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THE RADAR NOW! EDITED BY ARRISSIA OWEN TURNER Calendar boy toy! LADY GOT BACK The gender-bending Miss Understood’s moniker helps the AC/DC art anonymous artist stay separate from his/her creation—and escape any less-than-law-abiding artistic past (tagging and graffitti...shh!). The artist wants viewers to form their opinions without knowing the personality behind the work. But here’s some dish: The Euro art school grad bounced around Europe and Japan, finding inspiration in everything from subway graffiti and Damien Hirst to Louis Vuitton and José Parlá. Miss Understood debuted in O.C. at Chateau 305, which is much like an underground art gallery only in a loft-like apartment overlooking Laguna’s Main Beach. His recent work mixes art and photography via a bare body canvas. “For me, the human body is always fascinating as it is alive, and people always connect to people,” Miss Understood says. See what Miss Understood is up to in coming months during Chateau 305’s First Thursday Laguna Art Walk parties. But then Miss Understood is off globetrotting again. Catch him, or her, while you can. For more information, e- mail misunderstood@live.com or visit the gallery’s blog at www.chateau305.com. WHO’S THAT GUY? Caleb King is immensely comfortable with his sexuality. And so are we! The Massachusetts-born Laguna transplant didn’t hesitate when he was asked to be in a Save the Boom/Men of Laguna Beach calendar. The project is aimed at saving L.B.’s historical, homosexual hot spot that closed its doors late 2007 after the property was sold. The Boom was the oldest gay bar in the western U.S. and an anchor of Laguna’s gay community. Although King’s straight, the 28-year-old model/actor/personal trainer recognizes the importance of the iconic bar’s presence to the town he’s called home for the last six years. “It’s not just a gay thing anymore,” he says. HULA HOT! Costa Mesa native Rayna McInturf found her calling while watching a woman hoop dance at an arts festival. The IT worker was desperate to get out of the office and hated traditional exercise, but once she picked up an adult-size hulahoop, she was smitten. As her hoop dancing improved, she noticed the incredible transformation her body underwent. She developed Hoopnotica, a fun and quirky workout available in SoCal. She says that besides getting cardiovascular exercise, hoopers see their abdominal core, lower back, arms, lower body and chest strengthening and changing. Hoop it up, we say. www.hoopnotica.com. >>> For another workout that doesn’t involve a gym, stay in that little black dress and swap your stilettos for some sneaks. A single visit to nutritionist Bari Rooney’s Newport Beach office-cum-Power Plate studio will have you hooked. Rooney’s loyal followers swear by her alternative, yet effective, methods, workouts consisting of positions and exercises done on a vibrating machine for 20 minutes, shaking away cellulite and increasing metabolism. 4001 Birch St., Newport Beach, 949.842.1356. –Kathryn Romeyn It’s all in the hips When you were approached about the calendar, were you wary of being in a calendar associated with a gay bar? Not at all. I grew up in an open- minded small town in western Massachusetts with parents who welcomed diversity. I worked atWoody’s for years as a bartender (another Laguna Beach gay- friendly bar), so I know that people are going to say what they want. Where does gay culture stand now in OC/Laguna without the Boom Boom Room? Many people are being pushed north to L.A. and Palm Springs. It would be great to see someone buy the property and bring the Boom back. The business potential is still there, but the property is pricey. So what’s the feedback been like so far on the calendar? The attention is certainly a confidence booster and it’s almost surreal. But, beautiful people are everywhere in O.C. It’s more important formeto feel I’ve contributed to my community in a way that represents who I am and what I’m about. Besides the calendar, where else might we spot you? Victoria Beach is one of my favorites because of the local crowd. Crystal Cove is another because of its wide, open beaches and bike paths perfect for training runs and hikes. I enjoy Mozambique restaurant because of its fun, upbeat atmosphere. Other favorites include Sanshigo and Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, and you’ll often see me downing a burrito at La Sirena Grill. www.menoflagunabeach.com. –Arrissia Owen Turner 38 > JANUARY 2008 CALEB KING PHOTO BY CRISTOPHER LAPP; HOOPNOTICA PHOTO BY GABRIELLA REDDING

The Radar Now

Arrissia Owen Turner

LADY GOT BACK <br /> <br /> The gender-bending Miss Understood’s moniker helps the anonymous artist stay separate from his/her creation—and escape any less-than-law-abiding artistic past (tagging and graffitti...shh!). The artist wants viewers to form their opinions without knowing the personality behind the work. But here’s some dish: The Euro art school grad bounced around Europe and Japan, finding inspiration in everything from subway graffiti and Damien Hirst to Louis Vuitton and José Parlá. Miss Understood debuted in O.C. at Chateau 305, which is much like an underground art gallery only in a loft-like apartment overlooking Laguna’s Main Beach. His recent work mixes art and photography via a bare body canvas. “For me, the human body is always fascinating as it is alive, and people always connect to people,” Miss Understood says. See what Miss Understood is up to in coming months during Chateau 305’s First Thursday Laguna Art Walk parties. But then Miss Understood is off globetrotting again. Catch him, or her, while you can. For more information, email misunderstood@live.com or visit the gallery’s blog at www.chateau305.com.<br /> <br /> HULA HOT!<br /> <br /> Costa Mesa native Rayna McInturf found her calling while watching a woman hoop dance at an arts festival. The IT worker was desperate to get out of the office and hated traditional exercise, but once she picked up an adult-size hulahoop, she was smitten. As her hoop dancing improved, she noticed the incredible transformation her body underwent. She developed Hoopnotica, a fun and quirky workout available in SoCal. She says that besides getting cardiovascular exercise, hoopers see their abdominal core, lower back, arms, lower body and chest strengthening and changing. Hoop it up, we say. Www.hoopnotica.com. For another workout that doesn’t involve a gym, stay in that little black dress and swap your stilettos for some sneaks. A single visit to nutritionist Bari Rooney’s Newport Beach office-cum-Power Plate studio will have you hooked. Rooney’s loyal followers swear by her alternative, yet effective, methods, workouts consisting of positions and exercises done on a vibrating machine for 20 minutes, shaking away cellulite and increasing metabolism. 4001 Birch St., Newport Beach, 949.842.1356. –Kathryn Romeyn<br /> <br /> WHO’S THAT GUY?<br /> <br /> Caleb King is immensely comfortable with his sexuality. And so are we! The Massachusetts-born Laguna transplant didn’t hesitate when he was asked to be in a Save the Boom/Men of Laguna Beach calendar. The project is aimed at saving L.B.’s historical, homosexual hot spot that closed its doors late 2007 after the property was sold. The Boom was the oldest gay bar in the western U.S. and an anchor of Laguna’s gay community. Although King’s straight, the 28-year-old model/actor/personal trainer recognizes the importance of the iconic bar’s presence to the town he’s called home for the last six years. “It’s not just a gay thing anymore,” he says.<br /> <br /> When you were approached about the calendar, were you wary of being in a calendar associated with a gay bar? Not at all. I grew up in an openminded small town in western Massachusetts with parents who welcomed diversity. I worked at Woody’s for years as a bartender (another Laguna Beach gayfriendly bar), so I know that people are going to say what they want. Where does gay culture stand now in OC/Laguna without the Boom Boom Room? Many people are being pushed north to L.A. and Palm Springs. It would be great to see someone buy the property and bring the Boom back. The business potential is still there, but the property is pricey. So what’s the feedback been like so far on the calendar? The attention is certainly a confidence booster and it’s almost surreal. But, beautiful people are everywhere in O. C. It’s more important for me to feel I’ve contributed to my community in a way that represents who I am and what I’m about. Besides the calendar, where else might we spot you? Victoria Beach is one of my favorites because of the local crowd. Crystal Cove is another because of its wide, open beaches and bike paths perfect for training runs and hikes. I enjoy Mozambique restaurant because of its fun, upbeat atmosphere. Other favorites include Sanshigo and Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, and you’ll often see me downing a burrito at La Sirena Grill. Www.menoflagunabeach.com. –Arrissia Owen Turner<br /> <br /> A LITTLE LAMB <br /> <br /> Gwen Stefani lives in L.A., married an Englishman and adores French fashion. But for her new L.A.M.B. shoe line, the O. C. native came home. Huntington Beach’s Titan footwear is unveiling a star-worthy assortment of towering heels, foxy flats and riding boots. A green and yellow pump even salutes Stefani’s Rasta/ska roots. “This is not a celebrity line, it’s a fashion line,” says Titan’s Joe Ouaknine. The first fan is Stefani herself, who walked the shoes down the runway at the L. A.M.B. show. “I can’t believe how many hours she puts in at design meetings,” Ouaknine says. “She pulls out the ice cream and chips and gets to work.” Harlow, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714. 966.6616. –Anne-Marie Otey<br /> <br /> HAPPIEST FACE ON EARTH <br /> <br /> The year 1981 was particularly awful for stand-up comedy. Steve Martin excused himself from live audiences, overpowered by the wild-and-crazy fame fueled by his rockstar-like following after The Jerk, a stint in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and more. Then, of course, there was SNL, (our fave bumbling Czechoslovakian playboy, ever!). In his O. C.-centric autobiography, Born Standing Up, Martin chronicles his rollercoaster ride to stardom, beginning at age 10 selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his personal Versailles a bike-ride away from his Garden Grove home. He moved on to Merlin’s Magic Shop, where his sales shtick eventually made him a household name—not to mention got him the arrow-through-the-head gag. But first he spent three years at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Bird Cage Theatre while earning a philosophy degree at Cal State Long Beach (“fueled by Razor’s Edge romanticism”). He fine-tuned his act locally with stints at Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear, Seal Beach’s Rouge et Noir and Balboa’s Prison of Socrates, the latter which gave him his first non- Knott’s gig. –AOT<br /> <br /> HE’S YURMAN!<br /> <br /> When it comes to the name David Yurman, we think jewelry, but the New York sculptor-turned-designer is now making scents—his first women’s perfume. While he’s hush-hush about everything from its notes to the bottle design, the mega jeweler (who has fans in Eva Mendes and Sienna Miller) fills us in on everything from spring baubles to finding inspiration.<br /> <br /> What’s coming up for spring 2008? Spring is going back to cable jewelry again. But you’ll see bigger cable and different shapes like oval, or hand carving. Buckle bracelets, quatrefoil, precious beads, strange colors and also black and yellow diamonds. How do you stay inspired? I’m always drawing; even between interviews I open up my book. I look at local and fashion magazines and the street. I spend time in nature because I might see a shape on a pine cone or bark. What’s up next for you and the brand? We’re doing eyewear for 2008 and with the fragrance we’re still wrestling with the bottle design. The juice is so sexy. It’s not nice. It’s not fresh. It’s alluring, seductive. It’s hot. David Yurman, South Coast Plaza, 714.444.1080; davidyurman.com. –Victoria Namkung<br /> <br /> SKIN TRICKS <br /> <br /> Lancôme’s newest specialty boutique in Brea, one of five nationwide, is all girly giddiness. Need a new lip look? Their best make-up artists were snagged from Lancôme’s traveling crew. How ’bout them brows, Chewbacca? Drop your mall loot and take a load off. Is it graver than that? Try Lancôme’s exclusive computerized skin diagnosis. After any bad news, you may just want to relax, so hit the full-service facial room. With its Plexiglas counters and mother-of-pearl sheen, the space feels like walking into a retro-looking time machine. But, you’re looking to take some years off anyhow. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.671.0267; www.lancome-usa.com. –AOT<br /> <br /> TYPE A COMMUNIQUÉ <br /> <br /> Resolve to get organized in the New Year with new techno-chic tools. The Gold Curve 8320 (www.blackberrycurve.com) is the first PDA to take on spring’s favorite metallic (and also found its way into Golden Globe nominee hands). The latest version offers Unlicensed Mobile Access via WiFi, so you can tap, text and talk internationally at superspeed. Motorola has the skinniest smartphone yet, the Moto Q (www.motorola.com). And the street-smart, sleeked-up Nokia N82 (www.nseries.com) has maps of 152 countries as well as an Assisted GPS function and a fivemegapixel shooter. Who’s camera-ready? –Kate Rosenblatt<br /> <br /> EATIN’ CROW <br /> <br /> If the scotch quail eggs or the fra’ mani banger and mash didn’t hint that Crow Bar is no ordinary pub grub, then perhaps the Crow Burger, a blend of angus and prime beef on ciabatta bread with tallegio and gorgonzola will drive it home. Owner Steve Geary dreamed of opening a wine bar but quickly tired of the idea picturing its requisite stuffy atmosphere. Then it came to him, or rather, he did: Scott Brandon, former executive chef at Oysters in CdM. The two came up with a menu befitting the gastropub trend, mixing international brews, fine wines by the glass, chatty crowds and brilliant food, particularly the local, farm-fresh variety. Crow Bar opened its doors in late November and has been packed every night since. And now, brunch is served. 2325 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.675.0700; www.thecrowbarcdm.com. –AOT<br /> <br /> FINE IN CHINA <br /> <br /> He’s dressed the Killers (above) and NBA-er Yao Ming in his handmade shoes, and now O.C. artisan George Esquivel is tackling what might become the biggest consumer market in the world: China. The 37-yearold Buena Park entrepreneur just inked a deal with a Chinese consortium to open Esquivel stores in China. He’ll see his name on a mini-chain of men’s shoe stores, five within the next two years. “It’s crazy,” says the self-taught shoemaker, who started out making shoes for the Rev. Horton Heat and Lit. “I’m not the stuffy, big name. They want something cooler, not inyour- face logos.” The first store is planned for Shanghai, the capital of Chinese fashion, in May. It will stock distinctive Esquivel designs like the Muerte with a pattern of skulls hand-burned into Italian calf leather, the Old Tommy of battered suede, and the classic alligator JWF. For an upstart name, Esquivel knows his old-world trade. “True craftsmen know what luxury used to be, and it’s what few people are doing today. It means beautiful leather, attention to detail and customer service.” For those who can’t travel that far to get it, the La Palma resident is selling at Harlow in Costa Mesa, and will start supplying David August customers next spring. Www.esquivelshoes.com. –AMO<br /> <br /> 5 WAYS TO BLOW A WAD (GRAND TOTAL: $100,578) <br /> <br /> What’s black and white and gold all over? The spring runways, of course. From Gucci and Ralph Lauren to Elie Saab and Zac Posen, designer collections were papered with the jazzy color combo. Capture the look with Jimmy Choo’s opulent jeweled heel, or opt for Posen’s pleated, almost preppy take. Throw in a cocktail ring, a gold clutch with a blackand- silvery-white Pop Art pattern, or a seriously blingin’ pair of $65,000 shades, and you’ll be getting more eyeballs than Page Six.<br /> <br /> 1. Luxuriator Collection’s Fancy Yellow sunglasses by Franco, $65,000, at www.luxuriatorcollection.com<br /> <br /> 2. Zac Posen’s Iconic knit double-breasted jacket, silk linen Lalia blouse and color block silk skirt, $4,550, at Saks Fifth Avenue 3. Be&D’s gold, black and silver snake clutch, $895, at Saks Fifth Avenue 4. Sevan’s milky opal (33.4 carats), diamond (1.5 carats) and white porcelain beaded cocktail ring, $29,283, at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills 5. Fiona suede peep-toe pump, $850, at select Jimmy Choo boutiques.<br /> <br /> KISS OFF!<br /> <br /> A purveyor of artistic, double-helix DNA portraits and fingerprint wall hangings, DNA 11 now creates lipsmackin’ KISS portraits. Kits include kiss sheets on which to put the perfect smooch, and MAC Viva Glam lipstick—bought by the company at wholesale so all the profits go to MAC AIDS fund. After kissing your most alluring lip print, send the sheet to DNA 11 and they’ll create a one-of-a-kind, Warhol-inspired portrait. Now where can we get O.C. glamour gal and Viva Glam spokesmodel Dita Von Teese’s sexy smoocher? Www.dna11.com. –KR<br /> <br /> BY THE HALSEA <br /> <br /> When Sally Bartz arrives for vacay, the luggage designer is not only beautifully packed, she’s ready to party. Her laid-back, 1970s Californiastyle bags conjure crocheted bikinis and baby oil, but are all modern in their construction. After years spent designing luggage for Roxy, Volcom and Paul Frank, Bartz started her own line, Halsea, with laminated printed canvas, leather trim and shell-pink satin, ensuring that even the smallest beauty potions are a convenient find. But Bartz takes an extra bag to go a little nuts. Her “bar to go” fits spirits, salted nuts, olives and playing cards, making her and her bags the perfect traveling companions. Elle H Boutique, 1833 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949. 715.1345; www.halsea.com. –AOT<br /> <br /> REALITY TO RUNWAY <br /> <br /> Lauren Conrad (MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills), no stranger to paparazzi flashes, is now getting media attention of a different kind after launching her eponymous clothing line, the Lauren Conrad Collection. The O.C. ex-pat has just debuted her easy dresses and separates that are so SoCal. Think empire waist dresses with kimono sleeves, shirred blouson tops and long sleeve wraps with shawl collars. “I saw the line and fell in love with it,” says Erica Thomas, of Erica Dee in CdM where the line will be carried starting in February. “She’s very sweet and a really good face for the collection.” 2919 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.9333. –VN

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