December 9, 2012 |
Christina Winkelmann's booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in L.A. this weekend showcased her holiday wreaths made of vintage Christmas ornaments, but it was her recycled bingo-card gift wrap that had shoppers lined up. The Los Feliz crafter seemed downright embarrassed that so many fairgoers were charmed by something that was more marketing genius than personal artistic expression. Winkelmann said the bingo cards truly were recycled -- picked up during visits to Grandma out in the desert.
April 17, 2012 |
Like the man said, always be closing. In Cody Henderson's "The Bewildered Herd," now at Greenway Arts Alliance, everyone's after someone else's mental real estate. When he's not helping win an election, slick consultant Bingo (John Getz) is trying to keep his disaffected wife (Trace Turville) from divorcing him and his college-dropout daughter (Corryn Cummins) from running off with a deadbeat rocker (Derek Manson). Meanwhile, Grandma (Lisa Richards) smilingly insists that Bingo's father is still alive and worth loving.
March 2, 2012 |
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
February 17, 2012 |
It all started a couple of years ago in the basement of a church hall in central London, when two event promoters started putting on a secretive club night with dance music, costumed hosts, sexy girls — and bingo. Secretive, because running a bingo game could be construed as gambling (it's not). And why bingo? Because there's nothing like a childhood game to get people to drink, dance and even take their clothes off. Underground Rebel Bingo Club has become a global cult hit, now happening in 25 cities worldwide, including London, Madrid, Toronto and New York.
February 17, 2012
Underground Rebel Bingo Club Where: Somewhere in East Hollywood (disclosed on website) When: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and March 3 Price: $5 to $15 online, $20 at the door Contact: http://www.rebelbingo.com
January 18, 2012
The Occupy L.A. group that camped out at City Hall for months before being ejected in late November may have chosen the wrong venue: Not only would protesting in Malibu have been more scenic, it would have more appropriately symbolized the group's struggle against the unfairnesses perpetrated by the 1% — such as the refusal by certain super-wealthy individuals to allow public access to public beaches. A recent report by the California Coastal Commission showed that some progress has been made across the state in improving access to the 1,100-mile shoreline, whose wet sands and craggy tide pools are part of the birthright of all Californians and cannot be privately owned below the high tide line.