Design

Karmaloop

Greg Selkoe, a 39 year old CEO, with a lovely wife and two kids, son Rydel (4 years old) and the newest edition Bixie (6 months) live in Boston, and are the epitome of the all American nuclear family. What sets Greg apart is his contribution to the culture of Art.

In 2002, in Jamaica Plains, NJ in his parents basement he started a company called Karmaloop. The name was as original then as it is today, Which he said was a collaboration, after a friend at the time (Adrian O’Conner) had showed him an image related to the study of sacred geometry. A college graduate, and self described artist he took a chance and it paid off, handsomely.

Currently, Karmaloop has an email list of almost 1 million, with 100,000 member global affiliate market. If that isn’t impressive, perhaps the fact that after 15 years, Greg still lives and breathes his company. In fact his commute is about 45 seconds because he lives right next door to the office. And a typical day starts at 8am and runs until 8pm!

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“A Night at the Hotel Café, the Half-Hidden Musical Gem of the Cahuenga Strip”

Hotel Cafe

Just a few songs into her set, the formerly Oakland-based Anna Ash admitted that she hadn’t yet emerged from the standard Los Angeles adjustment period. She felt especially unused, she emphasized, to still sweating in the middle of January, but had made enough progress to accept the idea of Los Angeles as simply “a different beast” from other cities. Enjoying a metropolis like this one — not that many metropolises resemble this one — doesn’t come naturally; most have to learn how to live well in it for themselves, picking up the knowledge essential to doing so however and wherever they can.

For music lovers, one bit of knowledge proves particularly helpful for the enrichment of their cultural life in Los Angeles: the existence of the Hotel Cafe, on whose stage I first saw Ash and her three-man band play. You’ve got to do a little work just to find it, given its location down a black-painted alley off Hollywood’s Cahuenga strip. Still, only by the standards of 21st-century self-promotion (especially as practiced Hollywood) does the place count as hidden; the management have put up a logo on the wall outside, albeit a tasteful one (especially, again, given the usual definition of taste in Hollywood).

While not, of course, literally a secret, the Hotel Café tends to come up in conversation as the sort of place people call a city’s “best kept secret” – known, in other words, but not known to the point of ruination. Starting off as a coffee shop in 2000, it expanded its size over the following decade and refined its methods, establishing the systems and the reputation that makes it one of the most abundant live music rooms in greater Los Angeles, offering, for a single cover charge, three, four, five, six acts per night, nearly every single night.

Next on stage the night of my introduction, this conceptually simple but consistently intriguing cultural space, came the Oahu-born singer-songwriter Simone White who, after spending the 2000s winning acclaim in the United Kingdom, has more recently relocated to Los Angeles. After her appeared an act with deeper local roots, the five-piece rock/”dream pop”/”slowcore” band Spain, formed here in the city and fronted by Josh Haden, son of famed jazz bassist Charlie Haden, for more than twenty years. They’ve become Hotel Café mainstays; I’d caught the third gig of the four they would play there that month alone.

After Spain, the audience, who at that point had filled every available table and then some, would hear from Blind Date, the Late Great Fitzcarraldos, Satchmode, and Fire & the Romance. I’d seen — and more importantly, heard — a representative evening at a venue that, tucked away in the middle of one of Los Angeles’ several urban cores, has popularized a few names (especially those of young female solo artists like Rachel Yamagata, Sara Bareilles, and Adele), but continues to offer a reliably various stream of new sounds and voices — and of food and drink. Even if the performer they’ve put up on stage at any given moment hasn’t captivated you, I find it hard to imagine anyone displeased by their spinach empanadas.

 

Downtown Art Walk – Anyone Who’s Anyone

Art Walk Los Angeles

What’s up for date night this week?

Dinner down the street? Boring!
Movie? Ya, could do, but maybe something outdoors would be nice for a change.
Why not mix things up with your love this time, and do something completely different.
Maybe you can even find a way to be reminded as to why you fell in love in the first place- Remember those early days, when you hung on every word that the other said, when every little smile, dimple fold, and eye crinkle was just for you?

First off, move date night from Saturday to Thursday.
Send a steamy text to your love with information about an exciting outing for the evening.
Now, put on your sexiest comfy high boots, coupled with a cute little dress and your favorite worn-in jean jacket.

Where are you headed? Well, to the Downtown Art Walk, that’s where!

Ok, well maybe that’s not you. Maybe you’re looking for something to do with the girls- something new, something different, that won’t have you dangling by your ankles attached to some bungee cord the way that good ol’ Trina wanted you all to do last week! If that’s the case, then the Downtown Art Walk will be everything you all need it to be.

On the second Thursday of each month from 6-10 pm, between 4th and 7th and Spring and Main Streets, is one of the vibiest places you can be, along with the other 25,000 monthly visitors.

If you’re on a date, imagine strolling hand in hand, snuggling up close while you check out some of the hottest new artists on the scene. Whether you’re into modern art, surrealism or photography, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

Or if you’re with your crew, get all dolled up, and get ready to cruise the streets to check out all the fresh up-and-coming local artists that L.A. has to offer in between bar hopping at some of the coolest ‘it’ places to be seen.

There are a bunch of amazing galleries that are part of the Downtown Art Walk, including the Think Tank Gallery, The Hive Gallery, PYO Gallery LA, the Salon at Eastern Columbia, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Jennifer Main Gallery, and the Diego Cardoso Gallery, just to name a few.

In the Director’s Chair with Michael Schultz

Q&A with the film, television, theater director whose enduring impact in broadcast history is more than making iconic movies and launching famous careers

Described in an array of articles with titles like “godfather of the black film renaissance,” “important trailblazer,” and “game-changer,” Michael Schultz, as a movie, TV, and theater director, has undeniably impacted the entertainment industry over the course of four decades through his directing, the possibilities he created for other African American artists, and the choices he made to create the best opportunities for himself and people around him.

Perhaps best known for films like Cooley High (1975), Car Wash (1976), Which Way is Up? (1977), The Last Dragon (1985), and most recently, Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004), Schultz is equally admired for paving the way for African Americans to get a foot in the doors of Hollywood and major studios, particularly as directors and film crews.

His long list of TV work includes episodes of iconic shows and movies like To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, The Rockford Files, Ally McBeal, The Practice, and Chuck. Besides blazing his own trail for generations to follow and build upon, Schultz was launching the careers of famous names like Richard Pryor (Grease Lightning and Which Way is Up?), Melanie Mayron (Car Wash), Denzel Washington (Carbon Copy), and Blair Underwood (Crush Groove).

But apart from the list of his work you can Google online or the various interviews you can read or watch about him, Schultz is someone you’re compelled to want to sit with and ask question after question to for hours. There just may not be enough hours to sufficiently spend this way, which is why Fame’Us magazine is honored to bring to readers some of this great American pioneer’s thoughts about his career and life in his own words.

Q: Film and TV directors are often seen as people with interesting and intriguing careers. How would you describe your career as a director?

A: I have been fortunate enough to have a career as a director in film, television and theater, which is a great gift. Directing is hard work, but it is extremely gratifying and a lot of fun.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a director? Were there any people who particularly influenced you?

A: My dream, coming out of high school, was to become a general in the Air Force – somewhat like Colin Powell. But when they were selecting candidates for the first class of the Air Force Academy, they were only taking the highest scoring person from each state. I was the second highest scoring person in the state of Wisconsin, and so they offered me a scholarship to West Point. But I did not want to be in the Army; I wanted to fly jets. So I decided to go to the University of Wisconsin—Madison to study astronautical engineering, and become an astronaut. However, in my sophomore year I realized that I wasn’t cut out for engineering, and I did not like engineers, so both of my dreams were crushed. Not knowing what I was going to do, I spent most of my sophomore year in the movie theater that played foreign films. I was watching films by Fellini and Zefferilli and Truffaut and Godard, and I was profoundly impressed by the power of great story telling. And I wanted to be able to do that – because there are so many great stories from our culture that need to be shared with the world. And somewhere in the process of maturing I reasoned that if I made a reputation as a director in the theater, which was a goal within reason, eventually someone would offer me a film.

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