Liz Ohanesian

Pop culture journalist based in Los Angeles.

The Clark Library in Los Angeles has a massive collection of works from Oscar Wilde, as well as his friends, colleagues, etc. I recently toured the collection and wrote about it for KCET Artbound. Here are some of the photos I took. These include manuscripts (the notebook is Chapter 3 of The Picture of Dorian Gray) and a copy of his poem “Ravenna” with a cover made by Wilde’s wife. For Love of the King wasn’t actually written by Oscar Wilde, but the Clark has an interesting collection of forgeries as well.  There are also pieces in the collection from artist Aubrey Beardsley, who illustrated Salome

Scare L.A. is a two-day event in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to everything related to Halloween. I was there today to cover the event for L.A. Weekly and tried to cram as much fun as possible into five hours. There were a few attractions to check out, like a Hellevator (left me very wobbly), a zombie shooting range (I don’t know how to work a toy gun) and a haunted house that’s actually in a home in Yorba Linda. I met a woman who makes the creepiest dolls I’ve ever seen, but, unfortunately, didn’t get to meet the maker of supremely creepy cakes. I did get to attend Obscura Society L.A.’s panel on weird places in L.A.  Also, today is the 45th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, so Captured Aural Phantasy performed a live reading of the storybook album. L.A. artist Dienzo also had a lot of Haunted Mansion-related art at his booth.  Look for my story next week for more about this really fun event. 

From today’s trip to the Los Angeles Central Library.

From today’s trip to the Los Angeles Central Library.