Archive | Uncategorized

6/2: Nathan Anderson at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Nathan Anderson
showing with Christopher Bales, Howard Hallis, & Gea*
June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Nathan Anderson is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Nathan is a graduate of The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has his BFA in Filmmaking and has been exhibited in galleries all over the US and Canada.

His recent projects include the web series Northbound and following feature film Northstar and contributing designs for the trading card series based on Cartoon Network’s popular Adventure Time. His mural to LA Writer Charles Bukowski in the Los Feliz neighborhood of California is a go-to public art destination in a city renown for its murals.

Nathan regularly exhibits at Gallery 1988, Hero Complex Gallery, Creature Features Gallery, Gabba Gallery, and La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California.


4/21: Rule-Breaker Babes & Rock Scribes Book Bash at La Luz de Jesus!

Rule-Breaker Babes & Rock Scribes Book Bash
book release, signing, and performance
Friday, April 21, 7-10 PM

Join LA’s rocking-est ladies for this book signing party featuring readings, stories & fun!
Vicky Hamilton
Lina Lecaro
Heidi Richman (FutureContentLLC)
Michele Raphael (Angels Flight • literary west)
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC SETS by Beck Black and Ruby Friedman!!!
Signature “Rule-Breaker” cocktails by Sino Tequila.

Lina Lecaro signs Never Mind The Rules
Vicky Hamilton signs Appetite For Dysfunction

Never Mind the Rules is your alternative to the barrage of cookie-cutter self-help relationship books geared towards a set of rules that are intended to work for ‘everyone.’ This is a frank, honest, sexy and racy dating guide that helps you write YOUR own rules by getting REAL with yourself. It is written with a unique rock n’ roll angle that music fans can enjoy.

While doing the research for Never Mind the Rules, we interviewed reputable therapists, rock star chicks, housewives, journalists, polyamorous couples, swingers, and best-selling author Neil Straus (who wrote the controversial book The Game) who turned out to be a huge inspiration; and lastly even men we dated (gay & straight)!

We reveal personal dating horror stories, successful dating stories, wild and romantic anecdotes, and the world of sexual fetishes. We hope you will laugh and cry with us like we do when we watch Sex & The City, Girls, or Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

Never Mind the Rules: How to Rock at Love is a portmanteau that combines the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks and Nirvana’s Nevermind with The Rules: (a 1995 self-help publication that effectively set back feminism 40 years by promoting game-playing to land a husband). Unlike The Rules, this book and its namesake get-together are all about encouraging women to be themselves, without worrying about how to snag a dude” – LA Weekly

Susan Hyatt is currently enrolled in post-graduate studies in psychology for Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy licensing, and is devoted to empowering women. She is an American singer/songwriter, former UK talk show host, and an NASM certified fitness trainer (Susan Hyatt’s Rockstar Workout – an Amazon bestseller). Susan has written and recorded over 150 love songs and published 6 albums for her bands Pillbox, Stimulator, and most recently Sirens of Soho.

Lina Lecaro is a published author, journalist, photographer, and web radio personality based in Los Angeles, California. She has been likened to an LA version of both the Candace Bushnell Sex and the City writer/character Carrie Bradshaw and The Village Voice’s sassy scribe Michael Musto. Lina has interviewed an impressive array of rockstars and celebs such as Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Courtney Love, Gene Simmons, Adam Lambert, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, Siouxsie Sioux, Shirley Manson and many more. While her work on Never Mind the Rules marked a new, more personal direction for her subject matter-wise, music and its significance to her life and all our lives will always be front and center.

Never Mind the Rules
by Susan Hyatt & Lena Lecaro
Published by Generation X Media
ISBN # 978-0692867716
6 x 9 x .6 in. | Soft Cover. Pages: 244
Shipping weight: 12.8 oz.
Self Help | Relationships
Price: $9.99

Appetite For Dysfunction is the self-exploratory journey of a small town girl who risks everything by dropping out of art school, leaving behind the safety of loved ones and small town values, and making her way to Hollywood. When Vicky Hamilton arrived, she landed a job as a mere record store clerk, to then miraculously find herself deep in the trenches of an unscrupulous, male dominated, music entertainment business, and blossomed into Hollywood’s most controversial A&R woman and band manager. Vicky followed her dream and achieved it. She became the top female record company executive and personal band manager. Only to reach her aspirations while working with Guns N’ Roses, to then take on the most coveted A&R position to date at Geffen Records, under David Geffen himself. It was common knowledge, that while David Geffen was relaxing at his Malibu beach house, Hamilton was busy scouring dark clubs for talent. Doing the kind of legwork many larger record labels had gotten away from.

Appetite For Dysfunction is the first time Vicky candidly speaks out about the life she lived on the front lines, deep in the heartless world of the music business. Hamilton brings to this book her unbiased observations and shrewd glimpses about who these rock stars and executives are at the core of their beings, and about herself, as well. She expresses her gratitude for her historic past and her accomplishments, as well as her own shortcomings along the way. She shares her victories, her mistakes, the horror stories, and her dark comedic approach to “making it” in the entertainment business. Even while getting her heart broken on many occasions, leading to some cataclysmic breakdowns, Vicky battles to hang on to her integrity. Painfully taking the highroad, as she loses her job at Capitol Records, while facing eviction and a phone that suddenly stopped ringing, Vicky holds her head high, humbly reinvents herself, and literally, goes on with the show.

Vicky Hamilton is a long time Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, frequently featured on VH-1, Biography Channel and BBC. 

She is considered one of the most successful female music executives in the industry. Pull down the safety bar, Appetite For Dysfunction is a wild and exhilarating ride.

Appetite for Dysfunction
by Vicky Hamilton
Published by the author
ISBN # 978-0996966221
6 x 9 x .8 in. | Soft Cover. Pages: 360
Shipping weight: 1.2 lbs.
Biographies | Memoirs | Music
Price: $25

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing:
Call (323)663-0122 to order by phone.


3/25: For Goodness Sake Group Show at La La Land Gallery

For Goodness Sake Group Show

March 25, 2017 – April 21, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, March 25, 7-10 PM
La La Land Gallery


For Goodness Sake Group Show features Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairy, Peter Blake, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, and many more! Part of the proceeds will go to Syrian Refugees Relief.

La La Land Gallery
6450 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90038

For Goodness Sake Group Show

As this new “cuckoo pants” year begins, I would like to invite you to take a well needed mental vacation with this new joy-filled For Goodness Sake group art show. The idea is clear and simple. Each artist is being asked to create a brand new piece that elicits nothing but Pure Joy.

With all that’s been going on around the world lately, this will be a refreshing change of pace and a positive new look for the future. We’re excited to tell you we have partnered with Oxfam America ( for this show to donate to Syrian Refugees Relief.  – Kii Arens, La La Land Gallery

Featuring: Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairey, Peter Blake, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, Rosie Lea Brind, The Art of Chase, Janee Meadows, Steve Ellis, Warmoraw, Rudy Fritsch, Mark Rogers, Anthony Ausgang, Donnie Molls, Danielle Garza, Sung Hyun, Hey Pogo, Ekaterina Oloy, Travis Lampe, Erin Goedtel, Shoko Yanagisawa, Teri Harriet, Mike Sandoval, Smiley Stevens, Amelie Laurice, and Susan Anderson. More information and preview images coming soon, stay tuned!

Image:  Gary Taxali  “Real And Friends” of 5  ink on wood panels, 45” x 28”


Pool & Marinela Barbie, the Plastic Religion at La Luz de Jesus

Pool & Marinela
Barbie the Plastic Religion

December 2 – 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2nd 8 – 11pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pool & Marinela Barbie, the Plastic Religion

In 2014, two Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, turned 33 models of Barbie and Ken into religious icons for an exhibition called Barbie, the Plastic Religion which was displayed at Popa Galeria in Buenas Aris. The show featured Barbie as the Virgin Mary and Ken as Jesus Christ, and included religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism with versions of Barbie as Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin of Lourdes. The show provoked widespread controversy in several languages from Argentina to France.In 2016, the artists were invited by Mattel and Les Art Decoratifs (Palais du Louvre, Paris) to display four of their pieces in the museum of decorative arts in the Palais du Louvre, Paris, and were also received in the Vatican by Pope Francisco who accepted a gift of their Barbie, “Our Lady of Lujan”.

During the month of December, Pool and Marianela will be presenting their Barbie, the Plastic Religion in Los Angeles at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Among the numerous pieces in the exhibition, the artists will be displaying two new paintings created in the style of Byzantine icon (gold leaf), portraits of Barbie (“Our Lady of Mattel”) and Ken (“Sacred Heart of Mattel”); 12 Via Crucis altarpieces; an eight-piece nativity scene; 13 small good leaf paitnings; and a Barbie Porsche 911 with Ken as Krishna, Buddah and Jesus.

Preview the entire collection at this link


11/19: Krampus Book Party signing, reading, music at La Luz de Jesus

Krampus Book Party

Krampus Book Party
book signing, reading, and musical performance

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7-10PM
La Luz de Jesus
in the Soap Plant / Wacko building
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Last appearing at La Luz de Jesus at the 2012 publication party for Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, a national group of guerilla artists and pranksters in which he played a leading role, author Al Ridenour returns tonight as Krampus researcher par excellence with his new book The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

In this new incarnation, Ridenour has obsessively translated his way through countless 19th-century compendiums of folk tales and superstitions, medieval witchcraft documents, and rhymed folk plays, networked with contemporary Krampus groups and mask-carvers, corresponded with Austrian anthropologists and museums, and traveled to the Alps to be properly smacked by whips and tossed into snowbanks by rampaging devils. He’s even sweated inside his own handcrafted suit as part of LA’s annual Krampus festival, which he helped found in 2013 and now directs. With the publication of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, Ridenour offers a summation of these explorations in one entertainingly written lavishly illustrated volume examining not only the Krampus but related folklore of Alpine witches, ghosts, spectral armies, diabolical hunstmen, and murderous saints.

Tonight he’ll serve up some history, folklore, and fact on the topic, much of it in direct contradiction to what Americans have come to know of the Krampus through our pop-culture (mis)representations. Along with stories, slides, and video clips, expect some costumed appearances, an audience-participation Krampus Kwiz with prizes (and punishments), and perhaps a musical guest or two. Ridenour will not only be discussing and signing copies of his book, but also demonstrating a form of fortune-telling using molten lead associated with the haunted nights (“Rauhnächte”) that form the background to the Krampus mythology.

A native of Pasadena, California, Al Ridenour holds BA’s in German and English literature, has worked as an author, journalist, animator, and artist, and has been a fixture in the West Coast underground art community since the mid-1990s.

His Krampus research has taken him to the Austrian Alps and Munich, and brought him in contact with cultural anthropologists working in Salzburg and Vienna as well as dozens of members of contemporary European Krampus groups. In 2013, Ridenour co-founded Krampus Los Angeles, an organization that’s made the city ground zero for American Krampusmania.

Ridenour has translated and produced the only English-language version of 19th-century Krampus play, written articles, and lectured on the topic at the international Goethe-Institut and elsewhere, and exhibited his Krampus suits at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Museum

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas:
Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil
by Al Ridenour
Published by Feral House
ISBN: 1627310347
7 x 0.6 x 10 in | Pages: 248
Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.
Non-Fiction | History | Folklore | New Age | Occult | Holidays | Mythology
Price: $25

Order your signed copies today by emailing:


Sonny King opens at Silver’s Circus at La Luz de Jesus Oct 7


Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Showing with Jim Blanchard
October 7 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday October 7, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sonny King – Silver’s Circus
Inspired by a childhood that was split between a strict Australian boarding school and the colorful environment of the circus where his father worked, Sonny King creates vibrant renditions of big-top life that take viewers back in time. His work captures beautifully the bustling activity and energy of the circus, offering perspectives from both inside and outside the tent in scenes that are dramatic, dynamic, and carefully arranged. Delightfully animated figures–aerialists, clowns, and enthusiastic show-goers–inhabit his three-dimensional creations and paintings. Each scene reflects King’s eye for specifics, as he lavishly embellishes every section of a work. A love of bold colors and experimental lighting are distinctive of his style.

Other subjects, including small-town life, have inspired Sonny to create lively, folksy dioramas. On his thoughtfully rendered presentations, telling moments come together in ways that are touching yet never overly sweet. His work pays tribute to the past without hovering in sentimentality. Several of the pieces in this exhibition were part of a mini-retrospective at the California Folk Art Museum, and his animatronic Ferris Wheel is sure to satisfy Carny fans of all ages.



9/29: Rich Ferguson New Jersey Me Spoken Word and Musical Celebration

Rich Ferguson New Jersey MeRich Ferguson
book signing, reading, and musical performance

Thursday, September 29, 2016
7-10 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
(in the Soap Plant / Wacko building)
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Author, poet, musician Rich Ferguson celebrates the release of his New Jersey Me novel with a night of spoken word and music, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery!

Joining Ferguson will be musicians Tyson Cornell, Butch Norton (Lucinda Williams), Josh Haden (Spain), and Cameron Stone (Game of Thrones). There will be other surprise acts at the show playing and guest reading from “New Jersey Me”. Expect nothing less than a party atmosphere surrounded by the art of the current Coaster Show and Mark Todd exhibitions in the gallery!

New Jersey Me by Rich Ferguson
Set amidst the backdrop of the troubled town of Blackwater, New Jersey, a Bruce Lee and Bruce Springsteen-devoted young hero journeys toward adulthood in this devastating yet intelligent debut novel from poet and musician Rich Ferguson.

Rich Ferguson

New Jersey Me explores an ensemble cast of unique characters, including Blackwater’s hometown nuclear power plant; a beauty named Baby, Baby’s hell-bent-for-prison boyfriend, Terry; a Mary Kay mom high on Vicodin and Bloody Marys; and an old old tree with a taste for blood. The son of the local police chief, Mark, dreams of escaping the small town’s conflicting and oppressive codes of manhood. In the meantime, though, Mark lives a boy’s life, Blackwater-style: netting fish that have been killed by sudden coldwater emissions from the nuclear plant; kidnapping a chimp from the local circus; selling dirty socks to a local eccentric who may hold the key to Mark’s escape; dating a one-legged girl; and observing the increasingly mysterious behavior of his best friend, Jimmy.

Nothing short of a near-miracle: put bluntly, this is as authentic, as lived-in an account, as pitch-perfect a rendering of the Garden State’s special brand of denizens as exists. So dust off your vinyl copy of The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, crack open a cold one, and enjoy Ferguson’s lovely, street-lyrical prose. I sure as hell did! —DAVID KUKOFF, author of CHILDREN OF THE CANYON and WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLDMINE

Ferguson makes full use of his unflinching lyricist’s voice to create a stylized, symbol-rich imagining of this literary archetype as an evocative and darkly witty portrait, perfect in its imperfections, not only of a dysfunctional adolescence but also of a specific time and place in American culture—the hopeful, hardscrabble, self-medicating New Jersey that gave the world Born to Run. —SHANA NYS DAMBROT, art critic, curator, and author

“New Jersey Me”
by Rich Ferguson
Published by Rare Bird Books
ISBN: 978-1-942600-53-4
US $15.95/CDN $20.99
5.5 x 8.5 in | Pages: 144
Fiction | Literary| Fiction/Literature


9/10: Marion Peck Lamb Land Book Signing at La Luz de Jesus

Marion Peck Lambland

Marion Peck
Lamb Land Book Release and Signing Party
Saturday, September 10, 2016
4-7 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027


This is a World Premiere, and only local event! Marion will be joined by her husband Mark Ryden for the book signing.

The first complete monograph of the goddess of Pop Surrealism.

For over 20 years, Marion Peck has stood out on the contemporary art scene as a unique artist with a classical education and a fondness for the unusual. Maion Peck Lamb Land is a complete, career-spanning tome is outright enchanting; featuring three-eyed cats and uncuddly teddybears in a pagan celebration of kitsch.

Marion Peck is a unique artist on the contemporary scene. Simultaneously inspired by Peter Bruegel and Pee Wee Herman, modern kitsch, and ancient magic, she is the author of a distinctive and considerable body of work over the last twenty years. Marion Peck Lamb Land contains paintings from throughout her career, new essays and an in-depth interview. This beautiful volume initiates the reader into Marion Peck’s completely unique graphic, poetic, and fantastic world like never before.

>Last Gasp published her previous monograph, with a print run of 4000 copies, which sold out in a few weeks.

>For the first time, Marion Peck wrote several essays, a must-have for her numerous fans!

>A 250-page monograph, from her early beginnings to her most recent works.

Born in 1963 in Colombia, Marion Peck has organized numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and in Europe (Paris and Rome). She currently lives in Eagle Rock, California, with her husband, Mark Ryden.

Attendees are allowed one extra signature per purchased book, and encouraged to buy in advance by calling the bookstore: (323)663-0122

peck1 peck-book3

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Cernunnos (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2374950018
ISBN-13: 978-2374950013
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds


Tiki Oasis 16: Party on Monster Island Art Show 8/19-21

Tiki Oasis 16 Art Show

Tiki Oasis 16 Art Show

Tiki Oasis 16: “Party on Monster Island” Art Show
August 19-21
Crowne Plaza, Hotel Circle,
San Diego

Free, open to the public, all ages!
Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer, Crowne Plaza
Artist Reception: Saturday Aug 20th 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Meet the Tiki Oasis Artists and the 2016 Winner of the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant!
View previous art show video here:

Though weekend tickets to Tiki Oasis are sold out, the Tiki Oasis 16: Party on Monster Island Art Show, dedicated to this year’s Tiki Oasis theme “Party on Monster Island” is open to the public! The show includes some of your favorite artists from previous Tiki Oasis art shows, and a few newcomers!

Art Show Hours
Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Featuring: Andre Ritter, BigToe Art, Brian Boskind, Chris Crites, Christine Benjamin, CraigR, David Krys, Dawn Frasier Sophista-tiki, Derek Yaniger, Devon Devereaux, Doug Dorr, Doug Horne, Eddy Crosby, Eric October, Erin Joy, Harry Decker, Ken “little-lost tiki” Ruzic, Kymm! Bang, Lori Herbst, Megan Besmirched, Michael Fleming (aka Tweedlebop), Michael Grider, Mike Mass, Mookie Sato , Norm Daniels, REESENIK, Robert Jimenez, Ryan Hungerford, Sandra Fremgen “Panda and Me”, Scott Saw, Susannah Mosher Atomikitty, Tiki King, Tiki tOny, TikiPops, Vestige Photography, Wendy Cevola, Woody Miller

Preview just a few of the images here! More forthcoming…


3/30: Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s AWP PARTY at La Luz de Jesus


Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Wacko / Soap Plant
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees flock for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Join us at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Wednesday, March 30th to celebrate the opening night with independent literary power houses Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s.

Two Dollar Radio was started in 2005 by Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, a young husband-and-wife team with no experience in publishing other than an intense love of books. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become one of the most trusted and acclaimed independent publishers in North America, and the only one to also produce films. Their books have been honored by the National Book Foundation, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, picked as “Editors’ Choice” selections by The New York Times Book Review, and made year-end best-of lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, National Public Radio, Slate, Salon, The Believer, and others. The Brooklyn Rail credits Two Dollar Radio with publishing “some of the finest works of contemporary fiction,” while The Los Angeles Times has said they provide the industry with “an air of possibility, the belief that the future was very much in play.” Publishing Perspectives dubbed Two Dollar Radio “a budding literary movement;” The Seattle Stranger envisioned them leading a “dream industry” out of the wreckage of corporate publishing.

McSweeney’s is a publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as operating a daily humor website, they also publish Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Believer, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints. The recipient of dozens of awards for its contributions to literature and publishing, McSweeney’s was named one of the country’s most innovative media companies for “proving the value of print publishing.” McSweeney’s has helped launch the careers of dozens of emerging writers, such as Philipp Meyer, Wells Tower, and Rebecca Curtis; it has also published the works of well-established authors such as Michael Chabon, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, Michael Ian Black, Nick Hornby, and Joyce Carol Oates. The house has also published the work of musicians, critics and artists including David Byrne and Beck. They’ve also transitioned to a nonprofit in order to fund projects with the next great wave of writers and artist and we’ll be accepting $2 donations at the door to help with that.

Readings will be performed casually throughout the evening and we’ll have a collection of new publications on hand by each publisher with authors available to sign them.

Only books purchased here will qualify for signing.
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or

Tags: AWP, literary, McSweeney’s, Party, Two Dollar Radio


Website by Mancha