“Hollywood Unknowns” stories revealed @ Larry Edmunds

Film · Language & ideas
We received this nice note from our good friends at Larry Edmunds Bookshop: Author Anthony Slide is no stranger to the Larry Edmunds Bookshop. His association goes back much farther than my 22 years, and the number of books this resident film historian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has written is ...

Words matter …

Language & ideas · Visual arts
… at  “Letters from Los Angeles,” a new show opening at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts this weekend. Rutberg’s showcase LaBrea Avenue gallery will offer the exhibit, co-curated by Aldis Browne, which features more than 30 contemporary L.A.-based artists who incorporate elements of words and letters in their work.  The artist roster includes: Lita Albuquerque, John ...

Not ladies who lunch, but women who write

Language & ideas
Two upcoming events celebrate the literary ladies. The first is a reading on Sunday at Alias Books East of a new ebook Anaïs Nin: The Last Days. The author, Barbara Kraft, knew both Anais Nin and Henry Miller in LA at the end of their lives, independently of one another.  Anaïs Nin, noted for her ...

Hey, L.A. bohemians! Learn about L.A.’s original bohemians.

Language & ideas · Visual arts
Beth Gates Warren, prominent historian and curator of photography, will discuss her book “Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles” in that maelstrom of bohemianism — Glendale California! This biography reveals the previously untold love story of Edward Weston and Margrethe Mather. Both were photographic artists at the center of the ...

arts·meme a cunning urchin of four 4

Language & ideas
We’re movin’ on up … in the age bracket. The arts blog has reached the ripe old age of four. And life is good. Happy birthday, arts·meme, four years old. As ever, we are so grateful to our Word Press guru, Mark Levine of istarnet. Thanks as well to connection wizard Kent Bulza and logo ...

arts•meme’s formidable flock of female facebook friends

Dance · Film · Language & ideas
Yes, arts•meme has a Facebook “fan” page. We now have 372 fans on Facebook. That’s fantastic. Lately, however, we attracted a very cool line-up of new “likes” — all wonderful women working in the arts. It is noteworthy. Rose Eichenbaum Dance photographer, author, lecturer Melissa Silverstein Publisher, “Women & Hollywood” blog Shea New Producer, “Dance ...

Amiri Baraka visits Los Angeles, raps about art

Language & ideas
It was inspiring to eavesdrop on Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, intellectual, and political activist, as he swapped kitchen table banter about life and art with his daughter, the academic and curator, Dr. Kellie Jones. The tête-à-tête took place before an SRO audience at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater. It was the closing day ...

Experimental films by Topanga Canyon creatives @ Los Angeles Filmforum

Film · Language & ideas
An upcoming program at Los Angeles Filmforum — screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation — captures my interest. It’s the ninth installment of Filmforum director Adam Hyman’s extensive and rigorous 24-program exhibition of experimental films made in L.A. between 1945 and 1980. This survey fits neatly into the time ...

The courage of Sara Wookey 4

Dance · Language & ideas · Visual arts
The subject is the so-called performance art featuring nude dancers on display as dinner-party decorations at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fundraising gala in mid-November. Some poked heads thru tables as patrons dined; others lay inert with skeletons draped on their bodies. All women decorating tabletops, mind you. No men. It’s a tired idea that ...

arts·meme exclusive: Ronni Chasen first anniversary murder slideshow

Language & ideas · Visual arts
We lived through ’em all — OJ murder, freeway chase, and trial; Rodney King beating and ensuing riot; Northridge earthquake, and the endless parade of pulpy misdeeds that happen in Los Angeles all the time. But none of it, not a one, could top the Ronni Chasen murder last November for its undiluted brand of ...