It’s always good to check in on local Southern California university art programs. We always forget to do this and know we need to extend the scope of coverage to what these schools are up to. Artist and UCLA MFA student Janna Ireland sent us a note a few weeks back that the UCLA MFA 2013 exhibition was coming up, opening November 1 and closing November 17 at the New Wight Gallery. It was on our list of shows to see and, since we were visiting the Hammer, it was a perfect opportunity.
No doubt that the Theremin is a sonic instrument that has brought to mind horror and Sci-Fi film sound tracks and true wonder since it was first invented by Russian physicist Lev Sergeevich Termen in 1920. Having never seen or heard one in person, my curiosity was piqued when I read that the REDCAT was hosting the musician Eric Ross and video artist Mary Ross this past Friday night, November 2nd. In retrospect it was a propos to showcase such a tripped-out, dreamy and infectious performance on Day of the Dead 2. The Ross duo’s Opus’ could be viewed and heard as a stream of consciousness, visual and audio memorial or celebration to deceased loved ones. I felt possessively transported to another realm within Redcat’s black box and even changed by Mr. Ross’s ethereal and piercing, sound compositions.
We had one of those rare weekends where we had a Saturday with nothing planned. How do you fill your time on days like that? Exploring what art museums in Los Angeles are up to! We thought about going to LACMA but the Graphic Design show at the Hammer was a bit more pressing for us to see. We had no expectation of the show or of what else was currently up in the museum: what a delightful surprise to find that every single thing at the Hammer was absolutely brilliant! You need to make a visit as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is the big day: it’s Election Day! Everyone in the country is going to be casting their ballots and we in California have a lot on our minds from measures on food to taxes and school. How are you going to vote? If you haven’t had a chance to sit down and figure out all the issues, we’ve made a handy list of online resources to help figure out everything from where to vote to how you should vote. And, of course, we’ve also included a listing of election events, happenings, and more you may want to check out tomorrow. Happy Election Day eve, Los Angeles!
The 33 Metro bus travels Los Angeles by Venice Boulevard. The trip begins at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles and makes its way West to Santa Monica, where Pico Boulevard meets Ocean Avenue. This bus is always running, too. On every single holiday and at every hour, this bus is at work. Barring extreme circumstances, this means of public transport will get you across town in about two hours, give or take.
On a quiet Tuesday evening at 11:30PM, director and artist Lorenzo Fonda waits at Spring Street and 7th Street for the 33 to arrive. He had just finished working on his graphic novel, A Trumpet And A Feather, and drinking a few beers at Spring Street Bar as he waited for the bus. The bus arrives and he and a handful of others waiting around him board the bus. He takes a seat in the back and resumes work sketching. He has a long ride from Downtown Los Angeles to his apartment off of Venice and Pacific: this is his home-away-from-home.