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A Biker’s Defense

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Admittedly riding a bike in LA puts me on the defensive. If you’ve ever rode a bike in this city, or just driven a car you know the kind of shenanigans that go down on the road. Being outside of that protective cage of steel and aluminum only makes it feel more dangerous, and more fun.

So perhaps it was the fact that I had only earlier that day I watched armored truck hit a biker and the torment that followed—but I had a particularly keen sense of traffic and safety as I rode to go get fixings for dinner. Cruising down the street, at a fairly respectable clip mind you, I was passed by an old piece of shit, beige Corolla with the driver inside yelling at me, “Why the fuck don’t you ride on the side of the road?!”

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Trade School Los Angeles: An Interview with Leanne Pedante

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This May is the launch of a new pop-up classroom for adults in L.A. It’s called Trade School and it’s part of an international network of more than 50 self-organized chapters that offer classes on a variety of topics through a bartering system.

I recently chatted with Trade School L.A.’s lead organizer, Leanne Pedante, over email about how she discovered bartering, why bartering helps people to feel useful, and how Trade School will improve community in L.A.

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A Display Of Tiny Stuffed Monkeys: Inside Ron Piller’s Studio

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When I visited artist Ron Piller at his studio in Torrance, California, I was welcomed by the sound of Julio Iglesias. The music filled the space between paintings and dried resin spattered on the floor, the resin startling me each time I mistook it for broken glass. Nice music, I said.

“Julio sold a lot of dresses for me. The women would come in [to the store] and I would have Julio,” Piller said, dancing slightly to imitate the women of his father’s clothing store.

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Who is Steve McGuinness?

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“So my sister gave me this cello a couple years ago. It’s a nice cello. Actually, it’s a great cello. It’s probably the best cello, but I don’t really know much about cellos. Also the neck snapped off. Of the cello.”

Actress Dana DeLorenzo whines these words out while crawling on a worn couch, wearing yoga pants and a cut off tee, dipping her finger in a jar of peanut butter and telling you, in between each finger-scooped bite, how “you could saw the front of the [cello] and use it as a sled. Or give the neck to a baby as like a wizard stick for Christmas.” Free Cello is a Craigslist post performed by DeLorenzo in John Pick’s Best of Craigslist: LIVE, inspired by Pick’s Funny or Die video series Best of CraigslistA.

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Pacific Festival The Dunes Rhonda

August 16 is a huge music event in Orange County called Pacific Festival. It will be very dancey *and* it will include a showing by your girl Rhonda.

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Charles Phoenix Disneyland Tour Los Angeles

Local nostalgia hound Charles Phoenix is doing a local event Downtown on August 31 that is a six hour retro field trip regarding Disney. This would be fun!

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Kim Stringfellow Jackrabbit Homestead The Autry

The Autry is welcoming a show called Jackrabbit Homestead which features the work of Kim Stringfellow. It will feature photography works and audio from persons living in the deserts sprawling from Los Angeles. It’s on view from September 13 through August 23 of next year.

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Miljohn Ruperto Mineral Monsters 18th Street Arts Center

Local artist Miljohn Ruperto is the subject of a show at 18th Street Art Center’s main gallery. It’s called Mineral Monsters and is on view now through October 3.

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