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Watch the shorts here.

View the slideshow here.

Check out the Rogues’ Gallery here.

And finally, go behind the scenes here.

So great,


…directed a film showcasing fashion designer Orla Kiely’s autumn/winter 2011 collection. Mercedes’ brother Ali created the score for the film.

Watch and listen to it here.

Embedding didn’t work,


…composed a violin concerto titled “Rain.” Here’s a short documentary about its premiere performance.

It runs in the family,


…gets written up in “Juxtapoz Magazine” right here.

I’m watching “Troll” as I type this,


…got interviewed by “BLAG Magazine.”

Check it out here.

One “R” away,


…titled “The Child Dreams.”

The film documents Helnwein’s work on the play “The Child Dreams,” from his creative process in Los Angeles, all the way through the play’s premiere in Tel Aviv last month.

The play was written by Hanoch Levin and produced for the Israeli Opera; Helnwein handled all of the production’s visuals including set and costume design, make-up, lighting, and video work.

Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage of Helnwein working in his Los Angeles studio. The video was created by Cyril Helnwein; the song being played is “Gluttony” as composed by Ali Helnwein.

To learn more about Helnwein, click here.

I’ve seen those paintings in real life,



…from my good friend Mercedes Helnwein, right here:

Makes me jealous,



Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra

This Monday (May 25th, Memorial Day), my good friend Ali Helnwein will be conducting his orchestra, the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra, just east of downtown Los Angeles.

The best part? It’s free!

I won’t be able to make it myself (I’m heading to San Francisco for the weekend), but if you’re in the area and are looking for something new, be sure to head on over and check them out. They always put on a great concert.

Here are the details:

Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra
Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day) @ 7PM
1820 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA

Dig it!

I used to play the flute,


…a friend of mine was directing an eight-piece orchestra in the basement of an art gallery (POVevolving) in Chinatown. He created and composed all of the music himself; truly a brilliant talent.

His name is Ali Helnwein, and you should definitely check out his website.

On the way back to our car we passed another gallery, the David Salow Gallery, and standing in the front window staring back at me was my dirty laundry.

Or, more accurately, the work of artist Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor.

Actually, let me show you exactly what I saw. I took this picture with my cell phone:

Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor

O’Connor is responsible for these enormous creatures made out of discarded clothing and bed sheets and afghans and comforters. They look as if a pile of your dirty laundry–you know, the one you disregard for weeks as it sits in the corner of your bedroom–all of a sudden were to stand up and look you dead in the eye.

And they just stand there, hovering above you, staring you down; somehow managing to be both soft and cuddly, and intimidating as fuck all at once.

The gallery was closed by the time we left so I didn’t have a chance to walk in and get face-to-face with one of these monsters, but I’ll definitely make an effort to get back down there before the show closes at the end of the month.

For whatever reason, her work really struck a chord with me. To learn more about Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, visit her website here.

They remind me of Henson creatures,


Old Poop!