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Dudleyas grow in canyons here in California. I have one planted on the side of my house, but it was hit by a car so it looks all mangled now. Mine has crazy tendrils that will start flowering any day now.
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Here are a few quick photos of my show at dialect in downtown LA! Show runs through February 5, so stop by if you're in town. More show info here. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening and art walk.

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Joe: Where was the beef? What was Willis talking about? Who could it have been now? The 1980s presented us with so many baffling questions. Last January, Mr. Clark and I embarked upon a hazardous journey through some of the the decade's more memorable films in search of answers to these and other queries. And we did learn a great deal about the decade of Reagan and the Rubik's Cube. But more importantly, we learned something about -- wait for it -- ourselves. Along the way, we screened comedies, horror films, dramas, comedies, science-fiction films, and even comedies. Wait, did I mention "comedies" more than once? I'm sorry. It's just that those movies were so god damnably hard to write about that they left a permanent scar on my psyche. Anyway, now that our year-long vision quest is complete (damnit, we should've done Vision Quest!), I thought it was important to get some "closure" on the whole process, which is why I've invited Mr. Clark here for this frank and unguarded conversation about the movies we reviewed. I think I'll start with the obvious question: why the 1980s rather than some other, perhaps more tasteful decade?

Craig: That's a good question, Joe. I was six at the dawn of the decade and 16 when it went bye-bye, so I suppose one could say the '80s was when I came of age as a consumer of popular culture. I'm sure that must also account for why most of the movies I wanted to cover (such as Explorers, Spies Like Us, Buckaroo Banzai and Weird Science) were ones that hailed from the middle of the decade, when I was on the cusp of puberty and thus the most impressionable. And yes, we did lean rather heavily on the comedies as the expense of other genres (I notice that we didn't cover a single action film in the whole lot) and we also shied away from some of the biggest stars like Stallone, Schwarzeneggar, Cruise and Murphy. Even as we set out to watch movies that people had actually heard of (as opposed to things like Trapped Ashes and Repo! The Genetic Opera, which people could happily go their whole lives without ever seeing and never know the difference), we still managed to avoid most of the biggest movies of the decade. Could that be the result of our lingering contrarian streak? Inquiring minds want to know, Joe!

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If you're anywhere in or around Los Angeles in the next month, stop into dialect for an exhibition of my work! The opening reception is Wednesday, January 12 and I'd love to see you there. Info, is as follows:

Preview & Reception:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
7-11pm

Opening & Downtown Art Walk:
Thursday, January 13
5-11pm

Closing Reception:
Thursday, February 5
7-11pm

215 W. 6th St. Suite 111
Los Angeles, CA 90013
downtowndialect.com
info@downtowndialect.com
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The water-bearer begins another journey.

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I finished this piece for my upcoming show, "A Billion Stories," at dialect in downtown Los Angeles. Show info:

Preview & Reception:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
7-11pm

Opening & Downtown Art Walk:
Thursday, January 13
5-11pm

Closing Reception:
Thursday, February 5
7-11pm

215 W. 6th St. Suite 111
Los Angeles, CA 90013
downtowndialect.com
info@downtowndialect.com

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The manzanita is a slow-growing but mighty fellow.

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I finished this piece for my upcoming show, "A Billion Stories" at dialect in downtown Los Angeles. Show info:

Preview & Reception:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
7-11pm

Opening & Downtown Art Walk:
Thursday, January 13
5-11pm

Closing Reception:
Thursday, February 5
7-11pm

215 W. 6th St. Suite 111
Los Angeles, CA 90013
downtowndialect.com
info@downtowndialect.com
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