Culture Map

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All images by Colin Tunstall

Where will you go in 2016? Perhaps after reading this blog post, you’ll consider a trip to Bondi (bond-eye) Beach in Sydney, Australia.

It’s definitely on our list after chatting with photographer Colin Tunstall—also the cofounder of the surf-inspired, casually luxurious brand Saturdays NYC.

Read our interview below with Colin about his recent Australian vacay/store opening with Saturdays cofounders Morgan Collett and Josh Rosen, and scope his photos of majestic yoga poses, killer karaoke and perfect waves.

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We’re locked into a Vancouver, B.C., groove right now, anticipating our new store in that beautiful Canadian harbor city on September 18.

One of our favorite things to do while in Vancouver is jog around Stanley Park. Smack dab in the city, it’s also a place to see orcas in the water. As we struggle to stay on our fitness regimen this summer/fall, we’re bumping Vancouver music in our headphones and visualizing Stanley Park, aiming to move as swiftly as an orca or perhaps soar like one of the local bald eagles.

Our running soundtrack comes courtesy of Vancouver resident Richard MacFarlane, who operates one of our favorite independent music labels, 1080p. Read our Q&A with MacFarlane here. For jogging he recommends the steady beat of Friendly Chemist, aka Van-city’s Jean Brazeau.

Read his comments and listen below to the sounds of the True North, strong and free.

–Andrew Matson

“If you’re running in Vancouver, or anywhere, you should be listening to Friendly Chemist–he’s from here. His music is this kind of spacey techno. Not super high-energy, but enough to keep you coasting for sure.”

–Richard MacFarlane

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Since we’re opening our third Canadian store on September 18th in Vancouver, B.C., we’ve been renewing our love affair with the city, draping ourselves in wings + horns gear (it’s designed there) and cruising around with 1080p Collection music bumping in our headphones.

That would be the internationally respected dance music label run out of Vancouver by Richard MacFarlane, who releases cassette tapes and floods the Internet with chill vibes. (Sorry we just said “chill vibes” but it had to be done.)

We spoke to MacFarlane about the natural beauty and the music scene in his adopted hometown–he left New Zealand because he felt the country wasn’t cool enough, musically–and which 1080p releases convey the most Vancouverishness.

Check the interview and see images from 1080p headquarters below.

–Andrew Matson

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Vaadat Charigim: Dan Bloch (denim jacket), Juval Haring (hoodie), Juval Guttmann (black tee); images by Manuela Insixiengmay

In case of the summer bummer, we’ve been known to turn to shoegaze rock–the subgenre made from loops and layers of guitar noise–and travel to a place where pain is beauty.

It usually works.

When we caught up with Juval Haring, who fronts Israeli shoegaze band Vaadat Charigim, he described himself as “pessimistic” and “cynical.” He also deadpanned about his first name, which he shares with his drummer:

“Juval is a common Israeli name. I’m kind of like the Israeli Craig.”

Haring is funny. His band’s new album, Sinking As a Stone, generally, is not.

With little to no musical support system back home and yet over 1,000 concerts played so far, Haring explained what Berlin, Germany, and Portland, OR, have to do with each other, some of his more existential lyrics–and why he keeps on rocking in the free world.

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Graduation season is upon us, which means plane flights, parking lots and life milestones. And commencement speeches. Real talk, the commencement speech is one of our favorite things. The performance aspect, the frequent comic asides, the existential spring cleaning: we’re just suckers for the whole shebang.

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Perhaps you’ve been following True Religion premium denim since the brand’s inception in the early 2000s in Manhattan Beach, CA. If so, you already know some designs: the name-making bootcut jean and maybe also the more recent jogger silhouettes–though the boot fit is definitely still in the building.

The brand is growing its audience now with new official spokespeople, basketball star Russell Westbrook and supermodel Joan Smalls. But let’s talk about unofficial spokespeople for a second.

Because there’s a good chance you learned about True Religion from rappers.

In the last decade and change, rappers have shouted out “Trues” 50 billion times in their lyrics, including heavyweights such as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Jim Jones.

To sate our curiosity about how and why this came to be, we sent David Drake, one of our favorite music journalists and rap experts, deep into the True Religion/rap music overlap.

This is his report.

–Andrew Matson

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Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, plotting out the best in arts, events and happenings.

A week and some change remain of Vienna-based artist Markus Schinwald’s first major American museum commission, which is on display at CCA in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. And which is all about space, and invading it.

Schinwald is a painter who is a sculptor who is a video artist who once studied fashion design. His most iconic paintings are actually delicately altered classical, antique auction-house pieces and his sculpture generally involves denatured appendages from handsome Chippendale tables. The invaded CCA space combines both, and allows visitors the opportunity to stop time. Or at least pause it. And perhaps—perhaps—leave behind one’s bodily form too.

Is it just us, or is this precisely the kind of architectural, visual interlude that might make the difference between a harried holiday season and a placid one? If you’re in the Bay Area, you have until Saturday, December 13 to find out.

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Images via California College of the Arts Twitter (top) and Yvon-Lambert.com (bottom)

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Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

From Robert Frank to Vivian Maier and Lee Friedlander, modern humans have always had an appetite for raw, urban photography. What’s there to say about that appetite now that street style images make up a democratized runway and Facebookers from Istanbul to Indianapolis are enamored of Humans of New York?

Plenty.

Amid typical film fest fare—foreign narratives, art house shorts—Houston Cinema Arts Festival includes in its week-long offerings Street Scenes, a multimedia four-title presentation and conversation with the artists about life in the city, or more to the point: cities.

Exploring the nitty and the gritty, film fest visitors take a look down the lens of four visionaries in the field: New York-based Cheryl Dunnartist/painter James Naresnoted rockumentarian Jem Cohen and Occupy Wall Street photographer Ken Jacobs, and get in on the action themselves with an Instagram contest, running now through midnight on November 7 and judged by Cheryl Dunn herself.

Houstonians: you’re encouraged to submit your own urban images with the hashtag #HCAFstreet. The winner gets their pic thrown up on a monitor in the Street Scenes gallery and entered into the mix of city shooters feted all month long at a related gallery show.

Image of “Boogie” by Cheryl Dunn and still from “Same Streets, Different Worlds” by Jem Cohen from Houston Cinema Arts Festival

See upcoming events at Nordstrom Houston Galleria in Houston; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages

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