Event: Artplex Gallery Grand Opening – Dec 6

Everyone likes tasty bites and snacks, and everyone [who’s cool] likes art. Next week on Thursday, December 6th from 6-9pm, a new art gallery is opening up on Beverly Blvd – Artplex Gallery.

Their grand opening will include a show with some great talents curated for the new space:

Iqi Qoror

Sleeping With Big Banana – Iqi Qoror

Nelson De La Nuez

Sweet Dreams – Nelson De La Nuez

Marco Schmidli of Schmidli Backdrops

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and more including Nando Kallweit, Cole Altuzarra, and Sally West. Go check it out, if not for anything else but the snacks (but also because you’re cool and like art)!

Where:
Artplex Gallery
7377 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When:
Thursday, December 6th
6 – 9 pm
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Happy Hump Day 4th of July!

Even with some of us working this week, it’ll be nice to cut that week in half with some burgers, hot dogs, daytime TV, or whatever our hearts desire.

Stay cool! The Debbies Book team will be back to helping you track down what you need Thursday.

We will also be weighed down from eating too much the day before. It’s normal to plan to eat too much, right? I hope so.

THIS WEEKEND – Metalpalooza, June 16th-17th


is happening this weekend, and quite frankly it sounds like a good time.

Belly dancing, fire breathing, live blacksmithing, swordfighting, raffles, artisan presentations and much more will be available to everyone who attends. Demos such as sword making, gem cutting, jewelry making, bronze casting, leather working and many other fascinating talents will be shown to attendees along with full access to The Sword & The Stone showroom.

Oh, did I mention there will also be sword fighting? I feel compelled to mention that again.

Tony Swatton will be hosting, a highly skilled blacksmith who has worked with the film and television industry for decades, along with showcasing many other talented individuals.

To get tickets to the event, stop by Metalpalooza.net where you can even nab some discounted tickets!

Don’t forget it’s two days! You can also grab single day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday.

Hope to see you guys there!

Website: www.swordandstone.com

UTW Day Coming Up in June – How You Can Help!

Looking to have a positive impact in your community AND meet great people? The local nonprofit A Million Drops will be renovating a sober living house for the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day (UTW), on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

For this to be a full success they don’t just need bodies, however. There are many necessities including more funding. If you want to participate check out some of the information shared with us below (or linked here as a downloadable pdf):

 

  • As part of the 5th annual Unfuck The World Day, LA-based non-profit A Million Drops is going to give a fresh look to a sober living house, 2nd Chance For Sobriety. The facility houses 70 men ages 20-45 – most of them court-ordered – and it operates on a shoestring budget. Our goal is to beautify three areas: the Visitation Room, the Dining Area and the Back Yard. It will be a joint effort between volunteers and residents.
  • To make this happen, we need your help. We are looking for individuals and organizations interested in providing materials, such as building supplies, furniture, etc. as outlined in the attached presentation. We also need volunteers experienced in the areas of painting and furniture making. Volunteers are needed to work on the day of the event as well.
  • If you prefer to make a monetary contribution, we will gladly accept donations in the form of cash, checks made out to A Million Drops, or payments via PayPal to donate@amilliondrops.org . A Million Drops is a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible.

 

For more information about how you can help, reach out to:

A Million Drops
c/o Maike Both
357 South Fairfax Ave. Ste. 411
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-829-2830  •  maike@amilliondrops.org

Websites: www.unfucktheworld.net & www.amilliondrops.org

SDSA GMM – October General Membership Meeting @ Dapper Cadaver

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The Master’s of All Things Spooky and Gross hosted the latest Set Decorators Society of America General Membership Meeting, and as is custom with them, Dapper Cadaver had a delicious spread good enough for Count Dracula himself (with less actual blood of course).

Oh, and there was a costume competition that many participated in too!

After everyone schmoozed and explored rooms filled with jars of specimen, body parts, and tombstones, the SDSA had their usual meeting.

A special thank you goes out to BJ and Eileen for hosting a great gathering.

If you’re ever in the need for skeletons of all kinds, caskets, creepy dressing and more they are your first stop.

Here’s to another great start to the Halloween season from Dapper Cadaver (and for them that’s all year)!

Where to Find Gambling Equipment, Dressing and Dealers

Everyone who is anyone is there. Glasses are overflowing with champagne from bottles worth more than the average income of the lower classes in his district. Girls, music and gambling abound. Poker tables, blackjack, roulette, the works.

The shady mayor is running for reelection. He’s a shoe-in, no one dares to run against him. That’s why undercover cop Hugh Watcherself is here. The mayor is always good to those that are in his posse and Hugh finally got an in. All of the mayor’s cronies get on to the “fundraising” event boat to start off his campaign with a bang. Hopefully no one suspects Detective Watcherself…

L. A. Party Works - Casino Night
L. A. Party Works – Casino Night

Everyone knows gambling equipment. Heck most people have stepped into at least one casino at some point (others quite a few casinos in the last week). It makes sense that casinos should have all the necessary gizmos, gadgets and accessories but where does a production or event get them?

It’s just one dang scene/event so no one needs to buy them! Why take a gamble with a random company when you can just ask Debbies Book?

L. A. Party Works
Eric and his company love putting on events, both on the stage and IRL, of every kind. Sports themed, magicians, clowns and more. One of their specialties, however, is a gambling theme. Roulette tables, poker tables, blackjack and more, LA Party Works has what you’re looking for.

Dealer Dolls
A unique Gambling Equipment event service, Dealer Dolls doesn’t just specialize with inventory, they come with talent. With a fully trained staff that can work everything from a small private event at home to a large-scale fundraiser or network event, they have the know-how, the costumes, and the equipment to make it happen.

R. C. Vintage
Always masters of the vintage and retro, RC Vintage doesn’t stop at that specialization when it comes to gambling equipment. Slot machines, craps tables, casino chips and everything else you need from a time not too long ago can be nabbed over there.

Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven
Prop Heaven has a few emphases, and gambling equipment is one of them. Slot machines and card tables are here to rent.

It’s a Deal
Poker tables, craps tables, pai gow tables and much more await anyone who needs to rent them. It’s A Deal is here for all an event or production’s gambling needs, and can even provide custom felts, cards and stools for you.

Honorable Mentions:

Hand Prop Room – Antique and vintage cards, chips, racks, keepers and more.
CP Valley – Slot machines, gambling tables, chip racks and even a raffle drum!
Sony Pictures Studios Prop House (Off Lot) – Cribbage equipment, dominoes cases, lotto games, raffle equipment.

SDSA GMM – September General Membership Meeting @ HD Buttercup

Swung by the September General Membership Meeting for the Set Decorators Society of America last Thursday to peruse and mingle. It was at HD Buttercup’s newest location, the old Modernica building in Los Angeles.

It was a nice affair, though since everyone had to wear white I had to avoid red wine like the plague.

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I had a nice chat with a few decorators; Mary Ann Biddle, Michele Poulik, and Cheryal Kearney (from Left to Right).

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After a little chatting, munching on hors d’oeuvres and avoiding dark liquids I took the liberty of walking around the newly remodeled space. They have some nice reclaimed wood tables and hanging light fixtures among many other pieces.

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[Hot] Dog Days at Warner Bros – A Tasty Surprise on the Lot

IMG_5747Today we hit the lotto. While visiting Victor over at the Warner Bros. Drapery, Upholstery & Flooring Robert and Amy were serving up dogs and burgers to their crews and the many decorators who arrived for their end of summer bash.IMG_0857

I got to visit with Tara from Hollywood Studio Gallery and Set Decorating fame and other friends while Bryce was put to work serving up Root Beer Floats.IMG_5746

Thanks for the yummy lunch (and the sugar overload from the root beer floats)!

 

Memorial Day Observance 2016

Americn-flagThis Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, the office will be closed.

It’s a good time to meet with friends and family and appreciate the sacrifices many have made so we can do that.

With politics getting ever more heated, take a moment to appreciate that we can all have differing views and express them without fearing for our lives.

Also take a moment to appreciate that your weekend is 3 days long!

23rd Annual SDSA Awards Luncheon

IMG_0505This last Sunday the Biltmore Hotel was spilling over with set decorators. Not for any production, not for their regularly scheduled feeding, but for the Set Decorator’s Society of America’s annual awards luncheon.

IMG_0502Around 11 o’clock set decorators, prop house employees, friends and family began to mill around the silent auctions filled with great pieces of artwork while chatting with each other. A beautiful balloon archway greeted every person as they arrived.

Many awards were given out, including to Adrianna Cruz-Ocamo at U-Frame-It Gallery, Fred Arens and Jason Duguay at Ob-jects, and Advanced Liquidators.

The Lifetime Achievement Award of 2016 went to Ann D. McCulley, an incredibly accomplished veteran of set decoration. Her speech was a perfect mix of inspiration and wisdom, showing this award was justly earned.

As per usual there were raffle prizes handed and swag bags full of pens and what appear to be rubber duckies from NEST. Here’s to another fruitful year for the prop industry!