Short Takes

  • From Guyana with Love

    From Guyana with Love

    Brandon Sward traces the lines between race, sexuality, and colonialism in Vishal Jugdeo’s “Caribbean Television” at Commonwealth and Council.

    Dec 6, 2023

  • Tuning In to TV Girl

    Tuning In to TV Girl

    Brittany Menjivar braves hoards of TikTokers and first-time concertgoers to report on “America’s favorite indie band.”

    Nov 30, 2023

  • Crown Jewel

    Crown Jewel

    David Diaz time-travels to a special moment in New York history, finding it as vibrant now as it was then.

    Nov 28, 2023

  • Phantom of the Frida

    Phantom of the Frida

    Emily Ann Zisko spent a night at the opera, darling, and found herself among skeletons and ghosts, feminists and revolutionaries.

    Nov 22, 2023

  • Choose Your Own Hamletmachine

    Choose Your Own Hamletmachine

    Siena Foster-Soltis joins the audience, votes, and—expectedly—witnesses the victory of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    Nov 17, 2023

  • Too Far Gone

    Too Far Gone

    If you're gonna build a career on proximity to coolness, maybe start by ascertaining whether you are—in fact—cool?

    Nov 16, 2023

  • Ultra-Casual

    Ultra-Casual

    Jack Skelley stumbles right up to the razor’s edge of Los Angeles’s alt-lit scene, and perhaps tumbles into the ether.

    Nov 15, 2023

  • Born Sick

    Born Sick

    The church is the Hollywood Bowl, the priest is Hozier, the hymns are pop anthems, and everyone is very, very gay.

    Nov 9, 2023

  • Always an Angeleno, Never a God

    Always an Angeleno, Never a God

    BOYGENIUS with 100 GECS and SLOPPY JANE, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, October 31, 2023. Emo-folk supergroup boygenius joined hyperpop scoundrels 100...

    Nov 6, 2023

  • Honk If You Love Geese

    Honk If You Love Geese

    A. J. Urquidi treks to Orange County to report on the nexus of country, glam, psychedelia, post-punk, and noise rock.

    Nov 2, 2023

  • Prometheus Downtown

    Prometheus Downtown

    APOCALYPSE HALLOWEEN PARTY, Los Angeles, October 28, 2023. As a recent East Coast transplant, I’ve noticed a major difference between New York...

    Nov 1, 2023

  • Anatomy of a Scare

    Anatomy of a Scare

    HAUNTED HOUSE CONFIDENTIAL: THE ART AND ORIGINS OF THE SCARE with KRISTEN PHILLIPS, Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles, October 26,...

    Oct 31, 2023

  • All the World’s a Game

    All the World’s a Game

    Brandon Sward unearths Nathan Wainstein’s review of Bloodborne in anticipation of Halloween: During lockdown, I essentially reverted to my adolescent...

    Oct 30, 2023