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Monkey Do, Monkey See, Monkey Hear


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Monkey Do, Monkey Hear, Monkey See — Los Angeles

Rock N Roll Flea Market

Who says you can’t experience an amazing, entertaining evening/day on the cheap in Los Angeles. These three events are open to the public now and very soon (March, 2105). Prices range from free to $12.00.

The Rock ‘n Roll Flea Market brings together a collection of impressive hand picked vendors including vintage collections and antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, craftsmen and much more. Sip bottomless Mimosas’s ($11) while looking for hard to find vinyl. You can stick around and check out the Art District downtown. Its a great way to spend a Sunday.

The Regent Theater, DTLA
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA, 90013

The first Sunday of every month. $2 cover.

Kate Tempest

10 years ago when Kate Tempest was 16, she was rapping at strangers on night busses and “pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves”. Now, she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. It takes just one listen to understand her success. She is 2x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She’s headlined Latitude Festival and has been featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, as well as the Charlie Rose Show in the US.

Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, was published by Picador in October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published Spring 2015. In a groundbreaking cross-genre experience each track on her new record correlates with a chapter in the novel.

Don’t miss Kate Tempest on Saturday, March 14 @ The Echo. Tickets are $10.00 – $12.00.

The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026

Frances Anderton A Sea Of Change

Sink or Swim explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes that could be intensified by sea level rise. Sink or Swim aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.

Now through May, 3 2015 at the Annenberg Space For Photography. Wed – Sun: 11:00 – 6:00 pm. Free.

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Monkey See, Monkey Do


Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a movie that charts the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) along with his sister (Lorelei Linklater), mother (Patricia Arquette) and father (Linklater staple, Ethan Hawke) who are divorced and living their own lives is a true gem of a movie. Not only is this movie an amazing organizational feat, shot with all the same actors over a 12 year span, but as Time magazine puts it, the work is “a thrilling epic of ordinary life.” That is just what you see, the good and the bad of life that happens to us all, and how those moments help shape and mold us into the adults we become.

Boyhood is both tender and small, while epic in what it has accomplished in terms of breaking ground in the film world. The running time is three hours, yet not once did I want it to end, or believe it was showing us more than the story needed. It goes by in the blink of an eye, kinda like life itself.  A definite must see!

Country Portrait Of An American Sound

Currently on display at one of my favorite ‘museums’, the Annenberg Space for Photography, is Country: Portraits of an American Sound. The exhibit employs historical and contemporary photographs, videos, and an original thirty minute documentary (commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography) to explore how “images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself “.

Besides the 110 prints  – country music biggest stars, such as  Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams – and the use of film, the exhibit also has on display country albums and film posters, a slideshow of digital images, archival artifacts from musical instruments to stage costumes and a jukebox containing rare audio files.

For more info on the exhibit and the Iris Nights Lecture Series, and Saturday night country music concerts that supplement the exhibit – Thursday and Saturdays from July 17th through Sptember 17th click here.

Exhibit runs through September 28, 2014.

Annenberg Space for Photography // 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Helmet Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes

Helmet Newton White Women

I never had the opportunity to work with Helmet Newton, but It was known he could make models break down and cry. Yet, once the finished product was done, and you were part of such powerful and beautiful imagery, I’m sure they considered it an honor!

This Saturday (June 29) starts the first nongallery L.A. exhibit of the legendary fashion photographer, along with two docs on his life, Provocateur and Helmut by June (the latter shot by his wife of 56 years).

Helmut Newton: White Women • Sleepless Nights • Big Nudes, which runs till September 8, 2013, features over 100 images from his first 3 books (hence the title). The photographs were made specifically for the exhibition and are large-scale – some reaching nearly six feet in size.

This quote from Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, sums up his brilliance perfectly: “Helmut Newton is one of the most powerful and influential photographers of the past century – the place where art and fashion and subversion and aspiration all collide. If Newton’s work was controversial, I believe it’s because he expressed the contradictions within all of us, and particularly within the women he photographed so beautifully: empowerment mixed with vulnerability, sensuality tempered by depravity. Newton deepened our understanding of changing gender roles, of the ways in which beauty creates its own kind of power and corruption. On top of that, his compositions were brilliantly precise, cinematic in their scope and in their storytelling.”

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, Century City (213-403-3000). Admission is free.

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