An interesting battle about the future of
contemporary art — and what should be shown in museums devoted to it —
is occurring in Los Angeles right now, where the director of the Museum
of Contemporary Art is accused of leaning too heavily on pop
culture/celebrity trendiness for his shows.
Hanni El Khatib’s world is a dangerous
place. The San Francisco-raised Los Angeles resident prefers to fill his
musical terrain with outlaw characters and disastrous circumstances. At least three of Khatib’s releases, including last September’s full-length debut Will the Guns Come Out,
have covers adorned with the mangled remnants of car wrecks.
Zola Jesus likes to have a lot of space. Born Nika Danilova in Wisconsin, Jesus
recounts a childhood spent running around her slice of the Midwest with
ample amounts of freedom and independence. She credits this freewheeling
upbringing with helping her find out who she was at a very young age.
There are good reasons that many U.S. manufacturing and service workers are urging President Obama and Congress to pass a new law that would make it easier for employees to join labor unions. One prime case in point is Mason-based Cintas Corp. For the second time since September, the company is facing a legal decision in California that could force it to comply with living wage laws and potentially give workers there millions of dollars in back pay.