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Pop Art: Major Exhibit at Cal State • COLA 2019: City Fellowships Encourage Personal Expression and Innovation • South LA High School Covered With Murals • Mural Re-emerges From Under 16 Layers of Paint • Wild L.A. • Aretha’s Amazing Grace Church • City, County State Government Arts & Culture Notes

COLA 2019


City Fellowships Encourage Personal Expression and Innovation Every year the City of Los Angeles awards 12-15 local accomplished artists in a variety of disciplines $10,000 each to create new bodies of work. The fellowships give the artists freedom to innovate and experiment. And the results are then presented to the public. The visual arts components of the 2019 “COLA Individual Artist Fellowships” are currently on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood. Through the works presented, this year’s fellows demonstrate a truly wide understanding of art as autobiography. Some pieces are deeply personal. Jenny Yurshansky presents an evocation of her grandfather’s grave in Moldova, by extension learning the story of her family’s escape from persecution. Katie Grinnan turns EEG diagrams of her brain activity during sleep into wooden sculptures, strung to create musical instruments, which, when played, express the artist’s thoughts in musical form. Other works situate the individual within the context of history and geography. Peter Wu uses a 3D print of his head to cast himself as a modern Prometheus, creating a multimedia reflection on the destructive potential of 21st century technology. Sandy Rodriguez uses handmade materials to map area mountains, correcting the use of cartography to colonize land and peoples. She depicts horrors such as lynchings alongside the beauty and the sustaining powers of flora and fauna, as well as symbols of resilience and hope including an overarching rainbow. Juan Capistrán conducts guerrilla actions, creating installations in South Los Angeles lots left empty by the fires of the 1992 L.A. riots, tying the conditions that precipitated the riots to the ongoing impacts of violence on communities. Other artists. meanwhile, cut images loose from their traditional moorings, placing them in contexts that give light to underrepresented individuals. Enrique Castrejon depicts queer, nude Black and Latinx men, subverting the commodification of these images and presenting them instead as HIV awareness advocates. Sabrina Gschwandtner shapes film prints by female filmmakers who are overlooked in cinema history into traditional quilt patterns, connecting the undervaluing of women artists across what are considered women’s art forms and what are considered men’s art forms. The COLA fellowships, exhibit and catalogue are coordinated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “DCA is proud to honor these creative visionaries and nurture their symbiotic relationships with LA and other artists and the city’s history and identity as an international arts capital,” said Department of Cultural Affairs General Manager Danielle Brazell.

Peter Wu, Or, the Creatures of Prometheus II glow-in-the-dark PLA 3D print, wood, translucent fabric, mapped HD video projections with sound

COLA 2019 through July 14 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery 4800 Hollywood Boulevard Artists: Enrique Castrejon, Juan Capistrán, Kim Fisher, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Katie Grinnan, Alice Könitz, Olga Koumoundouros, Sandy Rodriguez, Stephanie Taylor, Peter

Jenny Yurshansky, A Legacy of Loss (Shroud) dressmaker’s muslin, pearl embroidery floss, gravestone rubbing wax, steel, cotton thread, enamel Jenny Yurshansky, A Legacy of Loss (Disperse) charred steel, precision blank optometric glass

Wu and Jenny Yurshansky

Sandy Rodriguez, Rainbows, Grizzlies and Snakes, Oh My! - Conquest to Caging in the City of Los Angeles, (diptych) hand processed watercolor on amate paper, (detail)

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Enrique Castrejon, You, me, and all of us are in this together / Reach out to those that don’t know their status foam core board, steel pins, acid-free archival glue, acrylic paint, pastels, sepia, graphite, pigmented ink, pastels, black marker, paper, artist tape, thumbtacks

Katie Grinnan, 5 Seconds of Dreaming (instruments) CNCed laminated wood (red oak, poplar, and walnut laminated plywood) derived from EEG data, from 5 seconds of dreaming, wood pegs, nylon koto strings, metal dulcimer hitch pins


As part of National Travel and Tourism Week in May, the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board reported to the Los Angeles City Council on the state of travel and tourism in Los Angeles. The news was good. L.A. tourism generated a record $36.6 billion for the region’s economy last year, a nearly 5% increase over the previous year. The City has met its goal of 50 million yearly visitors two years ahead of schedule. The City’s woefully inadequate Convention Center is being expanded and modernized, a move which has already led to letters of intent for the coming years. Five years ago there were 2,500 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center. Now there are over 5,000, much closer to the City’s goal of 8,000. But the board’s efforts are not limited to the Downtown area. The billions of dollars spent by tourists have an effect in many areas of the City. Doane Liu, Executive Director of the City’s Convention and Tourism Development Department told the City Council that the Department is working on an actionable Tourism Master Plan, a first for the City. “Will provide the City with a long-range plan to address infrastructure and service needs that will enhance our visitor experience as well as the community experience,” said Mr. Liu. Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of the Tourism and Convention Board, added that last year, the board began a new advertising campaign, “Everyone is Welcome.” The campaign is unique. “Most tourism boards when presenting campaigns for their locations talk about the assets of the location, its sight-seeing places and things like that,” said Mr. Wooden. “The tourism board here in Los Angeles took a very different tact with the

3 Everyone is Welcome campaign—to focus on the diversity of Los Angeles before we even talked about all the great things you can do and see while you’re here.” The campaign has been highly successful, reaching potential tourists around the world, and bringing in international visitors who account for 32% of total tourism income, disproportionate to their numbers. Going forward, Mr. Wooden expressed that the board wants to place more emphasis on the impact that tourism can have on communities across the Los Angeles region. This focus can include charting impacts on both large and small businesses especially The Los Angeles Convention Center, with a temporary, four-football those in previously underrepresented field long mural, “Shaping LA,” created by Portraits of Hope and communities. It can also include hand-painted by more than 7,000 individuals developing sustainable career opportunities in tourism. There are going to be “thousands and “They’ve learned about us through the movies and television; thousand of new jobs over the next ten years by way of tourism we are intriguing to them for so many reasons that we take for that we have to begin training our young people…to be prepared granted here. Our diversity is very important, but our lifestyle for,” said Mr. Wooden. is a sort of template for the way people want to live around the “What are we doing to encourage people to come not just to world,” said the Tourism Board CEO. Hollywood, but to East L.A., Leimert Park, South L.A.?” asked “What kinds of things can we do to portray that?” asked Councilmember Curren Price. Councilmember Price. “What kinds of things can we do to “Cultural tourism is a very important motivator for travel,” encourage that kind of exploration?” replied Mr. Wooden. Mr. Wooden suggested going after markets that have specific According to Mr. Wooden, when first time travelers come to L.A., interests in Los Angeles and getting people “to move around Los they want to do the usual tourist things—see the Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, the Getty Center. But second, third, and Angeles, not just to the statues.” fourth time visitors have different agendas. “They want to live like an Angeleno,” said Mr. Wooden.

SUMMER READING: Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles “There are guidebooks for seasoned hikers. There are thick field guides for experienced naturalists,” says the Natural History Museum of Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles, “But the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County wanted to create a book that everybody could use—a book that could convince people there was fascinating nature around us in L.A. and that it was for them.” Wild L.A. is the perfect summer read. It’s an easy read, yet it is packed with information about the land we—and a host of flora and fauna—call home. The book is divided into three sections. The first contains 10 short chapters that will acquaint the reader with various aspects of urban nature by day and by night, the native and the exotic, in the mountains, in the parks, and in one’s backyard. This section concludes with a chapter on “Science by the People,” with a variety of information on how one can get involved in the learning process. The second section is a detailed glossary, featuring “101 LA Species to Know”—birds, bugs, mold, wildflowers, trees, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, bears, mountain lions, and more. Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles is interesting when read straight through. But it should also be taken out and about. Section three is a field trip guide, featuring easily-accessible natural sites throughout Los Angeles and sharing what is apt to be seen there. “Today, most people on this planet live in cities,” says the book’s forward. “The plants and animals that share city space are understudied by scientists and, sometimes, undervalued by human city dwellers.

When we think of nature, we often think of sparsely populated, faraway places little disturbed by urbanization. Many people don’t realize Los Angeles is teeming with incredible nature…” This is a book for hard-core nature enthusiasts and for those in search of a weekend adventure. It is for backyard wannabe birders who want to know an Allen’s hummingbird from an Anna’s and for parents who want to impress their kids with their ability to distinguish coyote poop from that of domestic dogs. Most importantly, it is for anyone who wants to feel a part of the fabric of the City of Los Angeles. Wild L.A. was co-written by Natural History Museum Community Science Senior Manager Lila Higgins, Natural History Museum Herpetology Curator and Urban Nature Research Center CoDirector Greg Pauly, science journalist Jason Goldman, and poet/naturalist Charles Hood. It is available from the Natural History Museums of Los Angles County ( and through indie book sellers.

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Mastering the Void, with Joanna Manousis Los Angeles August 3–8, 2019 Saturday–Thursday 10am–6pm

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Two major murals been created on LA Plaza Village, a new mixed use complex on Broadway near Avenida César Chávez in Downtown Los Angeles. Miguel Angel Reyes’s “Family Tree” is a hand-painted mural which pays homage to the artist’s family and to all immigrant families who’ve sacrificed everything to have a better life for their children in this country. Jose Lozano’s “Aliso Dreams” is an homage to the monumental Aliso tree which once stood behind what is now Olvera Street. It is around this tree that the native and first Angelenos, the Tongva Indians decided to settle. The murals are part of what is envisioned to eventually be a Broadway Mural Corridor.

Jose Lozano’s “Aliso Dreams”

Miguel Angel Reyes’s “Family Tree”

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Publisher/ Creative Director Cathi Milligan Managing Editor Margaret Arnold Contributors: Margaret Arnold, Cornelius Peter, Brian Mallman, Amy Inouye, Stuart Rapeport, Cathi Milligan, Jennifer Hitchcock, Harvey Slater, Madame X, Larisa Code, Tomas Benitez, Guadelesa Rivera, Peter Hess, LA Art News is published monthly at the beginning of each month. LA Art News is available free of charge. No person may, without prior written permission from LA Art News, take more than one copy of each monthly issue. Additional copies of the current issue are available for $1, payable in advance, at LA Art News office. Only authorized LA Art News distributors may distribute the LA Art News. Copyright No news stories, illustrations, editorial matter or advertisements herein can be reproduced without written consent of copyright owner. How to reach us LA Art News 851 N. Ave 50 Los Angeles, CA 90042 323-387-9705 Contributions

WHEN IS SUMMER COMING? I’m not asking for a heat wave...but the gloom is thick. I’m optimistic though. The days are long and the art parties will be everywhere! Are you going to any art parties? I know I am. Whether it be some of the Summer Night’s series, put on by KCRW, and held at various cultural destinations around town, or you find some through social media or perhaps some of our pages, the goal is to enjoy some art and music, and have a good time with friends, old and new. Good times for certain. But, let’s not forget to keep our political cap on...the debates are beginning and right around the corner. Election season is upon us. Pay attention, Emperor Sippy Cup is going to gaslight, and distract, and of course lie. We’re paying attention. Don’t forget to dance...go to the beach...see art...create something...hug a friend! Thanks, Cathi Milligan Publisher LA Art News

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UNION STATION RECEIVES PRESERVATION AWARD Metro has been honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy for its preservation of Los Angeles Union Station, both protecting the architectural masterpiece and returning it to its status as a center for urban activity. According to the Conservancy, “The grand opening of the John and Donald Parkinsondesigned train station was celebrated with a three-day extravaganza attended by nearly half a million people. The station’s monumental architecture, a unique combination of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles, assured that it would be one of the most identifiable landmarks in the city. Completed in 1939 as train travel began to be surpassed by other modes of transportation, Union Station was the last grand railroad station built in America.” The station was often a place to see and be seen, with celebrities disembarking among people of all walks of life. But as rail travel declined in America, the station hit the point where one could often roll a bowling ball down the concourse. But, in the 1990s, new life came with the construction of an intermodal transit center and a twenty-eight-story office tower. In 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) purchased Union Station. According to the Conservancy, “Over the course of five years, beginning with work done in preparation for the station’s 75th anniversary in 2014, Metro undertook an exhaustive project to restore, rehabilitate, and revitalize the historic station, top-to-bottom.” A highlight of the renovation is the reopening of the station’s long empty Harvey House restaurant, now occupied by the Imperial Western Beer Company. Other Los Angeles Conservancy 2019 Preservation Award recipients include: Chair’s Award: Vibiana | Redbird Asian Americans in Los Angeles Historic Context Statements A.V. Walberg Residence & Adjoining Properties, Northeast Los Angeles Beverly Fairfax Historic District National Register Nomination Bradbury House, Pacific Palisades Google Playa Vista William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, West Adams  

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and develop at-risk youth and emerging artists (ages 5-18) in the performing arts by offering a well-rounded and culturally enriching educational program in ARETHA’S AMAZING GRACE CHURCH UP FOR an environment that is nurturing MONUMENT STATUS for their personal, artistic and The South Los Angeles Church where Aretha Franklin recorded professional growth. her live Gospel album “Amazing Grace” is under consideration Barrio Action Youth & for addition to the City’s list of Historical-Cultural Monuments. Family Center honored The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, located at 8734 by Assemblymember South Broadway, was built in 1932 as a theatre and stores. A 1944 Wendy Carrillo addition was designed by noted African American architect Paul ADDRESSING SENIOR FRAUD THROUGH Barrio Action was established R. Williams. The building was converted to a church in 1958, and PERFORMANCE to empower young people to Ms. Franklin recorded her album there in 1972. Older Americans Month was established by President succeed both academically and The “Amazing Grace” album is the top-grossing Gospel collection John F. Kennedy in 1963. On May 15 of this year, the socially. Programming includes of all time, and it had everything to do with the crossover of Los Angeles City Council celebrated by honoring a community arts and crafts classes. Gospel into mainstream group of Older Americans Burbank Arts for All Foundation listening. The making of the who use performing arts honored by Assemblymember album is the subject of a film to spread the word about Laura Friedman currently in theaters. risks from scams directed The mission of Burbank Arts for “The New Temple Missionary at Seniors, as the Council All Foundation is to ensure every Baptist Church is a historic declared “Senior Fraud student in Burbank public schools icon to be celebrated in African Awareness Day.” receives a quality arts education American and Los Angeles Stop Senior Scams offers as part of their core curriculum. history, and its association with performances that inform KCRW honored by two noteworthy figures in the older adults about senior City Councilmember Mitch Assemblymember Richard arts and entertainment should be fraud and ways to prevent it, O’Farrell and LGBT Heritage Bloom recognized,” reads the initiating performed by older adults, Ambassador Nico Tortorella A community service of Santa motion by City Councilmember across Los Angeles. Monica College, KCRW is (photo: Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. According to City Southern California’s leading O’Farrell’s office) The consideration has been Councilmember Mike Bonin: National Radio affiliate, featuring approved by the City Council “They have some amazing talents in their an electric mix of music, news, information, and cultural and moves on to the Cultural troupe, people who are great actors, programming. The South LA Church where Aretha Heritage Commission this people who are great performers, The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a Franklin recorded “Amazing Grace” in summer. people who are great singers, and they statewide “chamber of commerce” for nonprofits. With more 1972 go around the Los Angeles region, than 10,000 members, CalNonprofits is a voice for nonprofits CITY BUDGET SIGNED and in an entertaining way explain to seniors what some of the to government, the philanthropic community, and the general Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed the final city budget for fiscal year risks are in some of these scams.” public. 2019-20. The budget was proposed by the Mayor’s office. Then A wide variety of scams is addressed—people claiming that the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee conducted grandchildren have been kidnapped, social security fraud, COUNTY HONORS DOCUMENTARY FILMS about 45 hours of hearings on the proposals, before submitting mortgage fraud, victims robbed via the internet, even dating The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored those the document to the full City Council for approval. scams. involved in the making of two powerful documentaries at its May The budget includes increased funding for the popular El Grito According to City Councilmember Paul Koretz, “One of the side 28 meeting. celebration at City Hall on Mexican Independence Day, as well effects of social isolation in older adults is that they can be most “As we honor Foster Care Awareness Month,” said Supervisor as funding for many cultural celebrations throughout the year. It vulnerable to fraud and deception.” Mark Ridley-Thomas, “the recently released documentary ‘Foster’ also includes increased funding for the Madrid Theatre project as May 15 was chosen as the date for Senior Fraud Awareness Day not only artfully exposes the complexities of the Los Angeles a hub for arts and culture in the West San Fernando Valley. City in 2013 because it was the birthday of the County Child Welfare parks, which suffered mightily during the great recession, will late City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, a system, but also highlights receive some significant increases in recreational programming, staunch advocate for protecting seniors in Los the varying degree of the especially for seniors and youth, universal play programs, and Angeles. According to Laura Trejo, General needs of the children and inexpensive swim lessons. Manager of the City’s Department of Aging, families involved. It also The new budget takes effect in July. one in ten Californians over the age of 60 illustrates the resilience of resides in Los Angeles. the children and youth it COUNTY BUDGET serves and the impact that Los Angeles County will take up its FY 2019-20 budget this TOTEM POLE RAISES AWARENESS a caring adult can have in month. On the table are $3.8 million and 32 positions for the FOR ORCA the life of a child.” County’s new Department of Arts and Culture, launching on Members of the Lummi Nation of the Pacific “Foster” is directed by July 1, 2019. Northwest visited the June 7 meeting of Mark Jonathan Harris the Los Angeles City Council as part of a and produced by Debra THE SPECIALS DAY IN L.A. cross-country tour to demand freedom for Oppenheimer. It is an May 29 was officially “The Specials Day in L.A.” in honor of the the captive Orca, Tokitae, who is held at the HBO Documentary. 40th anniversary of the popular Ska band. Miami Seaquarium. The Lummi Nation “There are a lot of very Los Angeles City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, who members are traveling talented students and their Lummi Nation Totem Pole in Topanga led the City Council in the with a 16-foot totem teachers and mentors,” said designation, said that, “The pole carved by House Canyon (photo: Our Shared Responsibility: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Specials formed as an artistic of Tears Carvers to A Totem Pole Journey Facebook page) “…and many of them may response to what was happening bring attention to the get involved in fabulous in the 70s in England—high plight of Tokitae (called Lolita by the films and helping people make films. But not too many people levels of unemployment, antiSeaquarium) and to the broader issues of are involved in films that win an Academy Award.” immigrant sentiment, and a rise endangered Killer Whales and the poor “Slightly more than half the world’s population gets a period in neo-facist skinhead groups. health of the Salish Sea. every month,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “And yet, there is such [The Specials] were some of the Tokitae, at the age of 52, is the last a stigma surrounding menstruation that even to say it makes first to marry the frenetic energy survivor of 45 Orcas who were taken people want to curl up and leave. And many women and girls, of punk rock and the soulful from the Salish Sea in the 1960s and because of that, feel uncomfortable talking about it. medleys of Jamaican Ska.” 70s. The members of the Lummi Nation “In fact, that stigma and the secrecy surrounding it, has given rise Both the diversity of the band’s would like to see her live out her senior to a phenomenon called period poverty. You find it in the U.S., make-up and the lyrics of its years with her mother, Ocean Sun (age with incarcerated women who are often forced to beg guards songs have encouraged racial City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez 83) and the 35 Orcas who swim free in for basic hygiene products, or low income women who have to honors members of The Specials at Los harmony. the Salish Sea. choose whether to provide food for their families or purchase Pointing out that today we see a Angeles City Hall (photo: Councilmember tampons or pads. You also find period poverty overseas in rural rise in the same sentiments that Rodriguez’ office) NONPROFITS HONORED India; when women and girls get their periods, they can’t afford have long been countered by the The 4th Annual California Nonprofits sanitary pads, so they use dirty rags or leaves or ashes.” band’s artistry, Councilmember Rodriguez said that, “embracing Day was held at the State Capitol June 5. Among the honorees In 2013, Oakwood School English teacher Melissa Berton our uniqueness and our differences makes us far more powerful.” were a number of organizations from the Los Angeles area with and a group of students made a documentary set in rural India, culture components: where local women began making sanitary pads, creating a NICO TORTORELLA LGBT AMBASSADOR Exceptional Minds honored by Senator Bob Hertzberg needed product and jobs for women. That film, “Period. End On May 31, the Los Angeles City Council kicked-off a month- Exceptional Minds prepares individuals on the autism spectrum of Sentence.”, won this year’s Academy Award for best short long celebration of LGBTQ Heritage Month by honoring Nico for careers in the fields of visual effects, animation, and video documentary. Tortorella as the City’s first LGBT Heritage Ambassador and game rigging animation. declaring “Nico Tortorella Day in the City of Los Angeles.” Amazing Grace Conservatory honored by Assemblymember “ROCHESTER SQUARE” NAMED FOR PIONEERING Nico Tortorella, an actor on the hit TV show “Younger,” was Sydney Kamlager-Dove AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTOR recognized as fostering acceptance and educating the public on The mission of Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC) is to train The Los Angeles City Council has voted to name a residential

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queer identity. “Nico Tortorella is a renaissance human for the modern day,” said City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, “—an actor, author, and advocate for the LGBTQIA community, breaking down stereotypes and educating in the process.” “How wonderful is it that Nico makes it possible that we don’t have to fit into anyone’s category of who we are,” said Councilmember O’Farrell.


Jr., “Created by Walter H. Leimert in intersection “Rochester Square” in 1927, Leimert Park was one of Los CREATIVE ECONOMY INCENTIVE PROGRAM honor of the trailblazing African Angeles’ first planned communities. “Each year, dozens of cultural, sporting, agricultural, and American actor Edmund Lincoln Until 1948, the one and a half square entertainment events attract international attention,” says State “Rochester” Anderson. mile community was restricted to Senator Tom Umberg of Orange County. “Cities and counties The intersection is in the West Caucasian residents. Spurred by the compete vigorously to attract these events, which provide an Adams community bounded by African-American diaspora and the important source of revenue for hotels, restaurants, shopping, Jefferson Boulevard, Western abolishment of racially restrictive and transportation, as well as an expansive showcase for the host Avenue, Arlington Avenue housing covenants, Leimert Park cities and counties. While a number of factors contribute to a and Exposition Boulevard. The transformed into a predominantly region’s competitive position, commitments by the host regions neighborhood is the site of “The to provide funding to help offset some of the hosting expenses African-American community. Rochester Mansion,” designed by “The core of Leimert Park is (promotion, marketing, city services, etc.) represent an important famed African American Architect Leimert Park Village, which consists component of the competitive process.” Paul Williams. Despite the fact that of Leimert Plaza Park, two blocks Senator Umberg’s Senate Bill 736, currently making its way Mr. Anderson was a highly-paid and of 43rd Street, and one block of through the State Legislature, will, if passed and signed by famous actor, he was not allowed the Governor, establish Degnan Boulevard. to live in many neighborhoods due the California  Creative Leimert Park Village to race restrictions. He purchased The Rochester mansion Economy Incentive Program has historically served several lots in West Adams for the (CEIP), to be managed by the as a hub of Africanconstruction of his dream home. Governor’s Office of Business Born in Oakland in 1905, Mr. Anderson became famous in radio American art and culture in Los Angeles. Leimert and Economic Development in the late 1930s, due in part to his highly recognizable gravel Park Village has at times been compared to both (GO-Biz), for the purpose of voice. He was the first African American with a regular role on a Harlem and Greenwich Village. At its peak, the administering loans to cities, nationwide radio program (The Jack Benny Radio Program) and neighborhood was home to jazz cafes, performance counties, and joint powers one of the first African Americans represented on the Hollywood spaces, and the famous Brockman Gallery which agencies to provide assistance Walk of Fame. He played the role of Rochester, Jack Benny’s was the foremost gallery for showcasing Africanin financing creative economy valet, on television from 1950 to 1965. The role of Rochester American art in Los Angeles. Following the 1992 events. evolved, contributing to public understanding about rights and riots, the community opened new businesses in Such a program would help Leimert Park Village and reinforced the areas’ abilities of African Americans in society. California compete with other Mr. Anderson’s interests were diverse. He was an active historic status as a community gathering place states in attracting such events. spokesperson regarding issues affecting African Americans. and cultural center. Today, Leimert Park Village During World War II, he campaigned for African Americans to continues to serve as a community gathering place, NATURAL HISTORY serve as aviators and operated the Pacific Parachute Company, hosting an array of cultural events and housing MUSEUMS REIMAGINE producing parachutes for the Army and Navy. He was also numerous unique African-American operated TAR PITS involved in professional boxing and managed boxer Billy businesses,” The Natural History Museums The borders of Historic Leimert Park Village Metcalfe. of Los Angeles County have are to be the intersections at Vernon Avenue and embarked on an extensive Crenshaw Boulevard, 43rd Street and Crenshaw HISTORIC LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE DESIGNATION program to reimagine the The Los Angeles City Council has voted to officially designate Boulevard, Leimert Boulevard and 43rd Street, La Brea Tars Pits campus on Leimert Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, and “Historic Leimert Park Village.” Wilshire Boulevard. According to the motion by Council President Herb Wesson, Degnan Boulevard and 43rd Street. Historic Leimert Park Village


10 CSU campuses to complete one The process for the 12-acre campus 3-unit course in ethnic studies will begin with the development of a in order to graduate has passed masterplan for which input from figures the State Assembly and is from the fields of science, the arts, design, now pending before the State entertainment, education, technology, Senate. The bill, AB 1460, is communications, philanthropy, and sponsored by Assemblymember government has been sought. Three Shirley Weber. architect-led teams are competing to lead the master planning team. After a LA COUNTY CIVIC final selection is made near the end of ARTWORK RECEIVES 2019, that firm will then lead a multiAWARD disciplinary creative team through a The La Brea Tar Pits (photo: Natural Each year, Americans for the public engagement, master planning, History Museums of Los Angeles County) Arts honors 50 outstanding design and construction process over the public art projects created in coming years. According to Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director the previous year through its Public Art Network Year in Review of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, “La program. Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum are the only facilities of Among this year’s recipients, “Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections their kind in the world—an active, internationally renowned and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains (CAMP),” site of paleontological research in the heart of a great city, and a project by artist Kim Abeles and managed by the Armory a museum that both supports the scientists’ work and helps Center for the Arts. interpret it for more than 400,000 visitors a year. We are excited Over the course of the two-year project, Ms. Abeles was to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not just renovate embedded in Malibu Conservation Camp #13 to work with the these facilities thoroughly but also to think deeply about how to female inmates who fight fires in the region to create a series of make them function as well for neighbors and guests over the 10 mixed media suitcases (“valises”). As a highly collaborative next 40 years as they have for the last 40—perhaps, even better.” process, the women provided the content for these valises through Since research began in 1913, the Tar Pits have yielded millions their experiences with firefighting and fire abatement methods. of samples, including saber-toothed cats, dire wolf and mastodon According to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, “Each skeletons, innumerable plants, small rodents, and insects, and new valise has a theme with specific talking points, and all of them discoveries are made daily in the Tar Pits open-air excavations. circle back toward teaching issues about fire abatement and our The public is afforded the opportunity, not only to see the results connection to the wilderness that Fire and National Park Services are using in their educational public outreach events to increase of the excavations, but to watch the paleontologists at work. public awareness, engagement and responsible stewardship.” The commissioning agency was the Los Angeles County Arts ETHNIC STUDIES AT CSU A measure that will, if ultimately passed and signed by the Commission via a National Endowment for the Arts National Governor, require California State University students at all 23 Park Service Grant.


HISTORY AND NEW DENSITY CAN COEXIST The Los Angeles Conservancy has honored a house restoration project in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood of Garvanza with a 2019 Preservation Award. According to the Conservancy, “This visionary project serves as a creative example of how we can balance the need for adding density to L.A.’s neighborhoods while still respecting a neighborhood’s historic character.” Two homes with historic character, located at the intersection of Avenue 66 and Crescent Street, sat vacant for years, while the owner attempted to advance plans to demolish them and replace them with a small lot subdivision, and local residents, led by the Garvanza Improvement Association, advocated for their preservation. The demolition plan was begun in 2006, but in 2010, Garvanza became part of the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), meaning that the houses could not be destroyed without very good cause. The houses were purchased in 2016 by Good Form Design Build, which brought in local preservation architect Louisa Van Leer to design a historically conscious restoration and infill project. The 1916 A.V. Walberg Residence was relieved of inappropriate

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additions, revealing an original window, which was replicated for the front of the house. A studio apartment was created within the footprint of the house. Around the corner, a 1921 Craftsman bungalow was painstakingly restored, and a two-car garage was adapted into a studio apartment. Then, a new, two-story single family residence and a granny flat were constructed on an adjacent vacant lot.

Restored 1921 Craftsman bungalow

The 1916 A.V. Walberg Residence In all, two vacant single family homes became six

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SNOOPY LICENSE PLATE SUPPORTS MUSEUMS The Department of Motor Vehicles is offering license plates featuring Charles Schulz’ famous dancing beagle Snoopy. Proceeds generated from the sales of official Snoopy Special license plates go into a designated fund, which benefits California museums. According to the California Association of Museums, Snoopy was chosen as an ambassador for museums because his wellrounded life and interests exemplify the kind of life-long learning that museums make possible. Snoopy’s multiple guises in the Peanuts comic strip (e.g. WWI Flying Ace, ‘Joe Cool,’ Olympic athlete, scout leader, writer, the first dog to fly solo across the Atlantic) relate to 20th century history and culture, a key subject

residences while preserving historic character, a large oak tree, and the nature of the neighborhood. “This visionary approach serves as a model for historic neighborhoods across Los Angeles,” said the Los Angeles Conservancy in announcing the award, “and proves that density and preservation can and should coexist.” The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.


YOUR GUIDE TO REMBRANDT IN SO CAL Five local museums have teamed up to create “Rembrandt in Southern California,” a virtual exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed Dutch master (1606–1669) on view in Southern California museums. The online exhibit is not meant as a substitute for the experience of seeing the works in person. Rather, this collaborative presentation offers a unique guide to exploring these significant holdings and provides information, suggested connections, and points of comparison for each work. The virtual exhibition is a collaboration among the Hammer, the Getty, LACMA, Norton Simon Museum, and the Timken Museum of Art. Southern California is home to the third-largest assemblage of Rembrandt paintings in the United States. “Rembrandt in Southern California” may be accessed at

Rembrandt, Juno, c. 1662-1665 Hammer Museum


Nipsey Hussle mural, West Slauson and 5th Avenue

Thank you and Rest in Peace Los Angeles Metal Sculptor and Artist Bruce Gray



MURALISTS TRANSFORM SCHOOL INTO ARTISTIC CANVAS High School architecture generally tends to look rather stark and colorless, not giving much of a clue as to the lives or aspirations of the students inside. But that’s not the case when Branded Arts has a go at a campus. In May, under the auspices of the arts organization, more than 30 artists transformed Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in South Los Angeles into a colorful space of culture, joy, and inspiration. The project was a collaboration between Branded Arts and Los Angeles Unified School District Central staff. It was the second such project, the first being at Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Koreatown in 2016. Artists for the Maya Angelou project included both up-and-coming talent from the local community and international superstars from the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South Africa. Participating artists were challenged to create murals that fit within the cultural landscape of the community and the ideals of Dr. Maya Angelou. “Our goal is for these murals to become permanent gifts to the community,” said Branded Arts founder Warren Brand.  Shepard Fairey, Los Angeles

Rabi of Cyrcle, Los Angeles JR’s Inside Out Project, France Raquel Rojas, Los Angeles

Faith XLVII, South Africa

Tochtlita Miranda, Los Angeles

Mon - Fri 10-8 Sat & Sun 10-6 5053 York Blvd Highland Park, CA 90042 323-274-4469

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Jasm One, Switzerland


Add Fuel, Portugal Huge, Sweden

Axel Void, Spain

Perez Bros, Los Angeles

Mr B Baby, Los Angeles

Ilse ValfrĂŠ, Mexico

Shepard Fairey, Los Angeles



Visit us at Northeast Los Angeles Arts Organization, Inc.

June 8, 2019 | 7PM - 10 PM

(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 N. Avenue 50 323.256.1435


Arroyo Arts Collective @ Ave 50 Studio 131 N. Avenue 50 323.256.1435






Bookshow 5503 N. Figueroa St.


L34 Group 5622 N. Figueroa St. 323.788.1674


Vapegoat 5054 York Blvd. 323.963.VAPE

Namaste Highland Park 5118 York Blvd. 10 Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. 323.259.1000 The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. 323.387.9705 Future Studio 5558 N. Figueroa St. 323.254.4565

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Mindfulnest 5050 York Blvd. 323.999.7969


Curve Line Space 3348 N. Figueroa St. 323.505.7278


Align Gallery 5045 York Blvd.

Leader of the Pack 17 5110 York Blvd. 323.675.1055


Mi Vida 5159 York Blvd.


Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor 5115 York Blvd.



Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa St. 323.635.9125

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. 323.550.1332


TAJ • ART 1492 Colorado Blvd.


Ramon’s Rags to Riches Vintage 5008 York Blvd.

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s and artists in Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Elysian Valley and Lincoln Heights open s a little later in the evening and welcome visitors. Use this map for locations of art and eateries; grab someone you some dinner, and enjoy some art. Friend NELA Art Gallery Night on Facebook for the updated last minute list.




Amor Por Vida, Xochomilco Amor Por Vida, Yoshi Alphabet Menudo at Mi Vida

Milka Lolo, La Ofrenda Dreamwalkers at Cactus Gallery Mike M. Mollett at MorYork

Anne-Francoise Potterat, KaleiStars Namaste Highland Park

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Jen Kiddo at Vapegoat


Rebecca Nabarrete, Capitalism Bullies Everyone Arroyo Arts Collective at Avenue 50 Studio

Quiet Please Pop Up at Avenue 50 Studio

Jose Cabrera, Gumming Bird Melly Trochez, Their Stories Remain Close to Me Melly Trochez, Nathalie Impressions, Art by Art Therapists Avenue 50 Studio

Leopoldo PeĂąa, Pasajuego San Fernando Pasajuegos in California, Avenue 50 Studio

Mike M. Mollett at MorYork

Rebeca Guerrero, Spring Cactus for Sale Future Studio Mike M. Mollett at MorYork


TUSCAN ZOODLE SALAD 1 medium-large zucchini 1 large roma tomato 1 clove garlic 2 tbsp. cider vinegar 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup loose pack basil, divided in half, one half whole-leaf, the other half julienned 1 tbsp. lemon 1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional for flavor) Salt & pepper to taste

18 NOTE: Hazelnuts can be substituted with other nuts like pine nuts, almonds, or cashews.

Clean off the woody stem end of the zucchini and cut lengthwise using a mandolin or a Japanese turning slicer, in order to get long, spaghetti-like strips of zucchini. Before your very eyes, your zoodles have been created. Cut the tomato lengthwise in quarters, carefully cut the inner seeds and membranes away, leaving the flesh that is attached to the skin. Save the insides for the dressing. Flatten the tomato quarters with your hand, cut into thin strips, and set aside. In a blender, combine the tomato seed Harvey Slater is a Chef & Holistic Nutritionist located in Pasadena. insides, garlic clove, cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and the half of For more healthy recipes like this one check out his blog: the basil that was left whole. Blend until it makes a dressing. Taste for salt and pepper and season if desired. Then, in a mixing bowl, toss the zoodles, crushed nuts, dressing, second half of julienned basil, and optional THRIFT SHOP FINDS nutritional yeast. Check again for salt and pepper, then serve.


“Elegant People”, a painting created with acrylics on canvas, measures 30”x 24”. It was last exhibited at LA Artcore’s downtown gallery. Guadulesa often paints to music, and the inspiration for this piece was a favorite composition of the same title by award-winning master musician and composer Wayne Shorter. As co-founder of the jazz fusion band Weather Report, Wayne often presented the composition during their world-wide tours in the 70’s and 80’s. Each of the five musicians is represented by an icon in the center of the painting. Guadulesa has maintained a personal friendship with Wayne throughout the years.

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Fiftth in a Series by Artist Ted Meyer



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

Molten Metal Works 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204

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

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

The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.387.9705

Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa Street Highland Park, CA 90065 (323) 635-9125 Visit: Rock Rose Gallery News, Instagram & Twitter

Check . Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.344.8330 Blue Rooster Art Supply Company 4661 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA 90027 (323) 302-5613 Check their web site for more information about their classes and events. Ave 50 Studio 131 No. Avenue 50 323. 258.1435 Guitar Lessons. Salsa Lessons too! Check their web site for more information for this and other classes. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (323) 561-3044 Check out their web site for a wide variety of fun classes for all ages.

Community Woodshop 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 626.808.3725

Please check their web site for more information and a list of classes. Stained Glass Supplies 19 Backus Street Pasadena, CA 91107 626-219-6055 Classes are ongoing

A Place to Bead 2566 Mission St San Marino, CA 91108 626.219.6633

Barndall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.644.6295

Find a variety of jewelry making classes, including stringing and wirework.

Check they’re web site for upcoming classes.

Bullseye Glass 143 Pasadena Ave. South Pasadena, CA

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

They offer a full range of kiln forming glass classes as well as regular free artist talks.

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

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

Sugar Mynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave. South Pasadena, CA 626.222.7257

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.

Fahrenheit Ceramics 4200 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.576.2052

Holy Grounds Coffee & tea 5371 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032 323.222.8884


(ears, eyes, mouth and heart) Larisa Code

Note: Create joy whenever you can, someday is TODAY (I stole that last part from an Instagram post). Featured Moments: Hippo and Otoño Summer 2019 Region: Highland Park, CA Once you make a decision, a big one, like, for example, selling your belongings, leaving what you’ve known for half of your life and heading for Mexico, moments start to take hold differently in your mind’s eye. What was once poignant is no longer and vice versa. It causes doubts as well as freedom in your thoughts. And emotions can be extreme or surprisingly sedated…depending on the moment. But the greatest moments I have been having involve food, friends (my dog Curtis included), drinks, and the servers who spoiled our tables with delectable items. #1 Otoño: my friends came into town to celebrate my birthday, which was a beautiful thing on its own. But dining at Otoño made it even more spectacular. And, our server, Wil, did nothing but enhance this already exquisite experience. His ability to listen to what we wanted and deliver was spot on. He recommended the perfect wine (after my lengthy description of likes and dislikes) on his first try; that is talent. The ideal culinary

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moment can be created with the Crudo and a glass of Frogo. The Crudo consists of scallops, fennel, and what really tastes like the feeling you have upon first arriving at an exotic beach. As I tipped back that tiny dish and sucked down the remaining juice, I heard my taste buds singing. It is easy to spend a lot when ordering small dishes and alcoholic beverages, but, to me, adding great service and great friends to the mix makes it completely worth every penny. #2 Hippo: How do I love you, let me count the ways…but wait, I have eaten there twice and did have two distinctly different experiences, all based, quite frankly, on service. So, let’s focus on the first visit, the best visit, made so wonderful by the exceptional servers Jen and Seva. They made everything better with their knowledge of the menu and wine list (their charming personalities didn’t hurt). We sat on the patio, where the best looking people and pets are seated. For this perfect moment, I’d like to introduce the Greco/ Grecco wine, not sure which it was as Jen recommended it AND on my second visit, I ordered it again, but it was much sweeter, obviously not the same one (which I mentioned to the server but she failed to care). I didn’t know there were two wines with such similar names until I looked online, and one of the reasons the second visit wasn’t as pleasurable. So, ask Jen which one goes so well with the Hamachi and Celery Root pasta, a wonderful little trio of deliciousness. Oh man, it was so good and Curtis also loved the Celery Root; it is surprisingly rich and creamy. Alas I was too full to enjoy anything else that night but it didn’t matter because I experienced bliss and now crave Hippo often, but my financial advisor has advised against it…just kidding, I don’t have a financial advisor, but if I did, and he saw my finances, he would definitely advise against it. That being said, that first visit, with my sweet dog, my fabulous servers and the beautiful plates of food made for a wonderful second birthday celebration (I was lucky enough to have three). And sincerely, the price was right, because you can’t put a price on spectacular moments in life.



20 to participate in a larger SITE exhibit thought the Center, looking at the broader Latino

by Tomas J. Benitez

The Smithsonian was created from a trove of artifacts bequeathed to the United States by a British scientist in 1836. The country was not yet fifty years old but Congress voted to establish a reliquary of these items, sometimes called “the nation’s attic.” Over the years it has become the national presence on the mall in Washington, magnificent architecture and museums with tremendous holdings and collections. But perhaps given its AngloSaxon roots, it has lagged in providing a more inclusive and representative presentation of America’s identity and culture. I worked with a group of Latino arts and culture leaders in 1993-4, and we presented a study, titled “Willful Neglect,” which soundly criticized the museum for the exclusion of a distinct Latino presence in the national treasury of culture. In the study we laid out a series of initiatives that we recommended to correct the oversights. In 1996, a follow up study concluded that the Smithsonian hadn’t done a damn thing to enact or address the initiative, so elected officials were engaged to light the fires under the right seats to get moving! Yes, it is government and the pace for change is often glacial but nonetheless, the ganas, the desire to do anything was stuck in idle until political pressure was asserted, with some positive results. Notably, the Latino Center was fully established as sort of a place holder until a museum promised could be constructed. But in September 2018, another study was conducted, by the UCLA Chicano Resource Center and the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, that further condemned the Smithsonian. In their report, “Invisible No More”, they issued a ‘report card’ that would keep the leaders of the SI from participating in after-school sports and activities. Fail! Most disgraceful has been the hiring patterns, overlooking Latinos in any leadership position. And we are still waiting for our museum, not likely to be advanced during the current administration. Some good news. Most recently the Molina Family (Molina Healthcare) donated a large sum to establish the “Molina Family Latino Gallery”, set to open at the National Museum of American History in 2021. The Latino Center staff has been heroic and persistent in working within the Smithsonian system to advance the presence of Latinos in the American fabric. I am currently working with the Latino Baseball History Project, a study of Mexican American baseball history,

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community through the lens of America’s game, baseball. We hope to have the show ready to tour in 2021-2. It is a lifetime dream and an achievement for the project and leaders, which began over ten years ago through an initiative of the Baseball Reliquary. The Smithsonian has made progress, including some magnificent new museums, such as the African American Museum, the Native American Museum, and the Holocaust Museum. They are to be commended, as part of an aggregation of interests and funders who established these fine institutions. And most recently, the brilliant director of the AAM, Lonnie Bunch, was elevated to the Secretary of the overall Smithsonian Institute, a triumph I soundly applaud and welcome. General Daniel “Chappie” James, the first African American four-star general in the USAF and at one time head of the first line of national defense at NORAD, often dismissed his status by saying, “Any time somebody says ‘the first, and or only this or that’ I think, well, not too many, and not soon enough!” Bunch will be the first African American Secretary; not soon enough, not enough before him. Why does it matter? Why do people of color make so much noise when someone is appointed, elected or selected, or something happens that is the “first, or only, or finally, or at last?” Perhaps because the rancor made from the deafening silence of absence or exclusion is finally drowned out, by cheers of joy and redemption. Is Why. I was visiting a friend and we got to talking about the still invisible Latino Museum. She tried to chastise me saying, “Does everybody have to have a museum? How about a Latvian American Museum?” I thought about it briefly, and replied, “Were it could be so.” (Tomas Benitez was born and raised in front of a TV set in East L.A. His film SALSA: The Movie was produced in 1988. He has also written for Fred Roos, Starz Encore Films, CBS, and several other producers. In recent years he has written extensively about East Los Angeles including an ongoing, online saga about his home life, titled  “The Gully”. Several of his stories about East L.A. and The Gully have been published by Blue Heron in an anthology of new American fiction, and he is editing two addition collections to be published in 2018. Tomas is the former Executive Director of Self Help Graphics & Art.)

Madam X



HOROSCOPES BY MADAM CRAB It is June, the month when all the brats are graduating from high school and college. So this month Madam Crab is going to provide some life path suggestions fueled by the stars to help all you newbies navigate what the rest of us are already knee-deep in--real life. If there is one thing Madam Crab can’t stand are full-grown babies who suckle at the teat of their parents forever. So listen up good, graduates. Let the stars and Madam Crab’s expertise guide you the fuck out of your parents house… ARIES: You have really done well with your studies, Aries. Time to harness this relentless motivation and unyielding energy into a career. Madam Crab sees a promising future for you as a pinball machine! Or a bumblebee! Now go make that happen you crazy Ram, you. TAURUS Look into the field of “self-care.” Meaning you teaching OTHERS methods of caring for themselves, Taurus! NOT making a career of caring for your own damn self. And Madam Crab is resentful she had to clarify that. GEMINI What does Madam Crab see for you, Gemini? The future is burning bright! Oh wait. Nevermind. Madam Crab was just rubbing her eyes a bit too hard. CANCER Young Crab, you are forever a student of life. Mostly because you are going to perpetually be observing it pass by you awkwardly, from a distant corner of the room. LEO Leo, you will find great success in the working world if you stop looking at your reflection in every window, and instead look for the “help wanted” signs posted in them. VIRGO Like you haven’t already figured everything all out, Virgo! Madam Crab would insert an “eye-roll” and “smirk” emoji here if her cell phone wasn’t actually a CB radio. LIBRA Sorry Libra, until there is such a thing as professional preening, you are fucked. SCORPIO Brooding may have gotten you through your Liberal Arts degree but it won’t get you beyond the movie theater concession stand out there, Scorpio. Look into taking a Smiling 101 course at your local community college. SAGITTARIUS Wrapping yourself in a blanket and waiting for take-out to be delivered is more like a cul-de-sac than a roadway to your future. Madam Crab sees “getting up” as a good start for your future. CAPRICORN After you have finished archiving all your binders and notebooks and achievement awards from your years as a student… [Madam Crab has stepped out. She knows this will take Capricorn the rest of their lives] AQUARIUS Madam Crab only sees creepy as your path in life, Aquarius. Creepy. PISCES Poet. Definitely pursue your poetry, dear Pisces. But only after you figure out how to train your unicorns to read your mind and use their magic pens to transcribe your lyrical lavender scented thoughts onto stardust paper.

BOOK SHOW EVENTS Saturday June 1st 7pm Hello We Are Still Alive Reading series Tuesday June 4th 7pm Collage & Cry A collage art night for everyone Thursday June 6th Just Write For an Hour Writing group All skill levels welcome $5 Friday June 7th House Open Mic 8pm sign ups 8:30 start Thursday June 12th Just Write for an Hour Writing group All skill levels welcome $5 Saturday june 15th 8pm CJ Miller Chapbook Release Celebration BOOK SHOW CLOSED TUESDAY JUNE 18th JEN NEEDS A DAY OFF. Wednesday June 19th Historia Storytelling Night 7pm doors Thursday June 20th 8pm Laughterhouse 5 Stand up comedy show Friday June 21 8pm Friday Night poetry: They’re Just Words Hosted by Ingrid Calderon-Collins poetry open mic & featured poets Saturday June 22nd 8pm Zoetic Press reading Friday June 28th 7:30pm LMNOP Lesbian Movie Night

Drawing by artist Stuart Rapeport



A Roundup of Arts and Culture Exhibits at L.A. Area Museums MUSEUM LISTINGS A Roundup of Arts and Culture Exhibits at L.A. Area Museums A + D Museum Re:Solutions through August 18 Reshape, the installation art of Adrian K. Wong through August 18 Spatial Interventions: Axis // Alex Ventura, Dense // David Zajdman, Eder Cetina, Eyeone // Raymundo T Reynoso, Fishe, Heaven One // Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Keef Aura through August 18 American Museum of Ceramic Art Juan Quezada: The Legend of Mata Ortiz through December 30 En Iwamura: Legacy in the Vault through June 30 The Artists of Mettlach through July 2020 Silver Splendor: The Art of Anna Silver through August 25 John Toki: Fault Lines through June 23 Annenberg Space for Photography Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop through August 18 Autry Museum of the American West Investigating Griffith Park ongoing On Fire: Transcendent Landscapes by Michael Scott through July 28 Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley Through January 5 Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca through January 5 The Banning Museum Fashioning the Fan: Innovations & Materials Within the 19th Century ongoing The Broad Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power through September 1 Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms ongoing California African American Museum Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective through September 8 Gary Simmons: Fade to Black through 2019 Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns through August 25 The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900-1914 through September 8 Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary through August 25 Aspects of Nude: Selections from the Permanent Collection through September 8 California Heritage Museum Lou D’Elia, Some Assemblage Required Lou D’Elia, Project: Warhol California Science Center Dogs! A Science Tail

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Science in Toyland


Chinese American Museum Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua through November 10 Claremont Museum of Art Andrew Wenrick, Displacement Zero through August 25 Craft Contemporary John T. Riddle, The Riddle Effect through September 8 On the Inside, group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated through September 8

Meleko Mokgosi June 22-August 18 Heritage Square Museum 50 Years of History at Heritage Square through December 31 The Huntington Celia Paul through July 8 NASA’s Orbit Pavillion Sound Experience through September 2 Project Blue Boy through September 30

El Segundo Museum of Art OZ, celebration of L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” through September 21

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 through August 3 Lucas Blalock, An Enormous Oar through July 31 Maryam Jafri: I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale through June 30

FIDM Museum Graduating BA in Design Student Exhibition through June 29

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Fantasy World: Italian Americans in Animation through January 25

Forest Lawn Museum Closed for renovations

J. Paul Getty Museum The Getty Center: Bauhaus Beginnings June 11-October 13 Reading Between the Lines: Drawing Illustrations through September 15 The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts through July 21 Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus through July 14 Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits through October 13 J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy ongoing Greek and Roman Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art ongoing Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World through August 18 Flight of Fancy: The Galle Chandelier through April 19

Fowler Museum at UCLA Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection April 7-October 6 Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria through August 18 Inheritance: Recent Video Art From Africa through July 28 Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives ongoing India’s Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman through October 20 Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art Squeak Carnwath: How the Mind Works through July 28 The Grammy Museum Deep Heart: Roots, Rock & the Music of Carlos Vives through Spring, 2019 Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin’—Celebrating 40 Years of Up in Smoke through Summer, 2019 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime through Fall, 2019 The Prison Concerts: Folsom and San Quentin ( Jim Marshall’s Photographs of Johnny Cash) through August 5 Backstreet Boys: The Experience through September 2 Hammer Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel through September 1 Celebration of Our Enemies: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection through September 8 Hammer Projects: Yunhee Min through October 27 Triple Canopy, Omniaudience through November 3 Hammer Projects: Andrea Fraser through September 15 Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection:

Japanese American National Museum Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys extended to July 7 At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America through October 20 Kidspace Children’s Museum LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes Linda Vallejo: Brown Belongings through January 13 La Brea Tar Pits & Museum Mammoths & Mastodons through 2019 Lancaster Museum of Art and History Woven Stories Featured Solo Exhibitions: Ray Beldner, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Victoria Potrovitza, Katherine Stocking-Lopez, Nicola Vruwink Installations: Rebecca Campbell, Peter Hiers, R. Rex Parris High School, Meriel Stern, Victor Wilde Group Fiber Exhibition through-July 21

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continued from page 22 Los Angeles County Museum of Art The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China through January 5 Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing June 16-September 29 Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection through September 15 Isaac Julien: Playtime through August 11 Life Model: Charles White and His Students (at Charles White Elementary School) through September 15 Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection through August 11 The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka through June 23 Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow through July 28 Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection ongoing Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Wordwide through August 31 The Last Goodbye: A Virtual Reality Experience ongoing Messengers of Memory: Survivors Empowering Students through August 31 MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House Constanze Schweiger and 69: Continuous Composition (at the Mackey Apartments) through June 29 Marciano Art Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA Grand Cameron Rowland, D37 through June 24 Open House: Elliott Hundley, exploring collage through September 16 40 for LA, celebrates the forty-year history of MOCA through September 16 The Geffen Contemporary The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection through January 27 Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018) through November, 2020

Museum of Latin American Art Gráfica América through September 1 Chiachio & Giannone: Celebrating Diversity through August 4 Museum of Neon Art shiNE ON, Two Artists Remembered: Brian Coleman (1945 – 2018) and Kunio Ohashi (1952 – 2014) through September 1 Signs from the Permanent Collection through September 1 Museum of Tolerance Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Barbara Carrasco, Sin Censura, Un Mural Recuerda L.A., A Mural Remembers L.A. ongoing Antarctic Dinosaurs through January 5 Frozen in Time: Images of Antarctica by photographer Diane Tuft through January 20 Becoming Los Angeles ongoing Norton Simon Museum Matisse/Odalisque through June 17

Torrance Art Museum Generation W(ar) June 15-August 24 Run Straight Through, contemporary painting byTahnee Lonsdale, Kristy Luck, Michael Nauert, Thom Trojanowski June 15-August 24 University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach USC Fisher Museum of Art USC Pacific Asia Museum Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited through July 14 Vincent Price Art Museum Edgar Fabián Frías: Perpetual Flowering through July 20 York Chang: The Signal and the Noise through July 20 Carolina Caycedo: Apariciones/Apparitions June 15-December 21 Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers): The World You know is a Fiction. You Know We Had to Do a Remix, Right? Vignettes of the Frenglish Empire in North America (1780-1795) June 15-December 21

Pasadena Museum of History Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins, exploring the world of carousel animals and childhood toys that rock, bounce, & roll through September 15 Pomona College Museum of Art Skirball Cultural Center Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite through September 1 Spotlight: Andy Warhol, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century through September 1 Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich through September 1 Southwest Museum



24 agriculture sector was the squeaky wheel getting the grease, despite the fact that there

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE CREATIVE WORKFORCE It is widely known by now that young people who receive education in the arts are more apt to excel in other academic areas than children who don’t. It is also well know that the arts drive our economy. Yet, the preparation of youth for jobs in the creative economy is seldom a front burner issue. Arts advocates and members of the California State Legislature are looking to change that situation. In May, the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media and the Joint Senate-Assembly Committee on the Arts held a hearing the role that arts opportunities play for young adults as they transition from school to the creative workforce entitled ‚ÄúRiding the Wave of the Creative Economy: Growth, Challenges and Building Education Equity into the Jobs Pipeline.‚Äù Jeffrey C. Perkins, Vice President of Otis College of Art and Design, told the legislators that, on the eve of commencement, he asked graduating college students whether they knew their future fields existed when they were in high school, and the overwhelming majority said no. Mr. Perkins quoted student comments such as: ‚ÄúIn high school, I wish I knew that everything around us was designed by someone, that the world is built on design.‚Äù ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important to understand early that art is not limited to showing in a gallery.‚Äù ‚ÄúWe have answered the question of whether the creative economy is economically significant‚Äîit is,” said Mr. Perkins. “Now we must ask how we‚Äôre preparing young people for these increasingly important new roles, not only to understand how we can support more arts education in schools, but to look even deeper into how we‚Äôre teaching diverse problem solving, design principles, and how we‚Äôre helping parents understand the many professional opportunities they may never have imagined for their children.‚Äù According to the Otis Report on the Creative Economy, 51% of the California jobs in the creative economy are to be found in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. (The Otis Report has been charting trends in sectors of the creative economy for 12 years, and statewide for five years. It is prepared by Beacon Economics.) ‚ÄúWhen I came up through school,” said Jack Mitchell, Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Consultant for the California Department of Education, “one of the things that I remember and maybe some of you remember too is that if you were interested in the arts as I was, you were told that you needed a back-up plan. Well I think that looking at the information in the Otis Report one of the things that‚Äôs clear now is that the arts can be your back-up plan. There are jobs in the arts. And we prepare those students in arts, media and entertainment programs.‚Äù However, there are still concerns about who are moving into those jobs. ‚ÄúWhen the public thinks about the creative economy,” said Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco, “they‚Äôre often thinking about traditional institutions that tend to not necessarily reflect the ethnic, racial, and economic diversity of the State. So you think about the symphony, the opera, and the ballet, you think about Hollywood, you think about the music scene. There is still a lot of work to be done to continue to ensure that this is an economy that lifts up all boats.‚Äù According to Mr. Mitchell, ‚ÄúIn 2005, the state plan for career technical education moved from six general career areas to 15 industry sectors. And at that point, the State plan writers realized that there was an existing industry and a rapidly growing industry in arts, media and entertainment, and that it should in fact be one of the industry sectors that we began to prepare students for through the educational process.‚Äù In the ensuing years, however, there was not wide spread support for arts, media, and entertainment as an industry sector, and there was no method of disseminating data. The

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were far and away more students wanting the AME classes (22,000 in 2008, jumping to 218,000 in 2017). It is something of a myth that there is no arts education. Ninety per cent of schools in Los Angeles County do provide education in the arts. “But as we dig deeper into the data,” said Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, “we recognize that that 90% means that 90% of schools are offering some arts instruction to some students for some part of the year.” “So while 90% of schools offer some arts instruction,” said Ms. Grande, “less than ten per cent with fourth graders offer year-long instruction. We also know that if you are a student from a low income community, if you are an English language learner, or if you are a student of color, your school is not only providing less arts instruction, but it’s providing lower quality arts instruction than schools in other parts of the County.” In 2015, the L.A. County Arts Commission released a report called “Creative Work.” It looked at jobs requiring creativity. Half of the creative occupations require a college degree, half don’t. All pay a higher median wage than the county average, which means that these are livable wage jobs and that it is important that all youth including those who are not immediately college bound have access to these jobs. “Building Creative Career Pathways for Youth,” released last month, looks at how to provide access to these jobs. “We need to recognize the K-12 arts education is the first step in this process,” said Ms. Grande. “Career exploration, making sure that young people and their families know what these jobs are, is important. That’s distinct from college and career readiness. Making sure that young people who are interested in arts careers are well prepared to be accepted into those fields. And then completely separate, work-based learning, which includes internships. So often we lump all of these things together. And now that we have a clearer way of thinking about them distinctly, it will allow us to develop strategies around each of these different kinds of preparation.” Students who are highly involved in the arts get better grades, are less likely to drop out, and are more likely to go on to college. But if arts education is concentrated in well-off environments, it is being targeted to the students who are likely to do well regardless. Michael Winger, Executive Director of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, cited a National Endowment for the Arts-commissioned 2012 study that showed that high school students from under-resourced environments who are highly involved in the arts do indeed experience the same positive consequences. Therefore, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education under then-President Barack Obama, declared the status of arts education, “absolutely an equity and a civil rights issue.”


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POP Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at Cal State LA An extensive exhibit currently on view at Cal State LA casts a wide net in documenting the phenomenon of Pop Art. It includes the obvious big names—Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, but it is impressive also in the breadth of artists and territory covered. “POP Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation” is fun in its bright, colorful presentation of familiar items and scenes. More importantly, the curation situates the Pop Art movement within turbulent times in American culture, times characterized by war, upheaval, mass media, mass consumption, and new materials. After such movements as Impressionism and Cubism dissolved realism, with their focuses on light and multiple perspectives, art in the mid-twentieth century stepped out of the frame entirely. The Pop Art works presented in this show are highly involving, not just because one can’t miss a giant eyeball in the middle of the room or a life-size Little Richard—but for a variety of other reasons as well. The man Xeroxing his head and the giant exclamation point are right in the room with the viewer, mimicking and punctuating our lives. The viewer is invited to join in the art work, reflected in a mirror alongside a hitchhiker. Where traditional materials such as oils are used, there is an intensity and photorealism that brings the viewer experience to a new level. But Pop Art goes beyond that in its use of new materials such as plastics, resin, spray paint, even metal from wrecked automobiles. Nothing here is an idealized image. Rather, the artists use what is most obvious, visual, and splashy,

consumerism exist. But the entry-way is often humor—sometimes via overt comic book or cartoon imagery, sometimes through incongruity such as Mae West visiting quaint New England or a gun painted with sparkly nail polish, sometimes more slowly, through the realization that the photorealistic painting one is saying “how beautiful” in front on is an image of a crushed soda can, that the wondrous curtain reflecting sunlight is made of candy wrappers, that the tableau of a southern diner and pool hall is a take-off on the fine art of Van Gogh. Commentary on capitalism can be direct: a large image of Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags, now broke, or simply a presentation of a dollar sign. Or it can be imagery rendered from the detritus of materialism: the crushed soda can or the curtain of candy wrappers, beautiful in their own right but inevitably leading to wonder at how we’ve come to accept the nature of commercialism and its myriad castoffs. Works In “POP Culture” relate to other, contemporary art expressions: Dada, Fluxus, Outsider Art… But also, the exhibit, while drawing heavily on pieces from fairly well into the Pop movement, reflecting the Weisman collection, provides generous hints at what was to come soon in the art world—Graphics, Design, Street Art, Chicano Art, Video Art… POP Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Through August 2 Curated by Billie Milam Weisman Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery California State University, Los Angeles

Keith Haring and L.A. II (Angel Ortiz), Untitled, 1983 ink and day-glo paint on plastic with wood base

Tony Tasset, Big Eye, 2001 Acrylic and polystyrene (front) Banks Violette, Elyse Marie Pahler 7.22.95, 2001-02 oil on canvas (rear) Edward Widklander, Little Richard, 1984-87 mixed media

Red Grooms, Mae West Visits New England, 1981

Mark Dean Veca, Pennybags, 2010 James Rosenquist, Expo 67 Mural-Firepole, 1967

DAZE (Chris Ellis), Honda VFR, 1986 mixed media on motorcycle John CRASH Matos, The Big Mouth, 1984 spray paint on canvas

Yoram Wolberger, Toy Soldier No. 3 (Crawling Soldier) 2004 fiberglass with pigmented resin coating

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkins, 1982 mixed media (detail)





Butterfly Rhapsody

Tremelo Lights on the El Alisal stage (photo: Martha Benedict)

A birthday girl at Butterfly Rhapsody

Teatro Arroyo’s Butterfly Rhapsody (photo: Martha Benedict)

Cidne Hart in the Bees & Butterflies parade (photo: Martha Benedict)

California Art Club Paint-Out at the Southwest Museum (photo: Martha Benedict)

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In 2004, artist Daniel Cervantes created a mural depicting Native People of the Americas on a retaining wall at the base of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington. While the almost 150-foot long mural was very popular with local residents, visitors to the museum, and Gold Line passengers, as time passed it became covered with tagging to the point that little of the mural could be seen. It was painted over, graffitied, and painted over again multiple times. Years of fundraising and activism on the part of local residents are finally showing results, and a major restoration effort is underway. When the process began, it was envisioned as more of a recreation of the mural than a restoration. However, as restoration experts Will Herron and Leah Moscozo began removing what have turned out to be 16 layers of beige paint on top of the mural, it has become apparent that the Cervantes mural is still there underneath. Although fragile, it is in quite decent shape. As Mr. Herron and Ms. Moscozo have labored, neighborhood residents have been delighted to see the familiar faces of the mural’s images emerge. After the mural is uncovered, noted artist Pole Lopez will begin the arduous task of repainting areas of the mural that need it and doing touch-up work. The process will be arduous, as it will involve color-matching and painstaking close-up work. The restoration is a result of the efforts of The Autry Museum of the American West, Los

Angeles City Council District 1, Avenue 50 Studio, the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Friends of the Southwest Museum, the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and the Milford Archaeological Research Institute—as well as a host of individual donors. Mr. Herron points out that the City is full of painted over murals. It is a matter of will and of money as to how much of this amazing city-wide collection of art will see daylight again.


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