Category Archives: Books

Underage Sex: Kate Elizabeth Russell’s “My Dark Vanessa” Tells it from the Underage Girl’s Point-of View

“My Dark Vanessa,” written by Kate Elizabeth Russell and published by HarperCollins in 2020, is an effectively written story about an affair between a fifteen-year-old student and her forty-two-year-old English teacher. Clear and precise writing describes the variations of violation. I’m … Continue reading

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‘Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene’ Launched at Lethal Amounts

Last Saturday there was a launch party for “Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene” at Lethal Amounts, followed by a party at the Monty Bar. Nervous Gender Reloaded, Gitane Demone Quartet, Fat and Fucked Up, Only … Continue reading

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“A Woman’s Guide To Low Self-Esteem”: You TOO May Have Scalp Odor

“Imagine if as much thought and strategy were applied to world peace as they have been to vanquishing the eternal scourge, unsightly fat.” “A Woman’s Guide to Low Self-Esteem” is a funny and sometimes surprising look at the onslaught of … Continue reading

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Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice: LA Opera Premieres a Major New Work

From February 1st through 23rd, LA Opera will present the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Eurydice, co-commissioned by the company and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Sarah Ruhl adapts the libretto from her play of the same name, … Continue reading

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The Complete Robert Williams at The Last Bookstore

The signing of “Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination” on January 11, 2020, at The Last Bookstore, was packed. There was an art talk with one of our favorite folks, Mat Gleason, of Coagula Magazine, and the room was transformed … Continue reading

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Upcoming Lou Reed Tribute at Beyond Baroque with Warhol Superstar Mary Woronov & the Legendary Angie Bowie

An unquestionable genius, Lou Reed’s importance in rock and roll history, particularly in germinating the earliest seedlings of punk rock, cannot be denied. From the Velvet Underground, through decades of solo work, to his death in 2013, Reed’s brilliance burned … Continue reading

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David Magnus’ Beatles Photography at Morrison Gallery

I am at the David Magnus show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. He shot the Beatles in the early days before they became Psychedelic. I love this gallery. It appears small at first, but blooms throughout the entire Sunset Marquee … Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Marlowe’ Dominate the Cosmos with ‘School of Night”s ‘Klingon Tamburlaine’

Director Christopher Johnson and The School of Night have brought back their Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 production of “Klingon Tamburlaine” to the Ruby Theater the Complex Hollywood, playing until Saturday, November 9, 2019. Together, with loads of hand-to-hand combat drama … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Strange Cures by Rob Zabrecky… A Valley Boy’s Path from Burbank to Silverlake to the Magic Castle

Just over the hill, the San Fernando Valley has long had the not-quite–warranted reputation as the undesired step child of the Los Angeles basin; a necessary existence, but better not seen and not heard. In the early ’80s, in fact, … Continue reading

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Face It: An Evening of Memories with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

The excitement was palpable at this Live Talks Los Angeles event neat Little Toyko. Lines outside the Aratani Theatre for the snaked through the courtyard, past the steps and onto the sidewalk, in anticipation of seeing Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, co-founders … Continue reading

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