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Human Resources Los Angeles, The DIY Performance Space Collective

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DIY (do-it-yourself)

• an activity in which one does something oneself or on one’s own initiative

per-for-mance \pə(r)-ˈfȯr-mən(t)s\

• a public presentation or exhibition

space \ˈspās\

• a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction

col·lec·tive \kə-ˈlek-tiv\

• marked by similarity among or with the members of a group

In its three short years of existence the Los Angeles based experimental art collective known as Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA) has remained true to the definitions above. Founded in May of 2010 by siblings Kathleen Kim and Eric Kim, the HRLA mission is to foster and broaden public engagement with contemporary experimental and conceptual art. Located at 410 Cottage Home Street in the Chinatown district of downtown Los Angeles, one enters the space through a sliding metal door and into a small entry way, which leads to the perfect space…rectangular, high ceiling, concrete floor, white walls…a non-stylized and acoustically “live” environment awaiting transformation by an artist.

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Unseen LA: A Hidden Noguchi Museum

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Like so many good things in Southern California, the California Scenario is next door to a TGIFridays. I recently made the pilgrimage to Orange County to spend the weekend with extended family, and having already visited the OCMA’s Richard Jackson exhibition and spent several misty mornings at Rudolf Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, I was looking for a new escape. That could very well have meant a trip to South Coast Plaza Mall but, thanks to a photographer friend’s recommendation, it led me instead to a hidden sculpture garden in Costa Mesa, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1980.

Across from the aforementioned mall, the California Scenario is nested between several tall, mirrored office buildings of the postmodern variety, accessible by a pathway between the parking lot of a steakhouse and that place where you can go enjoy a Tropicalada© after you take in the art. Like so many special art experiences, this one takes some finding.

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Mechanically Organic: The Work Of Matthew Blackwell

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Matthew Blackwell creates art that is distinctive, eerily beautiful and story-telling for each individual lucky enough to see his work. Categorized before as street art and modern graffiti, Matthew’s work transcends these common forms to something much more. Based out of his apartment in downtown LA, Matthew’s whimsical style of creation heeds a story, a poem, a progression of thoughts and emotions that captivate and manipulate one’s imagination.

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L.A.’s Secret Stairs For Singles

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After yet another conversation commiserating about the L.A. dating scene, co-workers Rita Soultanian and Emily Harris decided to stop talking about it – and take action instead. Their solution to changing the repetitive conversation about meeting a romantic partner in L.A. was to create a “Climb L.A.’s Secret Stairs” group. Using the book Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming as a guide, the group hikes a different staircase each week.

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This New Year’s Eve I’m Getting Away From LA

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Talk of New Year’s Eve plans are in the air, and the thing I keep hearing is that everyone wants to get out of town for their end of year break. Let’s face it, we’re obligated to spend all the other winter holidays with our family, but New Year’s is our one chance to get away from it all before the start of another year’s grind. So, let’s talk about New Year’s Eve plans that don’t include another awkward party, funny hats, and more confetti. Instead, I offer you the top 5 places out of LA to plan an intimate gathering– because as everyone knows, when your New Year’s get-together is also a getaway, things are bound to get a lot more interesting…

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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