Stories: 10/17-10/23

Photo Oct 23, 11 50 00 AMTwo years ago, I started checking out the new wave of virtual reality projects and wrote about them here and there for L.A. Weekly, Paste and The Robot’s Voice. Two months ago, I started work on a big story for L.A. Weekly on the development of Los Angeles’ community of virtual reality pros and how this intersects with Hollywood. The story came out on Thursday and I’m very happy to add that it’s the cover feature for this week’s print issue.

“From Hollywood to Silicon Beach, L.A. Creatives are Plotting Virtual Reality’s Boom”

Art Center has a data art show going on right now. What I thought was really interesting about this group exhibition was that two of the pieces are inspired in part by Joy Division. I wrote about those works for L.A. Weekly.

“How Joy Division Ended Up in a Data Art Show — Twice”

Also, L.A. Weekly ran a list of cool videos shot in our fine city. I wrote about clips from the Beastie Boys and Massive Attack.

“The 20 Best Music Videos Ever Shot in Los Angeles”

In club news, I’ll be playing Italo disco, freestyle and more at the Lash on Thursday night for Native Love. This is going to be totally different from my usual sets at the Lash for ’90s Goth Klub (which, by the way, is Sunday, October 30– wear a costume) and should be a ton of fun. Hope to see you there.

 

Martin Gore, Beautiful People and More

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It’s been a busy week. On the occasion of our anniversary, my husband and I decided to hit up at least one music event every day/night for a week. We checked out a party in Hollywood that wasn’t cheesy, caught a music festival at our alma mater, felt a lot of bass at Low End Theory and much more. It wasn’t as exhausting of a week as I thought it would be. Writing about it might be more taxing. I don’t know yet.

Meanwhile, some exciting new stories hit the web and the streets this week.

Martin Gore just released his new solo album, MG, and I’m proud to say that I had the chance to speak with him about it for L.A. Weekly. I’ve been a huge Depeche Mode fan since I was in grade school, so this was a very special assignment.

“Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Talks About His Sci-Fi Solo Album, MG”

The fact that I’m a big ol’ Depeche Mode fan is probably a sign that I’m older than the average club-goer. For L.A. Weekly, I wrote about how the nightlife changes as you hit your late 30s. The response for this story was amazing. I’m kind of proud of it.

“What Happens When Rabid Concertgoers Get Old”

This year, I contributed to Paper Magazine‘s annual Beautiful People issue. Check out my interviews with Shamir, Ellar Coltrane, Ruba Wilson, Desiree Akhavan and Mike Eckhaus of Eckhaus Latta.

Paper’s Beautiful People

Apparently, some people go all out for children’s birthday parties, bringing in companies who specialize in all sorts of whimsical characters, from clowns to princesses to mermaids. I talked to a few people who own party production companies for Backstage.

“Kids’ Parties Offer Acting Challenges and Good Pay”

This week, I somehow managed to get two stories in the print issue of L.A. Weekly. The first is an arts piece that gives a little peek inside the L.A. burlesque scene. The second is a music feature profiling the band Talk in Tongues, who I think you’ll love if you’re interested in late-’80s/early-/’90s U.K. indie music, like 4AD and Creation Records stuff.

“Super Mario Came to Town and Sparked an All-Out Burlesque War”

“Talk in Tongues Were Born in the ’90s, but Their Sound Is Pure ’80s Shoegaze”