Sunset Boulevard

Spoilers for movie in post below In an American cinema class I took in the Spring semester of 2018, we watched a film noir called Sunset Boulevard. It was released in 1950 and starred William Holsen, Erich von Stroheim, and silent film actress Gloria Swanson. At the time of watching in 2018, I had no … [Read more…]

Hide Drogher

Every day at work, I take a walk at lunch along the Bluff Top Trail in Dana Point, CA.  On the trail, there is a sculpture called The Hide Drogher created in 1990 by F. Benedict Coleman.[1] The sculpture shows a shirtless 19th century sailor throwing a cowhide off the cliffs into the trading ships … [Read more…]

Heaven’s Gate

While on campus, prior to the coronavirus situation, I would walk past this bronze surfboard sticking out of a rock in front of the college of business building. After further research, I found this brown stick is called Heaven’s Gate created by Woods Davy in 1996. Heaven’s Gate is supposed to symbolize “the peaceful coexistence … [Read more…]

Ask the Dust: Mapping Bandini

Group Members: Arielle Lightbourn, Cody Alvino, and Lizbeth Martinez Our group’s map focused on events in John Fante’s Ask the Dust that highlighted the immigrant experience in Los Angeles in the 1930s. The immigrant struggle to fit into society and climb the ladder of success and opportunity promised by LA boosterism directly parallels Bandini’s story … [Read more…]