Beastly Verse is Joohee Yoon's beautifully illustrated children’s book of poems about animals on wonderfully thick, textured paper.
Each short poem, by classic authors such as Lewis Carroll, William Blake, D.H. Lawrence, and Carolyn Wells, is accompanied by a playfully silly illustration, many which pull out to create a three-page spread. And yet many of the poems, which are as whimsical as the beastly images, are also layered with a deeper meaning of nature and life itself. This is one of those books that adults will savor as much as – if not more than – the children who own it.
Inspired by the hilarious and quirky TV show Portlandia, The Portlandia Activity Book, written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel includes all kinds of Portland-related activities, tests and advice, such as a “Build Your Own Chore Wheel,” conversation starter cards, conversation stopper cards, fashion tips, bird stencils, silly word games, and more.
[Video Link] I like the band Best Coast because listening to them makes it feel like a California summer no matter what season it is. They have a great new album out, called The Only Place.
Last week my friend Ava and I interviewed them at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, a couple of hours before they performed. Our friend Maureen Herman (the bass player for Babes in Toyland) shot and co-edited the video.
Last weekend I went to Shag the Store in Palm Springs, California. A variety of art pieces by Shag were for sale, along with paintings up for a charity auction by artists who painted live at Coachella. Handbags, art books, home décor, and other items were also being sold. It was fun to walk around and view the art. You should definitely check it out if you’re in Palm Springs!￼ (See below for Shag swag giveaway details).
On Saturday I went to the My Little Pony Project event at Toy Art Gallery on Melrose, and it was very fun! Check out the art gallery. Many well-known and pop surrealist artists painted large-scale ponies, and they were put on display.