Thursday, February 26, 2009

An Evening In Silver Lake

Before heading to Spaceland on Tuesday for a concert, I stopped by Lamill Coffee, right across the street. This super cool restaurant and café, with its sleek design and candles on black lacquer tables, offers gourmet coffees in addition to fresh fare. I had the Love Potion, a yummy "tea sangria" or blend of teas infused in cranberries, elderberries, rose hips and hibiscus, as well as an expresso con panna, served with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream. Sadly, they were out of brioche doughnuts... I guess I'll have to go back! I also need to try their orange-infused capuccino.

At the tiny club Spaceland in Silver Lake, I fell in love with He's My Brother She's My Sister, a very original group that features a tap dancer in lieu of rhythmic section (how great is that?), a double-bass, an exquisite singer in a floor-length flapper dress - barefoot and with feathers in her hair like a forest creature heading for a party, and more surprises.
Their folky, swinging songs are catchy and textured, a sheer joy; listen to "Tales That I Tell" on their Myspace Page. I'm a fan.

But the real star of the show was Miranda Lee Richards, a Californian folk pop songwriter and singer whose voice and songs are just luminous. Her album Light Of X was released this month to critical acclaim. It was a treat to hear her in such an intimate venue.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

you really are doing fun and exciting things!!! good for you! i see your new do has given you some spunk! ;)
nancy

Brunch at Saks said...

Gorgeous pictures :)

A World in a PAN said...

I have to try that sangria! Sounds delicious!

the asherette said...

oh Spaceland- i remember that place.
thank you for introducing me to Mirada Lee Richards
and He's My Brother She's My Sister - good stuff.

Piper said...

Bonitas fotos!!

¿Te gusta mi gatito? Es muy cariñoso aunque un poco travieso, tiene solo 6 meses y claro, es como un niño pequeño.

Saludos desde ibiza.

pve design said...

One thing I love is that I still feel a part of you from where-ever you go, all the bits and pieces add up to one who is like a nomad, a gypsy, in a photo-journalist way. I feel you are always moving and absorbing and appreciating everything you see.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Hey, cool, I'll go check out the links.

Christina said...

this sounds like such a wonderful time. i am loving the sound of that tea. Uhem... yum @ the brioche doughnuts. Next time, maybe. : )

Mary-Laure said...

NANCY - yes, I'm trying to take advantage of everything LA has to offer!

ASHERETTE - you've lived in LA? Are there any places you'd recommend for music/art? I'll welcome your suggestions.

PIPER - ay si, tu gatito es precioso. Espero ver mas fotos de el en tu blog.

PVE - thanks for your very kind words; there is so much great art, music and more around us, especially in a place like LA, that I want to explore everything... and share it on my blog!

CHRISTINA - believe me, if I get to try the brioche doughnuts, I'll post about it on my blog.

sølvi said...

Wish I was there:-)

Angora said...

Merci de me transporter avec ce verre très mystérieux vers des distractions si exotiques pour ma pauvre "campagne" encore engloutie par -0 degrés: c'est l'heure de la tisane et du feu de bois!!

Mary-Laure said...

SOLVI - I wish YOU were here, I am sure we would have a great time together...

ANGORA - je devine que tu es a Saint-Vincent; le feu de bois et les tisanes ont leur charme, mais je t'envoie tout de meme via ce blog un peu de grand soleil marin de Californie.

Gala said...

Gracias por tu comentario!, besos, Gala.

Rina said...

Mary Laure, que bueno voy a escuchar lo que recomendas y ademas todo "suena" muy rico!! y divertido!

preppyplayer said...

I do like your new haircut and really enjoy experiencing your "adventures" via your blog.
More. More. MORE!

Mary-Laure said...

RINA - bueno, escucha las canciones y depsues me contas tus impresiones...

PREPPYPLAYER - oh be assured there will be more, a LOT more.

Esti said...

Tengo que escucharla!

iñaki said...

I love fringed layered dresses. There is something so sensual about them!

xx

michiko said...

Miranda Lee Richards has a wonderful voice!

Mary-Laure said...

INAKI - I saw one in a vintage store, black and white, and I'm dying to get it...

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