LA Art Show 2018

All the galleries and museums were gathered at the LA Art show 2018 to give us a sneak peek of what Art is about in the Los Angeles and in the US.

Here are some highlights that gave us the desire to see more Art in 2018.

“Left” or “Right” by Antuan Curated by Marisa Caichiolo

The punching bags had each the face of a world leader that we would like to punch from Trump to Poutine to Kin Jong Un to Ben Laden. There was a meditation session organized between those punching bags to show that violence is not the answer to the violence offered by those leaders.

punching bags Marisa Caichiolo

Margaret Keane that became widely known thanks to the movie Big Eyes, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Couple of her paintings were also exposed.

There was a lot of neon light modern art showing how popular that new pop art is.

  • K Contemporary Art Gallery was exposing
  • Artist WhIsBe was exposed

K Contemporary Art Gallery

On the opening night, there was a special dance representation by  One More Dance; a contemporary multi-disciplinary representation of Los Diablos de Yare – declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. During the  Art show, you could see the Artist Valecillos that created a series of stunning photographs set against a backdrop of iconic Los Angeles landmarks.


Here are some other amazing pieces:

  • Hollywood chaos seen by Jeff Gilette

Jeff Gilette

  • Representation of America, Pennies, and bullets by Greg Auerbach
  • Dreamy Beach view by Casimiro Perez
Casmiro Perez
Casmiro Perez
  • Daniel Joseph Martinez Curated by Chon Noriegas : A Very realistic representation of the assassination of Marat
    assassination of Marat

21st COLCOA French Film Festival

Frenchies are taking over Hollywood for the next 9 days . The 51st French Film Festival COLCOA dreamy red carpet with Claude Lelouch, Nadia Fares , Christophe Lambert , Patrick Bruel and Danny Boon started the festivities on a high note .

The opening night featured the latest Claude Lelouch Movie Everyone’s Life (chacun sa vie in French) . As Nadia Fares, one of the many prestigious actresses in the movie, said on the red carpet, Lelouch is the French Woody Allen, he writes and films romanticism and love perfectly and one can’t say no to shoot a movie with him. The movie features the love stories of the residents of a small town, Beaune, in the wine county of Burgundy, from the lawyer to the mayor to the radio host.

Here are few other movies to look forward to:

RAID by Dany Boon . Dany Boon did it again; another successful funny movie. The movie was a big hit in France when it was released back in February. It tells the story of Johanna , a clumsy cop who wants to become the first women member of the RAID , an elite group of cops.

Dalida with Sveva Alviti. The movie is a biopic of the singer Dalida. It shows her magical life as she was a huge star but also her pains. The Main actress Sveva Alviti looks incredibly like Dalida.

Odyssey with Lambert Wilson . Lambert Wilson accepted the challenge to play the role of Captain Cousteau in that biopic . Playing a man like him is always a challenge as he said on the red carpet. He didn’t want to deceive the public that loves the Captain as well as the family . He watched many videos of him to learn to act like him and he also talked to the family to get to know Jacques Cousteau better. The result is impressive. It was very moving to see the relationship of the Captain with his son Philippe. And of course there is a environmental message in it, as the Captain said in the movie : “i wanted to conquer the world while it needs to be preserved”.

Two is a family (Demain tout commence in French) Omar Sy  is back this year with a movie that talks about how he found himself having to raise  his daughter alone for 8 years until the mom decides to come back to their lives and wants to get their daughter back. tells the story of Greg who has created a startup that provides alibi to people in need of one. His life changes when he meets a girl to whom he does not say his real job, and while he meets her parents realizes the dad is one of his clients!

On the TV side we have

Call my agent :  Last year they featured season 1 and said they were taking to different people to be able to lunch the show here in the US, after the huge success they had in France . Few months later ,  the show was on Netflix. This year , they are  back with season 2 that was just launched in France . Can’t wait for Netflix to show season 2 for us .


All Photos are courtesy of COLCOA French Film Festival and Getty Images

Top 10 art exhibitions and experiences of 2016

   Los Angeles was not known to be a “cultural” city, nevertheless, for the past few years; many artists have made a point to show their exhibitions here. In 2016, we can say that LA is an art, cultural city like New York, London or Paris.

Here are, in a random order, my top 10 art exhibitions and experiences of 2016

  1. LACMA – The Rain Room by Random International

The Rain Room by Random International is another unique experience. It is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. I, with some hesitation, start walking towards the rain and sure enough, as I got closer it stops. The experience lasts 5 minutes, during which you are amazed on how you can control the rain and walk around without getting wet.

LACMA Rain Room
LACMA Rain Room
  1. LACMA – Breathing Light by James Turell

James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. James Turrell has different exhibitions at the LACMA. One of them is Breathing Light  that I got the chance to experience. Breathing Light is an installation designed to entirely eliminate the viewer’s depth perception. You enter a room heavily illuminated LED lights that change colors from blue to pink. As you walk through the room towards the end wall, you start losing the feeling of depth and you are not sure anymore where the walls are, you feel like you are surrounded by a mist of color.

LACMA Breathing Light James Turell
Breathing Light by James Turell
  1. The Broad – Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusuma

The Broad, is the new Contemprary Art Museum in Los Angeles. Opened in 2016, it already became a reference with its impressive permanent collection including Jeff Koons or Basquiat, the many exhibitions like the infinity mirrored room by Yayoi Kusuma and the building itself designed by Diller Scofidio that is a  great piece of architecture.

The unique Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusuma immerses you in the middle of the starts and you can feel the soul of those stars that are million light years away from our planet. You have a feeling that you are disconnected from the world and you are just floating in the space with the stars.

The Broad Yayoi Kusuma
The Broad Yayoi Kusuma Infinity Room
  1. The Human Condition exhibition at The former Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center

The abandoned hospital became for a short time the venue for “an immersive, site-specific exhibition that features the work of over eighty emerging and established artists in a uniquely challenging space”.

For example, The Schauss Kitchen by Christopher Reynolds at The Human Condition exhibition shows us how pink is the color that suppress aggression and appetite.

  1. Skirball – Pop Of the People

The Bedroom of Van Gogh pops out thanks to Roy Lichtenstein and you can be part of that 3D comic scene until March 12th. Pop of the People shows how Roy Lichtenstain, through his Pop culture art, makes art accessible to the great majority.

  1. LACMA –  Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

The inventive filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares his massive collection of  fantasy  movie paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, and concept film art. We got to see different rooms that reflect the imagination of the horror movie filmmaker and his love for the monsters.

  1. Norton Simon Museum – Duchamp to Pop

Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. At the temporary exhibition Duchamp to Pop we saw artist Marcel Duchamp Pop Art and art work from similar artists, especially Andy Warhol, Jim Dine. The exhibition was for all the Duchamp Addicts like me and the ones that wanted to see the ones that want to discover Pop Art. You can see Duchamp’s famous L.H.O.O.Q Mona Lisa (Mona Lisa with a mustache) as well as Brillo Boxes by Warhol or Half Dollar by Robert Dowd.

  1. Minnie Rocks the Dots x Refinery

To celebrate the famous polka-dot dressed Mouse , Refinery 29 created an art and fashion exhibition. They created an “immersive experience that’s inspired by Minnie’s journey from black-and-white to color”. There was a designer fashion exhibit featuring her outfits from around the world, interactive color-by-number art and a photo gallery.

  1. Warhol Daisy Waterfall

Young Projects Gallery in West Hollywood brought back the Andy Warhol’s ‘Rain Machine’ to life after 45 years. Experience the Daisy Waterfall until February 17th 2017. This is another amazing immersive experience in LA.

  1. Reine Paradis Jungle Series

The French Artist, in orange,  pops out of the photography. In each of the 15 narratives photography, she is staging herself as the main character in a surreal blue landscape.

What is your best art exhibition and experience of 2016?

Baguette Battle

The Best Baguette Los Angeles Competition organized by French Morning, distinguish each year the best Baguette baker of Los Angeles. With more and more French pastries and bakers, the competition is becoming more and more fierce. The Grand Prize winner, Bouchon Bakery this year, has the honor to serve baguettes at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills. Pitchoun Bakery & Café won the Vote Online Prize, Larder Baking Company the Fan Prize and Bread Lounge the best Specialty Bread Prize.

My go-to bakeries in Los Angeles:

Figaro Cafe : 

When I moved here from Paris I was homesick and Figaro Café in Los Feliz was the first French cafe that I found. I was there once a week fulfilling my craving for the famous Jambon Beurre baguette sandwich.

Pitchoun Bakery and Cafe:

It is the latest French pastry and bakery that opened in DTLA at Pershing Square. Their baguette is amazing and perfect match with wine during their happy hour.

Pitchoun Bakery and Cafe
Pitchoun Bakery and Cafe

Bouchon Bakery:

The Bakery is on the ground floor of their restaurant in Beverly Hills. Bouchon with its chef Francois Higel won the best baguette Los Angeles Prize this year.


They were presents on the finalist list some bakeries that work with restaurants and stores in Los Angeles like Boulangerie de Paris. That was my first time trying their bread and I loved it… So very crispy.

My favorite pastries were from Frogs Organic Bakery and its chef Jean Luc Labat that supplies many great restaurants. Their croissant aux amendes and Chouquettes taste exactly like the ones in Paris.

It feels great to see so many great French bakers and bakeries in Los Angeles. Thank you French Morning for the great event full of baguette and cheese and wine. Congrats to all the bakers for the nomination.

La Nuit en Rosé

La Nuit en Rosé was back again this year at Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset. What a great location for a glamorous event like this one. This year the event was running on 3 days with a Friday Night 4-course Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner, a Saturday Rosé Sunset Soirée, and a Sunday Rosé Pool Party.

I went to the Saturday Rosé Sunset Soirée and had an amazing time. There were about 15 different Rosé tasting stations and each brand was offering more than 1 Rosé for tasting and of course, I had to taste all of them. You had a choice between bubbly Rosé like Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé Champagne, amazing dry Rosé with Château Léoube or more on the sweet side with Le Petit Français. There were Rosé from around the world, French one obviously with my favorite Mouton Cadet, Italian one with Ferrari or Ruffino, Spanish one with Brancato Rosato of Il Poggione. I will have to attribute the price of the most gorgeous Rosé bottle to Cote des Roses with the bottom of the bottle that is actually in a shape of a Rose instead of being flat.

I want to talk more about some of my favorite ones:

  • Château Léoube is an organic win made by artisans no too far by the sea. If you like the dry one this is the one. There is no doubt why it has been awarded so many times in the past few years.
  • Le Petit Français because who doesn’t like to drink good wine. If you like your Rosé to be a little bit sweet this is perfect. By the one, I’m obsessed with that wine logo (it has the French Flag colors)
  • Mouton Cadet is my favorite Rosé, while in doubt always go with Mouton Cadet. You can never go wrong with that choice.
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé Champagne is bubbly and fresh for sunny summer days.

As French, I was pleased to see that much great French wine and I was not the only one loving them. It was a pleasure to spend a night with all those LA Rosé lovers. It was fun to taste all those wines in that pink light all night ambiance.  And it was also great to learn more about Rosé by talking to all the Rosé makers that were passionate about their wine and their region.  My new obsession now:  go to Provence, Cote du Rhone and Tuscany to taste the Rosé from the source.

A l’année prochaine



COLCOA French Film Festival

COLCOA French Film Festival ended on Tuesday April 26th and for their 20th anniversary, they went big and it was a huge success.

The Press Announcement at the bucolic Maison de la France in Beverly Hills gave us a foretaste of the event and the amazing movie and TV Show selection.

The Festival, held at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood opened on Monday the 26th with the North American Premier of Monsieur Chocolate the latest great movie with Omar Sy, directed by Roshdy Zem.  The Pre-Screening party and the Q&A after the movie allowed everybody to meet the cast and go over the story of the first black clown in France, from his success in the circus and the racism and hate that he was victim outside of the circus.

The whole week, COLCOA was offering a wide range of movies, TV Shows and documentaries.

My favorite new movie was the latest Lelouch Un Plus Une with Elsa Zilberstein . Indeed it won the Audience Special Mentions Award. It was great to meet them both and go over how the film started. Lelouch has been making movies about love for exactly 50 years now.  When Elsa Zilberstein and Jean Dujardin that met on a plane from LA to Paris called him to ask him to write a movie for them, he took the opportunity to write another great movie about love with this time India as a colorful and spiritual background. You can only fall in love with that movie.

The movie Made in France  tells you the story of 5 young men from the Paris suburb that decide to become Jihadists and want to conduct a terrorist attack in Paris. The movie was shot before the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January and the Bataclan attacks in November and its release was delayed because of those two terrorist attacks. The Director Nicolas Boukhrief did an amazing research job by meeting the police department that works on terrorist cases, he also met some young men that had decided to radicalize their faith and he of course did a lot of research in the internet and on those jihadist websites.  The result is just bluffing. That movie is truer than true. The actors play amazingly well.  It is a movie to see to realize how the young generation can be attracted to that so called Saint War. No wonder it won the Audience Special Prize Award.

The TV Show 10% or Call My Agent in English tells with humor the life of four cinema agents in Paris. 10% is how much an agent gets when he/she book a contract for the actor. The show is produced by Dominique Besnehard who was the most famous agent in France. All the French Movie stars have accepted to play their own role, with a lot of self-mockery and it is hilarious. The TV show is not available in the US yet but it needs to be on Netflix or Amazon. It is the comedy show to watch.

The Festival allows French and non-French people to discover French cinema in all its glory. What a great festival with free screenings, opportunity to see classic French movies and new ones, occasion to meet and greet with actors, directors and producers and an occasion to meet people from different horizon during the pre-screening events. Thank you COLCOA for offering a week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood.

Found the Full selection and winners on

All Photos by La Boite, LLC

A l’année prochaine


Frenchie is taking over Hollywood

COLCOA that stands for City of Lights, City of Angels is the French Film Festival in Los Angeles. The Festival is the place for French movies to lunch their North American press round .This year again we will see a lot of North American premieres. For the festival 20th anniversary, at the opening ceremony on April 18th , we will see Omar Sy as the sad Clown Chocolat in Monsieur Chocolat, directed by Roschdy Zem.

The closing ceremony, on April 26th, will also be a very expected night with the acclaimed TV Show 10% or Call My Agent in English where the actors play their own role as the show recounts the life of a talent agency. 10% is the commission of those agents. The movie closing the ceremony is Up For Love with the Oscar winning Jean Dujardin. We are of course expecting to see Jean Dujardin and the producer of 10% Dominique Besnehard that night.

A regular at COLCOA, Claude Lelouche will present the US Premiere of his latest movie about love Un Plus Une starring Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein

Other movies that we are expecting and they already have been huge successes in France are Fatima that just won the Cesar, equivalent of Oscars, for best movie or One Man and His Cow with the very appreciated comedian Jamel Debbouze or the very funny movie Babysitting 2.

Stay Tune as I will take you inside the festival and behind the scenes.

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Press Collaboration with COLCOA French Film Festival in 2016





Liebster Award 2016


Liebster Award

Up until last week,  I had never heard of the Liebster Awards . I did a little research it I found out that the Liebster Award is an online award given to new bloggers by other bloggers. My blog has been around for 6 months only so I’m very happy to be recognized by the travel blogging community. Thank you to the lovely Lindsay and her blog I’ve been bit

The Rules; there are flexible but here is what i found

After you receive a nomination and accept taking on the award you then must:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
  • Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
  • Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
  • Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominee
  • Notify the nominee
  1. How did you choose your blog name?

My blog’s name is Leila’s Passport. I definitely wanted to have my name in my blog just to make it more personal. And Passport because I actually have triple nationality so I have a lot of passport that I can use 🙂

  1. What’s one thing you find difficult in regards to blogging?

I started my blog 6 months ago and I realized that it is a lot of planning. Posting the pictures and writing the articles takes a lot more time than what I thought. Also, as a new blogger I’m looking for sponsorship and that is definitely very difficult.

  1. For a first time traveler, what destination would you suggest they go to and why?

I will say Europe. As a first time traveler you might be scared of adventure and most of the European countries have great tourism system and very easy accessible transportation system that makes travelling a lot smoother. And maybe go somewhere you speak the language so you are not completely scared if you get lost.

  1. What’s one thing you’d tell yourself when you first started to explore our planet?

As long as I remember I’ve been travelling but when I start to actually explore and not only travel and I was WOW . I had no idea we had all these amazing places on earth.

  1. How do you prefer to travel and why? Plane? Train? Automobile?

Plane . I live in Los Angeles so to go anywhere I need a plane. But to travel between cities in Europe for example train is a good idea. No Automobile since I get car sick.

  1. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten while travelling?

I ate Turtle Soup in New Orleans. Not my favorite

  1. What has been your most nerve-wracking trip to date?

I’m very organized because I don’t want to have any nerve-wracking moment. I recently went to Colombia and not that it was nerve-wracking but I didn’t know anybody that went there and I didn’t know what to expect at all.

  1. Have you ever traveled solo? If yes, tell me about it! If no, why not? Are you thinking about doing so in the future?

No I never traveled solo but I’m thinking about it more and more. I’m scared I will be bored if I travel solo since I’m a shy person. I really want to come out of my comfort zone so that’s actually one of my 2016 resolution – do a solo trip

  1. Name three things you’ve learned from travelling.

I learnt about the people I traveled with and that it the best way of really knowing somebody

I realized that it is the best way to learn. The best way , not boring way to learn about different countries, culture and their history.

I learnt to be less shy and go towards people and not be scared.

  1. Have you made any resolutions for 2016? Despite yes or no, what’s one thing you’ll promise to do this year?

As mentioned previously, I want to do a solo trip. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far but I want to experience and push myself to meet new people. I also want to post more about my travels and develop my blog.

  1. Where do you see yourself in a year?

I hope I will have a lot more travelling experiences under my belt and accomplished my 2016 resolution.

Thank you again Lindsay and it’s my turn now. I’m nominated Shanley Spence –

Here are my 11 questions for my nominee:

  1. What’s the most obscure thing you’ve seen abroad?
  2. Why do you travel?
  3. What is one international food dish you love to make or want to learn to make?
  4. Tell us about one of your BEST travel days.
  5. What can ruin a great travel experience?
  6. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
  7. Where’s your hometown and what’s the best thing about it?
  8. What is one of the best travel lessons you’ve learnt so far?
  9. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
  10. Why did you start blogging?
  11. What’s your next travel destination?
  12. What is your favorite quote?

I cannot wait to see your answers and see you pass on the award to other new bloggers.