“As Above, So Below” – Realism & Abstraction at the Red Pipe Gallery #DTLA

“I was a stranger in their land and I needed to step outside my world. And the only way to paint them was to combine both worlds with realism and abstraction.”  -Bobbie Moline-Kramer


From February 20 – March 14 Bobbie Moline-Kramer will be showing her new mixed-media works, based on her studies of old world macaques in Japan, at the Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Show Opening: February 28, 2015  


“These beings are otherworldly when studied from our human reference.” During repeated treks to and from Monkey Mountain in Japan, Moline-Kramer developed a sense of her subjects that she felt could only be communicated with combined realism and abstraction. And that is the basis of this suite/collection of new art.

She explains that these monkeys’ very expressions seem readable to our intellect, but it only seems that way. They have a society that slips into other dimensions. A society alien to humankind.

It is the relationship between absence and presence. A knowledge of the visible and invisible. This interplay between realism and abstraction gives her latest works a non-dimensional blending. It is a test of not only what we see but how we are willing to see and experience though art.

The artist’s abstracted and highly processed fields of subtle, ghostly images seem transitory through mists. We squint as if peering through a landscape awash in fog and cloud to assign meaning to what might just be unknowable.

Moline-Kramer constructs the works with successive layers of drawing, washes of gesso, new drawings interposed and then additional layers of gesso and underpainting until a rich and complex final product emerges. This select relationship between background and Snow Monkeys brings life to her art.

redpipeSee the show, consider the art, and consider these beings that share the earth with us at this time.

After its exclusive launch at Red Pipe, Moline-Kramer’s exhibit will be traveling through 2016 to galleries and institutions around the country.

About the Music

The sounds accompanying these eight works—several of which are printed directly onto glass and backlit with adjustable LED lighting (with which, of course, visitors are encouraged to interact, and which will make the image lighter or darker but won’t explain it for us)— are conceived by composer, songwriter and producer Geoff Levin. His music can be heard in numerous TV shows, including Chicago Fire, SNL, CSI NY, and Community Service, among others. His group Celestial Navigations was nominated for an Academy Award.  Each work of art has an accompanying original score by Levin, adding auditory experience alongside the visual with which to perceive the pieces.

About the Artist

Born in Fort Madison, Iowa in 1946, Bobbie Moline-Kramer has followed the creative impulse since childhood. She attended San Diego State where she studied with John Baldessari, and the Art Center before receiving her B.A. in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1983, under the mentorship of Dick Oden. After completing her studies, Moline-Kramer’s talent continued to flourish and receive recognition. She is a member of the California Art Club, Los Angeles Art Association, the 825 Art Association, and the past President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Moline-Kramer is a premiere realist painter. Drawing inspiration from the Impressionists and the Dutch Masters as well as the abstract impressionists, she paints with technique, skill and a mastery of light and shadow. Her work has continued to evolve as her search for the pure expression of realism has caused her to strip away unnecessary elements, resulting in abstract works whose inspiration lay in realism and exacting authenticity.

Red Pipe Gallery
978 Chung King Road, Los , CA 90012
(424) 226-2485

Paid parking is available

Theatre Unleashed Presents Ligature Marks at the Crown

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


What a curiosity. I felt like I was walking in familiar territory with Theatre Unleashed’s remounted Fringe hit and season opener, Ligature Marks by critically-acclaimed, award winning New York playwright Mac Rogers— a story wherein which one partner is asking another to murder her to ease the pain of loneliness—one partner angry and excited enough to make the play.  Curious indeed. But this production also has a most intriguing twist in the form of a game.

Theatre Unleashed has done what it is does best.  The company takes an ordinary story and wraps it into a maze but with a simplicity that is unmistakable.

Ligature Marks is lined with licentious desire and dysfunction.  The delivery waivers between crisp and lost.  But then what is being displayed throughout most of this story is the quite aligned emotional life of the characters who are also weak and sadistic in their power struggle with each other only empowered by the knowledge that nothing they embark upon is actually real.  And so it should be noted that for any perceived mistakes or wrong turns this work could take, it is also captivating, unusually funny, even charming.




Seriously unsettling, uncomfortable and fascinatingly delightful Ligature Marks definitely deserves a “worth the ticket” and some seat time for theatre goers looking for twisted, avant-garde adventure.



Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jacob Smith
Produced by Theatre Unleashed

Starring Liz Fenning and Sean Fitzgerald

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 p.m.


The Belfry Stage
Upstairs at the Crown
11031 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602


General Admission: $20
**Pay What You Want if you donate $5 at the box office for
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


For further information, please call: (818) 849-4039
Or check out the website at: http://www.theatreunleashed.org

Music Monday Spotlight: The Highway – All You Do

The HighwayBrooklyn-based psych-tinged roots rock quartet The Highway are currently featuring their new single“All You Do” from their forthcoming sophomore album, Enter to Exit, due out 4/14/15.  We gave it a listen this morning and it definitely brought us back to the “Doors”.  

After performing continuously throughout 2014, including a successful winter residency at Brooklyn’s Spike Hill and at notable venues like Cameo Gallery, Pianos, and Rockwood Music Hall,  The Highway is gearing up for their spring release that showcases the band’s eclectic sound that “shifts from hooky groove to madman psychedelia” (Music Connection). 

You can pre-order the full album now by visiting the website: TheHighwayMusic.com

Music We Missed in 2014: Globelamp Breathing Ritual


#WhatsHotNow: Buster & Punch x Justin Deakin @LFW

As soon as this arrived in the email box this morning we knew it was a knockout! What are you wearing for London Fashion Week?

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Justin Deakin and Massimo Buster Minale, announce an exclusive London Fashion Week collaboration at Somerset House.

In celebration of their shared passion for music, motorbikes and the art of making, these two British designers epitomise daring craftsmanship through innovative fashion design.

Justin Deakin & buster & PunchThe installation features a strictly limited edition leather light shade and biker boot, both made from the finest quilted Italian calf leather with solid metal and rubber detailing.

Buster + Punch work with rare, solid materials to make extraordinary items for everyday use. The collaboration highlights our design and manufacturing skills to make unexpected accessory items that unite both the interior & fashion industries.

‘Since the day we opened the doors to the public, our main aim was to drag the sluggish interiors world out of the front door and onto our streets and catwalks alike. This exciting collaboration represents the first steps towards us achieving this goal and we will be wearing great boots along the way!.’ – Massimo Buster Minale  www.busterandpunch.com 

London Fashion Week 2015

The collection is now available to purchase.

Leather shade, £175 
Only 50 available
E: info@busterandpunch.com
T: 020 7407 0888

Biker Boot, £500
Available in sizes 3+
E: justin@shoestringassociates.org
T: 020 7247 0985

Get London Fashion Week LIVE right now!!!  Click on either of the images (left or below) for the catwalks!

London Fashion Week

#WhatsHotNow: Bucket Bags

KO1408_LOOK_08_003 copyWe are just as suprised as you are to have discovered that Bucket bags are the must-have accessory of the moment. From Jennifer Lawrence to Miranda Kerr, celebs have been showing off the stylish accessory.

Who’s got them?  Ann Taylor is sporting a bucket bag for only $98 and it is right on cue with this popular trend. Available in navy, tan, white (available on 4/27/15), and white marbled python, it’s the go-to bag to create an effortless, celebrity chic look. We love that you won’t break the bank adding this to your Spring wardrobe looks.  You can click either image to shop!

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ON THE RADAR: TST’s 8th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2015 — a whole festival devoted to women’s stories, and our relationships with women.

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Towne Street Theatre, LA’s premiere African American theatre company and KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, have partnered to celebrate KCET’s 50th anniversary, and Towne Street Theatre’s commitment to the community, by hosting a special multimedia community exhibit during the opening weekend of the 8th Annual TST Ten Play Festival,” March 14 & 15, 2015 at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.

The exhibit is a traveling arts and education kiosk which takes the public through historical touch points of the region, and KCET’s 50-year legacy of serving the interests of Southern and Central California audiences with high quality award-winning multi-cultural programming.


The interactive kiosk, measuring 84″ L x 84″ W x 84″ H, will prompt community members to answer the question: “How have women helped create a better state?” in honor of Women’s History Month.  Some community responses will be showcased on-air and online at kcet.org/50.

“We are so pleased that Towne Street Theatre is hosting our community kiosk and helping to strengthen our region’s cultural fabric, allowing our viewers to become a part of the conversation,” said Mary Mazur, KCETLink’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are also grateful to our Community Advisory Board for identifying important locations in the city where the kiosk can be displayed, create a sense of community, and educate people about our history.”


Towne Street Theatre’s “8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival,” celebrates Women’s History Month at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, from March 14 – March 29, 2015 The Ten Minute Play Festival features 10 plays with themes that pay tribute to the lives, relationships and circumstances of women.  After receiving over 100 submissions from around the world, Towne Street has chosen to showcase dramatic and comedic productions that range in topics from marriage and relationships, to motherhood, cancer, aging and rape. The Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the Festival visit townestreetla.org.

KCET marked the important 50-year milestone on Sept. 28. 2014, with a celebration that included a variety of multi-platform programming and initiatives.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink Media Group.

ABOUT Towne Street Theatre

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA 1992 riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together.  The 8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival is produced in association with the Stella Adler Theatre/LA.  Towne Street has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre since 2004.