Hola Todos - Welcome to our weekly newsletter. Peace / Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Joint Outreach & Communications and Budget & Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 7p
Ramona Hall, 4580 N. Figueroa, LA, CA
1. Develop Job Descriptions for:
Planning Dept. Asst
2. Proposed budget, timeline and distribution of Job Descriptions/Request for applicants
3. Decision making process
A bunch of parents with young (mostly pre-school) children in the Highland Park area have gotten together to discuss and hopefully improve the local public elementary schools. They have met three times and will continue to meet the first Saturday morning of each month, from 10a - 12noon, at the Library Park on Figueroa between York and Avenue 60. They’d love to reach out to any other parents in the neighborhood as well. They have a yahoo group going so people can look through past posts to get a sense of what we're doing and hoping to do. if anyone wants to check it out and/or join, the address is
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Highland_Park_Parents/ Cheers, Courtney Everts firstname.lastname@example.org
South Pasadena Nature Park Committee presents:
Nature Park Clean Up
Saturday, February 17, 9a – 1p
Nature Park, Pasadena Avenue on the rim of the Arroyo, South Pasadena, CA
Help clean up the Nature Park in South Pasadena. It's fun and rewarding. They will meet at the info sign on Pasadena Ave and then head down into the park. They will walk around, pick up litter & discuss improvements that could be made to the park. They will have a couple of scrub oaks to plant that Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden donated to the park, and a large packet of CA poppy seeds.
- wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- bring water
- bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowls, whatever you use in your own garden)
- comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park, which we will point out before be start.
FoLAR River Tours
Central LA River Self-Driving Tour; Guide: Jenny Price
Saturday, February 17, 10a - 4-4:30p
Tour Departure: 10a
LA River Center & Gardens, 570 W Avenue 26, Cypress Park, CA
Planned Itinerary: Sepulveda Basin, Glendale Narrows, Downtown, Maywood
FoLAR plans to offer guided tours of the Los Angeles River four to six times each year. All tours showcase natural & historic areas of the River, included areas slated for restoration. Space is limited! All tours available on a first-come first-served basis. Mail check to FoLAR or reserve on-line using PayPal.
Please plan to arrive no later than 9:45a. All tours include a color brochure-map of the River.
Bus Tours: Sit back & let us do the driving! Bus tour is a full-size air conditioned tour bus. The bus tour includes lunch, water, & running tour guide commentary throughout. Limited to 55 persons per bus, maximum 2 buses. Members $50, non-members $70.
Self Driving Tours: Participants caravan together from location to location on the River. Bring your own lunch & water. Meet at the River Center & form car pools. Members $25, non-members $35.
Tours are subject to rescheduling in case of raining.
Tour Guides: Joe Linton is FoLAR's Director of Outreach & the author/illustrator of Down By The Los Angeles River: Friends of the Los Angeles River's Official Guide (Wilderness Press, 2005). Jenny Price is an environmental writer, who recently wrote the article "Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A." (The Believer, April/May 2006.) She authored the LA Weekly's 2001 "Field Guide to the Los Angeles River" & Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America (Basic Books, 1999).
Additional Upcoming LA River tours: Saturday March 24, Bus Tour - 10a - 4:30p; (No April Tours);
Saturday May 19, Car Caravan Tour - 10a - 4:30p
Saturday Parking Lot Party
February 17, Noon - 7p
SW Hill Country Western Store, 1412 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
323.256.2500 www.swhillcountry.com www.myspace.com\swhillcountry,
www.myspace.com/mollyhowson www.johnkimler.com www.myspace.com/mikebrownandthesneakies www.myspace.com/tonylunn myspace.com/firebug www.sammellon.com
Swing or just listen to your favorite country music. BBQ Food & Beer will be served. Confirmed bands playing are Molly Howson, John Kimler, Mike Brown, Tony Lunn, Firebug & Sam Mellon and the Skylarks.
Disco Night Feat: AM/FM
Saturday, February 17, 8p
Dr. Music, 1812 W Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
Dance to your fav dance classics.
The Bike Oven & Locos Armadillos 42 Bike Club present:
Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride
Saturday, March 10, 6 - 11p
Meet at: Flagpole, Figueroa/York, 6p
Leave at: Flagpole, Figueroa/York, 6:30p
Sponsored by: The Outreach & Recreation, Culture & the Arts Committees of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
626.831.7970 email@example.com 310.902.5439 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bike-oven.5u.com
Come to the Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride. It meets at the corner of Figueroa & York (at the flag pole). North East Los Angeles has two dozen galleries & art houses in a two-mile radius & we’ll travel to a selected group of them so that we can spend quality time at each stop. This ride is an entire evening worth of bikes, art & fun.
The ride will wind its way around the Eagle Rock, Highland Park & Sycamore Grove areas, stopping at selected galleries open that night as part of NELAart's ongoing 2nd Saturday Gallery Night. The galleries will generally be open from 7 - 10p & run a wide spectrum of different genres & styles. If you get lost, or want to meet up with the ride, call 310.902.5439 or 626.831.7970 for directions.
Rock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa, will be the last gallery on the ride. After that you can head over to the Bike Oven, 130 W Avenue 42, for the after-party. Both are close to Gold Line train stations (SouthWest Museum & Heritage Square) & several all-night bus lines that run on Figueroa.
Gallery itinerary available the week of the ride on-line & at the flagpole. Maps will be provided at the flagpole & can also be picked up along the route.
NELA Bikes! presents:
3rd Fridays NELA Critical Mass
Friday, March 16, Gather 6:30p, Ride leaves 7p
Avenue 57 Gold Line Station (151 N Ave 57), Highland Park, CA
Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling. It started in San Francisco in 1992 and quickly spread to cities all over the world. And now it's in NELA! They meet at Avenue 57 Gold Line Station.
Rainbow Canyon – Preservation/Enhancement/Celebration of Nature
Saturday, February 17, 9a – 12noon
Come listen to the birds and see the progress that has been made in restoring habitat in lower Rainbow Cyn. through joint efforts of the Beautification Committees of the Mt. Washington Association and Homeowners Alliance. You are welcome to come to Rainbow Cyn. and just enjoy a visit or lend a hand with cleaning out the dry stream bed, pulling up castor bean or sowing locally collected seeds. Parking is easiest facing uphill on Ave. 44,above Glenalbyn and walk down from a trail at Glenmuir.
East LA Bike Oven XX
Second & Fourth Saturdays, 1 - 4p
130 W Ave 42, LA, CA
310.902.5439 Ubrayj02(@yahoo.com http://www.cicle.org/cicle_content/pivot/entry.php?id=549
A bicycle workshop for women. You already know about ELBO on Wednesday Nights. Well now meet it's fledgeling sister, ELBO XX. Bike Wrenching, Tea, Snacks & Conversation for women.
East LA Bike Oven
Wednesdays, 6 - 10p
130 W Ave 42, LA, CA
310.902.5439 Ubrayj02@yahoo.com http://www.cicle.org/cicle_content/pivot/entry.php?id=549
East LA Bike Oven is a community bicycle workspace where anyone can walk in and work on their bike. Available are 2 bike workstands, a wheel-building stand, and various hand tools for common repairs. Tools and some parts have been donated by the ELBO founder and some of the regulars. Feel free to come in with your own donations.
Tai Chi Class
Sundays, 8 – 9a
Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 N Griffin Ave, LA, CA
323.221.2255 ext. 13 o ext. 14 www.audubon-org/debs_park.htm
Enjoy the peaceful early morning in our courtyard. Volunteer instructor, Wayne Qian, will teach you a variety of techniques that will ease your tension and stress, and improve your balance and breathing.
1st Sunday Puppy Parties
Sunday, March 4, 3 - 5p
Hermon Dog Park,
323) 225-6700 www.handlewoofcare.com www.downtowndogrescue.com www.HermonDogPark.com
Get your new dog socialized and taught proper dog park etiquette. Lezle Stein, Dog Training & Behavior Specialist; Director of Animal Welfare/Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council leads this event.
Paul Farmer: Global Health Equity – Examples from Haiti to Rwanda
Saturday, February 17, 10:30a
Alumni Auditorium, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles CA
Physician, medical anthropologist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient talk launches Occidental’s new Phi Beta Kappa Speakers Forum. Drawing on his experience as a practicing physician and as chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Farmer has pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies for AIDS and tuberculosis (including multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis) in collaboration with colleagues in the United States, Haiti, Peru, and Russia. He has written extensively about health and human rights, and about the role of social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases.
Having A Wonderful Time!
How Postcards Played a Role in the Development of SoCal
Saturdays and Sundays, 12noon - 4:30p
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, CA
Thru April 29
An exhibit of rare and unique vintage postcards which illustrate the development of the Los Angeles area and the history of postcards.
LA 18 KSCI-TV presents:
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Sunday, February 18, 10a – 5p
Parade: 10 – 11a
On Colorado Blvd. from Pasadena Ave. heading East to Raymond Ave.
Festival: 11a – 5p
Central Park, S. Fair Oaks Ave. & E. Dayton St, Pasadena, CA
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of fun, food and entertainment. Apl.de.Ap of Black Eyed Peas will preside as Grand Marshal over the 2007 Lunar New Year Parade, themed Year of the Boar. Joining him are prominent dignitaries, local news personalities, pageant queens and their courts, and top name Asian American celebrities. Some of the many celebrities riding in the parade are: The cast of Justin Lin’s new movie, Finishing the Game, Heroes’ James Kyson Lee, Miss Universe 1997’s Brook Lee, Desperate Housewives’ Alec Mapa and That’s So Raven’s Amy Hill. At the Festival, entertainment includes South Border, JIN, Far*east Movement, Quest, Supe and a myriad of ethnic Asian dance troupes.
Lummis Day Historical Video Presentation
Highland Perk Coffeehouse, 5930 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
In honor of Lummis Day: The Festival of NorthEastLA coming up they have a video kiosk showing historical videos provided by the Highland Park Heritage Trust. The videos show the history of Charles F. Lummis and other items of historical interest in and around Highland Park.
The 2010 Global Imperative: Global Emergency Teach-In
Tuesday February 20, 9a - 12:30p
Farmlab /Under Spring, 1745 N Spring Street #4, LA, CA
Local co-sponsors: Farmlab, M&A, AIA-LA
This is a live web-cast from the New York Academy of Sciences. Join local co-sponsors Farmlab, Materials & Applications, and the AIA-LA at this viewing and discussion site for the worldwide happening. The 2010 Inperative Global Emergency Teach-In addressing global warming and climate change is an interactive web-cast broadcast live from New York, reaching more than 500,000 students, faculty, deans, and practicing professionals in the architecture, planning and design communities in both North and South America.
Panelists include: Susan Szenasy, Metropolis Magazine; Dr. James Hansen, NASA GISS; Edward Mazria, AIA, Architecture 2030; Chris Luebkeman, Arup.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 - 7p
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2109 Chickasaw Ave, Eagle Rock, CA
Cost: $5 person, $10 family
You’re invited to their event. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and fruit will be served with a
smile. Come and have "breakfast for dinner" before you go to that Mardi Gras party!
Friends of the Gamble House present:
Rudolph M. Schindler: Architect, Builder, Theorist, Utopian
Talk: Tuesday, February 20, 7:30p
Neighborhood Church, 2 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA
Lecture Tickets: $25 general public, $20 for FOGH members, $15 students
Tour Tickets: $25 general public, $20 FOGH members, $5 students
626.793.3334 ext. 52 www.gamblehouse.org
Kimberli Meyer, director of the Schindler MAK Center in West Hollywood, leads an exploration into the life, work and legacy of modern architect Schindler whose modernist homes and buildings dot the SoCal landscape. Afterward, the Gamble House will offer a light reception.
It's no wonder that Viennese-born Rudolph Schindler is still considered today as the architect's architect - after all, he designed more than 400 projects -- 150 built during his career -- studied with some of the great architects of the time (such as Frank Lloyd Wright) and forever changed the perception of modernism the world over.
A tour of Schindler's Rodrieguez House (1940-42) in Glendale follows on February 24.
The Old LA Certified Farmers Market, Highland Park
Tuesday, February 20, 3 – 7p
Parking Lot adjacent to Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station (Ave 57 & Marmion Wy)
Operated by: North Figueroa Assn (Highland Park BID), 115 N Ave 53, LA
323.255.5030 www.oldla.org http://www.its.caltech.edu/~sbudick
Seth Budick writes: Aside from basil and a few other casualties of the cold, winter is
generally very kind to herbs in SoCal. That's no surprise to you if you've stopped by FrogDog Farms' booth recently, where the table might remind you of a certain Simon & Garfunkel song.
And since, according to Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma," 7-10 calories of fossil fuel energy are, on average, required to moveone calorie of food energy to your plate, why not support a local farmer who uses virtually no gasoline to transport her crop all the way from Atwater Village? Along with thyme and rosemary, one of the most aromatic herbs now
available from FrogDog is fresh sage. Sage is a pretty amazing creature; tough and bitter when raw, but just a few seconds of cooking transforms its flavor into a thing of beauty.
Another exciting development at the market this week was the return of Spencer Farms after a brief holiday hangover. I try to stay impartial when discussing the relative merits of our vendors' fruit, but I can't stop myself from extolling Spencer Farms' satsuma mandarins, which are
as delicious as any you're likely to find in greater Los Angeles. And now is certainly the time for citrus, so come down to the market to get your oranges, Meyer lemons, pomelos, grapefruits, cara-caras, blood oranges and tangelos. As always, fresh breads and pastries are available from Ann's Bakery, as well as cheese, fruit preserves and nuts. And if you're hungry, snack on fresh kettle corn, roasted corn or potatoes, or enjoy tamales or honey pineapple chicken for dinner.
Please stop by the market for fresh, field-ripened, high quality produce from local farmers and spend time with your friends, neighbors and other community members. end
The market specializes in CA certified fresh produce. People who join the "Frequent Shoppers Club" program will be eligible to receive free gifts. The market will also be accepting WIC & Food stamp EBT cards. Finally, a number of local crafters will also be selling their wares.
Farmlab Salon Microcredit 101 w/ Sophy Wolters
Friday, February 23, 12noon
Farmlab /Under Spring, 1745 N Spring Street #4, LA, CA
Wolters offers this primer on the basics of microcredit, also known as micro finance. Refreshments will be served.
Micro finance is an upside down development model, giving empowerment to people and developing from the bottom up. We will start with a little history and describe how microfinance changed the world. Then we will talk about methodologies and how we use it. We will cover the use of the social collateral as an empowering tool. And then as a group we discuss how micro finance can be used in the US.
Sophy Wolters has lived and worked in Guatemala for the last 20 years. She worked in development programs ranging from re-forestry, child nutrition and early stimulation to running Friendship Bridge, a microcredit “plus” organization working in six departments in Guatemala. Her main focus has been working with people in the field. She feels that micro credit has turned the world of development upside down and is passionate about micro-finance as a tool to eradicate poverty and exclusion in the world.
Open Mic Night
Friday, February 23, 7:30p
Dr. Music, 1812 W Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
We provide the PA, lights, amps, drums, show come on down for a Fun Jam Night ... sign up at 7:30p and it runs until ?
Living Room Cafe
Friday, February 23, 7 - 11:30p
Hermon Community Church, 5800 Monterey Rd, Hermon, CA
323.256-2654 email@example.com www.hermonchurch.org
Fundraiser: Ethopia Eden www.EthopiaEden.org
Antipasto bar, delicious Mocha/coffee blends & fine new friends.
Saturdays, February 24 - March 31, 9 - 11:30a
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, CA
323.225.2700 ext 222 www.heritagesquare.org
Join Heritage Square as a Volunteer! Train to be a Museum Guide, Heirloom Gardner, Researcher, Historic Interpreter and more during this six-weekend course. Completion of training
is mandatory and advanced registration is required.
Lecture Series: Becoming Modern
Sundays, February 25, March 4 & 11, 3p
Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA, CA
An exciting lecture series beginning with Dr. Robert Winter’s discussion of The Octagon Movement: A Modern Way of Living. Second lecture will feature Jim Jimirro speaking on The Great American Songbook: How Gershwin, Porter & Berlin Did It and the series finishes with Richard Battaglia discussing Forward to Modern: Sociological Influence on Literature at the Turn-of-the-Century.
Gamble House Tour Debut
Tuesday, March 6, 10a
The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA
General Admission: $75 per person; private group rate: 8 people, $560
The Gamble House at 98 years old is proudly launching a new in-depth, craftsman-led tour. Master wood craftsman, Jim Ipekjian, has created and will lead a 2-1/2 hour tour that will reveal to the visitors how architects Charles and Henry Greene, contractors Peter and John Hall and their craftsmen, created The Gamble House, the furniture, and the decorative arts.
Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast LA
Sunday, June 3, 10a - 4p
Lummis Home, 200 E Avenue 43, 11a – 12noon
Sycamore Grove Park, 4900 N Figueroa St, 12noon – 4p
Occidental College will serve as Presenting Sponsor for the second annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles event, a free, public celebration of the of the multi-cultural heritage of LA’s Arroyo neighborhoods, on Sunday, June 4, featuring musical, visual, culinary and literary artists representing an array of the region’s cultural traditions.
Principal activities for the event will be staged at Sycamore Grove Park where music, art, multi-cultural performances and food service and at Lummis Home where the poetry reading is followed by a “trek” led along the route of Arroyo Seco riverbed. Musicians, a variety of local restaurants, dancers and other performing artists and the work of visual artists representing many cultural traditions of the SoCal region will be featured.
Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, the first city editor of the Los Angeles Times, one of the city's first librarians and founder of the Southwest Museum. Among his many other achievements, Lummis helped introduce the concept of multiculturalism to Southern California.
The festival is esented by Occidental College and sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, the Autry Center for the American West, and public radio station KPFK 90.7 with the support of the North Figueroa Association, Los Angeles City Council Districts 1 and 14, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Historical Society of Southern California, the Heritage Square Museum, the MTA, NELA Bikes, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the Arroyo Arts Collective, the L.A. Poetry Festival and other ommunity organizations.
THE ARTS NEWS:
Where are the NorthEastLA artists this weekend/next week?
This Chicana artist is still celebrating her 60th birthday only this time we’re not telling you where. Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Where will you be???
Action: Call LAUSD Board Members & Peña Cultural (2/16/07) & Charter Hearing (2/27/07)
Charter Hearing- February 27. We are only 2 weeks away from our charter hearing. We do not know the time but the hearing will take place at the LAUSD Board Room at 333 Beaudry Avenue . We need as many people present on this day with their green, “I support Academia Semillas Del Pueblo” t-shirts. If you plan to attend the hearing, notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL LAUSD BOARD MEMBERS: We are asking as many people as possible to make calls and send emails/letter to all the 7 LAUSD Board members because they are the ones making the final decision on the Charter Renewal. Once you have made your call or send your letter/email please send an email to email@example.com & let us know if you have called/emailed/sent a letter to the Board Members because we are taking a count of our support so far.
Peña Cultural: You are invited to attend our Cultural Peña on Friday, February 16, 6 - 8p, El Sereno Middle School, 2839 N. Eastern Ave, as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Semillas community and prepare for our charter renewal hearing. There will be:
An original Play performed by their parents & students that was written by Mario Rocha
An update on the charter renewal and how to support it
A Live Performance by Quinto Sol.
Don’t forget to send them an email and notify us of how you have supported to firstname.lastname@example.org Please feel free to forward this message.
Thank you, Mixpe Ley, Community Organizer, Academia Semillas Del Pueblo
Below you will find a script you can use when calling the 7 LAUSD Board Members as well as the Superintendent and the Charter School Chief Adminstrator Officer.
Abajo encontraron un guion que pueden utilizar cuando hablen a los 7 representantes de LAUSD, el superintendiente y el administrator principal de las escuelas charters.
(Good morning, Good evening, Good day) My name is ___________ , I am a (parent, teacher, community member) and I strongly support Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School because it increases academic opportunities for students by offering an international curriculum and multilingual education. I ask for your vote in favor of Academia Semillas del Pueblo’s charter renewal. Thank you.
(Buenos dias, Buenas tardes, Bueno dia) Mi nombre es ___________, soy (padre, maestra/o, miembro/a de la comunidad) y apoyo a la escuela charter Academia Semillas del Pueblo porque aumenta la oportunidad academica para estudiantes por ofrecer un curirculo internacional y educacion multilingue. Le pido que vote favor de la renovacion del Chater de Academia Semillas del Pueblo. Gracias.
7 LAUSD Board Members check off list: 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (All have the same address)
• Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte- District 1 (213) 241-6382 email@example.com
• Mónica García- District 2 (213) 241-6180 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jon Lauritzen- District 3 (213) 241-6386 email@example.com\
• Marlene Canter- District 4 (213) 241-6387 firstname.lastname@example.org
• David Tokofsky- District 5 (213) 241-6383 email@example.com
• Julie Korenstein- District 6 (213) 241-6388 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mike Lansing- District 7 (213) 241-6385 email@example.com
• Superintendent- David Brewer III (213) 241-7000
• Gregory McNair (Charter School Chief Admin. Officer) (213) 241-2665 firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEKEND/NEXT WEEK:
Alicia Beach - Transparent
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7 - 10p
David Patton LA, 5006 1/2 York Blvd, LA, CA
September 8 – October 7
323.478.1966 email@example.com www.davidpattonlosangeles.com
February 17 - March 17
Alicia's work, mindfully fabricated, meditative and absorbing, has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and we are honored to present these new pieces.
Two Film Shorts
Saturday, February 17, 5:30p
Sandpaper Books, 3706 N Figueroa St, LA, CA 90065
They invite you to join them for an entertaining evening of discussion, tapas, drinks and fine films, this time two shorts in their on-going Flamenco & Romani themed film series.
Tao Ruspoli's El Cable (30 minutes). http://www.ruspoli.com The film is described as an "electrifying portrait of flamenco singer and dancer, and gypsy bohemian Rafael `El Cable.'" The documentary provides "an insider's glimpse into the Gypsy flamenco scene in Seville, with appearances by such legends as Juan Del Gastor, Juan
Camas, Martin Chico and many others."
Los Almendros-Plaza Nueva (30 minutes). A humorous look at the relations between a payo busdriver and the local Gitano passengers. A busdriver in an Andalucian city get more than he bargained for when he begins a new bus route through the Gitano part of the town. The cultural exchanges that ensue are humorous, contentious and ultimately, touching.
Blood Sister Solo Exhibit by Jennybird
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7p.
Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA
February 17 - March 12
Jennybird Alcantara spent a childhood steeped in the fantastical mindscapes of the Brothers Grimm, "The Wizard of Oz," and zombie movies. Her fondness for the world of the imagination led to a serious interest in art, and she went on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA degree in 1995.
LA Bitch IV: The Last Word by Jim Marquez
Cover photo by Rick Mendoza
Book Launch: Saturday, February 17, 2 – 4p
Metropolis Books, 440 S Main St, LA, CA
Four (count 'em, four) authors:
Joan Del Monte will be here to sign her latest novel Yellow Thumb. A new mystery that has saffron as its core theme.
Bridget Morrow will be signing the next installment of her vampire series entitled Alex. It all started with Master.
Jim Marquez will debut L.A. Bitch IV, the newest in his continuing oeuvre of wicked tales about the city of angels....
Dana Johnson will be signing her works Break Any Woman Down and Flyover States.
2006 Calavera Fashcion Show Photos by Gil Ortiz
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7 – 10p
Tropico de Nopal Gallery, 1665 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA
February 17 – March 17
213.481.8112 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tropicodenopal.com
Join them for Fashion - Art – Culture. The photographs were taken for Tropico de Nopal's Archives documenting the fashions created for the Calavera Fashion Show as part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. They will be presented in large-scale digital format.
Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Ladones & Mentirosos: Saturday, February 17, 10:20p
Africanias: Sunday, February 18, 8:30p
AMC Magic Johnson Theatres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, LA
Poli Marichal is on her way to the 2007 Oscars. Her first feature film (details below) have won her (and her husband Ricardo Mendez Matta) the Puerto Rican Oscar for best Director and The Official Puerto Rican Entry to the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony. Ladones & Mentirosos (Thieves and Liars) tells the story of 3 Puerto Rican families who are affected by the corruption of narcotic trafficking which has converted their island into a doorway for cocaine traveling to the United States. Ultimately the elders observe the deterioration of truth and justice in their younger generations. Thieves & Liars stars Steven Bauer, Elpidia Carrillo, Daniel Lugo, Dennis Mario, Lymari Nadal and Magda Rivera. Written, produced and directed by Poli Marichal & Ricardo Mendez Matta
Africanias is a 30 min documentary by Rafael Rebollar that will be screened the next day. He’s back in Mexico, but he wants you to enjoy and comment on his film.
Fantastic: MFA Thesis Exhibition
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, February 22, 7 – 10p
Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, LA, CA
February 19 – March 2
Natalie Henderson-Alton's work explores the multifaceted and often surreal relationship we have with photographs (both as image and as object). Her recent body of work, the "Family Pictures Project", investigates our relationship to pictures of ourselves and of our lives. Alton's work in collage, installation, and drawing suggests an uncanny relationship to photographs of the self, from the duality of attachment to projection to the perception of the fantastic.
Chris Oatey presents an installation consisting of numerous elements. His drawings become more sculptural while the remnants of making each drawing become reified as objects. The repeated marks of his installation force the viewer to focus on the duration of the whole project while still addressing the singularity of the individual drawing.
The use of fragility in Marcela Rofey-Hobbs work transfers into being monumental. She elevates the humble to fine art. The remnant is no longer a limited material. It is deliberate. Her work is not a cultivation of the pathetic but a modification of the marginal. The work is apologetic yet, aggressive. It suggests the idea of being complete. It has collective power. It believes that politeness is a fantasy.
The Garden of Brokenness by James Elaine
Under Spring Gallery, 1745 N. Spring St #4, LA, CA
February 23 - March 23
James Elaine’s installation of (almost) the same name inspired Farmlab to create their own Garden of Brokenness proposal and artwork. Farmlab is honored to present Elaine’s original work here.
Chain Link Fence Art Pieces by Farmlab
Under Spring Gallery Outdoors, 1745 N. Spring St #4, LA, CA
February 23 - March 23
Sal Bautista and Ramon Macias, Farmlab team members, created this triptych of sculptures using chain link fencing, plants and debris. The materials came from the remnants of what was once the South Central Farm, in South Central LA.
Garden of Brokenness
Reception: Friday, February 23, 7 - 11p
Farmlab Exhibition Center, Farmlab/Under Spring, 1745 N. Spring St #4, LA, CA
February 23 - June 1
The reception features food, drink, a screening of the film, “Carousel,” and special carnival-themed surprises. This exhibit celebrates LA as a broken paradise. The project is proposed for Confluence Park, a location that has been described as “one of the ugliest, most devastated spots on the LA River” (Dr. Jennifer Price), but which is also one of the more inspirational. For two fresh water rivers – the Arroyo Seco and the Los Angeles River – meet here year round and, for well over ten thousand years, their confluence sustained a hunter-gatherer culture that enjoyed abundant clean water, plentiful food, a sub-tropical climate & lush rural surroundings.
Beginning in the post-industrial brokenness of this paradise lost, the Garden of Brokenness extends the gestalt of a ragamuffin site. The project is neither landscaped in a traditional sense nor arranged according to a tidy municipal geometry. Instead, as if the rivers have burst their concrete banks and then receded, leaving behind curious flotsam and fertile soil, the project elements are arranged to give the impression of random placement.
The distinct elements of the Garden of Brokenness are rich and poetic. The main feature is a working carousel with repurposed objects and assemblages by artists George Herms and Lauren Bon, accompanied by music created for this proposal by composer Jeremy Mage. The carousel is bordered by a number of ‘junker gardens’ – verdant plots cultivated inside of broken-down vehicles – and by eleven graffiti-covered columns salvaged from the recently demolished Hahamog-na Bridge. In the center of the carousel a camera obscura shows images of a river. But the question is: “which river?” Is this a real camera obscura that shows the actual meeting of the Arroyo Seco and the Los Angeles River? Is it a college of images concerning the archetype ‘River’? Is it a phantasm of the LA River – a river in potentia that is now alive only in the realm of perception? Or is it a vision for the future?
Garden of Brokenness, by Farmlab, is a collaboration between Farmlab team members including conceptual artist Lauren Bon, sculptor George Herms, gardener Jaime Lopez Wolters & composer Jeremy Mage; with the creative input and technical expertise of Kate Balug, James Goodnight, Monica Henderson, Amy Linsenmayer and Alex Ward, the furniture selection and critical eye of Roxanne Steinberg, and special thanks to Valley Crest Landscape Development for technical support.
NorthEastLA Galleries On-Going Exhibits:
Food from the Heart Images and Tastes of Divine Decadence
The Acorn Gallery, 135 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 4
"The way to the heart is through the stomach - The way to the stomach is through the eyes" This is an exhibit featuring paintings, sculpture and prints by Sharon Romero, Deborah Thomas, Patricia Lee, Jennifer Murphy, Deborah Kashinsky, Suzanne Siegel, Tai Ling Wong, Deborah Krall & Radhika Hershey. As part of the reception, Collective Members will indulge your eye and pamper your palate with sweet "Food as Art" morsels. Come early, come often throughout the evening to experience this sweets inspired pot-luck with an artistic flare.
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 11a - 5p
art studio c, 4121 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.256.6052 email@example.com www.artstudioc.com
art studio c maybe closing. Join them one last time with the current artists. See notice below.
Room Constructions: Blueprints and Models
Another Year in LA, 2121 N San Fernando Rd #13, Glassell Park, CA
Thru March 16
323-223-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.anotheryearinla.com
This exhibit features the 12 blueprint concept drawings created by Stephen J. Kaltenbach in 1967 as well as scale models of three of the rooms including two that were realized at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1967 and the Whitney Museum in 1969. These room construction blueprint drawings and actualized museum works pre-date his UC Davis classmate and fellow conceptual artist, Bruce Nauman’s corridor pieces by a couple years. The real history here is not that Kaltenbach did something before someone else; the moment was about his minimal discoveries.
Beautiful Deceptions: Erotica by Women; Curated by Poli Marichal
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru March 4
323.258.1435 email@example.com www.avenue50studio.com
The work exhibited deals with erotica in a tasteful and artistic manner. This is a show by women that doesn’t demean any sex. It features paintings, sculpture, assemblages, photography, video & prints from eight LA artists: Sonya Fe, Candace Metzger, Deborah Kantner, Candace Lin, Barbara Carrasco, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cristina Cardenas, and Poli Marichal. Ambiguous, dark, sexy, and symbolic aspects of erotica are explored in unexpected and striking ways. These women have conceived works that juggle with notions of sexual imagery in order to seduce and mesmerize, shock and impress the spectator. Most of the pieces feature women being unashamedly erotic, gloriously free of any self-conscious prudery or uncertainty. It is curious to note that the male figure is, in many of the works, the absent object of desire. This is a show by women about women’s erotica that, nevertheless, caters to both sexes.
Gimme Some Love Exhibit
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
Thru March 7
323.256.6117 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eclecticcactus.com
More than 20 local artists display their take on love, romance, the flip side of love & the symbols which exemplify Valentine's Day. Artists include Douglas Alvarez, Lernie Beuler, Jena Cardwell, Gwen Freeman, Mark Gelvoria, José Ángel Hernández, Javier Herrera, Lisa Ingalls, Patricia Krebs, Heather Llyod, Sophia Louisa, Miss Mindy, Lorraine Scognamillo, Robert Selvaggio, Ingrid Sundberg, Kelly Thompson (acrylic and oil paintings). Mosaic items du amore: birdhouses,
vases, and picture frames by Mary Clark Camargo. Photography by Johnny Garcia, Eleonora Ghioldi, Cidne Hart, Kevin Haas, Annie Fourguette and Ángela María Ortíz S. Assemblage by Claudia Galvan, Greg Liffick and Jon Grauman. Collage by Matthew Cramer and Patrick
Haemmerlein. Drawings by David J. Vanderpool and Lee Ann Goya.
Irene Carranza: New Works Solo Exhibit
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru February 18
323.259.1563 email@example.com www.carlottaspassion.com
Perhaps no other Latina artist in Los Angeles is so visible & invisible at the same time. Perhaps no other is so commercially viable & not commercial. And perhaps no other artist is as important to the expression of being Latina in a multicultural world without treating the paintbrush as a political hammer. On the contrary, whatever "it" is, she nails it. Although the color and strokes convey a world somewhere between Diego Rivera and Edvard Munch, a world between Marc Chagall's and Georgia O'Keefes', that world is distinctly Carranza's. She creates her works using oil, acrylic, charcoal & pastel on canvas, paper & wood. Since 1997, she has developed a body of work that is connected by the notion of feminine mystique & the interpretation of what makes a human "feminine". They are tales with allegorical references to death, beauty, innocence, wisdom & strength.
Performance and Man Who Fell To Earth Photo Exhibit featuring the work of Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg
drkrm. Gallery & Lab, 2121 San Fernando Rd Ste 3, LA, CA
Thru February 24
This exhibit is of interest to fans of Mick Jagger and of course the movie Performance. They have assembled a collection of rare and unseen photographs from Performance (1970) & The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), two legendary films directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Now recognized as classics, both films were, upon their release, met with a hostile critical reception that rejected their dazzling, kaleidoscopic use of montage as well as a daring mixture of sadism and eros -- the juxtaposition of images of sex and violence. Both films starred famous British rock stars, Mick Jagger in Performance and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth. They pay tribute to the boldness of directors Cammell and Roeg with this exhibit of images from their greatest works, whose daring & strangeness remain undiminished to this day.
The show consists of 20+ photographs, none of which have been shown in a gallery setting, most never seen by the public. Though there were six years between the two films, the photos share a strikingly similar quality; both depicted the collision of alien worlds that featured Jagger and Bowie as odd, androgynous, reclusive yet brilliant misanthropes. All of the photos from Performance & most from The Man Who Fell to Earth exist only in black and white, adding to their haunting, other-worldly quality.
The S-Word: Part II: Sacred Byzantine & Coptic Icons: A Living Tradition
Main Gallery, Judson Stained Glass Studios and Gallery, 200 S Ave 66, Highland Park, CA
The S-Word: Part I: The State of Spirituality in Contemporary Art
Hall Gallery, Judson Stained Glass Studios and Gallery, 200 S Ave 66, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 31
Part II features artworks by contemporary artists Fr. Ilie Dantes, Adrian Iurco and Dr. Stephane René. It is curated by Prof. Ronald E. Steen, Art Historian and Art Educator.
This exhibition celebrates the sacred art of the Orthodox Church in its many forms and demonstrates that iconography is still practiced today, and to some extent, experiencing a renaissance in countries like Egypt and Russia. Even in our own overwhelmingly materialistic society, interest is growing for this sacred art form, not only for its aesthetic and artistic qualities, but for its profound spirituality. These works have been created for devotional and sacred environments.
Part I is a mini version of the group exhibition held over by popular demand of work exhibited in SoCal by contemporary artists from 1979/1980 to the presented created not for sacred environments. Works by Lynn Aldrich, Sandow Birk, Rob Clayton, Einer & Jamex de la Torre, Daniel Martin Diaz, Mark Ryden, Fred Stonehouse, Ruth Weisberg and Patty Wickman. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.
Dissolution: solo exhibit by Jessica Swanson
MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 7
Jessica Swanson examines human ideas about the wild. Her sculptures offer views of nature with a focus on scenic vistas or burnt out landscapes with glimpses of animals. Swanson's sculptures describe the toxic and wasted lands due to apathetic neglect or outright exploitation yet show hope as life forms continue to persist in these spaces.
Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce: PLOT [plot]
Artists’ Reception: February 10, 7 – 10p
Park Projects, 4755 York Blvd, LA CA
This is a two-person exhibit of new site specific works. It includes a mural sized wall painting by Joyce and a sculpture installation by Halonen. Although working with vastly different materials and processes, both artists use poetic gestures to navigate current global issues. By including trees and images of other natural life forms a garden-like environment is created. These works can be seen as a celebration or a resignation of our present condition.
Miles Jopling Exhibit
Artist’s Reception: February 10, 7 – 10p
Young Art, 747 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru March 3
Drawings and installation by Miles Jopling. Music and drinks.
Blues on my ceiling
all over my head
run down the walls
across the floor
under my bed
light across the street
blinking off and on
ill never get out of these blues alive
La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC with La Veneno Cortes
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p LA
312.345.3805 firstname.lastname@example.org Freeradio@artic.edu www.freeradiosaic.org
Listen to Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. Go to the website, click on Listen Now, then an orange box will pop up ...you can send your hellos & even see Carmina on this little orange box. She'll be playing music en espanol. You can call her & be on the air as well.
Community Drum Circles
Sundays, 12:30p families, 1:30p adults only
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 email@example.com www.rockrosegallery.com
Drum Circle - Bring your own drum or percussion instrument or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.
Jazz Composers Workshop
Sundays, 3 - 5:30p
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rockrosegallery.com
Son Jarocho Classes
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, LA, CA
Donations are accepted
Son Jarocho Classes! Learn to: Play Jarana: String Instrument from Veracruz; Dance Zapateado; Sing & compose Sones-songs; & Gain Knowledge of Son Jarocho music, Children, teens & Adults
A Mic & Dim Lights
Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony)
Door: 300 pennies
Free Salsa Dance Class with Miguel: 7 – 8p
Live Music: 9p - 1:30a
Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Place City of Commerce, CA
323.723.9856 Fay@charangoa.com www.charangoa.com
There are lots of great dancers & surprises. They hope to see you there soon.
CALLS FOR ARTISTS/VOLUNTEERS:
Call For Entries: Puppets, Puppets, Puppets: In May & June of 2007, the Arroyo Arts Collective will be hosting Puppets, Puppets, Puppets, a Puppetry Festival in Northeast Los Angeles: They are looking for puppeteers, artists who make puppets, teachers for puppetry workshops for children & adults & a teacher to give a talk on the history of puppetry. Thanks to generous grants from the City of LA, Department of Cultural Affairs, & the LA County Board of Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission we are able to give modest honoraria to puppeteers & teachers for this event.
Here¹s how to get involved:
1) Puppeteers with a puppet show they¹d like to present: We are looking for about 10 puppeteers to put on puppets shows in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles during the weekends of June 1, 2 & 3 & June 7, 8 & 9, 2007. Shows on June 3 will be part of the Lummis Day Festival in Sycamore Grove Park. Shows on June 9 will be part of the NELA Second Saturday Art Walk in galleries in Highland Park. These shows will be selected by a panel of judges including Alan Cook, Curator of the Conservatory of Puppetry Arts & Susan Simpson, puppeteer & teacher in the Cotsen Center for Puppetry & the Arts, at the California Institute of the Arts. All chosen puppeteers will receive a honorarium of between $100 & $300, based on the needs of the individual show. The Collective’s intention is to showcase in our neighborhood a representative sampling of the interesting new trends in contemporary puppetry. We¹d particularly love to see shows about Los Angeles & its colorful characters, the Los Angeles River, & the diversity that characterizes our city. Multilingual shows are encouraged. We¹re hoping for a nice blend of family friendly shows & more experimental works that would appeal to an adult audience. Our venues include outdoor performances in Sycamore Grove Park (a temporary stage will bbe available), as well as shows in the Acorn Gallery & other interior spaces. Ideally, shows will be short (under 30 minutes), self contained, or requiring short set up time, with modest lighting & sound requirements. We will also consider short films involving puppets.
2) Teachers who would like to teach a brief workshop on puppetry for children or adults: We are looking for workshop teachers to work with community members to teach adults & children puppetry skills. Our community includes artists, parents, school children, teachers & the curious. Last year we had great success making large street puppets with students & adults at Franklin High School, This was accomplished over three Saturdays prior to Lummis Day, & the puppets were carried in a parade from the Lummis Home to Sycamore Grove Park. We could do this again &/or have some shorter workshops (Example: a workshop to build a simple rod puppet, finger puppet or marionette ) at the Acorn Gallery or a local library. Teachers will receive honoraria appropriate to the project.
3) Puppetry Historian: We need one special person to give a presentation on the history of puppetry. This would occur a few weeks prior to June 3, at a gallery, library or other community space in Highland Park. It would be wonderful if this presentation had a hands on component (Example: A puppet petting zoo?) An honorarium will be given for this presentation.
If you are interested in putting on a puppet show, teaching a workshop or giving a presentation on the history of puppetry, please complete the following: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email.
Please give a brief description (250 words) of your show, workshop or presentation. Be sure to tell us if this show is for adults or families, if it can be performed outdoors & what is needed for lighting & amplification. If you have supporting materials such as reviews of your work, photos or sketches, please include these with your application. Please send your application to The Arroyo Arts Collective, P.O. Box 50835, Highland Park, California 90050-0835 (or by email to email@example.com) by March 1, 2007. If you need further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will notify winners of these competitions by March 31, 2007.
Artists Who Make Puppets: The Arroyo Arts Collective will have an open show, entitled Puppets on the Wall, in our Acorn Gallery. We are looking for artist made puppets of all types. We hope that artists from all media will create work for this show. There are no entry fees but entrants MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. Please email your intention to participate to the Arroyo Arts Collective (email@example.com). A separate entry form for Puppets on the Wall will appear in the next edition of the Arroyo Arts Collective newsletter.
The Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts announces its 3rd Annual Call for Entries exhibit: The Exhibition will begin June 9 - July 21: An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, June 10, 3 – 5p. Participation is open to any living SoCal artist 18 years or older. All entries must be original works of not more that two years old (2004 – 2007). Submissions limited to two pieces maximum. There is a participation fee of $10 for one piece & $15 for two pieces to help defray the cost of installation & publicizing the exhibition. We will accept cash or check payable to the City of Pico Rivera. Slide submissions are due by March 5 at 5:30p. Accepted entries will be notified by March 12. f there are any questions, please call the Centre for the Arts at 562.801.4300.
Call for Artists Postmarked 2007 Third Annual International Art Envelope Fundraiser Exhibit & Silent Auction April 4 - 8: Requesting your original art envelopes for display & sale to raise funds for The Claremont Forum's Prison Library Project, which sends thousands of books free to inmates throughout the country. Hundreds of volunteers package books (donated to the Project by our local community), which are then mailed in response to inmate letters requesting reading material while incarcerated. Please join us for this international event. Your art envelope may be painted, stamped, collaged, printed, &/or otherwise decorated or constructed. It may be any shape & size that will go through the mail & receive an official postmark. It may get worn or torn through the mail, but the handling process is an important part of the theme. You may include any message or premium inside the envelope, which will be opened ONLY by the person who purchases the art envelope, & not beforehand. You may submit as many envelopes as you wish, & begin sending now. Please address your art to: Postmarked 2007 Prison Library Project, 112 Harvard #303, Claremont, CA 91711. Submissions must arrive by April 1. Exhibit: April 4 – 8, 111 S College Ave, Claremont, CA Hours: noon - 4 daily. Artists’ Reception: Friday, April 6, 5 - 9p; Auction ends Sunday April 8, 5p. For more information please contact Anne @ Art Work Studio 909.624.8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Quilters/Fiber Artists: Please start working on your pieces for submission to our 2007 Sense of Fiber Show in Pomona! Welcomed are quilts & fiber art of all sizes & shapes. We would also like to invite you to teach a workshop during the run of the show. Dates of the exhibition will be April 4 through May 19. Email or call Chris Frausto Christina_Frausto@pitzer.edu 909.607.8184 or Madeleine Wilhite email@example.com with questions. We look forward to your work.