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I attended the Los Angeles Art Association's Gem show Saturday night, featuring work by a variety of new and more experienced artists. Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye:
I had the chance this weekend to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It was my first year out there, and I saw some diverse personalities, including second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin being interviewed by KPCC's Patt Morrison, as well as Pam Grier and a session on new media book publishing, which I'll likely be writing more about later this week.
South Park has been in the news recently due to threats against its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, from a radical Muslim website. They responded in an episode of their program and got in a dispute with their network, Comedy Central, over the network choosing to bleep several portions of the episode, including references to Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The latest Report of Registration released by the Secretary of State's office shows that 20.1 percent of voters have declined to state their political party, an all-time high.
"'American Idol' has always been about changing lives, on the stage and around the world." - Barack Obama
I've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, but after the announcement that they're doing a show centered around Michael Jackson, I'm having trouble picturing anything that sounds like more fun.
In the latest evolution of language for journalists, the Associated Press announced last week that they're changing the official AP style from "Web site" to "website." It's been controversial with journalists and language nerds, with the more tech-friendly side largely approving while others think it's a devolution.
My last batch of random thoughts on Coachella acts:
Some more random thoughts on Coachella performers:
To all of you attending Coachella this weekend, let me just express my jealousy. I shall sadly not be making it out to Coachella this year, but I love huge concert festivals. I find them one of the most exciting ways to enjoy music and to discover new artists.
I've talked about Conan O'Brien enough here that I think this post officially makes this a Conan O'Brien fan blog. In any case, now that he's signed a deal with TBS, I may be watching TBS for the first time since they stopped carrying another of my favorite programs in 2001, WCW pro wrestling.
Khalid Mohtaseb shot this beautiful video in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake:
Glee's marketing team gets a gold star, as they've been doing all they can to promote the return of Glee after a winter hiatus. Fox has dubbed this "GLEEk Week," and is doing all they can to make the show feel like an event.
This video hit my geek sweet spot today. It combines two things I love: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and 8-bit video games.
Before the iPad came out, I was skeptical. Now that it's out and I've read reviews, heard from friends who bought one and seen some of what the thing can do, I am now immensely jealous of everyone who has one.