Bag Lady, the Movie
In keeping with the Better Living Through Videos trend, Susanne Reyto's half-hour cassette, "Packing Made Easy," keeps you from tripping up before your trip begins. Reyto, an ex-travel agent, folds and fluffs color-themed skirts, pants and blouses, enough for a weekend or six months, into a suitcase and carry-on, with running advice about "miss and match" horrors. "Packing is a minor item," she says. "The planning takes the time." One of Reyto's packing tips: how to stash your bicarb so it doesn't look like you're smuggling heroin.
The Old Collage Try, Martian-Style
"Architects from Mars" has moved. Martian artists Lou Patrou and John Phelps have moved their new business from a little house in mid-Wilshire to the gorgeously bizarre Hollywood Taft Building, to build their own gorgeously bizarre art: multilayered, 3-D sculptures assembled from hand-tinted photos. Mars-chitecture can put a Titan missile in your flower bed or have Beaver Cleaver pitch a no-hitter on Saturn. "We build layered sculptures of photos that look like little architectural landscapes--real wacky-looking," says Patrou, casting a covetous alien eye on L.A. architecture. "We're always fooling with other people's architecture, cutting up little buildings and creating new ones."
Barbara Johnson and her husband went on a three-week bike tour of Inner Mongolia last year. China so enchanted her that she sent out resumes--and got a job offer. This August, the 57-year-old free-lance writer and Cal State Northridge journalism instructor goes East again--to work. Johnson, who says she has "never been away from home for more than eight weeks," will work a six-day week as the copy editor / adviser to a new English-language magazine that's "like a Chinese News and World Report." Johnson wants the international version of the Chinese newsmag "Outlook" to "give the Chinese viewpoint of what's happening in the world."