Sniff This Out, Canned L.A. Times Staffers
Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, editors of Slake: Los Angeles, have been scouring the streets of Southern California for poets, writers and artists to save from the massacre of the printed word. E-readers, the Great Recession and the death of long-form journalism have left many without a home. Ochoa and Donnelly found poets metaphorically washing car windows off the I-10; journalists rummaging through their sacred piles of printed newspapers; and painters substitute-teaching math classes, lecturing on the beauty of Charles Demuth's I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold. Oh, the humanity! And by creating literary magazine Slake, Ochoa and Donnelly gave these cultural survivors a home and a sense of artistic community. Now, after publishing two issues that spent weeks on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list, Ochoa and Donnelly are inviting the entire city to Atwater Crossing for their Slake Issue 3 Launch Party. Not only will people dedicated to establishing L.A. as a literary city surround you but also you will hear live performances by the collective Ojo, drink complimentary vino and stare at mesmerizing art from contributors. It's time to celebrate a magazine that electrifies our city's crevices and tells its stories.
Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2011
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.