GuerilLA has fun planned at Brewery Art Walk Saturday 10/9/2010 @2PM

Known for guerilla art installations and activities in LA, GuerilLA has one planned for Saturday’s Brewery Art Walk.  After reading their facebook invite you’ll know as much as I do.  Just bring a pole, any pole and be ready to participated in the event.  From their invitation:

It’s here! It’s here! The Brewery Artwalk is finally here!

Twice a year, this amazing collective of artists in downtown Los Angeles gives its patrons beautiful art, amazing technology, fantastic food… and the perfect context for our next Mission.

Go on, check out the cool art and hang out for a while. Then at 2:00, come meet up @ Barbara’s at the Brewery (ask anyone there if you don’t know where it is). Bring some sort of big stick (or two, if you can find a spare!) – it can be a bamboo stick, a long wooden dowel, a shower curtain rod, a fishing pole… be creative! There, you will get further instructions.

What: October Mission – Gone Phishin’
When: Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Where: The Brewery Artwalk (breweryartwalk.com)
Bring: A big stick.

Let the mischief begin.

Out,
Agent A

FREE – ArtNight Pasadena 10/8/10 6PM-10PM

Mark your calender for ArtNight Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m.  It will have something for every taste when 14 of the city’s most prominent arts and culture institutions open their doors for free. There is a lot of depth to this event. So what are you looking for? Cool comic strips or old masterpieces? Sound art or classical music? Modern Chinese design or graffiti art? You will find it here.

ArtNight Pasadena kicks off Pasadena ArtWeekend, a three-day, six-event, citywide arts festival. Saturday’s offerings include Art of Food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on South Lake Avenue, ArtHeritage parade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning at Los Robles Avenue and Howard Street and ending at La Pintoresca Park, ArtWalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Playhouse District and ArtRhythm from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paseo Colorado. On Sunday, ArtPerformance will take place at the Levitt Pavilion in Old Pasadena. For more information visit www.PasadenaArtWeekend.com or call (626) 795-9311.

You also have a choice in transportation: Metro Gold Line, walking, bicycling tour or free shuttle buses available at each of the venues. Best Gold Line station is the Memorial Park Station that is 1 block east of the Armory Center for the Arts. From there you can catch the various shuttles and buses quite easily.

ArtNight Pasadena’s featured exhibitions and performances include:

Alliance Française de Pasadena
34 E. Union, Kendall Alley
“Paris,” an art exhibit by the recognized Los Angeles-based painter Roberto Gutierrez whose black-and-white canvases and gray watercolors give a nostalgic feel to the City of Lights.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
“Steve Roden: In Between, A 20 Year Survey,” the first survey of the artist’s work in all its divergent forms, including sound. Plus, NewTown’s “Convergences” presents 11 artists who integrate digital media, sculpture and installation.

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St.
“ENERGY,” an exhibition where left brain and right brain intersect and natural forces can be seen through the prisms of science, art and history. Also, recent work in the student gallery.

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Lineage Dance, exploring the famous Kidspace Ant Climber with a playful look from a bug’s point of view in a site-specific dance. Also, art projects exploring the elements of the earth, and family dance time.

Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Nonstop live music and contemporary dance performances, including Lineage Dance’s latest piece, “Defining Moments.”

Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
Two exhibitions, “Hiroshige: Visions of Japan” and “Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: An Artwork by John Cage,” plus centuries of masterpieces on permanent view.

One Colorado
North side of Colorado Boulevard between Union, Fair Oaks and DeLacey.
“Three Founts,” a site-specific, fanciful fountain in the courtyard, drawn from Pasadena history by artist Lynn Aldrich. Also, new Artist in Residence, Carly Steward, in “The Artist Studio.”

Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave.
“China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970,” an exhibition that demonstrates how different political and social ideas are transmitted via everyday products, advertising and graphic design.

Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena’s hidden treasure of contemporary art at PCC’s Shatford Library: 24 original works from the Artist in Residence program, 1987-2010. Plus, in the College Art Gallery, an exhibition of work by influential graphic artist Edward Fella.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St.
Three exhibitions: “CDB 2010: Action/Reaction,” showcasing design from California; “Desire: Six Los Angeles Artists,” featuring contemporary art about desire; and an installation by artist Megan Geckler in the Project Room.

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
“Pasadena Patron: The Life & Legacy of Eva Scott Fenyes,” the world of art, live music and dance from Pasadena’s Gilded Age, and one of early Pasadena’s most influential women.

Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St.
“Art of the Book” as seen through graphic novels, paintings, photographs, and theatrical and musical performances, and craft-making. Also, “The Word: Between the Lines,” works by Pasadena Society of Artists members.

Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium
131 S. St. John Ave.
Harpist Alison Bjorkedal and others create an intimate musical preview of the 2010/11 season at the Pasadena Symphony’s new home, Ambassador Auditorium. Also, venue tours and special ticket offers.

Shumei Arts Council
2430 E. Colorado Blvd.
“The Dalai Lama and His People,” photography and book signing by Don Farber. Also, Makoto Taiko drumming at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

For more information call the ArtNight Pasadena Hotline at (626) 744-7887 or visit their WEB HERE. For accessibility information or written materials in alternative formats, call (626) 744-7249. To join ArtNight bicycle tours visit www.cicle.org.

Weird Hollywood and others at book signing Friday 10/8/10

There are book signing and then there are Weird book signings that make it all the more fun to attend. This Friday night from 8pm to 10pm, writer Joe Oesterle, who has written a number of the book’s subjects, and other special guests will be at the legendary Boardners bar off Hollywood Blvd. to mingle, sign books, and share some of the weirder tales Los Angeles has been host to.  This book signing is also being co-sponsored by our past city captain David Markland and creator of CreepyLA.

It’s definitely going to be a weird event. Hope to see you there.

Special Guests so far include:
– Karie Bible (from Film Radar, and more notoriously rumored to be the Lady In Black)
– Scott Michaels (celebrity death expert, owner/operator of Dearly Departed Tours)
– Count Smokula (horror host, songwriter)
– Dennis Woodruff (yeah, that guy with the cars)
– Richard Carradine (GHOULA founder, author of The Park After Dark: An Unauthorized Guide to the Happiest (Haunted) Place on Earth)
– Rich Kuras, Managing Editor of Mania.com
– Christopher Dennis, aka Superman (George Reeves look-a-like) on Hollywood Blvd.
– Steve Goldstein author of “LA’s Graveside Companion.”
– Donna Lethal, sassy Hollywood aficionado and writer
– David Markland (creator, CreepyLA)

Deets 10/8 8PM-10PM, Boardners Bar 1652 N. Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried Exhibit Needs Artists.

Black Oak and Elephant Rocks, my submission this year.

Working with digital photography and/or digital art? Want to show your stuff somewhere and be “seen” in a gallery setting to see how you look hung on a white wall? Then the Snap To Grid show at the LA CEnter for Digital Art is the show for you. I’ve participated for the last 5 years and can’t tell you how much fun it is to actually SEE the exhibit and the wide variety of images produced in the digital realm.

Your entry will be printed (8.5″x11″ on heavyweight paper) and shown in the LACDA gallery arranged in a grid. Entrants submit JPEG files of original work. Multiple entries are permitted. Separate registration required for each image. Exhibit is limited to space available, early entry is advised.

All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. Digital video stills and screen shots of web/new media are acceptable. Documentation shots of digital installation and digital sculpture are acceptable.

Special consideration is given to “Snap to Grid” artists for inclusion in future exhibits. Entrants to our calls for submissions form the pool of artists from which we select the majority of our exhibitors. There have been a large number of “Snap to Grid” participants who have been included in group exhibits, as well as a number of solo shows. Proceeds for “Snap to Grid” benefit these gallery programs and keep LACDA thriving. Exhibit your work, build your resume, and support our gallery. Everybody wins!

How to submit is easy, but read the rules first. Two easy steps to exhibit your work at LACDA…first you REGISTER and pay your fee. Then you UPLOAD your image(s).

Location: This call is international, open to all geographical locations.
Show Dates: November 11-December 4, 2010
Deadline for entries: October 25, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday November 11, 7-9pm (in conjunction with Downtown Artwalk)
Entry Fee: Registration fee is $30US.

Rules, Rules, Rules and there are always some. Submission Rules: Registration and submission are done online only. JPEG file uploads are the only accepted submissions under 2MB each. Please do not send materials to LACDA. All materials sent to LACDA will not be viewed and cannot be returned.

Multiple Entries: Multiple entries are permitted. $30 registration fee for each additional image. Separate registration required for each image.

Weekly Old Car Cruisin’ in the SGV

They call it “Pasadena Cruisin’” but it doesn’t happen in Pasadena any more as their old location was bulldozed over for redevelopment. (As if we really needed another thrifty drug and fat mens clothing store). The tradition carried on and takes place in two SGV Locations. Every week is the Saturday morning cruise in taking place in LaCanada. Every 4th Sunday of the Month it takes place in El Monte at the airport and as an added boner vintage aircraft are part of the fun.

Deets:
Every Saturday 7-9AM, Starbucks & U.A. Theaters,1919 Verdugo Blvd.LaCanada, California 91011 MAP INFO HERE.
Every 4th Sunday starting at 10AM: El Monte Airport, 4233 N. Santa Anita Ave. El Monte, California 91731 MAP INFO HERE.

Pic by me of a 1960 Olds taken at last Saturdays Monrovia Old Car Cruise.

Movie Premiere Fund Raiser for Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center Tonight (9/17) in Pasadena

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center is having a fund raiser tonight in Pasadena. They are hosting the world premiere of Johnny, the tale of a foster child who helped a family recover from a tragic loss of their own child. (More movie info HERE).  Following the movie will be a Special Question and Answer Period with Director D. David Morin and Lead Actors Mel Fair and Jerry Phillips.

The cost of admission is $10 bucks a person. The proceeds will go to help the Foothills Pregnancy Resource center with their various programs including helping mothers who chose to carry a child to term and raise it or give it up for adoption.

Details: Friday, September 17th at 7:30 PM, Gilmore Hall, The First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 East Sierra Madre Boulevard,Pasadena, California 91107

20th Annual “Street Rods Forever” in Monrovia Saturday 9/11/2010

Over 200 restored beauties, hot rods, rat rods and every imaginable iteration of the antique (pre-1973) automobile will be on display at the Street Rods Forever show in Monrovia on Saturday.   Myrtle Avenue from Olive to Lime Avenues will be blocked off to showcase all of the old cars on display.  Of course my favorites tend to be the nicely restored to better than show room condition than the “rodded” out varieties.

If you have an old beast you’d love to show be there at 7AM with a $30 registration fee and you’re in.

Of course all of the great little eateries in Old Town Monrovia will be open along with other food vendors set up just for this event.

Deets: Saturday 9/11/2010,  9-3PM 300-600 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016

Pic by me shot at a previous Monrovia old car show.

Free tickets to screening of “Destricted” September 9, 2010

Free tickets to “Destricted” on September 9. The collection of experimental shorts “Destricted” will be screening September 9 as part of the DigitalArt.LA Expo. ‘Destricted’ is the first of its kind, exploring the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world’s most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. You must be 18 or older for the free tickets. Get tickets HERE.

The DigitalArt.LA Expo is organised by Rex Bruce with the LA Center for Digital Art (LACDA). It is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. IT will contain works by Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambramovic, Marco Brambilla and Gasper Noe.

Deets: Thursday Septbember 9, 3PM-4:30PM. Downtown Film Festival Cinema Lounge, 541 S Spring STreet loft 214, Los Angeles CA 91019.

Image courtesy of LACDA and used with their permission.

The Edwardian Ball – Los Angeles

Photo Courtesy of Neil Girling (www.theblight.net)

For the first time ever, the infamous Edwardian Ball will be making its tawdry way down the coast from San Francisco and gracing Los Angeles with an evening of exquisitely dark decadence in the historic Tower Theater on the evening of January 31st.

For the unanointed, the Edwardian Ball is a celebration of art, dance, music, fashion and technology all centered around the art and stories of Edward Gorey. It is a unique blend of historical and contemporary imaginations colliding to create an unforgettable evening where the people watching is as integral to the experience as the performances on the stage. There is one small warning – there will be ballroom dancing. So, do get your practice in now, darklings.

Hosted by Cirque Berzerk in collaboration with Edwardian Ball co-creators Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, the evening will be nothing less than an intoxicating ride full of glamour, visual seduction and live performances. Other talent featured includes Helios Jive, DJ Xian, Jill Tracy, Miz Margo, Dark Garden Corsetry, and several special guests.

The event is all ages. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $75 for VIP (which includes reserved balcony seating and a hosted absinthe bar). Tickets can be purchased online here or by visiting Necromance at 7208 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90046 (323.931.2997).