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Melissa Lo

(Illustration by Ronald Kurniawan)

Best Dispatches From Captain's Quarters

Best Dispatches From ­Captain’s Quarters Since 1993, readers worldwide have received Riverside resident Christine Markel Lampe’s labor of love, No Quarter Given, a magazine devoted to pirates and their exploits. Six times a year, editor Lampe (a.k.a. Jamaica Rose Barton) and her publisher husband Mark (a.k.a. Captain Michael McLeod) delve......
(Illustration by Ronald Kurniawan)

Best Garden Anti-Gnomes

Best Garden Anti-Gnomes When Norwood Young bought the house at the southeast corner of Muirfield and Third in 1997, he had a lurker problem: Some leafy trees in the front yard had become a favorite hiding place for a few neighborhood hooligans. So Norwood chopped down the pesky trees. It......

Reading the Signs

If you find yourself stuck in northbound traffic on Fairfax, inching toward the Grove, you’ll come upon a series of colorfully lettered cardboard signs leaning against the trees lining the sidewalk. The first sign reads: “Please leave a small window of your soul open to see what the real meaning......
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Flip

If MoMA’s 2002 exhibition “Drawing Now” emancipated drawing from second-class citizenship, “Flip: A Drawing Exhibition” makes the case for artists who have carved out and refined its mantle. The show’s 14 featured practitioners share an acute sensitivity to the touch of ink to paper, and a will to innovate. Paul......

We Can Dance if We Want to

On a balmy Wednesday evening, a critical mass of Los Angeles’ hipsters, indie rockers, art students, TV writers, yipsters, yippies, cool dads and rockin’ moms climbed up the windy road toward the promised land. I was one of them, giddy with the kind of anticipation that comes when the band......

The Ankylosaurian Tourist

On a recent Saturday morning at the cafeteria of L.A.’s Natural History Museum, a man with a tousled gray mop of hair, multiple earrings, a black T-shirt and cargo pants waited for the cashier to ring up his order. But when the young employee got a look at the man......
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