Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 21, 2009 News

I'm a bit behind in posting, what with the holiday Monday and the wonderful events of Tuesday, but here you go, definitely in no particular order.

This tip came yesterday from Omar Cunningham, Mannfolk PR:

Just got an email from one of the editors here in LA office of TEEN that the magazine has folded, effective immediately.

More layoffs from last week:

Jim Farber, features writer, Daily Breeze
Andy Klein, film critic, LA City Beat

According to Fishbowl LA, the Weekly killed Robert Abele TV column, but he will still freelance for them and others.

With regard to ongoing arts writer layoffs, the Geffen, CTG and Pasadena Playhouse artistic directors put out a statement "decrying the decline in voices and calling on the arts community to keep the conversation going," according to the LA Times Culture Monster blog. Read all about it here.

And keep Steven Leigh Morris on your lists with same contact information. He's LA Weekly Theatre Critic at Large. His loss (full-time job, benefits) is our gain (still a great theatre reviewer covering theatre). Isn't corporate greed wonderful?

On that same subject, check out some action underway by the LA Stage Alliance, which Morris writes about here.

Change can happen, though – check out this cool video, and congratulations to our new President!

Writer extraordinaire Julie Riggott debuted her new Arts Los Angeles blog with this announcement:

So far, I've got posts about LA Opera, movies, sculptor Robert Graham and the LA Phil. Check it out and let me know what you think. Also, be sure to add my email address to your press release list. (Some of you already have, so I have a lot of great ideas for future posts.) If you like what you read, spread the word to others who have arts events to share.

Reach her via email @att.net, with jariggott.

From Gary Scott's blog:

Los Angeles Daily Journal entertainment reporter Noah Barron sent his colleagues an e-mail... announcing that Jan. 28 will be his last day on the job. Barron's departure comes roughly a month after associate editor Alan Mittelstaedt quit.

Thanks to the intrepid Lucy Pollak for passing on the info that Adam Pockross is current What's On editor at The Argonaut. His @argienews.com email is whatson.

Indie103.1 is no more, replaced by "a format called "El Gato" -- playing regional Mexican rhythmic and cumbia music." Full story at the Franklin Avenue blog.

Thanks to PRNewser for the link to MarketingSherpa.com's article titled No-Cost Resources for PR Pros: Top 10 Email Newsletters, 6 Content-Rich Sites, Popular Blogs. I won't hold it against them that this blog wasn't included.

Lesley Balla departs as editor of EaterLA.com, and Ben Leventhal replaces her (his @curbedla address is bl).

Lesley's new gig in her own words, follows:

I will be the editor of Tasting Table LA, a new daily email newsletter launching in February. My new role begins Jan. 26.

Why I'm most excited: I'm still all about the LA dining scene, the food, drinks, events, the people. But what you get is one tasty little tidbit directly to your inbox highlighting the best of the city--first-hand recommendations, trends, dishes, recipes, cocktails, wine, chefs, tastemakers, and reviews of new hot spots or timeless classics. There's even a little space for news and goss...we'll cover it all. It's like a trusted friend tipping you off to something new and fabulous, which has always been my role anyway. To get a feel for Tasting Table, check out the New York site. http://www.tastingtable.com/index.htm.

More importantly: Sign up for Tasting Table LA now and be the first to get it when we launch on Feb. 16. And then PLEASE tell all of your friends! http://tastingtable.com/LA/

Her @hotmail.com address is lesba.