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Jordan Riefe

Jordan Riefe

After studying Mandarin in post-Mao China, Jordan got into the film business as a camera assistant working with directors like Steven Soderbergh and Tom Hanks. He covered the film business since the late 90s for outlets like Reuters, THR.com, and the Wrap, wrote a movie that was produced in China in 2007. Currently serves as West Coast theatre critic for The Hollywood Reporter, while also covering art and culture for The Guardian, Cultured Magazine, Coast Magazine, Truthdig.com and the LA Weekly.

Jordan Riefe
A light shines on blue cloth outlining a shadow puppet and a shining on a leaf-like object. The performance is part of at "Firefly Nights," an in-person COVID-safe experience that falls within the "Rio Reveals" series.
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Southland Sessions

L.A. River Becomes the Focal Point for Epic, Ongoing Experimental Theater

"Sleep No More" theater director Mikhael Tara Garver unearths the L.A. River's 8-mile deep stories and histories in an ongoing work of experimental theater called "Rio Reveals."
Alison Saar’s “Torch Song,” 2020 in wood, copper, ceiling tin, enamel paint, leather belts and vintage piano keys (72 x 22 x 26) next to Heather Gwen Martin’s “Touch” from 2020. Oil on linen, 60 x 56 in.  | Jordan Riefe
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Southland Sessions

L.A. Louver: 45 Years with 45 of Modern Art's Most Unique Artists

For its 45th anniversary, LA Louver is bringing together 45 artists of the past and the present to tell the story of L.A.'s modern art scene.
From Sunset Blvd, 1966, Ed Ruscha. | Streets of Los Angeles Archive. The Getty Research Institute,2012.M.1. © Ed Ruscha
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Southland Sessions

Take a Joy Ride Through Time on Sunset Boulevard with Ed Ruscha

The Getty’s “12 Sunsets,” project digitizes Ed Ruscha’s many photographs of each building on Sunset Boulevard from 1966 to 2007.
Kenny Scharf bombing a car September 26, 2020 | Jordan Riefe
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Southland Sessions

PHOTOS: A Parade of Kenny Scharf-bombed Cars Rolls Down W. Hollywood This Saturday

“I wanted to introduce something that’s art and it's for everyone and it has no money involved, no value,” says Kenny Scharf of his eye candy car artwork.
A performer for "Sweet Land" | Casey Kringlen for The Industry
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Southland Sessions

Myth-busting Opera 'Sweet Land' Lives on Long After Final Curtain

Five months after the innovative opera closed due to the pandemic, its themes resonate louder than ever.
LA County Department of Arts and Culture Organizational Grant Program grantee CONTRA-TIEMPO. | Courtesy of CONTRA-TIEMPO.
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Southland Sessions

L.A. County Takes a Stand for Diversity

Board of Supervisors adopts a county-wide policy centered on diversity, inclusion and access.
The Wallis Studio Ensemble presents Fairyland Foibles, featuring (top row L-R) Ella M Joseph, Kendell Byrd, Tiana Randall Quant; (middle row L-R) Trecey Dory, Kelvin Morales, Alexander Sheldon; (bottom row L-R) Marlena Becker, Siera Williams | M. Dahm
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Southland Sessions

A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Production Opens at the Wallis

“Fairyland Foibles” presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, lets the audience play a part in shaping the narrative of each 15-20 minute episode.
Paul Davies with Jesse Carmichael | Courtesy of Paul Davies
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Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael Keeps it Short and Sweet with Two-Minute Movies

The band’s keyboard and guitar player’s 2 Minute Movie Collective offers a micro view of turbulent times.
Helder Guimarães in the Geffen Stayhouse production of The Present, directed by Frank Marshall. | Geffen Playhouse
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Pandemic-Defying ‘The Present’ Conjures Ticket Sales from Thin Air

Extended thrice, “The Present” at the Geffen Playhouse could be described as live theater that comes to you, but some might call it enhanced television. 
C. Carlos Cruz-Diez, "Couleur Additive" 2017 | Jacob Fischer
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Artbound

The Broad's Colorful Crosswalk Changes the Mood on Grand Avenue

Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez's “Couleur Additive" adds vibrancy to Grand Avenue — but it might disappear this March.
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