Category Archives: Books

A Few Favorites of 2014

Here is a Year End list of favorite music, movies and books. I generally don’t read books the same year they are published, partly because I borrow from libraries more than I buy, and partly because I just tend to be … Continue reading

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20 Gifts for Under $20

There is no reason to break the bank during the holidays. It’s more important to choose something thoughtful and fun instead of something expensive and predictable. These gifts are perfect for that work friend or the new date you don’t … Continue reading

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‘What the Lady Wants’ Combines History, Romance, Department Stores and Chicago for a Great Read

Nowadays, we take for granted what we’ll find when we visit a department store. Sales people in each department waiting to spritz perfume, help pick clothes and even offer suggestions on matching accessories. If the shopping takes too long, major … Continue reading

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An Interview with Spot about his New Photography Book, “Sounds of Two Eyes Opening”

Most LA musicians know Spot from his years working as a sound engineer and producer for bands like the Minutemen, the Misfits, and Black Flag. A talented musician, Spot also played bass for Panic, the precursor to Black Flag, and Nig Heist, a comical … Continue reading

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“Kurt Cobain: The Last Session” at Morrison Hotel Gallery

This Saturday, November 22nd, the Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood will host a book signing by photographer Jesse Frohman for his new book “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session” (Thames & Hudson) from 6 to 8pm. Frohman shot Nirvana for the London Observer’s Sunday … Continue reading

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“Torso” Book Signing at La Luz Thursday

Tattoos used to be taboo in the United States unless you were in the navy. Heavily tattooed men qualified for the circus sideshow, and a woman with a tattoo was loose if not an outright criminal. In contrast, the people … Continue reading

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Genderqueer on Exhibit

  In Dave Naz’s Identity exhibit, which opened Saturday night at Coagula Curatorial, we see photo portraits of genderqueer, transgender and other gender fluid individuals who do not relate to customary gender identities. Besides the impressive large format portraits, available to flip through and … Continue reading

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Brian May’s Red Special Is A Literary Tribute To The Two Most Influential Things In The Guitarist’s Life

Many musicians have a certain instrument they have become very attached to, for various reasons. Brian May, the brilliant guitarist of Queen, does too, and his guitar is named the Red Special. In a new book, “Brian May’s Red Special,” … Continue reading

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Thursday Night On The Sunset Strip –  Queen’s Brian May Signs His Latest Book At Book Soup; Charlie Overbey And The Broken Arrows Debut At The Viper Room

Thursday, November 6 is shaping up to be a night to remember on the Strip as Brian May of Queen signs his latest book, Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell at Book Soup at 4pm. Diableries were produced in France from approximately … Continue reading

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Ragtime: The Musical Sings Its Way Through a Tumultuous Period in American History

3-D Theatrical’s production of Ragtime: The Musical, currently at the Plummer Theater in Fullerton and then followed by an engagement through November 9 at the  Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, gives theatergoers a chance to see a lesser-known musical performed … Continue reading

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