FDL Movie Night: “Matthew O’Hanlon: A Creative Journey” and Jose Ho-Guanipa

By: Monday July 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Jose Ho-Guanipa is an upcoming filmmaker and video director whose most recent 8-minute film, Matthew O’Hanlon: A Creative Journey, follows artist/writer Matthew O’Hanlon through his creative process and through the Los Angeles streets. O’Hanlon’s art is dark, surreal and Ho-Guanipa captures the artist’s dystopian vision through his documentary.

 

Saturday Art: “Made in Los Angeles” Showcases L.A. Urban Style

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 10:33 am

“Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love. Featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, “Made in Los Angeles” runs through March 22 at Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona.

What It Means: LA Sheriff’s Deputies Rough Up Foreign Diplomat

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:14 pm

You’d think America had enough problems with its foreign image, what with drone killings, NSA spying and the president shooting selfie’s at Mandela’s funeral. But you’d be wrong. LA Sheriff’s Deputies roughed up two foreign consuls in the course of official diplomatic business.

A real “boost” to public confidence

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 1:30 am

One has to think that the image problem public safety officers in the greater Los Angeles Area could not be any greater…

But, apparently the pit is bottomless.

Banksy Arrested? Calm Down, It’s Art!

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 10:25 am

Rumors swirled yesterday that bluechip street artist Banksy got pinched.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric John Abrahamson, Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 1:59 pm

Are you old enough to remember when Masters of the Universe actually felt the need to give back? Can you remember the days when regulations were seen as good things? When the phrase “consumer protection” was used by someone other than Elizabeth Warren? If you’re too young to remember what the world was like when we had decades of prosperity and relative economic fairness in the “managed economy”, or if you want to take stroll down memory lane, back to the days of economic regulation, you may want to crack the spine on this book.

FDL Movie Night: “Sharknado” Enough Said!

By: Monday July 15, 2013 4:59 pm

Sharknado, the ultimate shark-meets-Los-Angeles-meets-the-elements movie tore through the competition and social media last Thursday night on the SyFy Channel, delivering meaty ratings and a bloody good time. And tonight we have writer Thunder Levin, director Anthony C. Ferrante, and doesn’t-get-eaten-by-a-shark actor Robbie Rist, whose turn as the tormented school bus driver says so much about the state of public education in America today.

FDL Movie Night: Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band

By: Monday July 1, 2013 4:59 pm

Artist Llyn Foulkes marches to the sound of his own drum – oh heck, he is his own drum. And horn section, accordion, and cowbells, too. One of the youngest painters to ever show at Los Angeles’ historic Ferus Gallery (Warhol’s first show was there), Foulkes constantly reinvented, built up and tore down expectations of what his art should be, all the while experimenting with The Machine, his one man band setup. In tonight’s film Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band, the artist tells directors Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty (our guests tonight, along with Los Angeles gallery owner/art world insider Mat Gleason).

Bishops Behaving Badly, Joliet Edition

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 10:40 am

Another week, another court-ordered document dump of records that detail the abuses covered up by bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. This time, it’s Joliet, Illinois.

While the bishop that comes off worst in these files is retired, another former bishop of Joliet is not only still active, but has been promoted and currently serves in several powerful roles with the USCCB: J. Peter Sartain of Portland.

For victims, this isn’t about simply getting their own abuse to stop anymore. It’s not about money for counseling, treatment, and other things. It’s about making visible the behavior of not only the priests but the bishops who protected them.

Late Night: The Fire This Time

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 8:00 pm

The most disturbing aspect of this latest in a long line of military incursions against domestic targets, the incineration of a suspect who had really, really, pissed off the LAPD, is that such a thing is no longer considered remarkable. This wasn’t always the case; the Philadelphia Police action against MOVE predictably had its supporters on the right, but otherwise sparked national and global outrage. A similar action against David Koresh has the right still seething about it to this day, never mind that it was the culmination of a 52-day standoff in which negotiations had been repeatedly attempted.

But today one need look no further than the shockingly violent, coordinated, and militarized response to the Occupy movement to see that as a nation we now simply accept being policed as though by an occupying army, for the laughably ironic goal of “keeping us safe.”

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