An iconic, ironic and so-called “plastic day” in LA | ban on bags

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My so-called “plastic day” in Los Angeles, a.k.a. “LA,” began with a morning rally followed by a close-to-unanimous (13 to 1) vote of the LA City Council to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in supermarkets and to “penalize” paper bag usage with … Continue reading

Herencia Trilogy excerpt | serial novel preview

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Herencia – serial novel trilogy During the millennium year of 2000, Amores Perros premiered in Cannes and the Venetian Hotel opened in Las Vegas. The first of the serial novels examines the physical and symbolic barriers between Los Angeles and Tijuana, setting … Continue reading

Travel therapy | dealing with death in Venice

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So there I was, sitting in seat 12A as the plane took off…Thanks to the kind United Airlines counter attendant that rebooked my flight when I messed up and missed my original flight by an entire day. He must have … Continue reading

Art & social progress | PST era exhibitions and events

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Can art create change? Does art matter? Why do we need to support art? On my cynical, negative days, I feel that society and culture are still in the dark ages and that art and individuals are not enough to … Continue reading

Community outpost | The Last Bookstore LA

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As local and specialty shops for selling books have been eliminated, first by the large chains and then by the online giants, like Amazon, there remains only a few spots to be able to enjoy physically browsing books. Since the … Continue reading

Homage to the OG sneaker of athletes, artists & musicians | Converse LA Flagship

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Tonight’s opening of the Converse concept store in Santa Monica brought together a few of my favorites: art, music and shoes. True to its following, Converse launched it’s new flagship with an eternally youthful, fashionable, timelessly cool, artistic, athletic and rock & … Continue reading

The gender temperature divide & Horizontalidad | CamLab II

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CamLab II set up a “Yurt City” of tents in front of the MOCA Geffen on February 2nd providing free workshops and MOCA sponsored sustenance of hot chocolate, coffee, tea, soft drinks and yummy baked goods, like macaroons, rosemary crisps … Continue reading

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia: Papel tejido | CB1 Gallery

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Currently on view at CB1 Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles is Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s “Papel tejido,” exhibition, which means tissue paper in Spanish, but the actual constructions are much more substantial and made from acrylic paint on heavy cotton rag paper. … Continue reading

I KNOW SOMEONE, DO YOU? | Three Weeks In January

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  On Friday evening, the 22nd of January, 2012, during an art performance ceremony at Los Angeles Police Department’s Deaton Auditorium, I turned and introduced myself to the person sitting next to me: an adult, female artist living in Los Angeles. … Continue reading

Los Angeles wetlands | photo essay

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A dawn to dusk view of the tidal wetlands, LA River, Ballona Creek and Ballona Lagoon areas; home to many wild plants and animals that share the land, air and water alongside Los Angeles residents and LAX, including: snowy egrets, brown pelicans, western … Continue reading

Drop in the Bucket benefit concert with Henry Rollins, Corey Taylor and an all-star crew

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A very charismatic Henry Rollins hosted a benefit show at the historic Avalon in Hollywood on Wednesday night (30 November 2011) for Drop in the Bucket, a Uganda based NGO that is building water wells and sanitation systems in sub-Saharan … Continue reading

Central Avenue & 1st Street: Little Tokyo | photo essay

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Buildings can tell a story about history, culture, community, art, design and the environs so that’s why buildings in Japantowns (Nihonmachis) throughout California are being preserved. Little Tokyo is a Nihonmachi located in downtown Los Angeles and in 1995 thirteen … Continue reading

Iconic Russia | Contemporary art, White Nights and grey areas

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The ATM in Red Square gave me the option of USD or Russian rubles. I thought, “How convenient, a foreign ATM that will allow me to withdraw according to the equivalent US currency- very useful so I won’t have a … Continue reading

Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics » sharing the L-O-V-E

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Modern Art in Los Angeles: Assemblage and Politics » Pacific Standard Time | Getty Museum Research Institute. An evening of conversation with artists Ed Bereal, Mel Edwards, George Herms, Nancy Reddin Kienholz and Betye Saar. Moderated by Lucy Bradnock of the … Continue reading

Fantômas | Director’s Cut Live » An acoustic coup d’étet

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The Fantômas have recently released a film to go with their live album, Director’s Cut, the tribute to, known and obscure, cult film theme music. The opening credits roll in as they appropriately perform their live salute to the Godfather … Continue reading

THE JOURNALS OF SPALDING GRAY » RIP: A life lived candidly

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THE JOURNALS OF SPALDING GRAY « Knopf Doubleday Knopf publishers have just released The Journals of Spalding Gray in remembrance of the gifted actor, orator, writer, storyteller and artist. While not the inventor of autobiographical monologues nor of experimental theater, he … Continue reading

Iconic Milan | Things to do IF visiting

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If you have to go to Milan. In Rome you can find classical antiquity, in Florence you can find the Renaissance, in Venice you can find Baroque grandeur, and in Milan,… in Milan you can find work. Of all the large, … Continue reading

Tallest Man on Earth | Live in Barcelona

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The Tallest Man on Earth at Razzmatazz, Barcelona 2 December 2010 Last December I had the luck of seeing Kristian Matsson A.K.A. The Tallest Man on Earth, perform live at Razzmatazz in Barcelona. A friend had mentioned that there was … Continue reading

Painting with moonlight | night photography

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Lighting experiment using the moon as a light source to draw: F5.6 with 2 second exposure and circular movement around the moon after ~1 second. The circular shape around the moon symbolizes the Zen calligraphy “enso” that refers to a … Continue reading

Story of the Ferus Art Gallery: THE COOL SCHOOL | PBS

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Independent Lens . THE COOL SCHOOL | PBS. The Cool School: Story of the Ferus Art Gallery Along with Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, the PBS documentary film, The Cool School tells the compelling story of the Ferus Art Gallery and brings … Continue reading

Iconic Paris: novel + de rigueur things to do

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Paris. The summer heat and tourists have declined, the climate is often overcast, but mostly dry, and the brooding skies gives it a literary mood. New fall/winter fashions have hit the stores … Continue reading

Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969–1972, Revisited » Pacific Standard Time | LACMA

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Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969–1972, Revisited | LACMA. Pacific Standard Time – Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud 1969 – 1972, Revisited. Mixed media installation at LACMA Edward Kienholz’ Five Car Stud is the “must see” piece in the entire … Continue reading

Sam Francis Border Painting (Mako Series) » Pacific Standard Time | Getty

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Untitled (Mako Series) » Pacific Standard Time at the Getty. Sam Francis - Mako, 1966 Arcrylic on canvas (150 x 108 inches) Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 Group exhibition at the Getty Center Museum, Los Angeles, … Continue reading

Koby Newell | artist profile

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Bay Street artist brings life and color to the local scene Skaters and creative vision are not normally uttered in the same sentence amongst culture aficionados, but that is about to change when the art world discovers Koby Newell. For … Continue reading

Catalina Estrada at the Iguapop Gallery

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Catalina Estrada: Desarmando Suenos Art exhibition at the Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, Spain | April 30 – May 30, 2009 Decorative arts meets Latin Manga The Catalina Estrada show, “Desarmando Suenos” at Iguapop Gallery gathered an enthusiastic crowd for a standing room … Continue reading

Horace Bristol’s California Photographs | Getty

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The Grapes of Wrath: Horace Bristol’s California Photographs Photography exhibition at the Getty Museum Los Angeles: November 2002 – February 2003 http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/bristol/ http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/lange/ The Getty Museum is currently exhibiting works of Horace Bristol alongside Dorthea Lang. The exhibition is titled The Grapes … Continue reading

Mexico City’s cosmopolitan magnitude and Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” mantra

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In 2001 I visited Mexico City and Costa Rica on a 16 day trip. Mexico City and Costa Rica are developing countries that both have issues of people versus the environment. Both places were reminders of the world as a large, … Continue reading