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Design Play: An Interview With Albert Chu Of Otaat

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“My mom taught me how to make bags when I was eight,” Albert Chu explains from outside of his Mid-City studio. “It was how she distracted me: she taught me how to make a basic pouch with three seams. I made pouches for everything. Gameboy games, books, plates: you name it, I made a pouch for it.”

Funny enough, Albert still makes pouches. The difference between his childhood making and his adult making is an incredible education in design and a luxurious versatility to his merchandise. He still makes things that are fun and functional too—but you could hold more than Gameboy accessories and plates with them.

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LA’s Literary Leader: An Interview With Tom Lutz Of Los Angeles Review Of Books

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Tom Lutz is perhaps the most unlikely of academics. He is a very smart man who describes his younger self as a ne’er-do-well, an on-the-road vagabond attempting to fulfill the lifestyle that characters in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road lived. It is ironic that he has grown up to be one of Los Angeles’ biggest champions of intellectualism.

“I was the poster child for dysfunction,” he says. “I would have flunked out of high school but I lived in a wealthy suburb in Connecticut and they didn’t flunk anybody.”

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The Details Are In The Design: An Interview With Mark Whalen

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Artist Mark Whalen makes little worlds in his work. They are clean and white and, in a way, minimalist. Gridded lines create an architectural base which he places thin black or white people, men who tinker away in small laboratories and on alien electronics. His paintings have a futuristic quality to them, allowing you to project whatever story of a time to come on them. To some, they may look like cave paintings from the future while to others they are techno, spiritual parables. You could imagine what he depicts are small gods who make things like GPS and water purification happen.

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Our Favorite Featured Interviews Of 2013

Our Favorite Featured Interviews Of 2013

This week in Los Angeles (And the world, really.) is the week when everyone does all of their 2013 reflections, cramming in all of their backwards-looking posts to recap and reshare a few of their favorite things in the year: this is one of our many posts of that ilk.

Yes, we are aware: choosing our favorite Featured Interviews is a lot like choosing one child you birthed over another child you birthed. It’s unfair to even begin to think that one story may have outshone another! But, like children, each story has its own beauty and significance to the parent and the wider landscape surrounding it. These stories that we’ve chosen to be our Favorite Featured Interviews of 2013 are ones that we feel showcase people of note who we have seen snowball into local success over the year. They’re also stories we just liked, too. If you haven’t read these features, we hope you can add them to your holiday reading list so you know these names in 2014.

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The Giver: An Interview With Father Greg Boyle Of Homeboy Industries

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If there were a Santa Claus of Los Angeles, it would be Father Greg Boyle. He has the snowy white hair and matching beard, which he keeps much tidier than Old Saint Nick. He is quick to laugh although his is less about the rounded O chortle: his is a quick and direct gesture of amusement. He is always smiling, occasionally curses, and inspires an almost instant happiness in those around him.

Father Boyle is also very giving. While he doesn’t sneak into chimneys to give presents to children, he has given his time and energy to Los Angeles and troubled individuals that live here. Over twenty years ago, Father Boyle founded a program called Jobs for A Future. It’s purpose was to get Los Angeles gang members off the streets and into school and employed. It was something no one else was doing and is part of the reason why gang activity in Los Angeles has declined. This program may not sound familiar but it has evolved into what we now know to be Homeboy Industries.

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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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