Monday, September 11, 2017

Emmy Nominated Costumes 2017 On Display at FIDM through Oct.7

Photos and story by Karen Ostlund
RuPaul Drag Race, VH1

The 2017 Creative Arts Emmys - the annual ceremony, which honors outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of television program genres—was split into two nights this past weekend, for the second year in a row.
The two-night event held at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. - the same place that the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sept. 17th - featured  92 awards, split into 46 awards per night. The Creative Arts Emmys will be televised on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on FXX. The winners and nominees in Emmy 2017 Costume Design are featured at FIDM Museum new exhibit: 11th Annual Art Of Television Costume Design now on display until Oct.7 2017:

Outstanding Contemporary Costumes
 Big Little Lies (HBO), Costume designer Alix Friedberg

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes
The Crown (Neflix)
Costume designer: Michele Clapton with assistants: Alex Fordham, Emma O'Loughlin & Kate O'Farrell

Outstanding Costumes – Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming:
 RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
  Costume designer :Zaldi Goco and Perry Meek.RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)

The Crown Costumes, NETFLIX

THE FEUD: Bette and Joan costumes,  FX

The Art of Television Costume Design celebrates right now the new "Golden Age" of TV programming. This annual exhibition includes a variety of Emmy Award-nominated shows exploring themes of digital research, fandoms, re-launches, and the fast-paced work environment on set. Audience favorites such as The Crown, This is Us, Big Little Lies, and The Handmaid’s Tale are displayed, and  other exciting designs from multiple network, streaming, and cable productions of 2016-2017.
Westworld, HBO

FIDM Museum’s newest exhibit, The 11th Annual Art of Television Costume Design, is open to the public until Oct.7 This FREE show in Downtown Los Angeles features costumes nominated for the Emmy Awards 2017 for Best Costumes, along with numerous other costumes from prominent TV shows 2016-17.
 Costumes from 25 different shows are represented:  Big Little Lies, The Mindy Project, Grace and Frankie, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Stranger Things, Younger, This is Us and more.

Highlights for lovers of vintage fashion include the early ’60s costumes from FEUD: Bette and Joan, and the mid-century costumes of The Crown.
FIDM Museum is located at 919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public, Tuesday - Saturday, 10AM-5PM

Creative Arts Emmys was given Sept. 9-10pm, and the FXX Channel will show highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s award presentations in 92 categories Sept. 16 at 8pm.
The Handmaid's Tale, HULU

 The Primetime Emmys 2017 with all nominated actors present will air Live at CBS, Sept.17, 5pm P. /8pm E. 

Grace and Frankie, Neflix

Big Little Lies, HBO
American Horror Story Roanoke, FX
Z The Beginning of Everything, Amazon
Hairspray, NBC
Designer Jeriana San Juan for  The Get Down, Netflix
Emmys 2017 nominated actors at Montage Hotel pre-reception, Aug.21st
Guests: Clement von Frankenstein, Jacky Murphy, Karen Ostlund & Shelley Sheraton at Montage Hotel

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Recap of LA Times #TASTELA 2017 at Paramount Studios

Photos by Karen Ostlund at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
Sept.1st-3rd 2017
Hornitos Tequila seating at #TASTELA
GOLDEN ROAD Mango Wheat beer booth launch, 3.2 % alcohol

OCTOPUS from Wallace (left) and Preux and Proper (right)

 Los Angeles Times' THE TASTE , had its annual festival at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Sept.1st-3rd. It celebrated the flavors of the world in Southern California style cuisine and remains the most popular event for Angelenos who stayed in the city, during Labor Day weekend heat-wave. 
Jonathan Gold and author Phil Rosenthal drinking Stella Artois beer
E.A.K.Ramen  pork/chicken broth w.egg, spinach, nori
Aquies Texcoco: Lamb BBQ w Bai juice
                 The festival was hosted by The Times' Food staff and acclaimed L.A. chefs and bartenders:  Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, Sang Yoon, Chef/Owner of Father’s Office and Lukshon.

Simmzy's Burbank beef burgers
                     Other culinary stars:
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, Antonia Lofaso, Chef/Owner of Scopa Italian Roots and Black Market Liquor Bar, and Marco A. Ramos, Mixologist at Scopa Italian Roots; and Gilberto Cetina Jr., Chef/Owner of Chichen Itza and Holbox.
HOLBOX-Ceviche Yellow Tail

The Taste transformed Paramount Pictures Studios into the ultimate epicurean pop-up and block party with its five events in three days - 15 hours in total.
 The five events included unlimited tastings from the city's best kitchens and a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails:

Sherry Yard's cooking demo of chocolate biscuits and brownies

The Tuck Room: Reuben Croquettes

 Sunday Block Party, September 3rd – was hosted by Noelle Carter, LA Times Test Kitchen Director, and Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner of Tuck Room Tavern;
Great food and good times are the order of the day at the block party on the backlot Labor Day Weekend, where Sherry Yard demonstrated pastry-baking for home cooks and David LeFevre (Manhattan Beach Post) gave a master class on making biscuits. 

Sherry Yard's recipe Chocolate biscotti:


(left) Noelle Carter hosted a talk at Bar Stage with Dakota Weiss from Sweetfin, Chris Phelps (Salt's Cure) and Timothy Hollingworth from Otium - about what it means to brunch at some of the most innovative spots around town.  
OTIUM: Ceviche

                             The Sunday blockparty included tasting from: Cheezus, Cocobella Creamery, E.A.K. Ramen, Hotville Chicken & Chops, Hummus Yummy Food Truck, MessHall, Otium, Rosaliné, The Butcher's Daughter and Tuck Room Tavern.

Los Angeles Times The Taste was presented by JetBlue Plus Card and produced in association with Best Events. The Collins College of Hospitality Management, L.A. Regional Food Bank and Midnight Mission are the event's charity beneficiaries.

Banh Oui shrimp-toast w Essentia water

 Field to Fork restaurants included: Aqui es Texcoco, Banh Oui, Cento Pasta Bar, Coni'Seafood, Cruciferous, M Café, Maury's Bagels, McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, Robert's Catering Service and VCHOS Pupuseria Moderna.
Vegan bolognese by M Cafe
MAGPIES Corn-Almond softserve

                         Flavors of LA restaurants included: Chichen Itza, Frankland's Crab & Co., Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Holbox, Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Meals by Genet, Pasta Sisters, Revolutionario North African Tacos, Same Same and Worldwide Tacos.
Chinese Laundry Truck Noodles

Hornitos Tequila Paloma and Margarita

Dinner with a Twist restaurants included: Barrel & Ashes, Beauty & Essex, Black Market Liquor Bar, Faith & Flower, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Pedalers Fork, Scopa Italian Roots, Szechuan Impression, The Bellwether, The Ponte and Wolf.

MEIOMI California Launch of Rose, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Ketel One Vodka, berries and fruit mixing

Friday, September 1, 2017

Chris Cuffaro's Exhibit "Martini Ranch" til Sept.7 at Mr. Musichead in WeHo

Sept.1st 2017, 
West Hollywood, CA
Photos by Karen Ostlund


Exhibit is open Labor Day Weekend and runs through September 7 at Mr Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood
Photographer Chris Cuffaro at opening, Aug.30

Intimate, Behind The Scenes Photographs Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of James Camerons Music Video “REACH” Starring Bill Paxton & Andrew Todd From Progressive New Wave Band Martini Ranch
All Star Cast Featured Includes Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold, Adrian Pasdar, Bud Cort, Mark Rolston, Lance Henriksen, Brian Thompson, Phillip Granger, Jenette Goldstein, Bobby Brat Among Others
Foreword to the exhibit is written by James Cameron

Legendary photographer Chris Cuffaro, widely renowned for his prolific 35+ year career capturing the cultural zeitgeist, presented his new exhibit Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch running September 7 at Mr Musichead Gallery in West Hollywood, California. 
(left)James Cameron at Mr.Musichead
The exhibit features intimate, behind-the-scenes photographs celebrating the 30th anniversary of director James Cameron’s music video REACH ,” starring late actor Bill Paxton and Andrew Todd from progressive new wave band Martini Ranch, then signed to Warner Bros. Records. The post-apocalyptic feminist western, which presents a Mad Max version of the American West, was produced by Tom Huckabee and Bill Paxton
The All-Star cast includes Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold, Adrian Pasdar, Bud Cort, Mark Rolston, Lance Henricksen, Brian Thompson, Phillip Granger, Jenette Goldstein and Bobbi Brat among others.  
Comments Cuffaro: I have to say this was the music video shoot that gave me the directing bug. Watching James Cameron work was fucking brilliant.  He could do everyones job on a set.  He was crazy in all the right ways.  Bill really made the shoot fun & everyone was really into giving their best.
Cuffaro, who had free reign during the two-day REACHshoot, will unveil on set portraits, behind-the-scenes photos, proof sheets and never-before-seen images, with more than 80 prints on display. Considered to be among the most respected and accomplished entertainment industry photographers, Cuffaro’s catalog has consistently been ahead of the curve, with iconic photos depicting the most relevant musicians, actors, athletes and personalities of the last three decades. He brings a whole new level of emotional depth and human rawness to the art form, while always capturing and magnetizing the moment.
Cuffaro has worked with a succession of top talent including pop icon George Michael, the legendary Iggy Pop and groundbreaking bands such as Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana.  He’s also shot live and studio images for Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Fiona Apple, Henry Rollins, Soundgarden and Scott Weiland among numerous others.
Mr Musichead Gallery, located at 7420 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.
The Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch exhibit is open to the public til September 7.
 More information on Chris Cuffaro:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Recap of ArtopiaLA 2017 at Union Station

Photos by Karen Ostlund
EFFEN vodka menu

“DUBLAB partnered up with L.A. Weekly to curate another Artopia,
August 26th 2017, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Union Station downtown LA.
The LA based non-profit radio station returned with its unique vision and approach in presenting a wide-ranging community of artists across disciplines and styles. 
People arriving to ArtopiaLA, Hubert's Lemonade and Time Machine photobooth
Courvoisier Cognac, Yellow Cars cocktails

"DUBLAB DJs, video art, installations, live dance and music performances, sculptures, interactive/participatory projects; all amongst the historically gorgeous architecture of Union Station what maked this Artopia unique.” said Ale Cohen, Executive Director, DUBLAB 
THEE NINES leather art

       This year’s event featured live music, DJs, performance artists, art installations, and live activations from some of the city’s most well reputed artists including: Keren Oo, Art of Olfaction, Indiecade, Alex Pelly, Everything is Terrible!, Beat Cinema, Materials and Applications, Spinagu, Michael Flechtner, Valerie Rose, Amanda Maciel Antunes, Chad Goei, Alone, Adult Contemporary, Jana Cruder, Ania Catherine, Ty Joseph, Julie Weitz, Kate Parsons, Michael Flechtner, ALONE and Casey Butler.
Jerry Maguire, interactive art labyrinth
Ty Joseph art

In addition to an immersive art experience, the soirée featured handcrafted cocktail samples, shaken and stirred by some of the city’s best bartenders, and light bites from some iconic LA food spots as Smorgasburg.
On The Bored artist Chad Goei

Event partners included: Angel City, Effen and Courvoisier, The Dudes’ Brewing Co., Pabst Blue Ribbon, Califia Farms, Bai, Health Ade Kombucha, Hubert’s, Amoeba, Imperfect Produce, Zico, The Greek, Soylent, LA Art Tours and Flow Water. 
 “Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world. No other city cultivates creativity like L.A. where art, music, film and fashion are an ever-present part of our cultural landscape. "We are a city of dreamers and doers driven by imagination and the wherewithal to get things done". 
Echo and Air designers, painted canvas design
"For this year’s Artopia, L.A. Weekly’s annual festival celebrating
the creative spirit,  said
Drew Tewksbury, Managing Editor, L.A. Weekly.
"What better place to host artists, dancers, pop-up performances, stellar chefs and deejays than the ancestral center of this city, the historical home to thousands of travelers who come to our town with a suitcase and a dream? "
Keren Oo artist

Valerie Rose

A portion of this year’s proceeds went to benefit the non-profit dublab.

#ArtopiaLA, twitter @laweeklystreet, Instagram

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#HendricksGrandGarnisher Launch at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Photos by Karen Ostlund         Recipes of Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher in bottom
Cucumber Garnisher

Making of Negroni, steam-punk way at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood

Unusual Scottish gin maker announced quest to “properly garnish”

thousands upon thousands of cocktails.

Cucunber jugglers at #HenricksGrandGarnisher launch in Hollywood
(Hollywood, CA) Hendrick’s Gin (which is itself infused with cucumber) has unveiled what Ambassador Mark Stoddard describes as “an eye-popping, wondrously strange cucumber slicing device that will travel the U.S. with the sole purpose of offering the most beautifully garnished Hendrick’s Gin cocktails ever to grace a glass.”
Mark Stoddard
 “The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher” can achieve road speeds of up to 25 mph, thanks to a hybrid powertrain combining a large diesel motor and a well-dressed gentleman pedaling a large-wheeled bicycle. The 38-foot-long device relies upon an elaborate system of pneumatic tubing, interlocking gears and rotating blades to slice up to 18 cucumbers per hour. “It’s not the most efficient way to garnish a cocktail,” explained Stoddard, “but we do believe it is the most spectacular.”
The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher started its maiden voyage from New York City on June 14th, World Cucumber Day,” said Stoddard, “driving westward from city to city, pausing in select locations to offer citizens strikingly perfect garnishes, cucumber delights and other oddly refreshing activities.
The Hendrick's US tour hit Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, August 22nd.
"This is part of our effort to end misconception of the cucumber as an innocuous salad ingredient".

"As the core infusion that makes our gin unusually exquisite, we feel the cucumber deserves not only respect but wonder". 
Mixing Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher with eatable flowers
Hendricks Gin & Tonic w eatable flowers
#HendricksGrandGarnisher  @HendricksGin.
Hendrick's Gin Tour schedule.

Tropic Capricorn by Hendricks Gin

Hendrick’s Gin
Every drop of Hendrick’s Gin is created by a single stillman with the help of a lone apprentice working on two utterly dissimilar types of stills (a long-necked Carter-Head and plump-bellied Pot Still). Hendrick’s is infused with Rose and Cucumber and instilled with a supporting cast of 11 botanicals. It is overseen by its creator, Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, who has always been consummately peculiar. Hendrick’s gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double Gold medal in the 2014 Fifty Best Gin Awards; ‘Gin of the Year’ at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards and voted ‘World’s Best Gin’ by the Wall Street Journal. Hendrick’s Gin has an ABV of 44%. Please enjoy the unusual responsibly. For further information, visit
(left) Karen Ostlund & Alicia Hollinger wearing The Crown Collective Flower Crowns


Hendricks and Tonic



3 parts Premium Tonic Water

Build ingredients in a highball glass over ice, garnish with cucumber wheels and serve.

Cucumber Basil Smash


1 1⁄2 parts HENDRICK'S GIN
3⁄4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
3⁄4 part Simple Syrup
One Small Bunch of Basil
3 Cucumber Wheels

In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber, and simple syrup. Add Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake well and strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber.

Cucumber 75


1 1⁄2 parts HENDRICK'S GIN
1⁄2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1⁄2 part Simple Syrup
3 Cucumber Wheels
Dry Sparkling Wine

In a mixing glass, muddle cucumbers and simple syrup. Add Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake well and strain into a flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a cucumber ribbon or wheel.

Hendrick's Gin Truck outside Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel