FROM Shana Nys Dambrot
Artist evictions The Ghost Ship fire in Oakland has launched a nationwide wave of evictions for artists who either live or work in un-permitted warehouse spaces. DnA visits Big Art Factory, where about 70 artists have been told to leave after city inspectors visited the site. LA city officials say they're balancing the need for affordable spaces with the safety of residents. Are developers leveraging the fire to clear the way for high-end developments?
An explosion of public art We've been hearing two things about Los Angeles in recent years. It's fast-becoming an art capital, and it's embracing public space, with new parks, public transit, a reclaimed river and more. But are the two connected? Because if you drive, walk or take the train right now you will see a lot of art. The list includes: the recent Current LA: Water public art biennial that put conceptual art installations relating to the theme of water, in far-flung corners of the city; Liquid Shard, the floaty tinselly wing suspended over Pershing Square by Patrick Shearn that drew crowds to the unloved park; artworks at each station on the new Gold Line and Expo Line Extensions; and a bumper crop of new murals across the region.
Robbie Conal Brings An Owl’s View to LAX Guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal and his wife, film title designer Deborah Ross, will trade in political satire for an owl’s view of Los Angeles, with “Street Wise,” opening in Terminal 6 at LAX at the end of October. Conal, Ross and art critic Shana Nys Dambrot talk about an “ecstatic art” project that marries sky-high drone photography and the wise old birds of the natural world.
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris' debut graphic novel, is the diary of a ten-year-old girl obsessed with monsters who also believes she herself is a werewolf.