BluPrint4F.A.M.E. Fashion Show @ The Downtown Standard Rooftop 11/22
By Christy Buena, Editor
Fashionistas in Los Angeles should check out the Downtown Standard rooftop on 11/22/09 for the BluPrint 4F.A.M.E. Fashion Show. The event is FREE, starts at 7:30pm and will feature BluPrint clothing, Jacob Kozinn clothing and lingerie by Maia.aiaM.
For more information, see below:
Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 2009
7:30pm - 1:30am
The Standard, Downtown LA
550 South Flower (at Sixth Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free gift bags for the first 20 ladies
Drink specials from 7:30-9pm
Live music till 10pm, so get there early
Maia.aiaM – Lingerie
Film projections by Six Stair
Video by Anton Perich
ElaNef - beat-boxing
The Boat Times
DJ Rage Johnson
DJ True Justice
Here is a trailer for a party we threw in NYC back in 2005... we were throwing them all over the city from 2004-2008 or so..
And here are some pics from our past events:
The Standard, Downtown LA rooftop virtual tour
flyer designed by Rage Johnson (http://www.ragejohnson.com)
BluPrint4F.A.M.E. (Fashion.Art.Music.Entertainment) is an on-going event that combines emerging fashion designers, runway shows, visual art (either projected or hanging), live musicians (mostly hip-hop), and DJ’s into a single, cohesive showcase. Started in NYC in October of 2004 by Julie Machado (BluPrint Clothing), Elan Freudenthal (aka ElaNef), Rigel Lastrella (aka The Anser), and Orlando Molina (aka ZEPS), BluPrint4F.A.M.E. grew into a monthly party that has been held at various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now that BluPrint Clothing has re-located to LA, we are ready to take over the West Coast as well! In 2010 and beyond, we will be throwing events every 3 months.
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Interview with Kevin Hart @ Club Nokia - Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam
The downtown Los Angeles venue Club Nokia, filled with laughter when stand-up comedian/actor Kevin Hart took the stage at Shaquille O’ Neal's All Star Comedy Jam. Poking fun at his friends, family and even at himself, the comedian gave a strong performance and was continuously hilarious from start to finish.
Other stand-up comedians that performed that night included Rickey Smiley, Kevin Hart, Aries Spears, DeRay Davis and Chris Spencer.
On the screen, you may have recognized the comedian from movies such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, Along Came Polly, and Scary Movie 4. Hart was also featured in the most recent Comedy Central TV show titled, "Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," where he spent three months in Budapest.
Before his performance, Disarray Magazine sat down with Hart and his two children and interviewed him on how he got his start in comedy, balancing his work/life, his comedic role models and what projects he has lined up.
The comedian was extremely personable and down to earth and equally funny onstage.
For your reading pleasure, here's the transcript from the interview:
We are here at Club Nokia with Kevin Hart.
So, I read that you quit your job as a shoe salesmen to pursue comedy. Can you tell me more about that?
Yes, yes I did. I was a successful shoe salesman, one of the best in the business. I could break down anything about a sneaker: Polyurethane, etc., those are the things that I'm educated on.
When I decided not to take that career any further, I said you know what, let me branch off into stand up comedy. The reason why, because I can go far in that, said I'm not going to go that much further selling sneakers because I know everything there is to know. At this point, I was a guru. I was going to work for NIKE but then said I don't wanna do it, let me start doing comedy. Did some amateur nights, once I did amateur nights, quit my job instantly and said this is what it is, this is I want to do - told my mom and then mom supported me, put me on her back and said , "OK babe, if this is what you want to do, I want you to do it to the best of your ability," and I did. Long story short, got successful, things started to happen right after.
Now, how old were you when you decided to jump the "shoe ship"?
I was... what was I? I was 17, 18.
Wow, that's daring. So, are there any comedians you admire?
Oh, there's tons man. All the ones that, I guess you can say, paved the way for me to do what I do. From your Priors, to your Cosby's, to your Eddie Murphy's to your Chappelles, Sinbads to Cosby, to guys that you wouldn't even know. Keith Robinson, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Voz, Jim Norton, tons man. The list goes on and on. It's not about who's successful, it's about people that motivate you. Colin Quinn, another good guy that was around me. You know, guys that pushed me to go and get to another level.
Ok, and how was it working on "Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire"?
In Budapest! I was over there in Hungary for 3 in a half months. You know it was a fun experience. Anytime you get to work out the country, you know, experience culture in a different place, you have to adapt to people that speak a different language. It's fun, educational. I'm not a big traveler though. Not to places where I'm really a foreigner, where I don't know what's going on. I had a good time, as far as the work goes but as far as enjoying the city, I didn't do much. I was a hobbit. Went to my hotel, went to the gym, ate Subway everyday and pretty much went to work. That was it.
So, how do you balance being away from your family?
Um, there is no way to balance it, you know you kinda gotta accept it for being what it is. You know, I work, I'm an entertainer, but unfortunately, you know with being an entertainer, it's not all gravy. Some things are rough. You gotta try to find a small balance. The time you do have with your family, you capitalize on it, when you work, you make sure your family understands why you work and why you work as much as you do. It's to support them at the end of the day.
Are you working on any projects right now?
Just got done doing a movie, "Death and a Funeral" that comes out in February or April - it's one of those months. I'm about to do another hour special for Comedy Central, getting ready to do a campaign with eBay that I just booked - being a spokesperson for them, doing several commercials for them, touring going to theaters now 2000 - 2500 seaters. Good things right now. No complaints.
Awesome, so what do you do when you're not working? What do you do in your spare time?
I try to be with my kids as much as I can. Sleep, trying to sleep. Go to the gym and try to become a sex symbol. That's what I'm workin' on. Getting these pecks together. That's really it man. Play a little poker every now and then. Other than that, I try to put time in with my little ones.
Ok and do you give back to your community in any way?
No! To hell with, nah I'm joking. Philadelphia, last year was the first year that I did something to give back. I did a toy drive where I did comedy shows and donated all the proceeds, it was about $25,000 - $30,000 donated back to the community and put on a toy drive for the kids, had them come out. This year, I'm not going to do toys, I'll probably do something as far as books, raising money and donating a check to a local youth center or you know, a local "Y" to rebuild some things rather than do a toy drive. It's easy to give kids toys but now I've done that, been there so I'm trying to step it up and see if I can do something else.
Great and what are some of your goals and have you achieved most of them?
I achieved one of them that's really important. I make money by making people laugh. That's my job. I love it, I don't want to change it for nothing. I don't want to change it at all. Another goal was to start a production company, I did that and now, just to get it moving I want to get some projects going where I'm producing, directing and staring in my own films and raising beautiful babies, keep my family together and keep 'em off the cookies their mom keeps giving them.
Ok, that was the last question... Alright, that's a rap.
(Kevin to his daughter) "Say, ok thanks for talking to my daddy."
Talk into the recorder. Aww she's shy. THANK YOU!
Nah, she ain't shy. Thank you.
Joe Myers Wins OC Fair Demolition Derby
The OC Fair hosted the 9th annual "Orange Crush" Demolition Derby, where 14 cars violently smashed into each other until only one remained standing. From classic muscle cars to old station wagons, the dirt track was a battlefield as cars crunched and crashed into each other on purpose.
After the National Anthem, all cars drove out to the track for the "Best Appearing Car" contest. Vehicles that stood out included car 6 containing a bull on its hood, car 59 painted bright green and flame adorned car 3, to name a few. Taking the win was a metal-head white car scribbled with "Pantera" and "Slayer" band names written in red.
After the appearance contest, hundreds of fans, some on bleachers under the blazing sun, waited in anticipation for the Demolition Derby to begin. During the slight delay, impatient beer guzzling fans screamed for the show to begin.
The rules of the derby were simple. Drivers had to hit another vehicle every two minutes otherwise they'd be disqualified. Additionally, crashing into a driver's door was prohibited. As a safety measure, a yellow flag was placed on top of each car and if the driver's vehicle was disabled, the flag was to be taken down. If the car was on fire, the driver had to wave the flag and a blow horn would go off signaling fire fighters to put out any flames.
Finally, the show was underway and seven cars lined up on the track in two rows. Once drivers were given the go ahead, they sped into each other repeatedly. Cars crunched into each other in reverse. Some went head to head and collided so hard that station wagons looked like compact cars. Amidst the excitement, both cars 11 and 3 caught fire!
The potent smell of exhaust and car fumes intensified as cars overheated. When cars lost their tires and bumpers amid the chaos, the crowd cheered in excitement. As vehicles became more mangled, the louder the audience grew. The show continued until all but one vehicle was deemed inoperable.
A number of derby drivers reveling in the event included quadriplegic Ryan Nichols driving car 3 and 18-year-old female driver Christine Thiebert in car 14. Thiebert was the only female driver to compete in the "Orange Crush" Derby and joining her on the track was her father, Bill Thiebert in car 48.
After an hour of full-throttle wreckage, the lucky $2,200 grand prize winner was Joe Myers, a Napoleon, Ohio native. Myers first took interest in the sport in 1985 when he was 17-years-old. Meyers said he hid his first Demolition Derby car from his mom and today, she's his biggest fan. The 90-time winner has competed in 10 states and parts of Canada using his favorite vehicle, the '76 Chevy wagon, pictured below (car 20).
When asked what inspired him to join the Demolition Derby sport, he said, "In Ohio, derby is the biggest event. We'd have 100 cars per night after the rodeos and they'd call us the 'Steel Cowboys.'"
Although Demolition Derby is entertaining to watch, Meyers explained that it was a dying sport. "The sport has changed a lot. We now spend $500 to $1,000 on a car and the cars we use are becoming extinct. It's becoming an expensive hobby, but I do it for fun."
For those looking to join in on Demolition Derby fun, Meyers warns, "The sport is exhilarating and fun, but unfortunately, it's costly."
All photos are courtesy of Steven Buena. For more photos, please visit http://www.stevenbuena.com
Round 4 Formula DRIFT Competition - Las Vegas, NV
Round 4 of the Formula DRIFT competition took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on July 10th - 11th. Located minutes away from the Vegas strip, the speedway played host to NASCAR, IndyCar and is known as the "Diamond in the Desert."
Driving in scorching 100+ degree heat, winners of the competition included:
First Place winner Tanner Foust
Second Place winner Ryuji Miki
Third Place Chris Forsberg
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Formula DRIFT Racing - Long Beach, CA 4.10.09
Long Beach set the stage for the Formula DRIFT Racing competition held April '09. For those of you who missed it, here's a sneak peak at what went on at the event.
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