Category Archives: Art

Get Ready for Fridge Fudge Pop 3: Dec 3-6, 2015!

 Also, Fudge Pop Pre-Party on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Here’s something cool for the middle of Summer!

Fridge Art Fair has just announced its third Miami Edition, The Fridge Fudge Pop, taking place in the heart of Miami’s arts and culture center from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, 2015. There will also be a Fudge Pop Pre-Party on Wednesday night, December 2, 2015.

The Fridge Art Fair Miami edition will be held at the Holiday Inn, Miami Beach, located directly across from the Fontainebleau Hotel and N.A.D.A. A wide range of booth choices and art fair floor plans will be made available.

The location for Fridge Art Fair’s Fridge Fudge Pop is the “Grand Ballroom” of Miami Beach’s “Grand Deco” district at the Holiday Inn-Miami Beach – Oceanfront (4333 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140; 305-532-3311).

Fridge Art Fair is the boutique, soft sell, dog-friendly satellite fair dubbed as, “The baby who has refused to obey orders to stand outside the door while the adults confabulate inside,” by Artinfo.

At Fridge Art Fair Miami, galleries, collectives, and artists are all equals in terms of their participation in The Fridge Fudge Pop!   This year Fridge Fudge Pop Founder, Eric Ginsburg, is also teaming up once again with Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) to benefit the pooches-and other furry friends-he loves to paint.

For more information about exhibiting or attending please visit http://www.fridgeartfair.com.

Wanna Show Them Your Stuff?

Click here for the FRIDGE MIAMI 2015 – Application

Fidge is an indie art fair open to galleries and artists 18 + from any country.  Submissions close September 15th, 2015, EST

Fridge Fridge Art Fair’s third Miami edition has moved from its original location in the City of Miami and its Little Havana home to its new Miami Beach location, but Fridge has not forgotten its Miami Calle Ocho roots! The Fudge Pop Pre-Party will take place at The Historic Ball & Chain on Calle Ocho, beginning at 8:00pm in the heart of “Little Havana Central Station of Arte” where you can get a sneak peak of the landmarks of one of Miami’s most influential and treasured neighborhoods. Entrance is free for Fridge Fudge Pop registered guests to join in the celebration of Fridge Art Fair’s continued successes.

Find them on the web:

Fridge Art Fair – http://www.fridgeartfair.com

Fridge Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fridge.artfair

Fridge Twitter – https://twitter.com/fridgeartfair

Shiv at The Theatre @ Boston Court

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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“It’s just a story about a girl who wouldn’t get off her mattress.”

That was the line, actual words of playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil that had audiences at Boston Court giggling after all of the explanation director Emily Beck, expounded upon during the after show “Illuminations” dialog.  And of all the components of this visually imaginative production, it made the most sense. Thing is though, Shiv’s story is a little bit more.

Shiv’s father Bapu (Dileep Rao) is writer, a dreamer, an adventurer, a risk taker, a man full of desires in search of fulfillment and words longing to be spoken. For a well-known poet, in his own country, America is the next step to success.  But as it turns out, life as an “outsider” is harder than he imagined. His voice is stifled by culture and the business of publishing – tragic for an artist who breathes epic and verse. Not wanting to succumb to his own unhappiness or the idea that there is no more possibility for him, Shiv’s father leaves his family for a new life with a new American woman.  “He has to go”.

Shiv (Monika Jolly) is her father’s daughter. Smart, adventurous, unafraid of life or the things in it.  She has had most of the benefit of emigrating to America. And the secure embrace of her father’s unfailing love. But when her father leaves, Shiv is displaced. She tightly holds on to this man, his truths, his beliefs, his memories. She takes on his anger and disappointment and eventually sets on a path to heal his past by confronting the very thing that caused the rift.  Here is where story lies.

The mattress is not a metaphysical one.  It is a very real piece of “furniture” which they both use as a vessel to discover the extraordinary world of fantasy they live in. In many ways, the story is more about him – at least at the beginning.  He is such a big personality and influence with his ability and wisdom to see the extraordinary as well as the practical within the kaleidoscope of life.

In Shiv’s obsession to seek out the truth, however, she begins to see the world with her own eyes, her own imagination. She struggles with living in the moment, how to step into it and to leave the rest behind.

Eventually, through past and present, reality and fantasy, and through her father pushing her off their ‘ship’, she finally comes to learn that she is her own person and must travel her own path. She literally gets off the mattress and walks forward on her own road.

It’s a sweet, tale that by the careful direction of Emily Beck is brought to life in the most fantastical and beautiful of ways for a gorgeous satisfying finale. Shiv grows up. She awakens to herself and will forge ahead on an adventure of her own making.

Dileep Rao is so appealing and charismatic as Bapu. He is a resonant player that fills up the house as is Monika Jolly as Shiv.  There are some big gaps in the script mostly between Shiv and her lover Gerard (James Wagner), where the near pauses during each and every line between the two creates question as to the director’s intention. But otherwise the story is served, and well…who doesn’t like a happy ending.

Now playing until August 7th.

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SPECIAL EVENTS:
Illuminations On Performance: Sunday August 2 with the cast of Shiv.
Late Night Salon: Friday, July 31, and August 7. Stay after the performance and enjoy complimentary wine in the lobby.
Five Dollar Night: Wednesday, August 5. All tickets are $5. No presale. Cash only at the door. First come, first served. Limited availability.
Tickets can be purchased online at BostonCourt.org or by calling (626) 683-6883.

On August 18th There Will Be MORE Stupid Songs in LA!

Babes! It’s time to save the date!

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Tuesday, 8/18- doors open at 6:30 show at 8pm

Right off the hype of this year’s Hollywood Fringe, Stupid Songs is back with, STUPID GOLD, at Rockwell Table & Stage on Vermont Ave in Loz Feliz Village, LA!

They’ll be doing ‘Best Of’ favorites from the past 2 years, plus some brand new stuff. Total ridiculousness! But just in case you don’t believe us — we got the deets and the beats LIVE at Fringe.  Check out the [really crappy ‘stupid’ ] video from Fringe from way in the back of the house!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABjU4IkazBw

The Lillian Goes Out with The Great Divide

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales
Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

As most of the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre community is now aware, The Lillian Theatre has been sold.  After many long years of mainstay dramatic, comedic and musical productions, this cherished location adjacent to The Elephant Theatre and Theatre Asylum and anchoring Hollywood’s Theatre Row, is mounting its last show this month.

For its final farewell, Elephant Theatre Company is presenting a world premiere of The Great Divide by Lyle Kessler, directed by David Fofi.

The Great Divide is a very complicated and convoluted fairy tale that should have been crystal clear but surprisingly missed the mark in many ways from script to execution. Billed as a dark comedy of baseball and brawls, which it momentarily touches upon, it jumps often from one unlikely story to another within this intensely dramatic puzzle about a serially controlling father, “The Old Man” (Richard Chaves) and his relationships to his sons Dale (Brandon Bales) and Coleman (Adam Hass Hunter) further tangled by a brother and sister duo Noah (Mark McClain Wilson) and Lane (Kimberly Alexander) who arrive suddenly to claim their due from Coleman who flat-out left them long ago in the middle of the night.

Floating around this more pointedly psychological piece  are so many themes and fables that come to mind which are heightened by some interesting elements, the Old Man pretending to croak and rising miraculously from the dead after days on the couch waiting for the seemingly Prodigal Son Coleman, reluctantly returned after 10 years of deliberate distance; Noah’s variety of explanations for the loss of his arm, one more extraordinary than the next; Lane’s ability to hear anything, even the clicks of the combination to Dale’s safe where he keeps his mysterious writing never seen or read by anyone, hidden from the stain of human touch or judgment; and the ghost lullaby that punctures the drama without reason, sung by the boys’ long dead mother.

So much of this play feels disconnected and I daresay that the “disconnection” is the story itself. Incredibly, although no one is utterly or exactly fulfilled by this “reunion”, freedom, love, new life, security, admiration, a big happy family, all the players come close. Saying a lie long enough or wanting something bad enough can make a thing become the truth. We are left though, with so much unresolved emotion that this piece feels like a not quite desirable scent hanging in heavy humid air, waiting for a gust of wind to blow it away.

Not for the lack of talent, this show paces quickly and is endowed with some exceptional players. But this is one case where Mr. Kessler’s writing didn’t meet his actors with a better story nor Mr. Fofi the ability to perfectly illuminate it.  It’s a toss-up.

Written by Lyle Kessler, Directed by David Fofi, Produced by Bren Coombs and Shannon McManus. Set, Sound, and Lighting Design by Elephant Stageworks.

Starring Kimberly Alexander, Brandon Bales, Richard Chaves, Kate Huffman, Adam Hunter, Forrest Lancaster, and Mark McClain Wilson.

The Great DivideNow Playing Through August 29th.

Thursday – Saturday 8 PM – Sunday at 5 PM

Where: The Lillian Theatre 1036 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038

How: Tickets are $25 and available at Plays411.com/divide or by calling 323.960.4429

Public Private Moments in Broken Bone Bathtub

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She took a bath and we all got in.

Her name is Siobhan O’Loughlin and she’s got some broken bones. Not just the 10 shoulder and arm bones: clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, and ulna; or the 16 wrist bones: scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate; or the 38 hand bones: 10 metacarpals and 28 phalanges (finger bones) – the osseous matter housed in her giant colorful hand cast. I’m talking about real emotional skeletons.  The ones most of us carry around daily like unwieldy passions, unfulfilled dreams, frustration, loneliness, uncertainty.

And how does she heal?  By a heart to heart with friends, strangers and bubbles in an almost uncomfortably, immersive theatrical pastime – washing, literally and metaphorically naked in the bathtub.

Broken Bone Bathtub is so intimate that one needs to take a moment and a deep breath to relax into the interactive moments of helping Siobhan ritualistically bathe, while she also casually relates the very traumatic episode of her life-altering bike accident.

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I admit I went into a flash panic being (myself) asked to wash her back during and as a part of the performance.  Maybe it was the wine.  There was plenty of it in the kitchen along with other tasty accoutrements in a small apartment overlooking Hollywood Boulevard in the street-lit distance.  And I did giggle as one guy, awkwardly washed Siobhan’s hair, something he’d never done for anyone before. Inevitably strange yet lovely was the feeling of sharing in something  warm and personal as to be soothing and for a fleeting hour, “not weird”.  We all told our stories about love, dating and bathing, private and public moments, back and forth to each other prompted by Siobhan. But yeah, it IS weird.  Hello, she’s in the tub. The novelty though, was enough to draw all 8 of us in to the moment utterly.

Quite an experience!

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Created & Performed by Siobhan O’Loughlin

US Premiere: Los Angeles

Last performance is tonight!
Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:00pm in Sherman Oaks, zip code: 91411.

Hosted by Danielle Cintron. (Towon Alumni Night PART TWO)

EXTENDED UNTIL  SUNDAY,

JULY 26!  

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFO: http://siobhanoloughlin.com/broken-bone-bathtub/

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“Fight for Love” in Santa Monica July 24, 25 & 26

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Rubans Rouges Dance Company and Special Guests will present its 3rd Annual Summer Series Dance Concert “Fight for Love”  featuring the host company’s repertoire including a new 45 minute piece by the same title.
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“Fight for Love” – exploring the right to love whom we choose without being bullied or brainwashed to conform to societal pressures.

 July 24 8pm, July 25 2pm & 8pm, July 26 2pm 2015
(please note the different guest artists on different dates)

Produced by: Noelle Andressen & the Board for Rubans Rouges Dance Company and made possible by and under the auspices of Glendale Arts In Partnership with Performing Arts Live, Special Guest Choreographers inlcude: Albertossy Espinoza – LA FUSION Dance Theater, Chad Michael Hall – MULTIPLEX DANCE, Amanda Hart – Hart Pulse Dance Company (Fri Only), Judith FLEX Helle – Luminario Ballet (Sat Only), Paula Present – PTERO Dance Theatre, Kenneth Walker Jr – Kenneth Walker Dance Project  – AND – a special uplifting presentation for Sunday’s Show titled “MOSAIC” featuring works by Rubans Rouges Dance and Special Guests: Albertossy Espinoza, Marlita Hill, Maria Rendina Frantz, Grete Gryzwana, Milva Rinaldelli.

Tickets: DRC get a SPECIAL Discount
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd, St Monica, CA 90403

For more information

www.RubansRougesDance.com
Office: 310-890-8285

Barndall Art Park Hosts Official LA 2015 Juried Art Exhibition

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Celebrating the next generation of creative visionaries  of Los Angeles…

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The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, which will take place at the famed Barnsdall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, on view from July 26th through September 20th.

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The pioneering biennial exhibition provides emerging artists from across Southern California with a competitive opportunity to exhibit their work at the country’s last remaining municipal art gallery.

Awards will be also be announced at the July 26th opening reception from 2-5 p.m. for “Best of Show,” etc.

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Awarded biannually by the DCA, the displayed work is chosen by a panel of experts, this year’s jurors were art critic and curator Peter Frank, art professor & internationally-renowned artist, Fatemeh Burnes and Tomas Benitez, former executive director of Self-Help Graphics. This year, LAMAG received over 380 entries with over 850 works of art to be considered for the exhibition. The presentation features the selected works of over 80 talented Southern California-based artists across mediums including video art, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and digital arts as well as four installations, including a room-filling library by Chrystal McConnell that acts as an interactive self-portrait installation.