha Rose Shulman talks up a nifty kitchen gadget that will take your produce for a spin, and Jonathan Gold does lamb barbacoa at Maestro in Pasadena. Plus, a closer look at how bees make honey and wasps pollinate figs.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.