From Brisbane, Australia, comes Circa...a bold vision of contemporary circus performance that has quickly risen to become one of the most acclaimed circus ensemble in the world. Circa performs on Santa Monica's The Broad Stage on Friday, March 14th, and Saturday, March 15th, at 7:30 pm
Circa returns to the U.S. this year for its fourth nationwide tour after receiving international acclaim. Under the artistic direction of Yaron Lifschitz, the troupe combines astonishing physical mastery with poetic resonance and pushes the boundaries between circus theatrics and dance.
"Hundreds of cities around the world have risen to their feet in celebration of Circa and we are delighted to welcome them to Santa Monica," says Dale Franzen, Director of The Broad Stage.
"The blending of bodies, light, sound, and skills meld into a seamless whole that redefines the nature of circus," says Franzen.
Circa presents a breathless cocktail of acrobatics, dance and cabaret paired with an immersive use of sound, light and projection. The company's multi-talented performers reveal the outstanding strength and beautiful architecture of the human body in a risk-taking performance that London's Guardian calls "breathtaking, beautiful, and sexy."
As artistic director and CEO of Circa, Yaron Lifschitz has helped redefine the idea of a circus into something artistic, emotional, and challenging. The company pays homage to the classic circus while sharing its new vision of theatrical, multimedia, boundary-pushing productions.
At its Broad Stage debut, Circa will perform its self-titled show which has been described as its most accessible and engaging work. The large-scale show was originally remixed from three of the company's most acclaimed works, but it continually evolves.
Brisbane-based Circa is a company of international significance due to its impressive reputation for innovation, international touring, and repertoire. The company started out as the Rock 'n' Roll Circus in 1987, but Yaron Lifschitz changed the name when he took over in 2004 — he wanted something more edgy, more unmistakably circus-like. The touring troupe is made up of seven core members, each of them highly trained in the circus arts. Though young, most of the members have been performing for years, with resumes boasting stints at the National Institute of Circus Arts, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and other companies around the world. Circa runs a training center with an impressive workshop program at its professional studio in Brisbane and partners with schools and affiliates throughout Australia.
Parking is FREE.
Tickets: Prices $47-$75
Where: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401
When: Friday, March 14, & Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's time for the "wearing of the green" at Ten Women Gallery on Montana! Check out the window of green.
This month Ten Women Gallery on Montana will feature its own Irish lass, celebrated jewelry designer, Trace Palmer. Trace, originally from Northern Ireland works in glass to make unique ethereal jewelry. She uses a torch to melt color glass patterns into clear glass, shaping them freehand into pendants, bracelets and rings.
Trace is inspired by nature and uses earthy colors to make pieces resembling raindrops, the ocean water of the Pacific and the green hills of Ireland.
Her creations have graced the necks of celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Liza Minnelli, Farrah Fawcett, Halle Berry and Hilary Duff. She has been featured on KTLA's morning news and HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast series and her jewelry has been in magazines including Travel
and Leisure, Elle and Lucky.
Attention Artists: 10 Women Gallery on Montana accepts applications from new artists throughout the year. We currently have one space available. You are welcome to stop by the gallery to pick up an application.
Need a special gift? A unique piece of art for your home? 10 women gallery has a fantastic variety of one-of-a-kind items all created by local artists. You won't find anything like this at the mall!
For more information about Ten Women Gallery, visit www.tenwomengallery.com or call 310-393-6254.
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The Walk Streets inland from the ocean are actually non-street walking paths, quiet, peaceful oases in the midst of the congested city where homes face each other across the paths. Here the lush vegetation of mature trees, huge palms, magnolias and eucalyptus provide shelter and filtered sun, and the lots are large enough to accommodate gardens, carefully designed by homeowners and landscape designers. Families with strollers pass residents on their way to and fro. There's no need to drive to Abbot Kinney Boulevard; it's just minutes away. Restored bungalows sit next to contemporary structures, roses bloom near spare, drought tolerant pocket gardens, dogs bark back and forth, cats slip in and out of fences, and one can overhear neighbors in a garden quietly talking over morning coffee.
Garden tour-goes will see a startling remodel of a 1920s bungalow into a California Modern with a spacious vegetable garden. There is also an architect's three-story light-filled solution to how to make a comfortable family home from a 600 square foot imprint. There are updated Craftsman and beach cottages where the homeowners respect the past and slick new homes designed by acclaimed Venice architects. The Venice Boardwalk Walk Streets where Abbot Kinney once lived are short steps from the gritty, gorgeous playground by the sea that is Venice Beach, and Kinney's fantasy continues to thrive.
On the tour will be a home remodeled like a custom made art deco designed yacht, one block away an original, unchanged 1905 "Sears Kit House", and just blocks from the shore a stunning loft with a second-story lap pool. Venice's famous murals cover buildings near these homes, and the sounds from the boardwalk drift back from the beach. Bongo drums and jazz soloists accompany the constant flow of bikers, skaters, walkers and tourists taking in the scene. Among the many intriguing homes is a large corrugated steel barn-like building designed by Arata Isoaki, once Eric Clapton's home. Venice is an art Mecca where the buzz of creativity is ongoing. Studios of Sandy Bleifer, Jean Edelstein and Helen K. Garber will be open and are representative of the creative work generated in this California enclave. Homes and gardens by innovative architects such as Rios Clementi Hale, Koenig Eisenberg, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Arata Isoaki, Alex Meconi, and Doug Pierson, also designers Youn Choi and Jae Omar and landscape designers Gardenerd, Jay Griffith and Rios Clementi Hale are included on this tour.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour is the fundraising event that draws visitors from all over California and gives financial support to the Neighborhood Youth Association that provides an after school program for children and youth from low-income families giving them individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills development in a sustained and focused manner over the critical years of their lives that allow themwww.venicegardentour.org to achieve a successful and productive adulthood.
The 2014 self-guided, walking Venice Garden & Home Tour starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Avenue (between California and Broadway) in Venice at 10:00am and continues until 5:00pm. Neighborhood parking is available as are shuttle vans and restaurants. Biking is encouraged. Tax-deductible, non-refundable rain-or-shine tickets are $60 advance, $70 the day of the event.
See image: of Sandy Simona in action
In the lobby, before the performance we enjoyed viewing paintings by Zhenya Gershman of her grandmother "Baba" that lovingly depicted the personally individual and archetypical nature of aging.
I and my daughter Anya enthusiastically anticipated a full evening that focused on, celebrated and enriched our own cultural heritage. As it were, we had to wait for the second half of the show for that experience.
The first half of the show featured comedian Jeffrey Scott doing standup shtick called "Fagala" riffing on his self-acknowledged gay Jewish identity with material he occasionally turned to the audience anticipating, if not encouraging, a groan.
"Combat the Wack" was a multimedia rap, chant, hip hop, new age performance piece featuring visuals by 8 Foot Bass Monster, set design by Upperhands, flower of life design by Mike Russeck, stage managed by Ben Webber, music by Dubvirus, DJedi, Lux Modern and Everyman and performers Lauren Michelle LiBrandi, Alyssa Aparicio, Sara VonGillern, Azmyth Kaminski, Madeline Grace Fauss, Sacha Csicsery-Ronay, and Evan Lewis Shafram. The high energy piece showed the performers own collaboration, through integrated movement, sound and words, and engaged the audience ourselves to participate in the power of collaboration in the face of chaos.
After a brief intermission, the stage was reset for the amazingly powerful "Lost in Lvov" that showcased the deeply personal and emotionally evocative biographical storytelling performance by Sandy Simona. With historic black and white film projections as a backdrop and the Storytelling BAND, featuring Caitlyn Conlin on vocals, acting as a chorus, Ms. Simona's finely honed script and well-acted performance took us into a dream-like tale of the Belman sisters, who immigrated to America from the U.S.S.R. before Perestroika. Though I must admit to not being able to follow every subtle nuance of language, through her very sensitive characterizations of these relatives in accent, tone and gesture, and, at times herself speaking in present-day reflection, she wove together a tapestry of images and memories in what ended our evening with a heart-felt warmth and satisfaction.
For more info on Sandy Simona, see here website at http://www.sandysimona.com/
Photos by Sarah Louise Wilson www.sarahlouisewilson.com
In Malibu, there is a must-see new exhibition at Malibleu Gallery. The exhibition, entitled "SHADOWS," features the work of the brilliant, homeless artist, William A. Laga. The exhibition is curated by Nina Herzog. The gallery proceeds will be donated to "Imagine LA," a non-profit organization that helps empower homeless families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
William Laga sees the world through brilliant and vibrant colors and his marbleized abstract paintings reflect his extraordinary soul. Laga is a master of mixing hues and textures while his dramatic contemporary art evokes a feeling of inspiration, hope, introspection, and love. Laga's technique is one few have mastered, it is called "Phenomena" ...and critics say his vivid and moving paintings are just that, phenomenal. William Laga is a maverick artist who searches for meaning behind every brush stroke.
William Laga has taken the art world by storm. Now it is being sold around the world, affording him the materials to continue painting as well as help other homeless families better their lives too.
For more information about "Imagine LA," see http://www.imaginela.org
On view: March 8th - March 21st
**Valet parking on Las Flores and overflow parking at Duke's, across from the gallery
Where: Malibleu Gallery, 21201 Pacific Coast Hwy, @ Las Flores Canyon, in the Cosentino’s Center
When: Call Gallery for hours
Phone: (310) 456-2011
New Artist Event: Jenny Wyss
Jenny Wyss Artist Event is Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Our first artist event of 2014 will feature new artist Jenny Wyss to our gallery. Her artwork is characterized by a stylized dialogue with nature, realized through her exceptional jewelry design and paintings. Artistically, she sees the golden California sun in saturated color palettes that interpret and celebrate succulent forms. All her wearable art transforms common natural and craft materials into fine art that is worn, particularly at a miniature scale. Growing up in the coastal forests of the northwest and inspired by her love of nature she has now made Los Angeles, the city's vibrancy, bright skies and desert flora her fuel for creative art. You will love it and her!
For more information call 310-558-0856 or see us on the web at http://thewordisart.com
The Word is ART's popular series of workshops and classes will continue in March with:
Painted Light Switch Plates
Sunday, March 2, 2014
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor: Debra Disman
Instructor Debra Disman: "Spruce up any space with a hand-painted, personalized light switch plate!
Learn how to sand, prime, base paint, glaze, stencil, varnish, and otherwise design, adorn and embellish this mini-canvas (including hardware) to create a unique accent and expression.
Perfect for gifts, children's rooms, retails spaces, and just about anywhere.
All materials included. You just bring the light switch plate of your choice, though a selection will be provided."
Pieces of Me: Self Expression with Collage
Sunday, March 16, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Instructor: Kelly Kilmer
Instructor Kelly Kilmer: "What do you get when you combine paper, pens, stencils, stickers, and stamps with new techniques in composition, design, color and means of self expression together on the page? You get truly unique and personal pages of art. Learn techniques that are applicable to ANY art form. Yes, we'll be "painting with paper" (collage) but learning art techniques that can be used and adapted to whatever art you want to work on. You will learn several new techniques in using collage as a means of self expression. See the Word is Art website for a supply list."
Beauty and the Charm Holder
Saturday, March 22, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Mari Burnette
Instructor Marbi Burnette: "We will cover wire wrapping, forging and texturing the wire, as well as adhering text to some of your objects. You will learn to make eye pins, headpins, and other simple wire wrapping techniques. We will begin the class by making a charm holder. Then we will hang charms, beads, found objects, etc, from the holder. Once the charm holder is complete we will continue with more wire wrapping while we embellish a chain with beads and several bead stations. When finished, you will have two fabulous pieces, to be worn alone or together. You will be the envy of all, once you have transformed plain ole wire and chain into Beauty and the Charm Holder."
To register for classes: http://thewordisart.com/classes
A Word of Thanks for 2013
The Word is Creative
The Word is Inspired
The Word is ART
X marks the spot to find creative inspired ART. That's what makes up The Word is ART Gallery. All of our artists are looking forward to a great year ahead! We have some fantastic new artists and creative ideas for our growing community. This year we will be featuring artist events, workshops, classes, trunk shows and more! As artist's we are inspired daily -- not only our visual surroundings but by our feelings about the environment, the city we live in and our local community. Please join us as we continue to partner up with local businesses and artists in making our art home a truly unique environment.
About The Word is ART Gallery
The Word is ART is a unique cooperative artisan gallery that allows each artist to have an "art home" to allow people to view and purchase their art, allowing them to create exceptional work. More than 25 artists and craftspeople work together to share ideas to further enhance the gallery vision while building their careers as professional artists. The Word is ART Gallery is located at 9349 Venice Boulevard (corner of Bagley and Venice) in downtown Culver City, CA 90232. For more information call 310-558-0856 or see us on the web at http://thewordisart.com
As Sundance Film festival commenced its 10-day film extravaganza, LA Art Party ventured out to capture some of the most anticipated films and events of the New Year.
The music and film Mecca of Park City showcased some of the newest and brightest talent. Highlights from the festival included The Stella Artois Lounge that launched the opening festival by showcasing featured musicians, Capital Cities.
See photo of Capital Cities
The low-key, exclusive lounge hosted some of the newest and brightest filmmakers and talent. Capital Cities trumpet player, Spencer Ludwig, captivated audiences by taking the indie-pop band to the next level by infusing his jazz background with their classic upbeat tunes.
Park City's vibrant art scene came to life at Old Town Gallery where national news outlets interviewed painters and art consultant, Ashley Sorenson about the live, interactive window installation. The interactive gallery allowed for Hollywood natives to explore Park City's art scene and connect with local artists in an inspired opening.
See photo -Live Installation - Ashley Sorenson
Matisyahu was the featured performer for the end of Stella Artois lounge's opening weekend.
See photo: Matisyahu
As event goers sipped on cider and snacked on Belgium waffles, the lounge continued to invite filmmakers to escape the below freezing climate and relax to Matisyahu's rock-rap fusion.
The premiere of the award nominated documentary, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, proved to be an inspiring journey to understand the power of music. By giving ipods to Alzheimer's patients, the film guides viewers through the complications of cognitive decline and poses potential solutions to improve the livelihoods of an aging population.
A Q&A with the filmmakers suggested the need for new programs that use music therapy to promote cognitive well-being. The Los Angeles based organization, Music Thinks (musicthinks.org) uses music therapy to promote efforts in cognitive and mental well-being and could be the innovative change needed to combat the incurable disease.
See photo: Alive Inside producers
Photos by Anya Baroff
You may have heard from me this time last year about a fund raising event I was participating in for Wounded Wear. (see http://www.woundedwear.org)
By chance, I got connected with retired SEAL Dave Hall by my brother. Dave was working on a project to honor his fallen team mates by firing on a target at 911 yards, with one shot for each of the 79 SEAL Team folks who had lost their lives on the job since 9/11. Having seen my work Dave asked me if I'd be interested in making a piece of art using the target he was going to fire on that would then be auctioned off to raise funds benefiting Wounded Wear which had been started by another SEAL and friend of Daves, Jay Redmond.
Below here....A shot of Dave on the range last year with the target.
And so, the three of us began to collaborate on this project. In the end we became fast friends and I had the most intense art making experience of my career. Working day in and day out with the names of these young men who had given everything affected me profoundly.
I was unable to attend the fund raising event but my folks went and met with Dave and Jay. My Mom spent a lot of the evening standing by the work and speaking with the family members of the men whose names appeared in the body of the art. She said it was the most emotionally charged experience of her life, and I could understand, and was grateful that she had been the one standing there, speaking with the Mothers of those fallen men.
We had a great deal of positive feed back from those family members and they went out of their way to let my folks know how much they appreciated the gesture of tribute made by Dave and myself. Wounded Wear continues to offer prints of the finished work in several size and price ranges with all proceeds going to the foundation.
Todd and Stephanie Grubbs made the winning bid on the artwork that evening and have been working on a docu-pic about the making of the piece and the affect it has on those who have struggled with the loss of friends and loved ones since 9/11. The link to their Indiegogo page is below along with part of a letter Todd had sent out shortly after hanging the piece in his home.
Any help you can give by way of donations and or, sharing this with your mailing list,
and other forms of social media would be greatly appreciated.
Hope this finds you all doing well in the early part of the new year. Best as always, Woody
Below here, some still shots from my studio footage of the process once Dave had
sent me his tribute target.
Below here, Todds Indie announcement and an excerpt from last years letter
Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that I'm working on a Docupic about the making of Until It Hurts and the people it has affected since it was auctioned off at Wounded Wears Toast to the Heroes last Feb.
If you could help by pledging a donation at the Indiegogo link below that would be great. Either way, I'd be most grateful if you could pass this letter along to friends and family and help spread the word.
Attached is a picture of the finger prints of the family members that couldn't help but touch their loved ones bullet hole or name on UIH while it was on view during the Wounded Wear fund raiser. When I uncrated the piece it had not yet been cleaned from that night. I left the prints until Sunday when I hung the art. I can not put into words what has occurred in me since I bought Until it Hurts.
I recently received a message from a guy named Pasquale Sementelli. He lost two friends in 9/11 Joe and John Vigiano, one was a police officer and the other a fireman. Pasquale at the age of 35 quit his job and joined the police force. He served for eight years before he was injured and had to leave the force. His message simply put. I am still angry. Your facebook page of UNTIL it HURTS and your kind words have deeply helped me, thank you.
Thanks for any help you can give in getting this project off the ground, Todd
See image: by Palden LhasaApso Indra
It's a perfect gift for an animal lover. It's also easy to surprise a loved one, since all you need to do is send a photo of his or her favorite pet. Then you or your loved one will have the chance to choose the favorite. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out. Portraits for all types of animals can be created!
See image: Black Bunny Rabbit by Megh Raj
I have ordered two for myself of my kitties and just love them. Michelle is a friend and a wonderful woman, so I can personally vouch for her integrity.
Here is some more info about Michelle Page from her site "Danger Dogs."
"DANGER DOGS – Folk Art from the Himalayas" is the creation of Michelle Page of Santa Monica, who became intrigued by hand-painted metal "Beware of Dog" signs adorning gates in Nepal. She decided to promote a fair trade art project featuring these charming paintings and save a dying art form.
See image: Dachshund by Sufraj
After 25 years in the film business as an assistant film editor on such movies as Sam Ramie's Spider-Man trilogy and Bob Altman's 'The Player,' Michelle opened her business in 2007 after noticing inexpensive digitized computer-generated graphics were beginning to replace hand-painted signs. She feared the art and expertise the artists employ would soon be lost to modern technology.
Through her efforts, Michelle is effectively saving their livelihoods, one "Danger Dog" at a time to the delight of pet-lovers everywhere.
The signs are also available for purchase in art galleries in Los Angeles, the Craft and Folk Art Museum shop in Los Angeles, and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. They are also available at shops in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Texas, Cambridge and Manhattan. See the Dogs Live!
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal! http://nepaldog.com/