Bad Girls- Offical Video
Romain Gavras to profile the Saudi drifting scene.
So, I decided that for at least the next three or four weeks I was purposefully going to put myself out there and open myself to the possibilities of vulnerability. Just for the sake of growing and not being boring.
Ok, so last weekend I tried out to be a Bar Method teacher. That was hilarious, too bad you guys missed that one! THIS week I am sharing some photos at Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park. You guys should come if you’re in the area.
KICK ASS CHICA KUDOS
So, I have this idea to blog about all these fascinating women I meet in my random career world of theatre/museum/photography/fashion. But, tonight a KICK ASS CHICA shout out goes to CYNTHIA TELLO. I go looking for chicks for my blog when Cynthia is my best friend, my sister, she’s helping me raise my daughter and I have know her for 15 years and she lives in the room across from mine. I don’t have to go looking for her.
Today KICK ASS CHICA celebrates her because she was just recognized as a Juxtapose Magazine Street Artist pick by legendary street artist SABER.
Cynthia was raised in Brazil and speaks 3 languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese. She is a world traveler and founder of the belief in Living the ‘High Life,’ which can be defined as “Knowing what is good in life. Enlightened. Illuminated.” She is a talented artist who studied at Woodbury University under the legendary artist Saul Bernstein.
I also would like to note that Cynthia is one of ONLY 2 FEMALE artists on Saber’s pick list of 22 artist! Which ALONE makes her a Kick Ass Chica.
Cynthia’s Art page:
As your advisor I suggest you follow if you wanna stay in the loop and know what is up:
Among the thousands of people who make up the graffiti community around the world, there are few names that carry the same legendary quality as SABER. Born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, SABER was raised by creative parents and discovered his passion for art at an early age. At 13, his cousins introduced him to graffiti when they took him to see the spray paint-covered Belmont Tunnel. From that moment on, he was hooked. After honing his skills on local walls, SABER joined MSK, and was later inducted into legendary piecing crew AWR.
SABER was already a fixture in the Los Angeles graffiti scene by 1997 when he completed the largest graffiti piece ever created. His piece on the sloping cement bank of the Los Angeles River was nearly the size of a professional football field, and took 97 gallons of paint and 35 nights to complete. In a famous photograph—taken by his father just after it was finished—SABER stands on the piece and appears as a tiny speck amid a giant blaze of color. It catapulted SABER to legend status in the graffiti world.
SABER began exhibiting in his fine art in 2002. His monograph, SABER: MAD SOCIETY, complete with stories of his graffiti misadventures, was released by Gingko Press in 2007 and is now in its second printing. In October 2010, SABER released a video in which the year’s heated debate about health care was spray painted over the American flag. While some saw it as desecration, SABER advocated for health care reform in the video, revealing that he had epilepsy and was un-insurable. This work led SABER to create a large group of American flag paintings called the Tarnished series.
In 2011, SABER’s solo show, The American Graffiti Artist opened in New York to great acclaim. Additionally, his art was featured in two museum exhibitions, Street Cred at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and MoCA Los Angeles’s blockbuster Art in the Streets. - Saber’s bio from his website
- KICK ASS CHICA FITNESS-
KICK ASS, CHICA: I had heard about The Bar Method™ primarily on Facebook. Showing up daily on my Facebook advertisement sidebar. I ignored it for awhile, thinking it was just Facebook’s algorithm for the subjection I usually put myself through for non linear workout programs. Prior to attending The Bar Method™ I have a 12 year loyalty to Bikram yoga.
Anyhow, finally clicking on the Facebook link I see that The Bar Method™ is a one-hour, total body workout. It starts with a warm-up, free-weight exercises and push-ups and moves on to intense leg and seat work at the bar, then abdominal work at the bar and on mats. Every exercise includes active stretching and is followed by additional stretching to elongate the muscles just worked. It is a intense challenging workout with isometric dance conditioning and deep stretches. On the spot I decide that I am in. Eventually I cave in and “like” The Bar Method™ on Facebook and begin to follow. But, living on the south east side of LA bordering the OC there are no classes near me. The possibility of a day trip to Hermosa or Pasadena for a class cross my mind but didn’t seem realistic or promising.
Ultimately, I see the post on Facebook that I had been waiting for, ‘The Bar Method™- Long Beach Coming Soon! Opening November 2011’. A sense of, “Hell Yea!” takes over, yet alas, I am not able to make the opening day. Following the holidays I no longer had a steady paycheck and after I had every last Christmas dollar squeezed from me I had no money for my usual yoga workout routine and I devised a regime of walking and jogging everyday when…. my best friend discovered a Gilt.com offer, “$50.00 for 30 day unlimited classes at The Bar Method™- Long Beach.” We, of course, were in.
Not knowing what to expect the first day I pretty much looked like an ass. Upon first impression every woman there had a incredibly tight body. I spent the next hour contracting and uncontracting core muscles that I didn’t realized existed within me. For sometime I didn’t even know what I was suppose to be doing. Looking at the room for guidance it seemed as though none of the women were moving. Frustration sets in and I wonder what the hell am I missing. The pretty blond instructor, Andrea, who is also the co-owner of The Bar Method™- Long Beach, comes over and with her elbow she gives my pelvis a push here and my knees a pull there, I immediately feel a difference. I sense that everything seems so simple but is quite difficult. Yet, I feel inspired by a pregnant woman in the class and another woman who had a baby within the last year. I see older women who’s bodies are tight and glowing. I think, “I want in! They might be onto something.” I recognized that I had no abdominal strength, that my posture needs tons of work, and it wouldn’t kill me to be able to tuck and contract my glutes just that much more. Not knowing what to expected or what more I would learn I decided I’d be going back to The Bar Method™.
My Bar Method™- Long Beach instructor, Melissa, complimented me on my sit-ups curls, “You got it, Magdalena!” Mind you, I can never feel my curls. They are very difficult for me to do. Our abdominal muscles are some of our most important core muscles, yet, I am only able to attempt them because I am instructed to prop pillows under my rib cage. Regardless, I am able to begin the attempt of the sit-up curl and today, as Melissa put it, I got it. Full class today and everyday there are a couple of new girls. I feel like and old pro at this point.
Today, was my first class with the beautiful, Saudia. Saudia continuously corrected my form with her gentle and accurate touches. Through her exacting touch I am able to be more precise with my posture and feel the form much more intensely and because of these corrections I want to cry in the middle of the pose. When working the final set of push up’s on the floor I feel my teeth chatter and my arms shake and I am about to break out in tears and quit when Saudia calls out, ” Good job, Magdalena! You are doing it right!”
Overheard at The Bar Method™- Long Beach : “I can’t wiggle my nose and killed my arms that was insane.”
Overheard at The Bar Method™- Long Beach : “I started Dec 6 and it’s the best thing that I could have done for myself.” - Woman in her 50’s
I am the most awkward person that I know! Why are these classes getting harder and not easier for me? As the frustration sets in I can’t do the whole reps and I can’t find my core when attempting the abdominal workout, or seated flat back leg raises and it doesn’t help that I must have the tightest hips and knees on the planet! Andrea announced that starting next week The Bar Method™- Long Beach will be offering a Level 1 and Level 2 class. In order to qualify for the Level 2 classes you will need to have previously taken 10 Bar Method classes. Level 1 is aimed at us newbie’s who may need extra corrections on the basics of The Bar Method™ forms. Exciting!
Sometimes, during a pose I develop a intense hatred for Andrea and I hate Parenting OC for allowing this story to take place. My thighs shake and are on fire as I balance on my tippy toes and lower my seat as if I am sitting in an invisible chair and I think, ” What the hell am I doing here?” Then, the 5 mins are over, the class is onto the next posture when I glance into the mirror and see sculpted thighs, slimmer hips emerging, and pretty arms falling from my lean shoulders suddenly the hatred is gone and Andrea once again returns to that girl you always wanted as your best friend. No, The Bar Method is not just that easy…. it’s just that hard. :)
Over the last few weeks I have been through many changes even if some are psychological, hey exercise is SUPPOSE to help relieve stress and find inner clarification right? Some days I doubt my reasons for being there, especially on the mornings where we start our ballet bar work and I stand at the bar with my left leg standing supporting my right leg which is firmly lifted on the ballet bar and both of my arms are lifted in the air high above my head. I begin to feel like a graceful ballerina…when I hear, “Magdalena, wrong leg!” Other mornings I embarrass myself by being the most uncoordinated person in the class. How, is it that I cannot march in place lifting my knees to my chest while holding weights in each of my hands at the same time? Really, Magdalena, Really? I learn to laugh and smile even if it’s just on the inside. I go back to knowing that if I am going to see a difference in my body its gonna take more that 5 classes. So, I stick with it. Every day I begin to hear the dialogue the girls have been repeating for the last month, “Tuck your tail bone in, lower your waist, lift your head.”
I don’t see any changes in my measurements and I haven’t lost any weight, but I see a difference in my body. My posture and coordination are improving, my spine and core muscles are stronger and toned. It’s due to these changes in my core that my thighs and legs are appearing sculpted, longer and leaner. The best benefits of all? Slowly a round perky bum is emerging. It was sometime in the beginning of March as I walked past my reflection I saw something in the mirror that I have NEVER had before, an ass! A round booty! And just as my ass emerges my abs are definitely becoming flatter, longer and leaner. I wish I could blame giving birth 7 years ago for the reason I struggle to remember how the abdominal muscles work, but honestly I don’t think I ever knew until now and l look forward to putting my energy into my lower abdominal workout. So, no, I have not lost weight, but I have gained inner core strength that turns into outer sexy lean curves and to me that is worth much more.
Granted, this is not easy. I’ve been going to The Bar Method™- Long Beach between 3-5 days a week for 4 weeks and the class becomes more painful, but it is with this pain that I develop the proper technique to build my core and it is with this pain that I won’t hesitant for pool season.
KICK ASS CHICAS KICK ASS
JUNE 24-26TH 2011. LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Kick Ass Chica’s, Jennie Cañas, 19, college student from Dallas, Texas, and Cynthia Tello, Art Director for Hudson Jeans, attend the 15th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival held for the first time in Las Vegas.
Electric Daisy Carnival had previously been held in Los Angeles, but due to the uprising of frequent irresponsible party goer’s the City of LA put a ban on the music event. Insomniac the promoters for EDC moved the event to the emerging electronic capital of the world, Las Vegas. Which, is understandable considering it is no clandestine rumor that Vegas is fast replacing Ibiza as the destination for electronic music.
EDC was headlined with such world renowned DJ’s as Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta, Afro Jack, and Swedish House Mafia. Now, granted you can more frequently catch any of these big names any night throughout the year in Las Vegas, yet what made EDC so special were these artists together performing along side each other over 3 nights. This combined with stunning visuals from hundreds of LED screens, especially on the Main Stage in the Kinetic Field, amazing puppetry, costumes, installation art, and a nightly 20 min firework show made for a musical and visual moment in time….3 NIGHTS IN A ROW.
According to our Kick Ass Chica’s who attended the event, Miss Cynthia Tello suggests, “Conditions were a little rough the first night. It left us skeptical on how the rest of the weekend would flow, but by night two everything came together seamlessly. In the end the music made it all worth it.” Miss Jennie Cañas sums it up best when asked for her opinion on EDC’s first run in Vegas, “After the first night was over and morning struck I was ready for it to be night again. The last and final night was bitter sweet and it was a damn good time.” In other words…..” A great time was had by all….”
Cynthia and Jennie’s lineup for all 3 nights.
tiesto, royksopp, dj vice, bloody beetroots, borgore, calvin haris, afrojack, david guetta, zedd, porter robinson, feed me, bart b more, la riots, skrillex, glitch mob, bassnectar, empire of the sun, dada life, rusko, pleasurekraft, robbie rivera, infected mushroom, felguk, markus schulz, swedish house mafia, and laidback luke.
You can see Magdalena Guillen’s snapshots of EDC at the following link:
KickAssChicas kick ass.
A special mention that 80,000 people attended at peak time on Saturday night and there were no major incidents or deaths to report….
KICK ASS CHICA KUDOS
(Taken from her blog bio:)
-“Kathy’s mission is to promote, celebrate and share in the Chicano craft experience.”
-“When she isn’t creating, she writes novels. Her “Crafty Chica Novel” series debuted in March 2010 with Waking Up in the Land of Glitter (Grand Central Publishing). Her next book, Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing comes out March 8th, 2011.”
* I’ve been a follower of the Crafty Chica for at least 6 years now. I have not met her yet, but I am putting it out into the universe that she will succumb to my ‘Muse Project’. I greatly admire her for her drive and determination. She’s a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and career woman. I don’t see her getting much sleep. I have no idea how or where she get the energy, but just watching her gives me the ganas to get off my ass. I mean, Dude, she even got me to post to my Kick Ass Chica blog. So, to her I say, “YES!” I tip my hat to you Kathy Cano-Murillo the Crafty Chica.
KICK ASS CHICA KUDOS
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Stop Staring! exhibits at Magic Las Vegas
Up until last Wednesday I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Alicia Estrada. I was quite ecstatic to catch her at Magic where Stop Staring! was exhibiting. While surfing the web I discovered that she and I come from very similar upbringings in the neighboring cities of Paramount and Lakewood. The difference is that Alicia is the creator, designer and owner of Stop Staring! clothing based in Paramount, CA. Stop Staring! is a clothing line inspired by the vintage designs of the1940’s, sexy 50’s, and retro 60’s. Alicia also admits to having been inspired in the past by Veruca Salt’s art deco influenced character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Which Boyle Heights or Hollywood Starlet will turn up next wearing Alicia’s Stop Staring!….?
Stop Staring! showroom is located at
14023 Paramount Boulevard, Paramount, CA, 90723.
The telephone number is (213) 627-1480.
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