the vibrant hues of downtown: @LAArtsDistrict1

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we had a hour so took a trip downtown to see what this place the Arts District is all about in what was a vast orchard of citrus groves, once upon a time.

and now? lots of artists, the smell of oil paint (we made that up, but perhaps we Did sense the Industry upstairs in the lofty eaves just behind the slightly open doors from ironwork balconies festooned with lavender plants and brushes drying in the sunlight), Many british accents (all creative directors have one – or acquire one – together with the traditional precision frameless glasses and a modicum of interesting face hair shaping) and the roasting of coffee beans.

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literally?

The Artform Studio – a melange of vinyl, gentle sunlight creeping through the glass doors and a hair salon out back and a deep feeling of true soul (musically and the other one that’s all about being authentic and True).

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and we also liked peeking into the Little Tokyo Mall because there was an entire boutique of Hello Kitty (a symphony of PINK) and a suspiciously-packed-arcade (for a Friday afternoon) with teenagers – sadly the Time Crisis machines were all taken, or we would have slipped inside and looked Rather incongruous in a white linen shirt, Jackie O sunglasses and shiny-shiny-black-patent-leather-Doctor.Martens.

or not.

maybe there were Lots of people dressed like us in the back playing those racing car machines (we like those too).

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guten tag, julia stoepel! @missjulesberlin came to visit.

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a day of delicious Visits from Abroad (and the Other Coast)!

guild was in NYC from Los Angeles(bleary eyed but always cheerful and Extremely Tall and gentlemanly) and met us for an early breakfast on carmine street.

Then tonight one of our favor(u)rite muso-vinyl-men is in Town from London so we’ll be having supper and then hopefully heading to bleecker st records to see what’s on the turntable. ….

And late morning we had a Treat indeed…..

julia stoepel was in town from BERLIN!

#weadorefriendsfromBerlin

Don’t you?

All those semiotic classes at university, rilke, das kabinet Dr. Caligari, Bowie, iggy (can we call him just Iggy?), Mr. Reed, sunken cheekbones, late night cabaret (and Cabaret, of course), paintings in abandoned buildings with full floor studios and black coffee with a slightly world weary half smile.

Ah. BERLIN. 

julia was splendid.

It’s her story so we cannot tell it but oh – Quelle Adventurous and brave hearted and utterly glorious she is…….

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As befitting her short stay in this city from her city, we walked around and took black and white pictures and talked about Life and Love and……..los angeles where we do believe we will see her next.

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Did we tell you (almost) our most treasured factoid about julia?

Look!

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Priceless.

julia is the voice of Hello Kitty in germany. 

As well as an accomplished actor, voiceover artist and Lover of Adventure.

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she is also completely enthralled (as you know We are) by a chandelier.

thank you, meine freundin julia, for the Visit – and the precious flowers.

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See you in Hollywood, dearest one.