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THE ART OF THE DEAL NEW REAL We are 16 days away from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, who is arguably the most divisive and loathed person to have ever been elected President of the United States. After the initial devastation of election night, like many people, I went through the classic stages of a death or disaster: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, with anger and depression leading the pack. As I came out the other side, my grieving turned into a focused resolve to organize and fight back against the myriad of oppressive policies that Trump and his cabinet picks have promised to unleash on the constitution and the American people. But how to fight back? This is the question that I posed to several people in the Los Angeles arts community: How are you planning to respond to the Trump administrationcreatively, politically, etc? I asked Phyllis Moberly, senior publicist at the Center Theatre Group for her thoughts: “Maybe what artists can do is to make their stories--be they verbal, visual or musical-with all the might and all the heart they can muster, because our kindness and essential humanity will be necessary to keep us rational. And we’ll need our wits about us now; we can’t afford to get lost in useless railing or overwhelmed by anger. We need to bring more and more folks into the fold.” Writer and comedian Tess Rafferty echoed the need for strong personal narratives:
Stuart Rapeport, “But I was Getting Discouraged,” (diptych). “Silent Testimonies,” curated by Raoul De la Sota at Avenue 50 Studio.
“For me, the response is to just keep telling our stories. Keep telling the stories of those of us who will be marginalized by this administration: people of color, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims. Tell these stories so that people understand that this administration’s ignorant beliefs and prejudices are not normal. There are more of us than there are of them. Hopefully this will help the people feeling fear and despair and anger to feel less alone and know that others are with them.” And Rafferty added to not forget a key component when you tell your tale--humor. “Try to tell it in a funny way because we’re all going to need a laugh.”
In a recent interview on KPCC’s “The Frame,” singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc spoke of “Artivism,” and the need for artists of all stripes to address social ills. Blacc, along with Quetzal Flores, Veronica Gonzalez, Maya Jupiter and Alberto López have cofounded the company Artivist Entertainment as “a home for activist-minded artists, actors, dancers, painters, musicians, who want to use their artistic voice to discuss social or political issues, and to create positive transformation.” continued on page 2
R.I.P. TYRUS WONG The art world lost a giant at the close of 2016, when Tyrus Wong passed away at the age of 106. In the words of the Chinese American Museum, where Mr. Wong’s work was the subject of the the museum’s inaugural show in 2003, “Tyrus Wong lived through so much of Chinese American history -- Angel Island, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and anti-Asian racism -- to become an influential and well-respected artist.” Mr. Wong’s work on Walt Disney’s “Bambi” was revolutionary and genre-changing--incorporating spare and brooding, yet ethereal, forest imagery heavily influenced by classic Sung Dynasty art. But animation was not his only art form. A 201314 retrospective of his work at The Walt Disney Family Museum honored him as “a celebrated painter, muralist, kite maker, lithographer, Hollywood sketch artist, calligrapher, ceramicist, and Disney Legend.” “Tyrus,” a documentary film by Pamela Tom Mr. Wong was born in Canton (now Guangzhou), China in 1910. He and his father immigrated to the United States when young Tyrus was nine, leaving behind a mother and sister he would never see again. He endured incarceration on Angel Island followed by poverty and years of anti-Asian racism. Even when it came to “Bambi,” Mr. Wong, who had major responsibility for design of the film, was credited down the list, and he was let go by the studio in a sweep of pro-union employees. He then worked for Warner Brothers for 26 years, where he painted and sketched concept art for such films as “The Wild Bunch,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” and “PT 109.” He also worked for Republic Pictures, contributing to the look of John Wayne westerns.
“Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong,” The Walt Disney Family Museum, 2013-14.
Tyrus Wong, Bambi (visual development), 1942. Watercolor on paper; 10 x 11.5 in. “Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong,” The Walt Disney Family Museum, 201314 and Museum of Chinese in America, 2015. Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family, ©Disney. continued on page 2
WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR SOME Walter Maciel Gallery
The many fears surrounding the inauguration of the president-elect are addressed in a group show opening January 7 at Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City. But the exhibit goes beyond fear by creating a rejection of the threats to civil and human rights implicit in the new national agenda. For “With Liberty and Justice for Some,” co-curator Monica Lundy has invited artists to create portraits of immigrants to the United States. Some of the portraits are of famous people. Some are of family members or friends of the artists. Together, they present real faces that defeat nebulous fears of “the other.” “As soon as the shock of the election results wore off, it became clear to us as art professionals our need to mobilize and create a positive message of hope within our curatorial program,” says the gallery’s statement about the show. Artists, some local and some from across the United States, were invited to do 8 by 8-inch portraits of immigrants to this country. The works were created in a wide variety of media. Some of the pieces are being grouped into an installation depicting the United States flag. A portion of sales from the exhibit are being donated to non-profits including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, The Center for Reproductive Rights, and the L.A. and S.F. LGBT Centers. With Liberty and Justice for Some Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 South La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City January 7-March 4 Opening reception: Saturday, January 7, 6-8 p.m. waltermacielgallery.com
Photo: Kristine Schomaker
Sheli Silverio, Portrait of Diane Williams. “With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Walter Maciel Gallery.
continued from page 1 There is a chapter on artivism in the book It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop by M. K. Asante. Asante writes of the artivist: “The artivist (artist + activist) uses her artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation.” It all was starting to coalesce.Artist Stuart Rapeport is part of the Silent Testimonies exhibit at Ave. 50 Studio in Highland Park, which runs through January 21, and he explains his contribution to the show: “The presidential election was really making me feel shitty. Daily dog-walks along the Arroyo were becoming sadder each day, as we would pass more homeless camps, more tents, abandoned drug paraphernalia, people talking to themselves. I saw a small green growth pushing through a crack in the concrete, surrounded by bottle caps, plastic forks, tin cans. A month later it was a flowering plant. Through all the dreck, detritus and waste, the plant flowered. A beautiful flower grew despite or because of the surroundings.” I can’t think of a better metaphor for responding to the impending struggle. In the end, Love really does Trump hate. - Ralph Waxman is a writer-producer-performer, a cofounder of Highland Park-based TEATRO ARROYO // Theater Stream, and a board member of the Arroyo Arts Collective.
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Mr. Wong exhibited his fine art alongside that of Pablo Picasso. He was an expert at Chinese brushwork, and his commercial work adorned ceramics, greeting cards, and children’s books. But in his later years, it was his kites for which he was most known. His works included 100foot long centipedes and flocks of swallows, and he could often be found kite-flying at Santa Monica Beach. Mr. Wong is survived by three daughters, Tai-Ling Wong, who is active with the Arroyo Arts Collective in Northeast L.A.; Kay Fong; and Kim Wong. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth Kim. “Tyrus,” a feature-length documentary about Tyrus Wong by Pamela Tom, is in distribution.
“Tyrus,” a documentary film by Pamela Tom
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Tyrus Wong and daughters accept plaudits from the full house at the Atari Theatre in advance of the Festival Centerpiece Presentation of Pamela Tom’s Tyrus. Photo: Steven Lam.
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MAVIS LEAHY, “MESSAGE OF WISDOM - GIFTS FROM THE FOREST,” part of “Alchemy 5 x 4” at Mor York Gallery in December
A new mural has appeared behind ETA on North Figueroa Street in Highland Park. It appears to be the work of Fin DAC.
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INTERESTING... It’s my word for the year. We don’t know exactly what is ahead of us, but then, when do we ever? As the nation and the world wades through uncharted territory art will thrive and document and communicate and retaliate and do everything that it’s supposed to do when the times call for it. We have to be vigilant and aware. Engaged and educated. Participate in the conversations. Start the conversations. But also find the joy in life. That’s also what art is for. Take classes, try new things. Live boldly! Take risks. Love your life. Don’t let what’s going on across the country bum you out to the point that you are paralized. That’s not very productive, now is it? The times ahead will be interesting... On another note...we will have a media booth at the LA Art Show from January 11-15. Please stop by and say hi! It’s art fair season in LA. Go see art!! Thanks, Cathi Milligan Publisher, LA Art News
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DEVELOPER FEES FOR L.A. ARTS The Los Angeles City Council closed out 2016 with the adoption of an expenditure plan for $818,000 in public arts funding. The funds are were collected in the form of fees from developers. In 2014, Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and José Huizar worked with the City Attorney to figure out how to unlock fees which had been sitting in a bank account. Since then, staff of the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs has worked with individual Councilmembers’ offices to determine how the fees are spent in each district. The $818,000 appropriated in December represents only fees collected more than five years ago, which would be subject to return to developers if not spent promptly. It does not represent fees generated by the current building boom. Felicia Filer, Public Art Division Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs, told the City Council’s Arts, Parks and River Committee that many of the Council District requests as to how the money should be spent fall into a few general categories: music festivals, utility box art, mural conservation, and new murals. Therefore, Cultural Affairs put out “requests for qualifications” in order to create a list of artists and companies with the expertise to provide services in these areas. Examples of large arts projects that receive funding through the developer fees include Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Festival, Councilmember Huizar’s Eagle Rock Music Festival and Bringing Back Broadway, the 6th Street Public Art Project (in conjunction with the new bridge), placemaking decorative markers for North Atwater Village and Historic Filipinotown, and renovation of historic theaters on Santa Monica Boulevard in Councilmember O’Farrell’s district. EXPLORING ARTS, HEALTH, AND BUSINESS The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the first projects to be funded through The Eagle Rock Music Festival a new program supporting investigation into how arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities, yielding insights for the arts sector as well as for such fields as healthcare, education, business, and management. Programs funded through “NEA Research Labs” include a Drexel University “Chronic Stress Lab,” connecting arts therapies with clients experiencing chronic pain, extended caregiving, academic stress, and trauma; a University of Arkansas study of fourth and fifth graders as to how disadvantaged students might be impacted by arts experiences; a University of Iowa examination of the intersection of arts, entrepreneurship, and innovation in rural contexts; and Vanderbilt University research into the relationship between arts-based creativity and broader types of creativity such as problem solving, entrepreneurship, and social networking. NEA GRANTEES The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a total of more than $30 million nationwide. Among the local recipients are: Art Works Grant recipients--Leela Institute, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO), Armand Hammer Museum, Autry National Center of the American West, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (for the Municipal Art Gallery), Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles County Arts Commission (for arts education data analysis), Diavolo Dance Theatre, Filmforum, Harmony Project, Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA), Industry Productions, International Documentary, LAXART, Latino Theater Company (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society (LACO), Los Angeles Master Chorale Association, Los Angeles Opera Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Da Camera Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Otis Art Institute, Piece by Piece, UCLA Game Art Festival, Fowler Museum, Ryman Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Self-Help Graphics, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Theatre of Hearts, University of Southern California (museum programing), Usual Suspects Theatre Company, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Deaf West Theatre Company, Armory Center for the Arts, California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), Pasadena Arts Council, The Pasadena Playhouse, Red Hen Press, City of San Fernando (Mariachi Master Apprentice Program), 18th Street Arts Center, The Grammy Foundation, TeAda Productions, Mariachi Heritage Society, P.S. Arts, Venice Arts. MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Challenge America Grant recipients--Barcid Foundation, About Productions. Creative Writing Fellowship--Jose Hernandez Diaz.
“Courage is a reflection of the heart – It is a reflection of something deep within the man or woman or even a child who must resist and must defy an authority that is morally wrong. Courage makes us march on despite fear and doubt on the road toward justice. Courage is not heroic but as necessary as birds need wings to fly. Courage is not rooted in reason but rather Courage comes from a divine purpose to make things right.” U.S. Representative John Lewis
L.A. DERBY DOLLS LAUNCH FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO UPDATE ROLLER DERBY FACILITY LADD’s GoFundMe Campaign Will Help Cover City Zoning Requirements The L.A. Derby Dolls (LADD), the premiere banked track women’s roller derby league in Los Angeles, are rallying to garner community support for their facility updates required for permanent permitting to keep their public roller derby bouts and events in El Sereno alive. LADD is a volunteer run non-profit, holding public bouts showcasing amateur female athletes at all levels from the Juniors League ages 7-17 to the adult league and Derby Por Vida fitness program open to the public. LADD programs are currently still fully operating and working toward the goal of holding public, ticketed bouts in The Dollosseum again very soon. In addition to the recently launched GoFundMe campaign for the Dollosseum in El Sereno (https://www.gofundme.com/keepLADDrolling), funds are currently being generated through sales of merchandise (http://www.derbydolls.com/shop), and the league’s kickrail naming program (http://www.derbydolls.com/shop/kickrail). The league has been working on being in compliance and with multiple city officials for more than two years since relocating from The Doll Factory in Echo Park to The Dolloseum. The L.A. Derby Dolls have been and continue to work closely with the city to find a permanent zoning/permitting solution for this unique business. Safety and compliance have always been LADD’s priority and the league has worked closely with the Fire Marshal through inspections and site visits during denial of temporary events permits, which LADD had been relying on to conduct public games (which fund operations). Each month without a bout makes it more difficult for the L.A. Derby Dolls to cover close down programs that enrich the lives of women, children and the City of Los Angeles through this unique sport. The Dollosseum is located in the community of El Sereno at 4900 Alhambra Ave, LA 90032. Founded in 2003, the L.A. Derby Dolls (http://derbydolls.com/la) are Southern California’s premiere women’s banked-track, roller derby league. Honored as a Treasure of Los Angeles by the Central City Association, the Derby Dolls, a volunteer-run, skater owned co-op, is made up of women from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. The L.A. Derby Dolls are one of only 14 leagues in the U.S. playing roller derby on a banked track. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: Fight Crew, Sirens, Tough Cookies, and Varsity Brawlers. The L.A. Ri-Ettes are L.A. Derby Doll’s all-star team, who compete against the best teams in the nation. The league also operates the Junior Derby Dolls (http://derbydolls.com/juniorderby/) for girls ages 7-17 years old.
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INSTALLATION and PERFORMANCE ART AT THE LA ART SHOW The scope of visual art at the LA Art Show ranges from what can be brought home to hang on one's wall to the far more intangible. A highlight of the show is its art installations and performances, presented by well-known artists in conjunction with some of the City's most respected cultural institutions. The 2017 line-up includes: Eugenia Vargas | Talking Head Transmitters Curated By Marisa Caichiolo Presented By Muzeo Anaheim Deconstructing Liberty: a Destiny Manifested. Explores the configuration of communities and forms of collective identity. This project will act as a dynamic laboratory for each artist to experiment, and examine different aspects as patriotism, community, citizenship, the pursuit of happiness, freedom, equal rights, and activism, using performances, installations, videos, paintings, and photography. The exhibition reflects a great diversity of the American people and society. Coming from many lands, races, ethnicities, and perspectives, Americans have as many dreams and aspirations as people live in this nation. Carlos Martiel | Cauce/Riverbed Curated By Marisa Caichiolo In his work “Cauce/Riverbed,” the artist exposes the significant challenges faced by immigrants in California and the larger United States. Martiel digs deep into the nature of undocumented immigration and shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families in the world’s most powerful nation. His performance is a window to the human tragedy that grossly affects immigrants with low-education levels and limited English language skills, who come to the United States risking their lives as they venture into the dangerous dessert in an attempt to cross the Mexico-US border. As Martiel shows, despite the highly-publicized “American Dream,” for these poor and uneducated immigrants, making it alive into US territory does not necessarily guarantee access to better opportunities or to a higher quality of life. Norton Maza | Deep Impact: an installation by Norton Maza Curated By Marisa Caichiolo With this installation, Maza aims to expand his original artistic proposal and reflect the latest political developments in the US as well as the world’s most urgent immigration concerns. To get his message through to the viewers, the installation will be closely guarded as if it were a treasure. Melanie Pullen | Violent Times Curated By Marisa Caichiolo Presented By Esthella Provas & Associates, Beverly Hills The staged performance entitled “Violent Times” will deliberately explore the ceremonial aspect of violence and how we dress for both violence and war. Melanie will re-enact various acts of violence, relevant in today’s societies, in a theatrical and interpretive staged setting. The performers will be contained inside a large clear bubble and will be lit in the same manner as her signature still photographs, creating an invisible wall between the viewer and the performance. Ramiro Gomez | CUT-OUTS part of FRAGMENTS FROM HOME Curated By Chon Noriega Presented By LACMA Part of Fragments From Home, a preview of Home So Different, So Appealing Opening on June 7, 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA The Cut-Outs installation piece, an 8 x 73 foot acrylic on cardboard mural, deals with scenes from Gomez’s West Hollywood neighborhood. Gardeners and pool cleaners tend to the outside, then the mural proceeds inside, depicting housekeepers cleaning the living room, dining room, the bathroom and finally, the bedroom. Playing with negative space and with perspective, Gomez has life-sized cardboard figures emerge from the body of the mural, standing alone in the space, confronting the viewer. The piece functions as a still-life of affluent Los Angeles. Raphael Montañez Ortiz Piano Destruction Ritual: Cowboy and Indian, Part Two Couch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven) Shred Your Worries part of FRAGMENTS FROM HOME Curated By Chon Noriega Presented By LACMA Part of Fragments From Home, a preview of Home So Different, So Appealing Opening on June 7, 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Participatory Performance. Background Sound Thunder and Lighting. The Piano is a powerful instrument of sound to convey the message of Sacrifice I wish to convey to the Universe. The Sounds of its Destruction gives full voice to Sacrifice: To the Destruction Creation in it cycle of Creation is giving us time to understand the preciousness of Mortal Life that it never be given up to or for Sacrifice of any kind…
10 Louis Hock | a wall Curated By Chon Noriega Presented By UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Made from recycled paper pulp bricks, Louis Hock’s temporary installation, “a wall”, will extend 90 feet through the venue interrupting the visual experience and disorienting the circulation of visitors within the space. This installation urges visitors to consider current political discourse around borders and immigration as they experience a familiar space that is visually and physically divided. Mella Jaarsma | The Carrier Presented By Baik Art Mella Jaarsma’s wearable sculpture The Carrier addresses the fleeting nature of all living things, especially the temporality of humans and their urgent need to escape their current situation or move from place to place. She notes how the human condition of gathering experiences without knowing why, collecting possessions, and fearing death while longing for immortality impacts every living human being. We live in a world in which people are on the move as travelers, vacationers, explorers, and even migrants fleeing the oppressors of their beloved homelands. Today, in capitalistdriven environments, merchants and their consuming masses can be considered carriers of cultures on the move from country border to country border, some of them on the run from oppressors and dictators begging the question: What do I take and what do I leave behind? Scherezade Garcia | In My Floating World Presented by MOLAA “In my Floating World, Landscape of Paradise”, a soft sculpture, Garcia collected inner tubes in different sizes and in a variety of shades of blue. She also bandaged the surface of some of the inner tubes with photographic images of the sea on which she has drawn a variety of symbols from her visual repertoire that refer to the memory of the sea. She composed a floating landscape with these inner tubes, creating a randomly organic form connected by electrical ties, sometimes tied very tightly, a suggestion of the struggles hidden within the deep blue beauty. Also each of the inner tubes carries an airport baggage tag that identifies the intended destination of the waves, which is New York, alluding to the contemporary promised land of the free. Rob Grad, Carlos Grasso, Gina M, Daena Title, Sue Irion, Mette Tommerup, Robert Chambers and , Marleine van der Werf and Frederik Duerinck. PING PONG 2017 Presented By Los Angeles Art Association Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present Ping Pong 2017, a multi-destination, cross-cultural collaboration featuring artists from Los Angeles, Miami and Basel at the 2017 LA Art Show. PING PONG is an independent exhibition project for contemporary art founded in 2007 to cultivate artistic exchange between Basel, Miami and Los Angeles. Narcissister | Narcissister, Untitled Curated By Ace Gallery Narcissister is an American artist based in Brooklyn who works in live performance, video, and photography to explore issues of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Through eroticism and humor, Narcissister questions fetishism and related fixed racial and gendering stereotypes. Narcissister wears a mask in all performances, videos, and photographs. Bus Station Yi Hwan Kwon Presented by Cmay Gallery Yi Hwan Kwon’s eccentric and arresting sculptures and environmental installations are both the sites and the triggers for an explosion of cognitive and visceral dissonance. Cheerfully brimming with paradox, his distorted statuary of modern people have the immediacy and surprise energy of Pop Art, but none of its flashy, high-calorie excesses. Instead, these object-images offer nuanced disorientation; they are as much about direct experiential materiality as they are about deracinated, mediated perceptions. They offer poetic personal narrative and socio-political analysis. They speak simultaneously in the languages of art history and science fiction. Like Helen of Troy, each of his faces launch 1,000 ships of inquiry. Harry Gamboa Jr. / Chicano Male Unbonded Presented by The Autry National Center Photographer, essayist, and performance artist Harry Gamboa Jr. calls into question the relationship between the stereotypes of the Chicano male and the far more diverse community of artists, writers, academics, performers, and other creative thinkers who identify as Chicano in his Chicano Male Unbonded series. Photographed at night and situated within various aspects of Los Angeles’s distinctive urban geography, his subjects together comprise the Chicano avant-garde. Marcella Ernest in Collaboration with Kelli Mashburn Reduction 2016 Three Channel Video Production Presented by The Autry National Center Using a combination of moving and still imagery, color film and black and white photography, narration and music, Reduction explores the combined environmental, visual, and metaphorical significance of fire as both a living process and a cultural tool from the perspective of two Native American artists, and was designed in conversation with the nearby Human Nature exhibition. Their work speaks to the ability of Native people to thrive in complex and contemporary settings through ceremony, tradition, and cultural connections, and by creating a dialogue between state, federal, and tribal institutions.
LA ART SHOW RETURNS TO THE CONVENTION CENTER International Program Focuses on Latin America Presentations From Europe, China, Cuba, Japan, South Korea
With its most international list of exhibitors and programming to date — more than 90 galleries from over 18 countries including China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom — and a larger group of corporate and media partners, including the China Cultural Media Group, LA Art Show 2017 is expanding its international reach across all platforms with an exciting roster of new exhibitions and programs curated by major local and international museums and arts organizations. This year the fair will also place a special focus on Latin American and Latino art to coincide with The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the follow-up to the institution’s city-wide 2011-2012 initiative, whose focus will also be to place those same regional and ethnic art communities in dialogue with various cultural institutions across Southern California in 2017-18. “When I started the fair 22 years ago my original intention was to bring the international art world to Los Angeles,” says Kim Martindale, LA Art Show producer. “In the last few years, however, with all the institutional heft emanating from Los Angeles, I now hope to showcase the city and its art community to the world.” In partnership with international galleries and LA’s most prestigious art institutions, the fair’s expanded, international curatorial team is addressing emerging art market trends while bringing a new audience to the fair and the City of Los Angeles. Highlights include: *A Conversation on Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Dialogs LA panel conversation organized with the Getty that will address its upcoming initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. *Behind The Wall: Detrás del Muro, a talk about the socio-cultural and democratic project addressing notions of freedom, conceived during the 2015 Havana Biennial, with a presentation of new artist projects for the 2018 edition. *Dansaekhwa III: Formation and Recurrence, an exhibition curated by Seoul’s SM Fine Art Gallery, which will feature the most iconic works from two of the genre’s minimalist masters: the multilayered monochromes of Kim Tae-Ho and the iconic water drop paintings of Kim Tschang- Yeul, who has been painting this fluid life force for more than four decades. *Contemporary Ink Art is featured at the Show by a multitude of partners, speaking to its current popularity. The Mood of Ink, a curated exhibition presented by the private Beijing museum East Art Center, features a group of emerging and established Chinese artists including, Bian Hong, Chen Honghan, Fan Peng, Li Hongzhi and Yuan Fuguo, whose work focuses on the abstract expression of ink art; Cospace will present Water & Wind, an exhibition of Hai Pai paintings from Shanghai School featuring artists Chen Jiu, Qiu Deshu; and the Chinese Cultural Media Group presents a group exhibition of ink paintings including leading artists Li Gang and Wang Fei, as part of the National Exhibition of China, a joint endeavor organized by CCMG (Beijing) and National Base for International Cultural Trade (Shanghai). *In My Floating World, an installation by Dominican-born artist Scherezade Garcia curated by Tatiana Flores and presented at the Show by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). *Cauce/Riverbed, a performance piece by Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel, that exposes the nature of undocumented immigration and shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families. NatalieArnoldi Milo 2016 102x96, Courtesy *Violent Times, a staged performance by LA-based artist Melanie Pullen exploring the ceremonial aspect of violence and Ace Gallery how we dress for war. * Norton Maza will unveil Deep Impact, a world map highlighting the planet’s immigration borders that are currently subject to the toughest surveillance controls and regulations. The installation will be closely guarded to reflect the impenetrable borders confronting millions of refugees, employing Maza’s method of placing the viewer in an inconvenient position that forces immersion in his scenes and evokes inward reflection rather than reaction. * Talking Head Transmitters by Eugenia Vargas-Pereira, part of Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested, a survey exhibition at Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center curated by Marisa Caichiolo examining different aspects as patriotism, community, citizenship, the pursuit of happiness, freedom, equal rights and activism via installations, videos, paintings, photography and performances by Latin artists from Brazil to Cuba. *Submerge, a laser installation by Marc Brickman, world renowned visual light artist and the artistin r esidence for Empire State Building since 2012. He has worked with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Cirque du Soleil (Viva Elvis), David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, and on the films Running Man, Minority Report, and A-I. The installation, presented by the gallery Art All Ways will feature a radiating line drawing that becomes weightless architecture for viewers to travel within. “In recent years, the arrival of emerging artists and the opening of some of the world’s finest galleries and museums in Los Angeles has turned the city into a hub for contemporary art,” says LA Art Show and independent curator Caichiolo. “To reflect the world’s changing art trends and the importance of Latino heritage in LA, this year’s LA Art Show is engaging with the Getty to highlight its 2017 Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative, a rare opportunity to discover and enjoy the vast and rich world of Latin American and Hispanic art for thousands of visitors, viewers and art lovers.” Always looking to expand its range of international offerings, LA Art Show will broaden its global reach even further in 2018 with its next institutional and artistic focus: Africa. Ticket information is available at www.laartshow.com LA Art Show 2017 Thursday January 12, Friday January 13, Saturday January 14: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday January 15: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, Downtown JUSTIN HAGER Steam Punks 2016, Acrylic, oil, ink, and lacquer on panel, 18” x18”, Courtesy Red Truck Gallery
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BEATRIZ CORTEZ: NOMAD WORLD Though the Beatriz Cortez exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum was curated well-before the presidential election, its artful depiction of the immigrant experience is timely. With “Nomad World,” an intimate solo show, Cortez addresses both collision of cultures and cultural assimilation. It’s a show about pastoral living and about global capitalism, and, on a more personal level, it’s about what is natural versus what is canned. In the long-run the show is about what it is to create something new--to live as fully Salvadoran and fully Californian. The exhibit centers around hybridized machines. They invoke fun and nostalgia on different levels; sounds of home in El Salvador, devices of a generation ago here (a jukebox, a fortune telling machine, a pinball machine, a photo booth). The Fortune Teller, Migrant Edition, (2015) mimics the trained birds that pick one’s fortune printed on a card, a game seen throughout Latin America. Cortez’s version uses an automated cashier’s paper tape to print the hopes for the future of people who have crossed borders, collected through interviews by the artist. Pinball becomes a metaphor for travel to El Norte. The Jukebox (2015) offers such options as “The Parakeets Fly Overhead” and “Procession in Honor of Santiago.” Beatriz Cortez was born in El Salvador and migrated to the United States in 1989. She has shown her work nationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York, and internationally in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University. She teaches in the Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Beatriz Cortez, The Fortune Teller
Beatriz Cortez, Nomad World Vincent Price Art Museum Through January 28 vincentpriceartmuseum.org
Beatriz Cortez, The Jukebox
MEL RAMOS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the LA Art Show
Mel Ramos will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s LA Art Show. Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. In the early 1960s, Ramos (born 1935), one of the first artists to embrace Pop art, abandoned Abstract Expressionism and began to produce the work of glossy, flat paintings of idealized, voluptuous female nudes emerging from banana peels, lounging on top of cigars or caressing bottles of ketchup. Ramos’ pointed coupling of women with familiar products serves as a commentary on the ways in which modern culture has cast the female body as interchangeable with beauty and consumerism. Like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos found imagery from comic books inspirational for his highly graphic style and grew up drawing the cartoons and characters from their pages. Born on July 24, 1935 in Sacramento, CA, Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College under the tutelage of his mentor and friend, Wayne Thiebaud, and where he earned both his BA and MA degrees. The painter and printmaker’s work is part of the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. Just released Mel Ramos: Superman at the Supermarket is a homage to Ramos, published in celebration of his 80th birthday. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA and Spain. A dialogue with the artist will take place during the LA Art Show: Thursday, January 12 at 3 p.m. www. laartshow.com
MEL RAMOS Batmobile 1962, Serigraph, 1989 42x33
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HIGHLIGHTS FOR January 14, 2017 NELAart SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS January 14, 2017 Please visit NELA Art Gallery Night on Facebook for last minute complete listings. Align Gallery New work by Antonio Mendoza. Mendoza’s large scale Paint Collages are energetic and harmonious.The distribution of paint splatters layers over ripped paper edges evokes a chaotic balance. Collective Arts Incubator Tracing Tomorrow. A viewer-participatory group show about relationships between art and various forms of sustainability. Mi Vida Stormclouds. A solo exhibit by Jaime Chavez. Injecting ancestral spirit into 2017! Showboat Silk Degrees by Dan Monick. Silk Degrees is a personal account of life in Los Angeles. The still lifes of ordinary objects, windows, sidewalks and coyotes weave together an energy that is so special to the city . Part photography, part sculptural, and part installation, Silk Degrees is the neon nights and cooked days in the city Monick calls home. TAJ Gallery Lilian Abel, Past and Present. Lillian’s paintings are an exploration of the space between abstraction and representation. They are abstracted by the palette knife, searching for hidden worlds and images in the paint that reveal on the picture plane. (Note: Avenue 50 Studio and Future Studio are closed this month for very well-deserved R&R and tap dancing.) Visit NELA Art Gallery Night on Facebook for last minute listings.
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January 14, 2017 - 7pm - 10pm
(Individual Gallery Hours May Vary. CHECK Gallery web sites for individual information. Just because a gallery is listed does not mean it’s open this month)
1. Avenue 50 Studio 131 No. Avenue 50 323. 258.1435 avenue50studio.org
21. The Market 1203 Avenue 50 www.themarkethp.com
2. Bike Oven 3706 No Figueroa
22. Bob Taylor Properties 5526 N. Figueroa St. 323-257-1080
3. Namaste Highland Park 5118 York Blvd. www.namastehighlandpark.com 4. Offbeat 6316 York Blvd www.offbeatbar.com 5. Council District Office #1 Gil Cedillo 5577 N. Figueroa St.
23. Cactus Gallery @ Treeline Woodworks 3001 N. Coolidge Ave 24. The York Check out their dog friendly patio. 5018 York Blvd. 25. Ball Clay Studio 4851 York Blvd. ballclaystudio.com
6. Future Studio 5558 N Figueroa St. 323 254-4565 futurestudiogallery.com
26. MAN Insurance Ave 50 Satellite 1270 N. Ave 50 323.256.3151
7. Collective Arts Incubator 1200 N. Ave 54 collectiveartsincubator.com
27. TAJ Gallery 1492 Colorado Blvd. www.tajartinc.com
8. Meridian 5007 1/2 York Blvd. meridianstorela.com
28. The Greyhound Highland Park Independant Film Festival 570 N. Figueroa St.
9. Vapegoat 5054 York Blvd. 323.963.VAPE 10. ETA 5630 N. Figueroa St. 11. Adjunct Positions 5041 Coringa Dr. 12. Matters of Space 5005 York Blvd www.mattersifspace.com 323.743.3267 13. Mi Vida 5159 York Blvd. 14. Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor 5115 York Blvd. 15. Antigua Coffee House 3400 N. Figueroa St. www.antiguacoffeehouse.com 16. Align Gallery 5045 York Blvd. www.aligngallery.com 17. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5204 Eagle Rock Blvd. www.leannalinswonderland.com 18. Panorama Press House 4700 York Blvd. www.thepanoramapress.com 19. Mindfulnest 5050 York Blvd. 323/ 999-7969 20. Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd 323.344.8330 torospottery.com JANUARY 2017
29. Urchin 5006 1/2 York Blvd. 30. Two Tracks Pola Lopez, open studio. 131 North Avenue 50 31. O & M Leather 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd www.ommleather.com 32. Vapeology 3714 N. Figueroa St. 323.222.0744 33. Pop-Hop 5002 York Blvd. www.thepophop.com 34. Social Studies 5028.5 York Blvd. 35. Occidental College 6100 Campus oxy.edu 36. The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. www.theglassstudio.net 37. Good Eye Gallery 4538 N. Eagle Rock Blvd. www.goodeyegallery.com 38. Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. 323.259.1000 39. CucuArt Gallery 4704-06 Eagle Rocl Blvd. 323.202.0672 40. Civil Coffee 5639 N. Figueroa St.
41. The U Space 2626 N. Figueroa St., suite C 42. The Situation Room 2313 Norwalk Ave. 43. Bookshow 5503 Figueroa St. www.bookshow.com 44. Vroom Vroom Bitsy Boo 5031 B York Blvd. 45. The Slow Down Gallery @ Random Gallery 200 N. Ave 64 46. co-Lab Gallery 5319 York Blvd. www.co-Lab.com 47. Apiary Gallery at The Hive Highland Park 5670 York Blvd. www.thehive.la 48. Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa St. 323.635.9125 49. Imperial Art Studios 2316 N. San Fernando Rd. 50. Pop Secret 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd. 51. Showboat 6152 York Blvd. showboatgallery.com 52. Leader of the Pack 5110 York Blvd. www.leaderofthepackvintage.com 53. Short Hand 5028 York Blvd. shopshorthand.com 54. Living Room 5807 York Blvd. livingroomhome.com 55. The Quiet Life 5627 N. Figueroa St. thequietlife.com 56. The luxelust life Vintage Furniture 6095 York Blvd 57. The Erin Hanson Gallery 2732 Gilroy St. erinhanson.com 58. El Diablo Moto Cartel 5657 York Blvd. www.eldiablomotocartel.com 59. Possession Vintage 5119 York Blvd. www.possessionvintage.com
nd Saturday of every month galleries, businesses, and artists in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, , and Lincoln Heightsopen their doors a little later in the evening and welcome visitors. Use this map for locations of ies, grab someone you love, get some dinner, and enjoy some art. Friend NELA Art Gallery Night on Facebook for last minute list.
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Selamawit Mekonen and Sara Musashi at Align Gallery
Lilian Abel at TAJ Gallery
Rafa Rivas at Vapegoat
Jacqueline Myers-Cho at Mindfulnest on York
Robert Mungia at Cafe de Leche
Freestyle Wrapping at The Pop-Hop
Hataya Tubtim and Michelle Glass + local women and girls from Arvin, “1000 Wildflowers and the Women of Arvin, California” at Avenue 50 Studio Satellite Gallery.
Jonathan Ventura at Namaste Highland Park
Lore Eckelberry “The Banker,” at Avenue 50 Studio
Troy Bounseville infinity chamber with Michael Nannery planted installation at Collective Arts Incubator (clockwise) Melissa Contreras, Axel Honey; Mike Rios; George Labrada, “Virgen Vida” at Mi Vida
Bomb Shelter Construction. Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library, photo prints sale at Future Studio. Raoul De la Sota, “Valerie’s ExVoto,” at Avenue 50 Studio Heather Hoggan, “I, Phoenix,” at Avenue 50 Studio
Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library, photo prints sale at Future Studio
Design for Drop-Out Vessels February 24–26, 2017 Explore the process of designing and creating these elegant vessels.
Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles 143 Pasadena Ave, Suite B, South Pasadena 323.679.4263 bullseyeglass.com/losangeles
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KATHY CURTIS CAHILL, MAKE BELIEVE
Keystone Art Space, recently named LA Weekly’s “Best All-In-One Art -Making Warehouse” hosts a gallery that regularly features exhibitions of Keystone artists. The next exhibition is January 21-31 and features Kathy Curtis Cahill’s first solo show with her new body of work “Make Believe”. Part photography and part installation, this new work deals with early childhood, once again using dolls as avatars for real children. Cahill’s photographs of these dolls (children) at play makes us keenly aware of the innocence and joy that age holds as we struggle to make sense of the world around us. They assume guises and poses just like real children, dressed as superheroes and princesses, arranged in positions that don’t simply represent adult occupations or fantasy preoccupations, but enliven and embody them. As Cahill says, “Play is a young child’s work and dressing up and pretending is a key component to this all important phase of childhood development. It teaches empathy and empowers them to deal with everyday issues in a safe way.” Cahill’s background in set decoration in the entertainment industry has given her the skills to tell a narrative non-verbally. Carefully composing the scenes using the everyday world as the background, she captures just the right moment in an otherwise mundane day. Her photographs make us believe in the life of these dolls, and in romantic notions of childhood. Kathy Curtis Cahill, Make Believe January 21-31 Opening Reception, Sunday, January 22, 3-6 p.m. Keystone Gallery 338 South Avenue 16, Lincoln Heights keystoneartspace.com
CLASSES IN NELA
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 Adamsforge.org You may email Nancy with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Check www.theglassstudio.com for a list of glasses ranging from glass blowing and torchwork to fusing and slumping and jewelry making. O&M Leather 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd. 323-274-4640 www.ommleather.com
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 www.rockrosegallery.com Visit: Rock Rose Gallery News, Instagram & Twitter KIDS CREATIVE ARTS 2-4 yrs Art, Music, Movement Sat. 9:30am-11am, $5 LATIN PERCUSSION Sat. 12pm-2pm, Bring your conga, etc. Instructor Robertito Melendez, $15
Basic Leather Working Classes Leather 1 - Leather Basics $200 Leather 2 - Cutting and Skiving $200 Leather 3 - Hand Stiching $200 Leather 4 - Color, Finishes, and Leather $200 For information about scheduling call their store at (323)274-4640 or email them at ommeather@gmail. com Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.344.8330 Mon. 11:30am-2:30pm Class Mon. 6:30pm-9:30pm Class Tues. 6:30pm-9:30pm Tues. 4:30pm-6:00pm Thurs. 6:30pm-9:30pm time Fri. 11:30am-9:30pm dio time Sat. 11:30am-1:30pm ent
Molten Metal Works NEW LOCATION 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 moltenmetalworks.net
Adult Adult Adult Class Kids Class open studio open stuKids & Par-
Blue Rooster Art Supply Company blueroosterartsupplies.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 sugarmynt.com
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 ballclaystudio.com 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 aplace2bead.com Find a variety of jewelry making classes, including stringing and wirework. Bullseye Glass 143 Pasadena Ave. South Pasadena, CA bullseyeglass.com 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. http://co-lab-gallery.myshopify.com
Los Angeles County Store 4333 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 / 323-928-2781
Check their schedule for fresh classes.
Community Woodshop NEW LOCATION 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 626.808.3725 www.community woodshopla.com 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Uninstructed Figure Drawing Saturdays 11:00am - 3:00pm $5.00/hr Strictly Charcoal 11am - 1pm First two Saturdays of every month. Christine Haenen Artists Crit Saturdays Starting at 3:30 $5/session Crit with Karen For more information go to: http://www. deb3321.com/linda-vallejo-fall-2016 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 http://www.barnsdall.org Check they’re web site for upcoming classes.
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3 SIMPLE THINGS FOR SUCCESS IN MUSIC LESSONS by Laura Porter
Okay, I admit it. I love giving advice. I come from a long line of advice givers. While I’d like to believe I have more tact than my mother, who once told a teen at a department store, “Honey, take that off. It does nothing for you,” I still know first hand that urge to say something in a moment where I’m certain my words will make a difference. Cut to today. My husband and I own a music and dance school. Lucky me gets solicited for advice and answers to questions on a number of things related to music and dance education. Since education is my passion, this is my dream job. With the coming of the New Year, there is the arrival of eager kids ready to start taking private lessons on that instrument they were given as a Hanukkah or Christmas gift. When making this leap, I find reminding parents of these three simple things can make for a more successful transition into learning an instrument (this is assuming that a qualified teacher/school has already been chosen.) The Right Age- As the saying goes-‘The earlier they start, the earlier they quit.’ While there are a number of folks who will happily take on a student aged five or earlier, they shouldn’t. Do your amazing, brilliant and musically gifted child a favor. Wait till they’re six or seven. They will quickly pass up those six-year olds that have been taking lessons since they were three. The Right Instrument- It’s about choices. If they don’t have an idea of what instrument they want to learn, I encourage families to try a couple of trial lessons on different instruments or take a group class that gives them experience on a few different instruments. Piano is a great first instrument. Baritone Ukulele is great for the younger beginner (age six or seven) or guitar for eight and up. The violin is also a fine choice (this one takes a bit more patience - student and family alike). Speaking of choice, if your child is already in lessons but interest is waning, try switching to the instrument they might rather play. Realistic Expectations- This may be the most difficult. We just want the best for our kids, right? We don’t want to make the same mistakes our parents made with us. My mom wanted us to have music lessons because she was never given that opportunity. Other parents I’ve spoken to were either forced to practice every day or not encouraged enough--all of which lead to quitting music lessons at some point. What is your goal? Hopefully it’s for them to engage in a joyful process that will allow them to make music for a lifetime. Keeping this in mind can alleviate a lot of stress that sometimes accompanies lessons. Remember, learning an instrument is all about the long game. It takes time. There will be hills, and there will be valleys. But when your child is 40 and busting out the chorus to “Hey Jude” with friends, or a Chopin Etude after a tough day at work, music lessons, done right, will have been the ultimate gift. Laura Porter, director of Bloom School of Music and Dance in Eagle Rock and co-founder of LessonMate.org. Musician, educator and contributor @PasadenaNow, @Patch Enthusiastic mom of identical twin boys and newbie blogger at www.musicfamilyeveryday.com
SCIENTISTS CONFIRM THAT THE LAST HOT PERSON WILL BE BORN IN 2020 by Vince Caldera (Vince is a stand-up comedian and comedy show producer who lives in Northeast Los Angeles.)
Los Angeles,CA- The scientific community is absolutely shaken. A new study coming from UCLA suggests that the last hot person will be born relatively soon, in the year 2020. According to an annual census, numbers have been plummeting since the early 2000’s. Everyone is baffled as to how things got this bad. We spoke to the leading expert in physical attractiveness, Phil H. Delgado, about what he thinks about the global crisis. This is what he had to say: “It’s our own fault that we got to this point. We thought hot people were a sustainable, renewable resource, but we’ve completely exhausted our supply. We are literally at the tipping point. Really attractive people used to be almost impossible to date unless you yourself were attractive. Now total hotties are settling for ugly people with mediocre talents, generic qualities, and lackluster stability. Anyone can be 'nice,' anyone can play 'in a band,' or have 'an apartment,' but not everyone is hot. Scientists have revealed more groundbreaking information. The last hot person will be born on literally the hottest day of all time, which will occur on June 26, 2020 at 1pm. It will be 145 degrees hot, but well worth it. Some have even speculated what the name will be. Names will be presumably associated with a time of day, or season, names like: Dawn, Summer, Autumn, or even Winter. The gender of this individual is unclear, but what is clear is that everybody will want to have sex with them, regardless of gender. Hot people are urged to not date anyone that is less than a solid 9 out of 10, and not to settle for less. As a result of this news the world is already in turmoil. Pet adoption rates have crashed, as ugly people can no longer use their pets as generic conversation starters to impress the people they “bump” into. The mayor has declared a state of emergency and has converted the old zoo into a temporary sanctuary for all super attractive people. He urges all hot people to seek refuge there and not address any ugly people unless they are government officials--which is almost every government official. When asked to mention details about the design of the zoo, the mayor had this to say: “The old zoo will look very welcoming to all hotties and baddies. It will be redesigned to look like a beach, a gym, an indie bookstore, and a college classroom. Keeping their best interests at heart." This sanctuary will be up for 20 years or until the crisis resolves. All hot people will be on exhibit until 2040. For tickets to this exhibit go to: LaZoo.org
WOMAN-IFESTO FOR 2017
By Jen Hitchcock
Like so many women, the days since America essentially told the female half of our country they are second-class citizens by voting for the man who has proudly and publicly assaulted women to be the President, I’ve been a little depressed. Why do so many Americans hate women? But my depression, coupled with not a little bit of seething anger, has made me acutely aware of a few things women need to do going forward. We need to claim our space and hold men accountable. For anything and everything and each and every hour of the day. During the few days off I had for the holidays, I took my daughter to a skate park to practice some roller-skating trick moves. She is ten and does roller derby and artistic skating. She is excellent on wheels. When we got there, the place was packed with boys of all ages. With the exception of a few scooters and BMX bikes, they were all on skateboards. She got intimidated, and refused to go out there. I pointed out that she was more skilled than most of boys out there. I told her how cool it would be to be the one person on skates doing tricks. But she didn’t want to be the only one on skates, and worse, she cared about being the only girl. I didn’t push her and vowed to come up with ways to change this dynamic, because frankly, I’m tired of men owning public skate parks, basketball courts and the like. Women, we need to get out there. More importantly though, claiming our share of space includes language, and how we are spoken to as women in the public sphere. Women, we need to call out men for each and every “sweetie” they throw at us. It is not a term of endearment when it is from a stranger; it is a pat on the head, a put down. Be fearless in calling out even the smallest infractions. I have a guy that comes into my shop and tries to sell me books I do not need. Every single time he does this, it goes down like this. He walks in as if he is doing me a favor. When I tell him no thank you, he continues to push, taking over my counter space to show me the books I already told him I don’t want for my store. I tell him “no thank you,” usually three to four times more. Then he packs up and says “okay sweetie, no problem sweetie, you got it sweetie.” So the last time I responded with “Okay little guy! See ya later little boy!” He did not like this. If he dares to come back I’ll do it again until he says something, and I will educate. It is all these little “sweeties” that have slid by that led us to a where we are today. Led us to a place where a big chunk of America is able shrug off the deplorable behavior of the pig that is now President of this country.
the inauguration A DAY OF EXPRESSION On Friday January 20th, 2017, Avenue 50 Studio invites artists, writers, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters and myriad disciplines to express themselves regarding the upcoming presidential inauguration. Bring your gear. Bring your instruments. Bring your paints. Bring your laptop. We will have an open mic, tables, wine, refreshments, snacks and an incredible community that will be here with open arms, ears and eyes. We don’t have to go through this alone, especially when we have each other. Friday January 20, 6 p.m., Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50 No Cover. Just Love.
BOOK SHOW EVENTS Saturday January 7 7pm Les Bohem Reads and performs! Free Wednesday January 11th Angry Nasty Women Writing Workshop An evening of politically charged writing prompts 8pm -9:30 $5 Friday January 13th Dryland Lit Reading presents… Fuck Trump: A Night of Poetry, Defiance, and Love for Humanity 9pm-11pm Free Friday January 20th Vermin on the Mount A night of Irreverent Readings 7:30 pm Free Saturday January 28th Hell Hath No Fury: Angry Nasty Women Respond to Trump Featured readers AND open mic! 7pm-10pm Free Sunday January 29th Book Binding Workshop with Rachel Curry Learn the Coptic Stitch! 3:30-6:30pm $45 ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS
Stuart Rapeport, Chase Bank Rally…Sunset and Vine, December 21, 2016
EAT ART OPEN MIC Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose open mic 8pm sign ups
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ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY SHOEBOX PR UPCOMING OPENINGS The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028 Opening January 4th 7-10pm All Women Are Dangerous Building Bridges Art Exchange 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica 90404 Opening January 7th 6-10pm Among the Aspens - Video Installation by Bianca Greene wallspace la 607 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 Opening January 7th 7-9pm Leslie Lanxinger - White Whale Coagula Curatorial 974 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 Opening January 7th 7-11pm Opening: Southern CA Sculpture / A Group Show Sparks Gallery 530 6th Ave, San Diego 92101 Opening January 7th 6-9pm Opening Reception: Merion Estes: Lost Horizons & Cooling Trend Opening Reception: Emily Davis Adams “Somewhere Between” Opening Reception: “Peter Saul: Pop to Politics” CB1 Gallery 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90021 Opening Saturday January 7th 4-7pm
11301 W Olympic Blvd, # 124, Los Angeles 90064 To January 6th Art Opening of NEXUS group show with SANER curated by Thinkspace Brand Library & Art Center 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale 91201 To January 7th
Makeshift Museum (Grand Opening!) Makeshift Museum 1855 Industrial Street, Los Angeles 90021 To January 22nd
Chie Hitotsuyama: To Hear Your Footsteps MOAH: CEDAR 44857 Cedar Ave, Lancaster 93534 Opening Oct 2nd 6-8pm To January 7, 2017
Bold Beauty (Group Show) Pilates & Arts 1844 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles 90026 To January 25
Jennifer Steinkamp: Still-Life ACME. 2939 Denby Ave, Los Angeles 90039 To January 7th Out of Body - 4 artist exhibition LAUNCH LA 170 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 To January 7th Harry Dodge: The Inner Reality of Ultra-Intelligent Life Armory Center for the Arts 145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena 91103 To Jan 8th S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90027 Through January 8th
Resurgence Angel City Brewery 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012 Opening January 12th 6-9pm
WORK over School exhibition opening Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036 To January 8th
Nasty Women Artists Exhibition Picture Perfect Gallery 622 W. Lancaster Blvd Lancaster 93534 Opening January 13th 3-9pm
The BLUE Show The Loft at Liz’s 453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 To January 9th
Gay Summer Rick - Calm and Bright in the City of Angels The Loft at Liz’s 453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 Opening January 14th 7-10pm
Land of the Smokes: Landscapes and Los Angeles Last Projects 6546 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028 To January 12th
Jason Woodside / Kate Kelton / L. Croskey/ Carly Ealey Gabba Gallery 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90057 Opening January 14th 7-11pm
The Open Show at Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood 90069 To January 13th
Kathi Flood at CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center Gallery California State University Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge 91330 Opening January 14th 5-7pm
Group show: ROLL CALL L.A. Louver 45 N Venice Blvd, Venice 90291 To January 14th
Opening Reception: Jacob Hashimoto Mixografia® 1419 E Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90011 Opening January 14th 4-7pm Human Beings APERO Gallery 233 W Santa Fe Ave, Fullerton 92832 Opening January 15th 11-2pm Kathy Curtis Cahill | Make Believe at Keystone Art Space Keystone Art Space 338 S. Ave 16, Los Angeles 90031 Opening January 22nd 3-6pm MythoErotics Exhibition Boîte Noire Gallery Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, Space B222 LA Opening Friday January 27th 530-830pm FEATURES OF THE SAME FACE: Stephanie Deumer Cerritos College Art Gallery 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk 90650 Opening: January 28th & January 29th, 2017 (in conjunction with the FAR Bazaar at Cerritos College) GLAMFA and CSULB Open Studios CSULB Fine Arts East Campus Drive, Long Beach 90815 Opening January 29th 4-8pm ONGOING EXHIBITIONS Pulling the Forest Along the Road CSUF Grand Central Art Center 125 N Broadway, Santa Ana 92701 To January 6th FAUX * REAL 2 Balconi Coffee Company
British Invasion Opening Reception Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH 665 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster 93534 To January 22nd
Bullet (p)roof • artificial interference George Billis Gallery 2716 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90034 To January 7th
Robert Xavier Burden: Original Myth Gregorio Escalante Gallery 978 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 Opening January 7th 7-10pm
The Faces Within at South Bay Contemporary South Bay Contemporary 401 S Mesa St, Fl 3rd, San Pedro 90731 Opening January 14th 4-7pm
14321 Yale Ave, Irvine 92604 To January 21st
Small Works Group Show Lora Schlesinger Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica 90404 To January 14th Washed Up, by Rashell George Lora Schlesinger Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica 90404 To January 14th Nathan Redwood JAUS 11851 La Grange Ave, Los Angeles 90025 To January 15th Blank Canvas 5 Benefit Show Washington Reid Gallery 6110 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232 To January 17th ALLOY Opening Reception Laura Korman Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave, Ste D2, Santa Monica 90404 To January 21st BLIND SPOT Group Show Opening Reception Design Matters Gallery 11527 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90064 To January 21st Bright Resolutions CES Gallery 711 Mateo St, Los Angeles 90021 To January 21st Change is Gonna Come Avenue 50 Studio 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles 90042 To January 21st Eight By Eight – 2016 Avenue 50 Studio 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles 90042 To January 21st New Dimension - opening reception Irvine Fine Arts Center
Beatriz Cortez : Nomad World Vincent Price Art Museum 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park 91754 To January 28th 2016 Southern California/Baja Biennial San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado, San Diego 92101 To January 29th Afterfear, a Dani Dodge solo show at HB Punto Experimental HB Punto Experimental 2151 Logan Ave Section B, San Diego 92113 To February 11th Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles 90049 Through march 12, 2017 Surveying the Land: Presented by Curate Joshua Tree Outpost Projects 2658 Keeler Avenue, Yucca Valley 92284 To March 26th 2017 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) James Turrell, Light Reignfall Through May 29, 2017 Picasso and Rivera Through May 7th, 2017 The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. to January 2nd 2017 Toba Khedoori To March 19, 2017 MOCA Doug Aitken: Electric Earth to Jan 15th, 2017 Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? to Feb 6th, 2017 GETTY Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media To April 30, 2017 MOAH Lancaster British Invasion To January 22nd. 2017 Artist Talks Bold Beauty: Artist Talk Pilates & Arts ~ Echo Park 1844 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles 90026 January 7th -630pm Roski Talks: Jamillah James Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT) 3001 S. Flower at 30th Street LA January 31st 6-8pm Art Fairs LA Art Show January 11th to 15th Photo LA January 12th to 15th Art LA Contemporary January 26th to 29th StartUp Art Fair January 27th to 29th Palm Springs Art Fair February 16th to 19th LA Art Book Fair February 24th to 26th
VEGAN GRILLED GOUDA & PORTOBELLO SANDWICH I couldn’t decide whether throwing together a list of somewhat obscure plant based stabilizers and coconut milk would appeal to any readers. But if you know how awesome it is to find a vegan cheese that is easy to make, and has a really wonderful MELT, you can understand why I had to finally break down and share this. Factor in the current chilly wet weather we have been having, and well, there you go! The obscure ingredients can be found at a mom and pop health market, Sprouts, or Whole Foods. Wet Ingredients: 1 can coconut milk 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. liquid smoke ¼ cup water ½ tsp. liquid aminos 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast Dry Ingredients: 2 tbsp. agar powder 2 tsp. sea salt 2 tbsp. potato starch 1 tbsp. tapioca starch 1 tsp. xanathan gum
NEW METRO POSTER FEATURES EAGLE ROCK Where will you travel with Metro? Be inspired by the Eagle Rock travel poster! Metro’s latest “Through the Eyes of Artists” poster features Eagle Rock, as depicted by Alexis Disselkoen. Eagle Rock is the 33rd in the Through the Eyes of Artists series of posters celebrating destinations served by Metro. The public is invited to meet the artist and receive a free, signed copy of her poster on Friday, January 27, from 5-7p.m. at the Eagle Rock Farmers’ Market: 2035 Colorado Boulevard. The Eagle Rock Farmers’ Market sponsored by Councilmember José Huizar and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, features local foods, music and free family events.
Sandwich: 4 slices of your favorite bread 1 or 2 “rounds” of the cheese, grated 1 portobello mushroom, stem removed 1 tbsp. each olive oil & lemon mixed in a bowl Leaves of arugula (optional) Salt & pepper for seasoning Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Then, in a small saucepan, combine the wet ingredients, and warm until they start to bubble. Turn the heat to medium low. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, while it is still cold. As it heats, continue stirring. Make sure nothing clumps up in the mixture. Bring back to a bubbling simmer for a few minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into lightly greased muffin tins. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour or so. Unmold the firm cheese “rounds” and store for later.
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To make the sandwich, rub the Portobello with oil and lemon, season with salt and pepper, and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool, then slice on the bias into thin, wide fillets. Brush some healthy fat on a warm griddle. Place the four slices of bread on the griddle, and evenly distribute the mushrooms, cheese and optional arugula onto two of the slices. Flip the other two slices of bread over to make two sandwiches. Grill on each side until done. This can also be done in a panini maker. Harvey Slater is a Holistic Nutrition Coach and Chef residing in Highland Park. You can get more healthy recipes like this one on his blog: thewholedish.wordpress.com
Between buildings, Downtown Los Angeles
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INDIE COMIC BOOK CONVENTION DEBUTS IN HIGHLAND PARK Check out what local artists are bringing to the comic book world, as Earth Realm Comics brings its first convention to Highland Park. The event will feature indie comic book creators, toy and hobby crafters, zines, illustrators, workshops for kids and more. Earth Realm Comics is a Los Angeles-based indie comic book company, established by Philadelphia Illustrator Oldce Craig. Earth Realm has merged with Storytells Motion Book Publishing, founded by L.A. writer / digital artist Skryb Anu. The venue is Align Gallery, a contemporary art space committed to growing and creating a community that fosters the multidisciplinary exploration of various art mediums. Earth Realm Comics Convention January 20-22 noon-8 p.m. Align Gallery 5045 York Boulevard
Stuart Rapeport, guernica - North Dakota 2017
THE 2016 KRAMPUSLAUF (KRAMPUS RUN)
December 8, Downtown L.A. A celebration of the dark side of Christmas, with Krampus, switches, Saint Nicholas, Frau Perchta and more.
HIGHLAND PARK TREE LIGHTING December 11 Hosted by Councilmember José Huizar, with the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, and Garvanza Improvement Association
Holiday Tree at Charles Lummis’ Home (El Alisal)
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MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS JANUARY 2017
Breaking News at the Getty By Dani Dodge
When Arpad Kovacs was curating “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media” for the Getty, he wasn’t thinking about the current political climate, the failure of the media to predict a presidential winner, or the onslaught of fake news. He was looking at the wealth of news-related images in the Getty collection and thinking that this was an exhibition that needed to be shown. With recent events, though, the relevance is like a slap in the face. “I hope that this exhibition continues the conversation about critically looking at the news,” said Kovacs, an assistant curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “People need to be more vigilant about the information they are looking at. Just because it appears in the format of a newspaper, does not necessarily give it the authority we assume.” “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media,” opened in late December and is on view through April 30, 2017, at the museum’s Getty Center. The exhibition features photographs and video made over the past 40 years that explore 17 artists’ responses to the media’s coverage of topics ranging from local stories to international politics and military conflict. The oldest works were created in 1968, the newest in 2011. Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, noted that the timeliness of the exhibition “could not be greater.” “With the recent election still at the forefront of national and international news, it is timely to showcase how photo provided by The Getty contemporary artists have, over recent decades, focused on mass media as a rich source of provocative subject matter that reveals its agendas even as it insists on its objectivity,” Potts said. “In their need both to represent and to give meaning to their subjects, art and journalism have much in common and can even feed off each other, as this exhibition demonstrates.” Kovacs said the works of Donald Blumberg, Sarah Charlesworth and Robert Heinecken sparked his interest in creating the exhibition. Blumberg began photographing television screens and politically charged images in newspapers in 1968 while teaching photography at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Between 1977 and 1979, Charlesworth created a series by photographing the front pages of newspapers after having masked out the text, except for the masthead. Her work reveals the hierarchy of information conveyed by the cropping and sizing of images. And in the mid-1980s, Heinecken made several works that feature newscasters, often in isolated bust-length views and arranged according to similar facial expressions. Then, about a year ago, Kovacs had the opportunity to expand the show to include John Baldessari, Dara Birnbaum and Dan Graham, Adam photo provided by The Getty Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Omer Fast, Alfredo Jaar, Ron Jude, David Lamelas and Hildegarde Duane, Masao Mochizuki, Antoni Muntadas, Catherine Opie and Martha Rosler. Each work is fascinating on its own, and together they create the cacophony that has become the news landscape of today. There are intimate moments such as Opie’s Polaroids, which depict some of the most pressing social and political issues that infiltrated her living room via news outlets during 2004 and 2005. And there are pieces that scream for attention, such as Fast’s 2002 work, CNN Concatenated. In the piece, Fast recorded and edited CNN so that each presenter speaks only a single word, but collectively their words form a series of monologues that are suggestive of personal conversations rather than conventional news reports. The piece parodies the nonstop 24-hour news cycle and the urgency in which the stories are presented.
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Holiday tree at the Los Angeles Music Center
continued from page 26 This exhibition reflects on our times by looking at what artists were saying about media before the tsunami of newspaper closures and layoffs, and before social media became the major source of news for young people. It thoughtfully provokes us to consider news and news sources as we move into a new era where news is created, re-created and broadcast by the president-elect’s posts on Twitter. As Kovacs notes: “We all want something piecemeal and bite sized, and that may not be the best way to consume our news.” Kovacs will lead tours of the exhibition at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and April 4. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. at the information desk. Other events related to the exhibition • Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall Artist presentation: Martha Rosler • Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, Museum galleries Point-of-View Talk with artist Alfredo Jaar and curator Arpad Kovacs • Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall “It is Difficult,” a presentation by Alfredo Jaar • March 2, 1:30 p.m. Getty Center, museum galleries Point-of-View Talk with artist Donald Blumberg and curator Arpad Kovacs The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the Getty Center is free. Parking is $15 per car ($10 after 3 p.m.)
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