The Contributor Q&A: Marielle Wakim

Film, TV, books, theatre, Internet memes—Wakim pops all kinds of culture as the editor of Los Angeles’ Do section and’s <a href="" target="_blank">Culture Files blog</a>. Follow her on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>

Describe L.A.’s arts and culture scene in one word.
Is hyphenating ten words cheating? It’s-the-real-life-equivalent-of-an-Internet-rabbit-hole.

OK, explain.
Because discovering one cool thing (a printmaking class, say) inevitably leads to the discovery of more cool things (like the local company Little Friends of Printmaking). Before you know it, you’re driving across the city for a printmaking pop up, which you only know about because you started following a bunch of printmakers on Twitter.

What would you change about it if you could?
I wish there was a well-trained barista at every late-night theatre performance or concert or event. Preferably one from Caffe Luxxe.  

What’s a memorable experience you’ve had on the job lately?
I attended the press preview for Rain Room at LACMA. Experiencing an indoor rain-storm—in L.A.—was weird and surreal.


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In a typical week, you might write about everything from a performance of Tchaikovsky to a viral Internet meme. How do you keep up?
A robust RSS feed. Just kidding! I do like to know what other outlets find interesting, but mostly I go places, talk to people, and draw my own conclusions about what’s cool. My favorite stories are about under-the-radar artists quietly influencing the city’s creative flavor.