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LA named one of the Best Places for Artists in America
"... one of the reasons Los Angeles leads the list is because it has 56 artistic
establishments for every 100,000 people, a diversity index of 84.2, and
an arts and culture index of 100 (on a scale of 1 to 100)." (Business Week)

City's Cultural Affairs Department gets new Head
"I am thrilled to put forth such a visionary and inspiring leader as Olga Garay to head up the Department of Cultural Affairs," Mayor Villaraigosa said. "An internationally recognized dynamo, Olga will bring just the right mix of vision, knowledge and creativity that Los Angeles needs as we reaffirm our commitment to making this the arts and culture capital of the country." (LA Observed)

New Arts Blog for LA
His other blog has been called “infuriatingly snooty,” “fusty philistine claptrap” and “vitriolic, caustic and without humor.” Now Christian M. Chensvold hopes FineArtsLA.com will earn similar praise.

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LA Weekly Jonathon Gold Wins Pulitzer Prize
"This marks the first time a food critic has ever won a Pulitzer Prize and should fit nicely on top of the award pyramid the four-time James Beard winner (Gold was also a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards while with Gourmet) is amassing for his writing about food and restaurants." (LA Weekly)

Photo taken at UCLA Sculpture Garden