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Who Is FKA Twigs?

Who is FKA Twigs? When the 26-year-old artist emerged onto the stage at the El Rey in Los Angeles earlier this week she wore white '90s street wear with exotic gold chains wrapped around her belly and thighs. A sheer white lingerie robe drooped over her white corset, both saintly and corrupt, like Madonna from the future. Show More Summary

As Told in Selfies: The 2014 Teen Choice Awards

This past Sunday, August 10, I got to spend the day with some pretty amazing people -- teens and adults alike -- talking about overalls, fangirling and The Teenage Experience. So now I present for you my afternoon at the 2014 Teen Choice...Show More Summary

Learning Los Angeles: Debra Padilla, Arts and Activism

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), in the historic Venice police station, houses the UCLA@SPARC Digital Mural Lab, a comprehensive archive, a UCLA graduate program, a printmaking studio and a gallery. SPARC's most storied...Show More Summary

Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

LEGO holds a special place in the hearts and minds of children and families around the world. But everything is not awesome in LEGOland. LEGO is partnering with Shell on a global advertising campaign that includes co-branded toys, billboards,...Show More Summary

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild: Dancing as Fast as They Can

Sitting in a directors chair in (Studio 6) at Westside Ballet in Los Angeles it's hard to believe Tiler Peck: --has just gotten married; --returned from a honeymoon in Bora Bora where according to her new husband and colleague Robert...Show More Summary

Koreatown: El Basurero

You might say this is a throwaway piece. Just a little moral indignation about something I'm pretty obsessed about. It's been a little over a year since I moved to Koreatown from the Westside. Sure, there's garbage on the Westside. Just look at any bus stop and you can see the employees of Metro and Street Services earning their public pensions. Show More Summary

Excellence and the Romance of Risk: The Hard Work of Embracing Creative Tension

Risk is not risk if failure is not a possibility. Failure is not failure if there is no pain. We don't just live in good times, we live in beta times, where it seems everybody, at least aspirationally, is a risk-taker, an innovator, a creative, a maker. Show More Summary

I Don't Diet, I Just Go Gluten-Free

This is the final part of a series in which I attempt to take on four different lifestyle diets in four weeks. For the past few years, I've dubbed myself a flexitarian -- I don't eliminate anything from my diet and enjoy all types of food in moderation. Show More Summary

Los Angeles: Where Your Boss Is Most Likely to Steal Your Pay

At Brave New Films, much of our work focuses on the ways powerful people profit from exploiting non-powerful people. Whether it's private prison companies profiting from locking up poor people for non-violent offenses, or the world's billionaires buying governmental policies that benefit them at the expense of the working classes. Show More Summary

How Your Great-Grandchildren Could Talk to You Decades after Your Death

Humans have sought immortality since at least the 22nd century B.C., if the ancient story "Epic of Gilgamesh" is any indication. And if we're looking for biological immortality, we might have to keep looking. But if you don't mind living...Show More Summary

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

It will be interesting to learn what the impact of this continuing flurry of drag performances and awards will be. This week Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Hedwig in the theatrical production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Show More Summary

The Kids Weren't the Only Big Winners in Vergara v. California Teacher Tenure Ruling

Reader: barely had the verdict been announced in the landmark legal case Vergara vs. Lemons when the verdict was reached. The Vergara verdict represents a huge win for the kids. My own favorite verdict came swiftly from value investor...Show More Summary

Filming Police in Public Places: A Risky First Amendment Activity for Citizen Journalists

Let's start with a trio of foundational assumptions that affect us all as citizens and citizen journalists. First, when people are situated in public venues, such as parks, streets or sidewalks, they have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Show More Summary

One Night Only: Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be, Directed by Juri Koll

Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be, a 54-minute documentary directed by Juri Koll, presents a portrait of an artist who forged an individual, burn-the-ships path. It shows why her work is unique. It shows why it has integrity. And it shows,...Show More Summary

LA Public Schools: A Glimmer of Hope on the 60th Anniversary of Brown

On the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a new study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that California leads the nation when it comes to segregation of Black and Latino students. What's more, the researchers indicate...Show More Summary

Emerson's Advice to Millenials: With Perseverance Comes New Powers

The media narrative about millennials is well worn right now. You'll read they're lazy, narcissistic, soft, and entitled. It's a great way to get pageviews -- it either gratifies the older reader, or it pisses of the younger one. The result is a lot of comments and angry Facebook shares. Of course, this doesn't accomplish anything. Show More Summary

100 Years Young, the Hollywood YMCA is No Longer Just a Gym -- It's a Way of Life

The infamous (gangster Bugsy Siegel), the famous (Denzel Washington and Tim Allen), and just regular peeps have always rubbed shoulders at the Hollywood YMCA, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on June 1 with a "Run to the Hollywood...Show More Summary

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