The fine folks over at LA Weekly have seen fit to publish some of my cultural musings ranging from a guided tour of sleazy Downtown Punk, a eulogy for a now gone blues bar in Exposition Park, experiential reflections on filming in Downtown Los Angeles and the story of the time someone hired me on as a Santa Claus
S.C. Mero--Alchemist and Downtown Street Artist
"Mero is keenly aware of the medium in which she works. A sign over her door reads 'Alchemist at Work.' Like her medieval predecessors, she deals in transformation. Materially, she renders unlikely items into things of value. Philosophically, S.C. Mero is intimately involved with the transmutation of the unwanted into vessels for creativity."
Via LA Weekly.
It's Not Too Hot for a Thrifting Trip to Tulare, California's Irrigation Riviera
"The skeptical reader may be harboring an idea that places like Tulare are mere outposts in the cultural backwater primed for exploitation. I dare you to spend a weekend there and still defend that notion.
"Tulare is not some sideshow. It’s a scene in the main act of 21st-century American life where a vast network of contradictory social phenomena, histories and resource battles collide in a web of complexity. Thrift opportunities aside, the true attraction in Tulare is a city struggling to reconcile itself to dynamic realities."
Full story available via LA Weekly.
A Trip to Idyllwild Will Make You Want to Give Up City Life ... Almost
"We are pickers: the miners of the New West, the hearty few who escape the cities to explore the worked-over terrain and half-hidden ghost towns where the true treasure of today’s West manifests itself in the form of bolo ties, belt buckles, snap-button shirts and pre-worn boots. Like the ’49ers of old, we are interested in discovering and extracting hidden seams of wealth — odd as they may be.
"There are veins of discarded couture to be found just beneath the surface of small towns all across the West. Like so many walls of silver-bearing quartz, thrift shops in places like Livingston, Montana, and Durango, Colorado, invigorate the passions of pickers and feed the demands of retro-loving fashion plates in cities all over this green Earth."
Full story available via LA WEEKLY.
Being Santa For A Day Renewed My Faith In Humans--Small Ones Anyways
I'd Always Cursed Film Crews Downtown--Then I Became A PA For A Day
R.I.P. The Menlo Club: One of LA's Last Old School Blues Joints
A Punk Rock Guide to Downtown Los Angeles
via LA WEEKLY