Christie’s Announces West Coast Tour of Great Works from the Barney A. Ebsworth and Mary Tyler Moore Collections

Barbara Guggenheim, center. Photos by Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Christie’s requested the pleasure of The LA Beat’s company for a recent art show and cocktail gala which featured mega art by mega artists, with work valued at over $200 million dollars! That’s so much money I don’t even know how to write it out numerically. The event also featured a conversation with art advisor and author, Barbara Guggenheim.

I was spellbound by the amazing art at Christie`s last week. The event featured Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art, all beautifully arranged. The artists included Jean (Hans) Arp, Tamara De Lempicka, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Mike Kelley, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Ed Ruscha.

Beloved TV icon, Mary Tyler Moore, collected art by Diebenkorn, and its gentle abstractions in soft oils and pastels soothed me as I stood before the large artwork.

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watt’s picture of the week – tuesday, november 6, 2018

mine was the first ballot cast at my polling place this morning in my pedro town!

photo by mike watt

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Quick! You’re Missing Phranc and The Horseheads and the Linda Linda’s Today at All star Jazz Club

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High Class and Well-Appointed ‘Orient Express’ Arrives at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & Mccoy Rigby Entertainment West Coast Premiere production of “Agatha Christie’s Murder On The orient express” – adapted by Ken Ludwig, directed by Sheldon Epps and now playing at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.

Director Sheldon Epps has brought to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts a powerful piece that invites us onto the stage and into the mystery, without grabbing us by the collar and yanking, with Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

The play centers around a mystery involving and surrounding a murder on a train, the tragic stories of the train’s passengers, and a famous detective tasked in solving it all.

As live production adaptations of an Agatha Christie go, the staging of a play like “Murder on the Orient Express” is trickier to pull off than you might expect. As with Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” (aka “And Then There Were None”), staging is also critical when it comes to revealing clues. That said, more critical is the trick to staging a production whose plot is centered almost entirely on a train. Continue reading

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Art at The Rendon: STORIES

It was with considerable success when Hidden Rooms, Art at The Rendon’s first installation, was launched early this summer in the three-story brick Rendon Hotel by Event Producer Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art. With its fantastic and varied approach to performance and encounters with the arts, this inaugural offering set the stage for another exciting installation, Art at The Rendon STORIES.

STORIES is an immersive, performance-oriented operatic work featuring original content inspired by DTLA’s florid and decadent past that will be expressed through film projections and live performances both inside and outside The Rendon Hotel in this three-day pop-up. The Rendon has been a brothel, a flophouse, and a filming location over the decades in DTLA and is now being transformed into both an art space, performance, and installation location where artistic expression is explored and prized.

STORIES will explore the sordid history of The Rendon Hotel with antidotal tales. The Arts District’s Licha’s Bar and Grill—a critical part of The Rendon’s history—will be transformed into a 1920’s speakeasy, designed by Dion Antic, with cocktails and libations offered by Angel City Brewery, Infuse Spirits and Pali Wine to activate your curiosity and satisfy a thirst for unusual and seedy pleasures. As well, The Vignes Rooftop Revival will offer a musical backdrop for your sumptuous fantasy and charming folly. Continue reading

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Urban Voices Project to Headline LA Made at Los Angeles Central Library this Sunday November 4th

Tomorrow, November 4, 2018, at 2 p.m., the Urban Voices Project will perform a one-hour program at the LA Public Library’s performance series, LA Made. The LAPL community artist series taps into the artistic talents of Los Angeles in order to uplift and inspire Angelenos.

The Urban Voices Project, which was founded in 2013, is made up of artists and musicians from the Skid Row neighborhood. It aims to bring wellness and art to the marginalized and underserved homeless population downtown. The performance on Sunday will include both current and former residents of Skid Row. These people who are so often ignored and invisible will be seen and heard as they bring their stories and songs to the people.

The press release stresses the need for services beyond food and shelter. As Dana, a formerly homeless citizen expresses it, “We need food for the soul, you know, soul food. Music IS soul food.”

Urban Voices’ partners, Street Symphony and Skid Row Coffee, which recently opened at the downtown library will also be participating in the event. The concert is certain to be eye-opening, educational and moving. The community event is free. For more information check out this website.

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Guitar Center to Take Over Sunset for Street Concert With Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals; Sheila E ‘RockWalk’ Induction with Angela Bassett

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu – Jimi Hendrix on the newly remodeled Guitar Center, Hollywood, California, Monday, October 29, 2018.

Just announced at midnight today, Guitar Center will shut down Sunset Boulevard at their newly renovated Hollywood flagship store for a free live show hosted by radio and TV personality Zane Lowe with performances by Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, with a DJ set by A-Trak, today, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. To attend this free show you must get a wristband.

At 6 p.m., Guitar Center will be inducting celebrated singer and percussionist Sheila E. who will be introduced by special guest Angela Bassett, along with Drum Workshop’s Don Lombardi and John Good, into its historic RockWalk.

The free Street Concert and RockWalk Induction events are part of Guitar Center Hollywood’s Grand Opening Week this week, which has been featuring workshops, music clinics, and a series of live in-store performances as well, in order to showcase all the new renovations, updates and changes to its merchandise, displays, and music lesson program. Continue reading

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The Food Event Once Again Created a Perfect Day

The Tuna Tostada, oil poached, with salsa morita, whipped avocado, and nasturtium, from The Bellwether. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Somehow, for 13 years in a row, Los Angeles magazine has managed to bring all of the best elements together to make a perfect day that can stand up to a simple name like “The Food Event.” That’s all they really need to say. Every year I gush about the bucolic, verdant rolling grounds of Saddle Rock Ranch. It is gorgeous and the Malibu Hills get enough of the ocean breeze to make for temperate weather even on the warmest of days. Once again they filled the grounds with a combination of new and exciting restaurants and familiar old standbys.

A number of favorite places managed to surprise us again, surpassing our expectations. Although we missed the bright smile of Chef Antonia Lofaso this year, the representative dishes from her new restaurant, Dama, at City Market South, proved that she can cook more than standard Italian fare. We thought corn season was over, but her Street Corn with queso fresco, cotija, housemade cilantro aioli. chile, lime, and salt brought us right back to the street corners of Highland Park. We also dug the tacos with whipped heirloom white beans, crispy pork, cotija cheese, onion, radish, and pickled onion. Seriously, is there anything better than crispy pork and pickled onions?

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Lawrence English New Public Sound Artwork Installation ‘Seirá’ Incorporates Cold War Era Air Raid Sirens During ‘AxS Festival’

A musical instrument for Fulcrum Arts Lawrence English installation of Seirá as part of AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer. Photo courtesy of Fulcrum Arts.

Do you remember the sound of the air raid sirens that went off like clockwork at 10:00 a.m. on the last Friday of every month during the Cold War in Los Angeles?

Those of us lived at the time to hear this “Alert signal” (or Attention signal), which was about a three to five-minute steady blaring “blast” used to test (presumably) the warning system in order to alert us of an “impending natural disaster or a ‘peacetime’ emergency”—IE an incoming nuclear missile.

During the arms race in the 80’s, the sound of these regularly scheduled interval tests—coupled with the Duck and Cover campaign of educational propaganda films exposed students in the schoolroom—was, simply put, incredibly chilling.

If perhaps you do recall it, you may actually still feel nostalgic when elements of that sound are modified and played, in composition, in Fulcrum Arts’ Lawrence English Seirá exhibit, as part of the AxS Festival: City as Wunderkammer, that begins tomorrow, Friday, November 2, 2018, at 5:59 p.m. Either way, you really may not want to miss this. Continue reading

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From ‘Coco’ to Pacoima: Día de los Muertos Celebrations in L.A.

Catrina’s in Calaca masks at Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles, November 2, 2011. Photo by Elise Thompson

With contributions by Elise Thompson.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is also celebrated here in Los Angeles. It brings together families in a cultural melting pot of celebrations to honor the spirits of loved ones who reside in our hearts.

Similar to the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, friends and family gather on the multi-day holiday to remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support their spiritual journeys. Colorful altars, or ofrendas, honor the deceased with calaveras, marigolds, favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and a few favorite possessions. Scholars have credited and linked many of the traditions to Aztec festivals rooted to the goddess Mictēcacihuātl.

Many celebrations around the city feature displays of ofrendas, honoring processions and prayers, music, food, dance, art, and other performances. Here are several that are continuing, orone day only, from now through to this weekend!

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