Art, Food & Film in LA

Last week I was invited by Foodbuzz to attend a foodie-fun event at the Geffen Contempory (MOCA) in downtown LA nearby Little Tokyo District. It was a sneak peak of the Levi’s Film workshop and a tour of the Art in the Streets. It was a great opportunity to check out the LA exhibition of the history of graffit, street art and food scene.

Being part of the awesome and fun food blogging community always opens up opportunities to meet other bloggers: people who understand the way you think, feel and want to photograph food. I accidently ran in to the creator of Princess Gourmet while trying to locate this event. Together we explored, laughed and bonded at the event.

There are film screenings and upcoming documentaries coming up now until July 14th. Check out the calendar for more details on the events. The theme of the month is the debut of “The Hunger,” three short films featuring elements of the foodie world: GROWING, PREPARING, and SERVING.

GROWING: Spotlight on Futurefarmers – Aaron Rose & Silver Lake Farms.

PREPARING: Spotlight on Top Chef Master Ludo Lefebvre. (Love Ludobites and his pop-up restaurants).

SERVING: Spotlight on Kogi BBQ. (My gourmet food truck love of Chef Roy Choi, Fusion Korean BBQ & Mexican food)

Perry Hoberman had presented a workshop on 3D, and explained some unique and non-traditional techniques to 3D media using Microsoft Kinect and other software applications.

Levi’s workshops are a series of venues dedicated to creative minds of today. Meaning it’s open to the public for the young amateur and professional to have access to use their equipment. (FREE!) They celebrate the craft of filmmaking and other techniques like home media transfer (got old VHS movies?) mixing up music compilations, or using their photography equipment and workspace.


They had plenty of apple IPAD applications available for you to enjoy, too. I got a little IPAD-envious.

Princess Gourmet and I took a tour of the MOCA gallery. Modern and graffiti street art is very unique to LA, and coming back from my Italian vacation – it was definitely a twist on the tradition and taking everyday life into a funky art platform. This Ice Queen sculpture made by Swoon used “xacto cut out paper.” The colorful and mural art of this “stained window” by Banksy might strike a chord with certain religious groups. The street scene of billboards was a fun throwback to everyday city life.

Art in the Streets gallery was a homage to urban street culture and it’s ground-breaking to depict the span of the street scene from the early seventies to present day. Funky, fresh and epic.

We had fun touring the bright and neon warrior Tron-ic room.

This reminded me of my cabbage patch and garbage pail days. Oh how times have changed.

This room was so horrible it was awesome.

A special thanks to Foodbuzz, Levi’s Film Workshop, and Princess Gourmet for making this a wonderful event. Plus, I finally got a chance to enjoy an infamous Philippe’s french dipped sandwich. YUM!

Food, fun, and street art in LA – that’s where it’s at!

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