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The Length to which Los Angeles receives its Water

Apr 01, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

Los Angeles, due to the fact that we don’t get much rain, we have to import the majority of our water. In fact, LA only receives about 15 inches of rain each year.
For 9,000,000 people [...]

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Film “Presumed Guilty” causes Furor in Mexico

Mar 18, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

At last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, I reviewed the documentary film, Presumed Guilty, which also was last season’s LAFF Audience Award for Best International Feature.
In Mexico, where 92% of convictions are not based on [...]

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TASCHEN’S “Collecting Design,” by Adam Lindemann

Mar 14, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

‘From the same author of Collecting Contemporary Art, Adam Lindemann–a superior curator and educator–provides the reader with a 360 degree view of what Collecting Design means.
The myriad of reasons that that entails–are explained to the [...]

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Sing-a-Long Saturday – The Doors – One of Los Angeles’ Most famous Bands

Feb 12, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

After a chance meeting in 1965 at Venice Beach, between two UCLA Film School Alumni, Jim Morrison, and Ray Manzarek, was the benign and unbeknown beginning of the formation of the musical group, The Doors.
Morrison [...]

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Sing-a-Long Saturday – “The Cat in the Hat: Slash” – A Los Angeles and World Guitar Icon

Jan 29, 2011

The very first time I knew about the band “Guns N’ Roses,” is actually quite benign.
One day I happened to be watching a video on MTV and there was a band I had never [...]

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TASCHEN’S 25th ANNIVERSARY GREAT ESCAPES TRAVEL BOX

Jan 27, 2011

There’s no shortage of Coffee Table books covering any subject one could think of documenting and showcasing just about any topic.
Especially those that include “Hotels,” “Beautiful Places,” “Things to Do,” “Places to See,” [...]

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Film Review of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – an Artistic Genius

Dec 03, 2010

Radiant Child is a documentary movie about the rapid rise and epic fall of one of the most important modern artists of the late 20th century–Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Filmmaker Tamra Davis, a close friend of Basquiat, conducted [...]

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Case Study Houses – The Complete CSH Program 1945 – 1966

Nov 08, 2010

When it comes to architecture, the notions of “experimental” and “low-cost,” are not often found.
And, in 1945 building “green” was relegated to academia.
This was the purpose for the Case Study Houses and Taschen’s [...]

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The Killer Inside Me–an Intense Ride into the Abyss of the Criminally Insane

Nov 05, 2010

“Out here you’re a man or a gentleman or you’re nothing at all and god help you if you’re not. Nobody has it coming. That’s why they can’t see it coming. “
Extremely critical situational [...]

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A Prophet (Un prophete)

Sep 29, 2010

Sentenced to six years in prison by French courts, a petty criminal Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), is quickly introduced into the inner workings of prison life–and finds himself at the bottom of its food [...]

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TASCHEN’S 25th Year Special Edition – 100 Contemporary Artists

Sep 14, 2010

Starting with the publication of TASCHEN’S book, Art at the Turn of the Millennium by authors, Burkhard Riemschneider, Lars Bang Larsen, Christoph Blase, Yilmaz Dziewior, Michel Ribettes, Raimar Stange and Susanne Titz; along with the [...]

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Man Bites Dog – A DVD Review

Aug 25, 2010

Man Bites Dog (C’est arrivé près de chez vous – the original title), produced in 1993, is a wild ride into mayhem, murder, and hilarity. Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde) is a serial killer, bon vivant, intellectual [...]

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The Runaways – It’s a Long Way to the Top if you Want to Rock ’n’ Roll

Aug 14, 2010

The Runways were one of the first all-girl Rock ’n’ roll bands early on. The movie is a mixture of fiction and truth to tell the story of real life band members Joan Jett (Kristen [...]

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A review of the Documentary film Presumed Guilty

Jul 13, 2010

In different countries around the world, are people accused of a crime automatically innocent until proven guilty, is law enforcement, the legal system and investigative professionals held to basic moral standards, and are people that [...]

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