By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
Pizzeria Mozza is okay, but so far—I'll go back another time or two—it's much less than I had hoped for [Edwin Goei's "Pizza By Batali," Oct. 28]. The canned-tasting clam pizzette wouldn't be allowed within the city limits of New Haven, Connecticut, for example. The fried squash flowers were a bit oily, and the butterscotch budino merely tasty. At this point, I much prefer Il Dolce and, especially, Ortica, both for pizzas and for pasta and appetizers. Better service at those two, as well—more charming.
Look at these effing hipsters! It's people like Jon Reiser and Courtney Michaelis who think they are doing the world a favor by spreading "indie" culture and art [Lilledeshan Bose's "To the Galaxy and Beyond," Nov. 18]. They have tried gentrifying downtown Santa Ana and have made large patches of Costa Mesa unbearable. Now they want to ruin the Galaxy Concert Theatre, too? And geez, I'm so sick of stupid, ironic, hipster glasses.
Bernie, via ocweekly.com
A WEE BIT STEAMED
We appreciate your taking the time to write about the exhibit "Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination" . . . and some of the points you've raised in your review, to which you are entitled, may be valid [Dave Barton's "The Difference Exhibit," Nov. 11]. But I believe you have misrepresented certain people and crucial points . . . enough so that I'd like to clarify them:
The proper title for one of our contributors is "The League of STEAM," not "Legion of STEAM," and its "stupid" YouTube videos seem to do it enough justice that it currently has to turn down requests for live shows because it doesn't have the manpower to meet the demand.
The portraits in question are digital illustrations—and yes, although based off photographs (as many portraits of people who have passed on today are), they are hand-sketched, and then printed on materials dictated by our budgetary constraints.
Legion Fantastique is a 100 percent volunteer organization. There is no profit to be had for any member of the group—especially its director, apart from the satisfaction of performance. As a matter of fact, we produce our show at a substantial loss every year. So why would we do it? Because we can. The show is more on the lines of a community-theater production. The troupe is made up of educators, scientists and artists who create Legion Fantastique for the love of the craft and the joy our audience receives from our performances, not for money.
The exhibit, funded through generous donations from various circles, was produced through many long hours on behalf of MUZEO on a volunteer-only basis. Many of those who created the exhibit are unemployed (myself included) and decided that this was a worthwhile effort. They stand by that belief. MUZEO is a nonprofit museum that had a limited budget; it graciously requested our help to provide it with an exhibit (one it could afford) to support the exhibit "The Queen's Gallery."
The work on "Steampunk" was accomplished by eight dedicated individuals who did the work entirely for the love of the project—and every cent of the budget went into either materials or other production costs. Not a cent went into the pocket of an individual who donated his or her time to this project.
Frankly, a "conflict of interest" would only exist had we actually asked to be paid to produce this exhibit. But we didn't. We created this show to assist MUZEO—and we believe we did the best job that we could despite every obstacle thrown in our path. Just about every artist, performer and creator who donated items to "Steampunk" created these pieces and perform in their various shows for the love of the genre and make little to no money in the process. I think I speak for most of them when I say that we see no harm in standing up as representatives of the genre of steampunk because we are some of the happy few who dabble in it with such gusto.
Although I admire a journalist who "makes his living" through quick speculation, incendiary prose and a lack of fact-checking, I did not appreciate the personal digs and misrepresentations inserted in this article.
I will simply state that both exhibits "The Queen's Gallery" and "Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination" have been a treat for many of our visitors—save one, obviously.
As noted in the preceding letter, Dave Barton's Nov. 11 review did give the name of the League of STEAM incorrectly. The Weekly regrets the error.