Past Stories

Countdown to Spider

Notes from Team Quest As Dan Henderson was working left-leading one-two-three’s on the lank Cyrille Diabate at Tito Ortiz’s Big Bear compound Monday night, it was clear that he was no longer seeing Diabate—he ...


The 20th Century in Watercolor

The 20th Century witnessed two world wars, a great depression, the origination of rock & roll and inevitably the biggest break up in rock & roll history, the advent of birth control, and the evolution of art from expres...


Don’t Cover Your Eyes!

Depicting the nude in artwork means walking a tightrope—and there’s no catch-net below, only crowds of people. People who are still burdened by censorship-minded Puritanical roots, people who are uber-liberals and f...



Countdown to Spider

Report from Team Quest Dan Henderson continues to train out of Tito Ortiz’s compound in Big Bear Lake with a short list of world-class fighters as he prepares for his March 1 title fight with Anderson “The Spider&rd...


Camera Obscura

Wonderful small press books often slip by us. Elizabeth Hand’s novel Generation Loss published last April by Small Beer Press in Massachusetts was almost one, until we stumbled on a copy in our local library. The book’s int...


Countdown to Spider

Report from Team Quest As UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s spidery silhouette begins to appear on the horizon, contender Dan Henderson and a small faction of Team Quest’s finest took to Big Bear this week ...



Efficiency Called Etiwanda!

UCLA’s Darren Collison is considered to be the best college point guard in the country by people with somewhat believable opinions, like ESPN.com’s Jay Bilas. Jeff Pendergraph is six-foot-nine and cold as hell, at l...


Historical Hodgepodge

Comics, politics, and pop culture all figure in the paintings of the late Cuban artist, Pedro Álvarez, whose work is currently at the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery. The Signs Pile Up addresses the legacy of this artis...


Countdown to Spider

Temecula’s Dan Henderson will take on sinewy six-foot-two Brazilian Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title March 1 in Columbus, Ohio. To make weight, Hendo will drop close to 20 pounds to get down to the qualifying...



Culture Clashing

The sprawling landscape of the Inland Empire is home to a hybrid of little battles—metropolitan refurbishments vs. historical architecture, mass-produced subdivisions vs. untamable nature, and people—aboriginals and...


Gatsby Goes Gonzo

“History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit . . .  ” –Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas What more do we need to now about the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson that he…


Meet the Devil at the DA

Chris Rock once said if he met the devil at the crossroads, he would be damned sure to get more than a few guitar lessons. Rolo Castillo, who might just have a little of the devil in him, kicks off…



The Western Brink

In the print edition of New American Paintings 2007, Pacific Coast Edition, from which the current show at dba 256 was culled, MOCA curator Alma Ruiz remarks, “ . . . a place to think and be productive, at a…


Sound and Fury

Jazz critics have made a living declaring that John Coltrane was the most influential saxophonist of the modern jazz era. But listen to the current crop of practicing sax players and very few of them sound like Coltrane. In fac...


Stronger Art, Lower Brows

“Nothing at last is sacred,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once penned, “but the integrity of your own mind.” There was certainly no concrete evidence of anything sacred in the burgeoning downtown LA art scene in ...



Art as Evidence

For thousands of Mexicans, November 25, 2006 will forever be fixed in memory as the day a teacher’s demonstration in Oaxaca’s capital city, held annually for the past 25 years, took a bloody turn when government tro...


Naughty and Nice

The Christmas foundling is a storytelling staple. “Long Lost,” from Richard Lange’s collection of short stories Dead Boys, is one such tale but without the holiday cheer; a found child story inside a found child story. Sp...


The Gooch Watch

Temecula’s own Gabe Gauthier (GO-chay) was called up for the proverbial cup of coffee this past week with the Los Angeles Kings, an 8-2 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres. This matched the largest margin of victory for the la...



A Christmas Tale For All Seasons

The most famous of all Christmastime tales comes once again to Chino’s Seventh Street Theatre, and for traditionalists, it should be a pleasing sight. Directed by Tom Kirkpatrick, Chino’s Community Theatre manages to put to...


The Art of Surrendering

Art is objective; Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup” may seem like just a can of soup. At first glance, walking into the Antarctica exhibit at Pitzer College, the cans of soup seem like merely cans of soup....


Boy Howdy!

Detroit-based CREEM magazine was truly one of a kind in that its rock & roll critics and chroniclers rocked harder than the bands they helped bash into general consciousness—hence, the quite literal claim of being “Amer...



HINDSIGHT 2020

The road to the Mexican presidency, past and present, is littered with manipulation and corruption. In 1988, “the people’s candidate” was leading until the electoral computer went down. When it came back on line days late...


RADICAL DUDE

Turning radical was easy during the Vietnam War. With the draft ready to interrupt one’s life big time, politics got personal fast. And when politics get personal, people get political. Same holds true today. Lots of us could...


FREAK OF THE WEEK

Bizarre antics and a killer grin—Bat Boy is to the Weekly World News what Tom Cruise is to Us magazine: the perennial coverboy, as enigmatic as he is endlessly compelling. Like the iconic freak himself (Bat Boy, not Tom), Bat...



GROWING UP BLUE

Your college English prof calls them “coming-of-age” novels. But we like to call tales of teenage angst “thumbsucker lit.” Thumbsuckers include everything from J.D. Salinger’s 1951 classic The Catcher In the Rye (the ...


PRETTY ON THE INSIDE

Victoria Delgadillo is an activist, a Chicana, a member of the Mexican Spitfires art movement, and an Angeleno. While all of these titles inform her artwork, none of them solely define her. At her core, Delgadillo is that mutab...


AIRTOONS

There’s nothing we like more than people who dedicate large chunks of their time to something completely random. Take the creator of Air Toons, for example, who claims he was taking a flight one day in 1999 and noticed th...



THE QUAKER LOBBY

So this doesn’t happen every day: a religiously-based DC lobbying group that we actually want to join? It’s true. Created in 1943, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL—or Quaker public interest ...