Save the DATE...Thursday, April 2, from 6-10pm, enjoy an art party at NiteSpa. Founded in 2005, creative director and spa director, Julia Martin has been in the beauty business since1994. As the story goes...the idea for nitespa was inspired by a dream.
A social person, Julia said she is like a cruiser director, and loves to help people feel transformed. Nitespa offers massage, Mani-pedi s, Facials , Waxing, makeup application...even Psychic Readings too.
I can personally attest, nitespa has a great vibe with sprawling walls...perfect for art...and of course an art party! So come on down! This is a FREE event!
We will be celebrating the art of Michael Baroff, Barbara Kosoff, Michelle Oppenheimer and Stephanie Visser. It's going to be a fabulous art party. A portion of the proceeds of all art sales will be donated to Miracles for Kids, an important nonprofit offering support to children and their families affected by cancer.
I can't say enough about Miracles for Kids. It's a great organization. I recently wrote abou this nonprofit in the Huffington Post article this past December.
Here is a blurb from my article explaining first hand how Miracles for Kids helps kids and their families dealing with the trauma of cancer.
At just five years old, little Anaya Green was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (stage 4) in April 2011. This type of cancer, which develops in the nerve cells and spreads to the bones, is most commonly found in children under the age of five.
See image: Anaya Green, photo courtesy of Miracles for Kids
Cancer can be a destructive force. It surges in...leaving families dazed and confused. But the physical disease is just one component of the dreaded illness. It causes an emotional roller coaster for not only the patient, but the family as well. It wreaks havoc on ones finances, and often leaves family and friends feeling helpless and miserable.
"As a family, our everyday financial hurdles were and are compounded with the pain of fighting a disease like cancer; it feels overwhelming," said Amanda Defour, Anaya's mother. "Through Miracles for Kids, the generous people with big hearts, we have seen that our blessings have often come in the form of strangers." She went on to say that what affected her most was this kindness from people she didn't even know. "In the darkest parts of my life, at times when I've felt must alone, there was an outpouring of love and support that I've never known; as well as assistance with rent, bills, food and so much more."
For more info about Miracles for Kids, visit the website
Michael Baroff has been painting metascapes for thirty years. As he states on his website. "I am interested in the "transitional" space between realism and abstraction where a dream-like quality can emerge." These meditative works are a perfect fit for nitespa.
See image: Michael Baroff Metascape (from Expression Series) Oil on Canvas 6"x12"
Baroff lives and works out of his Santa Monica studio. His art has been shown at Blue 7 Gallery. Palos Verdes Art Center, Hale Art Space, Art Insight Gallery, Odalisque Fine Art ,Tom Binder Fine Arts, Gallery 409, James Turcoutte Gallery Pacific Art Guild, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and most recently at the 42nd Annual Brand Library Art Center "Works on Paper" Exhibition." Baroff is set to be included in a group a group show at haleARTS S P A C E in July. http://www.metascapeart.com/
Mixed-media artist, Barbara Kosoff has a background as a graphic designer and art director and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles. In fact, next Thursday, April 9, Kosoff's work will be featured in a group show at FABstudio in Santa Monica.
See image: Barbara Kosoff, Prosperity, Mixed-media, archival print
One of the works in the exhibit is titled "Prosperity." Kosoff's inspiration behind this piece came from a personal exploration of creating one's own success and abundance. The garden is a lovely metaphor for cultivating that growth. With that idea in mind, she began to explore this through her usual way of working – taking images, found and photographed, and combining them with oil bars. "Working intuitively," she says, "I arrange and rearr¬ange these until a story grows organically from it. People ask me if this is a self-portrait and, in some ways, I guess it is." This piece recently appeared on the cover of GDUSA magazine, where she was a winner of the Neenah digital cover competition. You can also find Kosoff's work featured in the LA Times. http://barbarakosoff.com
Perhaps the reason why Michelle Oppenheimer's paintings have a calming affect on the viewer is because of her background as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. An abstract artist, Oppenheimer chooses to work in watercolors. "I enjoy color and expressing myself through color," said the artist.
She has been painting her entire life but has been making a living at it for the past fifteen years.
See image: by Michelle Oppenheimer, Untitled, 10x10, Fine art print, Mounted on wood with a resin finish
She describes her inspiration, "I absolutely love this color. I wanted to create something that would pull the viewer in and hopefully get lost."
Her paintings can be found year round in at LA at WallSpace LA, as ell as in Chicago, at Chicago Art Source. Her painting schedule varies....but these days she currently working on several commissioned pieces, so is in her Venice studio everyday. http://michelleoppenheimer.com/
Another abstract artist, Stephanie Visser, has worked with Miracles for Kids before. She donated one of her works for to benefit the nonprofit at a holiday charity event at Upper West. See my Huffington Post article about the event and the artist.
Visser said everyday, she finds inspiration all around her. "I see things...I feel things...and...I have an unrelenting need to express them." One of the works that Visser will be showing is from her Inception series.
See image: Stephany Visser, "Inception Series " Untitled #10, Acrylic on Raw Linen, 40 x 60
She explains her inspiration, "One day I was driving to the studio in Venice and as I crossed over the 4th Street bridge from Ocean Park, I could see the Pacific. There was a marine layer over the coast, and it was about 4 in the afternoon in the winter months, so the sun was setting behind the marine layer. It was so beautiful I couldn't get it off my mind." http://stephanievisser.com/
Our generous food/wine/beer sponsors are: Baby Blues BBQ, Uncle Darrow's, Hal's Bar and Grill, Finn McCools, Venice Duck (Beer), and Gruppo Mezzacorona.
The Country Legends will be performing as well...Greg Cruz will be singing some Johnny Cash (with Kathy Leonardo as June), Petr Hromadko on stand up bass and Mitch Montrose on druums. We'll be doing some Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and some blues too. Come on down and parteee!
For more info, check out the Country Legends FB page.
Hope to see you Thursday...remember This is a FREE event kids!
What: Art Party – opening
Where: nitespa, 12024 Venice Blvd., 2nd floor, suite D, LA, 90066
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm - April 2nd
Phone: 310 390-5122
Save the Date...April 2, Artist Brooke Harker Featured in Solo Exhbition at Lu Martin Galleries in Laguna Beach!
See image: Brooke Harker painting Liberated Waters
This will be the artist's first solo exhibit with the gallery. "We introduced Brooke Harker to the gallery last month with two large, black and white paintings of the streets of Laguna Beach," said Greg Martin, co-owner of the gallery. "Brooke uses her strong draftsmanship skills to capture the charm and spirit of Laguna, even without the use of color. These paintings stand out to our regular visitors and designers for their modern style and urban perspective of this beloved and oft-painted beach town."
The gallery opened its doors in 1988, founded by Lu Martin mother of Greg, who later joined the gallery as a partner. Located in Gallery Row in North Laguna, Lu Martin Galleries plays an active role in the first Thursdays monthly Artwalk.
"Greg Martin at Lu Martin Galleries has been a good friend and has watched the development of my work for several years," said Harker. "It means a lot to me that he and Lu have decided to feature my work in their gallery."
Harker is a frequent attendee to both Laguna Beach and its Art Walk. She has exhibited her work at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art as part of the monthly event.
"In recent years, I have spent a lot of time in Orange County nurturing relationships and fueling my spirit away from the buzz of LA. These coastal works are a reflection of the ebb and flow of many love affairs with the ocean.
See image: Brooke Harker Heart of the View, 36" x 93" ink, oil & acrylic on canvas
Brooke is the featured artist in a group show opening on Thursday, April 9 at FABstudio in Santa Monica.
What: Opening reception
Where: Lu Martin Galleries, 372 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - April 2
Phone: (949) 494-8074
The exhibit, coinciding with Earth Month and on display at El Pueblo's Pico House, is aimed at raising awareness for the many accessible public lands near the urban center of downtown Los Angeles.
Joshua Tree National, Park Beverly Houwing Red Joshua Tree
Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 is a collective exhibit featuring images from award-winning photographers, including Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, Michael Miner and Louie Schwartzberg. Their subjects include Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley, the Channel Islands and many more parks across the United States.
The Pico House, a California Historical Landmark located next to Olvera Street, was built in 1870 and was once Southern California's most exclusive and lavish hotel. Now belonging to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, the Pico House is the scene of numerous film and television shoots, as well as exhibits and events. Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 promises to be one of its most ambitious.
"By bringing the amazing work of these world class photographers to the Pico House we hope to connect the citizens of LA to their America – the lands they own," says WNPA Executive Director Jim Cook. "Our public lands truly reflect our shared American values."
See image: Scott Tansey, Griffith Park Aerial 24.5 x 9.16 with 2" borders, Archival Ink Print.
The photography of Scott Tansey will be featured. The photographer has been attending exhibitions at the G2 gallery since the gallery first opened. "It has the BEST nature photography in the Los Angeles area, bar none, " said Tansey. "They show the masters along with up and coming nature photographers."
Tansey has had the chance to study under Robert Glenn Ketchum and has consistently stated that the photography workshop that he took with Ketchum had changed his life. "I am honored to be in a show with such famous photographers, such as Jack Dykinga and Robert Glenn Ketchum along with the other photographers."
Tansey has been busy chasing his dream and fulling his "bucket list." He was able to cross off one item from his "list" when he took a zeppelin ride over California from Long Beach to Moffet Field. His photograph set to be featured in the group exhibition is titled "Griffith Park Aerial." He explained, "This image not only shows the iconic Griffith Park Observatory, it also shows the vast wilderness of Griffith Park."
See image: Mono Lake Tufa, State Antuonal Reserve, Jim Stimson, Tufa Towers
The exhibit will also celebrate the Earth Month activities put on by a dedicated group of organizations: WNPA, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, National Parks Service, U.S. Forest Service, and California State Parks. This includes a photography, art and essay contest currently open for Los Angeles high school students. Student submissions will address the theme, "Our Parks, Our Stories" and focus on their personal relationships with green space and public park land.
"We invite everyone to enjoy this great exhibit put together by The G2 Gallery, and also to spend time in our great outdoors in your special place – your special park– during Earth Month," says Cook.
See image: Don Whitebread, Joshua Tree National Park, True North
The opening reception for Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 will be held on April 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibit itself is free and open to the public throughout its run.
On View April 2 – April 26
What: Artist Reception
Where: Pico House, 424 North Main St., LA 90012
When: Thursday April 2 - 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join us Thursday, April 30th, from 8pm-11pm for LA Weekly's annual celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene in Los Angeles! Art, fashion, music, food, mixology and fun await you as you step into a wonderland that will excite all of your senses. Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, this event is sure to inspire.
"My vision for ARTOPIA this year continues and expands on the theme of interactivity, immersion, and experience that animated the 2014 edition -- but this year, with a little more peace and love in the mix. Along with the return of favorites like Bohemian Society's edgy live body-painting textiles performance, and Debi Cable's Instagram-breaking 3D Art Gallery, ARTOPIA invites a cast of engaging, beauty-obsessed installation and performance artists and progressive video programmers to celebrate the release of the Weekly's People Issue by genuinely showing our love for the people. Setting the audio atmosphere for a night of hosted bars, botanical stimulation, appreciation of the human body, and the magic of art being made before your eyes will be the one and only Jeremy Sole -- friend of all things beautiful, and so much more than just your favorite DJ." - Shana Nys Dambrot
In its third year, Artopia take place at The Container Yard and will feature live art, music, fashion, artisanal cocktails and food trucks. The Container Yard is a creative space born out of the evolution of the DTLA Arts District. They aim to create a culture of innovative ideas through adding a new perspective on what a creative space is and can be. Embracing such a unique perspective during this time in DTLA, The Container Yard is a destination of ever evolving change with a backdrop of some of the most impressive street art one can find anywhere around the world.
Confirmed artists include: Victor Wilde and Bohemian Society, Mud Baron, Debi Cable. Mikael B., Amy Kaps, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and Jeremy Sole, with more to come... In addition to an immersive art experience, Artopia will offer guests hand-crafted cocktails, shaken and stirred by the city's most respected bartenders. Cocktails will showcase liquors fromthe Beam-Suntory family of brands. A curated selection of Los Angeles' hottest food trucks will on hand to enhance the evening by selling their signature dishes to hungry art aficionados. Last but not least, new to Artopia this year is the Artisan Village, filled with vendors and artists who will be showcasing and selling unique and handcrafted art and gift items. Curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse and South BayMuse with Edgar Varela aka EVFA; collectively of WeAreDTLA, this artist village will be a definite highlight of the event!
The Artopia event is also a celebration of L.A. Weekly's annual People Issue, which is on stands April 30th and profiles the people in Los Angeles we find most fascinating — from movie stars and musicians to inventors, athletes, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
L.A. Weekly, and more recently laweekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Public Spectacle, which covers the city's arts scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country's finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. L.A. Weekly's arts, theater and film critics have recently been honored with top prizes from the L.A. Press Club, and in 2007, the paper's food critic won the first Pulitzer Prize for food criticism.
General admission tickets range from $$30 - $45 (this is determined by how soon you order them) and includes entrance to the event as well as wine, beer and alcohol samples. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Where: The Container Yard, 800 E 4th St., LA 90013
About TAG Gallery – Established in 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation, TAG Gallery is a member-owned community of approximately forty artists. Through the physical gallery in Santa Monica's landmark Bergamot Station as well as lectures from exhibiting and visiting artists, TAG Gallery has become a valuable resource for launching the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area.
Streets of LA, Daniel Janotta
LA is a city of commuters. We spend countless hours getting to and from our jobs. Dan Janotta's interest is in these hours. We drive as the sun rises and sets, yet we generally only appreciate this when the backdrop is a panoramic view of the ocean, city or mountains. Janotta's paintings illustrate the beauty and serenity in those moments that the rest of us just try to rush through. He see's what most of us can't wait to get past. Streets of LA reintroduces the viewer to his/her surroundings. The work reminds us to take everything in and see the beauty that is all around.
See image: Dan Janotta, Sunset Boulevard 1, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Janotta's painting style and compositions reflect the Southern California environment of strong sunlight, dense vehicular movement, and beautiful landscape. His oil paintings have distinct brush strokes that help to define the areas of color within the composition and provide a level of abstraction for the realistic content.
Figuring It Out, Shelley Lazarus
The figures that Shelley Lazarus captures in this show are very personal to her. Models who have become friends over the years, family, or just people she may have met or seen and photographed on one of her many trips.
See image: Shelley Lazarus, Redhead in Black Tights, mixed media, 17 x 15 in.
She tries to capture their emotion and involvement at the time, through various mediums and styles. The painting methods for these figures are varied depending on how she wants to portray them. She never hesitates to experiment with new papers, inks, graphites or even crayons.
Shelley was born and educated in new York, where as a teenager she attended classes at Pratt College while still in high school. As a founding member of TAg she takes great pride in the gallery and her ability to present her work there. Her works have received numerous awards and her paintings can be seen in both private and corporate sectors here and abroad.
All proceeds from this show will go to the Robert David Lazarus Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit at Cedar-Sinai Hospital.
Strike a Pose, Betty Sheinbaum
Artist Betty Sheinbaum's current series, "Strike a Pose", features acrylic studies on canvas with an emphasis on drawing and painting figures. Sheinbaum spent the past year concentrating on works where her subjects were live models with an emphasis on the use of black, white and gray.
See image: Betty Sheinbaum, GQ, acrylic on canvas, 28.5 x 22.5 in.
Rather than her usual tack of capturing people in public places, she has chosen to explore figure painting with more attention to the form. She still conveys a certain mood or air to each figure, expressing the feelings of the models through the tone of the moment captured in time. Immediacy is not a focal point in this series. This time out, Sheinbaum reveals a different side of her work; one of calm, pensive and thought-filled subjects.
Artist Talk takes place April 11th, 3:00 pm.
On view: March 24 - April 18, 2015
What: Art Talk
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404
When: April 11 - 3:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
On view at the Gabba Gallery...a group show titles "Outside Lies Magic" curated by Jason Ostro and Phil Santos.
"Outside Lies Magic," is a group exhibition that brings the street art magic happening outside, into this nearly 2000 sq. ft. gallery. The need to express and the variety of expression is invigorating and palatable as the viewer experiences the seamless transition from outside into masterful artworks on the gallery walls.
Ostro and Santos offer the public an opportunity to experience the breadth of these artists creative expression. "Outside Lies Magic" is alive with works from artists such as Leba, a contender in the current OXYGEN Channel reality series "Street Art Throwdown." Rene Gagnon a master of Street Art styles whom has been creating on the streets for almost 30 years and is compaired to Banksy. Moncho 1929 for his incredible thought provoking commentary work. "It's no secret that I am in love with street art and street artists and am so happy to be here in LA as it grows into a worldwide movement and cultural obsession." - Jason Ostro, Curator
The street artists included in Outside Lies Magic continually create for the public and were selected as they blur the lines between street art and contemporary fine art, and are as follows: Alex Schaefer, Andrea LaHue, Angelina Christina, Bleep Bloop, Booleep, CANTSTOPGOODBOY, Cody Bayne, Dcypher, Gianni Arone, Greg Auerback, Hero, Jason Ostro, Jason Woodside, Jennifer Korsen, John Kilduff, Jules Muck, Keith Dugas, LEBA, Loudlabs, Lucas Raymond, MAR, MDMN, Moncho1929, Morley, Pastey White, Phil Santos, Peter Greco, Phobik, Raphael Grischa, Rene Gagnon, Sarah Sandin, Selfuno, Septerhed, Teacher, ThanksOne, Van Soro, Wordsmith.
The event is sponsored by 7/11, Hubert's and Perrier.
On view: March 28 – April 18th, 2015
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org.
Dance Media Festival Schedule:
Thursday, April 30 - Festival Kickoff, UTA Screening Room, Beverly Hills, Screening begins at 7:30pm, Cocktails and appetizers at 6:30pm, $75
Escualo – USA, 2014, 4:00; Martin & Facundo Lombard (directors/choreography); A powerful new piece from the Lombard Twins.
Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied – France, 2014, 57:00 – West Coast Premiere; Louis Wallecan (filmmaker), This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance.
Photo credit: Dancing is Living - Benjamin Millepied
Friday, May 1 - Opening Night Shorts, The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA, 7pm, $15
A selection of top international short films;
ME – A Story of a Performance – Finland, 2014, 7:30; Jopsu Ramu (director), Johanna Nuutinen (choreographer); We follow the performance from different perspectives: how it is perceived by the dancer, the audience and how it can be seen from an objective point of view as a mere code.
Cracks – Spain, 2013, 4:45; Alex Pachon (director/choreographer); Every sound generates a movement and every movement produces a sound.
Pas – Canada, 2014, 15:00; Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard (filmmaker); The dance and the acrobatics deeply move between narrative plots and visual poetry.
Fuel for Thought – India/UK, 2014, 4:04; Michael Joseph (filmmaker); Choreographer Hemabharathy Palani's response to Hip Hop artist Mikey J Asante's track, creating striking imagery against large-scale outdoor scenery and intimate spaces in India.
AM/FM – USA, 2014, 4:45; Morgan Wise (filmmaker), Robert Moses (choreographer); A romantic afternoon car ride turns into a surprising physical contest when a young couple has to choose between two competing radio stations.
Gone – Iceland, 2013, 16:00; Helena Jonsdottir/Vera Solvadóttir (filmmakers); Who is living your life at the moment? Your guest is not always your guest...
Martiality, Not Fighting – China, 2012, 10:00; Marianne M. Kim/Cheng-Chieh Yu (directors); A young Chinese dancer performs the role of conscientious objector
Amandi – Spain, 2014, 7:00; Francesc SitgesSardà/Elisabet Prandi (filmmakers), Claudi Bombardó Oriol (choreographer); A full blend made of nature, woods and weird landscapes with two characters whom travel through that space in constant transformation trying to fit in, to blend in.
See image: Photo credit - The Unfinished Dance
Saturday, May 2 (day) - The Crest Theatre, Westwood
Program 1: 2:30pm; $15
I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46; Jenny Stulberg (filmmaker), Jenny Stulberg/Sebastian Grubb (choreographer); Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.
Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00; Jayce Bartok (filmmaker), Catherine Cabeen (choreographer); Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer.
Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15
The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00; Henry Koster (director); Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns that visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play the lead in the school's production of "Swan Lake." On opening night, Meg arranges an accident which nearly kills Darina and ends her dancing career. As a result, Bouchet becomes a star, while Meg is torn with guilt. Stars Margaret O'Brien and Cyd Charisse.
Saturday, May 2 (evening) - The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $11
I Hate Dancing – Canada, 2014, 2:17; Jo Roy (filmmaker/choreographer); The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.
American Cheerleader – USA, 2014, 89:00; David Barba/James Pellerito (filmmakers), Hank Light/Jason Keogh (choreographers); Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship Title.
See image: Photo credit - Pas
Sunday, May 3 (day) - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown LA
Israel Past and Future – 1pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)
Ze'eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance – USA, 2014, 32:00; Sharon Kaufman (filmmaker); Spanning 70 years, how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself.
Glove Story – Israel, 2013, 38:00; Oren Shkedy (director), Dana Ruttenberg (choreographer); Explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. It asks the question: what are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions?
Renewal – USA/Israel, 2014, 40:00; Stacey Menchel Kussell (filmmaker); In their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Vertigo Dance Company in performance and rehearsals, and their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture.
Animate Life: Dance! - 3pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)
Choreography and Animation Technology Panel Discussion
Frank Gladstone,Gladstone Film; Peggy Holmes, Disney Toon Studios; and others tba
Illumination, education and examination, both contemporarily and historically, of the relationship between Animation and Dance through discussion and screenings.
Sunday, May 3 (evening) – REDCAT, Downtown LA
Program 1 – 5:30pm; $15
CalArts Emerging Artists Competition
Jiri Kylian: Forgotten Memories – France, 2011, 52:00 – West Coast Premiere; Don Kent/Christian Dumais-Lvowski (filmmaker); World-renowned Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, a singular artist whose vision has inspired dancers and choreographers around the globe.
See image: Photo credit - Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity
Program 2 – 7:30pm; $15
Continuum – France, 2014, 9:15; Natalianne Boucher (director); Explores time and space through dance and animation techniques.
Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity – USA, 2014, 82:00; Catherine Gund (director); Motley troupe of flyers and crashers, propelled by Elizabeth Streb's edict that "anything too safe is not action," these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.
Monday, May 4 – UCLA Moore Lecture Hall, Special Campus Screening, 5:00pm, Free
– Canada, 2015, 5:44; Marlene Millar (filmmaker), Sandy Silva (choreographer); Migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind and sand interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey.
Let's Get the Rhythm: Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack – USA, 2014, 55:00; Irene Chagall (filmmaker); Celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on the playgrounds of large cities and in remote corners of the world.
Tuesday, May 5 (evening) – Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
4th Annual Dance-A- Long, 6:30pm, Free
Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the screeening
Final Festival Screening – 7:30pm; $11
Dancing for my Havana – Italy/Cuba, 2015, 112:00; Claudio Del Punta (filmmaker), Yordan Mayedo Perez (choreographer); Young Cuban dancers struggling to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland.
Dance Camera West is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.
Globally speaking, Dance Camera West is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media. Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area. Co-presenters have included the Getty Center, REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Directors Guild of America, the Hammer Museum, and many others.
See image: Photo credit - The Unfinished Dance
Dance Camera West is a 501(c)3 dance media arts organization committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance film from around the globe. We seek to interconnect diverse populations and environments through the innovative art fusion - dance on screen, which merges performance and cinematic aesthetics.
Ticket Prices: Free - $15; Festival Kickoff $75; To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
What: Dance Camera West
Where: Venues all over Los Angeles
When: Thursday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Photo of Bobbie Rich by Beth Adams
Like the rest of us, Rich is a fan of Upper West. "I was originally introduced to Upper West through other Santa Monica locals," said Rich. "That is how you truly know a restaurant is superb. I enjoy attending their art events, meeting up with friends at the bar, or settling in for a more intimate dinner." Rich went on to say how excited she was to take her turn and exhibit her work at Upper West.
Rich said her art was influenced by the work of other artists. "I enjoy the whimsical quality of Don Bachardy's portraits. I was able to sit for him several times, and it is pretty magical to be in his presence," said Rich.
The art of Andrea Raft has also had an impact on Rich's work. She first met Raft through Women Painters West. "Andrea is my friend. I love her work. She is a muse and teacher of mixed media." A professional artist living in Indio, Raft and her husband Martin Raft often invites Rich for the weekend. "When I am staying with her in the desert, I drop everything else and focus entirely on my art."
The artist keeps herself busy daily by teaching classes for both adults and children. Rich hosts wine and painting events. She added that her instruction offers her adult students a mini vacation from their work and family lives. She teaches private lessons, group classes all over Los Angeles.
Rich cited that art is important to both adults and kids, explaining that children are able to use a different part of their brain to create, explore and express themselves. "Extra curricular art for kids is particularly important now that so many schools do not have funding for regularly scheduled art classes," said Rich. Her "kids" (as she calls them) take a tremendous amount of pride in their art. Their work can be seen in a window display at 625 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
Stop by Upper West to see the art of Bobbie Rich and enjoy the paintings of this talented artist! The art will be up through the end of April.
Where: Upper West Restaurant, 3321 W. Pico Blvd. (33rd Street), Santa Monica,
Phone: (310) 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com http://www.BobbieRich.com
The Threepenny Opera debuted in Berlin in 1928. Threepenny is nothing short of a groundbreaking work of what is now termed Brechtian Theatre, in which the full use of theatricality is on display and the fourth wall is broken; the audience is aware they are watching a play, a reaction to a previous, more naturalistic approaches to stage works. When first produced, the musical challenged the audience's notions of how songs could be used to tell a story, and the characters' ostensible amorality was thought unworthy of expression in song. A Noise Within last produced The Threepenny Opera in 1997.
An adaptation of The Beggar's Opera by John Gay, Threepenny is a forerunner of modern musical theatre that follows the exploits of Macheath, Victorian London's most notorious criminal, surrounded by a stage full of rogues, foisting a radical new brand of theatre with music (in America Show Boat would have just premiered, and Oklahoma! would still be 15 years away) on audiences. Threepenny was not just rebellious in form, but also in content highlighting the failure of capitalism and celebrating socialism.
The plot begins as Macheath (Mack), the nastiest criminal in London, marries Polly Peachum, the daughter of Peachum, the boss of London's beggars, who gets a cut of their take for training them. Mack for his part has eluded jail due to his longtime friendship with "Tiger" Brown, the chief of police, whose daughter also has designs on Mack. A visit to a brothel, Peachum unleashing his beggars to ruin Queen Victoria's coronation, Mack arrested, put in jail and up for execution, and a surprise ending all figure into the story.
The cast of The Threepenny Opera features Andrew Abelson* as Macheath, Geoff Elliott* as Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, Deborah Strang* as Mrs. Peachum, Marisa Duchowny* as Polly Peachum, Jeremy Rabb* as Jackie "Tiger" Brown, Abhimanyu Katyal as Reverend Kimball/Constable Smith, Stasha Surdyke* as Jenny, Maegan McConnell* as Lucy, E.K. Dagenfield as Filch, along with ensemble members. *Denotes member of Actors' Equity
The show runs from February 15 – May 9, 2015; See website for full schedule.
Ticket Prices: Single Tickets $40; Student Rush with ID an hour before performance $20.00
Groups (10 or more): Adults from $25.00; Students from $18.00
Pay What You Can Performance: Pay What You Can tickets (first Thursday preview) go on sale at the box office window the day of the performance, starting at 2pm, and are sold on a cash-only basis based on availability; limit of two tickets per person.
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Where: A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
When: see website
Phone: 626-356-3100 ex 1
Paint Your Guts Out!® Incredibly Inspiring 2 Hr Watercolor Classes Tuesday Evenings, 7:00-8:30PM, Feb, March & May
Culver City/MidCity, CA, Feb 10, 2015 — Ignite Your Inspiration online or in person!
Montine Blank, founder of Paint Your Guts Out!® explains..."These classes get your happy self flowing creatively. No experience needed. In these relaxing sessions we will do a little meditation, have a little vino (BYOB), and coax out your artsy side. Using meditation to guide you, we will create watercolor paintings with meaningful intentions to help keep you inspired even after class is over. These personally boosting artworks are joyful to create and hang in your home or office, cheering you on for weeks to come."
The workshop provides watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, sharpies, crayons, and whatever else it takes to get courageous with your creative expression. Each session is designed to help you find joy in creating freely from an inspired place.
Please note: This is not a "paint by numbers" class! You will get to experiment and explore with new art materials -- and learn to TRUST your creative intuition!
• 1 Class: $35
• 2 Classes: $60 ($30 ea)
*All Supplies Included. Limited to 10 people per class.
Culver City (Available Online or In Person): Starting Feb 10th
The workshop is facilitated by Montine Blank. To register and for more information on additional classes, workshops, retreats and events visit www.paintyourgutsout.net
Paint Your Guts Out!® offers a variety of art-based workshops, private sessions, retreats, and classes, all of which are built around personal coaching and intuitive art.
If you'd like more information, please call Montine Blank at (505) 695-1375 or email montine@paintyourgutsout.