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CARONDELET FAREWELL Written by Baha Danesh from

Tiger Munson is a conceptual photographer and installation artist who was recently affected by the growing strokes of gentrification in Central Los Angeles. After 25 years of living in a place that some called the “Urban Oasis,” Munson was compelled to leave his home. As we all know, saying goodbye and leaving memories behind is never easy. But on Saturday September 17th, Munson created a farewell art installation that took place throughout the Carondelet property. The installation consisted of exploring ecology, home, soul and the happenstance proximity of people over time who formed the neighborhood and community. Developed in the 1920s, the MacArthur Park / Westlake area was home to many elegant mansions, tropical plants, and exotic trees (just like the Carondelet community). Since then they’ve been turned into expensive apartments, business buildings and many new multiple-occupancy buildings. 

Munson created a sensual window into the ghostly all photos by Baha Danesh vibes of what Central Los Angeles use to be by bringing artistic friends and family members together for one last time. Munson and six other artists created installations with tangible romantic information of what the Urban Oasis meant to them. Their artistic visions proved to be impactful and depicted the human experience in an exploratory way.

One of my favorite installations called, “Carondelet Blooms,” was a Photographic light installation created by Munson. He created a site-specific photo installation of the trees and plants that once bloomed throughout the Carondelet property before they were destroyed by the current landlord. Munson brought the trees back to life by allowing each photo to claim its rightful but stolen place in life, and they were illuminated from within, allowing the viewer to feel the spirit that once was there. Another fantastic installation was created by Anne Hars, called “UpHouse LA Project,” in which Hars placed illuminated bouquets of balloons on homes slated for demolition to make way for new luxury housing in Los Angeles. The balloon project seeks to ask people to consider the meaning of home and community, the value of our labors, and what the housing crisis means to us. 

All of the artworks and installations for the farewell party were heartbreaking but they helped shine a light on how fast Los Angeles is changing. Although Munson and the rest of Carondelet community have decided to move forward from this historic property, the Urban Oasis will always and forever remain in their hearts. 

For information about Tiger Munson and his works of art visit


“Social norms for what is considered artistic practice and artistic work change over time,” according to a new report from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), “and official categories and designations may lag in capturing these evolving norms.” “Despite the increasing cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and the broadening array of cultural traditions being practiced at expert levels,” the report says, “the arts ecosystem continues to privilege a relatively narrow band of aesthetic approaches.” Needs of artists in a changing world are the subjects of “Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists,” released in September by the NEA. The report was prepared for the government agency by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a Los Angeles-based arts support non-profit. “Creativity Connects” examines not only the age-old issues of funding and training, but also current and evolving ways artists live and work, including such issues as technology, “the gig economy,” student debt, and the growth of cross-disciplinary business and civic work. The authors of the “Creativity Connects” report consciously use a wide lens “to consider who is an artist, how artists are working, what factors influence their work, and what we can do to better support them.” “The range of aesthetic forms and cultural expressions has exploded,” says the report, “driven by an increasingly diverse population, the imaginations of young people, developments in technology, and other factors. The growing cultural diversity of our population also increases the urgency of addressing issues of equity, access, and representation in all sectors, the arts included. These trends invite us to think in new ways about artists, the value of their work, and their relationship to communities.” Findings of the report include: The population of artists is growing and diversifying, and norms about who is considered an artist are changing. Substantial number of artists now work in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways. Many artists are finding work as artists in non-arts contexts. “Chicano Steel” at Avenue 50 Studio Artists are pursuing new opportunities to work entrepreneurially. Technology is profoundly altering the context and economics of artists’ work (with tech tools creating widespread options in fields such as music, video games, and photography that were previously expensive and therefore controlled by large corporations, as well as new avenues in fundraising). Artists share challenging economic conditions with other segments of the workforce. Structural inequities in the artists’ ecosystem mirror inequities in society more broadly. Women and People of Color are dramatically underrepresented in paid arts. continued on page 19



Olvera Street is home to a colorful celebration that takes place over nine days. Merging ancient traditions with modern-day interpretations, we invite you to join us in honoring deceased loved ones. Let us remember their life on earth, and the beautiful spirits that live on after death. Viva la Vida! Día de los Muertos on Olvera Street: • Novenario Procession October 25 through November 2 at 7:00pm Nightly procession—a colorful parade of “Living Muertos” honoring ancient traditions and modern day celebrations. Champurrado & sweet bread provided after procession. • Festival Days October 29 & 30 from 10:00am-8:00pm November 1 & 2 from 4:008:00pm Entertainment and face painting throughout the day, followed by Novenario. • Community Altars - “Las Ofrendas” October 28 through November 2 On display in the plaza. • Children’s Workshops for Elementary School Groups October 19-21, 26-28, & November 1 &2 ~~ 10:00am-12:00pm Reservations Required—contact Valerie Hanley (213) 716-1373 • Teatro del Barrio Performace October 25 through November 2, following the Novenario, Directed by Sergio Serdio Teatro del Barrio presents: Noviembre Principia con Llanto (November Begins with Tears) by Ricardo Perez Quitt. Three women arrive at the cemetery to relive their memories while visiting deceased loved ones, presenting them with offerings of solitude, craziness and passion! (In Spanish, with English subtitles)

FROM MONTANA to THE SOUTHWEST Northeast L.A. actor Troy Evans presented his one-person show, “Montana Tales,” in September as a benefit for Friends of the Southwest Museum, a coalition that has been working for more than a decade to support the continued use of the Southwest Museum as a full-fledged museum on its original Mount Washington site. The program was at turns poignant and funny, and always riveting. Friends of the Southwest Museum will use the proceeds from the show toward its campaign to see the museum open at least one weekday in addition to its current Saturday hours, so that school children may experience the museum’s offerings.

Troy Evans in “Montana Tales” Photo: Martha Benedict

Troy meets fans after the show

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Training is not keeping pace with artists’ evolving needs and opportunities. Artist fellowships, grants, and awards are not responding to new ways of working. “The definition of artist is elastic, and often hotly contested,” the report cites Ann Markusen of Markusen Economic research as saying. “Artists are stretched across many sectors, formal and informal, simultaneously and sequentially,” says Markusen. “Their missions are…diverse and sometimes controversial. The fuzziness has some uses but when it comes to making the case for artists…it confuses.” This situation is complicated by the fact that, despite the benefits of arts to the broader economy, most artists do not make most of their livings via art. A 2003 Pew Research Center call study found that just seven percent of artists earn all of their income from their art. And despite the fact that artists tend to be more highly educated than the population as a whole, median incomes for fine artists, actors, musicians, dancers, choreographers, photographers, and “other entertainers” are below the median income of the U.S. labor force overall. This situation has not shown any improvement over the past decade. Rather, income inequality is growing, with middle and low income artists experiencing the same economic consequences as the population in general. Economic conservatism on the part of employers has led to diminished risk taking, making it necessary for artists to produce what they know to be commercially viable work. Grant makers are showing diminished interest in experimentation and artistic exploration, and are seeking measurable outcomes as opposed to community-based projects that take time to realize. The report also speaks to the situation of artists working and volunteering for cultural groups, pointing out that many organizations that are struggling for subsistence themselves rely on artists supplying labor for free or nominal fees. The report goes on to identify five main agenda items for change: Shift how society talks about and measures the value of creative and cultural work. Provide income security for people who work in unconventional employment structures (i.e. the gig economy). Find solutions for unmanageable levels of debt (i.e. student loans). Ensure that training pathways are aligned with the realities of artistic work today. Create more responsive artist support organizations. “Recognizing the value artists can bring as thinkers, creators, and problem-solvers in other realms has great potential to benefit artists and society at large,” says the report.” This agenda comes with a caveat, however. “As this crosssector work gains increased attention from funders, academics, policymakers, and others, the ethics of how (and by whom) this work is defined, performed, and supported will be critical to consider.” Significantly, the research is viewed by its authors as more of a beginning than an end. NEA Chairperson Jane Chu said that the report provides “implications for action” that “can advance our nation’s creative future.” Accompanying the report is a new “Bright Spots” interactive graphic, available on the NEA website, featuring successful projects undertaken by partnerships of arts and non-arts organizations that demonstrate new ways in which creative people are working. The projects can be sorted by arts sector, non-arts sector (i.e. business, community, education, environment, technology), and by state. ( The full report is available at and at “Creativity Connects” was prepared with support from the Surdna Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Breaking up is hard to do. It’s even harder when you feel like you have no control over the situation because your child appears to have fallen out of love with the activity that you just spent hundreds of dollars signing them up for. It’s especially discouraging when you read studies that say that the average person’s attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s 7 seconds. But here’s something you might not know. Kids today, members of the “Igeneration,” seem to be saying, “I quit”--a lot. They have been complaining, “I don’t want to go.” “It’s not fun.”  “I don’t like my coach/teacher.” “I’m not good at it.” “You can’t make me!” While my expertise lies in the realm of teaching music--my husband and I own a music and dance school in Los Angeles and I’ve taught for over 25 years--I can tell you that whether it’s sports, music, karate, swimming or any other activity for which you pay your hard earned cash, all parents are hearing the same thing.  It’s how they react that makes the difference. So what are they really saying when they say, “I quit?” How can we stop pulling out our hair, resisting the urge to argue about it AGAIN, and stop beating ourselves up for choosing yet another activity that Johnny and Sophie want to quit? At this point you might be feeling the urge to quit too. Let’s find a gentler way to have this conversation. I quit.  Translation: I need extra support to understand why I’m doing this.  Are they feeling the pressure of perfection? Are they feeling like they’re not achieving high enough or learning fast enough? Most of the time, this isn’t about being a child prodigy, being the basketball star or playing the perfect sonata. It’s about gaining just enough mastery over the process to be able to let go and have fun with it. I quit.  Translation: I need you to help me make a plan.  My 4 year old, twin boys are all about the plan. “Mommy, what is the plan today?” Our lives get so much more complicated as our kids get older. Making a plan and sticking to it is not easy. We all need help! I remember going into a music lesson unprepared one day. My teacher pulled out a piece of paper and took a big portion of my lesson time to figure out the best most consistent time for me to practice every day. I was in college.  No one had ever done that for me. I quit.  Translation:  I don’t understand what it is I’m doing. Communication between parent and activity coach or teacher can be challenging.  We developed a web app, www., to help with music lessons giving teachers incredible tools for lessons. Parents can log in anytime to see and help translate what the objectives are for the week. Getting everyone on the same page is essential. So here’s what you’re really driving them to when you take them to music lessons or practice: You’re driving them to be a better version of themselves. To not see themselves as quitters. To not give up when things (temporarily) get hard. To develop a clearer, stronger sense of their own abilities which is going to help them combat peer pressure and bullying.  To learn how to get comfortable with the uncomfortable To discover how good it feels when they overcome and push through resistance. Because they will know that they are capable of anything that they’re willing to try. Because they don’t quit. Laura Porter, director of Bloom School of Music and Dance in Eagle Rock and co-founder of Musician, educator and contributor @PasadenaNow, @Patch Enthusiastic mom of identical twin boys and newbie blogger at




Heritage Square Museum Celebrates the Spooky Season with Popular Mourning Tours Oct. 22, 23; 
and FamilyFriendly Halloween Tours Oct. 23 It’s 1889, there’s been a death in the family, and you are invited to the funeral. Will you cry? What will you wear? Will you attempt to contact the dearly departed?

Get the answers as you join the funeral party and see how Victorians grieved their dead at Heritage Square Museum’s popular Mourning Tours from noon – 4pm on October 22 and 23. Funeral-goers will be immersed in mourning etiquette, learn how Victorians showed their loss of a loved one through clothing, and participate in an reenactment ceremony inside a historic home. In addition, funeral-goers will also discover details about the turn-of-the-century movement of Spiritualism and the lure of séances complete with a reenactment and a discussion on the “tricks of the trade.” Finally, step into a typical 1920s Halloween party and play the game that lets fate decide if you get a treat…or a trick. A more family-friendly program takes place on Sunday Oct. 23 also from noon – 4pm. Halloween Tours welcome children ages 2-12 to play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and listen to spooky stories on the lawn by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers. Document your day with free photos ops at an electronic photo booth using Victorian Family cut-outs. The Thirteenth Annual Mourning Tours and the Halloween Tours are Oct. 22 and 23 and are free with museum admission: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65, $8 for children 6 to 12 years, and free for children under 6 and museum members. 3800 Homer Street

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Octavia Butler, who achieved prominence as an African American woman writing in the white male dominated genre of Science Fiction. Butler won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and a lifetime achievement award from PEN West. She was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She created worlds, religion, new understandings of family. “Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler” organized by Clockshop and held at the Armory in Pasadena, brings together six commissioned artists working in very different media. The artists were given access to The Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. The Armory show is the result. The exhibit also includes a slideshow of bits and pieces from the Huntington archives that will fascinate any Butler fan. Armory Center for the Arts 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena Through January 8

Lauren Halsey, and it was a natural extension of my dreaming An interpretation of an imaginary location Butler described in a notebook in the late 1970s

From the archives

11 CRITICAL HOME INSPECTION TRAPS TO BE AWARE OF WEEKS BEFORE LISTING YOUR NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES HOME Northeast LA - According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most


cases, you can make a reasonable preinspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems for growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help home sellers deal with this issue before their holes are listed, a free report “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800-429-0859 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home.

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CONTEMPORARY CRAFT MARKET IN PASADENA NOVEMBER 11-13, 2016 It’s the 31st Contemporary Craft Market and it’s coming to the Pasadena Convention Center. This juried event showcases an exceptional variety of work by some of the best artisans in the area, as well as those from around the country. Everything on display is handmade -- museum quality jewelry, textiles, ceramics, fine furnishings, hand-blown glass, and more. This show also gives you an opportunity to meet the makers that have created such wonderful work. Check out a sampling of the work available at and visit the online gallery on Instagram @contemporarycraftsmarket. Watch by Linda Shull



GREETINGS FROM...BROOKLYN Psilocybin Baby by Cesar Padilla

Clinical trials with psilocybin mushrooms have been proven time and again to lift subjects out of depression. Six years ago, artist Jeffrey Shagawat was diagnosed with brain cancer and was given a year to live. After his diagnosis Jeffrey began ingesting psilocybin in small doses to deal with his situation. The cancer has left him with extreme loss of mobility on one side of his body and at the moment he has not been cured. As he began ingesting the psilocybin he brought it in to his art and photography. And then arrived darling Margaux Sparrow Shagawat into his world, one year ago, he and his wife, actress Mizuo Peck. Now at the age of one, Margaux has become the muse for this series of new work, Psilocybin Baby. As Jeffrey holds on to his life, he has given life to his newborn.  Psilocybin Baby runs from October 5th thru the 30th at Gallery 51 at 51 Orchard St in NYC.   

SHANA TOVAH! Shana Tovah! In the midst of all the Rosh Hashanah greetings this weekend, I decided to whip up something that touches on the Jewish New Year tradition of consuming sweet foods, like apples, honey and dates. Here is a nutrient rich, yet sweet and delicious salad that you can definitely celebrate if you are celebrating the Jewish New Year, or even throughout your year-end holidays. This is a delicious stand-alone salad, or an accompaniment for your Thanksgiving turkey or other holiday feast. And, the Omega-3 punch you get from the walnuts and walnut oil helps you keep your body in balance during the indulgent holidays. Enjoy! Spaghetti Squash, Beet & Apple Salad 3 cups cooked and cooled spaghetti squash strands 2 medium beets, grated 2 apples, grated 1 clove garlic 2 tbsp. minced dates, or more if you like it extra sweet 1 tsp. honey 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. walnut oil 1 tbsp. fresh tarragon or parsley Sea salt to taste, about ½ tsp. Chopped walnuts or other nuts for garnish Place the squash, beets, apples, and garlic in a mixing bowl and blend well. In a separate bowl, mix the dates, oil, lemon juice, and honey, until blended. Mix the dressing into the salad mixture, add a little salt for taste, and then mix in the herbs at the end. Top with chopped nuts and enjoy immediately.




A live-drawing extravaganza October 2, to support the community-based work of Avenue 50 Studio, “Chicano Steel” featured three-shifts of 25 artists each, who worked on their art for one hour and then sold the results to spectators. Based on the popular “Monster Drawing Rally” of Southern Exposure in San Francisco.






ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY SHOEBOX PR UPCOMING OPENINGS Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone The Mistake Room 1811 E 20th St, Los Angeles Opening Oct 7 730-930pm Shift and Fade at BLAM BLAM Los Angeles 1950 S Santa Fe Ave #207, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 3-6pm SWEET 16: Curated by Andi Campognone Coagula Curatorial 974 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 7-11pm Ana Rodriguez & Nano Rubio at Launch LAUNCH LA 170 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 6-9pm Number Six MiM 2636 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 6-9pm Sacramental Vessels Opening Reception Gregorio Escalante Gallery 978 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 7-10pm Liz Nurenberg: Body, Object, Body, Mark Eastside International 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 7-10pm Malka Nedivi at Santa Monica Art Studios - Open Studios Santa Monica Art Studios 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California 90405 October 8 6-9pm and Oct 9 1-5pm Trap House La – Opening Night Think Tank Gallery 939 Maple Ave, Ste 200, Los Angeles Opening Oct 8 7pm-1am Systems + Process Angel City Brewery 216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles Opening Oct 13 6-9pm Tales of the Flesh 2: Born Adversaries: Caroompas/Lee/Sheppard FOUR SIX ONE NINE 4619 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles Opening Oct 13 5-9pm Bibi Davidson | The Girl in the Red Dress - solo exhibition Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood Opening Oct 15 6-9pm The Beverly Hills art SHOW The Beverly Hills art SHOW Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills October 15 and 16 10-5pm Concrete Plastic: KollActiv and Armseye at L A M Gallery LAM Gallery 913 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles Opening Oct 15 6-10pm To Oct 30th Countenance Divine and 3 Solo exhibitions at Gallery 825 Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood Opening Oct 15 6-9pm S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles Opening Oct 16 2-5pm Systems + Process = Aesthetics Surrogate Projects 686 E Union St, Pasadena Opening October 21 6-10pm Los Angeles Brewery Artwalk and Open Studios Brewery Artist Lofts 1920 N. Main St., Los Angeles, California 90031 October 22nd and 23rd 11-6pm ONGOING EXHIBITIONS David Jang, Ahree Lee, Luigia Martelloni and Margaret Noble at Gallery 825 Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood To Oct 7th Fantastic Feminist Figuration Groundspace Project 1427 E 4th St, Los Angeles Opening Sept 17 6-9pm To Oct 8 Karla Klarin: Subdividing the Landscape CSUN Art Galleries 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge To Oct 8 Spaceland III | Aftermath Bermudez Projects 117 W 9th St, Spc 810, Los Angeles To Oct 8 Emily Silver: The Magic Hour Eastside International 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles To Oct 8 Augustus Thompson // Sojourner Truth Parsons // Grammatics Jarr :: Opening Reception Night Gallery


2276 E 16th St, Los Angeles To Oct 8th Occupy Space Differently OCHI Projects 3301 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 9 See The Stars Flower Pepper Gallery 121 E Union Street, Pasadena Opening Sept 17 630-930pm To Oct 11 The Face of Survival Solo show of Lydia Emily Garboushian Gallery 427 North Camden Drive Beverly Hills To Oct 14 Glenn Goldberg – Somewhere The Fourth Wall - Organized by Kristin Calabrese Charlie James Gallery 969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles To October 15 Ed Valfre’s Dreamland at Aeterna Gallery Aeterna Gallery, Los Angeles 949 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles To October 15 Tim Berresheim: Aus Alter Wurzel Neue Kraft Meliksetian Briggs 313 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles To October 15 Opening Reception: 銀河 Ginga (“The Silver River” / “Galaxy”) and Mandala Lora Schlesinger Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica To Oct 15 Dan Miller: Click Diane Rosenstein Fine Art 831 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles To Oct 15 Amy Bennett: Small Changes Every Day Richard Heller Gallery 2525 MICHIGAN AVE, B-5A SANTA MONICA To Oct 15 Max Neutra / Liseth Amaya / Peter Greco / Matt Gondek Gabba Gallery 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles To October 15 Umar Rashid + Andrea Chung Exhibit At New Image Art New Image Art 7920 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90046 To Oct 15th Terra Firma Gallery Opening at Art Share L.A. Art Share-LA 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles To October 16 Peter Greco’s Divine Write, A Solo Exhibition of the Esoteric Arts Losjocos 725 Kohler St, Los Angeles To October 16 Deep End of the Pool: Artist Reception MADE in Long Beach 240 Pine Ave, Long Beach To Oct 17 “We Set Out Tonight for Some Strange Place“ a solo installation Walt Hall wallspace la 607 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles To October 17th Properties of Light: Suzan Woodruff & Brad Howe George Billis Gallery 2716 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 22 Julien Nguyen | Superpredators Freedman Fitzpatrick 6051 Hollywood Blvd, # 107 Los Angeles To Oct 22 Sally Bruno SURF SKATE SNOW Chimento Contemporary 622 S Anderson St, #103 Los Angeles To Oct 22 Landslide: Slips in Time, Place, and Identity Angels Gate Cultural Center 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro To Oct 23 Ink & Clay 42 Kellogg University Art Gallery – Cal Poly Pomona 3801 W Temple Ave Pomona To Oct 27 Opening Reception: Reuven Israel “As Above, So Below” & Phillip Maisel “Habitat” Shulamit Nazarian 17 N Venice Blvd, Venice To Oct 28th Brand 44: Opening Reception for the 44th Brand Annual National Juried Exhibition Brand Library & Art Center 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale To October 28 Martin Wittfooth “The Archaic Revival”/Korin Faught/Hannah Yata COREY HELFORD GALLERY 571 S Anderson St, Los Angeles To October 29 Katie Shapiro: The Great Divide Kopeikin Gallery 2766 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 29 The Gildless Age TAM Torrance Art Museum 3320 Civic Center Dr N, Torrance To Oct 29 Charles Steffen at The Good Luck Gallery The Good Luck Gallery 945 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles To October 29 Zemer Peled -Nomad (Gallery Two: Mark Bennett -Family Tree) Mark Moore Gallery 5790 Washington Blvd, Culver City To Oct 29 Jun Kaneko: Mirage

Edward Cella Art & Architecture 2754 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 29 Tm Gratkowski, “Epithelia” Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 29 Opening: Davide Balula + Willa Nasatir, Solo Exhibitions Ghebaly Gallery 2245 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles To Oct 29 Barbara T. Smith: Words, Sentences & Signs opening reception The Box 805 Traction Ave, Los Angeles To Oct 29 Pipe Dreams: George Herms Salutes OCCCA Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 117 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana To October 29 Mira Schor War Frieze 1991 – 1994 and “Power” Frieze 2016 Tom Knechtel “The Reader of His Own Self ” CB1 Gallery 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles To October 30 Welcome to Haddonfeild Halloween Exhibition Sugarmynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena To October 31st GUNS: Opening Reception Invitation and Topical Discussion The Loft at Liz’s 453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles Through November 1 Caverna: Infinite Universe HB Punto Experimental 2151 Logan Ave Section B, San Diego Through November 5 DISSENT:what they fear is the light Open Air Prisons Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles To Nov 6 Marnie Weber “Chapel of the Moon” Gavlak 1034 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles To Nov 5 Jen Smith: This Body Is Free Elana Mann: The Assonant Armory Commonwealth and Council 3006 W 7th St Suite 220, Los Angeles To Nov 5 New works by Kiel Johnson and Mark Dean Veca JAUS 11851 La Grange Ave, Los Angeles To Nov 6 SECOND SIGHT: Recent Work by Christina McPhee Cerritos College Art Gallery 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk To Nov 12 Karon Davis: Pain Management Wilding Cran Gallery 939 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles To Nov 12 Casper Brindle, Aura & Strata William Turner Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave E-1, Santa Monica To Nov 12 David Buckingham: Nobody Likes A Smartass Laemmle Monica Film Center 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica To Nov 30 McCarren/Fine: And/Or University Art Museum CSULB 1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach To Dec 11 Deeply Uncompromising: 125 Years of Mission University of La Verne College of Law Library 320 E D St, Ontario To December 16 Harry Dodge: The Inner Reality of Ultra-Intelligent Life Armory Center for the Arts 145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena To Jan 8 WORK over School exhibition opening Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles To January 8 Beatriz Cortez : Nomad World Vincent Price Art Museum 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park To Jan 28 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters Through November 27, 2016 James Turrell, Light Reignfall Through May 29, 2017 Picasso and his Printers Through January 2, 2017 The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. September 11 to January 2nd 2017 Toba Khedoori September 25, 2016–March 19, 2017 MOCA Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti) On View Sept 3rd to Nov 27 Doug Aitken: Electric Earth On View Sept 10th to Jan 15, 2017 Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? On View Oct 16th to Feb 6, 2017 GETTY London Calling Bacon Freud Kossoff Andrews Auerbach Kitaj Through November 1



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.

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

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 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 Parent

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

Adult Adult Adult Class Kids Class open studio open stuKids &

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. 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. 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.

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

co-LAB Gallery 5319 York Blvd.

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

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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 A to Z Grant Writing with Linda Vallejo Individual Artist Grant Writing Workshop Sunday / October 16 / 10am - 1pm $50 / pre-pay online / 10 person minimum  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. LA ART NEWS SECTION B



Every year, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival honors a community member for his or her support for the art of film making in the context of the local community. The 2016 Humanitarian Award Recipient is Josh Buck. Josh is currently pastor of a multi-ethnic church called Antioch City Church of Los Angeles. Before moving to L.A. Josh was a Behavioral Therapist working with high and low functioning children diagnosed with Autism, taught at Africa Renewal University in Uganda, and was a youth pastor at EVFree, Camarillo. Since moving to L.A. his church has started a public non-profit called AMP Los Angeles for urban youth to learn film-making and an initiative called TRIBE that explores issues of race, ethnicity, and economic flourishing for all people. One of AMP LA’s programs is AMP Arts, a 12 week film-making program that runs twice per year. Over three months, AMP uses the process of film-making as a platform for group mentoring. This group mentoring focuses on vocational skills and character development for youth in Highland Park. Serving as Operations Advisor, Josh leads a small yet substantial group of talented and dedicated film and education professionals who give of their time and knowledge to teach the youth of Northeast Los Angeles. Josh is the proud husband of Sarswatie Buck and loving father to daughters, Aahana and Anaia. The Highland Park Independent Film Festival would like to recognize the team members of AMP LA: Cameron Mooney, Joanna Cruz, Braven Greenelsh, Daniel Andalon and Jefferson Henson. Thank you all for your work through the art of film to serve the youth in our community. HWe salute Josh Buck and AMP LA as the 2016 Recipient of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival Humanitarian Award.


As the grassroots film festival turns three, it will showcase 43 films, the most ever. Always taking pride in its roots, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) team will shine the light back onto its community on and off the screen with a strong representation from NELA filmmakers. Special Events at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival:   "Paint Life" directed by Daniel Zana makes its World Premiere right here at the Highland Theatre! To commemorate this event, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival will enlist none other than the talented likes of graffiti artists Duce One, owner of Maintain Skate shop and Highland Park street artist, Angry Woebots, JRYU, and Ritzy Periwinkle! So come out and marvel as these artists turn out the goods graffiti-art style one hour before the World Premiere of "Paintlife". "Paint Life" documents as The Army of Snipers travel to Thailand to mentor youth through art.    LA Premiere of #BERobin After the death of her friend Robin Williams, Margaret Cho took to the streets of San Francisco with a homeless outreach campaign inspired by Williams’ philanthropy.  What started as Margaret busking on the corner with a bag of socks and a guitar case rapidly turned into hundreds of musicians, comedians, and homeless activists spreading food, clothes, money, and awareness in an amazing humanitarian street theater experience. The Highland Park Independent Film Festival is playing its part to help out! #BeRobin, the film screens at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 7, and then on Saturday, Oct. 8, right outside the Highland Theatre starting at 10 a.m., join the musicians who will busk for the cause in Highland Park! Among the performers confirmed to date are Rick Overton, Eddie Pepitone, Kurt Weitzmann and Steve Hurley of the Gigolo Aunts—with more to come!   Breakdance and Hip Hop After screening their documentary at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival, the dancers who form Zulu Nation, known as the Zulu Maniacs, will freestyle breakdance outside of the Highland Theatre! Zulu Dance is a program taught by Crystal Castillo and Spider, who are devoted to enriching the lives of children through dance. Hip-hop, break dance, and the history of hip-hop are taught to boys and girls, ages 5-18 years old. Zulu Dance strives to show every child the true meaning of hip-hop which is peace, love, unity, and having fun.   Friday Night's Film is “Dark Progressivism.” Join us at the Fest as DJ Cesar Ramos plays the tunes to get us in the right state for a ride through culture of the modern society, which places importance on the understanding of the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the dark progressivist art form. Full schedule:



GOODBYE UNICORN LADY Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, a few years ago a friend and I were able to track down the whereabouts of one of our favorite Hollywood neighborhood characters from back in the day--a woman whom we called “the Unicorn Lady.” Shortly after I moved to Los Angeles in the 90’s, my friend got an apartment near Melrose Ave. As twenty-somethings, we had nothing but time on our hands so would spend our days walking from Fairfax to La Brea along Melrose window shopping and chatting about anything and everything. Just about every day, we’d see her, dressed in flow-y dark pants suits with huge bell-bottoms, a graceful flamingo in black. Her long-legged graceful stride was slow and smooth despite being balanced upon giant platform shoes. But it was her hairstyle that intrigued us most. She wore it up and shaped as the horn of a unicorn, its fabulous form jutting elegantly towards the sky from the top of her head. We also found out through social media and a Facebook page dedicated to her that she was a favorite sight for many people, and to others was known as the Lava Lady. She had moved to Florida to be near her kids and someone even posted pictures of her visiting a grocery store in her new hometown. And a few weeks ago, social media delivered the devastating news. This wonderful and beautiful creature had passed away. It hit me way harder than I would have expected. A piece of my Los Angeles coming of age was gone. So I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the Unicorn Lady/Lava Lady for introducing me to a type of neighborhood life I had never experienced. I never really knew her name, and never talked to her as my friend, and I usually gazed adoringly at her from afar. But somehow, seeing her gliding down the street, with perhaps a grocery bag in hand gave me comfort. In a city that still felt unfamiliar, overwhelmingly big and uncertain to me, a transplant from a small New England town, seeing that familiar horn of hair gave me a sense of familiarity, stability and home. Jen Hitchcock is the owner of Book Show, a book and gift shop on N. Figueroa St in Highland Park. 5503 N. Figueroa St, 90042.


Tuesday October 4 6:30 – 9pm Collage & Cry Come do some collage! No need to cry if you don’t want to. Hosted by Rachel Curry $5 suggested donation Saturday October 8 Performance Magic Workshop with Daniel Perez Learn the basics of coin, card and close up magic. 8pm -9:30 $50 Wednesday October 12 and 26 Book Show Comedy Open Mic Hosted by Allison Sciulla 7:30 sign ups/8pm start Free Sunday October 16th Pasadena Rose Poets Reading 2pm -4pm Free Friday October 21st Dryland Lit Reading 8pm Free! Saturday October 22nd Tales of the Absurd Creepy/Absurd/Ghosty readings by local authors! 8pm Free! ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS EAT ART OPEN MIC Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose open mic 8pm sign ups




by Jeremy Kaplan
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If one’s sole exposure to words was through literature, one might perceive the English language to be a relatively coherent thing. But if one were obliged to interact with for-real humans, say in a bookstore, maybe because one’s ability to procure food & shelter depended upon it, one might find the English language, in practice, to be a thing funny as all hell. Or maybe any language is funny, not that I’d know. I learned enough Hebrew phonetics in my youth to careen my way through a Bar Mitzvah sans any meaningful comprehension beyond a bemused 13-year-old’s misapprehension of Moses wandering through the desert with his rod. With the succor of 5 years of high school & college Spanish, I can read a 2nd grade level Spanish text as ably as your average 1st grade Spanish gamberro. Maybe all languages are funny when funneled through your basic human pie-hole. I do not know. Take the word “literally”... a favorite of my adolescent facebook friends who are forever “literally dying”, and that earnest young fella who recently told me that it took him “literally 20 years to read Guns, Germs, and Steel” in spite of the fact that neither book nor alleged reader has existed for that long. Which would have been okay if literally meant something completely different, like, say, “figuratively.” And it ain’t just the kids bandying about that word in all the wrong ways. Plenty people my age (youngish) and older (oldish) utilize it in literally every senten… oh. Aping the speech patterns of our progeny ain’t necessarily a crime, not literally, but maybe it should be, figuratively. Some fifteen years ago I told a classroom of African-American 6th graders, to whom I was allegedly providing education, that they were “trippin’,” and it would have been nice if at least one policeman had rushed into the room and bonked me upside the head with a nightstick, or service revolver, then rushed me out of the room in cuffs, so I might have been spared the agony of watching them kids rolling on the floor and bellylaughing at me for that final hour of a sweaty afternoon. Violent, instantaneous legal consequences might have displaced that vile memory with a less painful, albeit more bloody, one. Criminalizing misuse of language might have left me with a wee bit of dignity is what I’m saying here. Sometimes we say the wrong thing because our ignorant asses don’t know what a word means. Other times we say the wrong thing by reciting the right words the wrong way. Take my wife, typically a skilled practitioner of the English language, completely Hebrew-illiterate, and renowned profferer of sound advice regarding children’s literature. Last week it was her bright idea to suggest to a mother and her child that they check out a kooky kids’ book called “Mr. Klutz is Nuts.” But what Flo & I heard my wife exclaim to mother & child, as we re-entered the store from a lovely midday stroll, was: “Let me grab Mr. Klutz’s nuts for you!” Well Florence and I just turned right around, trying hard not to make eye-contact with either the horrified mother or her intrigued son (or my oddly exuberant wife), and embarked on a second walk. Chain-walking, as my smoker friends call it, to avoid a tense situation. Well at dinner that night, when I brought up her peculiar offer to mother and child, my wife was shocked, stunned, and appalled by what I had unwillingly witnessed and she had unwittingly perpetrated. She wanted to drive back to the bookstore, with Flo & I in tow, just to prove to us that this Klutz fella, as evidenced by the title of the book which the lady understandably declined to purchase, was merely cuckoo; nuts if you will. I would have none of it. The words that Flo & I heard were better, more compelling, than those that my wife had intended. “Hey dad,” said one of my boys, fork poised beneath pie hole. “What was the name of that magazine?” “I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” I lied. “Oh yeah,” said the other boy, slapping his knee with too much enthusiasm. “I remember that one!” “Remember what one?” asked my nosey wife. “They remember nothing,” I declared optimistically. “’Twas back in aught-seven ,” said one of my wife’s kids, “when the world was still young & innocent. We were doing our homework at the bookstore when this nice old lady came in…” “No she didn’t,” I lied. “She was looking for a good literary magazine, and da…” “No she wasn’t.” “…and dad suggested she try Black Clock…” “Except,” interceded the other boy, “He didn’t say clock.” “No he did not. I do recall him deleting an ‘L’ from one of the words in the title. And adding the word ‘big’ in front of the one word in the title that he actually said correctly. ‘Well ma’am, I recommend you try Big Black…” And the worst part of it was, instead of having a relatively innocuous memory of the event—say a nightstick smashing into my big white mouth— the astounded agapeness of my children’s eyes confronting me, as comprehension of what I’d said suddenly entered my consciousness (and that traumatized old lady suddenlier exited the bookstore), will forever be seared in my mind like a dunce cap tattooed upon a clown’s naked buttocks.



NEON JUBILEE CELEBRATES HISTORIC THEATRE The operators of the Union Theatre held a “Neon Jubilee” in September to celebrate the restoration of the theatre’s historic marquee. The theatre building, once called the Fairyland, was built over 100 years ago as one of Los Angeles’ earliest neighborhood cinemas. The marquee was added in 1939. The building closed as a theater in 1953, and the marquee fell into disrepair. In 2005, the Velaslavasay Panorama moved in, and a long process of restoration was begun. Today, the building houses the Panorama, a large 360-degree painting with a 3D foreground. Such paintings were wildly popular, especially among the working class, in the days before silent movies became commonly available. A garden with Works Projects Administration structures is to the rear. And the rehabbed marque now serves as a reminder of the early days of film as a popular art form. The Union Theatre is located in the West Adams Historic District, at 1122 West 24th Street.

The restored Union Theatre marquee

Chicken Boy cuts the ribbon on the restored marquee

The Garden

The Velaslavasay Panorama


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