Constant Translation, L.A. Times Book Critic David L. Ulin

Former New Yorker, Los Angeles Times Book Critic David L. Ulin joins the traveling kitchen table of Trailer Talk to converse about the  intricate and exhilarating layers of his home, Los Angeles. A city accused of many things and capturing the criticism and devotion of many, Ulin addresses its unique histories providing an understanding of […]

Bonfire Gets Extinguished by Fire Dept.

I wasn’t there myself this week, but someone posted a three-part video series on Facebook. Part 2 includes a bonfire, which is quickly extinguished by the fire department.  

Worm Takes Over, Storyboard Returns

Big crowd tonight. The highlight was Worm. He’s little, incredibly athletic and throws himself to the asphalt with complete abandon. He jumps high in the air, drops to his knees, belly on the ground, springing up from a backbend. I also saw my eighth woman enter the circle. Her name is Ladia Yates. I heard […]

What Does Home Mean to You if You’re Homeless?

Trailer Talk on Main Street at the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) on 3-9-12. The day was spent on Skid Row  in downtown L.A., the center of the city’s homeless community.  “The mission of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is to help people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, […]

Woodstock Revolution

The Woodstock Festival still resonates as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacy of the Sixties reverberates as we negotiate, occupy and celebrate a vision for another world. Why does Woodstock symbolize the dreams, desires and actions of a decade that keeps resonating back to the present social structure? […]

Anti-Fracking “Mic Check” Occupies the Watershed

This piece is from the Binghamton, New York, Department of Environmental (DEC) public hearing on November 17th, 2011. It includes a chant from the anti-fracking rally and press conference outside the hearing and a “Mic Check” (human microphone) from the hearing. This anti-fracking “Mic Check” was used to make a three-minute statement that the public […]

Chase Bank Gets Krumped

As I pulled into the Ralph’s parking lot, I didn’t see a single person in any of the usual spots. Then I saw a crowd in front of the Chase bank. I have often imagined what a powerful statement it would make if the dancers krumped in front of the Chase bank. And now it […]

Sympathetic Seeing with Esther McCoy, Schindler and the MAK

  Esther McCoy, The Story of a Person and A City (Trailer Talk visits the MAK during the Esther McCoy show) Esther McCoy’s life from 1904 to 1989 spans the 20th century, but it was in 1945 that she began her relationship with architecture in Los Angeles when she became the draft person for architect, […]

Modernism and Activism Converge Under One Roof

  Esther McCoy, The Story of a Person and A City The drive through the streets of Los Angeles with my a 1965 trailer in tow readying for the Trailer Talk kitchen table conversations with curators Kimberli Meyer and Susan Morgan takes me on a journey through time and history on this rainy morning of […]

All Eyes on the Founders of Krump

  Tonight was bananas. The atmosphere was charged. Miss Prissy, Lil’ C and Mijo were there, three of the founders of krump. I also saw Larry the Clown. For those who have seen Rize, there is a scene where Tommy the Clown and Larry are sitting on a bed dissing krump. And here is Larry […]