LA Art News May 2016 Section B

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TWO ICONIC KENT TWITCHELL MURALS BACK ON PUBLIC VIEW Kent Twitchell's murals are among the most celebrated public art pieces in the world. His images, often figures of artists of various genres, are noted for their extreme realism and for their sheer size. Two of Twitchell's most popular images, until recently considered lost, have made reappearances thanks to the painstaking work of the artist and thanks to new host venues. The "Freeway Lady," painted in 1974 on the Angeles Prince Hotel next to the Hollywood Freeway, fascinated commuters and tourists with its huge portrait of actress Lillian Bronson. The image spanned the chasm between the personal and the universal, with a vibrant and intricate afghan flowing from a grandmotherly image off into a sky highlighted by a full moon. After 12 years on the hotel, the mural was painted over by a billboard company. Twitchell began restoration work, but taggers destroyed the image. However, on April 14, the ribbon was cut on a re-creation of The Freeway Lady at Los Angeles Valley College. The work was commissioned six years ago by the LAVC Public Art Committee. Students assisted Twitchell with the painting effort. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, said that "Art is public spaces has the potential to create community." Rodriguez said that The Freeway Lady will create conversation. "Who is that?" "What does it mean?" "How far does that afghan go?" "I realize now this is where she was destined to be in 1974 when I first painted her," Twitchell said at the ribbon-cutting. Meanwhile, LAM Gallery is hosting a large exhibit of Twitchell works, “Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants." A centerpiece of the LAM show is a new mural, a huge portrait of artist Ed Ruscha. Twitchell painted the original version of the 70-foot tall Ruscha mural over a space of nine years beginning in the late 70s. It was a familiar site in Downtown Los Angeles until 2006 when, to Twitchell and everyone else's surprise, the mural was removed during a building renovation. The LAM exhibit focuses on the recreation of the image, which will be installed on the American Hotel in the Arts District this summer. The exhibit offers insight into how Twitchell creates his massive images. It includes a section of the new mural, as well as preparatory studies. There is also a sizable selection of photographs and drawings of previous Twitchell works. "Kent has not had a gallery show to this extent, fully focused on him and his mural work,” says gallery founder Winnie Lam, “ and he certainly deserves it.”

The Freeway Lady at Los Angeles Valley College

The Freeway Lady Los Angeles Valley College Student Services Center Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants Through May 14 Lam Gallery 913 N. Highland Avenue

“Kent Twitchell: The Man Who Paints Giants” at Lam Gallery

FISH OUT OF WATER When artist Stuart Rapeport was invited to participate in the Maloof Foundation Sculpture in the Garden 2016 show, his fish undertook the journey from Rapeport's Highland Park studio to the Maloof Discovery Garden in Alta Loma. It was a long journey--perhaps longer than the fish anticipated--and it was fraught with perils. Would they make it to the opening reception? They were fish out of water. (Update: the fish made it. They seem happy, and will be on display in the garden through October. All images by Stuart Rapeport.

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THE WHOLE DISH Nothing says “spring” like fresh green garlic at the farmer’s market. I grabbed a bunch the other day, and before I could put it into my bag this idea to make fresh raw almond cheese with green garlic popped into my head. This is a fresh, quick cheese that slightly resembles the consistency of a ricotta, and offers a nice, nutritious, dairy-free creaminess. The green garlic made it heavenly. You can use it on a sandwich with vine tomatoes, as an hors d’oeuvre filling or topping- as pictured, or try it in layers of lasagna. Enjoy!

Fresh Almond Cheese with Green Garlic 1 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in filtered water for at least 2 hours or overnight 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 1/4 tsp. salt 2/3 cup water 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast 1/4-1/2 cup sliced green garlic (depending on how strong you want it to taste) Drain the almonds, and remove the skin from each almond by hand. This makes the cheese more white and gives it a more cheese-like appearance. But you can also leave the skins for a more textured look and taste. Place the peeled almonds and all the remaining ingredients except for the garlic greens in a food processor. Process the mixture for at least 2 minutes. Check for smoothness. If you can recognize pieces of almond, it isn’t smooth enough. Continue processing if needed. This could take a while and it may seem like you are processing too much, but it’s okay. Once you reach the consistency you like, add the garlic greens and process until the greens are mixed in and chopped, but still large enough to give some green speckled color to the cheese. Give it a final taste and adjust ingredients where needed. I like it when it gets to the consistency of ricotta cheese. They key is to get it past tasting like ground up almonds. Serve as desired. For this particular photo, I sliced up 2 medium zucchini, tossed in olive oil and seasoning, and grilled both sides. They made a great hors d’oeuvre base with the cheese on top. Harvey Slater is a Chef and Holistic Nutrition Coach residing in Highland Park. You can find more recipes like this one on his blog:

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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 Discovery Days/Weekdays/Fridays 2nd Sunday 9-1pm $60 Discovery Nights 2nd Thursday Night $60 Open Forge Every Tuesday from 7-10 pm, Once a month 2nd Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm, Every 2 months on the 2nd Sat. 1 pm – 5 pm, Every 2 months on the 4th Sat. 1 pm – 5 pm $40 Hot Forging series of 4 classes $80 per session CBA Level 1 Series New Series starts in May 1 First Sunday $80 Instructor Workshop Second Saturday of the Month $50 9 am - 3pm Forging for Woodworkers First Friday and Saturday of the Month $220 7 pm - 10 pm Iron Age Cutlery May 7 9-3pm $85 Nail Header May 21 9-3pm $80 The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. 323.387.9705 Jewelry Wednesdays May 4, 11, 18, 25 11-1 $250 Beginning Glass Beads May 7-8 11-4pm $250 Bead Making Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24, 31 11-2 $300 Glass Tiles May 13 12-4pm $75 Fused Pendants May 13 6-8pm $50 Parts Sheets May 14-15 12-4pm $250 Vitrigraph & Plate May 21 12-4pm $200 Make Glass Art May 22 12-4pm $150 Intro to Kilnforming May 28-29 12-4pm $250 O&M Leather 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd. 323-274-4640 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 Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.344.8330 Mon. 11:30am-2:30pm Adult Class Mon. 6:30pm-9:30pm Adult Class Tues. 6:30pm-9:30pm Adult Class Tues. 4:30pm-6:00pm Kids Class Thurs. 6:30pm-9:30pm open studio time Fri. 11:30am-9:30pm open studio time Sat. 11:30am-1:30pm Kids and Parent Mandatory fee of $15 for tool use (not including brushes and trimming tools). Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.550.1332 Check Leanna’s web site for a current list of workshops and events.

Molten Metal Works 2558 N. San Fernando Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 They will be moving to a new location the week of April 25 - May 1. Check their web site for more information. INTRO MIG: One Day Welding Sundays, 10am - 4pm Wednesdays, 10am - 4pm $180 INTRO to TIG Fri 5/13 12-6pm or 5/27 4-10pm $235 TASTER CLASS 5/20 7-10pm $80 PATINAS 5/23 7-10pm $95 6 week classes are also available. To register for all classes, and for more information, please visit Space 1506 Mission St. South Pasadena, CA 91030 626.441.47788 Birthday Parties and Spring Camp available Cut it Out Ages 9-12 begins April 14, Thursday 3:30-5:00pm Fee: $180. meets 6 times Ceramics Ages 6 & up starts April 13, Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm Fee: $205 meets 6 times Creative Writing Ages 9-12 starts April 12, Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00pm Fee: $240 meets 6 times Time to Create Adult starts April 14, Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $250 meets 6 times Mindful Drawing Adult starts April 13, Saturdays, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $240 meets 6 times Writing Lab for Adults Adult starts April 11, Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $240 meets 6 times 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 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. 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.

Community Woodshop NEW LOCATION (opening May 14, 2016): 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 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. Sugar Mynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave. South Pasadena, CA 626.222.7257 Paint and Pinot Twice a month. Check their web site for more detail. Bullseye Glass 143 Pasadena Ave. South Pasadena, CA They offer a full range of kiln forming glass classes.


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Saturday June 4, 1-6 p.m. York Park at Avenue 50 1:00 The Remstoys 2:00 Campus Security 3:00 Jessica Fichot 4:00 The Tall Men Group 5:00 Superbean continuous: crafts, vendors, art projects, food trucks Sunday June 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive 10:30 Musical interlude: Joe Calderòn 10:55 Native American blessing: Ted Garcia 11:00 Poets Laurel Ann Bogen, Wendy Ortiz, Antonietta Villamil, Henry Morro, and curator, Suzanne Lummis 12:00 Poetry Reception 10:00 – 4:00 Art exhibit continues in the Sprague Gallery “The Spirit, Work and Impact of Highland Park’s Centro de Arte Publico 1977” Sunday, June 5, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The dancers of CONTRA-TIEMPO Futuro Sycamore Grove Park, 4901 N. Figueroa Street company, performing Sunday, June 5 at Sycamore Grove Park 11:30 Anahuak sponsored Run / Walk – (see 12:15 Fish Outta Water Parade with puppets, large and small, and the Thursday Evening Gentlemen’s Society Circuit Bending Marching Band and Ladies’ Auxiliary from the tunnel entrance to the Southwest Museum to Sycamore Grove Park Stage One: 12:30 Ted Garcia, Native American Blessing 1:00 The Andersons 2:05 Blue Agave 3:25 Highland Hawks 4:40 Groove Session 6:10 Yari More Stage Two: 1:40 The JC Cultural Foundation’s Lion Dancers 2:50 The Sophie Olson Dance Explosion 4:05 Futuro/The Jr. Dance Company of CONTRA-TIEMPO 5:35 The USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team Stage Three: 1:00 Laura Jean Anderson 1:50 Levitation Room 2:50 Viento Callajero 3:55 Blues Channel 5:00 De’Anza Stage Four: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Emerging Talent The Children’s Living History of Los Angeles performance, PG Dance, and bands The Friendly Strangers, Ceviche Lummis Day, The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles Springs, and The Crudes. Anahuak Sports Area: 12:20 - 4:20 (hourly 20 minute matches) Puppet Theatre and Bugs Stage for Children: 1:15, 2:50 and 4:40 Puppets & Players Little Theatre – The Wizard of Oz 1:55 Skeleton Crew 3:30 Tuba Heatherton Family Fun Area: 1:00 – 5:00 Franklin Robotics Team//Tongva crafts with Julia Bogany, Tribal Elder, San Gabrielino Band of Mission Indians//Home Depot/Color Spot Nurseries: Transplanting Seedling Experience//Eco Voices with the Urban Science Corps//Fish Outta Water: Puppet Making Workshop with the Arroyo Arts Collective & Teatro Arroyo//Los Angeles River Rover: mobile visitor center. Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper’s first city editor in 1884. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis founded Los Angeles’ first museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. He was also one of the City’s first librarians, founded the Landmark Society which preserved the California Missions and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California. The festival is presented by the non-profit Lummis Day Community Foundation. Participating arts groups for this year’s Festival include the Highland Park Independent Film Festival, the Arroyo Arts Collective, Teatro Arroyo, Rock Rose Gallery and Poets & Writers Inc. The Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by Hon. Gilbert Cedillo- L.A. Council District 1, Hon. Jose Huizar- L.A. Council District 14, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and County Supervisor Hilda Solis, the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, The Autry Museum of the American West, Occidental College and Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. This festival is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. Other supporters include Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Fresco Community Markets and Home Depot / Color Spot. Media sponsors are LA Art News, the Eastsider, KPFK public radio 90.7, the Boulevard Sentinel, and Brooklyn & Boyle.

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Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park celebrated its centennial April 16. Attendees ranged from current students to one graduate from the 1930s. The number of artists and historic preservation activists among the alumni suggested the Franklin has always instilled in its students an appreciation of community, culture, and civic engagement.




Photo Exhibition by Aydinaneth Ortiz At Avenue 50 Studio’s Satellite Gallery at the M.A.N Insurance Co. By Tatiana Delfina Preciado Through her photography, Aydinaneth Ortiz captures her community, her culture, and her identity. In recent years, Ortiz has used her art as a form of expression and healing. The death of her brother, Geovany Ortiz, by the hands of her other brother, Israel Ortiz, who suffers schizophrenia, has dominated her work for the last three years. In her photographic series called “California Mental State Hospital," Ortiz captured images of the abandoned mental institution in California after visiting it to receive a better understanding of the mental health system. The purpose of this was to show the public the lack of funding and help that is offered to those who suffer from mental illnesses. In her book, La Condición de la Familia, Ortiz shares her story of what happened to her family, before and after the incident, through images of her family members, especially her two brothers. I had the pleasure of meeting with Ortiz and conducted an interview with the artist. TDP: Let's first start with, who are you? Ortiz: I am a female photographer and I am an artist. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I come from a poor socially economic background. I am trying to express myself through my art, and see if I can connect with somebody through my art in order to share my experience with others. I am a student, and I am going to Cal Arts in the fall. TDP: When did you become a photographer? Ortiz: I started taking photographs when I was young, never for the intention of it being professional. I’ve always liked the camera and always liked taking snapshots of family events and trips. It wasn’t until I took photography in my community college that I really enjoyed the medium and decided to take it on professionally, or just more seriously. I’ve loved, and still love, the dark room. The dark room is what really made me want to continue as a photographer because I love that experience. Once I realized how well I was doing in my photography class, I put that much effort in my other classes. I actually feel like it saved me because it helped me find what I wanted to do on my path in life. TDP: Can you talk about your book with me? Ortiz: One of the reasons why I liked the dark room was because it was my oasis from the drama happening in my home. My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was seventeen so at the time I was losing myself in the medium. When the incident happened between my brothers, it was hard to deal with. I was at UCLA at the time where I took my photography class with Catherine Opie. My brother died during the summer, but I had to go back to school. Opie told us we’re having a documentary class and I just thought, I have to do this, simply for myself because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I did it for my final and I was very proud of it. I did it for myself because it was like art therapy and I do feel like it helped me mourn and deal with what was happening. I don’t feel in my heart that my brother Israel intentionally killed my brother, he just panicked. That’s why on the cover of my book it says that it is dedicated to both of my brothers because the incident both impacted them deeply, and impacted the rest of us. It’s the best way of telling my story and the best way of saying it is through a book because I can guide the narrative the way I want people to see it. TDP: So do you see art as a form of healing? Ortiz: Definitely, I do find art as a form of healing. I think it has helped me a lot in different ways. I am not only a photographer I am a print maker, and that is another process I enjoy. So dealing with mental health is what made me embark on this other project because when my brother was released, he had no help. It was like “here, you deal with him.” And I felt like, why weren’t we getting any help, we need to get this guy, and hold him, and get him some psych help, but nobody offered that. So I visited a 162-acre mental institution, but 80% of it is abandoned due to lack of funding. They only manicure the lawns. They don’t have the funding to take in more people and from what I was told the occupancy is more inmates serving time versus other people. I understand they need the help too and I agree because my brother has been through difficult situations because he also has a drug problem where he uses street drugs to medicate. He has gotten into trouble with the law before, and he has gotten arrested for minor things, but even then he wasn’t receiving any help, even when he was incarcerated he wasn’t getting his right medicine. Many times they wouldn’t even incarcerate him, which doesn’t help a person either. So I understand why they take more severe cases, but I feel like people who aren’t incarcerated need this help too but it isn’t available for them. TDP: How does your family feel about your photography? Ortiz: Well, they are proud of it and me because they do see that it has helped me so in return they are proud because they love me. At first, they did have trouble because it would make them sad because they would remember, but they realized that it has helped me. Ortiz is a strong, beautiful woman whose photos, although capturing a harsh reality, are used not only to help her heal from the wounds but also connect with others who have gone through similar situations. Ortiz’s exhibition, “I Ain’t Gonna Sit and Let The World Go By” is on exhibit at the M.A.N. Insurance Company through May 7, 2016. 1270 North Avenue 50. Tatiana Delfina Preciado is a third generation Mexican-American woman born and raised in Northeastern Los Angeles, specifically Highland Park and Glassell Park. She is a freshman at California State University, Northridge where she is working towards a Bachelors of Art degree in Art. She is involved in community art programs around Los Angeles such as Self-Help Graphics, the Eagle Rock Music Festival, and is currently interning at Avenue 50 Studio.

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“A MONTHLY EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY CELEBRATING THE ARTS, COMMUNITY & LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS”. Since Eagle Rock’s launch of First Saturdays back in February, it has grown and evolved every month. Join them for their 4th edition this Saturday, May 7th from 3-8pm. The small business participants have grown, including the event at City Hall supported by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. This month at the Eagle Rock City Hall Art Show and Event, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council is proud to have guest curator, Rock Rose Gallery from Highland Park bring in her artists, Brian Grillo and Eliot Sekuler. Mike Christy will also be joining them in the upstairs viewing room. Mike’s art integrates his disparate interests in politics, history, mysticism, and science to create a mythological world functioning as a metaphor for our own. An Eagle Rock High School Art Student will be showing their latest works also in the front garden. For the families, experiment with The LAB for Hands-on Learning in a creative, child-led, 30 minute activity in the lower level of City Hall ($5 materials fee), along with a bouncy house provided by Native Boutique and a meet and greet with a fire truck from the Fire Station 42. 3-8pm / 2035 Colorado Blvd.

Brian Grillo

This First Saturdays shops are celebrating Moms for Mother’s Day with trunk shows, workshops, and more! West Native Jewelry by Sheva Lee trunk show at Native Boutique (3-8pm), Watercolor Banners Workshop at Purple Twig (3-6pm, $15 per person, ages 3 and up), Meet the Maker: Letterpress Chocolate at Milkfarm (11am-5pm), and floral arrangements in crystal infused water designed by Letters from LA (3-8pm, starting at $25). Did you know that Artistic Athletics (formally XTC) has moved? They are having their Grand Opening Party with performances starting at 7pm, including Aerial Silk, Kajukempo, Capoeira, fitness demos, DJ A.I.! 6-10pm / 2102 Colorado Blvd. (enter through the alley) Mike Christy find a plethora of art opening events!

Head around the corner to Eagle Rock Blvd. and you’ll

Pop Secret Gallery is thrilled to be hosting Adam Rosette’s first solo show! “Journey To 100” is a solo exhibition and sale of 100 small collectible original gouache paintings. Look out for surprises throughout the show too! 6pm - closing / 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd. O & M Leather is having an artist reception for fine artist, Irene Zaragoza 4-8pm / 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is having their annual animal themed show called PAWS Art Show featuring their favorite canines, felines and other furred friends. 10% of the show sales will be donated to Dogs of the Rock, a grassroots organization dedicated to bringing an off-leash dog park to Eagle Rock. 4-8pm / 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Cuddly Rigor Mortis

Good Eye Gallery continues “If Only For A Little While” series of new paintings by Portland based artist Lisa Golightly. 12-7pm / 4538 Eagle Rock Blvd.

Adam Rosette




All images by Stuart Rapeport.

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All images by Stuart Rapeport.



ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY SHOEBOX PR FEATURED EVENTS ARTIST AS SUBJECT Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH 665 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, California 93534 Opening reception Saturday May 7 4-7pm Zachary Aronson | Portraits dba256 Wine Bar Lounge 256 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766 Reception May 14 6-11pm We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective 2.0 MUZEUMM 4817 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90016 Opening reception May 21 7-11pm UPCOMING OPENINGS Distinctive Voices Santa Monica Art Studios 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California 90405 Opening reception May 7 6-8pm PET: Installation at SBC South Bay Contemporary, "The Loft", 401 South Mesa St, Third floor, San Pedro, CA 90731 Open during San Pedro First Thursday Art Walk May 5, 6-9pm Artist reception Saturday May 7, 4-7pm

We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective 2.0 MUZEUMM 4817 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90016 Opening reception May 21 7-11pm

Deveron Richard at The Good Luck Gallery The Good Luck Gallery 945 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012 Through May 21

Close to Home - Gallery Opening @ Art Share L.A. Art Share-LA 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, California 90013 Opening May 28 7-10pm

ABEL ALEJANDRE: "Public Secrets" - Solo Exhibit of New Work Coagula Curatorial 974 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012 Through May 22

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS Chenhung Chen | Entelechy Polyhedron Opening Reception Seda Saar Solo The Wallflower Project by Janine Brown Devin Thor Paleolithic Creatures Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90069 To May 6 Jennifer Celio | HITCHED TO EVERYTHING ELSE Haphazard Through May 7!exhibitions/c1dmp QUINTON BEMILLER: CLARITY LAUNCH LA 170 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, California 90036 Through May 7

Peggy Pownall & David Isakson Studio Channel Islands 2222 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, California 93010 Opening reception May 7 4-6pm

Things Fall Apart - Gallery Opening @ Art Share L.A. Art Share-LA 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, California 90013 Through May 7

Sal Taylor Kydd | Coffee + Art Gallery 169 169 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, California 90402 Reception May 8 10-noon

Fall of the Mutants Eastside International 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, California 90031 On view until May 7

Call and Response Collaboration California State University Long Beach: Gatov Gallery May 8-12 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2-5 p.m.; Wednsday, 12-7 p.m. Opening Reception: Sunday, May 8, 5-7 p.m. Parking: area/

MOPLA Group Show: Diverse/City Santa Monica Art Studios, Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Through May 7

Tigeraugen (Tiger Eyes): Martin Durazo and Kottie Paloma JAUS 11851 La Grange Ave, Los Angeles, California 90025 Opening May 13 630-930pm Zachary Aronson | Portraits dba256 Wine Bar Lounge 256 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766 Reception May 14 6-11pm Santa Fe Art Colony Open Studios Santa Fe Art Colony 2421 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, California 90058 May 14 noon-7pm and May 15 noon-6pm Arts Through the Wall CB1-G Guest Gallery 1923 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, California 90021 Opening May 14 3-6pm Tania Jazz Alvarez Solo Show Eastside International 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, California 90031 Opening May 14 6pm Zachary Aronson | Portraits dba256 Wine Bar Lounge 256 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766 Reception May 14 6-11pm Yaron Dotan: In the Land of the Blind Atrium 26 Gallery 604 North Hoover Street, Los Angeles, California 90004 Opening May 14 6-9pm COLA 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships Exhibition Opening Reception Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027 Opening May 15 2-5pm Through July 3rd The Beverly Hills artSHOW The Beverly Hills art SHOW Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills, California 90210 May 21 & 22, 10-6pm

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Out Of Line Subliminal Projects 1331 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026 Through May 7 Resonance: An Abstracts Group Show Sparks Gallery 530 6th Ave, San Diego, California 92101 Through May 8 Sal Taylor Kydd | ORIGINS - Artists Reception Gallery 169 169 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, California 90402 Through May 9 Succession- A fifteen-year survey of the work of David Michael Lee Jamie Brooks Fine Art 2967 Randolph Ave, Unit C, Costa Mesa, California 92626 Through May 10 Places & Spaces: Artists View the City SugarMynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, California 91030 Through May 14 ROYAL CURATION The Gabba Gallery 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90057 Through May 14 Linda Sue Price | Hitting the Pause Button TAG Gallery Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Bldg D3, Santa Monica, Ca Through May 14 Moira Hahn “Night of 1000 Fire Monkeys” Gregorio Escalante Gallery 978 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012 Through May 15 CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE? Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90041 Through May 15 Portraits and Autobiographies by Kim Abeles PØST 1206 Maple Ave. #515, LA 90015 Reception: Sunday, March 20, 2pm – 5pm Through May 21, 2016 Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm and by appointment

Doppelgänger TAM Torrance Art Museum 3320 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance, California 90503 Through May 28, 2016 Christian Tedeschi Elephant 3325 Division St, Los Angeles, California 90065 Through May 29 OPENING RECEPTION: new haven CB1 Gallery 1923 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, California 90021 Through May 29 "Xanadu" - A Solo Show by Gloria Muriel Sparks Gallery 530 6th Ave, San Diego, California 92101 Through June 5 Faux Sho': DADA Centennial Balconi Coffee Company 11301 W Olympic Blvd, # 124, Los Angeles, California 90064 To June 10 Evolution of the Revolution California African American Museum 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, California 90007 Through June 26 Ayotzinapa: A Roar of Silence | 43 Missing Students from Mexico SPARC ART 685 Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291 On view through June 2016 Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016 Hauser Wirth & Schimmel 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, California 90021 Through September 4 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Agnes Martin Through September 11, 2016 Reigning Men Through August 21, 2016 Catherine Opie: O Through September 5 Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium March 20, 2016–July 31, 2016 California African American Museum (CAAM) Evolution of the Revolution Through June 26th UCLA Hammer Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 Through May 15 Hammer Projects: Catherine Opie: Portraits Through May 22 Hammer Projects: Kenny Scharf Through May 22 Hammer Projects: Oscar Tuazon Through May 15 Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only Opening June 12 MOCA Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road Through May 8 Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun On view February 21 September 12


Torrance Art Museum Doppelgänger Through May 28 Norton Simon Duchamp to Pop Through August 29. 2016


Dish of the Month

Larisa Code Note: Create happiness, one delicious bite at a time. Featured Restaurant: Bar Ama 118 W. 4th Street Los Angeles Featured Dish: Queso This is Tex-Mex food, and it’s Queso….yum… Sorta like a Superbowl commercial for Cheez Whiz dip (but with more love and in a prettier dish), it is a melted orange cheese, and you can add things like chorizo (highly recommend) or pork belly (not as good). It comes with freshly fried restaurant style tortilla chips, and it is delicious. Enjoy it with one of their zillions of tequila or mezcal cocktails. All are made with such care, you cannot go wrong. The staff is friendly and full of knowledge, ready for your questions and willing to help you pick the perfect beverage. As far as parking goes, this is Downtown LA, so, take the subway. Pershing Square is your stop. If you are a party of 2 or under, don’t plan on having much room for a meal. The queso is a meal and a half my friend. Enjoy!



Indigenous Fine Art Market “POPUP” Show at Lummis Home During Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day May 15

OVER 20 RENOWNED ARTISTS PRESENT WORK AT A CELEBRATION OF NATIVE ART AND THE CULTURES THAT INSPIRE IT Explore the diversity of artistic talent at the first-ever Los Angeles PopUp Indigenous Fine Art Market taking place as a free special event at the Lummis Home and Gardens during Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day on Saturday May 15, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m. The popup market will be set up on the verdant garden grounds of the Lummis Home and will feature the work of over 20 Native American artists with work ranging from the traditional to contemporary styles. The artists will be present to share their work, from sculptors to photographers, and talk about their work with visitors. This special event is being produced by the national nonprofit organization IFAM (Indigenous Fine Art Movement) as part of the MOTA Day activities at the historic Lummis Home, which is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. Friends of the Southwest Museum is the sponsor for IFAM’s first Los Angeles Pop-Up market. “IFAM is excited to bring a ‘pop-up’ version of our flagship Santa Fe indigenous arts marketplace to Los Angeles and specifically the Lummis home. It’s so fitting to host this group of traditional and contemporary artists on the grounds of Charles Fletcher Lummis’ home. Lummis’ legacy of being a national advocate for the people and cultures of our nation’s Indigenous People is still compelling today,” said John Torrez Nez, President, IFAM. “We are delighted to work with the Los Angeles arts and culture community, especially with the presenting sponsorship of the Friends of the Southwest Museum, who see the value of bringing a traditional and contemporary indigenous art market to the Arroyo region.” In addition to the indigenous fine art marketplace, visitors will also enjoy self-guided tours of the Lummis Home and Gardens, and there will be children’s activities to round out the day of free fun during MOTA Day. Lummis home is located at 200 E. Avenue 43 in Highland Park.

The photograhy of Peggy Fontenot will be featured at MOTA Day.

MAY 2016



This first Friday of May the EAT ART Open Mic is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Book Show has hosted this evening for almost as long as Book Show has existed. It is as much a part of my space as the books are, and I can’t imagine life without it. The event is a direct reflection of its indomitable host, Sabrina Dropkick. She is funny, brash, creative, brave and one of the most sensitive, expressive and caring people I know. True to who she is, she makes each month’s open mic unique and chock full of the unexpected. Some nights we are raucous and rowdy with sex toys being raffled off, dollar bills thrown in the air and caught in the mouth and bearded drag queens doing hula dances. Other nights the vibe is like a much needed hug--mellow, introspective and full of “feelz” (as Sabrina would say). The one thing you can walk in the door and expect every time is that the environment will be supportive, and the stage is open to everyone. It truly is an open mic. I’m not sure what the magic is that happens, but rarely do the participants just come in, do their thing and leave—something I see happen at a lot of other open mics. EAT ART fosters a creative, vibrant, inclusive, safe space where the whole room essentially becomes a stage for expression and the audience is open to whatever you have to give. Even though the main focus is words, Sabrina opens up the mic to any and all means of expression. We had someone get up and lead the whole room in a guided mediation. We had another person get up and just talk about how she decided to stop shaving her body hair, which lead to a spirited discussion amongst everyone there about everything from eyebrow plucking to pubic hair. This level of comfort and the feeling that you are in a safe environment to unabashedly be yourself and share your story is exactly what my store and space is about, and I am grateful to Sabrina for making it happen. Of course I can’t finish this love letter without mentioning one of my most favorite things about the EAT ART Open Mic. Our hodge-podge family of regulars. Many of them had never read or performed publicly in their lives until the EAT ART Open Mic. Now they come in and tell me about how they are reading at other open mics, writing more and even self-publishing their own books and fanzines. I look forward to this month’s open mic being the best one yet. The EAT ART Open Mic happens every first Friday of the month at Book Show, 5503 N. Figueroa St. Sign ups are from 8:00 – 8:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm.

Mount Washington resident Pat Griffith passed away suddenly in April. Pat was an art collector and a frequent visitor to area galleries. She appreciated local Northeast L.A. artists and the importance of supporting them. She was also a fixture at community events--usually having gotten there on her bicycle. Her issues included, but were not limited to, early childhood education, active transportation, the rights of women, and the enjoyment and protection of nature. It is hard to imagine a community meeting without Pat in attendance. Pat is survived by partner Scott Burleigh, daughter Geneva Burleigh, and son-in-law Jeremy Kerr--as well as thousands of Northeast L.A. residents. (photo: Martha Benedict)

BOOK SHOW EVENTS Saturday May 14th 8pm Science Friction Reading With Michelle Tea, Bucky Sinister, Les Milton, Nicholas Davidge, Stephen T Brophy and hosted by Johnnie B Baker! Sunday May 15th 3pm-5pm Full set by Les Bohem of the Sparks, Gleaming Spires Saturday May 21st 8pm Book Show Card Players Club Must RSVP to attend $20.00 Email us at for info! Tuesday May 24th Words in Bloom Reading Xochitl-julisa Bermejo, Matt Binder, Jessica Handler, Ashaki Jackson, Michele Raphael, David Ulin Wednesday May 25th 7pm – 9pm Humument” Poetry Writing Workshop With Jessica Wilson-Cardenas Email for more info Saturday May 28th 7pm – 9pm Ring making workshop with Robert Seitz!!! “Simple Stackers” Email us at for more info. ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS EAT ART OPEN MIC Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose open mic 8pm sign ups Free Back To Scraps Monthly, every 2nd Sunday An evening of writing exercises and prompts.





By Jeremy Kaplan & Flo Dog READ Books of Eagle Rock

The Patron I’ll tell you what. When that gangly whippersnapper took to laughing at the political perspective of yours truly, it took all the self-control I could muster not to brain the giggling punk with one of my crutches. I’ll tell you what else. I got no use for self-control. They expect me to be jolly. They look at my size, the long white beard, and they think I’m gonna’ hand ‘em a damn Christmas gift or something. If my crutches had been long enough to reach across that damn counter, I’d a given that chuckling bastard a gift alright. Nearly forgot why I’d walked in there the first place. Well yuh don’t see many bookstores nowadays. People don’t read anymore. It’s part of this god-damn global conspiracy to dumb us down, all these internet sons-a-bitches and what have you taking over the market, and I didn’t mind telling him so at the get go. Him being the aforementioned gangly whippersnapper whose bookstore I’d just entered. Sure, he agreed, our economy’s designed for corporate takeovers. His words. Damn straight, said I. Gettin’ to the point where the government’s takin’ all the jobs away from the little guy. Leave the rest of us with nothing but a pair of pee-stained undies and a car to sleep in. My words. “Income inequality’s pretty fucked up,” he said. “Problem is that a lot of people running our government are intent on giving the government away to corporations & billionaires that pay for their campaigns.” “Fucked-up don’t even begin…” I almost poked a whole in his ceiling with my crutch. “I’m living in mah damn car!” “That sucks,” he said, taking a peek-a-boo at his ceiling above me. “Anyhow. Makes for an interesting election year, huh?” “Time for a damn revolution, young fella,” I began. “That’s why…” The Proprietor “… my man is Donald Trump!” That’s what he shouted I shit you not, all the while abusing my ceiling with his unwieldy crutch. I’m not sure that I actually laughed aloud, but I couldn’t restrain the silly grin that took over the southern hemisphere of my face. I mean here I got this three-hundredpound self-professed hobo looking like St. Nick forty years after a dozen harrowing tours of duty in Vietnam, he’s griping righteously about The Man and Revolution god bless him, and this is what he comes up with? Donald? Maybe I, like, guffawed. “What’s so damn funny? Trump’s gonna take on all those damn bastards. Got a problem with that?” “Trump is all those damn bastards.” I was glad that he didn’t have longer arms— or a monkey in his pocket— because that crutch he was aiming at me was maybe ten inches short of a sloppy embalmment, and this guy who’d entered the store a few minutes ago looking for a book to read was now talking like Popeye moments before clouting Bluto. “Wipe that grin off yur face I will. Man says what a man says and he don’t say no more. Ar.” I wanted to talk to him. How could we both see the same rigged system yet come to such antithetical conclusions? Must be some kind of misapprehension of facts and whatnot. “So why would a billionaire with a history of scamming people have any interest in altering an economic system that favors him?” “Well he doesn’t need any of our money for one thing. He’s got enough of his own damn it! And he’s gonna kick out the Mexicans! And stick it to the Chinese! Tell ‘um where they can take their stinkin’ debt! The Chinese damn it! Over in China!” He waved a crutch to and fro, told me I’m a nice guy but a “gangly whippersnapper” nonetheless, and groused about the damn Mexican kid that screwed up his order at Burger King last week. So I was about done discussing. No misapprehending here. Where I saw well-endowed people affecting policy to further enhance their multi-billion endowments, he saw a swarthy teenager fucking up his whopper and making $10 bucks an hour to boot. Thankfully, before he had the chance to describe any depravity he’d been exposed to at the bronzed hands of Panda Express, Florence interceded. The Pet Believe you me there’s not a dilemma in this world that cannot be solved by sniffing a biped’s butt. Take this giant biped for instance with his jolly facial hair and un-jolly disposition, all set on flaying my biped with the succor of his long, metallic arms whilst my biped sat dumbly contemplating said giant with an unaccountably entertained grin plastered on his relatively hairless countenance. “What is so amusing about being flayed?” I wanted to bark at him. But I’m a problem solver, not a philosopher, and thus engaged myself immediately in the pragmatic defusing of a tense situation. The hairy white giant peered over his immense shoulder. “Hey. What’s… what are you doing down there? What’s… you a boy or a girl?” Subsequent to a long, contemplative pause, my biped ventured: “Girl?” “Hmm. Good girl,” muttered the crazy biped, stroking my back with the rubbery end of his arm. “What kinda dog is she?” My biped shrugged. “A girl one? I actually know her name… gimme a second… Florence!” “Well Florence,” crooned the somewhat mollified biped. “Aren’t you a good girl?” I am? He leaned forward on his freakishly long arms and continued: “You want Donald Trump to be America’s leader, donchoo girl?” I do? “You don’t want to have to habla espanol every time you order a Whopper, now do you?” I don’t? Then he fixed my biped with a most defiant countenance and shouted: “In America, everybody gets to vote!” “To paraphrase that great American political philosopher, Chico Marx,” nodded my biped in agreement, “when it comes to voting, there ain’t no Sanity Clause.”

MAY 2016



A lone White flower peaks out through a flock of purple bougainvillea enticing the viewer to come hither to take a closer look she smells it sweetly as the dew on her upper lip begins to drip after her shower that washed away the remembrances of lust making the night before She tugs at a hedonistic thought when she sees the scratches on her upper thigh and replays the beginning of the encounter It began after sunset walking on York Boulevard looking to capture an audience for a twilight dance a Saturday night rendezvous she sees an artist casually painting street art on various walls down an alleyway she asks for a light for her blunt the artist peers above his glasses as he graciously hits her up his hand gently touching her’s an instant embrace follows the kiss is deep with passion a harmony of balance a richness of heat that rises to form a sensual explosion that cloisters the moment in time frozen with sexual desire a forbidden wall is broken she opens her eyes and ponders as she always does every time this scenario happens Where will this lead?

Linda Kaye at Bookshow


hopefully towards ecstasy and an adventure to remember to write down in the journals of heightened experience to relish with continuous fantasy the poetry of love Linda Kaye writes poetry and produces poetry and art events throughout the NELA area. Her most recent chapbook “Sexy Stuff ” is currently available for purchase. Website: Email: Twitter: lindakayepoetry


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