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The Museum of Ice Cream by Julia Walck

On Monday night I jumped into a pool filled with sprinkles, received a call from Seth Rogen on an "ice cream hotline" and ate a lot of delicious ice cream. 

Where was I, you ask? A pop-up exhibition in the Los Angeles Arts District called The Museum of Ice Cream.

The plastic sprinkles from the pool somehow lingered on you long after leaving. I found one when I was washing my hair the next morning. 

And if you're wondering how to find the entrance to the Museum of Ice Cream, the trail of sprinkles lining the ground will most certainly give it away. 

Unfortunately, you don't really learn anything about ice cream here... but you do get to eat some. 

Pictured above is charcoal infused cookie dough. Mmm. 

This place is an Instagram-machine. There's not a single area dubbed unworthy of a photo, and I think that's kind of the point. 

The pun game was real strong in the California room. I think Vanessa Fudgens takes the cake, or um, ice cream in this case?

Spongy pink pancakes sandwiching a vanilla scoop of ice cream? OK. 

Loved all the colors in this room! 

It's not too often you say this after visiting a museum, but I think I need to hit the gym now.

FYF '16 by Julia Walck

Fuck Yeah Fest (FYF) was really good this year! I remember it being an unorganized clusterfuck when I went back in 2014; they've totally cleaned up their act since then! (A bit of bottlenecking aside). 

I went both days and didn't get sunburnt! Patting myself on the back, and it doesn't even hurt. 

Here's what the weekend consisted of:

SATURDAY

  • Classixx
  • Todd Terje & the Olsens
  • Gerd Janson
  • Junior Boys
  • Tame Impala
  • Hot Chip (Live)
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Moby (DJ)

Bonnie, me, and Em

Bonnie, me, Jaz and Em

We watched Classixx from the beer garden; it was good, dancy, (drinky?) music for the background. While we were there, I creeped on this guy's "Dedicated to the Craft" shirt and I whipped out the sign I made for Hot Chip. 

I was 100% dedicated to the craft of this sign

Todd Terje and the Olsens

Junior Boys

Junior Boys

The stage for Junior Boys was sort of tucked away in the back, and at first we ended up grooving a bit in "The Woods" before heading to "The Club" (stage names). In doing so, we stumbled on this guy named Gerd Janson who I ended up really liking.

We made our way to "The Club" and caught my favorite Junior Boys song, In the Morning, just in time! Dancing our way under the disco balls, we headed to Tame Impala. I've seen them twice before so I didn't mind ducking out early for my main obsession, Hot Chip.

Hot Chip was labeled one of the best performances of FYF by LA Weekly. You can see me posted up front and center with my lil' Hot Chip sign in the article. I also found another photo of me on laist here

Because I was front and center, guess who got the set list!?!?! Hoping I can get another one from next week's show in Wales! 

Sidenote: On day 2 of the fest, I actually saw Alexis Taylor walking through the park with his wife and daughter. I choked and didn't say anything to him and I'm still slapping myself for it! 

Explosions in the sky filled the stage with vivid colors while exploding peoples' minds with their sound. Instrumental music always feels like a dreamscape to me and is really, really wonderful. It's refreshing to strip away all lyrics and dig deep into the sound.

Moby

Moby

We danced to Moby and then stumbled home around 1:30. Getting a Lyft out of there was an absolute nightmare! 

Disco ball

Me with my Hot Chip sign

SUNDAY

  • Preoccupations
  • Wild Nothing
  • Blood Orange
  • Father John Misty
  • Anohni: Presents Hopelessness
  • Mac Demarco
  • Beach House
  • LCD Soundsystem 
Preoccupations

Preoccupations

Saturday, I went solo to the festival and Emily met up with me later in the day. I caught the middle to end of Preoccupations' set. They're previously known as Viet Cong, but changed their name for obvious reasons. Starting my day off with a bit of grungy punk felt good. 

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing

Emily found me mid-Wild Nothing set. Having purple hair really does come in handy. 

Blood Orange was next. They brought out Carly Rae Jepsen and Nelly Furtado for a song each... which is quite possibly the most random combo of guests ever for Blood Orange. I mean, good, but odd. 

Father John Misty always puts on a hell of a show. Talk about drama. He kept flailing himself all over the stage, falling to his knees and completely on his back. 

We couldn't figure out if his graphics were malfunctioning or purposefully ironic. First, the screen quickly flashed to a desktop background of a baby with a mess of folders. Next was the software update failed message. Then a Windows start-up screen, and the set ended with a "Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2014" banner. It was then that we knew (or are pretty sure?) it was all on purpose. 

After grabbing some Fruity Pebble churro ice cream from Ridges, we met up with my coworker Zack and his girlfriend at Anohni. Her graphics were really powerful. I turned to Zack and said, "This feels like something that would be in a back room at MOCA or LACMA for an art installation". He's a copy-writer at work and does lots of artist bios, so knows lots of fun facts about the music scene. 

He explained to me that it probably was art-installation-esque because in the past, Anohni has worked with the likes of Lou Reed and Bjork on installations and projects. Plus, the show was called Anohni: Presents Hopelessness which in itself seems like an art piece with an underlying message. 

We went from Anohni to Mac Demarco and met up with a few more friends. Fighting our way through the crowd, we ended up to the side of the sound booth which was a pretty good spot.

Afterwards, we caught a few Beach House tunes and moseyed our way over to LCD Soundsystem. 

Hey, remember that time I waited for 8 hours to be very front row for LCD at Coachella? Me too. 

Anyways, LCD was AMAZING. I danced so hard, as soon as I got out of bed and stood up the next morning I felt my legs scream, "What have you done to us?!" Worth it though. Totally worth it. 

I metro-ed home, showered at like 1:30 or 2am, and tried to get some sleep for work the next morning. 

Speaking of mornings, I leave tomorrow morning (6am flight) for Festival Number 6 in Wales! I'm beyond excited but man is it going to be a long trek. 

Cross your fingers for us! 

Recently, in Summer by Julia Walck

Summer nights (and days) are really amazing. The sun might be hot in the daytime, but it's always worth it when you can kick back and relax in the warm summer nights. 

PS: "kick back" reminds me... We heard the song "Can I Kick It?" on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday while we were out.  

Here's what I've been up to this past week:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Ate at Border Grill downtown
  • Accidentally showed up 2 hours early at the Bootleg thanks to the wrong set time in an email (8:30 is the same as 10:30, right?)
  • Ubered over to Mohawk Bend for drinks and photo-booth-ing
  • Walked across the street to Bar Bandini to kill some more time
  • Headed to the Bootleg for real this time to see Kyle Craft, which was the BEST $9 show of my life

SATURDAY

  • Let's just say Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle, which consisted of watching A LOT of Game of Thrones... with the blinds shut and all of the lights off
  • Late afternoon, we went over to the Annenberg for the KCRW Sound in Focus concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Got a Dogtown Dog and some "ice cream of the future" from food trucks
  • Edward Sharpe wasn't super sharp that night and we went home before he even played it

SUNDAY

  • Stood in line at Eggslut, and the payoff was delicious
  • Shopped around at Renegade Craft Fair and snagged a sweet ampersand pin from a fellow ampersister, Katie Wilson of The Good Twin
  • Found out that pear sorbet ice cream is a thing and Jeni's makes it

Recently, in Donuts, Drinking and Rainbows... by Julia Walck

This past weekend was really, really solid. I got a lot done, and also had a ton of fun. I guess by definition that's work hard, play hard.

Friday night, I made donuts with my roommate, Denise. I recently bought a book literally just called "Donuts", and it's filled with delicious recipes bound to ruin anyone's diet. But that's what cheat days (or weeks) are for!

As it was our first time making donuts, we chose to make blueberry donuts with an Earl Grey glaze. Start off simple, right? 

It actually turned out to be fairly easy. Once we got the hang of the consistency of the dough, the heat level and amount of time to fry them, we were smooth sailing. 

Not to brag, but they turned out fucking amazing. Definitely going to be making more donuts in the near future.

Saturday it rained pretty heavily and we didn't let it get in our way. 

We tried out Seoul Waffle Pizza in Koreatown for lunch. And yes if you took a hint from their name, they make pizza on waffles instead of crust. It was pretty good, but they didn't have a veggie option which was kind of a bummer this day and age. 

We walked around Koreatown a bit, saw an awesome two tone buliding, (major deja-vu to hair I once had), and stopped off at Beer Belly for some fries and obviously some beer. After a couple of rounds, it was time to hit up that driving range we had passed by on Wilshire earlier in the day. 

Golfing on top of a parking lot in the middle of a city with the Los Angeles skyline in the background is kind of surreal. The three of us shared a lane, an iron, 180 balls and a lot of laughs.

This multi-level driving range is called Aroma and is an awesome hangout spot. Possibly pre-gaming (literally) before hitting up a show at The Wiltern?

Sunday I went to the Rosebowl Flea Market, scored this 70s yellow rainbow chest, then died and went to heaven. I also got around 30 stir sticks for like $5 because the guy "didn't want to lug them home". Laziness can pay off sometimes. 

Finally, I met with a client for a freelance project and relaxed the rest of the day. 
Hopefully I can top this weekend with Coachella this coming weekend, but it might be close.

Pop Up Flea by Julia Walck

The Grove this past weekend held an event called Pop Up Flea where local "shop small" artists gathered, conversed and peddled their work. 

I got a fantastic florescent acrylic saguaro cactus from Nobel Truong of Nobl StudiosIt has the option of hooking up to a base and being a lamp, plus it glows in a black light. 

Pop Up Flea's slogan is "A Short-Term Shop for Long-Term Goods". Their events typically are in one spot for a weekend, then they pack up and move somewhere else state-wide or even internationally.

If it happens to pop up around you, I suggest you pop in.