Roger That!

Photography by Jim Newberry

Roger That!

by Matt Lee | CS magazine | March 29, 2011
Talk about following your passion. Immersing himself in the films he loves has worked wonders for Chicago’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. The 24-year-old was recently plucked from relative obscurity (writing for film blog MUBI and local pubs) by Roger Ebert to co-host the nationally syndicated show Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies. Ebert was reportedly bowled over by Vishnevetsky’s film knowledge and writing. We spoke to the cinephile’s cinephile about the show, his film “obsession” and a few overlooked gems movie lovers should check out.

Suspended Disbelief

Chicago Opera Theater’s "Death and the Powers" is a sensory delight.

Suspended Disbelief

by Thomas Connors | CS magazine | March 29, 2011
Ever since the Greeks dangled “gods” by crane over the stages of their dramas, theater artists have reveled in developing new ways to conjure fantastic situations and transport audiences to imaginary realms. This spring, two very different productions come to town, each bringing its own brand of high-tech bedazzlement.   Death and the Powers

Spin Class

Photography by Ben Garrett

Spin Class

by Rebecca Sherman | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | March 29, 2011
Fleetwood Hicks, founder of the Dallas-based beach cruiser bike company Villy Custom is—in cycling parlance—drafting behind a killer slipstream of good national press. Named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s 100 Most Brilliant Ideas in 2010, and featured in a recent story on MSNBC, the two-year-old company is the brainchild of SMU biz school alum Hicks, 47. A fitness enthusiast and former men’s fashion and jewelry designer who loves all things vintage, he markets his customizable, retro-inspired beach cruisers to style-conscious fashion-ables, not athletes.

Executive Ranch

A clubhouse decorated in what the owners call “Adirondack lodge style”

Executive Ranch

by Connie Dufner and Rebecca Sherman | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | March 29, 2011
Love the lake? Love the land? Can’t decide between a ranch house or a lake house? You don’t have to. Just 45 minutes southeast of Dallas, 505 Cedar Creek Ranch Club is the newest in a genre of shared ranch communities in North Texas that take all the work out of working ranches.   

A Yen for a Japanese Master

"Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas" by Ito Jakuchu

A Yen for a Japanese Master

by Daniella Walsh | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | March 29, 2011
In Western popular culture there are very few painters who qualify as celebrities, let alone one who was born nearly 300 years ago. In Japan, Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is still a superstar, a painter whose work unfailingly draws crowds. A Buddhist monk and vegetable merchant, he devoted his creative energies to painting sublime images of nature with brush and inks on silk scrolls. “The Japanese have rediscovered their own artists and Jakuchū ranks at the top,” says Corona del Mar’s Joe Price.

Mountain Modern

The light-filled interior of a $3.3 million Greg Faulkner-designed home at Martis Camp.

Mountain Modern

by Kedric Francis | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | March 29, 2011
While the real estate markets in most parts of California are still suffering, one luxury development’s sales are sky-high—and not just because it’s in the mountains just north of Lake Tahoe. The first phase of Martis Camp (martiscamp.com)is nearly sold out; 300 home sites ranging from $500,000 to $2.7 million were snapped up out of the 360 released (100 were sold in 2010 alone, bringing in $53 million).

Culture Dub

SONIC BLOOM Rainbow Arabia’s Danny and Tiffany Preston in downtown L.A.

Culture Dub

by Jeff Weiss | Angeleno magazine | March 29, 2011
Rainbow Arabia sounds exactly how their name might imply—a kaleidoscopic wash of Technicolor rhythms shimmering (and shimmying) to a Middle Eastern beat. Like a West Coast analogue to M.I.A. or New York avant-popsters Gang Gang Dance, the Echo Park-based married team of Danny and Tiffany Preston evokes a notably global contemporary cosmopolitanism. Exhibit A: recent single “Without You,” a collage of tribal drums and New Wave rhythms, hinging on the universal theme of waiting on the one you love.  

Scream Queen

Photography by Bode Helm

Scream Queen

by Sam Wasson | Angeleno magazine | March 29, 2011
“I actually rent my childhood home from my mother,” says Alison Brie. “She’s my landlord, which is great because I’m constantly late with my rent checks.” For Brie, 27, who grew up in South Pasadena, Hollywood was always close at hand, but her parents−a mom who directs a nonprofit for children’s services and a singer-songwriter dad−insisted she get a degree before she went into show business. First CalArts, then a guest spot on Hannah Montana. “I loved acting no matter where I was doing it,” Brie says.

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