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Posts Tagged ‘Craig Gaines’

Literary Softball Battle This Weekend in Elysian Valley

In what will undoubtedly be one of the least athletic sporting contests this city has ever seen, the staff of LA lit mag Slake is taking on Red Hen Press, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the literary magazine Black Clock in a softball tournament tomorrow afternoon in the Elysian Valley.

Writes Slake associate editor Craig Gaines: “Camaraderie and greater awareness of local publishing are the orders of the day, but if the championship is on the line, I’m rounding third, and LARB’s Tom Lutz is blocking home plate, you can be damn sure I’m going to go Pete Rose–Ray Fosse on his ass.”

The games start tomorrow at noon at the Elysian Valley Recreation Center. Be there…or be…there for what will undoubtedly be a drunken after party. These are a bunch of writers after all.

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Over the Weekend: Gary Leonard Photo Firesale

Longtime LA photojournalist Gary Leonard celebrated his 60th birthday last Friday night at his gallery “Take My Picture Gary Leonard.” The place was packed. In the narrow confines of the gallery, it was basically impossible to move from one end of the room to the next. Your best hope to talk to anyone was to spin in circles and say “hi” to the person next to you. Those definitely in attendance: photographer Kevin Scanlon, Slake man-about-town Craig Gaines and LA Weekly‘s Erica Zora Wrightson. There were no doubt other journos of note sandwiched in the back of the room somewhere, but we suffered a mild crowd-induced panic attack and had to go outside to catch our breath.

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Senior Features Editor Tom Christie Celebrates His LA Weekly Departure

Former and current LA Weekly employees gathered at the Red Lion in Silverlake Wednesday night to celebrate Tom Christie and his 15 year tenure at the paper. Christie was let go from the Weekly in mid-November, as FBLA first reported.

Slake editor Joe Donnelly with silver fox and man of the hour Tom Christie.

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Attention Grammar Nerds: We’ve Found You a Compatriot

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We met Craig Gaines at the LA Weekly cocktail party over the weekend. Gaines writes a blog about grammar called The Writing Guide. Gaines is not as nearly as embarrassed about this as he should be. Not that he’s not embarrassed by it, just not as much as he should be.

His site is a grammar geek’s delight. Topics range from improperly capitalizing nouns to prepositions to punctuation. You know, but interesting.

Watch out Strunk and White!