Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Chateau Marmont: The equivalent of crack

I don't do drugs. I occasionally will have a beverage (as in alcoholic), but usually, I will just order water (would rather splurge the calories on a good dessert instead). So, although I have no personal experience with crack (as in the drug), I can tell you that staying at the Chateau is my personal equivalent of doing crack. It’s probably been at least 1-2 years since I’ve stayed there (although I’ve stopped by for lunch a few times, which is probably like smoking weed but not inhaling), so my recent 3-day stay left me craving more. I was thinking, “How can I justify another stay here as soon as possible?”

There are so many things I love about this place. The decor is pure vintage; and even the pieces that aren’t vintage are designed to look as if they have aged perfectly with this 1920’s landmark. The Chateau is also extremely laid-back; no stress here. Want to eat in the “living room” area for breakfast...no problem. Just sit on any sofa and order something tasty (and I do mean tasty) from the menu. The bacon here...hot damn. Bacon is my weakness, and the Chateau’s is incredible. Thick-sliced peppered bacon.

And then there’s the pool. Sure, it’s not very big, but the area is completely walled in with tropical plants. You have no idea that you are right on Sunset, one of the busiest and most annoying thoroughfares in Los Angeles. And did I mention that on this visit, the pool was PERFECTLY heated...as in...no time to let your body adjust to the temperature...just walk right on down those steps and do your laps!

Call me psycho, but I have always been fascinated by this little blue bulb and the light that it gives off to this area at night. I finally photographed it. Yup...I’m weird like that.

And when it comes to little touches, like orchids in the room, The Chateau does it better than the others...no fake florals here.

This time, my new discovery was eating next door at the Bar Marmont. The food is excellent over there, and as long as you get there early, you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table. The beautiful people don’t start showing up until around 9 or so anyway.

Anyone able to explain this from the men’s room?

For more Daveland Chateau Marmont photos, visit my regular website.

World of Wonder: Definitely NOT a drag!

Here are some images from the World of Wonder Drag Race Art Show Opening Party last Thursday. "Hosted" by RuPaul (to help kick off his upcoming reality show), the Fire Marshall was such a stickler that RuPaul couldn’t even get into his own party! There were probably more celebrities outside than in the building! It was still a hoot, and plenty of fun. Enjoy the pics! Here are some of my fave pieces:

Window displays:

The Absolut Disco Tower, before it came toppling down by a greedy (and somewhat soused) crowd:

The incomparable Charro!

Clown-man Angus Oblong:

Care for some of Robin's pink balls?

Ashley Love:

Sex Artiste and Akashia

Jackie Beat & Marcello:

James St. James

Jade , Nina Flowers, Shannel, Bebe Zahara Benet, and Ongina:

Akashia likes it rough!

Two of Bebe Zahara Benet

Bobby Trendy

The morning after (literally) with RuPaul, in front of my painting, “RuGlinda.”

The World of Wonder building...in daylight! Love the Art Deco architecture:

To see more of my art, visit my regular website.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Ru Paul + Glinda - I think it’s done!

One weekend...yup, one entire weekend is what it took to finish this one...as long as you don’t count the 2 weeks that I mentally painted it and figured out how I was going to accomplish it. Kinda’ like “The Music Man,” I use the think system. I really enjoyed doing this one and was pleased with the result. Final painting is 30" x 40". To see more of my art, visit my regular website.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Colony Palms Hotel

I never really cared much for Palm Springs in the past, but as I have gotten older and appreciate R&R more, Palm Springs is definitely one of the best places to go for that. For New Year’s I tried the Colony Palms Hotel for the first time. I noticed it during my last stay at the Movie Colony Hotel when I was jogging by one morning. The spanish style courtyard and pool intrigued me so I gave it a shot. Somewhat reminiscent of my fave Chateau M in Hollywood, it just slightly misses the mark. Would I stay again? Sure. But am I anxious to return? Not necessarily.

The design is fantastic; the styling (similar to the Chateau) is simple, modern, and vintage all at the same time, with a little Moroccan/Spanish flair here and there.

The look of the Purple Palm Restaurant was pretty hip as well:

So where did it fail for me? Mainly in the area of service; on the plus side, the staff was very friendly. However, I got the feeling at both the front desk and the restaurant that everyone had been recently hired and was still trying to get the lay of the land. I'll definitely give it another shot, but not before I head back to the Chateau this month for my fix. That place is like crack. For more Daveland Colony Palms Hotel photos, visit my regular website.