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.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.