MADE IN L.A. 2012

Representing Emerging and Under-represented Artists in LA
Barnsdall Art Park – Los Angeles, CA
6/3 thru 11/2/12

The Hammer Museum presents Made in L.A., the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART, will be presented at the Hammer Museum, LA><ART and the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park from June 3 – September 2, 2012. Building upon the tradition of Hammer Invitational exhibitions, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature roughly 60 artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. The Hammer is also pleased to announce that Wells Fargo has come on board as Made in L.A 2012’s Presenting Sponsor, an important and substantial commitment to this inaugural citywide event.

Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by a team of curators from both institutions including Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer Curator Ali Subotnick, LA><ART Director Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART Associate Director and Senior Curator Cesar Garcia, and LA><ART Curator-at-large Malik Gaines. The exhibition will debut new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings commissioned specifically for the exhibition and will offer a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world.

Made in L.A. 2012 will also include the Venice Beach Biennial, from July 13 – 15, 2012, made possible through the generous support of the Teiger Foundation. For this unconventional and slightly unpredictable project directed by Ali Subotnick, the Venice Beach boardwalk will become a readymade exhibition space inspired by the Arsenale at the “real” Venice Biennale. Over the course of the weekend, 40 to 50 artists will collaborate with boardwalk artists, creating new bodies of work, displaying site specific sculptures and/or installations, and presenting performances along the boardwalk.

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For more info, visit http://hammer.ucla.edu/

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EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE FISHBONE STORY

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone will have its national broadcast premiere on Monday, January 22nd, 2012 as part of public television’s AfroPoP documentary series. The series, produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT), kicks off it’s new season with Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which documents the history of legendary Los Angeles band Fishbone.

The film is being distributed via digital and home video by Cinema Guild, which will present the film exclusively via ITunes starting February 1st, 2012 as part of the celebration of Black History Month and then via home video starting   February 22nd, 2012.

When Fishbone first emerged from California, no other band sounded or looked like them, and the weight of their innovative and iconic presence is still being felt decades later.  Coinciding with the group’s 25th anniversary, filmmakers Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler have directed a compelling new documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne.  Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is both a fascinating and brutally honest look at the band’s history for longtime fans, as well as a perfect entry point for newcomers.

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America.  Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California’s legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art.  To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-T (rapper), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove (The Roots), and more.

Trailer:

Official Documentary Website
Official Band Website

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PANHANDLE SLIM “L.A. FOLK” ART SHOW

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OCTOBER. 15, 2011

RANCH-N-ROLL

PHOTOS BY DAN LEVY

Libby Knudson, artist and sole proprietor, of what has become one of the coolest galleries in Los Angeles, the Ranch-N-Roll, played host to yet another epic art expose’ on October 15, 2011. This evening featured the colorful and impacting works of deep South folk artist Panhandle Slim. Some in the skateboarding world might know him as Scott Stanton, one of the infamous Zorlac team warrior rippers. Others may know him through his unique Southern folk music with a twist. In whatever capacity you know of Panhandle Slim, his artistic talent is as unprecedented as his unassuming demeanor and relentless passion for creating his art in all forms.

This show highlighted a vibrant body of work encapsulating a diverse array of prolific musicians, skateboarders, poets, politicians, writers and other persons of merit. All of the paintings included quotes from the highlighted individual along with a caricature style portrait. It was  overwhelmingly pleasant as you moved through the space and took in the power of the pieces coupled by the humor and sarcasm behind all the icons portrayed.

The opposing walls and displays were decorated with original works by Libby Knudson embellishing her custom country flair and unique eye for functional impacting display. The wooden cases were filled with authentic Western apparel and perfectly worn in cowboy boots giving you the sense of being in an old Western thoroughfare within shouting distance of a saloon.

The back patio served as a speak easy for the evening with an intimate setting where the small elite crowd was fortunate to experience a one of a kind performance by Rain Phoenix.  This duo performed a rendition of “California Uber Alles” by the Dead Kennedies with a hauntingly prolific energy that left the entire audience in awe. The spirits were flowing as the barkeeper worked frivolously to appease the temporary saloon serving with a smile and sarcastic wit.

Panhandle Slim took a small detour from selling his art to sing a country song with Rain Phoenix bringing some Southern gut to the City of Angels. Exene Cervenka of legendary punk band X was in attendance along with art collectors and other Los Angeles elite.

The show was a complete success as Ranch-N-Roll continues to play host to some of the best modern-day artists in the world. Stay tuned for more to come from Panhandle Slim at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814093496.

Make sure to check out Ranch and Roll when you are in the Los Angeles area and pick up one of Libby’s custom-made Guadalupe chairs while you’re there. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ranch-n-Roll/125615207451186

VANS SYNDICATE PRESENTS SELECTIVE MEMORY – GREG HUNT at DEM PASSWORDS

Selective Memory
Images by Greg Hunt, 1996 – 2011
Friday, October 14th, 2011
7-10pm

Vans Syndicate presents Selective Memory, first solo exhibition by Greg Hunt at Dem Passwords

Dem Passwords Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
7914-B Santa Monica Boulevard
(entrance behind in alley)

Vans Syndicate presents Selective Memory, the first solo exhibition from renowned skateboard filmmaker and photographer Greg Hunt. As a filmmaker Greg Hunt has created some of skateboarding’s seminal works of the past decade (Sight Unseen, The DC Video and Alien Workshop’s Mind Field). All the while Greg photographed the characters, struggles, and endless travel that define his experience. It was in the mid nineteen nineties when, as professional skateboarder himself, Greg picked up his first camera, a still camera, and began to explore documenting his life and his friends’ lives within their surroundings, in the streets and on the road. Selective Memory encompasses sixteen years, combining over 150 still images with unseen archival film and video to offer a true inside glimpse of this particular outsider world.

One night only. All ages welcome. Refreshments provided.

vanssyndicate.com
dempasswords.com

SK8 TRACKS WITH DC JAM RECORDS & GET TO KNOW : THE DIRTY FILTHY MUGS

JUICE MAGAZINE POP QUIZ

ACE of the DIRTY FILTHY MUGS interview by Vanessa Davey

NAME: Ace Facial.
BAND NAME: Dirty Filthy Mugs.
LABEL: DC Jam Records
BAND MEMBERS NAMES: Matt Wedgley, Timbecile Lang, Joey Travers, Conk and Ace Facial.
HOMEBASE: Los Angeles, California

The most pressing issue in the music industry is…
a) The corruption of the record labels
b) Lack of talent in the top 40
c) Under appreciation of music in schools
d) How much MTV sucks
e) Other ____________________

ANSWER: e. Bearded freaks in  earth tones singing about picnics.

When looking for a date I most want …
a) Sense of Humor
b) Loose Morals
c) IQ
d) Heart Beat
e) Other ____________________

ANSWER: e. A woman who really knows how to use a vibrating egg.

Before I was in a band I was …
a) broke
b) a virgin
c) a menace to society
d) Other ________________

ANSWER: D. All the above is unfortunately the most fitting answer.

The human race will …
a) destroy itself.
b) evolve like the Jetsons
c) make great pets for aliens
d) be sponsored by Nike, McDonalds and AT&T
e) Other

ANSWER : D. But don’t leave out Lucky 13 Clothing and Draven Shoes!

If I ruled the world for a day I would…
Spend the day fucking with France… Pranks and stuff, you know.

My Mom wanted me to become a ….
Figure skater.

The worst band in history is …
Blood On The Saddle.

The best band of all time …
Beatles. Yeah, I said it!

When alone, I pass time by….
Having my way with Conk’s sleeping bag.

The best band I’ve heard lately is …
Aggrolites.

Describe your music in 5 words or less:
Pogues and AC/DC are go!

Why did you choose to play the type of music you do?
Because I was trying to be like my biggest influences.

Who are your biggest influences?
The Who, AC/DC, The Pogues, The Clash, Madness…

What do you consider a successful year? Do you think you’ve had one?
Musically, I think making a great record and playing a lot of fun shows would make a successful year. Maybe this year?

How many days out of the year does your band play live?
About 60-80.

Best thing about doing what you do?
Playing shows with friends is, by far, the best part. It’s a guys’ night out, ten fold.

The nastiest thing I’ve ever seen on a tour bus is …
Conk having his way with my sleeping bag.

Describe your odor after a show.
Kinda like the rotting corpse of a Frenchman getting a perm in the sewer run off of a slaughter-house… I’ve been told.

Plug your upcoming shows.
April 22nd at The Warehouse in Chino, May 28th at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas to name a few. We have our shows listed on our Facebook page, for those who really want to know.

What do you plan on adding to the music scene?
We’re bringing back sexy. And Timbecile is single-handedly making the concertina a ‘must have’ for all rock bands this summer.

What would it say on the front of your own personal “soapbox”?
Dogs are better than cats! Who ever heard of a seeing eye cat?

Words of Wisdom :
If you truly want to destroy an enemy, make him your friend. I paraphrased that from Abe Lincoln. Financial tip: Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.

Many Thanks to DC-Jam Records for hooking us up with the Dirty Filthy Mugs. That’s not all they did.  Click here or the banner below to listen and download a sampler courtesy of DC-Jam featuring; JFA, East Bay Ray & The Killer Smiles, The Dwarves, Machine 22, The Rudy Schwartz Project, Fishbone, The Dirty Filthy Mugs, Downtown Brown, Aggression, Frontside Five and the Generators.


JUICE MAGAZINE DAILY DOSE OF MUSIC : SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

Ten dollars, six bands, one night of down and dirty rock ‘n roll at The Blue Star Bar.  On Saturday September 18, 2010 the Blue Star will play host to the Rock ‘N Roll Salvation Festival.  One way to save the music is by paying tribute to those who paved the way for any multitude of musicians to succeed.  Jimi Hendrix, guitar master of the universe, will be honored at this years festival as the date also marks the anniversary of his passing. Says Armadillicious Music,  “Your soul will be washed clean by the sheer force of the Rock n’ Roll.”  We can only hope so.  Grab your girl and get out to the Blue Star Bar on the 18th for a night you won’t regret and will never forget. – JESS BRAAM