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Friday, September 19, 2014

Arts & Culture

Five questions for Clare Graham of MorYork Gallery

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HIGHLAND PARK -- Textures and shapes take form at MorYork Gallery. Often they appear floating in the spaces between a collection of steer skulls or Greek figures caught in statuesque poses; these shapes float all around in one of the most exotic bazaars imaginable. Read More »

New school campus to preserve East L.A. murals

EAST LOS ANGELES -- With heavy construction activity beginning this month next to the Our Lady of Guadalupe murals on Mednik Avenue at Cesar Chavez Avenue , some locals are wondering, “What’s going on? Who’d mess with Our Lady! Are they covering it up? Preparing to move it? Or worse, is it going to be demolished? Read More »

Five Questions for Elysian Valley Artist Michael Todd on the eve of the Frogtown Art Walk

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ELYSIAN VALLEY -- You could call Michael Todd one of the unofficial founding fathers of the Frogtown art scene; Todd moved into his studio off Ripple Avenue near the Los Angeles River more than 30 years ago and has seen this working-class area morph from factories and warehouses into a burgeoning art community with studios, galleries and work spaces — albeit still tinged with the down-to-earth neighborhood grittiness. Read More »

Film festival brings movie magic to Highland Park

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HIGHLAND PARK — Organizers of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival want to unite a community with movie magic. It’s no simple task, what with the neighborhood being so diverse. Some prefer action, romance, some like comedies and others want to see their stories told on ... Read More »

Libros Schmibros celebrates four years in Boyle Heights

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — Lending library and bookstore Libros Schmibros celebrated its fourth anniversary on Sunday with a packed house and accolades from the Mayor’s office. Priding itself as a community bookstore, Libros Schmibros offered customers three books of their choosing for $5 at the celebration. Horchata ... Read More »

5 Questions for Echo Park talent buyer Liz Garo

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ECHO PARK — Talent Buyer Liz Garo says to go ahead and take her picture, but she’s going to look down at her phone. She says this is the most honest portrait of her at work. With Spaceland Productions, Garo is responsible for all bookings at ... Read More »

5 Questions for artist Jaime Zacarias, aka GERMS

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — To glimpse a mural by the artist GERMS is to experience wild interpretations of Chicano culture and religious iconography. Where disembodied luchador masks float on tentacles and the sunbursts shine forth like La Virgen de Guadalupe. On East 1st Street in Boyle Heights ... Read More »

5 Questions for Highland Park artist Raoul De la Sota

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Highland Park artist Raoul De la Sota spent his childhood beset by illness and practically never left home for the first eleven years of his life. But those difficult years left De la Sota, now 77, with a life-long sense of wonder, astonishment and longing to ... Read More »