Articles by sophie


Miracle Mile Art Walk

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Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Miracle Mile Art Walk. The Art Walk is a full-on tour of the galleries on La Brea and Beverly Boulevard complete with talks by featured artists and free shuttle rides by the Holly Trolley. If this isn’t enough to convince you to join in the fun, a bouquet of balloons marks off each participating gallery. How can you say no to that?

The End of Great Expectations, by Julia Ingalls

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In addition to being a fascinating preview of the emotional and spiritual complexity David Chase would later achieve with The Sopranos, the 1990’s television series Northern Exposure also offers a glimpse into what it would feel like to turn 30. As Northern Exposure’s principal character Joel turns 30, he realizes that the things that once distinguished him as a medical prodigy are now simply ‘expected’ of him. He also lugs a canoe around a pristine forest, and bitches to a shaman-in-training who dines with Peter Bogdanovich. Ripped from the headlines, I know.

Downtown Art Walk: Crewest “Top of the Dome VI”

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Maybe you haven’t heard (though judging by the throng of people cruising along Gallery Row November 12th, you probably have), but downtown L.A. is the place to be the second Thursday of every month. On this ever-so-special night, galleries are open later for people to peruse the latest exhibits and just generally get their culture on.

Santa Monica Fine Arts Studios’ Open Studio and Silent Auction

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No matter what your artistic taste or preference, there was something for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th at the Santa Monica Fine Arts Studios. Once a year the studio opens its doors to the public for an open exhibit and silent auction, and this year Forth was lucky enough to be there and take part in the action.

VELVET ELVIS & THE SUNSET JUNKIES… by Marco Mannone

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It’s been a while since I’ve lost my mind in Venice Beach, but even longer since I had ridden along the entirety of the bike-path. Six years, to be exact. Back in those days, I was crashing at my brother’s boardwalk pad — a glaringly pink building in the dirty heart of it all. We were writing a screenplay about getting lost in Italy that never came to fruition – like so many other hopes and dreams before and since.

Len Aaron Artist Exhibit (Former President & CEO of Aaron Brothers)

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I was walking down Main Street on the night of the November 12th Downtown LA Artwalk and came upon this show. The exhibit was at the Arty Gallery, 634 S. Main St. The artist featured was the Co-founder , past president and CEO of Aaron Brothers Art-Marts, Len Aaron. He usually sells his work between $500 and $5,000. This evening he was having a “Recession Sale” , some selling for as low as $50! He calls his paintins “primitive abstract mixed-media” paintings (oil, water-based, and acrylic paints) by pouring colors from atop a jungle gym ladder onto canvases below.

What Are You Based On? by Julia Ingalls

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In 1890, William Jennings Bryan pontificated his way into historical relevance by proposing a monetary standard based on silver. Experts roundly condemned Bryan’s choice in precious metal as ridiculous, and further derided his selection of pocket-watches. “Brings out his stomach roll,” said one oft-quoted but rarely cited Yale scholar.

Democracy, Stadium Style, by Julia Ingalls

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Stadiums usually offer seating in a 360 degree configuration, allowing a spectator to sit anywhere and watch the proceedings on the center field. For this reason, stadiums offer insight into human perception, and the difficulty of governing our collective affairs. Arguably there are better seats, such as those situated right on the field, or those in the spacious comfort of a private box. However, from any seat, a spectator can still see what’s going on, and his or her viewpoint is as valid as the viewpoint of the air-conditioned execs in the private box. But what do each of them perceive? And how do we arbitrate this fundamental difference in perception so that we can agree on what reality is?

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