We love San Francisco with all our heart, but sometimes it's good to get out to really appreciate where you come from even more. That's why from Sept 28-Oct 7 we're teaming up with some friends from all over the West Coast and setting off on Bold Rush, our first road trip! Our first stop is the ever-sunny Los Angeles on September 28th and 29th. Here's a sneak peak of what's in store.
Images courtesy of Rice Paper Scissors/American Tripps
Coming along with us for Bold Rush are our San Francisco friends, Rice Paper Scissors and American Tripps.
Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan started their pop-up a la carte restaurant Rice Paper Scissors two years ago after being inspired by a trip to Vietnam. Every Thursday, you can catch this duo at the Mojo Bicycle Cafe with their tasty banh mi, Cambodian pop music, and small red stools that reflect their experience abroad. And then, every month, they up the ante by throwing an underground brunch or dinner in secret alleyways and warehouses around the city. RPS have been featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover and recently, in Food & Wine magazine.
As for American Tripps, you might remember that we covered them late last year, or, you might've already been to one of their happening events. If you haven't yet, get ready for an entirely new experience. American Tripps totally transforms how active and exciting the nightlife can be by introducing Berlin-style ping pong to San Francisco. 30+ players, 30+ paddles, one table. Add some music, dancing, and drinking and we're sure it's going to be a blast.
Image courtesy of Poketo
As for our Los Angeles partners:
We teamed up with Poketo, the company first known for its artist-commissioned wallets, to throw a party at its brick and mortar flagship store. Located in the booming Arts District of Downtown LA, husband and wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung started the shop out of the belief in the "art for your everyday." At Poketo, you can find everything from cute bowties to toothbrushes almost too modern and cool looking to actually use. We're excited to be using their space for our pop-up shope curated by Dan Johnson Lake. Expect some photography by Los Angeles native Luisa Pelipetz and artwork by the likes of Emily Ryan and Mike Hsuing. Hopefully, Mike will let us pet his mustache.
Images Courtesy of Luisa Pelipetz/Mike Hsiung/Emily Ryan/Subpop Records
You might not recognize their name, but if you're a fan of Subpop's Beachwood Sparks, you'll definitely recognize the music of the Syrup Jeans, which features all but one member of BS. The band will be playing all Beachwood Sparks songs, so get ready for some dreamy, melodic country-tinged tunes.
We have a few DJs joining us in L.A. On Saturday night, Jimi Hey, who was a founding member in Beachwood Sparks and has played with Glass Candy, Indian Jewelry, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti, will be spinning records for us during the ping-pong party.
Emily Ryan (yep, one of the contributors in the pop-up art show) will also be manning the wheels of steel. These days she's a talented visual artist, but you may remember her from her days in Asian-American teen riot grrl trio Emily's Sassy Lime or acting in Jon Moritsugu's 2002 film, Scumrock.
DJ Pickpocket of Donuts Party
Finally, we're also excited to reconnect with Kat Matutina, aka DJ Pickpocket of Donuts Party. Kat used to live in San Francisco, but she recently relocated to Los Angeles and brought her popular dance party of international disco tunes with her.
Check out our event page for even more information. We hope to see you there, LA!