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The Return of the RealNESS; Again & Again & Again: Trajal Harrell’s Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church

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After enduring Trajal Harrell’s Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church at REDCAT on April 3rd, I felt gutted, empty and sad. I was nauseous for being reminded of our human condition; trapped as opposites and the same; responsible for each other, connected by atomic fibers as symbiotic memes. Going into the black box, I wanted to pretend I knew nothing about Mr. Harrell’s creative intentions.

But NOOOO, in case you didn’t get a program from the cardboard box in the shadows at the door, Harrell felt the need to explain the Antigone/Harlem Balls/downtown pedestrian theater connections prior to the start of the performance and apologized(part of the piece?) that the lighting designer was in Belgium and that there might be mistakes despite the stand in lighting designer from Brest being present. I wanted an authentic, non-insider art viewing experience without the tropes of meaning nor histories. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Minimal Performance, Maximal Delight: IN C At The Hammer

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The life of an airdancer must be an isolating one. They work all day in front of car dealerships and tax preparation stores, waving to all who pass. They never stand still long enough to make eye contact with their viewers and they are always are in motion. They have a delicacy to them, a buoyancy that can’t help but draw a smile to the face of viewers. They’re fascinating—and they have an untapped potential.

The Industry‘s Creative Director Yuval Sharon saw this as he was listening to Terry Riley. As the story goes (which was explained at the Made In L.A. preview), Sharon was driving and listening to Riley’s minimal pioneering “In C” when he stopped at a stoplight and caught an airdancer moving along to the music. Sharon called up Riley and explained that there was something to this and they had to make something out of it. The concept was pitched to the Hammer and the result was this past weekend’s performance installation of IN C. It was an immersive spectacle that really could move a person to tears: it’s minimalism’s simplicity that makes IN C so powerful.

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New York Times Los Angeles Risk Of Decline

Here is some New York City sensationalism: the New York Times published and article titled “Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline.” Okay, dudes. But, truth telling: most of the article is bogus but our “expanding” so quickly from outsider money is something to be concerned about. Who is really in control of LA? Do those people actually care about the city? That’s where we see the imminent decline coming from…

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Bleeding Rainbow Los Angeles

Musical act Bleeding Rainbow is on tour now and is making a few Southern Californian pit stops: catch them at the Church On York on April 30.

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Moderns Los Angeles Synth Pop Sub Urban

Local synth pop act Moderns have recently hit the scene with their totally jam-able song “Sub Urban.” Quite nice: catch it below!

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Cinco De Mayo Party El Conjunto Nueva Ola Echoplex

The Echoplex is welcoming a (pre) Cinco De Mayo bash with El Conjunto Nueva Ola on May 4. Someone named “Skapeche Mode” will be performing as well.

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June Wayne Prints Paintings Tapestries Pasadena California Museum Of Art

PMCA’s next show is a celebration of the work of painter, printmaker, and feminist activist June Wayne’s work. It opens May 4 and will be on view through August 31. Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena will run concurrently.

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