the last spookstore: A horror story art show // October 3, 2015

I love Halloween, and I love books, so I was excited to check out this art show at the Last Bookstore inspired by horror classics. 31 artists showcased their works, live bands played, and free candy was everywhere! Not to mention free wine and beer, with donations. I had never been to the Last Bookstore, and it kind of reminds me of a very mini-Powell's in Portland. I definitely need to come back just to browse their selection of books. Here's some pictures of the spooky art that was all throughout the venue. 


I have only been to Barnsdall Park once, and it was on a field trip when I was a teacher in LAUSD. It's such a shame that I haven't been here more often, as its geographical beauty and  illustrious history is fascinating. Barnsdall Art Park uses its Friday night summer wine tastings to raise money for all of the affordable art classes it offers, including Free Sunday art workshops for children and families. They also offer tours of the newly reopened Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House commissioned by Aline Barnsdall herself. I wrote a review of the wine tasting event which will be forthcoming on The Culture Trip, but for now pictures are below. 


Fairs are a guilty pleasure, with the main question being, "How much fried food can I consume?!" This year I also enjoyed seeing adorable animals (camels!!!), people watching, rooting for a pig named Sourdough Jack at the pig races, walking through community art exhibits, and of course consuming fried Oreos, funnel cake, Mexican-style corn, BBQ brisket, a giant turkey leg, and soft serve, not necessarily in that order! Pictures below. 

HAUNTED // JULY 31 2015

It's strange to think of myself in the other bodies and other lives I've been. Time passes, washing it away, but there are still corners in Los Angeles that haunt me. Every block, every street sign. The farthest corners of a closet. Each particle of sand and dirt, cement and sweat. 


Institutionalized racism has plagued the United States since its very beginnings, and the way it has manifested has resulted in a lack of access and representation for people of color and other minorities. Recent racialized shootings and confrontations with police have brought this issue even further into the limelight, and demonstrated how broken our systems truly are for many of our citizens. Manifest Destiny is an exhibit that uses art and performance as a means of resistance and as a way for voices of the black and Latino community to be heard, along with other underrepresented voices. It is a call to action, and a rising up to highlight the problematic systems in our country and how to change them. It is a demand for justice, a depiction of a harsh reality, and a demonstration of hope and resilience. The artwork is at once heartbreaking and inspiring, and I've included photos from the exhibit below. 


I don't currently have a membership to LACMA, but was excited to go and check it out on the annual free day. All exhibits were free, and I am such a supporter of the importance of access to the arts. I don't think art is dispensable: it is really what makes us human. I spent a whole day walking through the exhibits and being continually inspired/re-inspired. Check out some of my favorites below.