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Chaos, Control and Every Day Happenings at The Charlie James Gallery September 6th

Deepwater1The Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown, LA is presenting combined opening exhibitions and receptions of artists this coming Saturday from 7-10PM.

 

ESKE KATH – ARENA
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THEY’RE THERE – CURATED BY DANE JOHNSON
 
Both exhibitions run September 6 thru October 18, 2014

CJ1 Arena is the chosen title for Danish artist Eske Kath‘s second solo show with the gallery in Los Angeles. This new body of work will examine Kath’s interest in the forces of destruction and rebirth and the tension as an artist between chaos and control. Kath is painting on multiple surfaces for this show. Several pieces are painted directly onto raw linen wherein Kath has drawn compositional rules as the basis for his figuration. Foreground and background change position, and visible bits of linen and sketch lines become part of the finished work. The pattern of woven linen is exposed in these pieces, suggesting patterns of sand. As in all of Kath’s work, the single-family house is again depicted, in this work partially immersed in tides of (linen) sand. There are also paintings on blackboards, with houses in similar states of submergence by the ashen surface of the boards. Some pieces find houses in flight; against the dark surface of the blackboards suggestive of deep space. The surfaces of hard-bound books are also subjects of composition.

Eske Kath (b. 1975, Denmark) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Artist in Copenhagen, DK, graduating in 2003. In 2009, Kath was commissioned to paint a chamber ceiling in the Crown Prince of Denmark’s Amalienborg Palace. Kath’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Denmark, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Oslo, Frankfurt and Vienna. He is represented by Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen and Berlin, by Judith Charles Gallery in New York, and by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. Kath lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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They’re There is a group show curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dane Johnson.  Art history, regular history and day-to-day happenings are examined by California Artists: Rafael DeLaCruz, Christopher Lux, Ruby Neri, Willy Reed, Henry Taylor, Jessica Williams and Aaron Wrinkle.  In a presentation of 7 paintings, figure and background are handled with equal gravity.  This democratization of space and the protagonists that exist within it create an exciting, magical and convoluted world where space is flat, rooms can be emotional, people can serve as props and clarity is temporal.  They’re There presents a collection of works that meander in and out of reality while presenting an honest and earnest exploration of our surroundings.

Rafael Delacruz lives and works in Oakland.  He has recently shown at Mission Comics, 1038 gallery and Adobe Books in San Francisco. He is the co-founder of Last Renaissance.

Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75" x 32" x 28", 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop.

Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75″ x 32″ x 28″, 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop, San Francisco

Christopher Lux is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco. He has shown widely across the US and internationally, most recently at Muddguts in New York City.  Other exhibitions include V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Popular Workshop and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles. Lux received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002.

Ruby Neri is a Los Angeles based painter and sculptor. She received her MFA from UCLA in 1998.  Recent exhibitions include The Oracle at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Berkeley Art Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, Stephen Wirtz gallery and the Hammer’s Made in LA Biennial in 2012. She is represented by David Kordansky in Los Angeles.

Willy Reed is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco.  He has recently exhibited at Either Way in Los Angeles, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, RVCA and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in painting at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

Los Angeles painter, Henry Taylor has exhibited at MOMA PS1, The Studio Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Rubell Family Collection, MOMA NY, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney, The Hammer and is represented by Blum and Poe. He received a BFA from the California Institute of Arts in 1995.

Jessica Williams is a Los Angeles based painter.  She received an MFA from Columbia University in 2008.  She has most recently exhibited at Sergeants Daughters in NY and is represented by Young Art, Los Angeles.  Other exhibitions include Thierry Goldberg gallery, Smithumenta organized by Bruce High Quality Foundation and Important Projects, Oakland.

Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image  w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012

Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012

Aaron Wrinkle is a Los Angeles based multi disciplinary artist. Recent shows include Thomas Solomon Gallery, Actual Size, Cottage Home, Night Gallery, La Cienega Projects and Luis De Jesus Gallery.  He received an MFA from California Institute of Arts in 2008.

Dane Johnson is a Los Angeles based artist and occasional curator.  He has shown with Popular Workshop and Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, New Image Art, Either Way and currently at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003.

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Hello Kitty Con 2014 Opens in Los Angeles on October 30th

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We couldn’t believe this find!  Well OK, the LA Times got it first, but just in case you missed it, well, you won’t want to miss it! #HelloKitty

We took this info straight from the website:

Hello Kitty Con 2014Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary at the first ever official Hello Kitty Convention in the world! Hello Kitty Con 2014 is a global gathering of fans and friends to celebrate all things Hello Kitty. (Note: as of this morning all but one of the workshops are sold out and tickets to the event are going fast!!!)

Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, Hello Kitty Con 2014 will offer interactive experiences and events for fans and friends of all ages, including activities, art, exhibits, exclusives, workshops, lectures, panels, sneak peeks, tattoos, food, fun, and many more surprises!

Join Hello Kitty and your friends at Hello Kitty Con 2014. As Hello Kitty always says, “You can never have too many friends!”

#GreenLabelGallery Still Accepting #StreetArt Until August 30th

The Intersection of Skate, Music and Art.

Green Label Gallery

Mountain Dew wants into the fray of Street Art and are holding their first ever crowd-sourced gallery space opening at the Iconic Green Label Gallery in Amsterdam on August 31st, 2014.  And…they are looking for submissions from YOU!

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Artists from around Europe can submit their digital street artwork until August 30th by posting on Instagram with #GreenLabelGallery.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.45.15 AMThe Green Label Gallery exhibition will feature a stark white space with a gallery-quality printer – the HP Designjet Z3200 as its canvas. Over the course of three days, the space will be transformed to feature vibrant and inspired artwork representing the badge of originality as artwork is printed and hung in real time along with Chaotic Bastards live art demonstrations.

Submissions featuring digital art and photos of executed street art and imaginative sketches will be curated for exhibition at the contemporary Walls Gallery in Amsterdam and on www.green-label.com/gallery.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Thursday, August 28th through Saturday, August 30th, with the complete exhibition viewable Sunday, August 31st.

Lost in Lvov: A Los Angeles Encore Presentation

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Lost in Lvov

Sandy Simona is a woman filled with introspective, exuberant joy that when voiced and sung aloud is infectious from the moment you walk into the house.

Lost in Lvov is a melodic slow burn of biographical remembrances and collective memories of things long awaited and yet to be fulfilled, suddenly exploded and turned wildly upside down and inside out.  Imbued with immersive sadness, longing, bliss, ecstasy the stories of love are embroiled into a single, poetic and passionate affair of the heart.

Ms. Simona guides us through sensuality, sexual awakening, terrible loss, dreams of three sisters and above all the twists and turns of the real woman who is her feisty, bold, but secretly broken-hearted mother, exposing the deepest cavities of her soul and revealing her most inner emotions and truths.

This over-the-top, story is inventive and filled with abandon. From her mother’s description of her fat neighbor returning home from the army as the now transformed “not fat anymore” man who becomes Sandy’s father, and who writes poetry to her (mother) like Pushkin, to the desperate woman waiting for the vacuum cleaner salesman who takes the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to walks on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Sandy offers a high-spirited, strung together, account of her family, emigrated from the Soviet Union, “where the moon came out to dance with the sun before it came down”, now settled in America.

Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm7eowAXMSU

A hilarious array of personalities including Sandy herself, (not so coincidentally named after Olivia Newton John’s character in Grease), Ms. Simona challenges us and invites us in through comedy, dance, gorgeous live music and word, divulging piece by piece her experiences growing up as a first generation Russian Jew, dating failures, artistic discoveries and the shame of watching her father, a former scientist in his home country, having to work as a greasy mechanic. Most of all she boils down the truth of her mother’s obsession to have Sandy succeed, in love and life: the dream of an academically brilliant student to become an Engineer but deliberately failed by the school for being a woman and a Jew.

This entire show thrives completely in the moment, is hot to the touch and exciting without relief.  An exquisite experience.

Lost in Lvov  was mounted for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 and has been part of the combined artform Producer’s Award ENCORE extended presentations. There are however, no more encore performances left in Los Angeles.  And so we tearfully send this production on its way to New York City for the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row Studios.  If you are an East Coaster you can catch this phenomenal experience in November 2014.  Check the website for tickets.

LOST IN LVOV

Written, Directed, Choreographed and Performed by Sandy Simona

Live music by: Jacob & Julia Kanter, Endre Balgoh from Paris Chansons and Kassandra Kochoshis, Agrenta Walther

Please visit:  www.LostinLvov and www.sandysimona.com

Hey Los Angeles! Get Ready for TARFEST 2014

One of Gia On The Move’s favorite free local family friendly festivals combining art, street art/graffit, music and a whole lot of fun takes place right inside the heart of LA at the La Brea Tarpits.  This year TARFEST will celebrate its 12th year on September 20th.  Visit www.launchla.org and www.tarfest.com for more information. (Or See Below)

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LAUNCH LA and 88.5 FM KCSN present Los Angeles’ 12th annual music & arts festival, TARFEST 2014, which will return to the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 20th. The FREE event will feature rising local artists, musicians and bands, with performances by Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, DNTWN, Tapioca & The Flea and The Dead Ships. This year’s music program was curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBand.LA.
2B2A8824The 12th annual festival, will feature something for the whole family including food, drinks, art, activities and more. Local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins (one of Gia On The Move’s favorites!),  Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha will be live painting while popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, will be on hand serving food. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and the Little Bar Wine Bar. Kids’ activities will be presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Orchard Supply Hardware.
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launchlogo_sNew this year, LAUNCH LA presents the LAUNCH Art Pavilion curated by Merry Karnowsky. Programs include a special exhibition of James Griffith’s paintings that explore Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection through skillful images of animals painted with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits on canvas and panel. This art program will also present original artwork and limited edition prints by established and emerging artists.   Proceeds from the art sales and auction will benefit LAUNCH LA programming and TARFEST production costs. Finally, another special collaboration with the TintypeBooth and Lucie Foundation takes photography back to its Analog roots as attendees document themselves and their day using a vintage wet plate process.
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Excavating future culture on The Miracle Mile, the annual TARFEST festival utilizes Los Angeles’ historic Tar Pits and green space to unite the local community in celebration of the city’s burgeoning music and arts scene by showcasing some of the most talented up-and-coming bands and artists.  In past years, TARFEST has brought together thousands of Angelenos with performances from bands like Echosmith, Blondefire, The Steelwells, Nightmare Air, Saint Motel, Helena, Everest among others.
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TARFEST 2014 is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lagunitas Brewery, The Farmers Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Arclight Cinemas, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Sieroty Company, Walter N. Marks Jr., the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, Orchard Supply Hardware and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles.
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About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA:  TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the region’s finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles.  LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist – audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.
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TARFEST SCHEDULE:
Saturday, September 20th, 1 – 8pm
TARFEST Music and Art Festival
FREE/ALL AGES
La Brea Tar Pits Park (Hancock Park)
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Banksy Robin Williams Tribute Pops Up: Unconfirmed

I have to admit, I love it when something spectacular pops up unexpectedly.  When it’s from a renowned graffiti/street artist like Banksy, it’s always amazing and bound to go viral.  So this morning when one of our Twitter friends posted this gem, for me it was a “must share”!  And hey, if you’re a serial tweeter like myself and love street art, you might also want to follow @StreetArtEyes1. ~Gia

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People, Stories, Adventures: International City Theatre Turns a Fiery 30

international-city-theatreInternational City Theatre trumpets its 30th Anniversary in 2015 with a season of five plays celebrating famous people, fiery stories and fun adventures.

ICT will pay homage to two icons of the American musical, kicking off the season in February with End of the Rainbow, Peter Quilter’s tour de force musical drama about Judy Garland, and finishing the year in October with the Los Angeles premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, the James Lapine-conceived musical revue that offers an inside glimpse into the artistic process of Broadway’s foremost composer/lyricist. The three other plays include the West Coast premiere of Abigail/1702 in which Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa picks up the tale of Arthur Miller’s child-villain Abigail Williams ten years afterThe Crucible; a 30th anniversary production of August Wilson’s modern American classic, Fences, which premiered at Yale Rep in 1985 — the same year that ICT was founded; and the Los Angeles premiere of David Ives‘ inspired and hilarious adaptation of Jean-François Regnard‘s 18th century French classic, The Heir Apparent.

For more information and to subscribe to the 2014/2015 season, the public should call 562-436-4610 or visit online at www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

“What I love about these five plays is the combination of more recognizable subject matter and name playwrights that should appeal to audiences, while at the same time they have substance with thoughtful and provocative material that is new to Los Angeles,” says ICT artistic director Caryn Desai [sic]. “We are proud to be able to present a West Coast premiere and two Los Angeles premieres as part of this special anniversary season.”

One of the few theaters in Los Angeles that has successfully made the step up from a 99-seat venue to a mid-sized, Equity House, ICT is Long Beach’s resident professional theater company at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

The 2015 schedule is as follows:

EndofRainbow_WebTempFeb. 20 – March 15 (previews Feb. 18 and  Feb. 19):

End of the Rainbow Peter Quilter’s savagely funny play offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. It’s 1968, and Judy Garland, at 46, appears to be on the way to a full recovery following a lifetime of abuse, addictions and attempted suicides. Encouraged by her fiancé and manager, Mickey Deans, and in cahoots with her gay pianist friend Anthony, she has booked a six-week run at London’s ‘Talk of the Town’ nightclub. End of the Rainbow is a powerful, and at times hilarious, exploration of the final days of this lonely and exploited star. Part drama and part concert, the production features Garland’s most memorable songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and, of course, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

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Abigail/1702 — Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible‘s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried “Witch!,” this thrilling next chapter by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fox’s Glee, Broadway’s Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark) finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. But now her past is about to catch up with her. Winner of the 2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

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Los Angeles premiere of The Heir Apparent — From the ever-antic pen of David Ives (Venus in Fur, The Liar) comes his latest laugh-fest, this time adapted entirely in hilarious rhyming verse from a comic masterpiece by Jean-François Regnard. Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and has bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could “out-Figaro” Figaro.

Fences_WebTempAug, 21-Sept. 13 (previews Aug. 19 and Aug. 20):

Fences — Troy Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League homerun king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory shows promise on the high school football team, Troy must come to terms with his past disappointments or risk tearing his family apart. Set in the 1950s, Fences is the sixth entry in August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. This Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winner (1987 “Best Play” and 2010 “Best Revival”) is Wilson at his best: challenging the American dream through a poetic, powerful and deeply personal story.

Sondheim_WebsitetempOct. 16-Nov. 8 (previews Oct. 14 and Oct. 15):

Los Angeles premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim — Writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, Stephen Sondheim changed the way we define a great musical. Yet even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Sondheim himself. Until now. Conceived by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this intimate evening combines exclusive interview footage offering an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process with sparkling-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes ranging from the celebrated to the obscure. A unique theatrical experience. Rating: A Major.

International City Theatre was born in 1985 when Shashin Desai opened a 99-seat black box theater on the campus of Long Beach City College where he was chairman of the drama department. From the beginning, the fledgling company attracted critical acclaim and multiple awards – including the Los Angeles Drama Circle’s prestigious Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence in Theater.” Determined to build a high quality professional, mid-size theater company in the City of Long Beach, Desai persuaded the City Council to give him space in the Center Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. By 1996, ICT was producing simultaneous seasons on the college campus and at the Performing Arts Center. In 1999, the Long Beach City Council proclaimed International City Theater the “Professional Resident Theater Company” at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. A year later, ICT made the choice to invest entirely in the downtown, mid-size theater with an annual five-play season. When Desai retired in 2011, ICT’s board of directors unanimously approved caryn desai, ICT’s general manager since 1990, to take the reins as producing artistic director. The 2015 season marks the fifth under the leadership of Caryn Desai.