Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS


March 17, 2022

With a proud history of showcasing the works of local independent female creators, the nearly century-old Hotel Figueroa celebrates Women’s History Month (March) by welcoming Los Angeles-based visual artist, Ruthanna Hopper as the hotel’s 2022 Featured Artist. In homage to both its feminist roots and ongoing support of the arts, the hotel showcases the work of L.A.’s most compelling female artists and culture-makers through its Featured Artist Series Exhibit.

Showcasing a fully immersive art experience during her year-long residency, Hopper’s exhibition, The Emergencelaunching March 14, 2022 (and running through February-end 2023)—is a direct response to navigating the ebb and flow of life in a global pandemic as we process a collective change in our learned experiences over the past two years, whilst looking ahead to a new chapter that lies ahead. Displaying her works for the first-time ever in Los Angeles, Hopper aims to evoke the release of new feelings and experiences. Her show reflects a renewed sense of hope for Spring.

The year-round exhibit located in Hotel Figueroa’s Artist Alley features between 16 – 20 original works from Hopper, providing guests and locals alike an opportunity to experience the world through a new perspective, exploring unresolved memory, heirlooms, movement, and the visceral experience of the internal and external landscape in an attempt to metabolize experience. The pieces originate from both a personal and a collective wintering and are an offering to regenerate, to surface, to renew. Seamlessly aligned with Hotel Figueroa’s overarching pillars of togetherness and rejoicing women in the arts, Hopper’s work includes “Prophetess,” a painting dedicated to her grandmother and acclaimed American choreographer and dancer, Anna Halprin, and “Consorting with Heirlooms” (for her mother, former actress and somatic-expressive arts therapist, Daria Halprin), greatly inspired and deeply influenced by the women in her life that have paved the way forward.

Ranging in size from 30”x30” to 48”x60”, the hypnotic collection of Hopper’s original art will include select pieces available for purchase starting at $2,000 and up:

“Inspired by the history of the Hotel Figueroa as a revolutionary, first of its kind space for women to safely travel, The Emergence is about coming out of the dark wintering and emerging on the other side; of embracing the hope of a seed turning to flower, as we welcome the possibility of change that each season of life brings with it. The paintings are a process of dealing with unresolved visceral responses to life. How do we peel away the past to unearth beauty: patterns, textures, recollections, people, energies, and our identities — processing, uncovering, and discovering until all of these fragments synthesize.” ruminates Hopper. She adds, “I am incredibly honored by the opportunity to show these paintings at Hotel Figueroa with its remarkable history in support of women artists and travelers that resonates deeply within me.”

The daughter of actor Dennis Hopper and artist Daria Halprin, Hopper grew up among artists and dancers in Marin County who gathered to work with her mother, grandmother, dancer Anna Halprin and grandfather, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. In addition to studying Art at UC Davis, Hopper considers this bohemian, artistic upbringing her most influential teacher. It is through this immersion in creative life and process in her formative years that she inherited an education in art. Returning to her roots in visual art, Hopper explores unresolved memories, heirlooms, and movement through oil and acrylic paintings.

Funded and built by women in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostel by the YWCA, Hotel Figueroa was “financed, built and operated by and for femininity,” according to a Los Angeles Times article at the time. Originally intended for solo female travelers looking for a safe place to stay – an incredible feat during a time where women were prohibited from traveling without a male chaperone—the hotel was the largest project of its kind in the United States to be financed, owned, and operated by women. Nearly a century later, the hotel’s vision continues to be rooted through the female lens, with highly curated art programming spanning the mediums of photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, sound, and performance.

Upon arriving at the hotel, guests will immediately discover that women-made art is integrated across all spaces on the property—from the walkable Featured Artist Series Exhibit, and newly launched Featured Artist Suite, to the hotel’s guest rooms and meticulously hand-painted elevator banks by local women artists such as Gabby B-Vasquez, and even the striking building exterior, which features a 14-story high custom Fig motif designed by U.K.-based muralist Bella Gomez. From its inception 95 years ago to its modern-day design, Hotel Figueroa has consistently dedicated itself to becoming a creative space designed by women, for women – making its spirit undeniably feminist.

“As a cultural oasis in downtown Los Angeles for nearly a century, Hotel Figueroa has played an ineradicable role in women’s history and continues to be a proud supporter of local female artists across L.A. and California. Strong, loud, and proud – we have supported female artists across all creative endeavors since our inception in 1926. Heavily inspired by the important female figures in her life, Ruthanna’s work truly embodies the cultural legacy of the property, and we are thrilled to welcome and showcase her work as our 2022 Featured Artist,” adds Hotel Figueroa’s Managing Director, Connie Wang.

Hopper’s pieces will be on display through Spring 2023 at the property for visitors and guests to enjoy. Original art will be available for purchase at the hotel throughout the duration of her showcase.

For more information on Hopper, visit her Instagram @ruthannahopper or

About Hotel Figueroa

Hotel Figueroa remains one of the only preserved treasures in Downtown Los Angeles with a uniquely independent spirit and luxury brand authentic only to the City of Angels. Originally opened in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostelry, the iconic destination underwent an extensive redesign in 2018 that pays tribute to its rich history, melding original 1920’s Spanish Colonial splendor with contemporary touches that celebrate its deep roots in Los Angeles. Hotel Figueroa’s reimagination exceeds expectation of a new generation of guests with 268 guest rooms and suites that are distinctively engaging. An ever-evolving art program offers museum quality installations from local artists and literary collections from Los Angeles based authors. New and exciting culinary experiences include on-site destination restaurants, a poolside eatery, and forthcoming elevated bar & nightlife concepts later in the year. Expansive and intimate private event venues span 10,000 square feet in addition to a lushly landscaped pool area.

Hotel Figueroa is located at 939 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015, in the progressive and ever evolving South Park district of Downtown Los Angeles on S. Figueroa Street between W. Olympic and W. 9th Streets. For more information or reservations, please call (877) 724 1973, visit or email


About Ruthanna Hopper

Ruthanna Hopper is an L.A.-based visual artist with a background in visual art. Ruthanna Hopper was born in Taos, New Mexico, the daughter of Daria Halprin and Dennis Hopper.  She grew up in Marin County, in the laboratory of artists and dancers, who gathered at the Mountain Home Studio to work with her mother, and grandmother, the dancer, Anna Halprin, as well as her grandfather, landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin.  Ruthanna studied Art at UC Davis. After graduating she moved to New York to study theater.  Upon graduating from the theater program at William Esper, she returned to California where she co-wrote two novels published by St. Martin’s Press. Ruthanna has returned to her roots in visual art, making paintings in her Silverlake art studio.


March 13, 2022

Beautyhabit premieres a brick and mortar, full retail location for their modern luxe apothecary concept. The delightful jewel box setting in Montecito Country Mart invites all to discover the best in global indie beauty brands now gathered together for the first time.

Beautyhabit Montecito offers an exclusive curation of cult-favorites as well as exciting new discoveries scouted from around the world: Skincare, Bath + Body, Hair Care, Candles, Makeup, Fragrance, Natural + Organic, along with many hard-to-find brands, including Eau d’Italie Le Sirenuse Positano, Ligne St Barth, Parfums de Nicolai, Susanne Kaufmann, Harris Reed, Cultus Artem, Santa Maria Novella, and Bamford. Truly, Beautyhabit stands apart as a compelling new beauty destination for the Montecito community.

Teresa Mitchell, founder of, is proud to say that the brick and mortar location at Montecito Country Mart is the perfect way to celebrate this renowned, remarkably original online luxury beauty destination’s 25th anniversary, “we’re more passionate than ever about traversing the globe to bring our clients amazing, unique creations that express individuality and make life pleasurable. Every day we are inspired to source the best products in the world with an eye for exquisite details, stellar craftsmanship, and the highest quality ingredients.”


Paula Weiser-Vazquez, Beautyhabit partner, assures all that the website’s spot-on customer care translates impeccably to this ultimate modern shopping experience. The intimate setting at Montecito Country Mart will showcase the Beautyhabit commitment to luxury and craftsmanship. “We see the interest online translating to our Montecito retail location as customers in search of the perfect beauty solution – whether it is discovering a new brand, replenishing a favorite product, or finding the perfect gift – will be pleased that their search is over. Our client base at depends on us for a stellar selection and the clients that discover us for the first time in Montecito will find the same at our new retail location.” Beautyhabit will constantly update to be sure to consistently intrigue all shoppers.”



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The Culture Files: WALTER ERRA HUBERT At Bergamot Station

February 14, 2022

Walter Erra Hubert is a Pasadena-born, internationally-recognized artist working in the mediums of acrylic paintings, mono prints, resin and mixed media. Walter chose to self-isolate in 2018, two years before the international lockdown, resulting in his latest striking body of work Promising Skies, which reflects a world moving towards a new reality. The large-scale art works are realized in acrylic while the show will also feature his works that incorporate resin and mixed media. All of the art will be showcased at Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Santa Monica Gallery.

Born to Italian immigrant parents, Walter is heavily influenced by his U.S. and Italian roots and straddles both worlds. His Pasadena studio provides space for exploration inspired by the expanse of the metropolis while his home and studio in the Italian countryside allow for a sense of separation associated with nature and introspection. Walter’s Italian heritage and 30 years of experience using varied artistic mediums appealed to Argentinean Curator Marisa Caichiolo who actively seeks to showcase a diverse range of artists from around the world. “Walter’s eerily-timed decision to self-isolate inadvertently became emblematic of a universal experience and, during that time, his quest to connect with the core of his being ended up producing his strongest and most significant body of work, which we’re thrilled to showcase in Los Angeles”.

Walter’s self-imposed lockdown began at his Pasadena studio and continued at his studio in his home in rural Italy. His isolation resulted in these multi-dimensional, multi-layered works . The magnificent large canvases invite the viewer to embark on a journey of discovery through Walter’s impressive brush work, dripping paint and penetrating energy.

Walter’s expression is deeply influenced by the subconscious, a comparison that can be drawn to current events of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The magic of nature and journeys of the spirit are at the core of Walter’s work.  Promising Skies encapsulates Walter’s vision with imaginary and mystical elements.  He creates paintings by merging a multitude of tools, including everyday items such as spatulas, wood carving tools and hair dryers and the fluidity of the materials captures the artist’s strokes and movements. Walter muses, “I am in constant exploration of the tension we perceive between the realms of matter and spirit. I hope that the viewer senses that language and is drawn into the relevance of the journey.”

Although the current global outlook may be seen as bleak and unpredictable, Promising Skies reflects a world moving towards a new reality with a sense of hope. In each translucent piece, an ocean of opportunities, portals and evocative lights can be seen beckoning toward the future, representing the promise of new beginnings. Connecting to the past and creating a bridge to the future is the ideal path for Walter to engage with today’s collective consciousness. Explosions of light, volcanic eruptions, deep water currents and sensual feeling inspired by connections between the elements are among the bounty of natural phenomena that nourish his perspective and vision of the universal forces of Mother Earth.

Walter’s relationship with art began at an early age and painting became an important form of self-expression. At age fifteen, he enrolled in an art class that changed his life as he was introduced to complicated design and compositional analysis that turned his practice to the most current and global visions of artistic expression. On gaining acceptance to Otis Art Institute, he embraced an education in contrasts, learning classical approaches alongside the relatively untapped world of the merging conceptual art of the late sixties and early seventies. As the founder and CEO of Silver Birches in Pasadena, Walter has worked alongside visionaries like Bruce Weber and Ralph Lauren as well as  taught painting and design at the College of Art in High Wycombe, England and Pasadena City College.

Walter was recently selected as an American artist to show at the 2022 9th Beijing International Art Biennale in China. The exhibition is currently being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing through March 2022. The curatorial theme is The Light of Life and the piece selected by the curatorial committee is “The Light Portal”.  This piece was completed in 2021 by the artist as part of the series, “The Era of Solitude”.  He has had several solo shows in Europe and his paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the M.A.C.I.S.T contemporary art museum in Italy, and venerable institutions including the L.A. Times Mirror Building. Walter was also recently chosen as a featured artist for a special Miami ART BASEL publication.

Promising Skies can be viewed from February 26 to March 30, 2022 at Building Bridges Art Exchange at Bergamot Station Arts Center (2525 Michigan Ave. Unit F2, Santa Monica). BBAX is open Tuesday to Friday (11am – 5pm) and Saturday (noon – 6pm).

Higher Standards Malibu X Lovepot: A Valentine’s Day Pop-up Feb 13th

February 9, 2022

Higher Standards, the luxury lifestyle brand for an elevated smoking experience, sparks the flames this Valentine’s Day with a pop-up experience in partnership with Lovepot, the boutique brand creating smokable cannabis arrangements. 

Create custom fresh floral arrangements and smokable bouquets or select from pre-made arrangements at the Lovepot flower bar on Sunday, February 13 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Higher Standards Malibu.

Higher Standards x Lovepot Pop-up Details:

  • Free smokeable bouquets from Lovepot with a Higher Standards purchase.
  • Receive a small bouquet when you spend $75.
  • Receive a large bouquet when you spend $150 or more.
  • Sunday, February 13, 1-4 p.m.
  • Higher Standards Malibu 3826 Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

The Most Euphoric Valentine’s Day Gift Ever

February 8, 2022

For true romantics only…

A24’s Euphoria Collector’s Book Set: 1,200 Pages of Untold Stories, Never-Before-Seen Visuals, and Contributions by Zendaya, Alexa Demie, Hunter Schafer, Jeremy O. Harris, Ryan Heffington, Labrinth, and More…

A24’s collector’s item for Euphoria fans—a set of 8 behind-the-scenes books, one for each episode of the first season is literally the most next level gift I can think of giving (or getting!)

Diving deep into every aspect of the creative process, from storyboards to casting calls to costume design, the 8-volume boxed set brings together over 1,000 pages of untold stories and never-before-seen visuals from the creatives behind the first season of HBO’s Euphoria. WHAT IS NOT TO OBSESS OVER?

The 8 books include scripts from each episode of Season 1 and feature exclusive interviews with cast members, including ZendayaAlexa Demie, and Barbie Ferreira, plus Q+As and original writing by costume designer Heidi Bivens, makeup artist Doniella Davy, music composer Labrinth, and editor Julio Perez; take a peek at Hunter Schafer‘s sketchbook and Barbie Ferreira‘s moodboard; see behind-the-scenes photographs taken during production by Jacob Elordi and Maude Apatow; peruse pages from Sydney Sweeney‘s scrapbook; and more.

One of the first books released by A24’s publishing arm, which includes screenplay books for Ari Aster’s Hereditary, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Robert Eggers’ The Witch, and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

 Available to purchase exclusively at from today.

The Euphoria Books: S1 Boxed Set
8-volume box set
3.8 x 9.6 x 6.4 in.
6.7 lbs
1,200 pp

The Box features holographic foil on black fiber paper applied to 3mm board. Covers are printed in full color on holographic polyester. Interiors are printed in full color with silver spot color.

Get it. Live it. Obsess over it. Make your friends jealous.