Review

La La Land
What does it mean to make it? It means, colloquially, to shoot for the stars and to land on a blazing one. How often, truly, this is a magical, almost miraculous occurrence, wherein one achieves one’s dreams? Most commonly, there must be a bit of a compromise, some haggling, between one’s imagination and one’s reality.
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Primer
Primer is an elegantly thoughtful science-fiction meditation, which resuscitates the normal convention of this form of fiction of the malfeasance of man with his handling of a profound technology he did not even know he had the potential of conceiving. Granted, not all science fiction holds this posture, but it is routine for it to
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St. Vincent
How does one become a curmudgeonly misanthrope? How does one convert their gift of a life into something that resembles a stain on humanity? Who, while not necessarily destructive to those surrounding him, indulges in self-destructive behaviors which act more or less like drowning and struggling against a whirlpool? We are forever barred from taking
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Doomsdays
If one knew that the world was ending, how would one respond? With a great cry of self-pity, of the last days on Earth spent in a whirlwind of self-regret? Would one panic at the calamity, and be so fixated on trying to find any means of survival that the thoughts stirred would rise no
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Small Apartments
Is happiness a state of mind? Is it possible to overlook and blot out the grey in one’s life by imagining a happier place? Small Apartments paints a currently semi-depressed hermit in an otherwise ersatz dwelling unit, which is only speciously pleasant because of its abundance of sunshine. What lies within it are broken souls
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The Beaver
The Beaver
What happens when a man who is mentally ill and cannot take his medicine, either because it does not help or he thinks it does not help, instead turns toward a psychotic release through a beaver puppet? It is extremely curious how this plot line coincides with the theatrical production of Hand to God, and
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Snow White and the Huntsman
It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many
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Citizen
Citizen: An American Lyric in itself is a tome of witchcraft. By this I mean there is no call for compassion of a supposedly oppressed group. It takes, as the nature of society, a war against all, but in this particular incantation, a war against the white man against the black man and how the
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It’s Time
What happens when a natural actor ages? What is his grasp of mortality? To answer such a question and help uncover a fruitful redolent moss underneath a stone that has been left unturned by humanity would be a triumph. It may, however, not be in the repertory of an actor to be so dedicated to
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Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole is a meditation on grief. On how even if material abundance is present, even if there is the complete sense of contentment and freedom from the havoc that is wrought by an outside world, it is always hanging on a gently balance. Just as violently abruptly, this balance can become broken. How then,
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4000 Miles @ Las Vegas Little Theatre
How relationships change over time is a curious thing. What obligates us to keep in touch with those who were with us incidentally from the start of life? And what about those most intimately connected with us, our family? True, we can admit that all these (hopefully) warm interactions with others provide nutrition to a
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Dry Powder
What motivates the captains of capitalism? The ones which steer the ship of investment into the economy, under the pretense of growing the economy by virtue of the creation of wealth? Who are these archetypes, in their most essential form? Dry Powder convenes on the central actors in this craft and their day-to-day lives. It
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Milk Like Sugar @ ArtsWest
http://www.artswest.org/ Milk Like Sugar is a tour de force critique of the modern welfare state. It was vital for the reality of the creation of a permanent underworld of American society to be made tactile to an audience so far removed from the consideration of being impregnated for cash money from the sugar daddy Uncle
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Oakland California Museum of Art
The Oakland California Museum of Art houses an eclectic collection of art from over the decades in which the Bay Area was thrusted onto the American cultural landscape. The California Venus best summarizes this forward march and its homage to classical Western fine art and its ancient lineage toward Greek Antiquity.   Yet, culturally speaking,
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The Barnes Museum
The Barnes Museum is a precious escape from the beautiful, majestic City Center of Philadelphia, where one feels wondrously imprinted upon them a feeling of American glory. A feeling of virtue and nobility for the struggle and successful achievement of an ideal history writ. In it’s marvelous pseudo-Jerusalem stone architecture holds an impressive collection of
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Roy de Forest
What a stunning find Mr. de Forest is. Walking through this exhibit is like taking a trip not on a synthetic psychedelic, but a desert, arid, hallucinogenic like peyote. Shamanistic is the best quintessential description I can find of his work here. It is a spiritual sojourn, yet without any brier patches which encumber the
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Michael Jackson and Bubbles
The Broad
The Broad ought to be considered immediately in the pantheon of contemporary art housings, not simply on the American landscape but in the world. The luxury of being able to appreciate the artistic pillage of a billionaire financier, who was aesthetically supported by a wife with decent taste, provides several unusual layers to savor about
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SUE DANIELSON
https://www.bridge.productions/sue-danielson.html   Sue Danielson continues this recrudescence of Abstract Expressionism from the mid century in eliminating any preconceived notions of what an emotional image should feel like. Most prominently, she is not content with the mere play of the elements of a composition, and terrifically so, for she reduces a visual art to its bare
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Patrick McGrath Muñiz @ Krab Jab Studio
https://krabjabstudio.com/shop/patrick-mcgrath-muniz/   Mr. Muniz does a terrific job of providing a fully encompassed swipe, if not coy jab, at American consumerism by treating it in a satirically sacramental manner. Indeed, the lust for the almighty profit, which drives the levers of the multinational mass consumer conglomerate (and the most iconic of these organizations are front
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Jacques Flechemuller @ Good Luck Art Gallery
In this solo exhibition, Jacques Flechemuller defines “cheeky” for us. In which, we have the indication of humor, but something that is smarmy. It never broaches the terrain of condescension-gladly-, yet it can, because of its acidity, deliver a provocation to the subject upon perception. It does so by presenting not so much disturbing images
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Beside You Jolene Lai Solo Exhibition at ThinkSpace Art Gallery
The ThinkSpace Gallery for me is beginning to develop a pattern of the style of artist they seek to shelter and showcase, and at the most basic is the artist who has become a master of technique. That is, the artist who is more than adept at painting a photorealistic artwork, where the abundant use
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PhotoLA @ REEF
The 26th edition of PhotoLA was eye opening. It was not the photography per se which made such an enchanting pass at originality and human creativity, though to be sure it was there in spades; it was the utter awakening, more epiphany, of being able to perceive what photography’s role is in human artistry. Perhaps
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Ocean Exhibit @ Beyond The Lines Gallery
There is some form of the sacred captured uniquely in an oceanic scenery. At the edge of the landed world, where there is nothing but a blue horizon yonder, where blue heaven and blue sky become uniform, one can have a mystical experience were it such a privileged resort. For those coastal residents who were
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