The Best Time I Worked at Hot Dog on a Stick

The Best Time I Worked at Hot Dog on a Stick- The Hairpin 

"At my current position, I read articles about how sitting most of the day is killing me. I remember the days when I would stand for hours, in a shack looking out at the ocean, on that brightly lit platform in the Santa Monica Mall. I miss my body always being an active participant in my work. But mostly I miss how great I looked in a pair of electric blue polyester shorts."

Black Girls Can Be Losers Too: From 'Living Single' to 'Scandal'

Black Girls Can Be Losers Too: From 'Living Single' to 'Scandal'-IndieWire

"Black women should have equal opportunity to be inappropriate and irresponsible. Where are all of the black female nerds, stoners, slackers and weirdos? We can’t all make wise choices and know the answers to the important questions. Our onscreen characters should be able to be as dippy and bumbling as their white counterparts. Watching "Broad City" is a great time: The irreverence, the moments of truly sad desperation and the bright spots of smoking weed and being exactly who they wanted to be endears the audience to Ilana and Abbi."

Image by Star Foreman

Image by Star Foreman

Sunday Nights at a Roller Rink in the Valley Are for Grown Folks and Custom Skates- LAWeekly

"The skaters on Sunday night are skilled — they move in unison but everyone has a style of their own. If you are on the outside of the circle, there's no slowing down — you have to go with the flow and the rhythm of the group. If you want to slow down or work on your footwork, you can skate into the center of the circle, maybe learn a routine. There are single skaters, couples locking arms and threesomes supporting one another on the floor, and they are all in the pocket, moving without thought, just letting their skates glide. The fluidity and freedom of their movement is infectious."


Face to Face

Face to Face

Contemporary Black Artists Are Redefining Portraiture in a Show at CAAM- LA Weekly

Portraiture evolved from immortalizing the rich and famous to more egalitarian subjects. It's meant to represent the essence of a subject — a gesture, a gaze, the implied movement or stillness. The content of a portrait goes beyond the human being represented and includes the materials used, the colors and the composition. The works in CAAM’s show span from the museum's inception in 1984 until now and, most important, offer a glimpse at subjects that contemporary black artists highlight in their work. "Face to Face" also presents a sampling of the kind of work that is collected by the patrons who make up a tight community of art lovers in Los Angeles.



This Female-Centric Vaudville Show is a Throwback (With a Twist)- LA Weekly

Vaudeville was once the most popular form of entertainment in the United States. When attending shows the audience would expect to see dancers, comedians, magicians and a range of acts that might change depending on the region or troupe. Vaudeville was a live-on-stage spectacle, and many of the best-known performers of the time were women and people of color. Benner does not think of her show as strictly vaudeville but uses that word and what it evokes to create a live show that is dynamic and fun. 


More and More L.A.. Theater Companies Are Brining In Diverse Voices-LA Weekly

"When women’s voices are amplified you get theater that is diverse in subject matter, the perspective is expanded and we all win. As Los Angles theater companies continue to produce work by marginalized playwrights, more theater will be created that is worth sitting in the dark for."



Courtesy of Skid Row Coffee

Courtesy of Skid Row Coffee

A Coffee Shop With a Humanitarian Mission Is Coming to the Central Library-Los Angeles Magazine

“The reasons someone may end up on Skid Row are as varied as the people who inhabit the community. In a city where rents are skyrocketing and major income disparity, it’s easier than people may think to become homeless. But the 50-plus-block downtown L.A. neighborhood is no longer being treated like a lost cause, thanks in part to organizations that are focusing on the people who inhabit Skid Row and what skills they may need to get back on their feet.”


Nina Chanel Abney Tells the Store of Our Brutal World in Bold Detail-Los Angeles Magazine

“Figurative painting is the art of representation. It’s taking something that is real, tangible, and recognizable and using any number of mediums to create it again. With figurativism the artist can present exactly what exists or they can form greater contexts and appoint new meanings. Some artists choose to create narratives so we get a glimpse of how they see the world unfolding.”


Star Sommelier Roni Ginach Is a Natural Winemaker’s Best Friend-Los Angeles Magazine

Sommelier Roni Ginach was very close to becoming a psychoanalyst when she chose to focus on the centuries-old tradition of fermenting grapes rather than the century-old tradition of exploring the unconscious mind.

Since that time, Ginach has spent years honing her skills and building wine lists for some of L.A.’s favorite restaurants, including Michael’s in Santa Monica and Kismet in Los Feliz. Then Ginach met the forefather of natural wine making in California, Tony Coturri, and a new business venture was born. Under the moniker Roni Selects, Ginach is importing and distributing natural wine from Italy, Germany, France, and Georgia (U.S winemakers too). The thing that connects the winemakers she works with? A shared ideology that wine should be made with, as Ginach would say, “no junk at all.”