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LA@JT Just Add Water Live in Joshua Tree!

RFJT170pxRadio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge presents
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

$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.
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Some Tiki Oasis 13 Press – Get Ready for Tiki Oasis 14!

Links to press and video from last year’s Tiki Oasis 13!

Tiki Oasis Art Show

-Cartwheel Art

Tiki Oasis festival embraces Hawaiian Hootenanny theme
in San Diego

Get Ready for Hawaiian Americana at Tiki Oasis

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Tiki Oasis 2013

-Los Angeles Beat Beauty

Tasting Tiki: Exotica Cocktail History
at Tiki Oasis

-Huffington Post

Island connection equals ‘Hulabilly’ heaven

-Union Tribune Preview

The revival of Tiki cool

-Union Tribune Coverage

Bring Your Leis
(and Blue Suede Shoes) to Tiki Oasis!

-San Diego Troubador

Boozy Classes at Tiki Oasis

-San Diego Eater

Paradise Found

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Vintage Cool San Diego

-NBC Los Angeles

A Tipping Point in the Compensation Debate

-Voice of San Diego

Gear Up! Tiki Oasis ’13

-Rod Authority



Save the Endangered Butterflies with Jeffertitti’s Nile, LA Witch plus!


Save the Endangered Butterflies
with Jeffertitti’s Nile, LA Witch, Sock Puppet Sitcom, mecca andrews
plus Dance Party w/ DJ Jimi Hey  

HM157City ofButterflies
Saturday, May 31at 6:00pm – 2:00am
3110 North Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90031
$10 suggested donation 
Facebook Event Page

All Ages ( W/ ID ) 
Bring the kiddies for the first 1/2 of the show 
KIDS get in for FREE between 6-8 PM

At 6:00 PM we will have a magical mask making table set up for kids of all ages.
The early PG Sock Puppet Sitcom set begins at 7 PM.
Kid Veggie dogs & healthy drinks will be available.
DJ Jimi Hey Dance party Midnight – 2 AM!

HM157 welcomes Ann Hadlock & City of Butterflies for a deluxe & delightful show dedicated towards enlightening folks as to the potential extinction of our beautiful native butterflies. We can easily rectify this happenstance by planting their natural habitat: the California Milkweed. Attendees are welcome to take Milkweed home to install. City of Butterflies strives to actively educate the public about the importance of native host or food plants in urban areas through hands-on workshops, outreach events, and media production. The reintroduction of native plants in public and private gardensis crucial to the survival of California’s rapidly declining butterfly populations. Most importantly, City of Butterflies are in the process of making an educational documentary about California butterflies and how to save them. Here is a link to their indieggo to raise funds for the documentary. 

Together we can change the game for our endangered Butterflies



This will be their post May tour homecoming show! Get their fantastic new album
“The Electric Hour” & experience it live.

Check out these bad-ass, beguiling babes on Manimal Records brand new video.


Oliwa Sparkles Newell’s (Pleasure Circus, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister) latest project. Come bask in the LOVE!

Modern dance & way beyond.

Sock Puppet Sitcom (First PG Set 7PM)

Yes, we said Sock Puppets. They are theatrical comedians, not a band.

Projections extraordinar : Wes Johansen

From 11:30 – 3AM


After Jeffertitti’s Nile raises the mercury, we’ll swing into a Dance Party ala
DJ Jimi Hey

We will be serving Hot-Dogs both meaty & veggie

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: DO NOT PARK in any parking lots near HM157.
They are tow truck traps ! It will cost you $300 to get your car back. Park on the street ! 


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About Historical Monument 157

HM157, Historical Monument #157 on the California Landmark list, also referred to as The Horace P Dibble House (circa 1886) is a funky-old mansion in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. HM157, Historical Monument #157 on the California Landmark list, also referred to as The Horace P Dibble House (circa 1886) is a funky-old mansion in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights.

HM157 functions as a music venue, gallery, live/work space, farm, and location for public and private events, film/photo shoots, cinema screenings, eco-workshops, skill sharing and more. Their artist collective works tirelessly to bring the good stuff your way. They are dedicated to the propagation of positive possibilities. This independent non-profit venue has become one of LA’s favorite places to see a show, with both indoor and outdoor stages, gardens and sofas, fountains and a Victorian front porch.Often called “the homiest venue in town”

HM157 was voted “Best Underground Date Night 2009” and “Best Escape From Corporate Entertainment 2010” by The LA Weekly


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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

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Nakamura Gojirauru Godzilla Rules ! 24 x 24 ” polymers on metal

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.





5/18: Ave Rose Artist Talk at La Luz de Jesus

Artist Talk: Ave Rose
Sunday, May 18th 2-4 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is spotlighting the work of Ave Rose in Bestiary of the Automata, an exhibition within the 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show. Ave uses antique insects, bones and taxidermy ephemera in congress with motion mechanics to produce reanimated, organic robots that tend more towards rococo than science fiction. Also incorporating precious gems and metals, her creatures are whimsical amusements that practically breathe with artificial life. Please join us on Sunday, May 18th from 2-4 PM as Ave demonstrates in person the secrets behind her highly technical art works.


Dadaismus : An Auditory Odyssey Curated by Michelle Carr


HM 157 Presents:
Dadaismus ~ An Auditory Odyssey
Curated by Michelle Carr

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM – 3 AM
Contribution: $12
$5.00 after midnight – DJ set w/ Don Bolles for the late birds
All Ages

Social lubricants and nosh on offer
Street parking only
Raffle prizes

3110 North Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Dadaismus Facebook Event Link

Dadaismus is a bi-monthly experience casting unique avant-garde multimedia music, dance, film and spoken word performances, curated by HM157 artist in residence Michelle Carr founder of the legendary Jabberajaw club and creator of Velvet Hammer Burlesque

HM157 DonBollesMC and DJ: Don Bolles
Featuring musical performances by The Centimeters and L.A. Dronas, experimental music and performance by Circuitry and Poetry, performance art and soundscape by Anna Homler, spoken word by John Tottenham, modern dance by mecca vazie andrews and projections by The Mystery Machine.


The Centimeters
HM157centimeters1Even those of us who were around at a time when the Centimeters soaked the stages of goth rock concerts, Cacophony Society functions, and Mr. T’s Bowl with cacklingly evil vocals, Minimal Man synths, somber violins, and gloomy, drug-fueled guitar jangles probably don’t have all these songs, spread as they were over a few albums and EPs and, perhaps, across the detritus-strewn floor of singer Greg Gomberg’s Koreatown bedroom for years and years and years. It’s odd to think that a band that never smiled on stage, except in contempt for all that was pure and holy, could bring so much joy to its fans. But there are people who are peeing themselves to see a return, even in the form of a greatest hits and a few new live shows, of the dynamic duo of Gomberg and Nora Keyes and the lost boys (and girls) who brought their songs to life right on the cusp of the George W. years.

Help is On The Way – The Centimeters by opponoastos


Circuitry and Poetry

Jeff Boynton plays his circuit bent instruments live through multiple amps distributed throughout the space. Over this sonic backdrop, Mona Jean Cedar reads original poetry while simultaneously interpreting it with American Sign Language (ASL) and dance.



Anna Homler


Anna Homler  is a vocal, visual and performance. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler’s work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of everyday objects. She creates ”perceptual  interventions”  by using language as music and sound as language.

Highlighting Holmer’s work is the performance/installation project “Pharmacia Poetica” which examines the symbolic and tonal qualities of words and objects. The installation has traveled nationwide as part of the exhibition, “40 Years of California Assemblage”, and worldwide as part of the traveling exhibition “Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object, a survey of performance art in the United States from 1950 to the present.”

L.A. Dronas!

L.A.Drones! hales from both Mexico and Southern California and is a sonic mixture of electro, KrautRock, dub, acid, and noise, through the interaction of loops and drones, but never forgetting melody, performed with vocals, two synthesizers, effects modules, pedals and two mixers with improvisation as an essential part of the performance. ,

John Tottenham

John Tottenham is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence and failure. His final collection of poetry, Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment

John is also an old-fashioned paint and brushes man, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His last solo show was at the Rosamund Felsen gallery in July, 2012.


mecca vazie andrews

mecca vazie andrews is a Los Angeles based instructor, choreographer, and dancer. As artistic director of her company The MOVEMENT movement she was the performer, choreographer, and director of the 2013 REDCAT New Original Works Festival piece “Molly Maps Erratic.” Established in 2007 The MOVEMENT movement’ mission is to preserve past and present cultural traditions through authentic alternative performance experiences. Partnering movement, musical theater, performance art, dance, and text. The company has performed at various theaters museums and galleries including Los Angeles Museum of Art , Santa Monica Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, El Portal, and LACE Gallery. www.



The High Priestess of Visuals is back! The Mystery Machine

The Mystery Machine is a magical concern made of circuits and brain waves, colors and cortexes. Made to bend and wobble, and wonder and awe. She loves BIG WALLS, and wants to play on yours. The sound and the vision were made to be married in live improvisational performances. You are here, and you already know this.


The Lampshades: Kate Flannery, Scot Robinson at Tiki Oasis


The Lampshades to perform “Tiki Oasis 14: Beat Tiki”





Lampshades1The Lampshades will return to Tiki Oasis in 2014. The duo who performed at Tiki Oasis 10 and 12 is a cult comedy team fresh from the cruise ship circuit, spinning pop and rock into comedy gold as they work out the kinks in their amusingly tortured relationship with Kate Flannery (Meredith from NBC’s “The Office” and the host of TVGuide Network’s “Stand Up in Stilletos”) and the very funny Scot Robinson (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”) The Lampshades are America’s favorite dying lounge act taking the world by storm one odd gig at a time. Check them out on “Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place,”  “NASA Safety Day, Joe’s Pub,”  and “Bentzen Ball, US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.”



View a video of The Lampshades at Tiki Oasis 10, introduced by Charles Phoenix: [youtube][/youtube]


Tiki Oasis is a family produced Polynesian Pop lifestyle weedender which takes place in Southern California each August and is the only event of its’ kind on the West Coast. Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink and education, while showing its’ relevancy in contemporary lifestyle. Tiki Oasis attendees experience three days and four nights of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more! Each year brings a different theme to Tiki Oasis, and in 2014, Tiki Oasis 14: “Beat-Tiki” offers a unique pairing of the Beatnik and Tiki ethos. Like the Beat Generation of legend and lore, today’s Tiki aficionados are drawn to primitivism and thirst to reconnect with the primal past, celebrating it in a modern context. Spend a carefree weekend in an urban oasis amidst fellow barefoot bohemians, reveling in the kind of art, music, literature and mixology that is sure to flip your lid!

Click here for previous Tiki Oasis press and video.

Also performing Tiki Oasis 14: Beat Tiki will be King Kukulele, El Vez, The Standells, LOVE Revisited, Ixtahuele, Davie Allan and The Arrows, The Unclaimed, The Satin Chaps, The Kilaueas, The Devil-Ettes, The Martini Kings, Tiki Joe’s Ocean, The Loons, The Cocksmen, Boss Fink, Jason Lee and the RIP-Tides, Phast n’ Bulbous, Hang Ten Hangmen, Los Shimmy Shakers,  plus a plethora of burlesque dancers, educators, authors, mixologists, artists, carvers and more. Event DJs include: Howie Pyro, Jon Burchard, Tanoa, Domenic Priore, Nuria, Axel, The Kilaueas, Johnny Bartlett, Skipper Josh, Lee Joesph, Norm Cabrera, Jeff BigTikiDude and Kristena, Wesley, Mike Stax, AND the crew of!

For more information contact Lee Joseph at Reverberations Media, click here.


Ave Rose Bestiary of the Automata

Ave Rose Bestiary of the Automata
Plus the 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show
May 2 – June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd, 8-11 PM

IN addition to the Taxidermy show, La Luz de Jesus is spotlighting Ave Rose in an exhibition within an exhibition. Ave uses antique insects, bones and taxidermy ephemera in congress with motion mechanics to produce reanimated, organic robots that tend more towards rococo than science fiction. Also incorporating precious gems and metals, her creatures are whimsical amusements that practically breathe with artificial life.

“Most seahorses have a lifespan of 18-20 months. They are highly sought after as aquarium pets making them far more valuable alive than dead. Unfortunately there is a huge market for dead seahorses in the Chinese medicine trade. I am against the collection and use of seahorses for this purpose. I only purchase seahorses from breeders not poachers. Since these seahorses have such a short live span, when they die of natural causes they are sold to private collectors like myself. I pay more for these ethically sourced seahorses, but it’s worth it.” – Ave Rose

Contact the gallery director for availability and purchase info: (323) 666-7667

Click here for full show preview on the gallery website.


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