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Fertile Ground: An Interview With Mandy Kahn

Mandy Kahn Los Angeles Poetry 1

In her new book of poems—Math, Heaven, TimeMandy Kahn attempts to provide solutions to all of our problems. A poem called “How to Solve” answers many day-to-day, Angeleno quandaries. “Put tulips in the middle of the problem,” it starts. “Don’t clean if you can’t. Don’t eat / if you cannot bear the smell. Put tulips / on the table, beside the mail / and papers and coupons and trash.”

The poem continues on for a stanza, spreading itself across a little page. A poem called “Very Long Haiku” watches from across the gutter. There is also a poem called “Why There Are Dishes Growing Scales In My Wet Kitchen Sink” and one called “To the Couples Who Argue on Reality TV.” Likely the shortest poem is “No Bones,” a serious little analogy representative of her ability to fade into surroundings. It alludes to a self-aware shyness, a theme echoed in many of her poems, reiterating a keen observational outlook she has. Mandy’s poems are very much Mandy: understated, full of incredible wit, and lovely to encounter.

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100 Not So Famous Views Of L.A.

100 Not So Famous Views Of L.A. Barbara Thomason 2

Locals know that Los Angeles is so much more than the Hollywood sign or the Downtown skyline. There are many other views of LA, most of which only we know about and only we cherish. This idea is the subject of a new little series of works that have been compiled into a book: it’s called 100 Not So Famous Views Of L.A. by Barbara Thomason and it is a run through some of our most beloved places.

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Go See Owen Pallett At The El Rey

Owen Pallett El Rey Los Angeles

Have you seen the movie Her? It’s a undoubtedly a new LA classic film, one that shows off the city as this wondrous and somewhat utopian city. It’s well made and looks good and also sounds good too. A big part of it “sounding” good is new classicist and avant pop musician Owen Pallett‘s contributions. The Canadian composer is very talented and highly regarded and is actually coming to town next week, to play a show on September 13 at the El Rey. Are you a fan of his or curious to see what he’s all about? You’re in luck: we have a pair of tickets to the show to giveaway, courtesy of our friends over at Goldenvoice.

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LA River Boat Race!

LA River Boat Race 2014

August 30 is the LA River Boat Race. What is that? A get-out-and-do-something day on the river that will see kayakers and canoers and more having fun in our little wetland.

LA2050, 2014

LA20150 2014

Remember last year’s Westwood Arts ReSTORE event? Well, it was one of the many LA2050 efforts to push the city forward. Guess what? It’s back! The reviewing phase is happening now and you’ll be able to vote on projects from September 2 through September 16. Winners are announced September 30!

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Want something spooky and funny to do for Halloween? Well, The Devastator and the VHS Mummy are having a show called VHS 80’s Horror Prom on October 30. It’s free!

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Biran Scarf Vacation Days Hamish Robertson

Local design outfit Vacation Days has a new collection of scarves out called the Biran scarves. They’re quite beautiful! They also have a collaboration with TENOVERSIX. Check it!

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Sagrada Anenon VIA Publication Julie Niemi

VIA Publication has a great review of Los Angeles’ electrionic act Anenon’s new album SAGRADA. The album is out now and great, too.

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Twilight Of The Adventurers Narratively Zach Urbina

Local writer and LAIY contributor Zach Urbina wrote an amazing piece for Narratively about The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles. Fascinating local tale!

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