Friday, January 14, 2011

Exclusive Benefit Performance for FOMWS Slated

The Friends of Mt. Washington School (FOMWS), and the Central Los Angeles High School #9 for The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), are presenting The Yu Opera of Henan Province, China's presentation of "Chinese Orphan," to benefit both the local school and the new performing arts high school Downtown.

Direct from mainland China, this is the only scheduled live performance in Los Angeles of this world famous opera on its first American Tour. The performance will be staged in the new state of the art theatrical venue—Central Los Angeles High School #9 For The Visual and Performing Arts— directly across from the Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles.

Saturday January 22, 2011 at 8 pm, 2011年1月22日 (周六) 晚上8:00
Central Los Angeles High School #9
For The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA),

(1 block from the Music Center, Downtown)
450 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

$15.00 adult, $10.00 students
$20.00 at the door without reservations


E-MAIL or FAX (323) 230-7566.
PROVIDE NAME, PHONE NUMBER, E-MAIL ADDRESS AND NUMBER OF TICKETS. All checks must be made payable to (FOMWS), a non-profit 501c3, tax exempt organization)


All DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE and all proceeds (after expenses) will be divided equally between FOMWS and Central Los Angeles High School #9 (VAPA).


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's LA Arts Month!

It’s a town where Cirque du Soleil turns out to dance to the sounds of Los Lobos. What city could be more deserving of an arts month than Los Angeles?
The third annual LA Arts Month kicked off January 5 with an open air performance by Dos de Los Lobos—David Hidalgo and Louie Perez—and members of the Montreal-based Cirque at the downtown Music Center Plaza. LA Arts Month encourages residents and visitors to attend local cultural events during the month of January and beyond. It is a celebration of local museums, galleries, theater, music, dance an festivals. First put forward in a City Council motion by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LA Arts Month has expanded this year to include county as well as city venues. It functions as a collaborative effort on the part of city and county agencies, private partners and arts organizations.
Also on the bill at the Music Center were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who pointed out that every dollar spent on arts generates $2.53 in economic impact for the City; County Supervisor Gloria Molina; selections from About Productions’ “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe,” a theaterwork co-written by Lobo Louie Perez about an Eastside girl who dares to dream big; and the Hollywood High School Show Choir.

Visit for info on Museum Free For All Weekend January 29 and 30 and other cultural opportunities.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Local Art~~Local Galleries~~January 8

The Second Saturday of every month, Northeast Los Angeles art galleries stay open late for NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. The event is a celebration of the thriving NELA contemporary arts community and of NELA’s history as L.A.’s original arts community. Visit to download a gallery map.

Where to see art Saturday, January 8
NELAart’s Second Saturday Galleries
Stores and Coffee Houses showing local artists
Special Events
And other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
(7 to 10 p.m. unless otherwise indicated)

Bike Oven
3706 North Figueroa
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride to several local galleries leaves at 7. Return about 10 for an after party. You’ll get to take home stenciled shirts and prints, depending on what you bring

5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard
"A Murder of Crows and Other Avian Stories.” Cactus Gallery’s 4th annual bird themed show featuring artists Nicole Bruckman, Christopher Umana, Matt Adrian and Walt Hall. Plus: over 20 artists have also created new works for this show. Come celebrate the beauty of our feathered friends!

Cafe de Leche
5000 York Boulevard
A coffee shop with monthly exhibits by local artists. Robey Clark's "A Glut of Butterflies."

2113 N. San Fernando Road

Curve Line Space
1577 Colorado Boulevard
“Out of the Woods” by Los Angeles-based artist Kate Savage. "In these drawings, I used dolls as models to explore the wilderness of childhood. In some, I extended the picaresque tale of Pinocchio, an iconic character in search of authenticity. In other works, Flora (a character of my own invention) is a survivor who joins forces with her power animals. Drawing media include graphite, ink wash, acrylic and charcoal on paper. Paper and wood are my preferred surfaces, whether drawing or painting, as they feel closely connected to nature. Formally, the theatrical 'stage' upon which the players act is often very simple: a horizon line, an ambiguous abstracted nature."

A Flash Gallery
York Boulevard and Avenue 50
There is a Flash Gallery happening on the corner of York and Ave 50 this Saturday Night!Bring a piece of work and hang it on the fence that surrounds the vacant lot. Leave it up from 7pm-10pm.Work should be available for sale or trade.(Be sure to remove it at the end of the evening.)

Future Studio
5558 North Figueroa
Jeff Boynton, Mona Jean Cedar, and Andy Ben combine forces/talents in their latest endeavor--visual art installation with sporadic mini performances throughout the night. Jeff Boynton’s circuit bending is legendary. Always pushing the black art into ingeniously innovative inventions, he will be premiering three new circuit bent instruments: The Saw Choir –- yes, a choir of small recordable dolls from the “Saw” movies; The Perplexi-Feeli -- really the Touchie- Feelie on steroids (you’ll see); The Giant Pink Wheel of Torture -- think pink with a capital P, and spinning. Mona Jean Cedar will be presenting a new prose piece: The TEN-der Commandments conceived specifically for The Saw Choir and inspired by Rob Brezsny’s book Pronoia. Andy Ben brings his multi-media artistry into the fray by performing on his own old timey housed bent toys in solo sets and with Jeff and with Walter Gross. Mr. Ben’s DIY bent instruments will be for sale. Virginia Dan and will also be showing some of their disturbingly cute artwork. Chicken Boy Shop will be open.

The Glass Studio
5052 York Boulevard
Art glass, beads and tiles. Demos, classes and supplies.

Heritage Square
3800 Homer Street
Heritage Square and the Arroyo Arts Collective invite you to their first "Stitch Group" hosted at the historic Perry House. Meet fellow fiber artists, bring work to share (and show off) and learn about their next Yarn Bombing event. All levels of experience welcome. 4-6 p.m.

José Vera Fine Art & Antiques
2012 Colorado Boulevard
The Photography of Ricardo Barrera. Ricardo Barrera was born in 1953 in Mexico City. He is the son of Mexican Muralist Armando Campero. He began painting seriously at the age of 14. Barrera traveled to Mexico City to work on the "March of Humanity" mural of David Alfaro Siqueiros when he was 15. At 18, he traveled to Europe and visited Salvador Dali and Henry Moore at their respective homes. During this trip he began shooting with his first camera, a Minolta 35mm. He returned to Mexico three years later to study for a year with muralist Jorge Gonzalez Camarena. He spent his evenings in classes at the Academy of San Carlos. In 1979, he began experimenting with computers. This would lead to him working in Computer Graphics for several game companies in Los Angeles. He then became obsessed with programming, and moved between programming, computer art, and, his first love, painting. In 2005, he took a class at Los Angeles Valley College in Photography. He became hooked, taking every available class. He was forced to expand his studies to Santa Monica College, where an epiphany occurred - the camera was a brush that painted with light. 6-9 p.m.

Knowhow Shop
6019 Echo Street
An exhibition of skateboard and street art inspired paintings and sculpture, exploring atmosphere in design through relationships between objects, materiality, ornament and form.

Kristi Engle Gallery
5002 York Boulevard
TBA: A Group Video Exhibition in 7 Parts. Part 3 features works by Jay Lizo and McLean Fahnestock. Lizo’s “Dancing Is Political, Stupid” is inspired from Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “ Dancing In The Streets: A History of Collective Joy”. Found internet images from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to Rembrandt’s the “Nightwatchers” paintings create a scenario where two factions of “dance parties” do a dance-off at Bastille square. Two types of ideologies come together to form a kind of mutated form where the groups fuse through a explosion and then reunite as particles that drift in the air together. Fahnestock’s “St. Clare of Burbank” (2010) is a projected video installation that incorporates footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing shown on a 1950’s RCA television, mimicking the way that it could have been seen in the homes of those lucky enough to be watching on Earth at the time. The title alludes to St. Clare of Assisi who, because of her claim that the she could see St. Francis speak through a space that opened in the wall of her cell when she was too ill to attend mass, has been named the patron Saint of television. The work itself is skeptical. And is questioning its faith in the achievements of science and in the truth telling of television.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Axel Honey's TigerBunny show will be featuring artworks of Melissa Contreras & Friends! Celebrate the new year with this show themed off the Chinese zodiac signs ~ transitioning of Tiger to Rabbit! Along with Axel Honey's paintings + cooshees, Melissa Contreras will be doing limited edition collaborations with Crowded Teeth (paper toys), Cermae (scoodies), Nadfly (creations of what bunny & tigers dream of), Lady Gee (mini duffle accessory pouch w/wooden charm) + Sweet Siren Designs (beautiful jewelry with Axel Honey's art). DJ EV-1 + Face painting by Yuuta. Come dressed in theme (if you dare). 6-10 p.m.

M2 Gallery
4501 Eagle Rock Boulevard
“Crowns + Veils.” Javiera Estrada presents a unique mixed media exploration of traditional photography, digital texturing, sanding, wood and resin, a photographic journey of the struggle between the ego and true nature. [Art Lounge: January 22, 7-11 p.m.]

MorYork Gallery
4959 York Boulevard
“Egg Tree Egg” is Jason Hadley's first solo show in Los Angeles in two years and his first showing at MorYork Gallery, the perfect space for Hadley's strange sculptural brand of storytelling. Wax light bulbs, cement life casts and noisy mechanical contraptions will combine to create a surreal home where trees built of rubber and nails grow inside a tangled nest of repurposed musical instruments.

New Puppy
2808 Elm Street
A benefit in honor of the late artist Gil One.

New Stone Age Mosaics
4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard
The mosaic studio of Mary Clark-Camargo (who just did four pieces for the TV show “Parks and Recreation).

An Orange Door
3188 Verdugo Road

Outpost for Contemporary Art
1268 North Avenue 50
T-shirt Revival Night is a silk-screening event that features a new artist every month. Bring a favorite old T-Shirt that needs a little sprucing up or any other item you'd like to have the artist print on. Each print is only $6, or buy two for $10. This month: Jena Lee creates socially-based projects that invite viewers to collaborate in her process. For "T-shirt Revival Night," Lee draws inspiration from the Do-It-Yourself cultural phenomenon and utilizes the visual language of pattern making and garment construction to reinterpret the form... of the basic t-shirt. Each of Lee's images present a set of instructions for transforming the t-shirt into a new object or article of clothing, suggesting the screen print is no longer the final step in the process of product and creation.
Window Dressing for Outpost by Olivia Booth. A project for Outpost’s window residency series, on view now at Outpost HQ. “It’s not a given that windows -- simply by making outside and inside visible at once -- open up and relate interior and exterior spaces; most of the time windows need to be attended to in order to get them to do so. I’ve been working directly with window glass in order to deal with this problem.”

Studio Root66
5917 North Figueroa
“Collection,” a sampling of photographic art by Nicole Fournier. Fournier is an accomplished production artist, photo editor and photographer with 13 years experience in the publishing industry--specializing in books, magazines and newspapers. Her process begins with photography. She then prints the image onto canvas. After stretching the canvas, she embellishes the surface using an encaustic wax process.

5006½ York Boulevard
A vintage clothing store with works by local artists on the walls. Armed with an adapted spin-art machine and hundreds of discs rescued from the depths of a landfill, Kristen DeWitt rocks a canvas with an assortment of painted CDs that explode with color.

Verbre Studio and Gallery
4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard
The art studio of D. Paul Verbre.

1st Defense, Mind Body Studio
5577 North Figueroa
Henia Flynn and Rebeca Guerrero. Henia Flynn: “Art me is an expression of a journey; it grows and develops as we grow and develop--spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically--with our experiences, lessons, successes and failures. I believe that we are all artists, creating and manifesting our realities in our daily lives. One of the ways I choose to manifest is through painting. It is the physical expression of my soul, it is me turned inside out...The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly—without judgement, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen,..." Rebeca Guerrero: “My work consists of a variety of media. My preferred media are pastels, acrylics, oils and silk screens. Filled with bright vibrant colors, my works are both, dramatic and poetic. Traveling, literature, my garden and life are the sources of my inspiration. Loyalty to my subjects is imperative to my work. My art seems to be pleasing and inviting to the beholder. At first sight it seems to be just what you see, but once captured by it, one finds hidden messages that might be faces, poetic symbolism and literary references. I create art because I breathe.”

1215 Projects
1215 Cypress Avenue
Jordan Steinberg: Paintings. 7 p.m.-midnight.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Something Old is New Again: Vision for a "New" York Boulevard

In our October issue, The Arroyo Seco Journal featured an article about Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar and community organizations’ plans for York Boulevard. The process is now well underway. Below, we reprint our original article followed by an update.

Green L.A. Coalition's Ryan Lehman, City Councilmember José Huizar and Huizar's Planning Deputy Edel Vizcarra hold up a temporarily blank map to be filled in with residents' ideas.

Your ideas for making York Boulevard a friendlier place to walk, bike, eat and shop are requested.
City Councilmember José Huizar and dozens of Highland Park community members gathered on the boulevard the morning of Saturday, September 25 for the kick-off of the “New” York Vision Plan. Huizar and community organizations are looking for creative, low-cost improvements for York Boulevard.
There are two aspects to the plan. A long-term vision for the boulevard, specifically the stretch from Avenue 50 to Avenue 56, will be crafted. Such a document will greatly facilitate the City’s ability to go after federal, state and Metro funds for projects, a process Huizar’s staff is already engaged in.
Meanwhile, four or five fairly small-scale projects will be implemented quickly. Huizar has committed $100,000 to the effort.
What those projects end up being is a decision to be made by the community. The Green L.A. Coalition will facilitate a community input and assessment process over the coming months.
According to the Councilmember, the goals of the plan are to make York Boulevard a place where people want to come and shop--and to make it a true center for a community.
York has a history as a walkable, commercial district. Through the 1960s, the boulevard featured shopping and entertainment venues. Hard times hit with the advent of shopping malls. Lately, however, the boulevard clearly has been on its way back up. There are places to eat, drink, shop and see art, and there is foot traffic both day and evening.
“Our goal is to support the organic process that is already going on here,” Huizar said at the kick-off event.
“Our job is to help the community get the most out of this project,” says the Green L.A. Coalition’s Ryan Lehman. “We have not made any specific design decisions.”
Many local organizations are participating in the process, including the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Clean and Green. Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch has expressed serious interest in the proceedings.
There is one previously existing project that has already been in the pipeline for several months. A bicycle parking lot, the vision of Matt Schodorf of Café de Leche, is planned for York at Avenue 50. One parking space will be transformed into a bike corral for a dozen bicycles.
As part of the kick-off event, Huizar honored several business owners who have recently opened establishments on the corridor.
York Village Gifts ‘N Things, 5106 York Boulevard;
Eloelia’s Boutique, 5110 York Boulevard;
Urchin, Vintage and Recycled Clothing, 5006½ York Boulevard;
Makara’s Antique Store, 5670 York Boulevard;
The Glass Studio, glass art, classes and supplies, 5052 York Boulevard;
Jet the Pilot, Make Your Own Tees, 5108 York Boulevard;
Visions Hair Concepts, 5104 York Boulevard.
Following the kick-off event, Graffiti Busters, the agency that holds the graffiti clean-up contract for the area, conducted a neighborhood clean-up assisted by members of Victory Outreach.
A public meeting to continue the “New York Vision Plan” process will be held Wednesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m. at Café de Leche, at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50.

The process is now well underway, and an initial project should be undertaken this Spring! There have been two community meetings since the kick-off—the more recent involving a packed house at The Glass Studio.
Community members are deciding on a fairly small-scale project that will be implemented at the end of February. It is to be followed by several small projects over the coming 12 months and the creation of a long-range vision plan for the boulevard.
70+ meeting participants broke into small groups to craft ideas for the first project. Among the resultant contenders are seating at Avenue 51 and York (near Elsa’s Bakery), a green space at Avenue 50 and York (the vacant lot), an entry archway to the community, street murals on crosswalks (to slow traffic and ID an arts-rich community), a seating deck near the bakery and portable corner plazas (serving like sidewalk bump-outs).
A volunteer committee will be meeting to work toward selection of the specific project to be implemented. The next general meeting will be February 2 (at a to-be-determined site large enough to accommodate the significant interest in the process).
Among concerns brought to the table by constituents are the need for area clean-up (sidewalk, trees and the vacant lot), public safety needs (i.e. lighting and safe street crossing for school children, pedestrians and transit riders) and the current lack of seating, shade, trash receptacles and signage.
Support was expressed at the meeting for the ways in which the NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night has brought new visitors to the boulevard and for the presence of artists and arts venues in the neighborhood.
There is also particular interest in projects that will “knit” together the six-block project area as a community.
Long-time Highland Park Chamber of Commerce member and boulevard business person Doug Brown asked that project participants honor two long-established goals of the chamber—to dub the immediate area “York Village” and “to keep York Boulevard a nice place to be.”
New businesses continue to make their homes on York Boulevard. Huizar honored Awesome Playground and SoCal Mixed Martial Arts at the meeting.