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How You Can Pay Tribute To Marilyn Monroe

How You Can Pay Tribute To Marilyn Monroe

Of all the hopefuls who tried to make it in Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe may have shone the brightest. She was beautiful, funny, undeniably alluring, and the star most prone to elicit that odd mixture of sympathy and lust. The subject of never-ending fascination, interest in the circumstances of her life and death hasn’t wavered in half a century – still the subject of countless books, the world remains besotted with the blonde bombshell.

August 5th was the 50th anniversary of her death. Pay tribute to the semicentennial of the passing of the love goddess at these events around LA.

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Our Marilyn

Our Marilyn

She belongs to the world in many ways but Marilyn Monroe (nee Norma Jeane Mortenson) was always an L.A. girl. She was born here, lived here, and died here 50 years ago on August 5, but it’s more than that. She’s of L.A., a striver, a creature of reinvention, a fucked-up shattered beauty descended from a mother and grandmother, equally gorgeous and tragic. It all played out here, in the early Los Angeles, the growing urban sprawl full of factories and farms, amid Abbot Kinney’s carnival-like Venice, and in the Hollywood Hills just starting to be colonized by developers. It’s tempting to think of Marilyn arriving in the city at the full glory of her beauty, like Venus on the half shell but draped in red velvet. Yet from Sawtelle Boulevard to Hawthorne to Emerson Junior High, young Norma Jeane began life as a regular working class L.A. kid.

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Joyous Gluttony At The LA Street Food Fest

Joyous Gluttony At The LA Street Food Fest

Walking into the Rose Bowl, I had a battle plan: my little party of two was going to divide and conquer, and conquer all we shall. While one person stood in line for one item, the other would stand in a different line for another item. Then, we would reassemble and share our various plunders. Sounds simple enough, right? Staring at the online map, I scoffed and thought, “100 booths? No problem.” Boy, did I shoot myself in the foot!

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A Concert And A Word With Brazilian Rockers Cruz

A Concert And A Word With Brazilian Rockers Cruz

For those elitists who consider North Hollywood the border at which hip events dissipate, provide me a momentary benefit of the doubt. As a Valley Village resident myself, even I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into an interesting and edgy crowd in my own backyard at an NRG Recording Studios event where I had the pleasure of experiencing a live studio performance by LA-based Brazilian rock band, Cruz.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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