May 2, 2013 |
It doesn't take stacks of research to demonstrate that medicating painful feelings with alcohol or drugs is a dangerous and ultimately futile strategy (although those studies do exist). But the relationship between emotional difficulties and alcohol addiction has always been a complex one, in a chicken-and-egg way: does alcohol -- a depressive agent -- make people who use it become depressed? Or are depressed people more likely to drink heavily to self-medicate, and then to become dependent on alcohol?
October 15, 2012 |
Mary Weatherford is known for beautiful abstract paintings derived from natural forms, but her latest exhibition at LAXART is a big risk. As in previous series, these large paintings (nearly too large actually, for LAXART's main gallery) are inspired by a specific place, Bakersfield, where Weatherford recently completed a residency. They are not landscapes per se, but more like mood poems: rough-edged, vertical rectangles composed of thin, delicate washes of color. Luminous on their own, the colors are literally lighted by startling lines, rendered in actual tubes of neon affixed to the canvases.
January 11, 2001
In the Mood and Critic's Notebook have the week off. They will return Jan. 18.
September 29, 2011 |
There's a lot you can read about on Twitter — including, it now appears, the patterns of human moods. After analyzing two years' worth of tweets by 2.4 million people around the world, researchers at Cornell University have concluded that individuals wake up happy but that their mood deteriorates as the day progresses. That discovery, among others reported Thursday in the journal Science, will interest researchers who are trying to understand how circadian rhythms and other natural influences shape our states of mind.
June 28, 2012
A French electronic artist, Sébastien Tellier specializes in delivering lush, dreamy soundscapes drenched in atmosphere. Previously he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Daft Punk and Fela Kuti's legendary drummer Tony Allen, but here he'll deliver a rare performance stateside that focuses on his unique brand of romantic soundcraft. 333 Live, 333 S. Boylston St., Los Angeles. 9 p.m. Thurs. Free. RSVP at rsvp.vice.com/AirParties.
April 25, 2011 |
If you're suffering from chronic systolic heart failure, tai chi may help. Although it may not improve your performance on a six-minute walk test, it will probably improve your mood, your daily activity and quality of life, according to a new study published online Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital looked at 100 patients diagnosed with systolic heart failure.