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White House Reevaluates Local Monuments: Recreation--Environment--Historic
Among the many controversies associated with the early months of the Trump presidency is the possibility of eliminating the status of a number of National Monuments. National Monuments are designated under Sites--Research, All Affected the Antiquities Act, dating back to 1906. They are designated in recognition of their contributions to America’s heritage, either “The notion of a national monument is interesting because through natural beauty or through a role it reminds us that America belongs to all of us -- not just played in the development of the national some of us.” story. National monuments in California --President Barack Obama, upon certifying the San preserve and showcase super blooms of Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2014 wildflowers, Native American spirituality, and the legacy of Cesar Chavez. “They’re what makes California, California. Without them According to the National Resources we wouldn’t have the State that we recognize.” Defense Council, together, the National Monuments, “have woven a colorful fabric representing America. To remove any The San thread would be a travesty.” The federal review is being spun as an opportunity for the public to have a voice in the process. A May notification of the review from the Department of the Interior made it clear that the acceptance of public comment is not required under the Antiquities Act, but stated that, “Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land management.” Actually, monuments designated by recent Presidents have received their status only after lengthy review, extensive stakeholder Mojave Trails National Monument (photo: obamawhitehouse. archives.gov)
participation, and demonstration of benefits to local populations. San Gabriel Mountains Forever Chairperson Belinda
Gabriel Mountains National Monument (photo: San Gabriel Mountains Forever)
Faustino told a recent town hall at the Audubon Center in Debs Park that it was possible for Congresswoman Hilda Solis, followed by Congresswoman Judy Chu, working with stakeholders, to obtain monument status for the San Gabriel Mountains from President Barack Obama in 2014 specifically because of a new paradigm putting an emphasis on providing services for urban communities. Threats to the monument lands following potential decertification range from mining, privatization, industrialization, utility corridors, and sale, to neglect of recreational amenities such as trails, loss of Native American petroglyphs, and dangers to bighorn sheep from continued on page 3
CALIFORNIA PALMS Nothing says Southern California quite like the palm tree. The palm tree says sunshine. It says beach. It says Hollywood. It says bungalow court-lined neighborhood streets, that are homey in a way like nowhere else. The palm tree dances in the wind. It even plays into our famous natural disasters, as in the riveting image of a palm tree on fire. Fascination with the palm tree plays out in a great many ways in “California Palms,” currently at the Boat House Gallery at Plaza de la Raza. The exhibit is impressive not only in its size--curators Frank Romero and Howard Swerdloff have assembled 33 artists who present 67 various depictions of the tree in question--but also in its scope. “California Palms” includes not only plein air oil and acrylics, but also photography, ceramics, glass, neon, metal, papel picado, silkscreen, block printing--even a lamp, and more. Although now symbolic of Southern California, Carlos Almaraz, Echo Park 4. Serigraph (Modern Multiples) the palm tree (except the fan palm) is, within Frank Romero, Palma 3, 4. Painted wood. the past several generations, like most people, an Frank Romero, Neon Palm Tree 1, 2, 3, 4. Acrylic on wood with immigrant to the area. But “California Palms” neon, glass. demonstrates just how deeply and broadly the tree has taken root in the popular imagination. The exhibit was first shown at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton and has moved to the Boat House Gallery, as coordinated by Sandra Cornejo.
David Flury and Frank Romero, The Lady in the Palm Tree. Mixed media on wood/electrical lamp.
Sonia Romero, Palm Tree and Palm Fan. Block printing, acrylic and papercut on canvas. continued on page 2
2 continued from page 1 California Palms Through July 15 Boat House Gallery, Plaza de la Raza 3540 North Mission Road, Lincoln Heights www.plazadelaraza.org
Patrick Martinez, Eastside. Acrylic, graphite and flake on panel. Philippe Previl, Late for the Sky. Oil on panel.
Allan Swerdloff, Hollywood. Reverse painted clear 3/4â€? glass. Wayne Perry, Displaced. Ceramic. Michael Flechtner, Want Your Palm Read? Neon and found wood.
Ignacio Gomez, L.A. Palm Tree Angel. Acrylic on canvas.
Frank Romero, Plaza Boathouse. Serigraph. (detail) Robert Oblon, Drought Tolerant Alternative. Wood, aluminum, stainless steel. Raoul de La Sota, Palms. Prismacolor and ink on paper. Oscar R. Castillo, Apparition in the Palms. Archival pigment print. (detail)
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off-road vehicles. Six of the 22 National Monuments in the State of California are under review: Berryessa Snow Mountain, 330,000 acres of California Coast Ranges in Northern California designated in 2015; Carrizo Plain, 204,107 acres, including the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands, wildflowers, and a broad plain rimmed by mountains in California’s Central Valley, designated in 2001; Giant Sequoia, 327,760 acres of accessible groves of the impressive tree designated in 2000; Mojave Trails, 1,600,000 acres of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes stretching from near Barstow to near Needles, designated in 2016; Sand to Snow, 154,000 acres extending from the Sonoran Desert floor to up to over 10,000 feet in the San Gorgonio Wilderness of the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, designated in 2016; San Gabriel Mountains, 346,177 acres, mostly in the Angeles National Forest, of rugged mountains, streams, and archaeological sites designated in 2014. While it may be a common misconception to think of such swaths of protected wilderness as far removed from the urban life of Los Angeles, the reality is that monuments such as these, designated by recent presidential administrations, are protected specifically because of their
accessibility to the diverse and dense nearby city populations. The San Gabriel Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow National Monuments offer access to natural beauty for 9.8 million Los Angeles County residents, many of whom previously have had little opportunity for such experiences. The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument provides 70% of the open space available to more than 15 million people who live within 90 minutes. President Obama issued the designations for these monuments specifically taking into account such reasoning. The features of the San Gabriel Mountains Nation Monument President Barack Obama signs designates the San Gabriel are wide-ranging. The monument Mountains Nation Monument on site in 2014, surrounded is under the care of the U.S. by Belinda Faustino of San Gabriel Mountains Forever; Forest Service and includes 1,000 Congressmembers Grace Napolitano, Adam Schiff, and Judy Chu; year old limber pines. The area and environmental activists. (photo: San Gabriel Mountains Forever, provides one-third of Los Angeles’ sangabrielmountains.org) drinking water. It includes the 10,064-foot Mount Baldy, a highly 14 federally listed plant species, and 12 federally listed visible Southern California landmark. It provides habitat endangered or threatened animal species. for the California condor, the spotted owl, Significant aspects of Southern California’s National Monuments are not limited to flora and fauna. There and bighorn sheep. In signing the declaration designating the are more than 600 archaeological sites within the San monument, President Obama said of the Gabriel Mountains National Monument, including two San Gabriel Mountains, “The rare Arroyo Native American rock art sites that are listed on the Chub swims through the cool streams, National Register of Historic Places. The monument while the California condor soars above the has played a broad role in scientific research, ranging vistas. You can hike through the chaparral, from the astronomical discoveries of the Mount Wilson amid wild lilacs and mountain mahogany.” Observatory to the study of watersheds at the San Dimas Mojave Trails, meanwhile, provides some Experimental Forest. of the best habitat for the threatened big “Within these hills lies millennia of history...,” said horn sheep, as well as for the desert tortoise President Obama. “And just as this region teaches us about and golden eagle. Fossils of fauna dating our past, it has always offered us a window into the future.” back to the Miocene era have been found Mojave Trails includes historic human sites dating from there, and local springs are held sacred by 10,000 years ago to the present. It features remains of the Old Spanish Trail, World War II-era training camps, native people. Sand to Snow includes 30 miles of the and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of historic President Barack Obama walks onstage at Bonelli Regional Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Route 66. Park in San Dimas, Calif., where he announced the creation provides habitat for 40 species of birds, Sand to Snow contains about 1,700 Native American of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Oct. 10, continued on page 5 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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DAHAN DAHAN SUAVECITO SLOW DOWN Since 2009, five people have been killed on L.A.’s Temple Street. Twenty-one more have been severely injured. In June, a diverse coalition of organizations came together to present “Slow Jams,” an arts-rich experience of Temple Street and its cultures, with an emphasis on getting drivers to slow down and save lives. The emphasis was on the colorful and visual, with mural painting, street choreography, and public engagement. Slow Jams was presented by Los Angeles Walks, Public Matters, Gabba Gallery, and Pilipino Workers Center, as part of Vision Zero, a city-endorsed effort to eliminate pedestrian fatalities.
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continued from page 3 petroglyphs. The site has featured Native settlements, Spanish missionary activity, and mining and ranching camps. It is a research site for archaeologists, geologists, biologists, and seismologists, as well as a year-round recreational site for 24 million people who live within a two-hour drive. Secretary of the Interior Zinke’s views on land management have never been considered friendly to environmentalists. During his 2015-17 tenure in the U.S. Congress, he received a 3% score on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LVC’s) National Environmental Scorecard. At the time of Mr. Zinke’s nomination as Secretary of the Interior, LVC President Gene Karpinski issued a statement saying in part, “Indeed, he is a climate denier who supports drilling in the Arctic and continuing outrageous subsidies for dirty energy development on public lands--positions that align with the oil and gas companies that have spent nearly $350,000 on his campaigns.” In April, the White House nominated David Bernhardt to be the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Bernhardt comes to the department via the lobbying and law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he has worked with Scott Slater, who is also the CEO of Cadiz, Inc., which is has been attempting to mine water from under the Mojave Desert. Mr. Bernhardt’s firm also owns stock in Cadiz. Cadiz holds a sizable piece of private land, which is surrounded by the Mojave Trails National Monument. According to the Center for Western Priorities, a nonpartisan conservation and advocacy organization, “David Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest.” According to the Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based independent research organization, the Cadiz water proposal relies on overdrafting the groundwater basin, with highly uncertain recovery time. The Center for Western Priorities warns that this could lead to the drying up of springs, with devastating effects on bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and bobcats. The Los Angeles City Council, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate all have gone on record in opposition to any changes in the status of National Monuments. “If the Trump administration is allowed to do what it wants,” said City Councilmember Paul Koretz, who brought the matter before the Council, “they’ll be drilling
in the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods and others of these monuments. So we should be strongly out there in opposition to this plan.” The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send a letter to Los Angeles County’s congressional delegation requesting support for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and legislation for its protection. The Supervisors also voted in favor of the County developing legislative policy in support of the protection of all existing and future national monuments. The Supervisors brought up some additional points beyond the importance of preservation of natural and historic heritage. Supervisor Hilda Solis, who began the federal effort for the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument during her time in the U.S. Congress, pointed out the the area would stand to lose federal and private funding if the monuments are decertified. Decertification could mean the loss of maintenance of aspects of the monuments that make them accessible and hospitable to the public--aspects such as campsites, trails, restrooms, and picnic areas. Indeed, according to Ms. Faustino of San Gabriel Mountains Forever, while the immediate threat at some national monuments would be mining, the most immediate threat to the San Gabriels from decertification would be neglect. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl spoke to the legality of the situation. “The President…shows a complete ignorance of the law,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “The law itself declares Presidents to declare national monuments. It does not allow Presidents to undeclare national monuments. Nowhere in the law is that made clear or even inferred.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has also weighed in on the legality of the situation, vowing to protect California’s national monuments. “National monument designations protect the irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage that belongs to all Americans, ensuring that the haste or greed of one generation does not squander those gifts at the expense of future generations,” Attorney General Becerra said in a letter to Secretary of the Interior Zinke. “Any attempt by the Trump Administration to reverse decisions past
presidents have made to safeguard our most treasured public lands is as unwise as it is unlawful. As the Attorney General of California, I am determined to take any and all action necessary to protect the American heritage which has become part of our monument lands.” With the Antiquities Act 111 years ago, Congress delegated to the President the power to declare national monuments. However, Attorney General Becerra informed Secretary Zinke that the power to revoke or modify existing national monument designations rests exclusively with the Congress, which has not delegated this power to either the President or the Secretary of Interior. This fact is laid out in the U.S. Constitution, as well as in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Supervisor Solis spoke to the significant amount of work that takes place before any monument designation, such as the ten years of effort that went into a watershed study for the San Gabriel Mountains. “These are hard things to just say hey, let them go,” said Supervisor Solis. Comments are being accepted until July 12 at www. regulations.gov, by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240. While controversy over the reevaluation of national monuments continues--as it probably will for sometime and possibly through court challenges--local Congressmember Judy Chu, with co-sponsorship from Congressmember Adam Schiff, is taking the opposite approach; she is seeking to stiffen federal protections. The San Gabriel Mountains Forever Act, if passed, will add 31,069 acres of protected wilderness to Southern California. “Wilderness” is the highest form of protection accorded to any federal wildland. “Wilderness designation ensures that the wildlife in those forests and rivers within the monument will remain unchanged for generations,” said Congresswoman Chu in a statement. “This designation is especially critical for protecting our drinking water, much of which comes from these mountains.”
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SUPERVISOR: ELA CRUISING OUT OF HAND Unpermitted cruising events are out of control in East Los Angeles, specifically along Whittier Boulevard and surrounding streets, according to County Supervisor Hilda Solis. According to Supervisor Solis, cruising events that attract over 2,000 participants have not only made life difficult for local residents, but are also bad for the economy and are a threat to public safety. ““Seniors cannot get around or cross the street,” said Supervisor Solis in a statement, “residents cannot go to the gas station without encountering thousands of cars, and local stores and pharmacies are shut down. Further, these events are a drain on County financial resources and displace law enforcement officers from their normal patrol in highcrime areas. Ensuring that County laws are enforced, and residents are protected, are always a top priority.” The County Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a plan of action and will receive a report from county agencies later this month. COUNCILMEMBER O’FARRELL SWORN IN FOR SECOND TERM Los Angeles City Council Art, Parks and River Committee Chair Mitch O’Farrell was sworn in for a second term of office in June. The Councilmember held a public gathering in Hollywood’s Barnsdall Art Park, where the oath of office was administered by Congressmember Adam Schiff. Councilmember O’Farrell reviewed his accomplishments of his first term, among them, reviving the arts development fee to bring millions of dollars to public art projects in the City, and getting a mural ordinance passed to make it legal to paint art murals on private property. Soon, an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District, the first in the State, will provide funding for public works, environmental mitigation, and affordable housing in communities by the Los Angeles River. Among the Councilmember’s goals for his second term are a requirement that affordable housing be a component of every new housing development, making it easier to film in Los Angeles, requiring that small lot subdivisions be more compatible with the areas in which they are built, and eliminating barriers to opening and running small businesses. A new program, embRACE LA, will look at how citizens feel about race relations. And the City is close to establishing Indigenous People’s Day in Los Angeles, which the Councilmember refers to as, “righting a historic wrong several hundred years in the making.” Councilmember O’Farrell also intends to prove that development and neighborhood preservation can go hand-inhand. LUCAS MUSEUM COMING TO EXPOSITION PARK Famed filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, entrepreneur Mellody Hobson, visited the Los Angeles City Council June 27. The event was a celebration of the fact that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, endowed by Mr. Lucas and Ms. Hobson, is to be built in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. The $1.45 billion private gift is being haled as the largest private gift in the nation’s history. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will feature exhibition space, a library, classrooms, theaters, lecture halls, a cafe, a restaurant, and 11 acres of publicly accessible green space. Councilmember Curren Price, whose district will include the museum, said, “The museum promises to offer more than one million visitors annually a surreal and dynamic experience.” The Councilmember said that the museum will be dedicated to the art of visual storytelling, and will exhibit paintings, illustrations, photography, and moving images. The museum’s Founding President, Don Bacigalupi, added that the works will come from a variety of cultures and from various periods of history. “We’re not interested in boundaries between fine arts, popular arts, and media arts,” said Mr. Bacigalupi. “We’re interested in the storytelling capacity and the importance of the way in which stories are told through community art forms.” According to Mr. Bacigalupi, groundbreaking is expected by the end of this year or the beginning of next. Soccer fields currently at the site will be moved across the park with improvements added. Underground parking will be built, so that the 11 acres that are currently asphalt may become green space. The museum building itself will probably break ground about the beginning of 2018. Construction will take about 36 months, with a grand opening in 2021. However, community and education programs will begin before the actual opening. A distinctive and futuristic design for the building has been prepared by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, Beijing, China.
Congressmember Adam Schiff and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell at Councilmember O’Farrell’s swearing in ceremony in Barnsdall Art Park
Mayor Eric Garcetti, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, and Councilmember Curren Price (Photo: Office of City Councilmember Curren D. Price)
JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM CONDEMNS ALL CALLS FOR MUSLIM INCARCERATION CAMPS The Japanese American National Museum, located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, issued the following statement June 8 regarding calls for incarceration of Muslims: The Japanese American National Museum condemns recent and ongoing rhetoric calling for the mass incarceration of people of the Muslim faith. Citing the unlawful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as Rendering for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art a precedent or justification for the unlawful targeting of Muslims, or any other group, demonstrates a complete lack (Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art) of understanding of one of the most shameful chapters in United States history. In particular, remarks made on the Fox and Friends Weekend television program suggesting that incarceration camps might be an appropriate tool in fighting terrorism are offensive. We are grateful that representatives of Fox News Channel were explicit in denouncing the idea of camps as “reprehensible.” “The Japanese American National Museum will continue to speak out against bigoted public discourse that harkens back to the tragic incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Racist remarks that suggest incarceration camps should be implemented for people of the Muslim faith is abhorrent and contrary to the fundamental values of this museum and this nation,” said Ann Burroughs, President and CEO of JANM. Burroughs continued, “In the words of President George H.W. Bush, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: ‘The internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry was a great injustice, and it will never be repeated.’ The Japanese American National Museum is committed to seeing that President Bushâ€™s words remain true.” In 1982, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians found that the policy of exclusion, removal, and detention was systematically conducted by the United States government despite the fact that no documented evidence of espionage or sabotage was shown, and there was no direct military necessity for detention. Further, the broad continued on page 10
UNEXPECTED INTERSECTIONS (Variation by the Black Man of Happiness)
at City Crossroads all of our lives whipped into meringue by teenage recklessness drenched with mesmerizing sight of love on display at the corner of win & lose glorious passion waits for light to turn gold riveting theater in their stroll smoother than wheelchairs stopping traffic stepping through crosshairs crosswalk releases scent of cobbler
at unexpected intersections The Black Man of Happiness catches stories right before intonation shapes words stands in the flow seized by the grammar of awe voyeur translating the surreal privacies of our living metropolis absorbing shock of creation in everyday lives Peter J Harris Copyright Avenue 50 Studio. From â€œTrees of Life,â€? a publication and event in support of traffic safety and an end to pedestrian fatalities on North Figueroa Street and in Los Angeles.
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historical causes were found to be “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” These findings ultimately contributed to the United States government issuing a formal apology and paying reparations to the Japanese Americans it had forcibly removed to concentration camps—the tangible results of the bipartisan passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. ALAMEDA COUNTY FILES CHARGES IN DEADLY GHOST SHIP FIRE Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced in June the filing of felony charges in connection with the December fire at the “Ghost Ship,” a warehouse that served as a makeshift concert venue and housing for artists. The fire took the lives of 36 people. Derick Ion Almena and Max Harris face 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. “Defendants Almena and Harris knowingly created a fire trap with inadequate means of escape, filled it with human beings, and are now facing the consequences of their deadly actions,” said D.A. O’Malley. According to the District Attorney’s office, the two defendants: Allowed individuals to live in the warehouse and deceived the police, fire department and owners about that fact; Allowed large groups to assemble in the warehouse for musical events, and on December 2, 2016 (the date of the fire), blocked one of two means of egress; Conducted unpermitted and uninspected construction, including electrical work; Allowed the floor to ceiling storage of large quantities of highly flammable materials that created a deadly and dangerous space. Max Harris was arrested in Los Angeles, where he moved after the fire. GHOST SHIP AND LOS ANGELES The deadly Oakland Ghost Ship fire is having ramifications in Los Angeles, creating tension between the need to safeguard citizens from dangerous properties, and the desperate need for affordable housing for artists and others. The Los Angeles Fire Department has ordered the closure of two buildings used for unpermitted dwellings, one at 931 East Pico Boulevard and the other at 1518 Paloma Street, in the Fashion District Downtown. The City had determined that several dozen tenants of the buildings are entitled to relocation assistance amounting to $382,850. But the owner has refused to comply. Therefore, Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, who represents the area, brought an emergency motion before the council, authorizing the City to advance the money to the tenants, so that they would not become homeless, with the understanding that the City would go after the owner to recoup the money. Meanwhile, the City Council has passed a motion, authored by Councilmember Huizar, expressing concern about large-capacity buildings used for events. The motion directs the City’s Department of Building and Safety and the Los Angeles Fire Department to report to the City Council on the exhausting inspection process, how city inspectors deal with high-occupancy buildings and event spaces, and what steps are being taken to ensure proactive safety efforts. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck lit the Bat Signal at Los Angeles City Hall June 15 in celebration of the life of the late Batman actor Adam West.
Summer Night Lights, offering sports, arts, and resources at 32 locations across Los Angeles, kicked off its 2017 season June 28, keeping rec centers and parks open to the community until 11 p.m. during summer months. Pictured: Highland Park residents Noelani and Monica painting ceramic tiles for firing.
LUMMIS DAY 12
The 12th annual Lummis Day Festival took place in six locations throughout Northeast Los Angeles the weekend of June 2, 3 and 4. The popular yearly event, named for cultural icon Charles Lummis, celebrates community through music, dance, poetry, art, film, and theater. Photos by Martha Benedict Photography
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DIANE WILLIAMS: MONSTERS & ALIENS
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Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from the political and social landscape that surrounds her— specifically the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She uses art as a call to arms, creating works that explore issues about immigrants and gender to encourage cultural and social understanding. In her series Monsters & Aliens, Williams created masks, woven from shredded paintings and discarded materials and wore these masks in performances where the masks clearly signed for “other.” She wanted viewers to question what they feared from strangers and to begin to examine their own prejudices with respect to race and gender. In a mixed media work entitled Fractured but not Broken, she also displayed the masked and fragmented female body-- depicting the disparate body parts in photographs and drawings, overlaid with Plexiglas and blue and yellow duralar. This human scaled work confronted viewers declaring, “see me for who I am -- not as a cultural stereotype.” During her residency at Shoebox Projects, Ms. Williams will create a site-specific installation that further explores ideas of marginalization by physically dividing the space. In addition, she will embark on a new series of works that track the surges in hate crimes since the inauguration of President Trump. In her work, Ms. Williams seeks to find a common ground between the works she makes and the community at large. For example in the participatory piece, This in my America, she asks viewers to write the first name of an immigrant they know and their relationship to that person on a piece of paper and then post it on a wall, collectively illustrating the idea of an extended community. Diane Williams, Monsters & Aliens June 5-July 9 Shoebox Projects 660 South Avenue 21, #3 Reception: Saturday, July 8, 3-6 p.m. www.dianewilliamsartist.com
ALICIA IN ARROYOLAND
Presented by Teatro Arroyo and The Arroyo Arts Collective The Arroyo Arts Collective and the Highland Park-based Teatro Arroyo present the world premiere of Alicia In Arroyoland, a frolicking community-based bilingual version of Alice in Wonderland. Written by Teatro Arroyo co-founder Ralph Waxman and helmed by award winning director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez, this unique version of a much loved classic, is free and opens Saturday, August 12 with pre-play festivities at 3:00 p.m., among the trees and open air theater setting at the Audubon Center At Debs Park 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles. Performances will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, August 12, 13, 19 & 20 with shows at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In a fun filled music and dance-driven salute to the diverse people who live in Highland Park and the surrounding communities in Northeast Los Angeles, the story of Wonderland is re-imagined with historic figures that include freedom fighter Tongva medicine woman Toypurina, Renaissance man Charles Lummis merged with present day icons in the local community including the popular Chicken Boy, the audience travels through Arroyoland
and cheers on Alicia Lopez in her discovery of purpose: a desire to fight injustice. The production crew, costume designers and performers represent the cultural mix of the Arroyo. Avilés-Rodríguez is a lecturer at CSUN and a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA. He is the originator of Meet Me @Metro in collaboration with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, and has studied political theater in Cuba and collaborated with a Havana-based theatre group margenes del rio. His directorial credits include Almas: Day of the Dead Celebration at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, L.A. Views at Cal Poly Pomona, and Brown Buffalo at Company of Angeles. Teatro Arroyo was founded in 2013 by Highland Park residents Raul Cardona, D.W. Jacobs and Ralph Waxman. The three theater veterans coalesced around the vision of creating a Figueroa Arts Corridor and a center for Arts and Culture. In 2014, Teatro Arroyo began a partnership with the Arroyo Arts Collective, established in 1989 as a community organization of artists. Alicia in Arroyoland is made possible, in large part to a grant from the Eastside Arts Initiative This free, bilingual family event will be presented at the Audubon Center At Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Avenue. Performances Saturdays and Sundays August 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th Showtimes 3:30pm and 5:30pm. For reservation information go to: www.brownpapertickets.com For more information: www.teatroarroyo.com
LEONARD GRECO’S FAIRYLAND
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Leonard Greco, known for his neo-medieval paintings, sculpture and installations, has a solo exhibition opening July 8, 7-10 p.m., at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. At this stage of Mr. Greco’s life, off center of a century, he is grappling with ways in which to express his “being-ness.” Unable to avoid the “who am I” question any longer, he is reaching beyond his usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including fabric sculptures in the round. These “dolls” are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of his practice that he is exploring his identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy was being given new voice in his latest ongoing project, “Fairyland.” In this new series of projects, paint, needle, and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self-loathing. The very name “Fairyland,” a word once delivered with bloody blows, transcends beyond, with a message of empathy, compassion, pride, and Mr. Greco hopes, humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art he creates is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free. Leonard Greco is a multidisciplinary artist living and work in Los Angeles. He has exhibited national and internationally.
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Leonard Greco, Fairyland July 8-August 8 Opening reception: July 8, 7-10 p.m., during NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night Avenue 50 Studio 131 North Avenue 50 www.avenue50studio.org www.leonardgreco.me
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(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
20. Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd 323.344.8330 torospottery.com
2. Bike Oven 3706 No Figueroa
21. The Market 1203 Avenue 50 www.themarkethp.com
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. 6. Future Studio 5558 N Figueroa St. 323 254-4565 futurestudiogallery.com
22. Bob Taylor Properties 5526 N. Figueroa St. 323-257-1080 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
7. Collective Arts Incubator 1200 N. Ave 54 collectiveartsincubator.com
26. MAN Insurance Ave 50 Satellite 1270 N. Ave 50 323.256.3151
8. The Art Form Studio 719 Figueroa St, #2. www.theartformstudio.com
27. TAJ • ART 1492 Colorado Blvd. www.tajartinc.com
9. Vapegoat 5054 York Blvd. 323.963.VAPE
28. The Greyhound 570 N. Figueroa St.
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
29. Urchin 5006 1/2 York Blvd. 30. Arroyo Arts Collective @ Ave 50 Studio 131 North Avenue 50 arroyoartscollective.org 31. Living Room 5807 York Blvd. livingroomhome.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. Earth Altar Studio 1615 Colorado Blvd earthaltarstudio.com
38. Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. 323.259.1000 39. Kindness and Mischief 5537 N. Figueroa St. www.kandmcoffee.com 40. Civil Coffee 5639 N. Figueroa St. 41. Possession Vintage 5119 York Blvd. www.possessionvintage.com 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 Quiet Life 5627 N. Figueroa St. thequietlife.com 46. The Erin Hanson Gallery 2732 Gilroy St. erinhanson.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
nd Saturday of every month galleries, businesses, and artists in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, , and Lincoln Heights open 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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NELAART SECOND SATURDAY JUNE 2017
Live art by Johnny “Zurdo” Quintanilla, Something Wild in My Garden at Cactus Gallery
Chris Mosley at Collective Arts Incubator
Nancy Cintron, No Dumping Allowed; Denise Bledsoe, Fido. Something Wild in My Garden at Cactus Gallery.
Pin Vida at Mi Vida Linsley Lambert. Reigning Cats and Dogs at Avenue 50 Studio.
Nora Rachel. Crossing Boundaries: Engendering LGBTQ Identities at Avenue 50 Studio.
Nellie Le at Kindness and Mischief Chris Mosley at Collective Arts Incubator
Garrett Charboneau at Vapegoat
Susanna Negrete, California. Remind Me Again How We Are Related at Avenue 50 Studio Satellite Gallery.
Dub Robot puppet show on York Boulevard
Bridget Ore at The Rental Girl
Debra Broz, Cheeto Hands. Something Wild in My Garden at Cactus Gallery.
Michele Antenorcruz, The Art of Displacement, The Arroyo Arts Collective at Avenue 50 Studio
Kiln as Chisel: Carving with Heat with Matthew Day Perez August 4â€“6
Explore an exciting, no-holds-barred approach to glass in this hands-on workshop.
Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles 143 Pasadena Ave, Suite B, South Pasadena 323.679.4263 bullseyeglass.com/losangeles
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PASADENA CHALK FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 25th year, the Pasadena Chalk Festival brings together hundreds of artists and thousands of spectators. The artists spend an entire June weekend, often in some serious heat, creating masterpieces on the sidewalk, and a silent auction raises money for the Light Bringer Project. This year, artist Shaina Joel took home the Best in Festival award for a highly realistic depiction of the late Adam West as Batman. Kayla Garcia won both the People’s Choice award and Best Animation Mural for her rendering of Wonder Woman. Ms. Garcia was participating in the festival for the first time, and she is still in high school. The festival takes place every Fathers Day weekend at Pasadena’s Paseo Colorado.
Ester Petschar, Most Humorous Award
Kayla Garcia, Paseo Colorado People’s Choice and Best Animation Mural
Shaina Joel, Best in Festival
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. Free Weekend Workshops for Youth: “A Sense of Place: Art, Literacy, Music workshops, Community Garden 3rd Saturday: Rumbero Workshop with Troy Parker Ball Clay 4851 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 310.954.1454 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.
Paint and Pinot Twice a month. Check their web site for more detail.
Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.550.1332
Los Angeles County Store 4333 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 / 323-928-2781
Check Leanna’s web site for a current list of workshops and events.
Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events.
Community Woodshop NEW LOCATION 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 626.808.3725 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.
co-LAB Gallery 5319 York Blvd. http://co-lab-gallery.myshopify.com Check their schedule for fresh classes.
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BEER OF THE MONTH
Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Beer: Trumer Pils Type: Pilsner Color: Lovely golden Price: Around $10/six pack @ Galco’s and also available at some large corporate chains that I won’t mention. Cold beer in the summer brings up so many memories--the best being Pittsburgh, PA parties in the park. A keg of Iron City, lots of ice, burgers, tipsy afternoons with Frisbee, flirting, making out, so fun! But that was before I met some real beer champions. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to sip an Iron City in a red plastic cup, slightly sweaty from that wonderful humidity…but, at 19, I went to Vienna, Austria and discovered a new world of beer, my favorite being Trumer Pils. There, it was usually in an underground, incredibly smoky bar. The kind of smoke that’s even tough for a smoker. But the Trumer PIls…aaaaah, so good. Perhaps because they’ve been making it since 1601, or because they use their very own fresh spring water, or that it ages for 4-6 weeks, or maybe because it is not pasteurized? Who knows, but this is the perfect pilsner for a late afternoon swig. It has a special taste, a subtle hoppy bitterness that makes it a unique pilsner. It is very special, very delicious, and they now brew it in Northern California as well--maybe not as perfect as sitting in Vienna, drinking, people watching through the haze of cigs, but maybe even better, sipping it outdoors with an ocean breeze or a view of downtown LA. This is light enough to sip without food, but would go great with some bratwurst (obvious)…shit, I like it with chips. But the best way to have it is with a tipsy flirt or a tipsy make-out. (eye contact) Prost! This article is dedicated to all of the delicious Pittsburgh boys I made out with during the summers of my youth. NOTE: Please keep your pets safe this 4th of July. Make sure your yard is secure, but better yet, bring them inside, keep some background noise going, like classical music or talk radio, and maybe a nice treat to distract them from the mayhem. And, if you were thinking of adopting a dog from the pound, now is the time, this is the time of year where pounds are very overcrowded and need space for all of the dogs that get out during the fireworks. Happy 4th of July!!!
DANDELION GREENS, SWEET POTATO LEAVES & SUPPER Dandelion greens are one of my favorite edible weeds, and they love being wilted into garlic butter with pasta. I decided to add some sweet potato leaves, mostly because they pop up and kind of go crazy in my garden every year, but also because they add a bit of sweet, more delicate green flavor to offset the dandelion. If you eat dairy, feel free to use grass fed butter or ghee for your cooking fat, and substitute real parmesan for the pistachio parmesan. Having said that, the pistachio Parmesan is a lot more nutritious, delivering healthy fats, complete protein, and fiber, and it adds a comforting earthiness to the dish. pasta with dandelion greens, sweet potato leaves, garlic & pistachio For the Pasta: 12 oz. of your favorite pasta (I used Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Sedanini) 4 cups fresh dandelion greens, cut in half 2 cups sweet potato leaves with a few inches of stem intact 2-3 cloves garlic, sliced as thin as possible 1 1/2 tbsp. of your favorite healthy cooking fat, plus another (optional) 1 tbsp. set aside 1/4 cup pistachio parmesan or real parmesan (for non-vegan) Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste Pinch of crushed red chile (optional) Truffle oil or extra virgin olive oil for drizzling For the Pistachio Parmesan: 1/2 cup raw pistachios 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast 1/4 cup hemp seeds 1/4 tsp. dried granulated garlic 1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt Cook the pasta per manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse under cool water and set aside. To make the pistachio parmesan, place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the pistachios reach the consistency of a coarse meal. Adjust the salt based on your own taste and sodium needs. To make the pasta, heat the cooking fat in a large sauté pan. Brown the garlic slices slowly, stirring constantly, until they just start to brown around the edges. Increase the stove heat to high and add the greens and leaves. Cook the greens and leaves for about a minute, stirring and coating well with the garlic, until they are wilted down to about 25% of their original volume. Rinse the pasta under hot water to restore warm temperature, and then add to the pan immediately. Stir in the Parmesan, and taste for salt and pepper. Add optional tbsp. of fat if needed. Then add your optional pinch of crushed chile. Serve onto four plates or pasta bowls. Sprinkle more Parmesan on top of each plate, and drizzle some truffle oil or olive oil to finish it off. Harvey Slater is a Holistic Nutritionist and Chef residing in Highland Park. You can find more healthy recipes like this one on his blog: thewholedishblog.com
WHY SUMMER IS THE BEST TIME FOR MUSIC LESSONS by Laura Porter, Bloom School of Music
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” As a kid, summer was about being free. I always felt a sense of adventure in the air. Whether I was learning something new or reimagining something old, I was sure anything was possible. As a parent, I see the same wonder through the eyes of my own children. I also see the challenges of finding summer camps and planning the almighty family road trip! But as a music educator, I see summer as holding golden opportunities for music students. Summer is actually the BEST time for music lessons. The Beginner: These fortunate music students get the time and space they need to get to know their instrument. They also have space in their schedules to figure out how to get into the groove of practice without the competing activities of the fall. Summer is an awesome time to begin your musical journey. Seasoned Veterans: “Surely they can take a few months off and jump back in when school starts.” Not so fast, tiger. The brain sees music as a language. And just like any other language, if you stop speaking it for a few months, you will forget a lot. Instead of needing to pay for 2 months of review, stay in lessons and just miss the 2 weeks for vacation. “One of these mornings, you’re gonna rise up singin’.” The most exciting part of making music in the summer is exactly just that. It’s summer! Take advantage of that summer feeling! There are a million out of the box music projects students can do with their teachers. Need ideas? How about learning only the songs of their favorite artist, composing their own music, writing musical themes for all their family members, discovering recording software GarageBand or Logic or learning to play songs by ear. The list is endless! I actually wish music lessons were taught with a summer vibe all year long. Maybe kids would then take the joy of music making all the way into adulthood. After all, isn’t that the goal? So stay cool, stay loose and stay in lessons! Happy Summer! :)
run like hell down the washed out streets of LA gutted and fueled by racist spewing garbage floodgates of hate opened up to wash away the people who love one another without permission Bowie shouts “it’s a God awful sad affair the man with the mousy hair” perfectly piled up and permed begging for a dime the right place to hide who forgot the line because the actor smelled like slime hey! pull up your pants and wait for your time that’s the right barking their orders to the stage of contenders demanding surrender bow down and play dead forget what you read its all in your head run run like hell Linda Kaye writes poetry and produces poetry and art events throughout the NELA area. Her most recent chapbook “Sexy Stuff ” is currently available for purchase. For more information contact: Website: www.lindakayepoetry.com Email: email@example.com Twitter/Instagram: lindakayepoetry
BOOK SHOW EVENTS Wednesday July 5th 7pm Collage & Cry Community collage night $5 Wednesday July 12th 8pm Angry Nasty Women Feminist Writing group $5 donation Thursday July 13th 7:30pm Laughterhouse 5 Comedy night Hosted by sumukh torgalkar Suggested Donation Friday July 14th 7pm A Reading at Book Show Free Featuring: Matthew Sherling Alex Gregor Leah Clancy Natalia Castells-Esquivel Dave Cuomo Eva McKenna Sunday July 16th 3pm-5pm Creativity Workshop “Empowerment Through Creativity” $49 Wednesday July 19th 8pm Dinner Poems Poetry workshop Led by Sam Bellamy $5 donation Saturday July 22nd Ramonda Hammer Listening Party Free private event please RSVP to Bookshow! ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS
Getty Museum discussion of Walter Hobbs, A Life in Art, the Dream Colony. With James Cuno, Deborah Treisman, Ed Ruscha and Anne Doran. Drawing by Stuart Rapeport.
Collage & Cry Monthly, every 1st Tuesday 7pm-9:30pm Collage night All materials provided Five dollar donation EAT ART OPEN MIC Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose Open Mic 8pm sign ups
LA ART NEWS SECTION A
ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY SHOEBOX PR UPCOMING OPENINGS Life Lines by Karena Massengill Studio 347 347 W 7th St, San Pedro 90731 Opening July 6th 6-9pm Andy Kolar, “Easy now.” Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90034 Opening July 8th 6-8pm
Ben Jackel / Kienholz Opening Reception L.A. Louver 45 N Venice Blvd, Venice 90291 Opening July 19th 6-8pm Cut It Out Gallery Opening at Art Share L.A. Art Share-LA 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles 90013 Opening July 22nd 7-10pm
Edges of Memory Studio Channel Islands 2222 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo 93010 Destroy These Walls - Launch & Performance Night - Santa Opening July 22nd 4-6pm Monica FigurativeFutures Art Exhibit Arena 1 Gallery 101/EXHIBIT 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica 90405 668 North La Peer Drive, West Hollywood 90069 Opening July 8th 6-9pm Opening July 22nd 7-10pm Diane Williams “My America” at Shoebox Projects Val Kilmer’s “Icon Go On, I’ll Go On” Shoebox Projects Gabba Gallery 660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles 90031 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90057 Reception July 8th 3-6pm July 22nd 12-8pm Dream Sequence opening at The Hive Gallery July 8th LAAA’s 2017 Annual Benefit Auction The Hive Gallery and Studios Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 729 S Spring St, Los Angeles 90014 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood 90069 Opening July 8th 8-11pm Opening July 29th 7-9pm FRESH 2017 (cont.) Opening Reception Rainbow SHIFT 3.0 South Bay Contemporary SOLA Gallery The Montalban 3718 WEST SLAUSON AVENUE, Los Angeles 90043 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles 90028 Opening July 8th 4-6pm Opening August 4th 7-11:59pm It’s a Wonderful World curated by Betty Ann Brown Venice: Now & Then Groundspace Project Mike Kelley Gallery 1427 E 4th St, Los Angeles 90033 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 90291 Opening July 8th 6-9pm Opening August 5th 5-8pm Leonard Greco “Fairyland” at Avenue 50 Studio Bloody Mess by Anna Kostanian Avenue 50 Studio Armenian Arts 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles 90042 1125 S. Central Ave, Glendale 91204 Opening July 8th 7-10pm Opening August 12th 7pm Reveries: Opening Reception Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles Branch Gallery The Vortex 1031 W. Manchester Blvd, # 3, Inglewood 90301 2341 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90021 Opening July 8th 3-6pm August 18th and 19th 7pm to 2am There’s a Little Bit of Dick and Jane in all of Us LA Weekly’s Artopia Dove Biscuit Studio at The Last Bookstore Union Station Los Angeles 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles 90013 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012 Opening July 8th 6-9pm August 19th 8-11pm A Woman’s Perspective Strings Attached Hawthorne Arts Complex Coastline Community College Art Gallery 13040 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne 90250 1515 Monrovia Ave, Newport Beach 92663 Opening July 12th 3-8pm Opening September 8th 7-9pm ArtShare L.A. Presents #Resist Gallery Opening: Ruben Ochoa Angel City Brewery Art + Practice 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012 3401 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles 90008 Opening July 13th 7-9pm Opening September 9th 12-6pm Black is a color - Curated by Essence Harden ONGOING EXHIBITIONS Charlie James Gallery 969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 The Nature of Things: Karrie, Lillian, Tracey Opening July 15th 6-9pm Mike Kelley Gallery 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 90291 Epiphany: Selected works by EriK Reel and Diane Silver To July 5th Porch Gallery - Ojai 310 E Matilija St, Ojai 93023 Closing July 6th Opening July 15th 5-7pm The Food Show BG Gallery, Santa Monica 2525 Michigan Ave, # G8A, Santa Monica 90404 Opening July 15th 6-9pm
La La Janotta at Schomburg Gallery Schomburg Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center 2525 Michigan Avenue, E3A, Santa Monica To July 6th
Mikael B “Reality Shift” Gregorio Escalante Gallery 978 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 Opening July 15th 7-10pm
Art as Protest Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 117 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana 92701 To July 8th
Sizzle - Wallspace 5th Annual Summer Show Wallspace Art Gallery 607 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 Opening July 15th 7-10pm
Focus Group - curated by Michael Shaw Charlie James Gallery 969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 To July 8th
Hawthorne Arts Complex - Open Studios Hawthorne Arts Complex 13040 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne 90250 Opening July 16th 2-6pm
Mary Jane Ansell / Beau Stanton / Hueman & Tatiana Suarez at CHG COREY HELFORD GALLERY 571 S Anderson St, Los Angeles 90033 To July 8th
Under the Tongue, a Constellation ltd los angeles 1119 La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90019 To July 8th Anna Zemánková Opening at The Good Luck Gallery The Good Luck Gallery 945 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles 90012 To July 9th “Desire Trails” Open Mind Art Space 11631 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90025 To July 14th Chris Finley ‘Drool, Snatch, Clean and Jerk’ Opening Reception Chimento Contemporary 622 S Anderson St, Spc 105, Los Angeles 90023 To July 15th Double-Double AALA Gallery 7313 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046 To July 15th Sing the Body Eric Beltz “Night Skies” CB1 Gallery 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles 90021 To July 15th Embedded, New Paintings by Laura Karetzky Lora Schlesinger Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica 90404 To July 15th Raphael Montanez Ortiz Opening and Performance (at 7pm) LAXART 7000 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90038 To July 15th Sabrina Gschwandtner - Hands at Work Shoshana Wayne Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave, Ste B1, Santa Monica 90404 To July 15th Something Wild in My Garden Cactus Gallery 3001 N Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles 90039 To July 15th Transitions - CSUSB MFA Exhibition Eastside International / ESXLA 602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles 90031 To July 15th Sam Clayberger: Pensive Recollective MuzeuMM 4817 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016 To July 16th Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities Fellows of Contemporary Art 970 N Broadway, Ste 208, Los Angeles 90012 To July 21st Constance Mallinson UNMADE Jason Vass Gallery 1452 E. Sixth Street Los Angeles 90021 To July 22nd Nicole Cherubini Opening Reception Zevitas Marcus 2754 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90034 To July 22nd Yung Jake // Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion // Ryder Ripps Steve Turner Contemporary 6830 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90038 To July 22nd A Phone Call To The Past: Four Decades of Dennis McGonagle’s Work Whittier Historical Society & Museum
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ARTS EDUCATION By Tomas J. Benitez
Arts Education in the United States has been under siege for a number of years now, nearly a generation, with the dire results demonstrating that to devastate arts education is to cripple all education. The statistical decline in the overall education performance of American students as compared to the rest of the modern world is in direct corollary with decline of access to the resources, practices and opportunity for an arts education. In the past ten years the big push has been for STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, a worthy educational initiative that has been embraced by public school systems and most of the mainstream educational community. This was first conjured and prescribed as a solution to address America’s declining competitiveness in academic achievement, and more succinctly, in the new and innovative fields which fuel our economy and secure American jobs. The Arts have always struggled to earn fair attention and respect, and even more so in recent years as people have converted to the church of STEM and forsaken support for the frivolous arts in their schools. However, even within the realm of STEM it has been discovered that no science, math course or technology instruction is complete without creativity and the advanced thinking that is at the core of arts education. Thus, STEM.2 is now called STEAM, the A is for the arts. But the essential benefits of a quality arts education remain subordinate to enhancing the earning capacities of STEM students. Arts education is but a luxury, relegated to being appreciated only as to how it can be applied toward fortifying a STEM education. After school programs in the cultural arts such as Plaza de la Raza and Inner City Arts remain valuable assets in the community toward providing arts education opportunities and havens, but they are also vastly underfunded and hardly able to completely fulfill and replace an arts education regimen needed in the core curriculum. Nor can arts magnets or private and charter schools meet the demands of the ever increasing school population in Los Angeles mostly served by public schools. Despite the abundance of data, and there are years of statistical and researched facts that prove that an arts education completes, improves and enhances a basic education, plus offers skills and benefits only the arts can provide, arts education in public schools will continue to flounder in this era of resistance to academia, cultural intolerance, and a backlash to the worst culprit of all, that damned free thinking. One might even begin to surmise that arts education has been purposefully sabotaged as a way of controlling the masses and stunting enlightenment. Ironically, there are also statistics that prove the arts are an efficient economic engine and stimulates jobs growth. The fix is simple. Do we want to improve the local economy? Do we want to improve American education? Do we want to raise a generation of enlightened, literate, free thinking, culturally aware and creative children? Provide a quality arts education in the schools.
continued from page 22 6755 Newlin Ave, Whittier 90601 To July 29th Steve Schapiro: Freedom Now Fahey/Klein Gallery 148 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036 To July 29th
To July 30th Grand Opening: WALLS - A Quest for Immersive Space Produce Haus 1318 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles 90021 To July 31st
Spiral Play: Loving in the ‘80s Art + Practice 3401 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles 90008 To July 29th
Thomas Macker: Holdout Opening Reception Klowden Mann 6023 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232 To July 29th
Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause To July 2nd, 2017 Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971 To September 10th, 2017 Home—So Different, So Appealing To October 15, 2017 Tony Smith: Smoke To July 2, 2017
Made in California Opening Reception Brea Gallery 1 Civic Center Cir, Brea 92821 To June 30th Made in the Mojave Lancaster Museum of Art and History MOAH 665 W. Lancaster Blvd Lancaster 93534 To July 30th Never Say Never These Days 118 Winston St, Los Angeles 90013
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)
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Museum No Justice, No Peace To August 27th Trouble Every Day: LA 1965/1992 To August 27th Pasadena Museum of California Art Interstitial To August 6th
To August 13th Hammer Projects: Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami To august 27th Hammer Projects: Jeanine Oleson: Conduct Matters To August 6th Hammer Projects: Judith Hopf To August 13th
MOCA Kerry James Marshall: Mastry To July 3rd Peter Shire: Naked Is the Best Disguise To July 2nd Patrick Staff: Weed Killer To July 3rd Anna Maria Maiolino August 4th to November 27th, 2017 BROAD Oracle To September 3rd Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Opens October 2017 Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ Feb 2018 to May 2018 UCLA Hammer Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space To August 20th Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions from the Hammer Contemporary Collection
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AN EVENING WITH SMOKIN’ JOE
by Jeremy Kaplan of READ Books
This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of two gruesome events: Evander Holyfield getting half his ear gnawed off by Michael Tyson, and I getting brutally shitcanned by Book Soup. For those not in the know, Book Soup was (and for all I know may still be) the premier new bookstore in L.A. Due somewhat to its superior inventory and more than somewhat to its prime location on The Sunset Strip (across the street from erstwhile hotspots Tower Records & Spago), it accurately fancied itself as the bookseller to the famous & infamous. I am often asked if I met many famous people there. I did. And shit-can is a euphemism for getting fired. I have charged tax to Arthur Miller and called a taxi for Gore Vidal, two literary giants who, as they abided at the counter, proved to be quite large in stature. I once vaguely threatened to maybe come around that counter in order to inflict violence on cheeky Adam Sandler, & later observed my future wife accidentally bring fragile Drew Barrymore to tears. Both stars were small in stature. Kevin Spacey once crept around me, in the otherwise empty history section, in order to surprise his “Ref ” co-star, Judy Davis. I giggled when she spoke to him, because I assumed that the silly Australian accent was her shtick. It wasn’t. She’s Australian, and that’s just how they talk. Silly. Mick Jagger rates as my most profitable star encounter. See, upon entering the Soup, Mick was beset by about two dozen stalkers. The scariest of them, a burly young Westsider with dead eyes in and a baseball cap on his head, snagged a Mick Jagger book from the biography section and placed it (and himself ) between Mick & the exit. Mick signed and ran. The stalker then approached me at my ubiquitous digs behind the front counter and asked if I could hold the book for him until he came up with some money. Oh I held it alright. I bought it and I held it and I took it home and I hid behind the fucking counter next time dead eyes came in. Some 10 years later, my wife & I opened READ Books and put that book on-line for sale. The author soon sent me an email asking how I came across a copy of his book signed by the subject, seeing that Mick had gone on record as despising said book. I told him. He said he believed my Mick story and bought the book he wrote. Before mailing his book to him, I read some it. I believed his Mick story, for it was a despicable book. If I’m not reading a book, I’d just as soon be boxing, or watching two guys boxing better than me. The highlight of my 3-year tenure at Book Soup was when “Smokin’” Joe Frazier came to sign his book. Yeah, Joe Frazier, heavyweight champeen of the world, wrote a book. The title isn’t nearly as important as the new word, ubiquitous in its pages, which Smokin’ contributed to the English language. Ahem… SCAMBOOGA. There it is! Scambooga, a noun utilized to describe an individual displaying gross moral turpitude and such. In the Smokin’ Dictionary a drawing of Muhammad Ali would illustrate the definition. For those not in the know, Smokin’ & Ali engaged in a grueling trilogy of fights that left Smokin’ bitter about Ali’s penchant for calling him an Uncle Tom, a penchant which caused his young son, Marvis, much grief whilst socializing with his coevals on the Philly schoolyards. Sample sentence from the Smokin’ Dictionary: “Ali, having falsely labeled me a Tom, and thus having encouraged insensitive young toughs to harass my pre-teen son, is most definitely a SCAMBOOGA.” Marvis, a marginally successfully heavyweight boxer himself, accompanied his father to the signing. I was initially struck by the fact that neither Frazier was especially large; smaller that the aforementioned scribes Miller & Vidal, actually. But the mass on their compact bodies possessed bona fide quintessence, and their hands, when they enveloped mine in bearish handshakes, were massive ham hocks of destruction. The store manager had asked me if I’d stay late on my shift in order to assist in keeping the line orderly. “Sure,” I’d said, “I’ll be Joe Frazier’s bodyguard. Just tell that yellowbelly punk he best not sass me like that Sandler fella did.” Smokin’ & Son of Smokin’ couldn’t have been nicer, but one crusty old fight fan turned my bodyguard joke into prophecy. Prior to the commencement of signing, at Smokin’s behest, I walked the length of the line announcing that Joe would not be signing memorabilia, only books, preferably the one he wrote. So this crusty old bastard (probably 5 years older than I am now, damnit), plops a pile of photos, gloves, & mouthpieces on the counter and says: “C’mon Joe. Be a good guy.” Joe blushes and nods no. “C’mon Joe.” Just signing books today, sir, reiterates Son of Smokin’. “Be a good guy. C’mon.” I watch dumbly as a customer nudges me and suggests: “He’s embarrassing Joe. Maybe you should intervene.” Yeah maybe I should. Moving tepidly toward the awkwardness, it wasn’t so much that I was scared of getting into it with a crusty old guy, as I was scared of getting into it with Smokin’ Joe Frazier seated front row. Imagine. Crusty guy takes a poke at me; I bob & weave clumsily underneath his left hook, and come back with a sloppy left hook of my own. In front of Joe Frazier. And Joe shakes his head sadly & frowns. That ain’t no left hook, young man. You know who throws a left hook like that? A SCAMBOOGA! That’s who! So as I stood behind Crusty, ineffectually mumbling about how Mr. Frazier would rather not sign his mouthpiece that evening, my manager, a young lass approximately a third the size of your average Gore Vidal, grabbed Crusty by the collar and dragged him off to the nearest exit. On one hand, the two Smokins would never be able to critique my technique; on the other hand, they’d probably formed a few opinions about my character. I emerged from the event with a signed copy of the book, an unsigned sign commemorating the event, & an irrational desire to punch pretty much anybody I ever saw lined up at a book signing. After opening READ Books, a decade later, I ultimately sold the signed Smokin’ography (for less, sadly, than the Jagger book), & kept the unsigned sign, which to this day hangs ceremoniously in our store. True story. You should come by and see it sometime. C’mon. Don’t be a scambooga. • -
Memories, Hope and Activism The Ceramics of Mary Mallman “PRESERVES (an exhibition in three parts,” at the online gallery, another year in LA, is a cathartic look at the world through the eyes of ceramicist Mary Mallman. In these works, Ms. Mallman seeks enjoyment and refuge through the process of creating, and has a place to reflect on the daily news, larger concepts and the impact of opposing political ideologies. With these thoughts, Ms. Mallman also realizes what it means to be old enough to have experienced some of history, to form memories, and wise enough to understand the impact of certain changes, but still young enough to know she must hold on to hope and be part of the change as she weathers the constant changing world. Ms. Mallman is sentimental and is a collector of things. With her extensive background in ceramics, she gravitated to the idea of creating jars to collect her thoughts and memories when she read about the proposed 2018 budget and funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting being cut to zero. With two young boys of her own, the thought of losing Sesame Street--a hold-over from her childhood--led her to making phone calls and letters, but most of all to the realization that she had to hold on to hope and preserve it to pass it on to the next generation. Ms. Mallman has literally embraced the concept of preserving by creating ceramic jars as a vehicle to explore her thoughts of the changing world. “Preserves” seeks to capture and embrace a thought. While the outside of each canister shows representation of the thought, idea or memory, the inside is left empty, to hold hope. When preserves are made, they are usually for consumption at a later date, and thus at some point they will no longer exist. When preserves are not used, or if not prepared properly, they go bad and cannot be consumed and enjoyed. To reference this inevitable fact, the pieces will change over the course of the exhibition. Every three weeks, new work will be introduced, and the previous work will show signs of adaptation. The exterior of the containers will change to represent the erosion of memory and passage of time, the inside will remain untouched to hold hope. another year in LA in an online contemporary gallery featuring art with a conceptual focus. “Preserves” may be seen online between now and August 30. anotheryearinla.com
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Northeast Los Angeles artist Wayne Healy spent the weekend of the annual Lummis Day Festival surrounded by scaffolding and tarps inside North Figueroa Street’s historic Security Trust and Savings Bank Building, demonstrating the mural art for which he, and Northeast L.A., are famous. Mr. Healy’s career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included both public art projects and a studio practice. With David Botello, he is half of East Los Streetscapers, the creator of some of the most iconic mural images in Los Angeles. The Lummis Day event also incorporated more than 60 archival prints, selected by curator and mural expert Isabel Rojas Williams and printed by atelier Modern Multiples, that demonstrated the depth, the artistic excellence, and the political and cultural foundations of “Muralismo.” All photos by Alessandro Gentile. www.gentileimages.com
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