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John Thompson

It's Time to Do Something About Prosecutors Who Break The Rules

John Thompson | June 30, 2016 | Politics
Jim Williams left me for dead. My family, my people, my community and I will never fully move on from that. No one could. I'm scared for others like me, who will be ripped to shreds by our system because they are poor and Black.
Maryam Zar

Homelessness on the Rise in LA and help on the Horizon

Maryam Zar | June 29, 2016 | Los Angeles
Homelessness is many things. It is a symptom of poverty, substance dependency, mental health, sexual abuse, physical trauma, veteran discharge, dysfunctional family, or even an outgrowth of a faulty foster care system that terminates at adulthood with little to offer the new adult...
Charles Karel Bouley

Friends, Lovers, Legends King And Goffin Classic Duo, Classic Theatre In Biographical Musical 'Beautiful'

Charles Karel Bouley | June 29, 2016 | Los Angeles
This Los Angeles opening night was the conquering of Hollywood Blvd. and the Pantages Theatre by a musical over six decades in the making: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical now through July 17th at the Hollywood Pantages.
Jamie Lee Curtis

Orlando, We Are With You

Jamie Lee Curtis | June 29, 2016 | Queer Voices
The way that Orlando has come together -- uniting as one, supporting each other and taking care of the fallen and their families -- confirms everything I have always hoped about humanity, strength and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Edward Goldman

Three Books, Three Ladies On My Nightstand

Edward Goldman | June 28, 2016 | Arts
For some mysterious reason, three dramatically different books ended up on my nightstand -- three books written by three authors, all of them women. Over the past few weeks, these books and these ladies kept me happy and intrigued night after night. ...
William Bradley

Brexiting: Clinton And Warren Look Like Strong Casting While Brit Pols Are Just Casting About

William Bradley | June 28, 2016 | Media
Brexiting: Clinton and Warren Look Like Strong Casting While Brit Pols Are Just Casting About There's a lot of calculation at work when a presidential candidate picks a running mate. As the first female presidential nominee of a major party looks for a hoped-for vice president, there are...
John Seed

When Kanye West And Vincent Desiderio Meet: Some Thoughts On The Recycling And Repurposing Of Images

John Seed | June 28, 2016 | Arts
I think of painter Vincent Desiderio as a living master and one hell of a hard worker. His epic 24-foot-wide canvas, Sleep, which depicts a dozen fitfully sleeping nudes in rumpled sheets, is a haunting, hard-won painting that reflects the many insomniac months that Desiderio spent laying in...
Yuliana Salinas

An Open Letter To A Gentrifying Property Developer

Yuliana Salinas | June 27, 2016 | Latino Voices
I hope that the next time you visit, email, or call a Latino family, you have a better speech prepared. "White" people are not the only people that deserve housing, and Latinos are not at the very least deserving of your unsolicited dry speech.
Alyssa Ramos

Glass Slide atop Skyscraper in LA is Terrifyingly Fun

Alyssa Ramos | June 26, 2016 | Los Angeles
Yes, it's true, there is a glass slide at the top of a skyscraper in Downtown LA, and it's on the outside of the building, 1,000 feet up. I actually heard about it because someone posted a preview video of the...
Gina Hall

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Tips on How to Enjoy the Ballgame

Gina Hall | June 25, 2016 | Los Angeles
With baseball season in full swing, it's time to take in an Angels game. Instead of sitting in traffic, eating a mediocre hot dog or hanging out at some dive bar after the game -- here are some tips and tricks to make the trip to Anaheim an awesome experience....
Rachel Mason

Dining as Performance Art, Monkeytown Los Angeles

Rachel Mason | June 27, 2016 | Los Angeles
"That was unbelievable" my friend and I both uttered almost in unison upon leaving Monkeytown - a new dining venture in downtown Los Angeles. To call it a meal would not be fitting. It was an art experience.
Tanya Wright

What I Learned About Life From My 'Orange Is The New Black' Character, Crystal Burset

Tanya Wright | June 23, 2016 | Entertainment
I have no idea what will happen between Sophia and Crystal in the coming seasons. Playing her has been one of the great highlights of my lucky career as an actor. I've learned more from Crystal than just about any character I've ever played. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Edward Goldman

Hip Hop and Vivaldi? Oh, Yes!

Edward Goldman | June 21, 2016 | Arts
I do like ballet, and I do like modern dance. But hip hop? Give me a break... That was my attitude until last weekend, when I attended a performance by the French group, Compagnie Käfig, at The Music Center.
John O'Kane

Mining the States of City Minds: 5

John O'Kane | June 21, 2016 | Los Angeles
In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writing up the resulting stories with a type of literary journalism. This kind of writing, with roots in the New Journalism of the 1960s, captures...
Stacie Corliss

One Night Standoff

Stacie Corliss | June 22, 2016 | Women
One Tuesday night, after a(n) (amazingly heart-piercing) show by the (amazingly heart-piercing) Amy Kuney at the Bootleg, my dear friend, ironysradiocheck and I are feeling a little prowly. We decide to hit up Tenants of the Trees to see if any of nature’s...
Jeff Bleich

Fathers Can't End Violence In A Day, But There Is No Better Day To Start.

Jeff Bleich | June 20, 2016 | Politics
We can't be good fathers as long as we tolerate the epidemic of sexual assaults against young women and girls.
Jill S. Brown

Fit For Travel? Because Fitness Doesn't Take a Vacation

Jill S. Brown | June 17, 2016 | Los Angeles
We all know taking a vacation is important for our mental health and well-being. We need to unplug, recharge, break up the monotony of our routines and get away from it all. But, our fitness on the other hand doesn't need a vacation.
Karin E. Baker

Cindy Sherman's "Imitation of Life" at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles

Karin E. Baker | June 17, 2016 | Los Angeles
Ever the iconoclast, photographer Cindy Sherman has been upending perceptions about beauty, media, and societal stereotypes for 40 years.
Michael Likosky

The California Infrastructure Bank Modernizes

Michael Likosky | June 16, 2016 | Business
The California Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank) recently issued a $400 million plus Green Bond. The proceeds are going to much-needed water projects in the state. Given the dire situation caused by the drought, money is being deployed swiftly.
Noelle Nelson

How California Used Optimism To Tackle A Big Problem -- You Can Too

Noelle Nelson | June 16, 2016 | Los Angeles
Despite Donald Trump's recent proclamation that "California has no drought" (!!), we here in California are pretty darn sure we've been experiencing a drought for lo these many years. To the point where the Los Angeles DWP, for example, came up with some pretty ingenious solutions, including my favorite: the...
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