The American Cinematheque celebrates the 80th birthday of filmmaker Roger Corman, known for his low-budget drive-in movies. Off-Ramp film critic Andy Klein says Corman's work was amusing in its lack of pretension.
The Asylum picks up where Roger Corman left off, making quickie knockoffs ("Pirates of Treasure Island," "Snakes on a Train") of Hollywood blockbusters. John Rabe talks with photographer David Strick about the Hollywood production house. Strick's photo essay is in Los Angeles Magazine.
For 300 years, China was the world's Pottery Barn. The Long Beach Museum of Art has a new exhibit of porcelain made in China from 1550-1850 for Europe, Asia, and North America. The quality was excellent, but it took two years to fill an order.
Note from John Rabe: I discovered this informal art gallery during a bike ride along the LA River, near the railyards. Does anyone know who the artist is, who mounted the show, and why they did it? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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