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Culture, Art Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Ed Ruscha's love for, and fascination with, the Western United States is apparent in every gallery in the exhibition, "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West," which is up at the de Young Museum through Oct. 9. Some 99 of…
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Culture, Art The Modern-Day Odyssey

The Modern-Day Odyssey

While doing interviews for her piece about the Vietnamese boat people, The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America, Vân-Ánh Võ asked her subjects how they comforted themselves on the harrowing journey across the Pacific. Some held onto a treasured object…
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Culture, Art Grinding Mills College

Grinding Mills College

Nora McKinnon left Southern California for Oakland's Mills College, specifically because of the school's book arts program. McKinnon, who is getting her M.F.A. in creative writing and book arts, says she learns printing skills while developing her craft as a…
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Culture, Stage Gasps in Five Places

Gasps in Five Places

Playwright, actor, and novelist Ayad Akhtar says everything he writes is an homage to a high school English teacher who changed his life. Because of her, he immersed himself in the European modernists she loved, so much so that he…
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Culture, Stage War Dance: Lenora Lee's Fire of Freedom

War Dance: Lenora Lee's Fire of Freedom

Dancer and choreographer Lenora Lee doesn't shy away from intense, controversial issues. Her multimedia pieces use text, film, music, martial arts, and dance to take on cerebral subjects such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and human trafficking. It was while…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ancient is the New Contemporary

Ancient is the New Contemporary

Playwright Luis Alfaro grew up in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles and learned to find contemporary stories in ancient works. He does so again with Bruja, a reimagining of Euripides’ Medea set in the Mission District, with the young…
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