From Randall Roberts' article, "Heath Ledger's Final Days Among the Masses".
Members of the L.A. based arts collective have tried to soldier on after the shocking death of their friend and cohort Heath Ledger.
Above, Ledger directing the video for Ben Harper's "Morning Yearning."
Photo by Ted SoquiPershing Square today. From Matthew Fleischer's article Parks and Wreck: L.A.'s Fight for Public Green Space.
Theres a foul smell in Pershing Square. Well, several foul smells, really. Most prominently, theres the smell of urine. It wafts in all directions, emanating from a dozen dark, hidden recesses spread throughout the square. Theres the smell of the fountain, a giant purple modernist abomination that every so often belches a tiny stream of liquid into a stagnant brown pool below. Theres the smell of a small colony of homeless, who have made this place their bathroom. They occupy nearly every bench in sight, baking and sweating in the treeless glare of the unforgiving sun. At noon, in the largest public space in the downtown business district of the countrys second largest city, these men and women are the areas sole occupants.
PPhoto by Anne FishbeinA classic model from QT Chicago Dogs.
From Jonathan Gold's article: "My father was obsessed with hot dogs, to the point of distraction, and although he could discuss Bellow, Shostakovich or Jerome Kern for hours, he was happiest, I think, expounding on the great frankfurters of his youth: the taut, garlicky specimens he grew up eating, on Maxwell Street and at the original Flukys in Chicago.
Also, see more of LA's version of Chicago dogs in a slideshow by Anne Fishbein:
Twinkie Dogs, Vicious Dogs, and a Taste of Chicago in L.A.
Photo by Nicole CamposComic-Con 2008 with more dress-up than Halloween. Above, a dapper Boba Fett ready for a night out on the town.
More photos from San Diego here.
Photo by Ted SoquiThe long-running Echo Park Lotus Festival took place in July, but without a single bloom, and hardly a floating leaf in the murkly lake.
Overheard by Gina Pollack:
Man biting straw: The lotuses are DEAD. I havent seen a lotus, I havent smelled a lotus, and I definitely havent heard a lotus.
Guy next to him: Thats cause lotuses dont make noise, idiot.
Straw Guy: Whatever, this place rocks anyway.
Click here to read more about her day in the park.
Photo by Mark MauerDuck back into the alleys behind the shops on Melrose Avenue and you'll find a constantly evolving landscape of graffiti art and murals, like the skulls above.
Click here for more.
Photo by Gendy AlimurungArtist Kyle Ng's exhibit "We Hear It All" at FLUX in Venice was a "pop-up natural history museum" with taxidermy dioramas, animal sculptures, bee artifacts, fake snow, a baby llama, honeycombs, a telescope, a mouse fetus and squirrels. Gendy Alimurung was there.
Click here to read and see more odd things from the exhibit.
Above, squirrels quarreling with a fox are being carried away by balloons.
Photo by Nicole CamposPlaticman draws the bigegst crowd he's ever had at Comic-Con. Ever.
Photo by Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter
Photo by Jennie WarrenFrom Zen and the Art of Cougar Hunting by Gendy Alimurung.
From left, Sue "Kitty" Kreidler, Diane Lewis and Dian Van Patten Singh
The precise age at which a woman reaches cougardom varies depending on whom you ask, but the 45-year-old woman to 25-year-old guy is a typical age differential. Beyond age, there are as many cougar species as there are womens personalities. The unofficial clearing-house for cougar taxonomy info, Urbancougar.com, identifies a Snow Cougar who frequents aprs-ski lounges and mountain-resort town bars. She is a subspecies of Felinae generalus, who seduces as many game young men as she can possibly handle. Still, all must pay homage to Anne Bancrofts portrayal of cougar prototype Mrs. Robinson, who, with those stockinged legs and that deep, sexy laugh, seduced Dustin Hoffmans young Benjamin in The Graduate.
Photo by Timothy NorrisEcho Curio in Echo Park is part art gallery, music venue, and just plain cool place to hang out. Timothy Norris went by July 2 and caught Magic Lantern, Sasqrotch and Warm Climate as well as some new stencil art.
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Photo by Mark MauerMike Ness, Tiger Army, Royal Crwon Revue and Grant Lee Phillips were among the band's playing the Hootenanny this year in Oak Canyon Ranch. But it was tattoos and carefully styled haircuts that got top billing.
More here by Patrick McDonald and here by Mark Mauer.
Photo by Cesar ArellanoOur Mexico City correspondant Daniel Hernandez checks in with photos from Pride Parade.
It was the 30th anniversary of the first gay march in Mexico City, which happened in 1978, at a time when gay activists were spied upon and even killed for their work, as La Jornada reminds us.
Photo by Mark MauerDark Knight billboards were bombed by graffiti artists all across L.A. None of them covered up the actual ads though, and they all used complementary colors.... Not that Warner Bros could have been too happy with it.
Above, artist Thor added his touch to the massive Joker picture on Western Ave. See more of them on Lurker here and here, including video footage of Revok and Augor painting over a movie ad.
Photo by Timothy NorrisAlison Moyet reunited with Vince Clark for their first ever concerts in Southern California.