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FIRE ON THE HILL — LA FILM FESTIVAL

Black cowboys have always been part of the history of South Central Los Angeles, and stables can still be found up and down the L.A. River and various flood channels in the area. One such stable, in Compton, known as the Hill, was mysteriously burned down in 2012. For the last few years, filmmaker Brett […]

JO ANN BLOCK

“Seven larger than life collaged portraits of older butch lesbians will occupy the space. These nudes disrupt the conventions of classical representation of the female as an erotic, vulnerable, and alluring subject. “The images queer the representations of conventional male qualities of triumph and strength with their unfaltering postures. They triumphantly claim who they are […]

VIJAY IYER AND TEJU COLE — BLIND SPOT

This weekend in downtown Los Angeles, CAP UCLA kicks off its 2018–2019 season with BLIND SPOT, a collaboration between pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and writer-photographer Teju Cole, based on Cole’s 2017 book of prose and images. Iyer, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, mallet percussionist Patricia Brennan, and cellist Tomeka Reid will play Iyer’s score and accompany Cole’s spoken-word […]

ANNETTE MICHELSON — ON THE EVE OF THE FUTURE

Art, culture, and film theorist Annette Michelson died this week in Manhattan. In 1976 she and Rosalind Krauss co-founded October, and Michelson’s first collection of essays, On the Eve of the Future, (2017) was also her last. Annette Michelson, On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/October Books, 2017). […]

LETTER TO THE TIMES

If, in anticipation of the upcoming Hammer exhibition ADRIAN PIPER—CONCEPTS AND INTUITIONS, 1965–2016, you’ve read the recent New York Times Magazine profile on Adrian Piper by Thomas Chatterton Williams, you may want to read Piper’s subsequent letter to the editor, which the Times’ declined to publish in full.   ADRIAN PIPER—CONCEPTS AND INTUITIONS, 1965—2016 October 7 […]

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

“I’ve believed that straying from structured acts of seeing can produce the strongest connection with an audience.” — RaMell Ross HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING—a lyrical, experimental documentation of lives in a small Alabama community, directed by RaMell Ross—will screen this week at the Downtown Independent. Following the film, Ross and Jheanelle Brown, co-curator of […]

MARIA BY CALLAS — LA FILM FESTIVAL

Centered around an extensive, long-forgotten 1970 interview with David Frost and dramatized with the voice of Fanny Ardant, the upcoming documentary MARIA BY CALLAS—directed by Tom Volf—takes a subjective look at the twentieth century’s singer and personality nonpareil, with a focus on rare performance footage and recordings that capture her work onstage and in front […]