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This Well-Known DJ Has The Coolest New Project Up His Sleeve
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27182
VENUE:
Office Party
LOCATION:
Los Angeles
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Gentlemen Journal
New Venue Alert
Los Angeles
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 


For Michael Antonia the hustle has never stopped. He was the kid who mowed every lawn, shoveled every driveway and rode three paper routes. He was the teenager who built bikes out of junkyard parts and sold them to his peers, the wunderkind who started DJ-ing by night while booking and producing shows in night clubs, theaters, and festivals by day. He was also the college graduate who was swept up in the energetic orbit of Alex Calderwood, founder of Ace Hotels, a collaboration which would launch him into the design world. What is now years ago, this young father-to-be started an event production company from his dining room table during a recession and over the next few years, cultivated it to become "The Flashdance," one of the most highly regarded brands in the wedding and event industry. Even in the midst of success, Michael continued to see holes in the industry, such as the downright awful furniture at the events he produced. Naturally, he launched YEAH! Rentals in 2011 to runaway success followed by the retail counterpart, YEAH! Furniture, where thousands of hours of rigorous testing by way of weddings and parties helped him refine each design. 

The Flashdance is a creative collaboration whose disparate elements complement each other to form new approaches previously unheard of. Antonia oversees it all as the formidable godfather figure who pushes his collaborators to increase their notion of "best" by five notches, yet maintains an effortless candor in his relationships and a spring in his step as he dashes from project to project.
The Flashdance now houses 6 companies and covers nearly every aspect of event production, whether it be furniture and props from YEAH! Rentals, photo/video/design from YEAH! Weddings, or a damn good Flashdance DJ. Antonia stays closely involved as the creative director and marketing expert while also finding time to keep his DJ-ing as sharp as ever and getting his music fix at the same time by working as the music supervisor for the Ace Hotel. Antonia has been featured in Paper Magazine, NPR Marketplace, Reverie Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Remodelista, Herman Miller's blog, Refinery 29, 100 Layer Cake and Martha Stewart Weddings and has made appearances on E! & Bravo, to name a few. While this mastermind does it all, he still has room for one more passion project. Keep reading for more on Office Space, Los Angeles' newest venue by this creative genius. 

 

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Inside Dior’s Cruise Collection on the California Mountaintops
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27180
VENUE:
Dior Cruise 2018
LOCATION:
Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Dior Cruise 2018
Glamping
California Mountaintops
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

Last night, haute couture found itself out of the fashion house and into the California hills for a Western inspired fashion show full of tents, hot air balloons, and guests sitting on woven rugs. Located at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas, Dior set up camp for the ultimate American West glamping experience.

Paying homage to Gone With the Wind and Little House on the Prairie, Dior’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, chose the same hills and valleys that these iconic Western films took place at for her first cruise line. Keeping with the tributary motif, Chiuri drew inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings for the intricate designs and patterns adorning the pieces. 

 

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Get The Inside Scoop On This New Barn Opening In The Hudson Valley
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27174
VENUE:
The Violet Estate
LOCATION:
Hudson Valley
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
New Barn
Rustic Elegance
Hudson Valley
REPORTER: The Venue Report



Breaking news: There’s a brand new (yet historic) barn and estate opening to the public for the first time in the Hudson Valley featuring a farm-to-table restaurant, a Yoga Barn originally constructed in 1728, and activities such as hiking and horseback riding at your disposal. Sound too good to be true? Probably, but this is the real deal, folks. The team at Be Inspired PR and The Violet Estate put this styled shoot together to showcase all this dream venue has to offer and to provide some bridal inspiration for your eyes only. 

This fully restored, historic farmstead also has a culinary program which embodies the essence of farm to table using flowers and produce grown on-site. You can gather in the the restaurant for an intimate evening accented with delectable dishes, the Yoga Barn where 100 of your nearest and dearest can attend a custom cocktail hour, the indoor riding arena for larger parties of up to 300, or the main lawn for a packed party of 500. Now accepting reservations, be one of the first to feté at The Violet Estate. 

Photography by Alicia King Photography 
   
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May The 4th Be With You: Everything You Need To Know About George Lucas's Museum Of Narrative Art
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27172
VENUE:
Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art
LOCATION:
Los Angeles
TYPE
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SETTINGS
Trending Topic
Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art
Los Angeles
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

After months of trying to get Lucas's master plans for his Narrative Art Museum approved in San Francisco (Treasure Island) and Chicago, the team decided to relocate and revise their plans to fit the requirements of Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California. Just South of USC and neighboring the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The exhibition is reported to be the most architecturally innovative structure the park has seen to date with designs from no other than Chinese architect, Ma Yansong. Yansong is known for founding, MAD Architects and was the mastermind behind the eclectically modern Absolute Towers, The Ordos Museum, Harbin Opera House, Conrad Hotel and the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, just to name a few. 

The current blueprints resemble exactly what you would imagine from George Lucas, a futuristic space-ship. However, these renderings are unlike the Star Wars fighters we've seen in his Academy Award winning movies. Taking over two parking lots on Vermont Avenue, the permanent installation will not just be a Star Wars gallery full of R2D2 robot replicas. Lucas envisions the museum to house Hollywood memorabilia as well as figurative art by Norman Rockwell and many more. 

Photography by Lucas Narrative Art Musuem 

 

Five things you need to know about George Lucas's Narrative Art Museum

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Be The First To Stay At Chicago's Newest Hostel for Under $50 A Night
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27152
VENUE:
The Hollander
LOCATION:
Chicago
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Trending Topic
Chicago's Coolest New Hostel
The Hollander
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown


PSA: This is not your typical hostel! Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park, this boutique hostel emphasizes great design and the sharing economy. What does that mean, exactly? Well, The Hollander is a gorgeous overnight accommodation spot where you can share rooms with friends or strangers depending on the setup. You’ll probably share a bathroom too. And you can count on those spaces being pretty darn good looking and lovely to share with the folks around you.

Photography: The Hollander

 

Say hello to Chicago's newest luxury designed hostel

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