Category Archives: Art

Kito Flex Dopeness: #WalkThisWay

Let me introduce you to the budding premium fashion accessory line of Mr. Kito Flex

Kito Flex

Growing up in Houston, TX, 26 year-old Kito Flex always had big dreams of being successful and always had a love for fashion, especially unique accessories that assisted in making his outfits stand out from the crowd. Kito had the artistic idea to create a men’s accessory line (must be the dog…lol…kidding) that would reflect his unique style while staying true to his Houston roots. In early 2013, the Kito Flex Collection was born.

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Gia On The Move: “This dude is “killin’ it”! And we love the inspirational message on the back of his labels.  Check out what he recently wrote to his Instagram followers:

Kito FlexIMG_9758-2.“You guys probably never noticed this but, I do have an inspirational message on the back of all my products! Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. #HappySunday Be blessed “

Bringing awareness of Houston culture to the forefront and cultivating design filled with inspirational art and creativity the line currently includes four premium sock patterns:

  • Baby Bottles”,
  • the vicious red “Bomb” socks,
  • the swangin’ “SLAB” socks (Slow, Loud, and Bangin aka a fully customized car)
  • and the most popular socks shrouded in “Lean Cups” filled with purple drank, inspired by the music of DJ Screw, UGK, Slim Thug and other Houston legends.

image005“It’s a brand that represents, and is influenced by, a Houston culture…a society that the whole world is slowly trending on. I’ve taken ordinary accessories and just added my creative twist to it and hope everyone else enjoys the art. I believe, no matter race or gender, my brand has something to offer to all individuals.”           - Kito Flex

The popularity of the Kito Flex Collection is spreading like wild fire and currently you can spot Houstonians all over rocking these socks.  We love the line at Gia On The Move because it’s just plain fun and sexy.  Plus we’re huge advocates of edgy entrepreneurs on the pulse! …and Gia will be rockin’ her own pair(s) very shortly. :)

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Currently available at Premium Goods (Houston), Active Athlete (Texas, Alabama, Louisiana), Exclusive Taste (Houston), and Tradition (Beverly Center), just to name a few, you can also buy them online!

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Highly recommended for stocking stuffers and totally cheapskate gift givers this holiday season!

Curious Thanksgiving Art: The Turkey Platter Museum Downtown Los Angeles

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It’s not really Thanksgiving without a big turkey.  So on November 23, 2014 the Red Pipe Gallery in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Chinatown will play host to a salute to Thanksgiving by installing the Turkey Platter Museum, a private collection of antique, vintage and contemporary Turkey Platters, works of art made by artisans for over a hundred years.

Local collector Helen Gleason has been buying Turkey Platters for the past forty years at antique stores, estate sales, swap meets, yard sales and cross-country collectibles shopping trips. Over 200 of the pieces on display are from her private collection, assembled to give an overview of Thanksgiving and
America through the eyes of dozens of nameless craftspeople from all around the world.

Some platters depict naturalistic scenes of turkeys in the wild while many are portraits of one large bird. The art styles vary from realism to expressionism but a careful attention to artistry, form and detail are visible in all.  Some of them will even be for sale!

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The exhibit opens Sunday afternoon, November 23, from Noon – 5 PM. The Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon – 5 PM.

This exhibit will run thru Sunday, January 4, 2015. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Red Pipe Gallery is at 978 Chung King Road in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Chinatown, Los Angeles CA 90012

King Lear at the Broad Stage

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

ShakespeareGlobe4_426x426When I think about Shakespeare, I imagine that during his time, he might have  produced a perfect play with a company such as the modern Globe Theatre now touring and having recently made an appearance at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.  It is probably the closest and most authentic I’ll experience to true Elizabethan stage.  This cast was so very deft with every aspect of this production, every word, piece of music, physical movement and breath. It was an immersion like none other which kept my attention for almost 3 hours. And yet, except for the final moments at Cordelia’s death, I was oddly unmoved.

The Tragedy of King Lear is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic King, regarded as one of Shakespeare’s supreme character and writing achievements with the title role coveted by many of the world’s most accomplished actors.  As we have come to know him today, Lear is a fearsome, powerful, largely reactive emotional man and a king to boot. He is ruthless, raw, unrefined in too many ways, even cruel and prone to favoritism on a whim as he proves in the beginning of this play.

As a way to exercise a show of it, in a most ego-centric theatricality, he forces his elder daughters to practically beg at his feet by professing,  a love he knows they don’t have for him, in a couched contest against his beloved youngest daughter, Cordelia, who he intends the best portion of his kingdom all along.  What results in a sharp and vengeful turn of events, is the utter dissolution of his power, his sanity and his life as well as all his children, even his friends.  In fact, pretty much no one gets out of this story unharmed or untainted.

This wasn’t the most robust Lear I’ve experienced.  The entire cast is endowed with an extraordinary level of technical prowess in the genre, with the text, the delivery, range and vocal power.  But Lear seemed to be acting all by himself, so much so, directing all emotion and action outward to the audience, that he left the rest of the cast to interact with each other, apace and apart. And so I found it difficult to really “connect”.  Not to mention his behavior was rather less imbued with bravado or eventual madness as opposed to jovial silliness and “possible” confusion.  It just wasn’t appealing in a way that I’d hoped, although still effective.  But that is as far as it went.

As for the rest of this production however, it is magnificent. The language is crystal clear.  The interludes wonderfully surprising.  The multiple character changes by the cast members, exciting.  In short, for any faults at all, the craft made exquisite.

So if you have had any complaints or shyness with Shakespeare before, about following the text, understanding intention, or being utterly confused for lack of aptitude with the language, there is unconditionally no danger of that; certainly not in this production.  Not a moment is ever lost.  And no distraction of any sort of bells & whistles.  Finally, a purity for “true-believers”.

The only real drawback is the attention span of American audiences which may find it difficult to sit through the length of the play.  But it’s a given that if you are going to “hear” a language play, it is an investment in time.  

Alas, this was a short run and there are unfortunately no more performances left.

KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
Performed by Shakespeare’s Globe
Touring the UK and US on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage.
 
CREATIVES
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Designed by Jonathan Fensom
Composed by Alex Silverman
 
CAST
Gwendolen Chatfield
Goneril/CuranBethan Cullinane
Cordelia/FoolJoseph Marcell
King LearAlex Mugnaioni
Edgar/Duke of Cornwall/Duke of BurgundyBill Nash
Earl of KentDaniel Pirrie
Edmund/Oswald/King of FranceShanaya Rafaat
ReganJohn Stahl
Duke of Gloucester/ Duke of Albany/Doctor

The LA Art Show 2015 is Los Angeles’ Art Show

“After 20 Years, We Know Art in LA…”

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LA is quickly becoming the most important art Scene in the US.  It has become increasingly clear the only art fair to crack the code for success in the city is the LA Art Show.    Taking place January 15-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, The LA Art Show is a 200,000 square foot platform for fine art that brings in more than 50,000 visitors, eager to see 120 galleries representing 22 countries from North & South America, Europe & Asia.

The LA Art Show meets the needs of this very diverse city with a comprehensive art experience and has been curated into two distinct sections: Modern & Contemporary and Historic & Traditional Contemporary.

“January is your time to be a part of the LA art scene.”

 

St. Jude Children's Research HospitalThe LA Art Show kicks off with an Opening Night Premiere Party on Wednesday, January 14 and is open to the public from January 15-18, 2015.  General admission is $20.  The LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  For additional information about the LA Art Show, please visit www.LAArtShow.com.

The LA Art Show has received media accolades from: the Los Angeles Times, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, KCET, KPCC, Artnet, Art Daily, NBC Los Angeles, the Orange County Register, The Huffington Post, LA Magazine, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Pasadena Star News, The Daily Breeze, Examiner.com, LAist, Cartwheel Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Nerd and others. In addition, an extensive New York Times article highlighting the Treasures of the Maya Spirit exhibition at our sister event, the Los Angeles, Jewelry, Antique and Design Show.

 

Tiffany Frames Beauty and Style on Rodeo Drive November 13

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Here’s a fun weekday extra, for everyone who loves beauty, creativity and most of all — LOVES TO SHOP!

On November 13th the eyes of the world will look to Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Tiffany’s flagship store whose windows will mark the unveiling of their holiday windows the start of the most festive time of the year in Los Angeles.  It is a celebration and annual tradition that signals the season of gift giving. Each window will frames a scene of beauty and style, reflecting the wonders that Tiffany has in store this holiday season.

Inspired by the exuberance and excitement of the holiday season during the 1950’s and 60s, as depicted in the whimsical illustrations here which will of course be three-dimensiona, each window tells a joyous holiday story through witty artwork created in a palette of vibrant blues, lavender and pops of color.  And of course the famed Tiffany box is included.

Best part:  Free to look anytime!!!!  Kind of reminds us of a less edgy version of the old Barney’s New York windows on 6th Avenue.  So we’re really looking forward to seeing what Tiffany’s has “in store.”  Join them for the unveiling.

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These Russian Dolls Have Teamed Up with Graffiti Artists

“Babushkas,” otherwise known as Russian Dolls, are no longer restricted to dusty ornaments adorning your grandmother’s mantel place.

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Tel Aviv’s first ever “Russian Dolls” art exhibition, featuring works by more than 60 street and graffiti artists from around the world, is set to open on November 14-21.

Kuli AlmaSponosred by Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv’s newest nightlife haunt and cultural institution, the exhibition will bring together more than 60 artists from Israel and around the world in a stunning display of exclusive works and custom designed Russian dolls, as well as street art murals, wooden sculptures and tattoo designs, taking place between November 14-21.
The International Babushka Exhibition will include artworks and design pieces by internationally lauded artists COF (Argentina), Kreal (Russia), DemiaConcept (Spain), Koz Doz (Venezuela), Bird (Belgium) and Papy TSF (France), as well as Israeli artists Boaz Sides Untay, Ambi Plazma, and Pipeled, among others, in Kuli Alma’s newly opened cylindrical gallery space located within the bar’s open-air courtyard.
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The exhibition will open to the public on November 14 with a gala event in which several of the artists will be in attendance, and include DJ sets by Tel Aviv-based musical artists and a special selection of beverages powered by Stoli vodka.
For more information about Kuli Alma, visit www.kulialma.com.
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About Kuli Alma
Kuli Alma first opened its doors in March 2014 on the premise of providing uncompromising art and musical content to a broad range of audiences. The influential cultural hotspot is a must for music enthusiasts arriving in Tel Aviv, and boasts several vibrant, multi-faceted spaces, including a vibing indoor dance bar with state-of-the-art sound system, an art gallery and a film screening room, and centered around a street-art adorning, open-air space replete with visual art projections, within which guests experience a varied selection of DJs on any give night.

 

Pope! An Epic Musical @ The Belfrey Stage

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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An Idealistic young Pope (who, incidentally is named Pope!) is framed for a heinous crime and banished from the Vatican by an evil archbishop on a backwards mission to seize power.  Good and evil engage in an epic struggle.  Lines are drawn, sides are taken, and confrontations are … musical.

It was a sloppy first act by the performers.  When I finally got a breather during intermission my head was spinning.

The material could use an update and it could have been more “character” cast.  The delivery of the comedy was slow and sporadically missed the mark. There was also quite a bit of mugging going on, which really took me out of the moment.  The staging was sparse and the choreography was “barely there” — which made obvious that this is mostly a cast of excellent singers, but ones who barely have any dance or movement training.

It’s something one encounters a lot in Los Angeles small theatre.  And lately it’s not only gotten me down, it’s become annoying to have to experience such unevenness.  It really is not enough for a musical theatre performer to do one thing well, singing or dancing or acting when the genre really does require that you aim to be a “triple threat.”  It’s the particularly special calling card of these types of performers.  (“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”) There.  I’ve said it.  Like it or not.  I’d like to see more chutzpah and dynamics body and soul as well as a LOT less dumbed down movement and more excitement from every musical and its players hence forth (minus two very brilliant pieces I’ve seen this year – Spring Awakening and Bronies The Musical) making its way through the LA theatre scene. This includes and perhaps especially means small theaters where many shows are being developed for larger stages.

But then during intermission, I had a chance to think about it…really examine my own viewpoint as compared to the rest of the audience who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying this piece.  Heck I laughed a lot myself at times, even though there were a few too many dead moments for my taste.

I came to see a “musical”; that was how it was billed.  But being billed as a musical ultimately might be this show’s biggest mistake.  Because what was really being presented here was nothing more than one huge run-on sentence of a music improv review…IMPROV — set to music…very clever, upbeat, music I might add.

So when it came time for  the second act, I looked at this show with fresh eyes and a very different perspective.  Suddenly it worked.

In truth, the entire cast did finally pull it together. They let go. They were having more fun.  They got much larger. The delivery was better, the gags funnier and nearly everyone “stepped up” for a great finish.

If only they could have brought that kind of energy and commitment to the beginning, it could have been more or less a home run.  At least we got to third base.

Pope The Musical is Theatre Unleashed managing director and writer, Gregory Crafts’ biggest attempt to date with long form material and in this instance, as a director, it is an especially huge bite to chew off.  So bravo for taking the risk.  The direction he was trying to accomplish was certainly more than noticeable, even through the milieu of mistakes.  And working in a space as small as The Belfry Stage is an unbelievable challenge where, just for starters, dance numbers are concerned.  There’s not enough room for a 13 person cast.  But Crafts nevertheless, worked out many of the kinks in this show given what was available to him.  Of course, there is more to do.  And kudos to Crafts for charging a small North Hollywood based company into bigger prospects by presenting a show with such an enormous ensemble. 

On the upside, there were some terrific actor moments…R. Benito Cardenas as Cardinal Duncan “pulled a rabbit out of his hat” by throwing down a hilarious and surprising tap number.  Actress Sammi Lappin as (Sister) Mary Elizabeth brings all of her spunk and best comedic delivery for the big Pope “save”, and the accompanying gun slinging sisters (nuns) “turn out” the Vatican Commando style for a completely silly finish.  Actor Shawn Cahill brought his Mike Myers “Goldmember” A-game delivery nailing the second act showdown. Jase Lindgren as Pope…just dreamy.

pope_art_color600x1200Now playing Saturdays & Mondays @ 8pm and
Sundays @ 7pm until November 17th
 
At the Belfrey Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown
11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
Click here for a map to their location.
 
Tickets are $15
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* indicates a Member of the Theatre Unleashed Ensemble
^ indicates a Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
  • Lindsay Anne Braverman Mary Frances
  • Shawn Cahill^ Archbishop
  • R. Benito Cardenas Cardinal Duncan
  • Eric Cire* Cardinal Chuck
  • Sheldon Creig Cabrera-Miller Swing
  • Jude Evans Dexter / Cardinal Archie
  • Chris Farah Linda
  • Elisabeth Anne C. Fenning* Mary Katherine
  • Kire Horton Swing
  • Sammi Lappin* Mary Elizabeth
  • Jase Lindgren Pope
  • Mark Lopez Swing
  • Pat Scott Swing
  • Melissa Strauss^ Swing
  • Gregory Crafts* Director / Producer
  • Sheldon Creig Cabrera-Miller Choreographer
  • Luis Antonio Gonzalez Assistant Music Director / Pianist
  • Nate Johnson Illustrator
  • Jim Martyka* Publicity
  • J. Anthony McCarthy* Fight Choreographer
  • Justin Moran Playwright / Lyricist
  • Mandy Muenzer* Assistant Choreographer
  • Christopher Pappas Composer / Music Director
  • Erin Scott* Stage Manager
  • Jenn Scuderi* Graphic Design
  • Cameron Stark Assistant Stage Manager