Students: If you plan to cheat on your book reports, take a look at Graphic Classics. As Art Spiegelman put it, “Comics are a gateway drug to literacy”; for the visually oriented, this series will open doors to literature. It’s also a stunning contrast to those dreadful 1950s Classics Illustrated comic books, with their dry, tedious plotting and bland, pedestrian art.

Ah, progress. Rather than unabridged novels, each Graphic Classic is an anthology of stories and poems, usually from 6 to 20 pages. Each tale has its own visual flair, enlivened by a diverse array of book illustrators, painters, and comics artists …

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Just shut up, New York and Europe. You’re really not all that, culture-wise. This weekend will officially kick off “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.”

Over the next six months, nearly 200 museum and gallery shows and hundreds of program events – featuring more than 1300 artists – will demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of the City of Art Angels. And local design from the 1940s through the 1970s will be well represented with plenty of Eames stuff …

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