Hours after Superstorm Sandy blasted New York City, local grassroots community groups across the city began organizing supplies, setting up communication systems, and finding electrical power for cell phones and health care equipment.
New York will survive Sandy, but so will the city's persistent inequalities and environmental precarity. So when the electricity comes back on, working people should understand that before the next crisis hits, they need to leverage the devastation to generate new political and economic power.
There are the seeds of a funny and exciting film buried within Premium Rush. Instead, there's a lot of footage of people riding bikes with determined looks on their faces. Sorry, it's just not that exciting.
Rare Bloom is the opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Liza Ryan. Ryan's photographs, videos and mixed media works explore themes including the American South, psychology, feminism, and nature.
L.A. Times' Christopher Hawthorne continued his excellent series on L.A.'s boulevards with a piece on iconic Sunset Blvd. I was surprised that the critic didn't ride and record his observations from the painfully slow Metro # 2 bus.
Another way to experience this piece is to close your eyes and hold it in your hands. When you do that you can feel the intent the maker reflected back as calmness in the object. The experience of the piece doesn't end there.
The Museum of Chinese in America provides a model and inspiration for all other organizations of color. While building an individual donor effort is not easy and takes time and discipline, it can be accomplished, even by a modestly-sized, culturally-specific museum.