Beth Moncel

January 20, 2015

By day, food blogger and New Orleans resident Beth Moncel is a microbiologist in a hospital laboratory. But when she’s not working, she’s a talented cook who is obsessed with numbers, and at the intersection of those interests is her website, Budget Bytes, where she creates delicious meals that are both healthy and exceptionally affordable to prepare.

Moncel created Budget Bytes almost six years ago, at a point in her life when she was financially strapped and in need of good food and a fulfilling hobby. These days, over 2.5 million visitors a month come to Budget Bytes for unique, inexpensive recipes ranging from Dragon Noodles to Maple Dijon Chicken, and in 2014, Moncel published her first cookbook, Budget Bytes – Over 100 Easy Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half. READ MORE


Blake J. Harris

June 25, 2014

Blake J. Harris is a writer and filmmaker based out of New York. In May of 2014, HarperCollins published his book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the video game console battle between mighty Nintendo and Sega, the cunning upstart, in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Within its pages, Harris studies the people, products and strategic gambits that helped put Sega on the map and put a dent in Nintendo’s dominance.

Harris is currently co-directing the documentary based on his book, which is being produced by Scott Rudin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. He will also serve as an executive producer on Sony’s feature-film adaptation of Console Wars.

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Dylan Snyder

April 17, 2014

“Give a man a beer and he’ll drink for a night. Teach a man to brew and he’ll drink for a lifetime.”

These are the words that bartender Dylan Snyder lives by. In addition to his role as the lead bartender at Bar Ama in downtown Los Angeles and his weekly gigs at The Varnish, he is one of the co-founders of Beertender Los Angeles, a home brewing consultancy specializing in teaching the basics of brewing beer, bottling, kegging, partying, and building camaraderie through the joy of brewing. 

Tell me a little about yourself.

First and foremost, I run a home brewing company with my business partners, Steven Zakarian and Ben Williamson called Beertender Los Angeles. We teach the basics of brewing to civilians and restaurant and bar staffs. We also run a consultancy that specializes in understanding Southern California’s vastly growing desire for drinks that are “craft,” be that beer, cocktails or wine. READ MORE


Haunted Summer

October 27, 2014

The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including, among others, The Polyphonic Spree, Taken By Trees, Laura Stevenson, The Radar Brothers, and Avi Buffalo. They have toured the country and played venues such as Amoeba Hollywood, The Echoplex, The Great American Music Hall, The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre and many more.

Having just completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, plus a 14-date headlining tour across the country, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the mainstream. Upcoming Haunted Summers shows will also feature Grammy winner Carla Morrison and acclaimed band Deafheaven. READ MORE


Taona D. Chiveneko

November 25, 2014

On his website, Taona D. Chiveneko is described as “the most antisocial author in Africa.” Perhaps because of this aversion to attention and publicity, the details of Chiveneko’s life are shrouded in mystery. He is reported to be a citizen of Zimbabwe who was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road running from Mutare to Hwange. He is equally evasive when it comes to questions of his age.

In 2013, Chiveneko published his debut novel, The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption. Told through the shifting perspectives of characters whose lives have been affected by a nation’s efforts to recruit a new executioner, The Hangman’s Replacement was the recipient of a silver medal in the adult horror category at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Awards. READ MORE