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California Nature: An Interview With Ted Feighan

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Outside of Ted Feighan’s windows are palm trees. There are some flowering trees and, if you crane your head in a certain direction, you’ll see the Downtown Los Angeles skyline over Thai Town apartments. The space is bright and warm and is a fitting environment for him to be: it has a great connection with Southern California nature.

“I basically make all of my artwork in the kitchen,” he says, pointing toward a table covered in clippings of men, women, animals, and plants from various cultures and from various eras. Some are arranged in unglued collages while others are piled in thematic movements like purple colored flowers and women in bikinis. There is a distinctly tropical feeling to the pieces.

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Fab, Never Fug: An Interview With Jessica Morgan Of Go Fug Yourself

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“When I was in college, I was the person all my friends went to to ask what happened on Buffy,” Jessica Morgan explains. “I’d send them a really detailed email about the episode. A friend at the time told me I was really good at it, and I remember thinking, ‘I wish there was a job where I could get paid to retell what happened on a television show.’”

“…and there is!” she says, laughing. “It all worked out great.” Continue Reading…

The Valley Boy: An Interview With Jamie Stewart Of Xiu Xiu

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Jamie Stewart sits on a blue velvet couch in his living room. A table of assorted stuffed animals is to his right and a pillow covered with a pattern of naked cowboys in the clouds is to his left. His socks have a cartoon rabbit holding a carrot on them. He sits crossed legged and is very still. It’s a warm sunny day that white curtains try to keep out.

There is a room with a long desk outside of where he sits. It faces an arrangement of plants that spill out of their pots, in all directions, growing and healthily reaching toward the windows and ground and doors and each other. The room beyond this is full of instruments and musical gear. There are synthesizers and keyboards in addition to atypical percussion tools and guitars. A small shelf holds rows of worn effects pedals, some baby pink and others featuring rainbows. One has a sticker of a cat. One is titled “Super Hard On.” One prominently features an upside down pink triangle.

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Costal Symbiosis: An Interview With Will Sharp Of DURKL

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Will Sharp does and doesn’t live in Los Angeles. He runs a streetwear brand called DURKL and has been splitting time between the West coast and Washington, D.C, the city where he founded the streetwear brand. He finds both cities to be valuable and lives a sort of double life in both.

“I’ve been here for two years, which feels like a day,”he says. “It’s nothing! I’m still trying to figure that out.”

The studio space Will occupies is a full service design and distribution facility in Historic Filipinotown, an old brick building that has a historic character to it that most Angeleno facilities lose.  The live/work relationship to Los Angeles and D.C. is quite interesting and necessary: he has to keep both old and new operations alive in order to keep DURKL alive. Both cities are valuable for his business. He’s also readying a new retail concept that he’s very excited about.

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How To Make A Neighborhood Oasis: An Interview with Scott Craig & Peter Alexander Of Akbar

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Silver Lake was once alternative. Claims that it is still the progressive self it was persist and there are good cases for the neighborhood’s still being revolutionary—but it isn’t. The Silver Lake we know now, the Silver Lake that Los Angeles newcomers arrive to, is just a symbol of its former self. It’s almost a parody of what it means to be alternative, nearing the absurdities places like Williamsburg and Portland personify.

The neighborhood began to be what it is now in the sixties growing through the nineties—and it was a bit like West Hollywood: it was very gay. There was a concentration of bars and clubs for LGBTQ persons and even was home to one of the most influential LGBTQ bookstores. This history has been erased. The buildings have been demolished. The establishments have been flipped. A history of cruising has been lost. To mix metaphors, the area has been hetero-washed and cleaned of its queer history.

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The Photo Gallery Highland Park

There is a new photo only venue in Highland Park called The Photo Gallery. It’s launching a new little group show on July 25, which will be on view through August 7.

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Battlefield Hardline Entertainment Arts

The new Battlefield game, out October 21, is called Battlefield: Hardline and will feature *Los Angeles* as the venue. How rad is this?! Can’t wait to play it.

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Friends Of Friends Weekend Ace Hotel Groundislava Young Adults Jerome LOL

Friends Of Friends are taking The Ace in Palm Springs from August 1 through August 3. It will include performances by Groundislava and Jerome LOL and Young Adults. This will be fun!

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Tiger And Woods Joakim A Club Called Rhonda 2014

Your girl Rhonda is hitting Los Globos on July 25. She’ll be bringing Tiger & Woods and Joakim, who is doing a DJ set. Good times in late July, yo.

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Across Currents Freewaves

Freewaves is looking for your experimental video works through August 4 that will be featured in public spaces around town. This is a great opportunity, y’all!

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