Susan Straight lives a few blocks from where she was born in Riverside. She's a part of that place and its stories. Because she is, Straight says there are two kinds of people: those who stay and those who leave.
Frequent returns to the smaller museums of Long Beach and north Orange County are a prerequisite for the "accidental" pleasures found at the Grand Central Art Center and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Ana and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.
The new permanent exhibition "Becoming Los Angeles" opens on Sunday at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park. I had a small part in the press preview on Wednesday and got to say a few words about what "becoming" might mean to Angeleños.
Bugs, bones, birds, and millions upon million more things fill the museum's collections, second only to the Smithsonian's. But there's nothing dusty about this 100-year-old archive of what was and what is Los Angeles.
The Getty's "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940 - 1990" and the Huntington's "Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream" consider how Los Angeles sought to be forever modern.
The Bureau of Land Management has offered a reward for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for a bout of archaeological vandalism near Bishop that has angered fans of rock art worldwide.
Palm Springs has a conflicted relationship with good taste. The town is a somewhat self-conscious shrine to the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, with houses, bank buildings and diners reflecting that artistic movement.
The future still looks to the past for inspiration - this week Abigail Child recalls early cinematic techniques for contemporary visual exploration and the Academy recalls the early days of projection...
The best of cinema history is on view this week, with the work of avant-garde icon Maya Deren, the remarkable eight-hour documentary Shoah, and the 24-hour collage film "The Clock" by Christian Marclay.
Sal is a detective in the homicide division of South Los Angeles, one of the most infamous urban areas in the United States, where about 40% of the homicide activity in the city takes place -- despite the numbers being at a record low.
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