Short Takes

  • Revisiting Girlhood

    Revisiting Girlhood

    Amid a cultural re-embrace of “girlhood,” Emily Quintanilla revisits Sadie Shorr-Parks’s review of Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel, “The Poet...

    Apr 11

  • The Fans Are Inhospitable (Are We?)

    The Fans Are Inhospitable (Are We?)

    Mitski’s Friday show at the Shrine led rory hayes to question whether the audience had even gone through “Puberty 2” yet, misbehaving before their...

    Apr 10

  • Next Time You See a Busker, Be Nice

    Next Time You See a Busker, Be Nice

    John C. Reilly mistakes Sierra Ferrell for his buddy Will (no relation?) at the Fonda Theatre/dairy farm/honky-tonk, Kate Sadoff reports.

    Apr 6

  • Towards a New Plastic Order

    Towards a New Plastic Order

    Emma dePaulo Reid determines whether haircutting, tree trunks, and negated flour chickens were wise beyond their years at the Hammer Museum’s “Only...

    Mar 21

  • This Is Me on Top of You

    This Is Me on Top of You

    Britt Menjivar attends a “hardcore” screening of Mara Mckevitt’s “Val” and Miranda July’s “The Amateurist” in Chinatown.

    Mar 15

  • Carol Cheh on Daniel J. Martinez

    Carol Cheh on Daniel J. Martinez

    1:1 invites writers to reflect on a single work of art with focus, care, and imagination to expand how we view, receive, and write about art. 1...

    Mar 10

  • Glass House Is a Smash

    Glass House Is a Smash

    Jack Skelley has no stones to throw at “Glass House,” a new intermedia performance organized by Volta Collective and Central Server Works.

    Mar 9

  • The Pulsing Innards of Jack Skelley

    The Pulsing Innards of Jack Skelley

    Emily Ann Zisko faces her complete fear of Jack Skelley’s “Fear of Kathy Acker,” adapted for the Santa Monica stage by Siena Foster-Soltis.

    Mar 6

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the OC

    20,000 Leagues Under the OC

    LARB copydesk chief A. J. Ur-squid-i asks, “What’s Kraken?” at Squid’s Leap Day show at the Orange County Observatory.

    Mar 5

  • Rob Faucette on Lester Balog

    Rob Faucette on Lester Balog

    1:1 invites writers to reflect on a single work of art with focus, care, and imagination to expand how we view, receive, and write about art.

    Mar 3

  • Velcro Shoes and Moons Over My Hammy

    Velcro Shoes and Moons Over My Hammy

    David Diaz is ready to say “WTF is up, Denny’s?!” after watching Ceremony play their classic 2010 LP “Rohnert Park” live at the Hollywood Palladium.

    Feb 29