Culture: High & Low With Carolina A. Miranda
Taking a breather

Hey, folks: It is summertime and I am taking a breather from the keyboards for a few days. I'll be back in the saddle on Aug. 6. See you back here then.

And, as always, thanks for reading the High & Low!

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How to look at Los Angeles: A conversation with D.J. Waldie, Lynell George and Josh Kun

Los Angeles is a city swaddled in blanket pronouncements. It has been hailed as a natural paradise and derided as a traffic-clogged urban mess. It has been touted as Shangri-La for the creative classes, even as it serves as a symbol of the apocalypse with its combination of fires, drought and occasional biblical rains. It has been hailed as utopia, and it has been described as the end of the line for...

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Artist Rafa Esparza is using 5,000 adobe bricks to make a building-inside-a-building in Hollywood

Step into Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Hollywood and you will feel the crunch of dry dirt underfoot. Here and there are bits of straw. All around is the smell of earth. And all of it is emanating from the hundreds of hand-made adobe bricks that are stacked around the gallery, hand-crafted by artist Rafa Esparza and a team of assistants.

"I want people to feel, smell and be immersed...

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Santa Monica cultural groups feel squeeze from airport rent hikes

A pair of arts organizations in Santa Monica are facing rent hikes after the city renegotiated leases for all of the businesses and organizations occupying land at the Santa Monica Airport.

In addition to various restaurants and aviation-related businesses, the move affects the Ruskin Group Theatre, which opened in 2003, and Santa Monica Art Studios, which has provided studio and gallery space to...

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Natalia Lafourcade brings her intimate new album to the Regent

When Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade launched her eponymous first album at the age of 19 in 2003, it hardly seemed like the sort of contender to top the charts.

For one, Lafourcade was not the typical Latin pop tart, decked out in high heels and cleavage-enhancing ensembles. Instead, she rocked bug-eyed sunglasses, black nail polish and ironic pink frills in the video for her hit single ...

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Black women artists in L.A. museums: Good news at Hammer, but representation remains weak

This year has seen a spate of solo museum exhibitions of work by black artists in Los Angeles: Mark Bradford and Charles Gaines at the Hammer, Noah Purifoy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and William Pope.L and Kahlil Joseph at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Last week, I spoke with African and African American art historian Steven Nelson about these exhibitions and what shifts they might...

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