The String Orchestra of Brooklyn

A collaborative ensemble of musicians brings the symphony to NYC parks

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) is committed to an inclusive approach to music-making, opening up their expert ensemble to a range of site-specific musical experiments and collaborations with musicians from around the greater New York area. Due to the orchestra’s smaller size and rotating cast of volunteer musicians, they are able to explore a more obscure repertoire and adapt to different venues. “What sets …

Sundance 2012

Standout films and documentaries from this year's film festival

This year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, presented the requisite set of features and documentaries with the not-so-surprising general consensus that the smaller, independent works transcended the generally lackluster star-studded blockbusters. Whether speaking to current issues that plague the American conscience or shedding light on new innovators, each film we saw or heard about felt unique to 2012. We’ve selected a combination of …

Photo LA 2012

Cinematic influences pervade the annual photo fair

Photo LA was sprawled across the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with as much bustle as the city itself. Wandering through the labyrinth of pop-up exhibitors, those that stood out most conveyed a strong cinematic narrative with a sense of humor. Pulp Art Book marks a collaboration between photographer Neil Krug and model Joni Harbeck. The collection of serial adventures is set against fictional landscapes of …

Apolis: Common Gallery

A new gallery-shop-event space hybrid in downtown LA

Brothers Shea and Raan Parton founded Apolis with the simple idea that people can live better lives if they are given equal opportunity. Now, seven years later, they’ve opened Apolis: Common Gallery, a new shop that opened in a spare, industrial-inspired space in downtown LA on 10 November 2011. The space serves as the first regionally branded Apolis space to host gallery exhibitions, collection releases, …

Dark Water

Brooklyn-based painter curates an exhibition in Santa Monica

Curator of the upcoming exhibition “Dark Water,” Brooklyn-based painter Martin Wittfooth drops his brush in favor of hand-selecting contemporaries who inspire him, compiling 29 representational painters’ whose visions reflect the exhibition’s namesake. Wittfooth admits, “As an artist in the curator’s seat, I’ve been very biased in who I invited due to my own tastes, but I think this approach has made it a rather focused …