An Array of Utopian Flowers
- San Onofre Beach as Permanent Nuclear Waste Dump
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- The Underworld, Rebirth and Renewal with Ceres and Proserpina
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- Cinematic Cultural Change in West Africa with Idrissa Ouédraogo
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- Mild Satire, Outrage and Hostility, with Philip Roth
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- Big Noise from Big Band Drummer Gene Krupa
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- San Onofre Beach as Permanent Nuclear Waste Dump
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- Posted on June 3, 2018 | 1 CommentIdrissa Ouédraogo, whose simple, carefully observed movies about cultural change in Burkina Faso and elsewhere in Africa, brought him international acclaim and a top award at the Cannes International Film Festival, recently died. We share his first film, Yam Daabo (The Choice) about a family facing famine in the Sahel.
- Posted on June 2, 2018 | No CommentsHis alter-ego Zuckerman, unconsciously frightened of success and of failure, frightened of being admired and also despised, frightened of being frightened, he unconsciously suppressed his talent, frightened of what it might do next. On the passing of Philip Roth, we look into his often black comic chronicles of an imagined life, his taking down and reshaping the meaning of 'Jewish American', and his play at historic re-creating the zeitgeist within the form of the novel.
- Posted on January 22, 2018 | 2 CommentsSomafm.com has streamed an inventive radio channel pioneered by Rusty Hodge featuring, as they called it "Dark industrial/ambient music for tortured souls." The service was recently discontinued until October Halloween season, which to the Gothic-Ambient-Industrial music crowd signifies the end of an era. Following is a sample of sounds from the dark side.
- Posted on December 25, 2017 | No Comments"Everyone knows the Christmas Cat, he's angry, huge, and mean," begins the story of inequality and injustice for the poor, with the feline ogre who punishes those who fail to perform for their overlords. Retold in a shadow puppet play from the Icelandic story of Jólakötturinn, by Layla Holzer and Spike Dennis.
- Posted on November 14, 2017 | 1 CommentPaul Bowles during his life (1910-1999) remained aloof from all the hipsters and hypesters of U.S. letters. Living in self-imposed exile in Tangier, he had cast a spell over such talents as Tennessee Williams, Libby Holman, Truman Capote, and Allen Ginsberg. We revisit an essay penned by Jay McInerny in 1985, on how the inimitable expatriate writer-composer's dark arts retain their power, even more so 32 years later.
- Posted on August 9, 2017 | 1 CommentWatch the 1967 supernatural horror story "Viy" based on the 1835 novella by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, where a student philosopher from the Christian seminary encounters a young woman with dark powers who can summon the ogre, King of the Gnomes, which the author claims comes from Ukrainian folklore tradition.
- Posted on July 7, 2017 | No CommentsIn "Angel Baby Blues," from Wanda Coleman's collection Heavy Daughter Blues, she offered a take on the failed promises of her home in Southern California. A prolific poet, fiction writer, and journalist, she was considered for a time Los Angeles' unofficial and controversial Poet Laureate.
- Posted on June 30, 2017 | No CommentsAntonio López won the Poetry Award at the 2017 Santa Barbara Writers Conference with 'Which Cobija Feels Most Comfy?: A Letter to Sister Nabra', about the murder of a teenage Muslim girl beaten and killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque.
- Posted on June 18, 2017 | No CommentsAn excerpt of Jack Eidt's recent novel 'Nowhere Beckons' was published in the Luna Review. Called 'The Blue Basement', it narrates the protagonist T.'s visionary descent into the urban underworld, where ideas, light, and color blend, and surviving on the journey to the end of the night is everything.
- Posted on May 22, 2017 | No CommentsMatthew Anthony Stokes solo show Camouflage opened in Los Angeles, which illustrates his unique multi-disciplinary background in performance, corporeal dramaturgy, dance, sculpture, assemblage, film, photography, and poetry. Multiple videos from the experimental MAQUETTE Theatre, which he co-founded, create a visionary alternative universe replete with silent dances and visual poems that "unveil" ephemeral sculpture, including costumes, sets and masks.
- Posted on February 10, 2017 | 1 CommentCelestial, dark atmospheric, a legendary Odyssey down a road to nowhere, in search of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and Poetry, Stephen Scott's bowed grand piano soars into the imagination, and transforms in the spirit of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'.
- Posted on December 28, 2016 | No CommentsThe streets of Los Angeles played host last year to an audacious experiment in mobile opera called 'Hopscotch.' The recording will be released on January 13, and a concert will take place on Friday, January 20 (7:30 pm) at the University of Southern California’s Newman Recital Hall.
- Posted on November 24, 2016 | 1 CommentAt one time billed as the Moon Goddess and Andy Warhol It-Girl, singer Nico's dark, avant-garde music and deep, hypnotic voice were first heard in the Velvet Underground. She continued to work sporadically as a solo artist after leaving the Velvets, though a longtime heroin addiction and methadone dependency sidetracked her career. Check out the documentary on her life, Nico:Icon.
- Posted on October 25, 2016 | 2 CommentsBattleship Potemkin is a 1925 Soviet silent revolutionary propaganda film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers.