16th International Architecture Exhibition: Freespace

Exploring the Venice festival's fascinating and innovative community-focused projects

Oftentimes, architecture exhibitions tend to center on achievements of famous architects or wild designs, but the 16th Biennale Architettura (aka International Architecture Exhibition in Venice) is different in that its attention has shifted to the ways in which space is used, rather than just the buildings themselves or “starchitects.” This year’s theme “Freespace” was chosen by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and has somewhat …

New Cookbooks from Los Angeles

Stories from the thriving Southern California culinary scene

The recent opening of Now Serving Cookbook & Culinary Shop brings together the best books by Los Angeles chefs and food writers, as well as a carefully curated selection of cookbooks highlighting food from around the world. Ken Conception and Michelle Mungcal opened their Chinatown store in a complex that’s already popular with food adventurers willing to stand in line at Howling Ray’s for Nashville …

Venice Film Festival Introduces a Virtual Reality Competition

A roster of works announce the prestigious festival's commitment to VR storytelling

It comes as no surprise to learn of the continued artistic application of virtual reality. And to witness film festivals like Sundance or Tribeca embracing the technologically-driven storytelling medium only makes sense. But when one hears that a more traditional institution such as the Venice Film Festival, now in its 74th year, will be hosting a VR competition, it’s clear we’ve reached a tipping point …