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The Hollywood And Highland Character Count: March 29

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As a means by which to chronicle what is going on in the American cultural zeitgeist and how we cater to that, The Hollywood And Highland Character Count is an infrequently occurring sociological examination. Every few Fridays, we’ll share who the performers are that are clogging the Hollywood and Highland sidewalks and see how they change and shift in relationship to what is happening in the entertainment world. We’ll make predictions, keep count of who stays and goes, and log just what is happening at the best microcosm of what is on the world’s mind: Hollywood and Highland.

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Whoa, Nellie: Get Ready For Little House On The Prairie-Oke!

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What do you get when you take a classic American television show, combine it with many dashes of Top Forty music numbers, and then place it on a stage? You get a pop cultural stew that is bubbling with personality and wit. Director and writer Dane Whitlock is a master at this and has shown this through works like Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter. His latest piece is equally as cut-and-paste from American entertainment as it takes television classic Little House On The Prairie, places a glittery microphone in its hand, and then has it sing and dance to some of the biggest songs on the radio. The result is the hysterical Little House On The Prarie-Oke, a production that sees Whitlock taking Laura Ingalls Wilder out to a karaoke bar in Koretown. We caught up with Whitlock on the eve of the show’s production week to hear about the process of creating such a unique piece and what it’s like to work with so many fantastic LA creatives.

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L.Makai’s The Commuter Collection

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You know what people in Los Angeles love? They love creative projects that literally reflect Los Angeles culture. That’s one thing we have noticed in sharing creative projects by Angelenos, for Angelenos. There’s a certain amount of hometown pride we LA people have so, when people make physical objects to honor the city, there is an embedded level of ovation you will get. The latest entry into this world is a series of necklaces that are intended to let you wear your commute around your neck: they are L.Makai’s Commuter Collection, necklaces that use Los Angeles’ highways to make a statement.

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Betsy Winchell Photographs People

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All artists have a specific point of view. For photographers, there are a handful of categories they can play within from style to subject to presentation. It’s the nuances in all of these that make the work special and stand apart from the others. LA based photographer Betsy Winchell mainly focuses on people. She doesn’t shoot portraits and she doesn’t shoot fashion photography: she photographs people just being people. These people are at work or they are at play or they are at a still moment between it all–and Betsy is able to capture something special in these otherwise mundane moments.

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Holly Andres’ Sparrow Lane

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You know when Metro does those little photography art shows that stay up for a way long period of time and you keep passing them and don’t ever stop to look at what they are? Well, they have another cool one up at the Beverly and Vermont Metro station that focuses on curious Nancy Drew like girls solving mysteries. The work is from photographer Holly Andres from a series titled Sparrow Lane, where discoveries lie around every curious turn.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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