LA Art Party Newsletter
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Former Mayor Villaraigosa, Levitated Mass LACMA
Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic, Jonathan Gold
Actor, Martin Mull
John Van Hamersveld
Ellwood T. Risk
LA Art Show
On site with LA Art Party's Video team
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