July 13, 2014

Caught The Lady's Eye

By now we've all returned from our Fourth of July vacations and are back in the swing of things. But there are some good things on the horizon and plenty of amusement to be had while staying put. Here's our July round-up:

1. Albeit a little un-PC but hilarious, this tumblr "Fly Art" is addictive as all hell. Born out of "boredom, frustration, and the internet" and taking cues from another one of our favorites "Swoosh Art," watch out because you may find yourself scrolling through for hours, laughing at the mash-up of classic art and modern day hip-hop.

2. Celebrate all things California and Vinyl by dropping in on the Oakland Museum of California in the next couple of weeks. Peruse their exhibit, Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records for proof that records aren't dead and their visceral power still courses through the veins of many. But be sure to get there before July 27th when the exhibition comes down. And if you have to pick one night to go (because aren't night time visits to museums more fun?), make it Friday, July 18th and catch what's sure to be a lively talk of vinyl and design presented in collaboration with Boing Boing and Noise Pop. Panelists include Winston Smith- designer of the iconic Dead Kennedy's logo and general punk art surrealist, and Lawrence Azerrad- creator of some of the best album covers out there: the Beach Boys, Wilco, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few.

3. For those of you frequenting NYC, of our favorite food and lifestyle oriented publications, Gather Journal, is opening a pop-up store in Williamsburg that will run through August 25th.  They've curated a beautiful selection of products inspired by their recent issue no.5, Caravan- which, as you might imagine, has a desert feel and a Middle East flavor. You can celebrate with them at their opening party July 15th 6-9 pm, located at Space Ninety 8. But if you've no plans to hit the NYC summer heat, bookmark Gather's cook page for a full cookbook's worth of supremely delicious recipes- cocktails included. Their Spiced Lotus Chips and Hummus are sure to become staples in your home.

4. Hey creatives! According to The Atlantic's City Lab, San Francisco, believe it or not, is the number one design city in the US. That's right- we beat NYC and LA. So it appears designers here have found a way to thrive with the tech boom. Our dear "Fog City" is proving to be a lovely coexistence of architects, industrial, set, exhibit, fashion, and graphic designers. We'll break down the stats a little bit for you doubters out there. When it comes to the big picture SF is the design capital of the States, but when it comes to specific disciplines Seattle reigns supreme for architects, Minneapolis for graphic designers, Detroit for commercial and industrial designers, and New York for fashion...of course. But San Francisco is back at the top when it comes to those lucky self-employed ones. So congrats to our fair city for holding it's own in the field and ranking number one.

 5.  We saved the best for last, obviously: our new store opening party! Join us next Wednesday evening 6-9 PM over at 2030 Chestnut to celebrate, share an assortment of beverages, and help us ring in the new place. Can't wait to see ya there.