We all talk, these days, about eating ethically -- how to fill our bellies without wasting carbon miles, poisoning the Earth or torturing animals. Restaurants boast about their organic ingredients; the best ones will even tell you where the pig you're eating came from.
All good. But we rarely talk ... More >>
What's nice about the Arrested Development-themed art exhibit at Gallery 1988 Melrose is that you only need to have watched the first two episodes of the series to get the exhibit's title, "There's Always Money In The Banana Stand."
The highly acclaimed but short-lived sitcom about the dysfunctiona ... More >>
One day in January 2011, Mira Tweti walked down to the garage of her Playa del Rey apartment where she saw -- amid the clutter of trash meant for recycling -- a small, mid-century bird cage. Clean and narrow, the 3-foot cage had a diameter roughly the size of a large dinner plate.
Though a self-des ... More >>
At first glance, L.A.'s Skid Row doesn't seem like it would have a flourishing performance arts scene.
But Skid Row's Los Angeles Poverty Department -- abbreviated as, yes, LAPD -- was founded by director John Malpede in 1985 to develop the arts and culture of the city's well-known home to the home ... More >>
If you're one of those shoppers who struts into bookstores, clutching a latte in one hand and wrangling a book off the shelf with the other, Lee Kaplan thinks you should be a little ashamed of yourself. Lee and his wife Whitney own Arcana Books on the Arts, one of the best bookstores around for new ... More >>
A homeless seven-year-old in Russia named Pjotr is addicted to cigarettes. He must navigate the streets of St. Petersburg, doing whatever he can for a smoke -- steal liquor to give to his prostitute mother for a few bucks and trade Mercedes hood ornaments to black market dealers for a spare stoge. I ... More >>
Ever been inside a disco ball-esque "steam egg" with a bunch of sweaty, half-naked strangers? Talked to Filipino inmates who wrote, directed and starred in their own musical, filmed within prison walls (and that went viral with more 50 million YouTube views)?
Writers for KCET's new arts journalism ... More >>
When Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista says the phrase "Drinko de Mayo," he is far from bitter. He doesn't rant about how Cinco de Mayo has been subjected to brutal commercialization and stripped of its authenticity. It is, after all, difficult to really critique the Mexican beer companies for divesting t ... More >>
The Southern California vocabulary, as endearing or maddening as it can be, doesn't exactly have a reputation for erudition. And we're totally chill about that.
The Dictionary of American Regional English, which you may have heard of recently, is an ambitious lexicographical project that recently r ... More >>
Twenty years ago auteur filmmaker David Lynch elicited delight and (mostly) rancor from fans by making a film based on his critically successful TV series Twin Peaks called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Only the staunchest of Twin Peaks fans seemed to appreciate the way the film amplified the TV se ... More >>
Tom Lutz is one happy man. He has every reason to be.
This morning, Lutz watched as the online literary behemoth that he founded, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), finally launched its new website. With more than 250 contributors, including Jonathan Lethem, T.C. Boyle, Jane Smiley, Jeffrey Eu ... More >>
Beer talk runs the gamut from the frat boy refrain "beer is beer" to craft beer enthusiasts sparring in fermentation terminology. If there is any "art" to the drink, it lies within the bottle, and rarely will the conversation veer to what's outside it: the label.
"It's not like you can open up the ... More >>