Three prominent Mexican film directors have called out their government on the issue of the 43 disappeared students, a San Diego architect takes on Sen.
—No. 1 on the list: “The Frame” on KPCC-FM (89.3) has an interview with director Guillermo del Toro about the joint statement he issued with fellow directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro Iñárritu at the
—San Diego-based architect and urban theorist Teddy Cruz writes a powerful open letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) about immigration policy: "Immigrants are not threats; they may in fact be our best teachers." Drop whatever you are doing and read this.
—Activists unfurl a banner at the Guggenheim Museum to protest labor conditions at the new Guggenheim building site in Abu Dhabi.
—Speaking of the Gugg: Kriston Capps sifts through the design submissions for Guggenheim Helsinki and comes up with "a funhouse of frivolous forms."
—Detroit is a majority black city — almost 83%, to be exact — yet its creative initiatives, from fellowships to TEDx talks, seem to be inhabited primarily by whites, Infinite Mile reports.
—And, because everyone is doing their things-you-don't-know-about-Jerry-Perenchio stories, I’ve got a few to add to the list: employees at a TV station he owned once went on a hunger strike for better wages, he is a major funder of
—Because we're on the subject of LACMA: Architectural Record looks at Peter Zumthor's ever-evolving design process for the Cylon Basestar, a.k.a. the museum's expansion plan.
—Meanwhile, in Orange County, a Newport Beach couple has donated a collection of more than 200 California scene paintings — including works by Millard Sheets and Rex Brandt — for a Chapman University museum that they will also fund.
—A former specialist from
—Since we’re on the topic of conservation, the
—Benjamin Sutton over at Hyperallergic has an interesting Q&A with historian Charlotte Guichard about historic graffiti. It turns out that French baroque painter Nicholas Poussin once tagged the Vatican.
—“Spirited Away” director
—"La Cucaracha" cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz collaborated with essayist and academic Ilan Stavans to produce an alternative history of the United States that became a bestseller over the summer. The unlikely pair talked to La Bloga about the project.
—And last but not least, what it's like to be on a book tour, by the hilarious Gary Shteyngart: "I've gained five pounds, mostly near my armpits, and there's a permanent red crease across my forehead from falling asleep against car windows."