December 26, 2012 |
At the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, the title of the exhibition "Lost (in L.A.)" pretty much describes how I felt when looking at its many sculptures, installations, videos and a few paintings. Thematic art exhibitions are sometimes puzzling, with the reasoning behind the general selection of artists or juxtapositions of specific works obscure, and that's certainly the case here. A subtitle could be: "Huh?" One of the more enchanting objects on display is a 1946 letter, although in the upper left corner, just above the salutation, it does sport a small, doodle-like ink drawing of an apple wearing a mask.
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February 6, 2012 |
Coiled around a wind-swept hill near this city's lively Mission District, Bernal Heights takes an almost cult-like pride in being insular. With a butcher, grocer, bookstore and bakery, the neighborhood provides the basics. When you add to that some unique establishments - like an organic baby food outlet and a knife-sharpening venture offering classes in Japanese whetstone techniques - many residents say they rarely feel the urge to leave. "It's this weird little borderline utopia," said Ken Shelf, 42, who runs a combination movie-rental and succulent store here.
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December 18, 2011 |
Penny Puckett came to Slab City and fell in love. After four years of "bumming around and hopping freight trains," the 25-year-old from Kansas City arrived at this hardscrabble section of the Imperial Valley desert and immediately embraced its sense of liberation from society's rules and norms. What others might view as desolation and deprivation, Puckett saw as a way to reduce life to its essence: water, food and shelter (plus Internet and cellular phone service). PHOTOS: Slab City "Slab City people have a great need to live with just the bare necessities and are happy about it," she said.
September 2, 2011 |
The title "Seven Days in Utopia" might suggest a flight of metaphoric whimsy or irony, but it's as literal and earnest as everything in this inspirational drama: It refers to a week the protagonist spends in the small town of Utopia, Texas. Played by Lucas Black, he's a young golfer fresh off a humiliating pro-circuit debut, and he receives life-changing mentoring from a soulful old rancher — Robert Duvall, as a milder version of the many country-wise characters he's brought to life over the decades.
June 1, 2011
BOOKS Flavor Flav Flavor Flav loves Flavor Flav and has written a book about himself called "Flavor Flav: Icon. " The former Public Enemy rapper turned reality TV star will appear at the Grammy Museum to discuss his epic life and the many challenges he faced in the studio and behind the camera. And if you want to know what loving New York was really like, he'll be happy to tell you during the Q&A session. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., No. A-245, L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213)
February 6, 2011 |
The Gospel of Anarchy A Novel Justin Taylor HarperPerennial: 256 pp., $13.99 paper The house at the center of Justin Taylor's "The Gospel of Anarchy" has the universals of bohemian communities: shared food, leftist politics, dropouts, some guy peeing in the yard. Yet it is also very specific ? to a place, Gainesville, Fla., and a time, 1999 ? to the degree that it has its own peculiar name: Fishgut. We come to Fishgut through David, a college student distinguished by his slow slide into isolation: He's marginally enrolled, he's just lost his anonymous call center job and he's become joylessly addicted to Internet porn.