Ah when all of Venice is an Art Gallery…sigh…well…except for those Venice Artists with long professional resumes who get turned down for the ArtWalk.
Did you notice that neither Beyond Baroque nor SPARC were on the Artwalk Map!
Does ArtWalk spell officious exclusive bureaucracy for you? Many of our local artists feel excluded. What can we do about it?
Here is my Flickr photo set from the ArtWalk
Venice Eco Fest Meeting Wednesday
Venice Town Council May 23
Mural Policy Hearings at Downtown LA City Hall.
Jazz Funk Fest June 14
Brave New Films: The Real McCain
Alfred Johnson, Paul Litteral ++ June 14 at Blankenship Ballet Studio
beyond baroque schedule
Original Plays at Inside Out – June 14
Venice Art Walls
I Gelsoi at the Powerhouse Theatre
Seven Dudley Cinema Schedule
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Venice Eco-Fest,
Many thanks to all of you for your interest and support of our upcoming festival (June 28th).
I am calling a community meeting regarding the Venice Eco-Fest 2008 this Wednesday, May 21st, at my home in Venice. It is actually a sub-committee meeting of the Environmental Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council. The purpose of the meeting is to update everyone and to mobilize our energies into concerted actions to make the first annual Eco-Fest a spectacular event.
Our posters are done, and our major PR campaign is beginning. Sales of booths are underway, and we continue to bring in sponsors. The response so far has been great, and our staff is truly excited. This will be an opportunity to meet with staff and network with other Venice eco-folks so that we can build a great team effort in the many diverse areas of the festival.
The meeting will take place this Wednesday, May 21st at 6:30 pm at 635 California Avenue in Venice--please come through the driveway to enter into the garden. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Yours on Earth,
Venice Town Council
Imagine a community body where all Venetians
have the equal right to speak and vote.
Where issues of development, art, culture, inequality and quality of life
can be discussed and voted on by the community
without any nightmarish bureaucracy.
In the 1970s and 80s, Venice had such an organization,
which was independent and fiercely Venetian.
It was the Town Council.
It was a forum where everyone in town could come,
listen to their neighbors and try to find consensus
about the burning issues of the day
(which are much like today's issues).
Be a part of history and a new day for Venice,
just by showing up.
7:30 PM, Friday, May 23
Venice United Methodist Church
Peace with Justice Hall
2210 Lincoln Blvd. (enter from Victoria Ave)
but come early
Dear Mural Artists and Arts Institutions,
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Chair of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, and the Department of Cultural Affairs would like to invite you to attend the City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) meeting scheduled at 2 PM on Tuesday, May 27th in City Hall Room 350. We also ask that you disseminate this invitation to other interested individuals in order to ensure continued community input.
In an effort to address the various challenges surrounding newly changed mural policies that have been negatively affecting the fate of murals in our community, three City Council motions have been crafted.
These motions were discussed at the April 16th Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee held at Barnsdall's Gallery Theater. The next important step in the process is the hearing by the PLUM Committee.
The community involvement and concerns witnessed at the previous meeting were impressive and a vital first step. As the three motions progress through the City Council process, community voices will be of continued importance. We encourage your participation.
Murals offer the potential for beauty, reflection, history, and charm to grace the City’s streets. The murals found throughout the city reflect the celebrations, diverse cultural identities, heroes, and issues important to the residents of Los Angeles.
Your involvement in the process by sharing your knowledge and experience remain a key element as we work to find solutions to the current challenges.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge Olga Garay
City of Los Angeles General Manager
Fourth District Department of Cultural
200 N. Spring St Room 480 201 N. Figueroa
St. Suite. 1400
SPONTO GALLERY proudly presents JAZZ FUNK FEST on Saturday, June 14 at 7pm at SPONTO Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA, 310-306-7330, free admission. In the tradition of the Venice West Cafe (the legendary Beat hang-out which is now known as Sponto Gallery), local Venice musicians will celebrate the rebellious liberation of tuneful creativity.
At 7pm, BLACK SHOE POLISH. Within the free collective BSP, words that should never be said collide with notes that should never be played. Fiery poetic painters Theresa Hulme and Rex Butters slap sense into words through multi-dimensional discourse. Gerry Fialka, Rex and 7 year old Miles Butters stir keyboards, demented music boxes, guitars, slide whistles, harmonicas, and bass whistle in a cauldron of creative chaos, creating ink stained improvisational interplay. Spoken Word and Free Improvisation as it was never meant to be, Black Shoe Polish reconvenes the Inconceivable.
At 8pm, FREDDY GINNS & ZEBRA PARTY provide original witty lyrics to their jazzy blues ala Mose Allison and Detroit funk keyboardist Lyman Woodard.
There's no question John McCain is getting a free ride from the mainstream press. But with the power of YouTube and the blogosphere, we can provide an accurate portrayal of the so-called Maverick. We can put the brakes on his free ride!
Since we first released The Real McCain a year ago, our REAL McCain series has garnered close to 2 million views, with over 13,000 comments and tens of thousands more in petition signatures! Clearly, John McCain's record is something the public wants to discuss, and yet the corporate media is doing NOTHING to present the truth. We feel obliged to continue countering the mainstream media's love of McCain. And so we thought it was high time for a sequel: The Real McCain 2.
June 14th is the first of an ongoing monthly event being hosted at the Blankenship Ballet Studio.
We are very excited to bring you some of the finest entertainment around.
Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door
So far on the bill is:
-The Alfred Johnson Band
-Paul Litteral & Friends
1 June , Sunday - 5 PM
Open Reading with RD ARMSTRONG, JULIA BEMISS, PEGGY DOBREER, and ALEX M. FRANKEL
RD ARMSTRONG (Raindog) is editor and publisher of Lummox Journal and Lummox Press. JULIA BEMISS is managing editor for poeticdiversity. Her work recently appeared in The San Diego Troubadour. PEGGY DOBREER’s poems have been published in Word Wright's Magazine, poeticdiversity, and other journals. ALEX M. FRANKEL is a long-time Beyond Baroque participant and has featured around the SoCal area. Hosted by Marie Lecrivain. Open sign up 4:45, 2 poem limit. FREE.
7 June, Saturday – 12 PM to 9 PM
CARNEVALE! Venice Beach 2008
In the tradition of the famed Italian Carnevale, the costumed celebration by the sea returns for the sixth time, this year on the grounds of Beyond Baroque. Costume contest, performances on two outdoor stages, vendors, Spirit Garden, DJs, and dancing. The Carnevale is produced by the Venice Artists Forum in association with the Venice Chamber of Commerce. FREE.
8 June, Sunday - 4:30 PM
Slow Food LA presents: CAN ONE SMALL MARKET SAVE THE WORLD? Featuring the Documentary EAT AT BILL’S, and a Discussion with Director LISA BRENNEIS, SLOW FOOD LA’s JORDAN VANNINI, and FRED DEWEY
The global market model can permanently destroy locality, small enterprise, independence, and indigenous culture. But there are powerful models of sustainable enterprise and culture-building that not only support but strengthen locality and independence. Eat at Bill's, a video documentary by LISA BRENNEIS, examines the Monterey Market, a small, family-owned produce market in Berkeley, California that has nurtured an array of customers, artisans, and small and medium size farmers across the region for three decades. Its owner, BILL FUJIMOTO, has mentored growers and customers alike and helped support countless local farms, inspiring figures like Alice Waters and the writer Michael Pollan. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director BRENNEIS, Eat at Bill's star BILL FUJIMOTO, Slow Food LA leader JORDAN VANNINI, and BB director FRED DEWEY. (Film running time 66 minutes). ADMISSION: FREE but suggested donation $7. Sponsored by Slow Food LA.
9 June, Monday – 6:30 PM
EVERYTHING A WRITER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BOOK PUBLISHING CONTRACTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE with JONATHAN KIRSCH
Get an overview of the latest developments in publishing industry contracts and the legal rights of authors and publishers. JONATHAN KIRSCH, attorney, author, and specialist in intellectual property, has written guides on publishing law. His books include the forthcoming Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God (HarperOne). Kirsch is a long-time book reviewer for the LA Times. Sponsored by California Lawyers for the Arts. FREE.
12 June, Thursday – 7 PM
Newer Poets at the Downtown Central Library:
RACHEL KANN, CECE PERI, BRYAN SANDERS, J. MARK BEAVER, MINDY NETTIFEE, and BROOKE SPROWL
Beyond Baroque and the LA Poetry Festival present this years annual Newer Poets reading at the Downtown Central Library. Its readers: RACHEL KANN has performed at the Disney Concert Hall, The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour. Her poetry appears in anthologies including Word Warriors. CECE PERI’s poetry has appeared in Speechless the Magazine, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Untangled: Stories & Poetry from the Women and Girls of WriteGirl. BRYAN SANDERS has been on KJLH, the African Market Place, the African Cultural Center, and the World Stage. J. MARK BEAVER’s work has been published in Active Voices IV, San Francisco’s Tea Party magazine and in the on-line quarterly Speechless. MINDY NETTIFEE’s work has appeared in ISM Magazine and the California Poetry Anthology. Her collection is Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide). BROOKE SPROWL’s work has appeared in the Voices from Leimert Park Poetry Anthology and Pearl Magazine. FREE. Though there’s a charge for parking in the garage under the Library Building.
13 June, Friday – 11:30 AM (Brown Bag Lunch)
LUNCH SEMINAR: COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK BASICS FOR WRITERS, with JONATHAN KIRSCH
JONATHAN KIRSCH, attorney and published author, will provide an overview of copyright and trademark issues affecting writers. Bring a lunch and learn how to protect your work. (see 9 June for bio). Sponsored by California Lawyers for the Arts. FREE.
21 June, Saturday – 7:30 PM
BEYOND MUSIC: NIGHT OF THE LONE WOLF
A rare night of solo performances from the members Michigan's own WOLF EYES (Sub Pop). Three of the most prolific and active proponents of current underground experimental music, in LA for a day during their Wolf Eyes tour: JOHN OLSON (American Tapes, Handicapper Hornz, Waves, Casket Sinkers, Plants, The Man Who Ate Himself), NATE YOUNG (AA Records, Demons, Beast People, Mongoloid Men), and MIKE CONNELLY (Gods Of Tundra Records, Hair Police, Gate to Gate, The Haunting). Presented by DAMION ROMERO and JOHN WIESE.
22 June, Sunday – 4 PM
Valley Contemporary Poets Anthology: SARAH MACLAY, CARINE TOPAL, DOUGLAS RICHARDSON, DENNIS CRUZ, JAMIE ASAE FITZGERALD, CATHIE SANDSTROM SMITH, TESS LOTTA and host JERRY GARCIA
SARAH MACLAY is author of The White Bride and Whore (both U of Tampa). CARINE TOPAL is author of the chapbook Bed of Want (Pessoa). DOUGLAS RICHARDSON’s work has appeared in Aesthetica, The Blue House, Falling Star, and San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly. His first book is sugar fish (Sacred Beverage). DENNIS CRUZ has performed at the World Stage, on public radio stations KXLU and KPFK, and the LA Poetry Festival and Beyond Baroque’s Newer Poets/ALOUD Series. JAMIE ASAE FITZGERALD’s poetry has appeared in Speechless the Magazine. She has been part of the King County Poetry on the Buses Project. CATHIE SANDSTROM SMITH’s work has appeared in Solo, Lyric, Cider Press Review, Matchbook, So Luminous the Wildflowers and Ploughshares. TESS LOTTA’s work has appeared in Clamor, Bust, and The Stranger. She is the editor of Media Cake eMagazine. Hosted by JERRY GARCIA, co-director, Valley Contemporary Poets.
26 June, Thursday – 7:30 PM
M.E.S.S. Sessions: GERRY FIALKA Interviews ORSON BEAN
As part of his Media Ecology Super-Sessions series, GERRY FIALKA interviews Venice's ORSON BEAN, one of the founders of Pacific Resident Theater a few doors down from Beyond Baroque and one of the city’s most important theater venues. BEAN has been a film, television and stage actor, and author of numerous books. Best known as a long-time panelist on To Tell the Truth, his wit has graced The Tonight Show, Twilight Zone, Anatomy of a Murder, and Being John Malkovich. Suggested donation $7 but no one turned away.
27 June, Friday – 7:30 PM
PHOEBE MACADAMS and JOANNE KYGER
PHOEBE MACADAMS’ new book is Strange Grace (Cahuenga). Her other books include Livelihood (Cahuenga Press), Ordinary Snake Dance (Cahuenga Press), Sunday (Tombouctou Press), Ever (Rose Valley Press). She has published in The World, Peninsula, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, Attaboy Magazine, The Ojai Review and other journals. JOANNE KYGER has published more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Going On: Selected Poems, 1958-1980, Just Space: poems, 1979-1989, God Never Dies (Blue), The Distressed Look (Coyote Books), Again (La Alameda), Not Veracruz (Libellum), and the recent As Ever: Selected Poems (Penguin). Her most recent book is About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation).
28 June, Saturday – 7:30 PM
JUDITH PACHT and B.H. FAIRCHILD
JUDITH PACHT’s poems have been published in Ploughshares, Runes, Cider Press Review and numerous anthologies. Her first collection, Falcon (Conflu:X), was published in 2004. B.H. FAIRCHILD is recipient of numerous national awards and fellowships. His third book, The Art of the Lathe, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his fourth, Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Usher, featuring poems from the past five years, is forthcoming from Norton.
The Venice Art Walls will be open for painting on Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day. The Art Walls are open on all City of Los Angeles holidays. Come down and paint!
You can now download a report on the first six months of the Venice Art Walls Program covering the period from June 3, 2007 through November 25, 2007...more
The Venice Art Walls Program is in jeopardy of ending as soon as July 1, 2008 due to potential funding cuts by the City of Los Angeles...more
The Powerhouse Theatre
May 23 - June 14
I GELOSI ("The Zealous Ones"), written and directed by David Bridel, tells the story of Italy's first great traveling theatre troupe. In the late 16th Century the Gelosi company takes the provinces by storm, thanks to the beauty, wit and charm of Isabella Andreini, one of the very first women ever to play on the stage. Invited to perform at the Court of King Henri III of France, the Gelosi become the toast of Europe - until they risk the wrath of the Pope with a virulent theatrical satire. Hounded from the French Court, the company's fortunes sink, despite the increasing brilliance of Isabella's talents. Finally the company returns to the poverty from which it came.
Featuring masks, music, and costumes from the period, I GELOSI lovingly recreates the world of the commedia dell'arte and the actors whose life's work consists of portraying the vivid archetypes Pantalone, Arlecchino, Il Capitano, and others. Yet dwelling beneath the glittering comedy of the play lies a vital question: is the theatre merely an entertainment, or is it a voice for the dispossessed?
Thur - Sat at 8 pm:
Students/Military (with ID): $10
May, 20 2008 - 8:00P
Rip Rense interview at the Canal Club
2025 Pacific Ave.
Venice , California|5 90291
The public is invited to these engaging interviews by Gerry Fialka with the following modern thinkers who'll address the nitty-gritty of their crafts..........RIP RENSE is the author of two novels, "The Oaks," and "The Last Byline," a book of non-fiction, "Less Than Satisfying Encounters With Humanity," and maintains an award-winning weekly column at Riprense.com. A longtime L.A. reporter, Rense was on staff at the Valley (now Daily) News, and the late Herald-Examiner under editor Jim Bellows. He has freelanced for most major daily newspapers and various magazines. Rense wrote liner note booklets for Frank Zappa’s “The Yellow Shark” and “The Lost Episodes," the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street,” and concert program notes for Tom Waits. He co-produced three albums for the great American a cappella group, The Persuasions. The Canal Club is located at the corner of Pacific and Venice streets. 310-823-3878