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SCRAMBLING TO SAVE THE ARTS: NEA, NEH, CPB UNDER ATTACK When the White House released its proposed $1.5 trillion budget in March, what artists and cultured people across the country feared would happen, did. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) were missing from the proposal. Arts advocates scrambled to counter the attack. Then, on March 28, the other shoe dropped. Americans for the Arts reported that the White House was pressuring Congress to cut $18 billion immediately from a targeted list of federal domestic programs-including $15 million each from the NEA and the NEH. This money would come out of the current fiscal year budget, in other words, from grant programs where awards had already been made. The stated purpose of the proposed cuts is to redirect money to higher defense and border security funding. Spending on the arts has always been a minuscule part of the federal budget. But it is some of the best spent and best leveraged grant money in the United States. For every dollar spent on direct arts grants, almost nine non-federal dollars come in. At the time the White House released its proposed budget ideas, the political publication, “The Hill,” noted that the proposals closely mirrored the conservative Heritage Foundation’s “Blueprint for Balance,” released in 2016. In “Blueprint for Balance,” the authors stated, “Taxpayer assistance of the arts is neither necessary nor prudent.” “Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for plays, paintings, pageants, and scholarly journals, regardless of the works’ attraction or merit,” said the Heritage Foundation. Fiscal year 2018 begins in October. It should be noted that the Executive Branch of the government is not The Queen of Hearts, Mr. Charles Lummis, the sole decision maker on budget issues. Congress must still deliberate the matter. It remains to be seen and Miss Alice Liddell react to the news that the White House is proposing the elimination how many Congress members from the majority Republican Party will join with Democrats in supporting a of federal funding for the arts (photo: Teatro continuation of the NEA, NEH, and CPB. It is Congress that writes the appropriation bills. Across-the-aisle Arroyo/Arroyo Arts Collective) collaboration has saved arts agencies before. During the budget deliberations, the NEA, NEH, and CPB will continue normal operations. “Since its creation in 1965, NEH has established a significant record of achievement through its grant-making programs,” said NEH Chairperson William D. Adams in a released statement. “Over these five decades, NEH has awarded more than $5.3 billion for humanities projects through more than 63,000 grants. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, and exciting discoveries.” “These grants have reached into every part of the country and provided humanities programs and experiences that benefit all of our citizens,” Mr. Adams continued. continued on page 3

BAD GIRLS & OUTCASTS The April art exhibit at Frogtown’s Cactus Gallery will feature the witchy, wicked, wanton, weird women of fairytales, myths and legends. “These women may often go unrecognized (or simply hidden away),” says the gallery’s statement about the show, “because they don’t fit the archetypal feminine canon of princesses and heroines” Some of the women depicted will be familiar to viewers. Others will be new. “Our women may live, even thrive, on the dark side of the Moon,” says the gallery, “at the bottom of the ocean, in the depths of the primeval forest, in the hidden, rebellious, shadowy realms of a woman’s soul, or in the rejected, often devalued parts of a man’s psyche.” Cactus Gallery features works in a variety of media--painting, ceramics, mixed media, doll art, and more. One section of the new show will be devoted to the works of featured artist Ulla Anobile. Ms. Anobile is a Los Angeles-based, Finish-born artist whose paper mache and hand stitched felt birds, “Queen Boadicea,” acrylic on wood, by Andrea Bogdan masks, sculptural works, embroidered pieces, and dolls have been widely shown in the United States and Europe. Her annual show at Cactus Gallery is always a crowd favorite. Among Ms. Anobile’s new pieces for the Bad Girls and Outcasts show is a mask of Lilith, which the artist describes as having a somewhat contemporary look. “But so do the many artists’ interpretations of this ‘Bad Girl’ over the centuries,” says Ms. Anobile, “making her (and the degree of her ‘badness’) reflect the surrounding values and looks of the times.” “…how ‘bad’ these girls actually were depended a lot on the interpretations, which changed with the times, current politics and other circumstances,” says Ms Anobile. Other participating artists are Jaclyn Alderete, Joe Alvarez, Christine Benjamin, Jorge Bernal, Denise Bledsoe, Leonard Greco, “Coyolxauhqui Reassembled” 2017 Mixed media: acrylic paint, recycled rag, thread, fiber fill Approx. 21 by 12 inches

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Andrea Bogdan, Lioba Bruckner, Lacey Bryant, Catherine Bursill Moore, Lauren Hana Chai, Anna Chung, Nancy Cintron, Sheri DeBow, Dolldrums, Ashley Fisher, Eden Folwell, Rosie Garcia, Leonard Greco, Liz Huston, Anita Inverarity, Rasa Jadzeviciene, Brooke Kent, Patricia Krebs, Mavis Leahy, Heather Lowe, Linda Lyons, Candace McKay, Malathip, Tammy Mae Moon, Janet Olenik, Jen Raven, Joshua Roman, Carolina Seth, Kelly Thompson, Ingrid Tusell, Kelly Vetter, Joe Vollan, Gabriela Zapata, and Julie Zarate. Cactus is a vibrant Latina-owned gallery and gift shop. It opened 12 years ago in Eagle Rock and for the past few years has been located in Frogtown, alongside the Los Angeles River. This will be the gallery’s final show at its Frogtown location. A new space will be announced soon. Bad Girls & Outcasts Cactus Gallery 3001 North Coolidge Avenue, Elysian Valley/Frogtown April 22 - May 27, 2017 Opening reception: Saturday, April 22, 6-9 p.m.

Leonard Greco, “The Magdalene” 2017 Mixed media: acrylic paint, recycled rag, artificial foilage, thread, fiberfill Approx. 26 by 17 by 6

Leonard Greco, “Dancing Salome” , a Jumping Jack (Jill) 2017 Mixed Media: enlarged original drawing, graphite, watercolor, cardboard, brads, thread Approx. 45 by 29 inches

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Ulla Anobile, Lilith. Paper mache, acrylics, mixed media 9” x 7” (14 1/2” with beaded strands).


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Residents in Whitesburg, Kentucky are preserving the photographs and films of their local Appalachian region through Appalshop cultural center. Veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan connect with classic texts and the public through Aquila Theatre. Students, teachers and historians have access to the papers of Founding Father George Washington. Through these projects and thousands of others, the National Endowment for the Humanities has inspired and supported what is best in America.” Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, released a statement saying, “There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services... “Public media is one of America’s best investments. At approximately $1.35 per citizen per year, it pays huge dividends to every American. From expanding opportunity, beginning with proven children’s educational content to providing essential news and information as well as ensuring public safety and homeland security through emergency alerts, this vital investment strengthens our communities. It is especially critical for those living in small towns and in rural and underserved areas.” The NEA’s current annual appropriation is under $148 million per year. On March 13, just before the White House proposed budget priority release, the two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (a Democrat) and Congressman Leonard Lance (a Republican) released a letter addressed to the Chair and the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. “Federal investment in the arts provides all Americans with expanded opportunities to engage with the arts in each state and district,” Congressmembers Slaughter and Lance say in the letter. The Congressmembers cite the pioneering role the NEA plays in arts and health in the military, with the recent launch of a partnership between that agency and the Department of Defense to provide therapeutic arts activities for military personnel, veterans, and their families. “In addition to supporting our military service members,” the letter continues, “the NEA contributes to the development and economic growth of our communities. Arts and culture-related industries create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies through tourism and consumer purchases. These arts businesses represent 39 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees, respectively. America’s arts and entertainment are also leading exports, with $60 billion annually in overseas sales, creating a $26 billion arts trade surplus.” The letter cites the Bureau of Economic Analysis as finding that the total dollar amount that the arts and culture sector contributes to the U.S. economy is more than $729 billion, or 4.23 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. In California this year, the NEA provided about $9 million for arts programs. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and California Arts Council Chair Donn Harris wrote to NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu expressing their support. “We are concerned for the preservation of the Endowment, but do not fear for art itself,” wrote Speaker Rendon and Mr. Harris. “Art survives, and has survived throughout history under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. “World-renowned organizations like the San Francisco Ballet or the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art turn NEA grants into experiences that deeply affect great numbers of people, but we also know that these are groups whose existence does not turn on a single grant.” “We’re most concerned,” continued Speaker Rendon and Mr. Harris, “about the schoolchild in rural Kern County who learns to draw from a professional artist in a school-based program. We worry about the low-income San Francisco teen who learns to produce video after school, instead of hanging out on the streets. “We worry about the community of Quincy, hard hit by the decline of the lumber industry. With their 2017 grant, Quincy residents can still forge a rural identity through a downtown mural with themes they will choose. These grants have outsized impacts. Local matches and economic multipliers make these funds influential in our communities, not only artistically, but economically.” Some of America’s most prominent writers and artists across a wide array of genres–including painter Jasper Johns, actor John Lithgow, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, and novelists Hanya Yanagihara, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and Anne Tyler–are leading a petition drive to protect federal funding for the arts [] that supports literature, scholarly research, visual arts, dance, theater, museums, and arts education programs around the country, to ensure that all Americans can access cultural works and activities. 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For 20 years, the Mujeres de Maiz collective has practiced and promoted the visual and healing arts of women. Their work melds personal well-being and political empowerment. It is rooted in indigenous spirituality and in the social geography of the Eastside of Los Angeles. LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles currently is presenting a retrospective, “Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A.” The exhibit brings together visual arts, print and video documentation of the collective’s years of work, and ephemera. The curation is both visually arresting and informative. Mujeres de Maiz shares knowledge and experience that have largely been ignored. The collective’s statement about the show reads, “We honor the legacy of women’s culturally, politically, and spiritually grounded creativity, and are dedicated to empowering future generations—for the next twenty years and beyond.” LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes is a non-profit center for Mexican American culture, located in the historic Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House. It is an official project of the County of Los Angeles. Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A Through May 29 LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes 501 North Main Street, Downtown Ipan Tiotlaitlania Cachi Maztlcayotl, 2014. Gina Aparicio. (left) Mesa de las Madres, 2014. Mujeres de Maiz. (front) Xiolene, 2011. Emilia Garcîa. Mujer de Maíz, 2010. Deborah Kuetzal Vasquez. Malinalxochitl, Mi Primavera Luna, 2012. Gabriela Zapata. (rear) Botánica del Barrio, 2016. Felicia Montes and Gabriel Guerrero, with lettering by Vyal One. Ipan Tiotlaitlania Cachi Maztlcayotl, 2014. Gina Aparicio.

Ipan Tiotlaitlania Cachi Maztlcayotl, 2014. Gina Aparicio. (front) Coatlicue State: Josie Channels the Goddess, 2012. Crystal Galindo.

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Ipan Tiotlaitlania Cachi Maztlcayotl, 2014. Gina Aparicio.


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SPRING TIME IS HERE! Spring time in Los Angeles is so beautiful. With all of the rain we’ve had everything is blooming and the smells are off the charts. Spring time also means show and festival season has begun. Music and art and crafts can be found in abundance. There are some amazing art shows at our local museums and we have the listings to prove it. But don’t forget Record Store Day and Earth Day...same day actually. Around our little hamlet of Highland Park there are so many record stores that you don’t have to leave to get all the music and fun you can. Check out Permanent Records, Mount Analog, Gimme Gimme, Gnar Burger, and our newest store, Art Form on Figueroa, one of the new businesses where the Swap Mall was. You can get your hair done too. Another really important event this month, one Earth Day, and Record Store Day, is the March for Science downtown. I know I’ll be there. Will you? I hope so. We need to continue to unite as a force of resistance to the administration in Washington. It is obvious that those guys don’t give a rat’s ass about humans and animals and the environment and that is not cool. RESIST!! Thanks, Cathi Milligan Publisher, LA Art News

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SCRAMBLING TO SAVE THE ARTS CONTINUED Excerpts from Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s Nancy Hanks Lecture before 2,000 arts advocates at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in March: “When I was growing up in rural Texas…our democracy had yet to make a public commitment to the arts. There were no state art councils. No broad commitments to funding the arts in rural communities. So I was exposed to art as a matter of circumstance—a happy accident. As a little boy, I lived with my mother and sister in a little shotgun house—in an African-American community in rural Liberty County, Texas. My grandmother worked as a maid in the home of a wealthy Houston family. And every month, she would bring me old art magazines and programs from arts events the family attended. I remember, vividly, feeling transfixed by the magic I saw on those pages—by images of worlds to which I had no other exposure. I remember flipping through those magazines and programs, and falling in love, swiftly and deeply. Those pages unlocked my capacity to imagine a world beyond my own—and to imagine my place in it. Simply put, the arts changed my life. They imbued me with the power to imagine, the power to dream, and the power to know I could express myself with dignity, and beauty, and grace. But here’s the thing: I was lucky. I was lucky to have the right grandmother. Lucky that she worked as a maid in the right house. Lucky that house was inhabited by the right wealthy family, who subscribed to the right magazines, and had diverse interests in the arts. Lucky that family showed their love by giving me their discarded magazines and programs. When I think about it now, the chances of my exposure to the arts were so improbable that I really should not be here with you tonight. And I imagine each of you can name a time when the arts changed your life, or your perspective—a moment when the arts moved you to empathy or to action; a moment when art made it possible for you to be the person you are today. And I encourage you to reflect on those moments tonight and in the days ahead. You see, all of us here tonight: We are all the lucky ones. Because there are children across the country growing up in circumstances not unlike those of my childhood—children who, day after day, experience in their lives the most terrible manifestations of inequality. For them, exposure to the arts, to imagination and ambition, remains a matter of chance or circumstance. But it shouldn’t be. It can’t be. Not in a democracy like ours. Everyone deserves to experience the arts. No child should need a permission slip to dream. Art is not a privilege. Art is the soul of our civilization; the beating heart of our humanity; a miracle to which we all should bear witness, over and over again, in every home—from the most modest and humble to the grandest and well-fashioned. And tonight—in this place, our national cathedral to the arts, and in this moment, these perilous and challenging times in our nation’s history—I would argue that we need the arts and humanities more than ever before… Today we may well be the wealthiest nation in the world—but I believe there is a spiritual poverty that plagues America. It’s a poverty of imagination that corrodes our capacity for generosity and empathy. It’s a poverty of imagination that diminishes our discourse, curtails curiosity, and makes our interactions petty and small. A poverty of imagination that breeds distrust for institutions and, increasingly, for information. A poverty of imagination that breeds distrust of other people who do not look or think like us. A poverty of imagination that shrinks our sense of self and our sense of a lofty and inspiring common purpose, luring us to the extremes rather than leading us towards the extraordinary. And I believe this poverty—of heart and mind, of spirit and soul, of civic imagination—has brought us to our current moment of crisis… The resources of the NEA, NEH, and CPB combined amount to less than one tenth of one percent of the federal budget. Needless to say here, the benefits of the arts far outweigh their funding. These dollars achieve tremendous bang for the buck... Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. If the issue is jobs, the arts and culture sector employed 4.8 million people in 2014. If the issue is trade, our arts and culture sector produces a trade surplus. And if the issue is the economy, just remember that the arts contributed more than $730 billion to our economy in a single year. And yet, even as I say it, it pains me to make this argument. It pains me to reduce the importance of the arts and humanities to their instrumentality—to express their enormity in mere economic terms…. But this argument is not enough. These numbers are not why we support the arts. They can’t be... To me, numbers will never explain what happens the moment the curtain rises or the lights go up. They don’t measure the quickening of our hearts in time with the music, the widening of our eyes, or the suspension of our disbelief. They don’t capture the changes of heart, the new questions sparked, the sense of possibility that is opened. They don’t capture the impact on a life trajectory that the arts can have. Like their impact on that small boy in rural Texas in the 1960s… Well, here are the facts: For the past 30 years, American charitable giving to the arts has rarely risen past a meager five percent. Which means the arts already live on a shoe-string budget. They can’t afford another pay cut. As for the suggestion that we replace the NEA with Kickstarter, that’s like saying we don’t need the National Institutes of Health or publicly funded medical research because the internet has given us It is “we, the people,” who make our nation great. It is “we, the people,” not some faceless government, who choose to invest in ourselves and our culture. It is “we, the people,” who believe in supporting the small rural museums, and local theater groups, and mom-and-pop music festivals that bring people together across this country. So, if we see ourselves as great, we must invest in that which makes us great… Mr. Walker’s address was presented as part of Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., which included lobbying, fundraising for pro-arts candidates, performance, and action to save the National Endowment for the Arts.



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WHAT DID WE LEARN AND WHAT CAN WE DO? On December 2, 2016, a catastrophic fire at a converted warehouse known as the Ghost Ship led to 36 deaths in the City of Oakland. The warehouse was used as an unpermitted live/work space for artists and as a concert venue. Investigations into cause and liability are ongoing. It is known, however, that the Ghost Ship was a frightening maze of rooms with exposed wiring and limited egress. According to California State Senator Mike McGuire, who chairs the State Senate's Committee on Governance and Finance, "The Ghost Ship Fire is a wake up call to all local governments, who have had the primary responsibility for insuring compliance with building, fire, and zoning codes within their jurisdictions." Senator McGuire expressed the belief that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of buildings similar to the Ghost Ship throughout California. In March, the State Senate Governance and Finance Committee held a hearing to examine the factors that led to the fire, and, according to Senator McGuire, "to ask what we can learn." Two threads that ran through the almost four-hour long committee hearing were the desperate need for affordable housing for artists and others and the need for performance spaces. Claudia Cappio, Assistant City Administrator for Oakland, pointed out the lack of affordable housing as complicating the issue of how to mandate code compliance without displacement. The issue at hand may not be a need for lots of new laws. Code standards already exist--for warehouses, for housing, and for public assemblies. "What we have to grapple with," said Ms. Cappio, "is the complexity of how to meet those standards with different occupancies." Architect Tom Dolan made several specific recommendations to the Committee, including a state sprinkler fund for the provision of costly fire sprinkler systems in buildings; an end to calling a conversion to live/work a change of use, which is extremely expensive to carry out; and designation of live/work spaces as permanent, affordable housing for low and moderate income artists. Mr. Dolan did not dispute the need for regulation, but he suggestion that regulation should be done with the goals of keeping artists in their spaces and safe. Edwin Bernbaum, father of video artist Jonathan Bernbaum, who lost his life in the fire, told the committee that there are fewer and fewer spaces in which to perform, causing many performers to turn to underground venues. Further, permitted venues only operate until 2 a.m., after which many concert-goers move to unpermitted spaces. Mr. Bernbaum is raising money from major corporations with which to honor the fire victims by providing safe, affordable housing and performance venues. "We see an innovative, vibrant, alive, arts community as being essential to the vitality and health and well-being of society at large," Mr. Bernbaum told the Senate Committee. The effort, called "Vibrant Arts," is being started in the Bay Area, but with an eye to being replicable throughout the State. "You've got to understand," said Mr. Bernbaum. "with the creative art community, these are not the established artists; it's not like funding a symphony. These are people who are developing new art forms. In fact, you can view what goes on in these places as like an incubator of new art forms‌ "And also, they tend to be spontaneous. So if you start to load a lot of regulations on them, they'll go away, and they'll go to other places. So there has to be some accommodation for the spontaneity and the creativity that these artists have." "What they're producing and what they're doing," said Mr. Bernbaum, "has wide-spread effects on society at large. The problem is, if artists don't have a place, innovative artists, to perform and to live‌ in a sense, the Bay Area will be gutted of its culture, and that's what makes it so attractive to so many people--and this, of course is true in Los Angeles and many other parts of the State." The legislature is in the process of setting up a working group to continue the discussion. Members of this group are being drawn from the public safety sector, local governments, code enforcement, and commercial building interests. The working group will report back with its findings and recommendations this summer or early fall.

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STATE HISTORIC PARK SET TO OPEN After years of planning and struggle, the 32-acre State Historic Park is set to open to the public April 22. The park, widely known as the Cornfield, sits near the Los Angeles River. It will serve residents of Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Solano Canyon, and Downtown Los Angeles and is readily accessible from the Chinatown Gold Line Station as well. The land was acquired by the State after local residents objected to proposed industrial development at the site. Besides providing open space, the park honors the rich history of its location. The site figured prominently in Tongva-Gabrielino life, the Portola Expedition, the provision of water to the early Los Angeles pueblo, the railroad history of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the displacement of Old Chinatown and Chavez Ravine. The grand opening celebration will include music, performance, family activities and food trucks. Los Angeles State Historic Park 1245 North Spring Street Grand Opening: Saturday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. DIVERSIFYING THE FILM INDUSTRY WORKFORCE A rendering for the New State Historic Park. Credit: Last month, LA Art News reported on how the State’s expanded Film Tax Credit is benefiting California’s economy, but also on how that important sector of the State’s job market is largely white and male. Following a state Assembly hearing on the subject, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, who authored the tax credit expansion, and Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, have introduced legislation that will expand and increase funding for industry-related training programs by $1 million. The programming will be geared toward high school and community college students and will be run by entertainment unions. The tax credit law requires tax credit recipients to participate in a career-based learning program developed by the Film Commission and statewide education agencies. “When I authored the Film Tax Credit, the most important thing that I focused on was returning good-paying jobs to California and stimulating our local economies, where filming takes place,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra. “However, since the program has proven successful, and jobs have returned to the Golden State, we need to make sure we have a well-trained workforce ready to assume those jobs. The current environment presents an opportunity for the state to ensure that our youth, particularly in communities that have been overlooked, has an opportunity to be the next generation of carpenters, make-up artists, set designers, and grips, and we have a responsibility to make training programs available to them.” “We have all seen the studies put out by economists about high-paying jobs disappearing from California and the Los Angeles region,” added Assemblymember Bocanegra. “AB 1664 is a good step towards rebuilding and growing our middleclass workforce, especially in communities that are under-represented and overlooked.” ACTIVIST AND ARTIST IVY BOTTINI HONORED Assemblymember Richard Bloom selected activist and artist Ivy Bottini as his westside district’s “Woman of the Year” for 2017. Ms. Bottini had a decades-long career as an illustrator and graphic designer before going on to become a trailblazing activist best known for her feminist and LGBT work. Over the course of her career as an activist, Ms. Bottini organized marches, founded several non-profits, and led campaigns against statewide initiatives that targeted and sought to marginalize the LGBT community. Ms. Bottini began her career as an illustrator and graphic artist in New York. She studied at the Pratt Institute School of Art in Brooklyn, where she obtained a certificate in advertising graphic design and illustration. She spent several years working at art and advertising agencies before beginning her 16 year tenure as an art director and illustrator at Newsday, a major east coast newspaper. Ms. Bottini was a founder of the first New York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), where she filled the roles of both activist and artist and designed the organization’s national logo. In addition to her women’s rights work, Ms. Bottini also advocated for lesbian rights, and was forced out of NOW for doing so. After moving to Los Angeles in 1971, Ms. Bottini studied acting and spent several years working as an actress. Ms. Bottini intensified her LGBT activism in Southern California, where she helped found a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Board, AIDS Network LA, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Ivy Bottini honored She also worked on issues such as affordable housing and co-founded Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, Inc., which built the first affordable housing complex for gay and lesbian seniors in the country.  Ms. Bottini successfully led several campaigns, including the 1978 “No on 6” campaign, which challenged an initiative that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools. “Ivy Bottini has left a lasting impact on the lives of countless people,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “She fights, unrelentingly, to bring justice and equality for marginalized people and communities, and has championed women’s rights and LGBT rights even when it came at personal cost. I am proud to celebrate her accomplishments as an artist, a mother, and an activist.” “At a time when LGBT rights and women’s rights are increasingly under attack, it is important to recognize those trailblazers who inspire today’s aspiring leaders to reach their fullest potential,” added the Assemblymember. “Ivy Bottini exemplifies the courage, resilience, and principled steadfastness that we should all aspire to have in fighting for justice and equality in our communities.” The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywomen Bev Hansen and Sally Tanner, in honor of Women’s History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Assemblywomen Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. This yearly event, sponsored and organized by the Women’s Caucus, is participated in by all Legislators today. LEGISLATION TO SAFEGUARD HIGH TECH INNOVATION Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has introduced legislation to temporarily prohibit cities and counties from extending a utility use tax on video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. AB 252, the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STREAM) Act of 2017, was put forward with the intention of safeguarding California’s position as the undisputed leader in high tech innovation.  “Video streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu are entertainment providers, not local utilities akin to electricity, sewer, or even cable television,” said Assemblymember RidleyThomas. “Taxes should not be applied to their services without careful consideration. Streaming video companies should be given an opportunity to work collaboratively with local continued on page 10



GOVENRMENT NOTES CONTINUED governments, tax administrators and the public to structure appropriate tax and regulatory regimes reflective of the unique and innovative services they provide.” Last year, it was concluded that all video programing should be treated the same “regardless of technology or service provider,” which opened the door for streaming video services to become subject to a utility user tax approved by Pasadena voters in 2008. At least 45 additional cities have been advised that their local utility user taxes could be extended to video downloads. These cities include San Bernardino, Glendale, Santa Monica, Culver City, Pasadena and Pico Rivera, which have built rates ranging from 4.5 to 11 percent. “The Internet has given rise to new technologies and services that were beyond our imagination just a generation ago,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. “Many of these technologies were developed and nurtured right here in California – a state that prides itself as being on the cutting edge of the innovation economy. California must ensure that its tax and regulatory environment spurs, rather than impedes, continued growth in this vital sector of the economy. The STREAM Act takes an important step in this direction by adjusting state and local tax regulation and allowing streaming service to continue to be untaxed until stakeholders develop an alternative.” AB 252 is pending in Assembly committee. NEW ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON NONPROFIT SECTOR The California State Assembly has a newly-created Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector. Assemblymember Monique Limón of Santa Barbara has been appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to chair the new committee. According to the California Association on Nonprofits, a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 entities, the nonprofit sector is a vital part of California’s economy, generating $260 billion in total economic activity every year and employing more than one million people. California nonprofits rank as the fourth largest private employer sector in California and account for 15 percent of the State’s GDP. There are 72,000 nonprofits in California, of which 50,000 are all-volunteer organizations. “Because nonprofits are economic engines in our state, I believe it is vital the Assembly take a role to ensure public awareness about how these entities operate and how they benefit the economy,” said Limón. “Nonprofits have always filled gaps in services to ensure our values are protected and sustained. This committee will realize California’s collective goals and enhance partnerships between government and the nonprofit sector.” The Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector will be the nexus between California’s elected officials, government agencies, philanthropic leaders, and nonprofit organizations. Its goal will be to collaborate on strategies, policies, and programs that focus on the intersection of economic and social well-being for millions of Californians. Its hearings will promulgate information about better ways to connect the public’s interest, government, and nonprofit work. Speaker Rendon said that the committee will, “work to highlight the role charitable and philanthropic dollars play in job creation, economic impact in communities, volunteerism, and addressing disparities.” Assemblymember Limón and Speaker Rendon both come to the Assembly via the nonprofit sector. Assemblymember Limón served with several foundations and on the Community Engagement Committee for the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. Speaker Renon was Executive Director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Service, Inc. ACCENTS, TILDES, UMLAUTS: CORRECT NAMES ON VITAL RECORDS Assemblymember José Medina of Riverside has introduced a bill authorizing the use of diacritical marks on names as recorded on vital records such as birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses. Examples of such marks are accents, tildes, graves, umlauts, and cedillas. According to Asssemblymember Medina, California currently limits what letters may be used on important documents. “This is fundamentally problematic,” Assemblymember Medina told the Assembly’s Health Committee at its March 21 meeting, “because a name is the most basic, and arguably the most important part of a person’s identity.” Before 1986, diacritical marks were permitted on vital records. In 1986, Proposition 63 was passed, declaring English the official language of the State. It may have been a stretch, but at the time, that understanding was extended to the recording of proper names. “California residents should be able to choose the names of their children without limits from the government,” said Assemblymember Medina. Victor Escobedo of Fairfield and his 12-year old son, José, appeared at the Health Committee hearing in support of the bill. The senior Mr. Escobedo told the Assemblymembers that people of every culture should have the opportunity to have their names appear on their birth, marriage, and death certificates as they are intended to be, without translation, adaptation, or modification. The California Association of Clerks and Election Officials opposes the bill as written, stating that the state documents wouldn’t match other documents such as DMV records, passports, and military records, and that current systems would need overhauls at a cost of hundred of thousands of dollars per county. After passing the Health Committee, the bill is now pending before Appropriations. THE STATE OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY The Los Angeles City Council’s Economic Development Committee has requested a report from the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst on the state of the fashion industry within the City. The request responds to a motion by Councilmember José Huizar, who represents the Downtown Fashion District on the Council. The industry reaches across a variety of job sectors in the City to include artistry and manufacture. Councilmember Huizar’s motion quotes the California Fashion Association as saying, “the perception of Los Angeles as one of the centers of fashion continues to support demand for things designed in and reflective ofLos Angeles. Even as Los Angeles loses traditional apparel manufacturing to Central America and Southeast Asia, its reputation as a source of fashion design grows.” Councilmember Curren Price, who chairs the Economic Development Committee, pointed out that hundreds of jobs have been lost in the fashion industry, such as through the recent shut-down of American Apparel, and that this has caused a ripple effect through the economy. Councilmember Paul Krekorian pointed out at the committee meeting that the fashion industry is a diverse sector that has been plagued by wage and hour compliance issues, while at the same time providing many other workers with good-paying jobs. The Chief Legislative Analyst’s report is due before committee at the end of June. The report is to include possible incentives that the City may offer to the fashion industry to encourage its economic growth and job creation potential. 2024 OLYMPICS BID UPDATE As Los Angeles is one of two cities (with Paris) remaining in contention to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the State Legislature has formed a committee to oversee its involvement in the process. The committee will be chaired by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian of the San Fernando Valley. The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor, issued an updated report in March on the Los Angeles Olympic bid. “Los Angeles’ bid greatly reduces financial risks that have plagued prior hosts of the Games,” according to the report. The City of Los Angeles is the bid’s Lead Public Guarantor. However, as the state legislature last year approved allowing the Governor to negotiate a backup financial guarantee of up to $250 million should unforeseen expenses arise, the State has a vested financial interest in promoting the success of the games and protecting its state treasury. LA 2024, the private group charged with organizing the Olympic bid, meanwhile, has come up with a unique twist on the opening and closing ceremonies, enabling more spectators to attend--and mitigating some tension over the possibility of holding events just outside the city limit. Under the plan, the opening and closing ceremonies would take place at both the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the planned Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park (Rams/

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11 Chargers Stadium) in Inglewood. The Opening Ceremony, on July 19, 2024, would begin before 70,000 spectators at the Coliseum, with entertainment and torch relay. The torch relay would proceed through city streets to the Rams/Chargers Stadium for the formal ceremony including the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. The Closing Ceremony, on August 4, 2024, would feature the formal ceremony, including the Parade of Athletes, at the Coliseum. A simultaneous celebration would be held at the Rams/Chargers Stadium. Questions regarding visas have become much more complicated with a new White House administration. According to the LAO update: “On January 27, 2017, the President signed an executive order that, among other provisions, temporarily suspended entry of citizens from seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). Following various court challenges, the implementation of that order was enjoined... “On January 30, U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) officials released a statement based on discussions with federal officials. The statement said that the U.S. government had advised the USOC that it will work ‘to ensure that athletes and officials from all countries will have expedited access to the United States in order to participate in international athletic competitions’.” The choice between Los Angeles and Paris will be made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY The California State Legislature declared March 8 International Women’s Day. The motion for the declaration was made by Assemblymember Monique Limón, who told her colleagues that the first observation of International Women’s Day took place in the United States in 1909 in honor of a garment workers’ strike for better living conditions in New York. “[International Women’s Day] has been used as a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic process and arenas,” said Assemblymember Limón. “International Women’s Day stands as a reminder of the long history of activism and organizing, fighting for equal wages, better working conditions, and for the right to vote.” “While we celebrate women, we have a long way to go,” said Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber. “…when we eliminate women from history, we limit the possibilities of generations and generations to come.” Most members of the State Legislature signed on as co-authors of Assemblymember Limón’s motion. The motion received the support of the Women’s Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Latino Caucus, and the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. THE ART AND SCIENCE OF VISUALIZING DATA The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science Magazine have announced the winners of their 15th Annual Vizzies Challenge, celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research. The competition recognizes the best photographs, videos, illustrations, interactive apps, and posters and graphics produced by academic researchers, artists or hobbyists. “Scientific visualizations have an exceptional ability to explain, spark interest and inspire,” said NSF Director France Córdova in announcing the winners. A team of experts at NSF and Popular Science pared hundreds of submissions down to 50 finalists, and from those 50, a panel of outside experts picked five Expert’s Choice winners. Popular Science readers chose five People’s Choice winners. The honorees include: Photography Experts’ Choice: “A Hungry Starfish Larva.” Starfish move using hundreds of elaborate, tube-like feet and seem to control the water around them. An elaborate time-lapse photo

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An eight-week-old starfish larva churns the water around its body as it searches for algae, its primary food source. Normally, these vertical flow currents are invisible, but by adding small plastic beads to the water and then taking a long-exposure image, the photo allows viewers to perceive the striking complexity of the currents that the animal creates in its pursuit of food. Credit: William Gilpin




of the starfish’s superpower. By William Gilpin, Vivek N. Prakash and Manu Prakash. People’s Choice: “The Octobot, a Completely Soft Machine” This soft robot, made entirely out of squishy or flexible materials, is theoretically safer and more resilient than its metallic counterparts. Octobot is entirely soft, 3-D printed at Harvard, and powered by chemical reactions that push fluid and gas to its limbs. Florescent dies better visualize intricate inner workings. By Lori K. Sanders, Ryan L. Truby, Michael Wehner, Robert J. Wood and Jennifer A. Lewis. Video Experts’ Choice: “Network Earth.” To live on earth is to live as part of a network. This film was created to accompany a research paper on Earth’s resilience, published in Nature. The video aims to show that, “math can be poetically expressed visually” and feel The Octobot: A completely soft machine / Lori K. real and tangible to viewers around the world. Sanders, Ryan L. Truby, Michael Wehner, Robert J. The video may be viewed at www.mamartino. Wood, Jennifer A Lewis. Photo: com. By Mauro Martino and Jianxi Gao. People’s Choice: “Planet Nine.” A planetarium show on the possible existence “Network Earth” Credit: of a ninth planet, conveying the excitement and process of scientific discovery. By Patrick McPike, Mark SubbaRao and Mike Brown. Illustration Experts’ Choice: “Self Reflected Under White, Red, and Violet Light.” Taking data from hundreds of scientific sources, a University of Pennsylvania team created an intricate image of the brain, by combining hand drawings, optical engineering, gilding, and other artistic and technical processes to create this depiction of 500,000 neurons hard at work. By Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards and Will Drinker. People’s Choice: “Zika Virus.” Every month, the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank shares a “Molecule of the Month.” Created using more than 10,000 images the illustration of the Zika virus reveals something like a topographic map of the infecting agent. A zoomed-in illustration shows not just the envelope that encircles the virus, but also the RNA that lives inside it and allows the virus to replicate. By David S. Goodsell. Interactive Experts’ Choice: “Flyover Country.” This app uses GPS signals to show people the topography of the land beneath them as well as special features, like sites where dinosaur fossils are embedded Self Reflected under white, red, and violet light / in the soil. It provides a unique view on flying, as well as earth-bound activities such as hiking Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards, Will Drinker and road trips. By Shane Loeffler, Amy Myrbo, Sijia Ai, Reed McEwan and Alex Morrison. People’s Choice: “ASL-LEX: A visualization of American Sign Language.” American Sign Language (ASL) is a language like any other, but it can’t be easily organized like a traditional English dictionary. This database organizes 1,000 signs into groups based on things like similar handshape or movement, and these little nodes are sized according to their common usage. By Naomi Caselli, Zed Sevcikova Sehyr, Ariel Cohen-Goldberg, Ben Tanen and Karen Emmorey. Posters & Graphics Experts’ Choice: “Here There Be Robots.” A mapping of Mars--with a Victorian twist. “Victorian-style maps are from a time when most of the world remained a mystery,” says artist Eleanor Lutz, “and travelers only knew about nearby lands. Now that people have mapped the entire globe, I think that Mars has taken over our collective imagination as the next mystery to explore.” By Eleanor Lutz. People’s Choice: “Micro-pumping Mechanism of Hummingbirds’ Tongues.” No one was really sure what a hummingbird tongue looked like. “It’s so tiny,” says Esther Ng, a student at the University of Illinois. “Even with a video, it’s very hard to catch.” The Field Museum lent This poster illustrates the micro-pumping her a hummingbird mechanism of hummingbird tongues recently to look at under discovered by Alejandro Rico and Margaret a microscope, Rubega. The tongues of hummingbirds are pull the tongue transparent and tiny, making the structural out, and draw it. changes within the tongue impossible to display By Esther Ng. through photos or video, but possible through illustration. Credit: Esther Ng

Here there be robots / Eleanor Lutz

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On the Secon Elysian Valley, art and eateri the updated l

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April 8, 2017 - 7pm - 10pm

(Individual Gallery Hours May Vary. CHECK Gallery web sites for individual information. Just because a gallery is listed does not mean it’s open this month)

1. Avenue 50 Studio 131 No. Avenue 50 323. 258.1435

21. The Market 1203 Avenue 50

2. Bike Oven 3706 No Figueroa

22. Bob Taylor Properties 5526 N. Figueroa St. 323-257-1080

3. Namaste Highland Park 5118 York Blvd. 4. Offbeat 6316 York Blvd 5. Council District Office #1 Gil Cedillo 5577 N. Figueroa St.

23. Cactus Gallery @ Treeline Woodworks 3001 N. Coolidge Ave 24. The York Check out their dog friendly patio. 5018 York Blvd. 25. Ball Clay Studio 4851 York Blvd.

6. Future Studio 5558 N Figueroa St. 323 254-4565

26. MAN Insurance Ave 50 Satellite 1270 N. Ave 50 323.256.3151

7. Collective Arts Incubator 1200 N. Ave 54

27. TAJ • ART 1492 Colorado Blvd.

8. Meridian 5007 1/2 York Blvd.

28. The Greyhound 570 N. Figueroa St.

9. Vapegoat 5054 York Blvd. 323.963.VAPE 10. ETA 5630 N. Figueroa St. 11. Adjunct Positions 5041 Coringa Dr. 12. Matters of Space 5005 York Blvd 323.743.3267 13. Mi Vida 5159 York Blvd. 14. Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor 5115 York Blvd. 15. Antigua Coffee House 3400 N. Figueroa St. 16. Align Gallery 5045 York Blvd. 17. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5204 Eagle Rock Blvd. 18. Panorama Press House 4700 York Blvd. 19. Mindfulnest 5050 York Blvd. 323.999-7969 20. Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd 323.344.8330 APRIL 2017

29. Urchin 5006 1/2 York Blvd. 30. Arroyo Arts Collective @ Ave 50 Studio 131 North Avenue 50 31. O & M Leather 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd 32. Vapeology 3714 N. Figueroa St. 323.222.0744 33. Pop-Hop 5002 York Blvd. 34. Social Studies 5028.5 York Blvd. 35. Occidental College 6100 Campus 36. The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. 37. Good Eye Gallery 4538 N. Eagle Rock Blvd. 38. Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. 323.259.1000 39. CucuArt Gallery 4704-06 Eagle Rocl Blvd. 323.202.0672 40. Civil Coffee 5639 N. Figueroa St.

41. The U Space 2626 N. Figueroa St., suite C 42. The Situation Room 2313 Norwalk Ave. 43. Bookshow 5503 Figueroa St. 44. Vroom Vroom Bitsy Boo 5031 B York Blvd. 45. The Slow Down Gallery @ Random Gallery 200 N. Ave 64 46. co-Lab Gallery 5319 York Blvd. 47. Apiary Gallery at The Hive Highland Park 5670 York Blvd. 48. Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa St. 323.635.9125 49. Imperial Art Studios 2316 N. San Fernando Rd. 50. Pop Secret 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd. 51. Showboat 6152 York Blvd. 52. Leader of the Pack 5110 York Blvd. 53. Short Hand 5028 York Blvd. 54. Living Room 5807 York Blvd. 55. The Quiet Life 5627 N. Figueroa St. 56. The luxelust life Vintage Furniture 6095 York Blvd 57. The Erin Hanson Gallery 2732 Gilroy St. 58. El Diablo Moto Cartel 5657 York Blvd. 59. Possession Vintage 5119 York Blvd.



nd Saturday of every month galleries, businesses, and artists in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, , and Lincoln Heightsopen their doors a little later in the evening and welcome visitors. Use this map for locations of ies, grab someone you love, get some dinner, and enjoy some art. Friend NELA Art Gallery Night on Facebook for last minute list.


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Josh Abarbanel: It’s Only Natural at TAJ • ART

Myriam Powell, El Barril (The Barrel), Loteria III at Cactus Gallery

Tammy Mae Moon, La Estrella (The Star); Jerry Montoya, El Mundo (The World); Matthew DeHaven, El Apache (Chief Naiche, the last hereditary chief of the Chiricahua Apaches), Loteria III at Cactus Gallery

Mark Verrillo, WeAreNotAllOfTheSameColor, presented by the Arroyo Arts Collective at Avenue 50 Studio

Ralph Massey, Reef Diversity at Avenue 50 Studio Ralph Massey, Reef Diversity at Avenue 50 Studio Aida Lugo, Las Chingonas at Avenue 50 Studio


Amanda Coronel at Future Studio


Wish Tree outside Future Studio and Northeast Wellness Center

Kelly Coats at Collective Arts Incubator

Dub Robot on York Boulevard

Robert Soffian, Eros and Psyche, storefront installation at Social Study

El Ponk: Luches, Dolores y Milagros at Mi Vida

Winston King, I See Through the Paint, a benefit for the A.C.L.U. at Vapegoat

Pâte de Verre: Grains of Light With Alicia Lomné May 3–7


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Explore this time-honored process (literally “paste of glass”) with a master of the technique. Although meticulous, it makes possible a tremendous range of colors and textures. Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles 143 Pasadena Ave, Suite B, South Pasadena 323.679.4263 323.550.1332




PATRICK MARTINEZ AT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE Northeast Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez uses such unconventional materials as Pee-Chee folders, Wite-out, and school desks to convey realities of racism and police violence in America. The materials are mundane, but not often found in galleries, giving his exhibit at Occidental College’s Weingart Gallery the powerful sense that the violence is among us, and among our children, every day. Mr. Martinez skills are strong and diverse. He works in detailed drawing, painting, neon, and mixedmedia. His work is influenced by Hip Hop, and by signage, window lettering, sidewalk merchandise tables, and other street-level images of life in Los Angeles. He understands the images as site-specific, visual vocabulary of Los Angeles. Pee-Chee folders were used by generations of students to carry homework. Drawing on them was a common form of doodling or more serious artwork for their owners. Here, they chronicle murders of young people by police. “I’m taking these situations of police misconduct and placing them in the context of a sort of an ‘AllAmerican’ setting,” says Mr. Martinez. “I want viewers to see these horrific injustices from another angle and show that this is affecting our youth.” In a similar way, neon signage, such as that found on liquor stores and markets across the Eastside, here speaks to inequality and immigration issues. Mr. Martinez is Los Angeles born, of Filipino, Mexican, and Native American heritage. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design.

Patrick Martinez

“Po-lice” Patrick Martinez Weingart Gallery, Occidental College Presented by Oxy Arts Through April 16

Wednesday 2-7 p.m., Thursday 12-5 p.m., Friday 2-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 2-5 p.m.

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Patrick Martinez



Besides being a haven for artists and creative types, Northeast Los Angeles is the home of a fine array of arts classes, especially the industrial arts, but not limited to them. Below is a list of some of the businesses in the area that have classes. Do check with the facility to verify times and prices of their classes. As we find more places we will bring that information to all of you. Adam’s Forge 2640 N. San Fernando Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 You may email Nancy with questions at Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events. Check out a Discovery class. The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.387.9705 Check for a list of glasses ranging from glass blowing and torchwork to fusing and slumping and jewelry making. O&M Leather 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd. 323-274-4640

Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events. They’re in a new location next to Community Woodshop. Cool new space! Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa Street Highland Park, CA 90065 (323) 635-9125 Visit: Rock Rose Gallery News, Instagram & Twitter KIDS CREATIVE ARTS 2-4 yrs Art, Music, Movement Sat. 9:30am-11am, $5 LATIN PERCUSSION Sat. 12pm-2pm, Bring your conga, etc. Instructor Robertito Melendez, $15

Basic Leather Working Classes Leather 1 - Leather Basics $200 Leather 2 - Cutting and Skiving $200 Leather 3 - Hand Stiching $200 Leather 4 - Color, Finishes, and Leather $200 For information about scheduling call their store at (323)274-4640 or email them at ommeather@gmail. com Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.344.8330 Mon. 11:30am-2:30pm Class Mon. 6:30pm-9:30pm Class Tues. 6:30pm-9:30pm Tues. 4:30pm-6:00pm Thurs. 6:30pm-9:30pm time Fri. 11:30am-9:30pm dio time Sat. 11:30am-1:30pm ent

Molten Metal Works NEW LOCATION 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204

Adult Adult Adult Class Kids Class open studio open stuKids & Par-

Blue Rooster Art Supply Company 4661 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA 90027 (323) 302-5613 They offer a variety of art classes. Check their web site for more information about their classes and events. Sugar Mynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave. South Pasadena, CA 626.222.7257

RINCON RUMBERO EAST w Troy Parker 3rd Sat. 3-6pm. Bring your drum $5 New! FREE FOR ALL Artist Only Creative Night Every Wed. 6-9pm, Artist bring your own supplies. Table & Hospitality provided. $10 GUITAR - Please call regarding interest. Six students required.    Free Weekend Workshops for Youth: “A Sense of Place: Art, Literacy, Music workshops, Community Garden     3rd Saturday: Rumbero Workshop with Troy Parker Ball Clay 4851 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 310.954.1454 Intermediate Ceramics Pottery Class 6 class sessions Check web site for start date $240 A Place to Bead 2566 Mission St San Marino, CA 91108 626.219.6633 Find a variety of jewelry making classes, including stringing and wirework. Bullseye Glass 143 Pasadena Ave. South Pasadena, CA They offer a full range of kiln forming glass classes as well as regular free artist talks.

Paint and Pinot Twice a month. Check their web site for more detail.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.550.1332

Los Angeles County Store 4333 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 / 323-928-2781

Check Leanna’s web site for a current list of workshops and events.

Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events.

Community Woodshop NEW LOCATION 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 626.808.3725 These guys offer a wonderful selection of classes from beginner to advanced, membership, and private lessons. Please check their web site for more information and a list of classes. New Stone Age Mosaic Studio 1754 Colorado Blvd Eagle Rock They offer mosaic classes on Mondays and Tuesday. All classes are on going and open to all skill levels.We also do mosaic birthday parties. Call  Mary at  (323) 547-2021 for  more information. Little Knittery 3195 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 Beginning Crochet Saturdays 3:30-5:30 Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 Beginning Knitting Sundays 3:30-5:30 Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 Check schedule for new macramé classes Deb3321 3321 Pasadena Ave. Los Angeles, CA email: Uninstructed Figure Drawing Saturdays 11:00am - 3:00pm $5.00/hr Strictly Charcoal 11am - 1pm First two Saturdays of every month. Christine Haenen Artists Crit Saturdays Starting at 3:30 $5/session Crit with Karen For more information go to:  http://www. Stained Glass Supplies 19 Backus Street Pasadena, CA 91107 626-219-6055 Stained Glass Class Tues. 9-12 or 6:30-9:30 Wed. 9-12 or 6:30-9:30 Thurs. 9-12 or 6:30-9:30 Sat. 9-12 $95 - 8 weeks Tools - $45 - $125 Materials $45 - $100 Classes are ongoing Barndall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.644.6295 Check they’re web site for upcoming classes.

co-LAB Gallery 5319 York Blvd. Check their schedule for fresh classes.




April is a funny month. With taxes due smack dab in the middle, some people are flush with money, while others are checking their couches for change. But our need for art and culture never abates. So this column is for those of you with no cash to spare — or who just know a good deal when they read it. Yep, these are just a few of the many free events at local art museums in April! The Hammer Museum or 310-443-7000 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 SCREENING: Nineteen Eight-Four (Billy Wilder Theater) Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. The Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive join theaters across the country for a screening of “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” Michael Radford’s 1984 adaptation of the novel “1984” by George Orwell. April 4 is the date that Orwell’s protagonist, Winston Smith, begins rebelling against a totalitarian regime by keeping a forbidden diary. FORUM: Keeping the DREAM Alive (Billy Wilder Theater) Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984 UK), Directed by Michael Radford. The United States is home to nearly two million DREAMers, undocumented immigrants under the age Credit: Atlantic Releasing Corp./Photofest of 35 who arrived as children, seeking a pathway to citizenship. While Deferred Action for Childhood © Atlantic Releasing Corp. Arrivals, signed by President Obama, grants legal recognition and amnesty to some, their future is tenuous under the Trump administration. Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen is former director of the Undocumented Student Program at UCLA and current director of Pre-Health Dreamers, which supports undocumented students interested in health care careers. Marielena Hincapié is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. Chen, Hincapie, and moderator Ian Masters discuss ways to navigate the current immigration landscape, particularly how to advocate for support programs and policies regarding undocumented students. Note: Admission to all Hammer exhibitions and public programs are free. The Getty Center or 310-440-7300 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049 TALK: Giulio Romano’s Holy Family: The Renaissance Devotional Image as Poetic Prayer Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m. As a religious image, Giulio Romano’s “Holy Family” was intended to concentrate the viewer’s attention on the process of prayer, but the elegant and poetically expressive treatment of the subject also aimed to elicit admiration for its specifically artistic quality. Robert Williams, professor of art history at UC Santa Barbara, explains how these two sources of value — often considered incompatible, if not contradictory —reconciled in the Renaissance viewer’s mind. ARTIST PRESENTATION: Jane and Louise Wilson Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m. Working collaboratively, twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that explore the intersection of troubling historical events, architectural spaces, and the natural environment. Their Sealander series, now on view, presents images of abandoned World War II bunkers along the Normandy coastline of northern France. The artists, based in London, discuss their work. Note: Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car or motorcycle, reduced to $10 after 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles County Museum of Art or 323-857-6010 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90012 TALK: A Conversation with Artist Abdulnasser Gharem Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Bing Theater

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Artist Abdulnasser Gharem discusses his first solo exhibition in the United States, “Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause.” A screening of his video works, which are not included in the exhibition, will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. MUSIC: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Friday, April 21, 6 p.m., BP Grand Entrance

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I have noticed that certain people from certain places have a hard time giving Los Angeles credit for anything cool. In the interest of keeping things civil between folks, I won’t name those places. Okay, yes I will. They are usually people from places we call San Francisco and Seattle. If I had a nickel for every time someone walked into my shop and said “Your store is so cool! It is more like a place you would find in SEATTLEFRANCISCO,” I would be able to tile my entire floor with five-cent pieces. They typically follow this statement by asking where I am from. I begin, “Originally from Connecticut…” only to get interrupted by a “Yeah. I knew it. This place doesn’t feel L.A.” First of all, if they think my shop reflects Connecticut in anyway, I am CERTAIN they have never been to Connecticut. And what they did not stick around to hear is that I’ve been in Los Angeles for twenty-seven years--well over half my life. Los Angeles has shaped me, every aspect of who I am. I am an Angelino, not a Connecticut-tino. And thank Goddess for that, especially because Connecticut-tino is really awkward to wrap your mouth around. I am usually polite to these people, because I love San Francisco and Seattle. And truth be known, I feel bad for them because they seem to spend so much time obsessing about Los Angeles, even if it is just to go on and on about how awful it is. Meanwhile we Angelinos go about our business, not really thinking about other cities because we are too busy being our own awesome selves. We unabashedly are doing it all, from walking our “enhanced” faces/chests/butts down Rodeo Drive to sitting on a sidewalk reading poetry we scribbled on a dirty napkin to whoever will listen. Unapologetically. It almost seems as if our friends from up the coast, when they walk in and enjoy my shop, are trying to purge the shame they are feeling for actually connecting with something they discover in Los Angeles, something contrary to their preconceived notions about this city and its people. Yet it is obvious they have not really explored or dug deep enough. Understandable. We are not for the faint of heart. We are a huge, sprawling, overwhelmingly diverse city. There is a lot to take in. In the past when I have been told my shop is not “typical” Los Angeles, I let it slide because again, I know they mean it as a compliment. But it hits me in that backhanded way I imagine the “you play guitar pretty good for a girl” compliment has sat with so many of my musician friends. It festers inside. Not anymore. I love my city, and my store is not like a place you will find anywhere else. Folks will be (politely) schooled, that yes, you do find places like this in Los Angeles, because my shop, an extension of me, IS Los Angeles.

continued from page 20 Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger Gordon Goodwin brings his high-octane Big Phat Band to open Jazz at LACMA’s 2017 season. The 18-member band has an international reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz. The BPB has released seven critically acclaimed records, its most recent being “Life in the Bubble,” which garnered four Grammy Nominations and won the Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Album. Note: L.A. County residents receive free general admission every week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 3–5 p.m. Friday: 3-8 p.m. All guests receive free general admission on the second Tuesday of every month. Museum of Contemporary Art or 213-621-2766 LECTURE with Helen Molesworth Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 p.m. MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth leads a walk-through of “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry,” a retrospective of 35 years of work by artist Kerry James Marshall. MOCA Grand Avenue: 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 LECTURE with Bennett Simpson Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m. MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson leads a walk-through of “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010.” The retrospective, which premiered at Dia: Beacon in 2014, is the first to survey Andre’s entire oeuvre. It includes the artist’s defining sculptures — modular arrangements of building and industrial materials such as brick stacks, metal squares, slabs, and timber blocks — and an unprecedented display of poems and typewriter works that examine Andre’s visionary approach to concrete poetry and the pivotal role of language in his practice. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 Note: Admission is free for the MOCA Grand and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

BOOK SHOW EVENTS Saturday April 1st 6pm-9pm Intro to Modern Calligraphy $115 Taught by Honey Honey Calligraphy Saturday April 8th 7pm-9pm FREE Stories of Chronic Illness: An Evening of Readings Focusing on the True Experience of Chronic Illness Wednesday April 12th 8pm-9:30pm Angry Nasty Women Writing Group A Feminist Writing Group Writing prompts for women! $5 Thursday April 13th 7:30pm-9:30pm Sustainable Creativity Balance & Flow Workshop $49 Friday April 14th 7:30pm Vermin On The Mount Jim Ruland’s night of irreverent readings. FREE Saturday April 15th 7:30pm Little Heart Desires FREE Variety comedy show! Hosted by Ron Lechler Featuring Lizzy Cooperman, Simon Gibson and more Thursday April 20th 7:30pm Laughter-House Five Comedy show $5 Hosted by Sumukh Torgalkar Friday April 21st 7pm-10pm My Paradox: A Tribute 2 Prince Sex positive readings and open mic. FREE ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS EAT ART OPEN MIC 8pm sign ups Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose open mic FREE

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Paul Pescador - Opening Reception Adjunct Positions 5041 Coringa Dr, Los Angeles, California 90042 To April 29th


CGU MFA Open Studios CGU Art 251 E 10th St, Claremont, California 91711 April 30th 12-5pm

Gronk and Luis Roberto Vázquez Borja Exhibition FM Fine Art Gallery 834 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, California 90038 To April 30th


Ron Ownbey ‘Still At It’ & Randell Henry ‘Power of Abstraction’ Makeshift Museum 1855 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, California 90021 To May 5th

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Adventure Awaits by Yetis & Friends Flower Pepper Gallery 121 E Union St, Pasadena, California 91103 To April 4th

GRAEME MITCHELL Detached Pictures Wilding Cran 939 South Santa Fe Avenue Los Angeles CA 90021 Opening April 1st 6-8pm

Craters - new work by Katie Shapiro South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce- Sparc Gallery 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030 To April 7th

Grand Opening: WALLS - A Quest for Immersive Space Produce Haus 1318 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, California 90021 Opening April 27th 7-10pm

Appetitive Torque Eastside International / ESXLA 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, California 90031 To April 22nd

Spring 2017 Brewery Artwalk and Open Studios! Brewery Artwalk 2100 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031-3358 April 29th and 30th 11-6pm

Kenny Scharf: Blox and Bax Honor Fraser 2622 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles 90034 To April 22nd

Memory of a Rock Patrick Painter Inc. 2525 Michigan Ave, Ste B2, Santa Monica, California 90404 To May 6th

Man Made Opening Reception Brand Library & Art Center Hollywood & Fine - Opening Reception Where’d you get that banana? a solo exhibition by Thomas Müller 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, California 91201 A.G.Geiger Fine Art Books A-B Projects To May 6th 502 Chung King Ct, Los Angeles, California 90012 251 E 10th Street, Claremont, California 91711 Opening April 8th 6-10pm To April 7th Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California Craft and Folk Art Museum Iconic: Black Panther Art Exhibit Los Angeles Inaugural Opening: “Escape Attempts” curated by Kathy Battista 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036 Gregorio Escalante Gallery Shulamit Nazarian To May 7th 978 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012 616 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2014 Opening April 8th 7-10pm To April 8th Opening Reception: The Only Way Out Is In Citrus College Visual and Performing Arts Joe Coleman Retrospective Opening Night James Griffith & Michael Deyermond 1000 W. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California 91741 Begovich Gallery Craig Krull Gallery To May 12th 800 N State College Blvd (Arts Drive), Fullerton, California 2525 Michigan Avenue, B3, Santa Monica, California 90404 92834 Closing April 8th Masculine <-> Feminine Opening April 8th 5-8pm Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine Elisa Johns ‘Kings Canyon’ and Nancy Baker Cahill ‘Manifestos’ 712 Arts Plaza, UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, California 92697 John Kilduff “The Blessing Of The Animals” OCHI Projects To May 13th BG Gallery, Santa Monica 3301 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90018 2525 Michigan Ave, # G8A, Santa Monica, California 90404 Opening April 9th Baker’s Dozen VI: Opening Reception Opening April 8th 630-830pm TAM Torrance Art Museum Lisa Adams “Petrichor” 3320 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance, California 90503 Love Sex Revolution - Performance Night! Michael Mancari “Motherboard” To May 19th Groundspace Project CB1 Gallery 1427 E 4th St, Los Angeles, California 90033 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, California 90021 Concrete Island April 8th 6-9pm To April 9th Venus over Manhattan 601 South Anderson Street Los Angeles, CA 90023 Modern Leisure Exhibition Opening Reception The Head and the Heart: Siobhan Hebron To May 20th George Billis Gallery Keck Medicine of USC (Keck School of Medicine of USC) 2716 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034 1975 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, California 90033 Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Make Nice Opening Reception Opening April 8th 5-8pm To April 10th Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, California 92407 Muses at MuzeuMM Dress Rehearsal Opening To May 20th MuzeuMM Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles 4817 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016-2820 1206 Maple Avenue, 5th fl. 523, Los Angeles, California 90015 ‘Jason Rhoades. Installations, 1994 – 2006’ Opening April 8th 4-6pm To April 15th Hauser Wirth 901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90013 Ouroboros - Art and Writing Essi Zimm / Ten Hundred / Konecki To May 21st Keystone Art Space Gabba Gallery 338 S. Ave 16, Los Angeles, California 90031 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90057 Ed Moses: Chance and Circumstance Opening April 8th 6-9pm To April 15th William Turner Gallery 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery E1, Santa Monica, California Sweet Sticky Things - Lili Bernard, Zeal Harris & Loren HolKristan Marvell: The Quiddity of Presence 90404 land Museum as Retail Space To May 27th LAUNCH LA 649 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, California 90023 170 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, California 90036 To April 15th Annenberg Beach House | Personal Narrative Opening April 8th 4-7pm Annenberg Community Beach House Michael Beck’s “The Art of Memory” 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, California 90402 JOY IN A BOTTLE, a solo exhibition of works by Susan Bolles Lora Schlesinger Gallery Through June 4th ARK 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica, California 90404 2599 Fair Oaks Ave, Altadena, California 91001 To April 15th LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) Opening April 9th 3-6pm James Turrell, Light Reignfall Ready to See by Dan Callis and Tina Linville Through May 29, 2017 Festival MARS Los Angeles 2017 Jason Vass Picasso and Rivera Angel City Brewery & Art Share L.A. 1452 E 6th St, Los Angeles, California 90021 Through May 7th, 2017 14 April - 23 April To April 15th GETTY Sayonara Jupiter Opening Reception Small Things - a group show Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media 356 S. Mission Rd Monte Vista Projects To April 30, 2017 356 S Mission Rd, Los Angeles, California 90033 1206 Maple Avenue, 5th floor, #523, Los Angeles, California Opening April 14th 7-9pm 90015 MOAH- Lancaster Museum of Art and History To April 15th Movers & Makers Osvaldo Trujillo “Of Our Time” To April 16th Phung Huynh “Pretty Hurts” Steven Hull: Sheets Deprived of Wind CB1 Gallery Meliksetian Briggs CAAM- California African American Museum 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, California 90021 313 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, California 90036 Derrick Adams Opening April 15th 4-7pm To April 15th No Justice, No Peace Keyatta A.C. Hinkle BAD GIRLS and Outcasts Movers & Makers Opening Reception To June 11th Cactus Gallery Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH 3001 N Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, California 90039 665 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, California 93534 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART Opening April 22nd 6-9pm To April 16th Interstitial To August 6th Bergamot Station Spring Fling Forgetting to Remember Bergamot Station Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 MOCA 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, California 90404 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069 Kerry James Marshall: Mastry April 22nd 11-5pm To April 21st To July 3rd

Susan Amorde | In My Case Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069 Opening April 29th 6-9pm Tony Pinto | Artists Seen Shoebox Projects 660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles, California 90031 Reception April 29th and 30th during the Brewery Artwalk

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Rebecca Bird, “Women” opening reception with the artist Kopeikin Gallery 2766 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034 To April 22nd About Face // Opening Reception March 4th 2-5pm Kellogg University Art Gallery 3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, California 91768 To April 27th

Artist Talks A Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, California 92407 April 13th 6-8pm Art Fairs Expo Contemporary April 21-23 The Reef Photo Independent April 21-23 The Reef



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Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: 2015 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay Type: Chardonnay Color: Golden White Price: Under $20 @ Silver Lake Wine 2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039 Spring is in the air. In certain spots, Los Angeles actually smells good. What does that mean to me, the fermented grape/wine-o specialist? It means late afternoons, cooking and sipping some sort of delicious beverage (I’m not a huge fan of plain water). Man do I have a great wine for you this month…Novellum Chardonnay (NC). Wait, don’t cringe (as I sometimes do with the ‘C word’…not that word, I mean Chardonnay). This is French Chardonnay, a whole different animal, very little if any oak or vanilla, just pure lovely. This wine is so spectacular, I am gushing, fruit flies are following me, I’ve substituted NC for my morning coffee and my dog’s water too (he’s not a fan of plain water either). NC is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, organically grown in Languedoc-Roussillon, France, in clay and limestone soil. Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage use an interesting technique in creating this wine; 70% of the Chardonnay rests on the lees of their Viognier, in a tank, and 30% of the grapes age in a Burgundian barrel. What a beautiful outcome. The Viognier lees are the reason for the hints of floral honeysuckle and perfume of peach that compliments the bright acidity, creating a lovely medium to full bodied wine that is dangerously easy to drink. Pairing this wine is easy. It goes great with a warm day right when the sun is starting to go down, a cheese plate, artichokes, baguette and olives. As always, I experimented for your benefit and also loved NC with Good Girl Dinette’s pork banh mi and spicy French fries. Pair your wine with whatever you desire; the only rule is that you enjoy it. And as my dad told me, never choose a wine based solely on the label. Note: thank you so much to George of Silver Lake Wine for his suggestion and knowledge of this very wonderful wine. Salut!

SHIRMP & NOPALITO COCKTAIL The nopales of NELA are sprouting up everywhere! Grab some and make this refreshing shrimp cocktail. Thank you to Ricky for coming up with the best nopalito and coctel de camaron concoctions ever! Happy Spring! 2 pounds of shrimp with peel 1 onion, chopped, separated in half 1 lemon, cut in half 10 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced, separated in half 2 quarts water or vegetable broth 2 tsp. each sea salt and pepper (for seasoning shrimp boil water) 8-12 nopales, depending on size (cactus leaves), peeled of thorns and cut into squares (nopalitos) 3 tomatoes, diced with seeds 8 radishes, sliced or diced 1 fresh lime, juiced ½ bunch cilantro 1 tsp. cumin ½-1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (depending on how spicy you like it) ¼ tsp. each sea salt and pepper for cocktail You will need two pots, one for the shrimp, one for the nopales. Place 2 quarts of the water or stock in each pot. In one pot place half the onion, half the garlic, and 1 tsp. each of salt and pepper. In the other pot place the other half of the onion and garlic, 1 tsp. each of salt and pepper, and the lemon halves, squeezing the juice out into the pot and placing the entire lemon with the skin and everything. Bring bot pots of water to a boil. In the pot with the lemon add the shrimp, and add the nopales to the other pot. Cook both the shrimp and the nopales for about 10 minutes, until they are tender and cooked through. Separately drain and cool both the shrimp and nopales. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooled nopales, tomatoes, radishes, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Peel the shrimp and add to the nopale cocktail mixture, and mix well until everything is blended. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours. To serve, spoon the mixture into cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh avocado or lemon. NOTE: You can serve this fresh without letting it sit for two hours, but the flavors blend together better if you can let it sit for a while. Harvey Slater is a chef and holistic nutritionist residing in Highland Park. You can find more healthy recipes like this one on his blog:




Apparently, there was a recent national event that has rekindled interest in futuristic literature depicting fascist states. Don’t ask me what happened; due to a recent inclination for slamming my noggin continuously upside a concrete wall so as to forget what I just saw, I have oddly forgotten what I just saw. Do ask me, since I am the co-proprietor of a fancy-pants bookstore, about this new interest in stories pertaining to fascism in our future. Yeah. Future. A plethora of shell-shocked bibliophiles have descended upon READ Books in search of eminent dystopian soothsayers such as Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Orwell (1984), & Huxley (Brave New World) who provide a kind of blueprint, ‘how-to-create-a-screwy-world’ vision of the future. In short, Atwood’s book depicts an America taken over by a theocratic dictatorship that picks on the ladies something awful. An edifying analysis by Neil Postman contrasts the divinations of 1984 & BNW: “What Orwell feared was those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.” If you find this stuff plausible, you’re probably a confused commie. Me, I’m still waiting for the dystopian novel describing an America where heterosexual white guys can’t celebrate X-Mas in peace. You’ll see. It shall be horrifically inconvenient. Equally germane (if less celebrated) to the topic of fascist societies are the novels Children of Men (PD James), Oil (Upton Sinclair), & The Plot Against America (Philip Roth). C of M depicts a future England where women are sterile & immigrants are denunciated, imprisoned and/or deported by a fascist government. C of M is the rare book that was made into a movie that is arguably superior to the book. Oil, rather than exploring the scary future, barely fictionalizes the interred past in order to warn the reader of how big money can easily take over our government. Of local interest, Oil is based on real events & people (Doheny) of early 20th century Southern California. Roth’s entry is especially interesting in that he is perhaps the most prominent of the authors on my list, yet this title is largely overlooked in discussions about fascism fiction. Plot is sui generis in that it is essentially about what didn’t happen, but very well could have happened; a sort of plausible historical fantasy. In 1940 America, a war weary public on the heels of an economic depression elects a famous, racist, republican populist (Charles Lindbergh), who aligns himself with a dangerous foreign leader (Hitler), who may very well possess significant political leverage over our new president. The similarities, my paranoid pinko friends, are rather alarming. But before we all declare via facebook posts and twitter tweets that this is the worst we’ve ever seen, let me suggest you talk to an African or Native American. Or read a few books about them. Start with Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which shall give you a healthy dose of perspective in its detailed account of how our democratically-elected leaders spent over a century stealing a country while subjugating, interning & ultimately annihilating its original inhabitants. Truly, in Trump’s stirring enterprise to become the most destructive American president ever, when one considers that our first 15 presidents piloted a government that murdered one group and enslaved another, Donald has his work cut out for him. For those seeking a more profound understanding of our fascist past vis-àvis our Afro-American brethren, I recommend starting with either a fictional account, Charles Johnson’s excellent Middle Passage, or the memoir 12 Years a Slave (Solomon Northup), which can be pleasantly punctuated with a movie night on the couch at someone’s home. And for those skeptical about our fascist tendencies over the ensuing century and then some, please check out The Fire Next Time (Baldwin), The Warmth of Other Suns (Wilkerson), and/or The New Jim Crow (Alexander). There is much that literature can teach us about our nation’s uninterrupted intimacy with fascism. Want to read a current account? Try Frederick Douglass. I hear that he’s doing an amazing job. Big impact!

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La Bestia (the beast) is the train that carries as many as half a million Central Americans annually north to the United States. The journey, hanging on to the back of La Bestia, involves loss of limbs, extortion, rape, hunger, and even death. MONTARlaBestia (to ride the beast) is an art exhibit at USC’s Fisher Museum through which artists and poets respond to that experience. Demián Flores and Mardonio Caballo, via the artist collective Artists Against Discrimination, invited 41 visual artists and 52 poets to create works that would accompany Gabriel Macotela’s diorama, “La Bestia,” in a traveling exhibition. The art panels snake around the diorama, evoking train cars. The poetry serves as the tracks. “In Oaxaca a leg was left behind. Its owner’s in Veracruz.” --Mardonio Carballo

Gabriel Macotela’s diorama and “Montar la Bestia”

“On the altar of dreams there are no borders, Yuumtisiles of death drink copal while dancing songs to life.” --Isaac Esau Carrillo Can MONTARlaBestia Through April 8 Marco Barrera, Curator USC Fisher Museum of Art

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KNITTING THE MOUNTAINS, CROCHETING THE TREES More than 70 Los Angeles area artists depict the California landscape in a 6-foot long “California Yarnscape,” currently on view outside the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. Yarn Bombers were asked, “What is a California landscape to you?” The responses included the ocean and a brushfire, freeways and birds, tacos and trees. The exhibit is presented in collaboration with Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a fiber arts community. Dates of special workshops offered by the Yarn Bombers during their time at the Autry may be found on the museum’s web site. California Yarnscape Through June 25 The Autry in Griffith Park

Top: New Roads Middle School, Santa Monica Pier (Mia Hooper, Olivia Mione, Renee Story, Stella RobinsonRosendorff; Teacher: Anne-Marie Sircello) Dreameco Crafts, Cacti & Ocean View (Amy Bauer, Richard Hecht, Britta Amundsen) Middle: Sandy Dingman and Pam Everroad, Goldminer The Lone Wools, Native Landscape with Flowers (Charlotte Marshall, Julie Gonella, Julia Graves, Jane Laughlin, Laurie Littlefield, Jeanne Jackson, Diane Kent, Patti Whittle) Bottom: Darlyn Susan Yee, Plein Air Coves

The Lone Wools, Native Landscape with Flowers (Charlotte Marshall, Julie Gonella, Julia Graves, Jane Laughlin, Laurie Littlefield, Jeanne Jackson, Diane Kent, Patti Whittle)

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Ann Storc, Homage to Hattie

Threadwinners, Remember all those who came before (detail) (Alyssa Arney & Liz Flynn)



ROBERT NELSON AT BRAINWORKS GALLERY Brainworks Gallery is pleased to present “Dialogs with the Future,” an exhibition of paintings by San Diego based artist Robert Nelson. Robert Nelson’s hyper-real/surreal works are concerned with dichotomies: innocence/corruption, the infinite/the finite, past/future, good/evil. His works are bombastic examples of an artist who is at ease layering wide areas of flat color with illustrative drawing that shows-off his technical skills and knowledge of the history of art. In a recent series entitled Dialogs with the Future, he juxtaposes images culled from different sources to explore the relationship between the world today and an imagined future. Each panel consists of a sequence of realistically rendered interlocking “thought bubbles” portraying the characters in his invented narrative against a black ground. He begins by outlining simple shapes in bright bold colors that are then filled in by patterns and silhouettes and later drawn upon in an illustrative style. Using elements from art history and popular culture he fuses the serious with the humorous creating evocative, challenging Robert Nelson, New World and sometimes disturbing works. In Dialogs with the Future 4, a rendering of an enlarged Venus of Willendorf sits on a children’s pool floater in the shape of a friendly sea monster, floating in a sea of green dots. This thought bubble emanates from an blue angel adjacent to an image of a wooden airplane that hovers above a brown planet. From the toy pilot comes another thought bubble in which two Putti aim arrows toward the blow-up sea animal. Each of the five works that comprise Nelson’s Dialogs with the Future are equally full of uncanny juxtapositions of unrelated elements that create compelling narratives that intertwine elements of good and evil. Nelson’s world view is presented as a series of fragments that the viewer can connect in their mind, arriving at their own conclusions. His paintings are catalysts for thought about how the past influenced the present, and how the present can challenge and hopefully change the future. Nelson studied Fine Art/Studio Art in college. Before finishing college he joined the US Navy from which he retired. After the Navy he attended Platt College in San Diego where he studied Graphic Design and Multimedia Robert Nelson, Dialogs With the Future 5 Design. He worked as a Graphic Designer for over fifteen years and for the last eight has been working seriously as an artist. His works have been included in exhibitions since 2008 in San Diego and Los Angeles. Robert Nelson “Dialogs with the Future” Exhibition runs April 1st to April 29th Brainworks Gallery 5364 W. Pico Boulevard


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Tracy Do Leading the way in Eastside home sales. Setting the standard. I provide exceptional service to every client, with a commitment to your goals and the resources to achieve them. 323.842.4001 calbre #01350025

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 626.205.4040.

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LA Art News April 2017  

Welcome to the beginning of our 5th year. Let's see what's next...enjoy!!

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