Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bechnya at the Hudson Theatre, LA

After a number of award winning plays taking on the issues of Eastern Europe, writer, Saviana Stanescu, turns in a convoluted, hot, mess of a production at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Not knowing what she wants to say, Stanescu takes us back and forth from America to the fictional town of Bechnya in search of revenge, answers and atonement for the bitter fate of a sister who lives through the neglect of orphanages and the horrors of war after she is abandoned by her baby sister through an American foreign adoption.  A modern Grimm Fairytale with several kinds of endings, a history lesson and a play that would have done better to present itself as an art installation commenting on adoption, religion, war and family.

Spontaneous Street Art

Street Art – Graffiti is not new.  Talking about it is not new.  It is even a form of expression according to Wikipedia, that has existed since ancient times, with clear examples dating back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.  And of course, it is considered a crime when it defaces public spaces without the permission of the owners of those spaces.  Although former Cat Woman, Julie Newmar, of the older TV series of Batman & Robin didn’t mind at all when her entire property at the corner of Rosewood and Fairfax (now enclosed in a cement fence for perhaps pre-construction) became completely etched in spray paint.  In fact, it delighted her so much – to the chagrin of her conservative neighbors – that she left it there as a display of wonderful spontaneous street art.

But what still amazes me is the dynamic of an empty space being almost instantaneously filled by a random artist with the kind of graphic design skill, sans the technical help of Adobe, Kodak, Wacom or Sony, that most traditional artists might otherwise find challenging to accomplish.  And it is bold.  I mean, maybe it’s just me, but waking up to my local Melrose Avenue boarded up retail location getting a brilliant makeover from an ugly, uninviting, barrier with a sales sign on it, one day before, is kind of mind-blowing to me.  I admit, I only half understand it.  But I am  becoming more and more infatuated with discovering more about it as a particularly special urban craft.  What does this all really mean to the artist anyway?  Could someone anonymously write in and explain?

~Gia On The Move

Street Art – Take 1

Commedia dell’Arte or Advertising at its best?  And at no charge.  Really love the Casper the Friendly Ghost touch.

Teenagers, Teachers and Sex Experiments – oh my!

Certainly a thrill to behold is the wonderment of love and quite a lot of unabashed “gizzing” in the classroom, in the gym and nearly all over the school, in Wonderlust at Theater of Note, written by Cody Henderson and carefully directed by Amber Skalski.  Now playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 1st.  click here to read more…