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7TH ANNUAL SURF GUITAR 101 CONVENTION

SG101Saturday, August 9, 2014
8AM-8PM
$30 dollars
12 and under free.

The Starting Gate
5052 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
www.startinggateoc.com

Surf Guitar 101 Website
Surf Guitar 101 Facebook page
Jeff “Big Tiki Dude” Hanson: bigtikidude@yahoo.com

Featuring
Slacktone – Los Angeles, CA
www.slacktone.com
Boss Martians -Seattle, WA
www.facebook.com/BossMartians
The Surf Coasters – Japan
www.surfcoasters.com
The Kilaueas – Germany
www.kilaueas.de
The Supertones – New York, N.Y.
myspace.com/thesupertonessurf
The Surf Kings – Oceanside, Ca.
myspace.com/thesurfkings
Frankie & the Pool Boys – San Francisco, Ca.
www.facebook.com/FrankieAndThePoolBoys
The Threesome Band
www.threesomeband.com

Plus:
Paul Johnson & Friends
A tribute to the Atlantics (Australia) featuring Ivan Pongracic, Danny Snyder, and Jonpaul Balak
SG101 Member Jam

These days, just about everyone is familiar with the twangy, reverb-drenched plunk, undulating whammy bar and machine-gun staccato commonly known as “Surf Gutiar.” It’s become one of the staple sounds chosen to set the mood for commercials, television programs and feature films by music supervisors and sound designers the world over. Whether it’s conjuring the feelings of Summer, the beach, the old West, outer space, a desolate desert, or the adventures and intrigue of an international super spy, that quintessential “Surf Guitar” sound is somewhere in the background.

Lesser known, however, is the fact that there are legions of fanatics spanning the globe that share a deep passion and sometimes obsession for this 50-plus year old Southern California art form. These die-hard fans keep the genre and its associated culture very much alive and thriving through internet communication, annual meetings, specialty radio programs, and an ever-growing network of performers, collectors and instrument aficionados. Since 2006, the single most important internet resource for everything Surf guitar has been Surfguitar101.com, and for the past 6 years, its official annual convention has been the most important gathering in the United States for anyone interested in this very specific musical style.

2014’s 7th annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention is slated to be the greatest and most well-attended to date. Headlining this year is none other than local Southern California legends Slacktone (slacktone.com), the Surf trio considered by many to have set the bar for all modern Surf bands with their jaw-dropping display of technical proficiency, attention to tone and sheer power. Making their way down from Seattle for a very special reunion performance comes The Boss Martians (facebook.com/bossmartians), who exploded onto the scene in the early 90s with their traditional sound featuring organ. From Japan, for the first time in many years with another historic reunion performance is The Surf Coasters (surfcoasters.com), one of the most prolific of all Surf bands, releasing upwards of 25 recordings since their formation in 1994. Debuting their brand-new full-length album Wiki Waki Woooo comes The Kilaueas (facebook.com/thekilaueas), all the way from Germany, who have been thrilling audiences with their energetic live shows and impeccable vintage tones. Making their California debut is The Supertones from New York, one of the longest running modern Surf bands, a staple of the East Coast scene since 1988. Back to the convention from Northern California to wow audiences once again comes instrumental supergroup Frankie & The Poolboys (facebook.com/frankieandthepoolboys), whose latest album The Adventures of Cap’n Coconuts has been consistently high on international critics’ lists. Up from the San Diego area comes first-wave legend Tom Stanton leading his trio The Surf Kings, who’ll present their special brand of heavy, moody Surf. And last, but certainly not least comes the intensity of power Surf trio Threesome (threesomeband.com), fresh off of a European tour in support of their latest EP, On Tour. Live performances will also include an all-star tribute to first-wave pioneers The Atlantics of Australia, featuring members of The Madeira, The TomorrowMen and Insect Surfers, and a special showcase by one of the originators of Surf music, the creator of “Mr. Moto” himself, Paul Johnson.

In addition to the live performaces, the all-day event will feature a Surf music marketplace, with one of the greatest vending areas of Surf-related CDs, records, books, magazines, posters, clothing, instruments, accessories and other collectibles anywhere! Of special note will be in-person signings by Sven Kirsten, who’ll be signing his new Taschen book Tiki Pop, and Dominic Priore, who’ll be signing his new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise And Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier. Confirmed vendors also include Double Crown Records, Surf King Surf Wear, Dionysus Records, MuSick Recordings, Reverb Junkies DVD, Pounding Surf DVD, Paul Johnson and many more!

And, true to the old saying that there’s something for everyone, thanks to the generosity of major sponsors such as Fender, D’Addario, Eastwood and others, attendees will not only have the opportunity to receive free products, but also enter raffles to win exceptional prizes such as actual Surf guitars! Up for grabs will be a Fender Classic Player Jaguar set up by Slacktone’s Dave Wronski, an Eastwood Sidejack DLX in greenburst, a custom Atomic Brain pedal by Nocturne, and a deluxe accessory package from D’Addario, among many other wonderful prizes!

Bring the kids, listen to the amazing live music, shop ‘till you drop and meet and greet some of Surf music’s most important personalities, all within steps of a full kitchen and bar, in the air-conditioned comfort of Los Alamitos’ Starting Gate. It’s reverb-drenched fun for the whole family! Tickets available at the door.

Los Angeles In Perspective at Red Pipe Gallery closes 7/26

On view now at Red Pipe Gallery:

LOS ANGELES IN PERSPECTIVE
featuring:
Teale Hatheway, Iva Hladis, and James P. Scott
Three artists residing in Downtown Los Angeles each present their unique vision of the city.

CLOSING RECEPTION:
Perform Chinatown: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12 noon – 10 pm
Show on view: July 5 through July 26, 2014
HOURS: Thursday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm and by appointment

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Red Pipe Gallery

Chinatown Arts District, 978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.redpipegallery.com
Facebook Event Page

For more info, please contact:
Wendy Sherman
310-829-0770
curator@artslave.com

ADMISSION: All EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

With a background in architecture and urban planning, as well as art and photography, Teal Hatheway finds Los Angeles to be the ideal source of subject matter for her paintings. Teale hopes to bring attention to Los Angeles architecture by offering viewers their often unrealized, but always personal experiences of a city on the cusp of understanding its historical significance.   More info: www.tealehatheway.com

Born in Czechoslovakia, Iva Hladis fled the Communist-controlled country in the mid 1980s. She settled in Los Angeles and found that, although she loved her new found freedom, she missed the sense of history and historical buildings so familiar to her growing up in Europe. She says, “Los Angeles offers very little of it’s history, and what is left is constantly fighting for it’s survival. Creating these architectural drawings, and being a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, are two ways I work to preserve history here.”  More info: www.ivahladis.com

James P. Scott makes compelling urban landscapes from that sliver of time we almost never think about. Each painted narrative describes life in a neglected corner of our ubiquitous car culture. In this corner stand the hieroglyphs of navigation: markers that rich and poor alike rely on to maneuver across the labyrinth that is L.A. The electric Southern California light explodes the colors as years are compressed into an instant at the speed of a passing vehicle. These signs tell their own stories now.  More info: www.jamespscott.com

ArtExpo : July 24—26 : Alt-Art Fair featuring 150 artists

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ArtExpo is an eclectic selection of emerging artists and do-it-yourself creatives featuring original artwork, books, prints and collectibles July 24-26. Created by the students at Media Design School of Digital Arts at NSAD, ArtExpo is an alternative art fair taking place during Comic-Con and Gam3rCon at the Wonder Bread Factory, 121 14th Street, San Diego. Free to the public and curated by Mark Murphy, Murphy Design.

Thursday, July 24
Hours = 4pm – 9pm
VIP Party = Sign Up on FB

Friday, July 25
Hours = 10am – 9pm
Opening Party 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, July 26
Hours = 10am – 6pm

On FB https://www.facebook.com/artexposd #ArtExpoSD

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L.A. Record Art Show Update – Open to July 19

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Dancing About Architecture

L.A. RECORD and the Art of Visualizing the Aural
ON DISPLAY THROUGH JULY 19 

June 12 – July 19
7 p.m. – Midnight
The Pickle Factory Gallery
647 Lamar
Los Angeles, CA 90031

FREE, All Ages

David Van Patten
Champ Champ Champoy
Drew Denny
Luke McGarry
Leee Black Childers
Daiana Feuer
Aaron Giesel
Walt Gorecki
Elsa Henderson
Zara Kand
Gloria Erika Plaza
Alex Brown
Colin Ambulance
Ammo
Dale Dreiling
Olivia Jaffe
Matt Adams
Ward Robinson
Tom Child
Elana Pritchard
… and more!

Subjects of the artwork include

Ariel Pink
TÜLIPS
Steve Arrington
Egyptian Lover
Arthur Lee of Love
The Entrance Band
The Gathering of the Juggalos!
The Shrine
Saint Vitus
The New York Dolls
Dead Meadow (Official)
Maya Angelou
Loopool
Dorian Wood
Ty Segall
Wayne County and the Electric Chairs
Tenacious D
John Lydon Official
Thee Oh Sees
The Gories
Thee Midnighters
Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
Turbonegro
The Donnas
The Icarus Line
Beach Party
Big Star
Rainman
DāM-FunK
Snoop Dogg
Froth
Indian Jewelry
Fancy Space People
Jimmy Cliff
Faust (Band)
KXLU
Part Time Punks
Nina Hagen
Spokenest
Louis Armstrong
The Manson Family
New Order
Jan & Dean
Gene Vincent
Regal Degal
Kim Fowley
Happy Mondays
Kera and The Lesbians
DJ Harvey
Jeffertitti’s Nile
The Blank Tapes
Yoko Ono
Lauren Hill
Zig Zags
Bobb Bruno
Summer Twins
Ralph Bakshi

…. and so many more! Aaaaah!

L.A. RECORD Dancing About Architecture

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L.A. RECORD and the Art of Visualizing the Aural

June 12 – July 19
Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 12 , 
7 p.m. – Midnight 
The Pickle Factory Gallery
647 Lamar
Los Angeles, CA 90031
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Dancing About Architecture Facebook Event Page
FREE, All Ages

Since it began as a one-page broadsheet in 2005 (one side was a poster of the Rolling Blackouts bewigged to look like The New York Dolls album cover; the other side was the magazine), L.A. RECORD has always been an art-forward publication, one that championed great music not only with reviews and interviews, but also with paintings, drawings, and photography that honored the music of now in terms of the rock and hip hop art of old.

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, The Pickle Factory gallery celebrates that artistic vision with a group show inspired by L.A. RECORD, now Los Angeles’ biggest music publication. Many of the artists in this exhibit, and the art pieces themselves, first appeared in L.A. RECORD’s pages or on its website alongside features about your favorite musicians. Now, at long last, these canvases, sketches, and portraits from the past decade (including pieces that never made the magazine) are coming together in a gallery setting, alongside other art by the most talented artists and photographers in the L.A. RECORD pantheon, plus art inspired by the many musical/cultural scenes that L.A. RECORD has helped to nurture.

Artist List
Some of the names first featured in L.A. RECORD, underneath pictures of Gil-Scott Heron or portraits of the Flaming Lips, have grown into L.A.’s most-beloved artists. This group show features an exciting mix of well-known veterans alongside several fresh talents:

Drew Denny
Luke McGarry
Dave Van Patten
champoyhate
Daiana Feuer
Aaron Giesel
Walt! Gorecki
Elsa Henderson
Zara Kand
Gloria Plaza
Alex Brown
Ammo
Dale Dreiling
Mike Stephan
Olivia Jaffe
Matt Adams
Colin Ambulance

This exhibit is a treat for both music fans and patrons of the arts (though, we assume, most of the folks who come to see us have plenty of love for both!). If you love collecting records, going to concerts, or sweating in basement parties, you’ll find plenty of depictions of the people whose music has meant so much to you. But unlike standard rock photography exhibits, which often focus solely on portraiture, Dancing About Architecture will have art from all arenas (no pun intended), including many solid compositions that will sing to you with a harmony all their own.

There will be musical entertainment from musical artists such as the Koreatown Oddity and Bloody Death Skull, L.A. Record DJs, as well as a one-time screening of Dorian Wood’s infamous self-directed video, “La Cara Infinita,” originally presented in 2013 by L.A. RECORD and almost certainly even more disturbing when projected on a large wall in a dark warehouse. Make sure to get to the show by 8 p.m. to see a live interview with one of our readers’ all-time favorites, Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band. The festivities are all hosted by L.A. RECORD New Music Editor D. M. Collins.

No money for a big canvas? No problem! Many of our artists will be bringing affordable take-home prints of their best works. They may not be as big and shiny as some of the full-framed originals, but you can still reminisce about the time you visited the Pickle Factory for the VERY FIRST L.A. RECORD ART SHOW OF ALL TIME! There will also be stacks of the most recent issue of L.A. RECORD, plus finger food at an affordable price from the best vegan-friendly caterer the arts district has to offer.

About the gallery:
The Pickle Factory is more than just an art gallery: it’s also a literary salon, an improv theater, and a place where records are constantly spinning. It is maintained with love and presented with great care, for special events only. It literally used to be a pickle factory … but most people found it too JARRING. Check out their Facebook page regularly for what’s happening now and what’s still in the works.

The gallery is also ridiculously close to the Brewery Lofts, and is on the same street as the San Antonio Winery, Lamar, and the cross street is Main.
• The address is: 647 Lamar, Los Angeles, CA, 90031
• From downtown, simply go north on Main, do a little zigzag near Union Station, cross the railroad tracks, and turn left on Lamar.
• From the 5 freeway, get off at the Main exit, go south on Main, pass the Brewery Lofts on your left, and then take a left on Lamar.
• Does it feel like you’re in a weird industrial area, between a UPS lot and a cement factory? Good! You’re in the right place!
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Note to editors / not for publication:
For more information, images, and interview requests, please contact DM Collins: writerdmcollins@gmail.com | 323-244-8588

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LA@JT Just Add Water Live in Joshua Tree!

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LA @ JT: Just Add Water
a night of spoken word and music by Los Angeles and Joshua Tree writers and musicians.

Saturday, May 31
Spoken Word starts at 8 PM Music starts at 9 PM

Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge
61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760 475-4860 www.RadioFreeJoshuaTree.com

$5 Suggested Donation

Members of a longtime Los Angeles writer’s workshop will be gathering in Joshua Tree to create some hilarious and sometimes personal verse and prose about life, fantasy and everything that oozes up from the desert and Hollywood.

“Including a few notorious J.T. writers like Listening Lounge proprietor Teddy Quinn, the workshop will happen during the day,” says event curator and “promptress” Jane Cantillon. “and we will cook up some compelling stories to share that same evening with our live audience. “Just Add Water” will make a very entertaining hour of spontaneous ‘misspoken’ word.”

Immediately following the reading, the Dick and Jane Family Orchestra featuring La Luz de Jesus proprietor Billy Shire on harmonica will perform, along with special guest singer/songwriter Sarah Stanley.
For more info contact lee@reverberationsmedia.com www.reverberationsmedia.com

June 6-29: “Bento Box” New Works by Joel Nakamura

Spotlight on “Bento Box”
New Works by Joel Nakamura

Chris B. Murray, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667
www.laluzdejesus.com

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Joel Nakamura’s “Bento Box” deals with growing up Japanese American.

Nakamura is known for his unique style: a blend of folk art and sophisticated iconography rendered in a neo-primitive technique. He is chosen for many of his commissions for his knowledge of tribal art, mythology, and for his ability to convey stories and information in an intricate and engaging manner.

Nakamura’s ability to render humanity in such primal, edgy hues has captured the attention of clients like Time magazine, US News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. His paintings have enlivened the pages of many other books and publications, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies’ programs. Nakamura has been profiled in Communication Arts, Step Inside Design, Confetti and Southwest Art magazines. He is proud to be the recipient of over two hundred awards of excellence.

Nakamura splits his time between commercial and fine art projects. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Wynonna Judd, Chick Corea ,and US embassies around the world.

Nakamura resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Kathleen and children Paloma and Kai.

 

 

 

The 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show

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May 2 – June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd, 8-11 PM
Live Taxidermy Demonstration: Saturday, May 3rd, 12-3 PM
Click here for full show preview on the gallery site.

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents our 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show. This is not your granddady’s taxidermy: road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures utilize taxidermy techniques in an unorthodox way to fashion fantastic beasts from everyday materials-even the recycled pelts of toy stuffed animals. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept.

Materials and even species are mixed, helping to broaden presumptive definitions.
Pieces in this exhibition span Steam Punk to Rococo -from playful to elegant.

ANIMALS ARE NOT KILLED IN THE WORK, but rather are used to create a conversation about death and taxidermy.

On Saturday, May 3rd from 2 until 5 PM, Katie, Divya, and Lauren will present a live taxidermy demonstration using prepared and raw materials as they answer questions about the artform.

Check out the previous Taxidermy shows:

2010: Two-Headed Squirrels & Circus Mice Rogue Taxidermy at La Luz de Jesus Gallery: LA Weekly

2012: Rogue Taxidermy At La Luz de Jesus Gallery   Makes Taxidermy Even Weirder: Huffington Post

Images from the last Rogue Taxidermy Show in 2012.

ARTISTS:
Divya Anantharaman
Emily Binard
Sarina Brewer
Kristin Bunyard
Cindy Cronk
Bruce Eichelberger
Ai Honda
Katie Innamorato
Jeremy Johnson
Jessica Joslin
Lauren Kane
Kevin Clarke
Jeffrey R. Kibbe
Dr. Paul Koudounaris
Liz Mcgrath
Brian Poor
Ave Rose
Emi Slade
Simone Smith
Vega
Brooke Weston
Mikal Winn

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