Author: Martin Wong

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POW! WOW! annual mural-making festivals leave legacies of beautified walls, create landmarks for locals and tourists alike, generate community, and foster civic pride. But being there during the painting is an opportunity not to be missed, and this is the third year I've been able to take my family to the opening event, which happened...

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From July 16-22, POW! WOW! Long Beach will be bringing 20 artists from around the world to paint murals around the city as well as take part in a full slate of art-related events. In addition to providing aesthetic value, the public art will draw attention to the International City, stir civic pride, provide landmarks for...

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On Sunday, my friend and artist Andy Alexander had an art show and book signing at Rachel Comey in West Hollywood to celebrate the release of her new dresses incorporating his work as well as a monograph of his illustrations. My wife Wendy and I (mostly her) helped make the book, so how could we...

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I've seen this year's record-setting precipitation reflected in friends' gorgeous photos of flowers blooming in the desert and overpowering waterfalls in Yosemite. Wow. Last week, my family and I took advantage of the unusually stormy year by making yet another trip to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras. I guess it's hard for us to...

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Someone once told me that the highest elevation in Florida is the Matterhorn. I'm pretty sure she was messing with me, but the Golden State has at least as many wonders as the Swamp State. So this weekend my family and I met some friends and we went on a sight-seeing mission to visit our...

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The LA Zine Fest is humble and great like the medium itself. Made with various levels of production value or proficiency, the booklets are lovingly stapled and folded by hand. It is the ultimate DIY form of communication that is handed over in person or via snail mail--not always but often traded with a hug...