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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Did the Sound System Company Sonos Create a Hollywood Art Gallery?

Why Did the Sound System Company Sonos Create a Hollywood Art Gallery?

Last week, Sonos Studio presented the Los Angeles premiere of the new Green Day documentary ¡Cuatro!, and the band's followers enthusiastically turned out to the screening. The documentary, which chronicled a new beginning of sorts for the band, was an appropriate fit for the launch of a new line of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Three People Laughed for Six Hours Straight at LACMA on Saturday. And It Was Mesmerizing

Three People Laughed for Six Hours Straight at LACMA on Saturday. And It Was Mesmerizing

I suppose your first thought on walking into a cyclone might be "what the ----?" Or it might be nothing at all. You might be so overwhelmed at trying to orient yourself that your brain snaps into some other mode of consciousness. Spanish artist La Ribot's six-hour performance Laughing Hole...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Chat With Trimpin, an Artist Who Combines Music, Apps and Robots

A Chat With Trimpin, an Artist Who Combines Music, Apps and Robots

Trimpin is a sound artist, a sculptor, an engineer and inventor, a musician... All of these characterizations describe the work he creates, housed in museum and public collections around the globe. And yet none of them alone pin down Trimpin's enigmatic art. The work of this German-born, Seattle-based artist is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Institute for Art and Olfaction Will Bring Together Art and Perfume

Institute for Art and Olfaction Will Bring Together Art and Perfume

I spent a solid 30 minutes last Friday night attempting to figure out what exactly was "old lady" smell, sniffing through several bottles trying to find a version of it, before I finally gave up -- but not without learning a thing or two about scents. If that doesn't strike...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Medusa, Dumbfoundead and Gizzle - LACMA - 6-21-12

Medusa, Dumbfoundead and Gizzle - LACMA - 6-21-12

Medusa, Dumfounded and Gizzle LACMA 6-21-12 See also: Koreatown rapper Dumbfoundead inspires a tremendous following with his unlikely story Better than... your last visit from your fairy godmother. The Crowd included a man who looked like Jesus: long brown hair, beard, long white dress. Last night, for the second installment...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Franklin Sirmans: His Fun Is Showing

Franklin Sirmans: His Fun Is Showing

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. The art world sometimes takes itself too seriously. Franklin Sirmans doesn't. But that doesn't mean he isn't a serious player. He just knows how to have fun, even while doing...…
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Music, West Coast Sound 3MG featuring Murs - LACMA - 5-17-11

3MG featuring Murs - LACMA - 5-17-11

3MG LACMA 5-17-11 See also: Murs on How His Family's Dry-Cleaning Business Survived the Riots Better Than... the DMC show LACMA put on a few months back in the Bing Theater. I love DMC, but that shindig was awkward. Composed of Murs, Eligh and Scarub, 3MG reunited for a performance...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle "What What (in the Butt)" Viral Video Inspires L.A. Art, Five Years Later

"What What (in the Butt)" Viral Video Inspires L.A. Art, Five Years Later

In 1972 Asco spray-painted their signatures onto the walls of LACMA, asserting themselves as active members of the art community despite the fact that LACMA wasn't yet willing to show their work. Last Wednesday night, Milwaukee-based Special Entertainment, the partnership between artists Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo, also inserted their...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle D3, an Artist Collective That Will Destroy the '90s Mixtape Your Ex-Boyfriend Made You

D3, an Artist Collective That Will Destroy the '90s Mixtape Your Ex-Boyfriend Made You

Ever find yourself toting around boxes of unknown childhood memories? Hey, sentimentality can be burdensome. Maybe that's why those New Year's Eve celebrations where people just chuck things into the garbage are so popular. The names of ex-boyfriends and other heartstring-ripping past-year traumas heaved into a rubbish bin, leaving you...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mike Kelley, Renowned L.A. Artist, Passes Away

Mike Kelley, Renowned L.A. Artist, Passes Away

Los Angeles is now one brilliant mind short, as legendary artist Mike Kelley has been found dead, his gallery confirmed. Born in 1954 in a suburb of Detroit, Kelley received his MFA from CalArts in 1978, made his work and home primarily in L.A. and grew to become an internationally...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Art in the Parking Space</em>: Performance Art Partying in the Standard Hollywood's Garage

Art in the Parking Space: Performance Art Partying in the Standard Hollywood's Garage

If Los Angeles is a car culture, then the parking garage of the Standard Hollywood represents that beastly reality's bowels. Art in the Parking Space, a project by Warren Neidich and Elena Bajo held in the parking garage of the Standard Hotel Hollywood as part of Pacific Standard Time's Performance...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Clothing Line at H&M: The Edgy-Trendy Clothes You Probably Didn't Realize You Missed

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Clothing Line at H&M: The Edgy-Trendy Clothes You Probably Didn't Realize You Missed

Has anyone actually seen the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo line of clothing from H&M? There was all this hype -- the usual billboards, bus posters, the like -- and now... nothing. You might have blinked and missed the whole thing. Or that would-be punk chick with the just-too coiffed...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Fred Halsted's Experimental Porn <em>L.A. Plays Itself</em>: Even Dal&iacute; Thought It Was Freaky

Fred Halsted's Experimental Porn L.A. Plays Itself: Even Dalí Thought It Was Freaky

Porn and experimental cinema. Natural bedfellows. Unfortunately, at a certain point the porn world starting cranking out a standard set of scenes for all occasions. But before porn was an industry, notorious experimental filmmaker Fred Halsted got away with making some crazy shit in the name of art and sex...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 'Ever Green' at Monte Vista Projects: Free Christmas Trees For Rent! But is it Art?

'Ever Green' at Monte Vista Projects: Free Christmas Trees For Rent! But is it Art?

A free tree for the holidays... wha-what!?!? And it's art? One of those bad boys would normally set you back at least $50, for a small one. And then they die (well, really they're already dying the moment they're cut down for your yuletide pleasure -- it's kind of sick...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Places in L.A. to Buy Art to Give as a Gift, Without Breaking the Bank

5 Places in L.A. to Buy Art to Give as a Gift, Without Breaking the Bank

Art. The greatest gift of all. Forget those cheese 'n sausage gift baskets, and get your loved ones something that won't rot their guts, like limited edition prints. And besides, art is good for you. I'm sure some scientist somewhere is even now discovering the health benefits of a daily...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle George Lucas' <em>Star Wars</em> Camera Breaks Records With $625,000 Sale at Debbie Reynolds' Profiles in History Auction

George Lucas' Star Wars Camera Breaks Records With $625,000 Sale at Debbie Reynolds' Profiles in History Auction

Who knew Debbie Reynolds was the gatekeeper of all things Hollywood? And who knew that Debbie Reynolds had anything to do with Star Wars ? (Okay, okay, aside from the fact that her daughter starred in it... that's coincidental.) And who knew that anything from Star Wars: Episode IV was...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Thanksgiving Artworks in L.A.

5 Best Thanksgiving Artworks in L.A.

Judging by artworks on view around town, you'd think L.A. invented Thanksgiving. Or, maybe I'm reading too much into it. In any case, here are five Thanksgiving-related L.A. artworks (that are probably not inspired by Thanksgiving)...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Gregory Rogove's <em>Piana</em> Remixes at Human Resources: Like Performance Art Meets A Session of MTV Unplugged

Gregory Rogove's Piana Remixes at Human Resources: Like Performance Art Meets A Session of MTV Unplugged

It's like that party you've been hoping to get invited to for months now and you finally did, only it's a Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Oh, well... Those of us not cool enough to arrive fashionably late mingled around amid the wafting perfume of tequila. The expansive white cube...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mie Olise's <em>Shipsearching</em> at Honor Fraser is as Cool as a Treehouse

Mie Olise's Shipsearching at Honor Fraser is as Cool as a Treehouse

Shipsearching, Mie Olise's awesome treehouse of an artwork at Honor Fraser gallery, stole the opening-night-in-Culver-City scene for me. You may be wondering, what's a treehouse of an artwork? Is that some newfangled whipper-snapper term for awesome? No, that would make me redundant. A treehouse of an artwork is one you...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Go The F**k To Sleep</em> Author Adam Mansbach on the Horrors of Parenting

Go The F**k To Sleep Author Adam Mansbach on the Horrors of Parenting

Remember when Go The F**k To Sleep, that children's bedtime story for adults, was released earlier this year? How it hit Amazon's #1 spot before it was even printed? If you don't remember it's probably because you're losing your mind due to lack of sleep. If you've ever found yourself...…
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