Ahh yes, it's that time again: The glorious weekend! But, as you've probably gathered by now, we like to call attention to the biggest news highlights from the week before we go into full party mode. From a Sriracha festival coming to lovely L.A. to the Rodarte sisters collaborating with the one-and-only John Baldessari, take a look at some headlines that will serve as major conversation starters this week!
As you might have read by now, Airbnb created some seriously luxurious pop-ups in L.A. this past week. And now, the short-term rental company has collaborated with San Francisco-based artisan publisher McSweeney's on a series of guides (one for each of the pop-up locales), which feature cool images, interviews with local notables, and short essays. This is a publication we definitely want to get our hands on! (Curbed L.A.)
Confession: We're addicted to Sriracha. If you are bound by the same love-hate relationship with this firey condiment, then you're definitely going to want to check out the first ever Sriracha Festival, which is heating up DTLA's Arts District on October 27. (LAist)
L.A. talents are taking over the cover of the Russian edition of Garage magazine's Fall/Winter 2013 issue, compliments of Kate and Laura Mulleavy and John Baldessari. The cover image combines a black-and-white photo of a classic Old Hollywood pose with a striking blue, pink, and black tie-dye pattern from Rodarte's Fall 2013 collection. Pretty cool, huh? (Los Angeles Times)
On the real estate front, Mark Walhberg has finally sold his Beverly Hills mansion, which has been on and off the market since 2008. It sold for $12.995 million — a million dollars under the asking price he listed two years ago. (Business Insider)
Universal Pictures said it will restructure its Focus Features specialty division, shifting the unit's priority to more commercial fare. Known for critically acclaimed films such as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Atonement," Focus has been struggling in the box office for the first time since its 2002 founding. Most likely, this change will mean more action, comedy, and horror movies and fewer dramas for sophisticated audiences, though it will still release some. Focus is now working on Fifty Shades of Gray, which is set to come out next August. (WSJ)