Today, artists are more liable to be described as the "gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism," harbingers of highfalutin coffee and six-figure loft living. That is certainly the case in Boyle Heights, where a number of art spaces have materialized in the industrial zone just west of the 101 Freeway over the last three years, raising alarms among longtime residents about gentrification. Last month, protesters led a march in the neighborhood, putting up mock eviction notices. One of their targets: the 4,500-square-foot gallery on South Anderson Street recently launched by United Talent Agency, the Hollywood powerhouse that represents fine artists such as Ai Weiwei and Judy Chicago in the world of entertainment.
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Everybody wants to give their children the tools to be a success in life. But let's think really big for a minute: How could you prepare a child to start the next billion-dollar tech company? Think the odds are stacked too high against them? Consider the advantage today's children have over the first generations of tech entrepreneurs: They're growing up immersed in technology. They grow up expecting that there will be a next big thing, and wondering what it will look like.
This time of year, anyone with a studio email address or an undergrad film-studies class under his or her belt will tell you about the movie that will rock your world, "Boyhood"-style But there are crystal balls and there are crystal balls. For true portents of where the movie globe is spinning -- at least the movie world that isn't sequels and superheroes -- the Toronto International Film Festival is downright clairvoyant. TIFF is where many big fall releases make a stop -- the occasional New York Film Festival or other premiere notwithstanding. And it's where, over the last 10 days or so, some trends have been asserting themselves. We break down the notables.
Yunel Escobar's loyalties are with the Angels, who are relying on the new third baseman to provide solid defense and a high on-base percentage from the leadoff spot, but his heart strings were being tugged toward the opposing dugout Monday night. "Joe Maddon, in baseball terms, was like my dad," Escobar, speaking through an interpreter, said of the Chicago Cubs manager. "My relationship with him is extraordinary. I'm very grateful for what he's done to help me improve." Maddon spent 30 years in the Angels organization before moving on to manage Tampa Bay in 2006 and the Cubs in 2015, and the time and effort he invested in Escobar with the Rays in 2013 should benefit the Angels.