L.A.

Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library

Long before MP3 files and ringtones dominated the music realm of pop culture, sheet music was all the rage. From the 1850s through the 1950s, stores cropped up selling nothing but the stuff, with institutions like the Los Angeles Times giving away free printed songs as special supplements to its regular newspaper. The Los Angeles Central Library has since amassed the now-rare items into a sheet-music collection 50,000-pieces strong, providing a huge resource for professor Josh Kun, director of the Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center, and his students to research material for a new book from Angel City Press: Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. … Read More

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Dan Flavin’s ‘”monument” on the survival of Mrs. Reppin’: The Story Behind the Fluorescent Tubes

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is exhibiting an illuminating sculpture from its permanent collection by Dan Flavin: “monument” on the survival of Mrs. Reppin, and the story behind it is almost as interesting as the artwork itself. Flavin made the sculpture in 1966 while he had a show in Berlin at Rudolph Zwirner Gallery. That’s when he met the eponymous Mrs. Reppin, a relative of Zwirner’s who told Flavin she was a British citizen married to a German soldier and later interned by the Allies for not divorcing her German husband. Flavin was so taken by her story, he dedicated the sculpture to her. (The artist dedicated one of his early incandescent-light pieces to his twin brother who had passed away from polio.) … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

There’s so much going on in the City of Angels, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Thanks to the new Flavorpill, we’re inviting the entire community to make suggestions with its gorgeous city-based culture guide — an open platform where our very own editors and curators meet and mingle with artists, gadabouts, and other tipsters for a limitless variety of both ongoing and one-off recommendations. With this in mind, please enjoy our weekly list of hand-picked event suggestions here on Flavorwire, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the new Flavorpill. We’ll see you there. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

There’s so much going on in the City of Angels, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Thanks to the new Flavorpill, we’re inviting the entire community to make suggestions with its gorgeous city-based culture guide — an open platform where our very own editors and curators meet and mingle with artists, gadabouts, and other tipsters for a limitless variety of both ongoing and one-off recommendations. With this in mind, please enjoy our weekly list of hand-picked event suggestions here on Flavorwire, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the new Flavorpill. We’ll see you there. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

English writer Quentin Crisp once quipped, “Los Angeles is just New York lying down,” and indeed, LA is somewhat of a laid-back, sprawled-out version of the Big Apple. While SoCal’s topography yields a wide array of adventures — from surfing and sun-worship to hiking, skiing, and city-based happenings — many plans are often thwarted by distance and rush-hour traffic. Thankfully, Flavorpill has just unveiled its gorgeous, revamped events guide — an open platform where everyone (artists, fans, editors, i.e., you) can create and share events. You can follow anything that piques your interest, with event suggestions from the entire community, including Flavorpill’s very own editors and curators. Below are our event recommendations for this week, hand-picked by Flavorpill LA Managing Editor Tanja M. Laden. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the new Flavorpill. We hope to see you there. … Read More

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Lu Xinjian’s Beautiful Abstract Paintings of Cities

Chinese artist Lu Xinjian, whose ongoing project “City DNA” we first spotted over at Lost at E Minor, re-imagines cities from all over the world as abstract, almost Keith Haring-like paintings, inspired by aerial views from Google Earth and bursting with color taken from the cities’ national flags. The artworks seem almost mathematical, and they feel more like the cities they represent than we expected when we heard about the project — an effect that is hard to put a finger on but rings true nonetheless. Click through to see some of our favorite pieces from the series, and then be sure to head over to Xinjian’s website for even more. … Read More

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Help Free LA Graffiti Artist Revok

Last week, Revok — a noted LA graffiti artist whose work is currently being featured in the MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition — was nabbed by cops at LAX after failing to pay $3,764.97 in restitution to victims whose property he had vandalized. He now faces 180 days behind bars… Read More

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A Case for Preserving 1960′s Architecture in LA

LA is facing a crisis of architecture. The old new buildings have become the new old buildings. Ahem. That is, the city’s “modern” architecture, that of aggressive lines and the machine aesthetic, is quickly becoming outdated, both visually and practically. So what’s the… Read More

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Exclusive: Author Tony O’Neill On the Three People You Don’t Want to Meet in L.A.

New York Times best-selling author and former keyboardist for the Brian Jonestown Massacre Tony O’Neill has a new autobiographical novel out called Down and Out on Murder Mile, which draws heavily upon his experiences as a heroin addict in Los Angeles and London.

On Wednesday he will return to L.A. to read at Skylight Books on Vermont alongside his literary hero, Dan Fante (Chump Change, Mooch, Spitting Off Tall Buildings).

O’Neill says that he loves his old hometown, but there’s always a part of him that will regard that city as the scene of the crime…with that in mind, after the jump, find the three people who he doesn’t want to run into while he’s back.

Names and minor details have been changed to protect the guilty. … Read More

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Art World Elegy: Patricia Faure, Instrumental L.A. Art Dealer

This week PATRICIA FAURE, a 80-year-old art dealer and fixture on the Los Angeles art scene died in her sleep of natural causes.

During a career which took her from NICHOLAS WILDER GALLERY to ASHER/FAURE to her own space, Santa Monica’s PATRICIA FAURE GALLERY in 1994, she helped launch a handful of noted artists, including MARGARET NIELSEN a Canadian-born talent known for her lush landscape paintings.

After the jump, Nielsen pays tribute to Faure’s powerful force. … Read More

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