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May 2, 2002 | CLARE KLEINEDLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the roar of an overhead helicopter attempts to drown out his poetry, Eddie Kim clears his throat and raises his voice. "I'm riding to school on a bicycle. I fall down and scratch my knees. I'm crying. I'm crying.... And then I realize I'm 23," he says, his voice quivering slightly from the cold. Now it's the audience that's roaring as Kim takes a quick bow and returns to his seat.
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April 9, 2006 | Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Hernandez writes for the LA Weekly. A former Times staff writer, his work has also appeared in California Monthly and BorderSenses.
Umar Rashid, a 29-year-old painter and musician, was standing outside the Grand Star nightclub in Chinatown one night after the start of the Iraq war when he came face to face with the potential perils of militant chic. A "soldier-looking dude" glared at Rashid for a moment and then said angrily, "People died wearing that in Iraq." The guy was referring to Rashid's kaffiyeh, the versatile Arab head scarf, often with a checkered pattern.
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October 1, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"When I was a student, it was Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg who were clearly the most important artists," said Thomas Lawson, a painter and dean of the School of Art at CalArts. "Them and Andy Warhol. Everybody agreed that they were the ones. Now, because there are such diverse possibilities, it's much harder to say." Of contemporary art today, two things, and maybe only two things, can be said for sure.
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