By definition, monsoon refers to a seasonal wind in South and Southeast Asia that brings ample rain, but those of us native to Arizona call our summer rains monsoons too. Last week I was lucky enough to head home to Tucson during spring break, and although it didn’t rain, returning to the desert made me realize just how much I’ve been missing monsoon season. I write about Tucson quite often, but growing up in the Sonoran Desert is a gift that I’ll never take for granted, and I’ll use every opportunity I have to share its character and beauty. I recently came across Monsoon II by Mike Olbinski and couldn’t help but post it. Enjoy, and be sure to check out more of Olbinski’s work on his blog and Vimeo.
Although my trip to Los Angeles last week was mostly business, I had the opportunity to fit some fun stuff in to my schedule too. Along with eating a ton of great food (from vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude, to Santa Monica pub The Independence, and Koreatown mainstay OB Bear) I spent time at various beaches (Venice, Santa Monica, and Hermosa), walked around Griffith Park, drove up Mulholland Drive at night, and visited the Getty Center and Paley Center for Media. Because my camera is a little too large and heavy to lug around all of the time, I only snapped a few pictures at Griffith Park and the Getty Center. Enjoy, and let me know about some of your favorite things to do in LA. I’m moving in about two weeks, and I hope to have an extensive list together of things to do once I’m officially settled in.
Although I’m thoroughly ready to call a new city home, I’m feeling more in love with where I’m from than ever before. Here are some photos taken on my phone during my last six months of adventuring in and around Tucson. << All photos were taken with an iPhone 5s >>
This weekend my boyfriend graduated from The University of Arizona, bringing any academic connection I had to my undergraduate experience to a close. I am unbelievably excited for him, but the moment was still a little bitter-sweet. Yesterday we stopped for brunch at a restaurant near the university, and after our meal we decided to go for a walk along the iconic mall that runs down the center of campus. It was an especially wonderful desert winter day and we found ourselves reminiscing about the many years we spent on campus, even before we attended school there. For most Tucsonans, including those who didn’t attend The U of A, there’s something wonderfully sacred and significant about our school. Not only is our campus beautiful, but it’s a sanctuary where anyone can come to learn, explore, and try new things. Whether you’re riding a bike down a path, watching a basketball game, studying, or playing frisbee on the mall, visitors can seek refuge in that wonderful place of discovery. Although I graduated 1.5 years ago, our final walk through campus gave me the closure I …
The other day I was browsing through Tumblr and came across a neat photo of my favorite director/actor duo, Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro. Considering that they’ve been making movies together since the early 70’s, I thought that there were probably a ton of photos of the two of them on sets throughout the years. I did some research and here’s what I found: mean streets – 1973 taxi driver – 1976 raging bull – 1980 goodfellas – 1990 casino – 1995 **I wasn’t able to find photos of Scorsese and De Niro together from New York, New York, The King of Comedy, or Cape Fear**
Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”
In a new series (VIDEO OF THE DAY) I will be posting short films and music videos multiple times per week. From this year’s Sundance Shorts, Until the Quiet Comes, directed by Kahlil Joseph, features three songs by underground musician and producer, Flying Lotus. A magical combination of both mood and rhythm, Joseph’s film is one of the most captivating shorts I have ever seen. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography was done by Matthew J. Lloyd. Truly, one of my favorites.