It's a bitch, picking a name, as anyone who's had a baby, a pet or a particular infatuation with their motor vehicle will tell you.
Named for the British '80s band, Style Council, this blog began in 2005 with a focus on fashion and eventually branched into other areas, such as theater and pop culture, including popular reports from Comic-Con and other conventions.
In the last several months, we have expanded the blog to cover a broad array of L.A.'s arts and culture scene, including visual art, architecture, design, books, poetry, comedy, film and television.
We wanted a new name to fit this new approach, but how to find one that encompasses all that? Our master list included some of the more cringe-worthy L.A. puns ever conceived (I'm looking at you, Los Blogelous). At one point we wanted to give up and call it Randy's Donuts.
But we decided on Public Spectacle, a name that we believe embodies L.A.'s particular collection of art and culture, from street art to billboards to Hollywood to Pacific Standard Time's performance art festival.
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We're excited to cover more areas while keeping our reputation for bringing you offbeat people, events, trends and opinions. This week, for instance, we're featuring:
- Catherine Wagley on why art fairs make people uncomfortable, and her weekly recommendations for which art shows to see
- Alissa Walker on how Southern California's first "parklet" changes our view of public space
- Our film critic Karina Longworth's experimental coverage from Sundance
- A report on the Laugh Factory trying to draw the alt-comedy crowd from comedy expert Julie Seabaugh
- Our comprehensive theater coverage, in critic Steven Leigh Morris' Stage Raw column, including a Chekhov play set in the Mexican drug wars.
- Liz Ohanesian on cult comedy stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key's new Comedy Central sketch series as part of her Cult Stars column, which covers fandom, conventions and pop culture
- Our continuing coverage of Pacific Standard Time, which this week featured a plane flying into a wall
Thanks for reading!