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Maripol and G
Maripol is a legend! In addition to having her Polaroid pictures of some of the biggest stars in the world exhibited all over the globe, she is responsible for the looks of another one word celebrity – Madonna. Maripol styled Madonna’s first and second albums (the debut self-titled album and “Like A Virgin”) that inspired legions of Madonna-wannabees across the globe. She’s directed videos for Elton John and Cher and produced “Downtown 81” with Jean-Michel Basquiat. I met her at a party celebrating the release of her awesome coffee table book Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood. She was extremely nice and she was very receptive to me taking the picture of the two of us. You never know how a photographer is going to react. Thanks again Maripol!
Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood. Out Now!
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Paul Banks of Interpol
Los Angeles really showed a New York City boy how to have a great time on September 7, 2010. I woke up in the morning with my Los Angeles vacation starting to draw to a close and I found out that Interpol was doing a secret show in the parking lot of Space 15Twenty, an outdoor shopping space that houses Urban Outfitters and some other complimentary stores, located a block away from Amoeba Music in Hollywood (one of my favorite places on earth), to celebrate the release of their 4th album “Interpol.” My awesome New York luck knows no boundaries as I arrived at the venue and was fortunate enough to watch the band rehearsing. After the rehearsal, I met lead singer Paul Banks (and he was super cool – more on that encounter coming soon – so stay tuned). The people I met in line and at the show were also very cool and by the end of the night, we were all glowing from the amazing experience we all shared. I’d estimate that about 300 people were at this extremely intimate show and it was definitely the hottest ticket in town.
The band took the stage at 7 pm sharp and played for just over an hour. The weather was literally one of those perfect Southern California weather days that the rest of the world is extremely jealous of. When the band started, the sun had just begun to set and it got progressively darker as the night got progressively more fun. Paul Banks and company played songs from each album including hits such as “Narc,” “Not Even Jail,” “Slow Hands” and newer songs such as “Barricade” and “Try it On.” It was interesting for me to see Interpol, a New York band, in my former city, Los Angeles. Both�of�my mistresses were representing tonight and they both gave me a perfect night. This is my second time seeing Interpol, the first being on a loading dock in New York and I have to say, the more I see them, the more in love I fall. On the way home, I listened to their new album, and though it’s a bit more mellow than I am used to, I am liking it a lot.
See more pictures and the setlist after the jump.
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Thomas Shelford with his amazing art.
Tonight I witnessed a scene out of old New York. At artist Gilles Larrain’s studio in Soho, there was an infamous Art Party. Gilles Larrain took the cover shot of Miles Davis’ albums “Aura” and “Decoy,” and once a month, he opens this legendary studio for an art party. Throughout the evening, you’ll witness performances, performance art and they even have models posing while local artists are encouraged t0 make renderings (At one point, the artists had 20 minutes to draw and the results were outstanding!) The crowd is elegant and smart, but not pretentious. You can mingle with New York’s elite without feeling like you are a misfit. The party happens once a month and you can read more about it here. Famous artists Thomas Shelford and Louda invite you to look over their shoulder while they create brilliance and are happy to explain their craft. These parties cannot be missed. One of these days, you’ll be seeing me doing a reading from my book Sketches of Verbal Alchemy at this event! Watch this space for more details. Enjoy some more pictures after the jump.
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