Linda and Junki rolled up in their new Mobikys; foldable French bicycles. They're perfect for casual riders and apartment dwellers. The price is a little steep but it's a lot cheaper than moving into a bigger home.
Today (Sunday April 30) from 6-8 PM we'll have a party at Meltdown Comics for an exhibit of Kymaerican images and stories in preparation for a second event: A Plaque Dedication on May 19th (but that will be
in a separate newsletter!).
Meltdown is at 7522 Sunset in LA (on the south side, between Fairfax and La Brea). It's a great store and I'll be featuring panels about Kymaerican gwomes as well as Texture Flags and images from the new
installation in Paris, Illinois.
The Haunted Hacienda: the art of the Mexican horror film
May 5th - June 10th, 2006
Opening Reception Friday, May 5th, 7-10pm
FREE VALET PARKING
Mexican horror films have been hidden from American Cinema long enough. These films are, without a doubt, the closest thing to a cinematic acid trip you are ever going to encounter. Although influenced by the American gothic tradition, these films possess quite an antique soul that is uniquely Mexican. They reflect the Mexican heritage of pagan ritual against the dynamic of Catholic theology.
This Place is Ours Now New Works by Jim Houser, May 6th-June 3rd, 2006 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 8-11 PM
Opening Saturday May 6, 2006, Merry Karnowsky, in sponsorship with Motorola and Swindle Magazine, is pleased to present This Place is Ours Now, an exhibition of paintings and wall installations by artist Jim Houser. This will be the artist’s first solo show at the gallery, and is the culmination of several years of focused studio work. Known for his work in diverse media—drawing, painting and installations—Houser’s exhibition will include entirely new works, along with a few site-specific large-scale wall and sculptural installations.
Okay listen, I know this job posting is not for Naomi Campbell but I am secretly hoping it is even though the listing says it's for a "he" and is for a Grammy nominated urban musician. This job sounds like a total nightmare. It's so obnoxious! I dare my readers apply and "out" the celebrity primadonna!
Whoever is brave enough to march down this warpath, Buddha bless you. Keep in mind, the upside for suffering such grave abuse is that I'm pretty sure you'll have enough content to write a best seller novel shortly after you've been fired. There's got to be enough drama and comedy in this gig to provide content for both a book and TV series. A confidentiality agreement is required so start spinning your wheels and figure out a way to get around it. Have fun. And good luck!
A non-smoking Personal Assistant needed for a busy, high profile, very down to earth and Grammy Nominated Urban Artist in the Music Industry. This position requires someone who is discreet, mature but youthful and has a full understanding of what it takes to be a Personal Assistant to a very busy Celebrity.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Making sure to always know ARTIST whereabouts and movements as needed.
• Making sure ARTIST is where he needs to be when he needs to be there and on time.
• Responsible at all times for ARTIST timeliness (Wake Up, Calls, Lobby Calls, Stage Times, and Departure/Arrival Times).
• Checking email every morning and through out the day as well as at the end of the evening.
• Checking in with ARTIST daily and each evening in order to review calendar/ upcoming appointments.
• Briefing Artist before arriving to any event on all need-to-know information.
Unlike surf movies, I never tire of watching skaters do their thing. So it was with great pleasure that I was able to attend the screening for Wassup Rockers, Larry Clark's new film about teenage skaters in Los Angeles. It was impossible not to know that we had arrived at the right spot as a lot of the skate community, people who had little reason to be on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica waited excitedly. Separating the actors from the locals was near impossible in a crowd of the usual suspects.
The quick description for Wassup Rockers would be “It’s Kids (Larry’s film from 10 years ago) but in South Central, Los Angeles.” But that description doesn’t do the film enough justice. Clearly, Larry Clark still has something to say about America’s youth (especially young male culture) -- a subject he seems to know and capture well.
Wassup Rockers is the story about Latino skateboarders living in tough South Central who do not conform to the hip-hop lifestyle. It’s tough in the hood but ironically enough when the boys venture to the Westside that’s when all hell breaks loose. Navigating the Los Angeles landscape is an adrenalin rush since the film is shot nearly all documentary style. Was it a fictional film or a documentary? Narrative social commentary? Maybe a combination of all of the above.
The best part of the whole screening? Lil Jon sat behind me and his opening movie comments were kind of hilarious. For a good time, check out Wassup Rockers, coming to a theatre near you.
Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo show by Long Island City based artist Ian Pedigo. The show, titled "Original Products Have Lapsed" will include sculptures and flat works made from found detritus and salvaged debris. The show will run from May 6 through June 11, 2006. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday May 4, 7 to 9 PM.
There is an archaeological quality to Pedigo's work, carrying anthropological implications about both the materials used and the recontextualization of those materials into sculptural elements. The discarded objects reflect cultural attitudes about the immediately inhabited urban environment. As the natural forces of degradation begin to claim the objects for the indifferent city streets, Pedigo reclaims them for the cultural discourse, imbuing them with new form and meaning.
We went to Griffith Park to celebrate Cindy's fake-birthday (it's really the 27th). I ate some fried chicken, kicked around a soccer ball, tried to hit a wiffle ball and chatted up some new peeps. I haven't been to a park in a long time and was able to have a fine time regardless of having to dodge dog poo.