Pop tART Gallery Los Angeles: alternative art of Franz Szony. Crazy Hook pirate theme restaurant, LA Koreatown.

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I’ve been Art Nouveau obsessed ever since my travels to Berlin and Prague. In Los Angeles, I nearly lost my head over this gilded corset!

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Pirates, Rococo, and death? What is this marvelous place?

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Pop tART Gallery, an experimental arts venue owned by the illustrious Phyliss Navidad. Last year, photographer Austin Young had an exhibition in this LA space.

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I went to the opening of “Hapenis: The Art of Franz Szony.” I was captivated by his conceptual photography, which drew me into a world of theater. Themes of death, androgyny, grandeur, hedonism — all my usual favorites.

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Pirate top: Spider (Hong Kong Goth brand)
Scalloped bow shorts: KiLaRa Hello Kitty collection (Japanese brand but bought in Hong Kong)
Hair flowers: provided by Angelica Brigade

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Closeup. Franz spends months on each piece, and it’s a treat to examine the intricate detail.

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“Hapenis” runs until Nov 30; don’t miss it, LA friends. For upcoming events and info, visit the Pop tART website and Facebook.

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In the words of my tshirt, “Time flies when you’re having RUM!”

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I’m appropriately dressed for Crazy Hook, the pirate restaurant in LA’s Koreatown. I swung by with Liz Ohanesian: journalist, DJ and writer of Beatique.

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Tharr be mateys in the window.

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The Korean menu had us hooked.

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I’m not sure where “mahalo” fits in… perhaps the pirate ship sailed to Hawaii?

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Crazy Hook is a great place to gather friends for a feast. Liz and I sat beneath the sails, drank soju and feasted on the kimchi pancake.

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Thanks Liz O for the photos. She’s an LA-based journalist currently working on a webcomic and screenplay — check out her site for music and underground reports.

Since you keep requesting more Basil Farrow, here’s a new Scottish Fold cat video. Watch my squish-faced kitty get groomed with a Furminator, enjoying every moment. Isn’t it incredible how much he sheds?

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What’s on your mind today? Did you cast a vote? Are you into pirates and decadent art as much as I am?

  • Tess

    Loved watching Basil being brushed, so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Basil is the sweetest :)

  • Naruto

    lol in a few years u can make a pillow with ur cats fur btw ur cat is so cute

  • meimei

    *-* so cute

  • animeyaoilover14

    I can’t get over how adorable basil is, oh my god, so kawaiii

  • sheba

    Basil I love u lol u r so incredibly adorable, I want one

  • Palomi

    OMG, that noise he makes at the beginning of the video when you first start brushing him! Gahhh! >_<

  • fred

    seems to approve

  • Graa

    >///A///<

  • http://samispoon.blogspot.com/ Sami

    Looking amazing as always!! :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I am so obsessed with this exhibit! and pirates! <3

  • Kiyoto

    Basil looks so cute and happy being brushed :D

  • Hannah

    watched video. did not know you could shed that much. and where did mommy get that

  • Luca

    XD

  • Fur

    Cute!

  • Anna

    Love the video :)

  • yesica

    should learn to pose…love <3

  • Lilia
  • Raven

    Man that stuff is amazing I could spend all day wondering round looking at it…