Come out to Venice Beach for the 1st annual Spring Fling Music Festival with your MC, The Ukulady! Dozens of bands, artists, and friends! All for free! Hippie-it-up and celebrate Spring with The Ukulady & the Venice Spring Fling!
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th, 11am – 7pm
WHERE: Windward Plaza Park, Venice Beach, CA 902191
To The Downfall of Evil!
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The Bhagavad Gita, “Song Of God,” is a fundamental text in the Hindu Upanishads, and a cornerstone in the body of ancient and timeless works upon which the Theosophical Movement is built. Predicated on the three fundamentals: a universal Brotherhood, an infinite, unknowable universe, and the cyclic pilgrimage of the soul through a multitude of lifetimes steered by the laws of Karma, this challenging, complex and multidimensional path to spiritual devotion is exemplified in the tightly woven, rich text of the Gita’s 18 books. The Gita is a balm to the pilgrim’s weary journey. This class, which is free and open to the public, meets every Wednesday at 1pm, and has been offered every week since 1915. The translation used is by William Q. Judge, a founder of the Theosophical Movement, and it is the relevance of the Gita to Theosophy’s fundamental principles with which the class discussion concerns itself. The United Lodge of Theosophy in Los Angeles celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2009, and has been in its current location since 1927.
All are welcome to attend its classes without charge. This Lodge’s policy is “independent devotion to the cause of Theosophy without professing attachment to any Theosophical organization. It is loyal to the great Founders of the Theosophical Movement, but does not concern itself with dissensions or differences of individual opinion. The work it has on hand and the end it keeps in view are too absorbing and too lofty to leave it the time or inclination to take part in side issues. That work and that end is the dissemination of the fundamental principles of the Philosophy of Theosophy, and the exemplification in practice of those principles, through a truer realization of the SELF; a profounder conviction of Universal Brotherhood.”
The Ukulady will be at the Orange County Marketplace in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, April 24th 9:30am – 11:30am hosting Eggcentric Crafts with the Easter Bunny! $2.00, kids free! The OC Marketplace is a flea market Party, complete with corndogs, stables of cute animals & tons of things to purchase, like socks, hats & produce! Hope to see you there!
Opening Saturday March 12, 7 to 10 pm
Ingrid Lilligren teaches at Iowa State University in Ames and is a Southern California ex-patriot. Forty of her “Small Pleasures,” created one a day over the course of one year with dry pastels and eggshells, will be installed in the gallery. When Lilligren began the project that resulted in 243 “Small Pleasures,” she settled on a strict format: a 7” x 7” square with a centered circle of 4½”. By working with limited materials (dry pastel surrounding the circle where the eggshells are contained), she was able to “explore what it would feel like to do the same thing over and over. You get very creative when you limit yourself.”
Pomanders: Made after a recent residency in France and a trip to the Fragonard Perfume Museum, these small forms contain a perforated tube that holds herbs and spices. These pieces allow people to experience the scented air contained in the body of the ceramic piece.
The exhibit runs from March 12 – April 2, 2011. Opening reception will be during NELAart.com’s Second Saturday Gallery Night, March 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. After the opening, please make an appointment to see the exhibit 323 254-4565.
On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather on the third floor of the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you’re interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the shortbread.
Special program at the March 27 Salon – PRANKS & TOMFOOLERY:
Video of this past Sunday Salon is here.
• LAVA Visionary Jon Alloway talks about and previews his new documentary “Into the Zone – The Story of the Cacophony Society,” as recently seen at MOMA as part of the Juxtapoz “All the Wrong Art” show. This hilarious and exciting Dada-documentary follows the evolution of the prankish group from its origins in the San Francisco Suicide Club through the creation of the Burning Man Festival, the irreverent Los Angeles Cacophony Society and beyond. This is the history of a significant American underground cultural movement, featuring astonishing footage never before seen by normal people. The Cacophony Society is a national network of creative provocateurs serving as prototype for Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club.” Throughout the 1990s, the Society’s notorious Los Angeles lodge orchestrated hundreds of darkly absurdist culture-jamming spectacles ranging from the detonation of a pyro-charged 80-foot replica of Disney’s It’s a Small World ride to a Christmas face-off between a two-hundred-strong mob of Santas and a riot squad. The credo of the Cacophony Society is “You May Already be a Member!”
• LAVA Visionary “Reverend” Al Ridenour, the former “Grand Instigator” of the Los Angeles Lodge of the Cacophony Society, will be sharing insights into his years coordinating Cacophonist activities. Al will also be talking about his current project, The Art of Bleeding, a performance collective that gathers together a number of former LA Cacophonists for absurdist medically-themed stage shows and events. The Art of Bleeding produces ego-destabilizing programs on safety and medical education for both live and video presentation. Often staged from an actual ambulance, their performances utilize a perturbing mix of cartoonish costumes, puppets, vintage educational films, animation, and thinly veiled medical fetishism to create a sort of “paramedical funhouse” in which the groping ego may ultimately experience TRUE SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS.
Clifton’s Cafeteria is at 648 South Broadway, near the corner of 7th Street. There are numerous paid parking lots nearby, and the closest Metro station is Pershing Square. Clifton’s is online at http://www.cliftonscafeteria.com
GHOULA meets for cocktails on the 13th of each month. “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” is a casual gathering of regional ghost hunters and those that just like ghost stories. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. Make friends, and toast a ghost! Let’s put the “Boo!” back into “booze.” All those who attend will receive a free (square) G.H.O.U.L.A. button. If you already have one, please wear it so others can find you.
GHOULA is going to do something a little different this month (we just couldn’t resist this unique opportunity). Instead, of the normal “SPIRITS with SPIRITS,” we will be celebrating local ghost lore (with libations) with the good people at the Studio for Southern California History for a special art show (and reception), featuring the “Haunted Art” of Cathrine Brogger.
This collection of “plein air” style paintings of local haunted sites has never before been displayed in public. Yes, these 13 works of art will be shown for the first time on the 13th, and the reclusive artist, herself, will be present. This one-night-only event will be in conjunction with SFSCH’s current exhibit “Love is Living Large in Los Angeles,” their virtual love letter to the “City of Angels.” So, come out and celebrate the eve before St. Valentine’s Day, in the historic West Plaza of Chinatown (aka “New Chinatown”) as we explore the dark side of our feelings for the city we all call home.
(Sorry, the Bukowski walking tour is now sold out, but you can still reserve a spot on Richard Schave’s Bukowski bus tour, next scheduled for April 10.)
Urban historian Richard Schave’s site-specific discussion series “The Flâneur & The City” is an ongoing attempt to explore some of the more important issues revealed by the constantly changing heart of the Metropolis. This installment, hosted by Richard Schave and Born Into This documentarian John Dullaghan, is a free walking tour of writer Charles Bukowski’s downtown. It will start in the historic core at Clifton’s Cafeteria and make its way northeast along Broadway and Main, ending at the corner of 5th & Los Angeles at the King Eddy Saloon, the last surviving Skid Row bar.
The tour includes discussion of the poem “Downtown” (which references Clifton’s and the nearby amusement arcade), and the history of Main Street’s great burlesque houses (favorite haunts for a teenage Bukowski, as described in the short story “Bop, Bop Against that Curtain”).
We’ll wrap up the tour with a discussion of “Skid Row” then and now. What was 5th Street like in the late 1940s? What did Charles Bukowksi see that we don’t? Finally we’ll get a well-deserved beer at the King Eddy Saloon, where Arturo Bandini, the hero of Bukowski’s favorite novel, John Fante’s Ask The Dust, blew his first royalty check on the B-girls.
Space is very limited for this special LAVA walking tour, so please only reserve if you intend to join us on 2/27.
For more of Bukowski’s lost Downtown, or if you don’t manage to snag a space on the walking tour, you can join us at the Sunday Salon from 12-2pm, for John Dullaghan’s pre-tour presentation.