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Sun Araw The Congos

September 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Doug Aitken's roving, cross-country art show “Station to Station,” which is nearing the end of its three week journey, made a stop at Union Station Thursday night - and the event started with a snap. Whip-cracker Chris Camp, who has performed with Aitken three times before in the past, led a procession of about 50 people from Track 13 into the central area of the station, cracking two long bullwhips at each of his sides the entire way. The parade -- musicians banging drums, journalists with video equipment recording the event, other artists and performers as well as curious onlookers filming the scene with their iPhones -- wound its way past the restaurant Traxx and into the courtyard featuring multicolored art yurts with installations by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fischer, Liz Glynn, Carsten Holler and Ernesto.
September 12, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This year's fall pop music season offers your average 21st century bounty, one with so many colors, textures, varieties, personalities and avenues for consumption that it's pretty easy to frame an argument depending on mood or agenda. Those observing gender and the pop marketplace, for example, can note that the season is heavy with commercially powerful female vocalists: New albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Kelly Clarkson and future superstar Ariana Grande look to rule the charts through the holidays.
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