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The Video Works Of Shannon Plumb

The Video Works Of Shannon Plumb

Tonight, The Standard Downtown will feature the works of video artist Shannon Plumb in their Bigger Loft. Her works will be featured alongside live performances by Gangi, Mickey Adams, and DJ Georgie Goodtimes. Be sure to RSVP if you’d like to attend!

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Now Dig This! Opening Sunday At The Hammer

Now Dig This! At The Hammer

The Hammer’s has a new exhibit arriving Sunday, chronicling the art and black Los Angeles through the sixties through the eighties. The show is Now Dig This! and is giving a voice to a community that, before now, seemingly have not had a voice in the Los Angeles art community. Like ASCO, the exhibit is a part of Pacific Standard Time, which may prove to be the best thing to happen to the art scene here.

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New Beverly’s All Night Horror Show

New Beverly's 4th Annual All-Night Horror Show

This Saturday marks a long, horrific movie event to kick off October: New Beverly’s Fourth Annual All Night Horror Show. Every year, the theatre shows horror movies from dusk until dawn to scare you into the Halloween season. This year, they are featuring some fine old gems including 3-D Creature From The Black Lagoon. Clutch your pearls and get ready to shriek all night!

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‘Metropolis II’ Is Coming To LACMA

In Mid-November, Chris Burden‘s Metropolis II is coming to LACMA. This will be the first exhibit for the piece after Burden’s hard work for four years to complete the piece. The piece, which is a large, kinetic, constantly moving sculpture that is a part small city and part toy car race track. We’re going to throw this out there, but we’re almost sure Metropolis II may end up being the most emblematic of Los Angeles sculpture.

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Traveling To Los Angeles For The First Time

Traveling To Los Angeles For The First Time

Comedian Meghan O’Keefe has never been to Los Angeles until very, very recently. And, like many, she didn’t know what to pack, what to expect from the city, or even what the city was like. She takes a very sensical and funny approach to the city and her soon-to-come meeting with it. Do people really think Los Angeles is that crazy?

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Prism Gallery’s PC Valmorbida In VMan

Prism Gallery's PC Valmorbida In VMan

The latest VMan had a little surprise: a tiny interview with one of Prism Gallery’s co-founders, PC Valmorbida. He was a part of the magazine’s Taylor Lautner coverboyed Archetype Issue, where he was in the middle of the first chapter (entitled “The Freshmen,” detailing up-and-comers of different worlds). The article is not available online, but we scanned it in for you to see what he had to say.

Obama Heckled In Los Angeles, Handles Like A Champ

During Obama’s Southern California tour, which induced a lot of Mid-City LA traffic, he gave a fundraising speech yesterday at the House of Blues. There was news that he was heckled, but video has surfaced where a crazy person starts yelling at him about a “one true God” and Obama being “the antichrist.” Obama shrugs it off, not caring, the audience yells “FOUR MORE YEARS!,” drowning out the heckler, the heckler is removed, and Obama makes sure they get him his coat before moving on. Isn’t he just the sweetest?

CicLAvia Is Next Sunday!

CicLAvia Is Next Sunday!

CicLAvia is a once in a while Los Angeles event where large areas of street are closed off from cars to allow runners, walkers, joggers, and bikers to roam the streets as they wish they could every day. The CicLAvia on October 9th marks the third event and is liable to be the largest, as they are quickly gaining momentum and inspiring many to leave their cars in park and to get out on the street moving. Maybe they’ll be able to make CicLAvia everyday…actually, that could be a little insane but God love them for trying to make it everyday.

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2015 Los Angeles I'm Yours

It is 2015 and, as I do every year, I attempt to map out our future for the upcoming months. With the recent past being fairly quiet (i.e., scant posting), this leaves Los Angeles, I’m Yours in a very peculiar position: what is our future? Where are we going? How does the current run affect the future?

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PERFORMANCE Rashaun Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, Ali Naschke-Messing REDCAT 6

During PERFORMANCE, a recent production at REDCAT by Rashaun Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, and Ali Naschke-Messing, the staging of chance,(or making chance look like happenstance) the mundane-ness of tasks as movement and the mechanizations of the theater as theater was a welcome but puzzling, nothing to hide behind subterfuge to overabundance, overproduction and over-stimulation in the contemporary 1st world.  The effective and gradual lighting by Davison Scandrett heightened the audience’s awareness to where and to when to pay attention whether or not we knew the subliminal light changes were happening.  Even though the stage was stripped bare of backdrops and the few props of suspended, gold leaf papers, bars, and tentacle tall, glittering, lightweight ropes created a sparseness that you could see around, the minimalized simplicity of the hollowed out theater was quickly filled with the present tense of all participants’(including the audience’s) subtle to drastic movements, musical stylings and even breathing.

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Compartes-Melrose-Place-Jonathan-Grahm-2

In the world of cool, young chocolatiers in the United States, only a handful of names will come to mind because those are the only chocolates you see in stores. You have your Brooklyn old schoolers Mast Brothers, cool, mini-makers Woodblock Chocolate, glorified toffee treaters Alma, and the real San Francisco treat TCHO. One of the most important (and somewhat under the radar) makers is the homegrown Compartes, an undoubtedly luxe and incredibly hip brand that eschews artisanal annoyances for no-hype-all-flavor sweets.

The brand has big news, too: they very recently expanded from their Brentwood storefront, adding a Melrose Place cubby hole hidden from street view (and technically within coffee shop Alfred). It’s an interesting triangular space that is most befitting of a chocolate store. The goods are a limited selection that include a wall of Love Nuts, a display of chocolate bars, and a glass case of truffles. Yet, that is irrelevant: the shop is an exercise in brevity and beauty, a quick stop into considered foodie charm.

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The Great Nordic Sword Fights Groundislava Rare Times Girl Behind The Glass

With all the technology available to us today, the limits of the music video—or any video—as an entertainment devices are extremely limiting. Undoubtedly an excellent medium, these little visual interpretations of songs can sometimes feel without an immediacy or a demand from the audience, leaving them as a one-time, calorie free form of entertainment that you pop into and pop out of. You often watch a music video once or twice, eventually leaving it behind for the easier to consumer song: that’s the nature of the format.

This in mind, artists like The Great Nordic Sword Fights are looking beyond the bitesized and into more productive productions. The opportunity to direct the music video for Groundislava‘s song “The Girl Behind The Glass”: instead of making a little movie, TGNSF made a video game.

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Ricky Jonsson Jr Kristel Brinshot The Great Nordic Sword Fights Los Angeles Video Art 1

With a name like The Great Nordic Sword Fights, you would assume that Highland Park based Kristel Brinshot and Ricky Jonson Jr. are either leading manufacturers in authentic viking arms and armour or experts in Late Medieval longsword technique. Unfortunately, the two are neither: their working alias is an appearingly lo-fi, foreign pseudonym for technological, highbrow art available online and off.

Kristel and Ricky are video artists. The two are collaborators who create everything from music videos to installations to video games, works dug into an aesthetic and rooted in an emerging Los Angeles artistic community. Their work is difficult to define—and there are few like them.

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