By Jessica Baran
Profoundly influential, incantatory songstress, poet, artist and writer Patti Smith may be best known as the Godmother of Punk. Her groundbreaking album Horses, released in 1975, has been hailed as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Born in Chicago, she was raised in Sout ... More >>
This week, flowers and fetish photos hang one on top of the other at LACMA, the Getty throws a party for an 80-year-old mural and an artist shadows a possibly imaginary former classmate.
5. Nine-year-long sci-fi opera
Kathleen Johnson's Brainchild, a performance in nine parts set to unfold over ni ... More >>
Copyright Glenn Ligon, Courtesy LACMAGlenn Ligon's neon sculpture "negro sunshine," hanging in the window at LACMA
When the Whitney Museum opened its Glenn Ligon retrospective, "America," in March, they put one of Bronx-born Ligon's signature neon pieces in their Madison Avenue window. The si ... More >>
Live AuctioneersFrom Robert Mapplethorpe's 39-photo "X, Y and Z Portfolios," now in the clutches of LACMA and the GettyRobert Mapplethorpe's work -- mostly black and white, mostly from the grittiest cultural back-alleys of the 1970s and '80s -- is either high art or expensive pornography, dep ... More >>
With the year coming to a close, we're heading off the inevitable barrage of "best" lists coming your way with one that will actually be useful and problem solving (a holiday gift guide for the music lover in your life, that's not actually music... or a t-shirt). Buy 'em a book! iPad and Kin ... More >>
Ted SoquiWest Hollywood City Council John DuranWest Hollywood Councilman John Duran wrote a whopper of an op-ed piece in the WeHo News on Thursday, describing himself as the "lone dissenting voice" on a City Council that's engaged in a "cultural battle" for the city's "soul."
Duran d ... More >>
Harry Smith, inventor of the mixtapeThe Hammer museum's Smith On Smith event last Thursday night paid tribute to the eccentric artist and music collector Harry Smith through exploits that Patti Smith recounted from her new book, Just Kids. Patti befriended Harry at the Chelsea Hotel during it ... More >>
About a year ago, cult NYC film director Abel Ferrara (Driller Killer, Ms. 45, the OG Bad Lieutenant, The Addiction, etc.) wrapped his indiepunk documentary on the legendary Chelsea Hotel. The film premiered at Cannes last year and is now being gradually unrolled across the US. Ferrara is com ... More >>