Aquadettes: California, Synchronized Swimming, and Mary Jane

A short documentary on Margo Bauer, a seventy-five year old woman who participates in a Southern California synchronized swimming club called Aquadettes. Many of the members have arthritis, joint replacements, and other health challenges, but together they remain active in the pool — though Bauer admits, she needs a little something extra to get her through the day. The short film playfully shows Bauer’s peers practicing their routines, beaming in delight to a slow-mo swing tune. Their overly flamboyant costumes show what humor they have today and makes me pray I will be that cool and active when I’m that age. This film is a part of a series called California is a Place. With images of characteristic palm trees on SoCal streets, my heart swooned for the West. Click here to view.

Rapper Ice Cube loves Mid-Century Modern

Good morning world, my day has been made from learning about rapper, Ice Cube’s love of Mid-Century design. Particularly, Charles and Ray Eames. Ice Cube studied architectural drafting in trade school where he fell upon the Eames’ work. He explains in an interview with the Times about his love: “Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used discarded materials — something about their style caught on. As I got older, I could equate it to sampling. I see that’s what we were doing, taking discarded records from the ’60s and ’70s and revamping them.” Killer.

You’ve got to watch this quicky video where Ice Cube seems completely at home in the Eames’ house. The video takes you on a tour of Ice Cubes’ favorite sites in Los Angeles and he comments that people think they know LA, and put it in a box: palm trees, sun and Hollywood. But they never actually see the city for how architecturally beautiful it really is. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a town that I always long to visit and am always sad to leave. Watch the video. It’s so good.


For more info: Pacific Standard Time

Graphic poster of the west coast

I’m listening to KCRW via web stream and daydreaming of the west coast and then wham; I see this gorgeous poster. Its designed by the firm Build for a documentary film called Coast Modern. A limited edition of only 100 prints are for sale. Hearts and stars.

(Via: AisleOne)

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