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Tongue & Groove Is Back!

gia on the move eventsAugust will mark 13 years of the monthly reading series, Tongue & Groove!

But first things first.  Another unique mix of writers performers that you’d be hard pressed to assemble anywhere else will be at The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028, on Sunday July 31 at 6-7:30 pm.  Admission is $7.00

A monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo. This  month Tongue and Groove  has the following lineup:

Pam Ward is an author/artist and L.A. native. An art advocate as well as an instructor and mentor at ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Pam has designed for politicians, community organizations and corporate America.  A former board member of Beyond Baroque Literary Foundation, Pam was also an artist-in-resident for the city of Los Angeles, Venice and Manhattan Beach.  After publishing two novels, “Want Some Get Some” and “Bad Girls Burn Slow,” and working on merging writing and graphic design, Pam produced the recent installation, My Life, LA: The Los Angeles Legacy Project, a poster project blending graphics with story/facts documenting the impact of Angelenos on the actual land. Her play, “I Didn’t Survive Slavery for This” has played throughout L.A. Currently she is working on the true story of her aunt a real Black Dahlia suspect.

David Darmstaedter lives in Topanga and travels the hills dressed in tinfoil underwear to summon ideas from the wild. He has written plays, screenplays, short stories and novels. His memoir ‘My Monster; is in eternal development with Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. He will be reading from his most current book in the works – Solly’s Shangri -La.

Beth Marquez stumbled into a spoken word tent at Lollapalooza when she was 13 and it changed her life. She co-hosted Java Gardens reading in Huntington Beach and attended the National Poetry Slam as an alternate for the Laguna Beach team. She’d been  published in the Moontide Press, Valley of Contemporary Poets, and Ugly Mug anthologies and elsewhere. She will be debuting a show based on her poetry at The Victory Theater in Burbank in September.

Rios de la Luz is a queer-xicana/chapina living in Portland, Oregon. She is brown and proud. She is the author of, The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert (Ladybox Books, 2015). Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today and St. Sucia.

Kristina Wong  is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. She was recently featured in the New York Times’s Off Color series highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.  She’s been a frequent ommentator/guest with, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post  and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to mention but a few places. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and residencies and not to brag, but Kristina has twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater.  Her most recent solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and premieres in June 2015.

Linda Ravenswood with an aim towards inquiry, tantalization,  and uncovering, she speaks, stands, beckons, and reminds  viewers to hold memory, history, place and lineage as holy, yet available markers.  In these ways, Linda has evolved  an arts practice holding a strong and defining spatial, and theatrical course.  Recent work (2014¬2016) has appeared,  or been commissioned at The Broad Theatre, AWP/Pen Centre USA, Cornell University, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Angel’s Gate Cultural  Centre, The Artery, The Bootleg Theatre, Gallery 16 (San Francisco), The Lancaster  Museum, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Craftswoman House.  She has been published in 30 literary journals, her music has appeared in 3  documentary films (PBS), she has 4 books in print (Sybaritic Press, Mouthfeel Press, Gallery 16 Press, LACMA Press – forthcoming), and she is a 2016 Vermont Studio Centre fellow in Poetry.  Twice nominated for The Pushcart  Prize for Poetry, Linda is a lecturer, dramaturg and workshop presenter, most recently teaching at Occidental  College.  Linda Ravenswood is NDN, First Nation, (Pokanoket Nation) a Mayflower descendant on her mother’s  side, and an Indigenous Mestiza from Baja California Sur on her father’s side.  She was raised by Holocaust  survivors from WWII.

The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) Return to Los Angeles

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U Rock Corporation is re-launching The Indee Artist Music Awards (IAMA) event based in Los Angeles County.

Now grown from a 300-seater venue to a 12,000-seater venue in just eight short years, thanks to overwhelming response from the Independent community, the IAMA has decided to open its doors and allow not only Independent Artists but also Independent Labels to participate in their illustrious event.

Founded by Lupe Rose, the idea of the Indee Artist Music Awards is to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding achievements by members of the independent society in the various fields of the music industry globally. The first Indee Artist Music Award ceremony was held in 2008 at the DI of Lancaster California.

“Our mission is to promote and expose independent music artists and labels, to recognize artistry without the music politics & payola involved in the Awards Arena, and to play our part in ensuring that music thrives in Los Angeles.” ~CEO Lupe Rose.

The IAMA will also present INDEE WEEKEND, dedicated to Independent Artists, education through music conferences, important meet and greets with Music Labels and Private Independent Celebrity parties. Additional events, Ticket Sales and much more will be announced. This will be a televised event.

King Lear is ‘Undaunted’ at LOFT Ensemble

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Movegia on the move theatre reviews king lear

“Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself.”

Shakespeare’s 2nd greatest fool seemed somewhat absent in LOFT Ensemble’s current production of King Lear. And in fact, upon discussion and mild research, he was indeed a bit shaved from the play.

Actor Leon Mayne, whose personage fits an arguable description of the Fool as a young boy, delivered a demeanor that raposed somewhere in the middle of keen, entertaining wit and almost detached sulleness. He quite accurately in this production, is a mirror to the performance of actor Leon Russom in the title role.

Russom as Lear is guileless in his demonstration of a man realizing the quick deterioration of his own mind, standing by as if a voyeur to his own ‘play’.  He is not the vain, grand-gesturing king, who openly bullies his daughters Goneril and Regan, but a defeated man, once turned out by them. Lear is genuinely shocked.  His rage immediately becomes at one turn self-pity, at another spite, but most truly a man, a father, utterly lost and with much less determination to regain his status, and unable to grapple with his self-imposed circumstance.  Lear’s descent into madness is vividly self-observed.

The Fool is Lear’s conscience and the pathos of the play and very much our estimate of Lear depending on the view we take of him. Mayne’s somewhat introspective delivery of the Fool, sets up an ‘all Lear all the time’ energy for the audience and the rest of the ensemble cast, ‘checking’ Lear, stepping in as Lear’s caretaker now that Cordelia (played modernly naturalistic by Marissa Galloway) is absent, and moving the narration forward much less.

Two characters solve this dilemma however.  The absolutely large and driven performances of Mark Bramhall as Gloucester, and the fiery, undaunted tenor of Bruno Oliver as Kent who protect, serve and surround their king with fierce loyalty throughout the play, at great cost.

Additionally, Jon Tosetti as Albany and Bart Tangredi as Cornwall step up their performances somewhere in the middle adding punch and impact.

There are some sizzling moments in this production. The juxtaposition of Mike Mahaffey’s Edgar to Tor Jensen Brown’s Edmund is well-defined by both actors, as are the relationships by Lacy Altwine as Goneril and JoAnn Mendelson as Regan in their ambitious rivalry.

Slightly jarring is an inventive movement piece inserted into Lear’s wildest moments in the storm. A potential distraction, Russom overcomes any difficulties with focused,  ‘heavyweight’ gravitas.

Overall, LOFT Ensemble’s King Lear, directed by Bree Pavey is an aspiring, very (thankfully) fast-paced, purposeful production, topped by a dramatic finale. Recommended.

Fight choreography by Mike Mahaffey
Directed by Bree Pavey
With: Leon Russom, Leon Mayne, Mark Bramhall, Bruno Oliver, Lacy Altwine, JoAnn Mendelson, Marissa Galloway, Mike Mahaffey, Tor Jensen Brown, Bart Tangredi, Jon Tosetti, Matt Gorkis, Sondra Mayer, Daye Anne Hutton, Mikaela Moody, Daniel Joo, Jefferson, Marian Gonzalez and Chris Haas.

King Lear
Now Playing at LOFT Ensemble (new location)
For tickets and information visit: www.loftensemble.org

Star Trek: Beyond (What you think you already know)

How good it your general knowledge when it comes to the epic Star Trek franchise? Did you know, for instance, that Star Trek was the first TV show in US history to show an interracial kiss? Or that the release date of Star Trek Beyond was chosen because that day is the anniversary of the original TV series debut? Here are a few teasers by our friends at Morph Costumes to celebrate this week’s opening.

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Gia #HFF16 Reviews: Las Garcia

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

gia on the move theatre reviews tracey paleo hollywood fringe festivalSome stories about love are filled with heartbreak.  This is  one of them. Some stories about love empower and enliven the narrator.  This is one of them. And some stories about love make us realize that when all is said, done and experienced, the only thing we are is very, very human – to the core.

Gabriela Ortega opened her world premiere solo show, Las Garcia, at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe with an invitation to audiences to be wrapped into her very personal family tale of life-long searching for the grandmother who has influenced her life in so many more ways than she initially realizes. What they got was an enlightening, partly historical-political journey, that exquisitely and quite playfully details the closed-door intricacies of love and war, secrets and adventure.

The struggle of a woman takes place in her heart.  She is strong, defiant, longing for beauty in love and life, capable of reaching into the deepest places within herself to dream and willing to sacrifice everything to achieve it. Las Garcia are these women – to the core.

Gabriela Ortega is thoroughly enchanting as an actress.  As a female storyteller, her appeal rests within her own willingness to expose her most vulnerable and naive parts. Las Garcia is a gorgeous ode, in Ortega’s carefully crafted words, to the women who have come before us and whose lives help us to discover our own power through losses as well as triumphs.

“Come fly with me.”

*WINNER: ENCORE PRODUCER’S AWARD 2016
*WINNER: 2016 FRINGE SCHOLARSHIP
*NOMINEE: “BEST SOLO SHOW” HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2016
*NOMINEE: O FACE AWARD “MOST ORGASMIC WRITING” 2016
*NOMINEE: BECHDEL-WALLACE AWARD, FRINGE 2016

Directed by Alex Alpharaoh

For more information visit: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3451

CURRENT:LA Water City’s First Public Art Biennial

Opening Saturday, July 16, 2015

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On Saturday, July 16 to August 14, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural affairs will launch an inaugural, citywide public art biennial titled CURRENT: LA Water, which will feature 15 multidisciplinary public art installations in public spaces, including sites along the Los Angeles River, as well as outdoor public programs.

This temporary initiative aims to establish a new paradigm for public art in Los Angeles and will call attention to water conservation and serve as a cultural experience for visitors.

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Current: LA Water is part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge competition in which Los Angeles was selected out of more than 230 cities.

Each city applied for funding of up to $1 million and technical support to mount a major temporary public art project designed to catalyze local economic development and address a pressing civic issue.

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CURRENT:LA Water kicks off with a combination of public art and family-friendly programming throughout the city along the Los Angeles River and LA’s other waterways. All projects will be installed in open public spaces, and all events are free to attend from July 16 through August 14, 2016.

CURRENT:LA Water, will establish the first Public Art Biennial for the City of Los Angeles.

“We created the Public Art Challenge to support innovative temporary public art projects that enhance the vibrancy of cities,” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Department of Cultural Affairs are demonstrating how public art can strengthen neighborhoods, inspire residents, and fuel local economies with the work of talented artists through CURRENT:LA Water.”

The artists and artist teams selected to participate in this inaugural biennial from among 130 considered include: Refik Anadol + Peggy Weil (team); Edgar Arceneaux; Josh Callaghan + Daveed Kapoor (team); Mel Chin; Chris Kallmyer; Candice Lin; Lucky Dragons (Luke Fischbeck + Sarah Rara); Teresa Margolles; Kori Newkirk; Michael Parker; Gala Porras-Kim; Rirkrit Tiravanija; and Kerry Tribe

Initial curatorial oversight and selection of the artists were provided by artist and curatorial advisor Marc Pally and a committee of esteemed LA-based curators with experience in issue-based public art and biennial presentations. Ongoing curatorial support is provided by the following curators: Ruth Estévez (REDCAT, Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater), Rita Gonzalez (LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Karen Moss (Otis College of Art and Design and USC Roski School of Fine Arts and Design), and Irene Tsatsos (Armory Center for the Arts).

The CURRENT:LA Water Public Art Biennial 2016 Artists’ Projects include:

Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil

UnderLA: 1st Street Bridge – East 1st Street between Santa Fe Avenue and Mission Road, Downtown LA, 9003 – 14th Council District

UnderLA uses scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers—layers of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water—to create a site-specific projection for the 1st Street Bridge. (#underlawater / underlawater.com).

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, and August 13 and 14, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil

UnderLA: Origin of the LA River –6883 Owensmouth Avenue, Canoga Park, 91303 – 3rd Council District

UnderLA uses scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water—to create a site-specific projection for the Origin of the LA River. (#underlawater / underlawater.com).

Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Edgar Arceneaux

The CENTER of the EARTH – Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2657 Motor Avenue, West LA, 90064 – 5th Council District

Edgar Arceneaux appropriates minimal forms often seen in drinking fountains found in public spaces to create a different fountain of sorts. The CENTER of the EARTH draws parallels between the use of altars and water in religious and everyday contexts. As an extension, Arceneaux’s work considers the below-ground transit of water and the above-ground ideologies of the people that regulate it.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist Q&A on Saturday, July 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor

Mast – South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, 5413 South Avalon Boulevard, South Los Angeles, 90011 – 9th Council District

Collaborators Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor’s Mothership is a large-scale sculpture comprising a mast, sail, and rigging that rises out of the South LA Wetlands Park’s landscape. The work addresses California’s colonial history and the vestiges of its destructive legacy; in doing so, Mothership occupies a position as both a cultural marker and an architectural feature that provides shade for park visitors.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Mel Chin

The TIE that BINDS: the MIRROR of the FUTURE – The Bowtie, 2780 West Casitas Avenue, Glassell Park, 90039 – 1st Council District

Mel Chin reimagines the 18.6 acres that make up the Bowtie—an area adjacent to the LA River, near where the 5 and 2 freeways meet—with a new landscape of native, drought-tolerant plants. Visitors can take home a newly mapped “parcel” and plant it in their yards or community gardens.

Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to Sunset (gates close at 9:00 p.m.).

See Event Calendar for details and visit the-tie-that-binds.org for related programs and events.

Chris Kallmyer

New Weather Station – Norman O. Houston Park, 4918 South La Brea Avenue, Baldwin Hills, 90008 – 8th Council District

The Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification is a performing group that collaborates with Southern California communities to address weather, water, and the evolution of the arid city. During CURRENT:LA, the group is headquartered at New Weather Station, a 20-foot open-air geodesic dome hosting a series of events featuring LA-based artists, designers, historians, urbanists, chefs, and thinkers exploring the intersection of water and weather modification.

July 31 to August 14, 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekend events on July 31, and August 11, 13, and 14. See Event Calendar for details.

Candice Lin

A Hard White Body – Westside Neighborhood Park, 2999 Clyde Avenue, West Adams, 90016 – 10th Council District

Candice Lin’s sculpture appropriates water filtration and microbe growth to consider how the power of small beings disrupts social hierarchies. By using bacteria found in kombucha as an active collaborator, the sculpture highlights the presence of bacteria in our environment as well as our continued vulnerability and dependence on it in order to live.

Daily from 3:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist event on Thursday, August 11.

Lucky Dragons

Δ (Delta) – Bee Canyon Park, 17307 Sesnon Boulevard, Granada Hills, 91344 – 12th Council District

Mimicking the unstable nature of water, Lucky Dragons creates a series of unique performances at Bee Canyon Park in which characters uncover a new set of instructions and resources each weekday afternoon to engage visitors and respond to LA’s water infrastructure.

Monday through Friday, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lucky Dragons

The Spreading Ground – Hansen Dam, 12272 Osborne Street, Pacoima, 91342 – 7th Council District

The Spreading Ground is a month-long series of workshops designed for public participation?with the understanding that the denizens of LA are dynamically bound together by water. These workshops culminate in a musical score derived and performed by Lucky Dragons and The Spreading Ground participants.

Saturday, July 23 and 30 evening open rehearsals. Saturday, August 6 and 13 evening performances.

Teresa Margolles

La Sombra (The Shade) – Echo Park Lake, 1698 Park Avenue, Echo Park, 90026 – 13th Council District

With the assistance of volunteers from all over the city, Teresa Margolles washed over 100 public spaces where lives were taken over the course of the past year in LA. Collecting and using the water from each cleaning, Margolles erects a memorial to the victims of that violence. The work also offers an area of respite for visitors to rest, meditate, and reflect at Echo Park.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kori Newkirk

Prime – South Weddington Park, 10798 Bluffside Drive, Studio City, 91604 – 2nd Council District

Working with an American vernacular used in fountains and parks, Kori Newkirk presents a sculpture of horses installed in a trench. The work responds to the drought via exaggerating the concavity of fountains and addresses cultural boundaries present in parks and public places.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Artist’s Talk on Monday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Michael Parker

The Ides – Point Fermin Park, 739 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, 90731 – 15th Council District

Michael Parker builds an arch that frames the ocean views of the San Pedro bluff to showcase the drama of Point Fermin, a site engulfed by water, sun, and the Port of LA. The arch, a collaboration with peers and developed through a dialogue between digital and analog processes, reflects the intersection of human engineering as seen in the Port of LA and the natural setting of Point Fermin.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Point Fermin Lighthouse Tours Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Gala Porras-Kim

Supplement to Ballona Discovery Park Informative Signs – Del Rey Lagoon Park, 6840 Esplanade Street, Playa Del Rey, 90293 – 11th Council District

Gala Porras-Kim creates signage that tells the story of the Tongva burial ground that is located at the Del Rey Lagoon Park. The work draws attention to the beginnings of the wetlands and the controversial handling of the burial ground, giving viewers an opportunity to learn about a history that has been removed.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Untitled 2016 (LA Water, Water Pavilion) – Sepulveda Basin, 6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Encino, 91411 – 6th Council District

An intimate timber-frame structure houses weekly events centered on public interaction with the LA River, its users, and the surrounding urban fabric. In this project, Tiravanija employs architecture to create a juncture between people and place, creating situations that bring us closer to the river.

Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Special weekend events on July 16, 17, 24, and 25 and August 6.

Kerry Tribe

Exquisite Corpse – Sunnynook River Park, LA River Bike Path, Atwater Village, 90039 – 4th Council District

Exquisite Corpse is an open-air nightly screening of a 51-minute film that traces the 51-mile Los Angeles River from its origins in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, Tribe’s camera captures its varied landscapes, neighborhoods, creatures, and communities through a string of meditative encounters that collectively describe the river at this juncture in its history.

Daily at 8:30 p.m. Pre-screening talks with the Theodore Payne Foundation every Friday at 7:00 p.m.

CURRENT:LA Water Public Programming

The following CURRENT:LA Water public program providers were selected by the CURRENT:LA curatorial team from submissions received in response to a Request for Qualifications:

  • Barcid Foundation Native Current Multimedia Workshop
  • Bob Dornberger, Misa Lund, Emily Han, Pascal Baduar, and Erica Wohldmann
  • Clockshop
  • Community Services Unlimited
  • Devon Tsuno
  • Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)
  • KCHUNG
  • Los Angeles Urban Rangers
  • Self Help Graphics and Art
  • Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras
  • UCLA ArtSci
  • Women’s Center for Creative Work

Selected presentations from the public programming partners will accompany the temporary art works as presented by the CURRENT:LA artists. Events include: pre-screening conversations; guided wetland and nature tours; printmaking workshops; audio, visual, and cooking performances; foraging adventures; and more. All events take place at CURRENT:LA Water sites and will be free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Visit currentla.org for more information and a schedule of programs, workshops, and events.