“Tikimentary – In Search Of The Lost Paradise” is an intimate portrait of a charming, eccentric, and mostly cheerful group of friends. Starring: Otto von Strohein, Baby Doe, Shag, Lenore “Tikilicious” & Steve Koppleman, King Kukulele, Marina The Fire Eating Mermaid, Tiki Kiliki, Harold Golen, Sunshine Tiki, Kelly Patterson, Paul Spencer, Nicole & Joe Desmond and the music by The Intoxicators!, Martini Kings, The Bikini Beachcombers,The Tikiyaki Orchestra, and many more! “Tikimentary – In Search Of The Lost Paradise” had its world premiere at The Hukilau 2010 and its West Coast premiere at Tiki Oasis 2010 to large and enthusiastic audiences.
Award winning Brazilian filmmaker Duda Leite has always been fascinated by moving images and pop culture. In 1994 he directed his first short film in São Paulo, Brazil, called “Serial Cluber Killer“, inspired by the movies of John Waters and Russ Meyer. This short won the Best Short Film Award at Mix Brazil, got an immediate following and became a cult hit. “Serial Cluber Killer” was also shown at the Outfest, in Los Angeles.
In 1995, he directed his second film “Selma & Denise”, a lesbian-trashy punk version of the Hollywood hit Thelma & Louise. It was also shown at the Mix Brazil Film Festival. “After The Fox”, a sing-a-long homage to Surf and the music by Burt Bacharach came in 1999 and was shown at various Festivals around the world, including a special screening at the MOCA Miami.
“Resmungo” was his first short filmed in Miami, Florida, in 2005. It was shown at MTV Brazil, and was selected for the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, CA.
In 2009 he presented “Tikimentary – In Search Of The Lost Paradise” his first documentary and full-lenth feature. It premiered at The Hukilau, in Fort Lauderdale and was shown later that year at Tiki Oasis. “Tikimentary – In Search Of The Lost Paradise” has been show at various film festivals including the São Paulo International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival, Mix Brazil and at Otto’s Shrunken Head, in New York City. It won a Special Mention at Cine Mube, in São Paulo.
Friday Sept. 24th
4757 University Ave
San Diego, CA
Tony the Tyger presents an exclusive performance from Atlanta, Georgia’s Woggles who will play a manic non-stop garage-soul set that will keep you shaking all night long. Opening the set will be local heroes on the Dionysus label, The Creepy Creeps. DJ Tony the Tyger (Haunted House Au-Go-Go/Mind Machine) will be spinning solid garage-fuzz 45’s all night. Come down and dig this incredible show!
The Art of Dee Dee Ramone A Birthday Memorial Show
September 18 – 26
Opening Reception: Saturday,September 18th, 8-11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
Dee Dee Ramone will forever be an enigmatic punk rock icon. While m ost are familiar with his musical legacy as a founding member and songwriter in the world famous Ramones, many are less aware of his talent for art and painting. Like Dee Dee, the work is rebellious, dynamic, eccentric and comedic. We have assembled an exhibition of over thirty original pieces, -many of which will be displayed for the very first time at this extraordinar y event sanctioned by Dee Dee’s Estate to honor the rock legend.
Rare, vintage images of Dee Dee have been cherry-picked from the critically acclaimed, Jenny Lens Photo Archive and will be available for purchase as oversized, signed, numbered, museum quality prints. Hailed as the most published first-wave west coast punk photographer in the history of the movement, Jenny will share her experie nces with the Ramones at the opening night reception, specifically citing Dee Dee as the reason she picked up a camera initiating her prolific body of work from 1976-1980.
We’re also proud to debut a special Limited Edition commemorative archival lithograph featuring one of Dee Dee’s quintessential self-portraits “Dee Dee Ramone: The Blue Dragon”.
Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the general public. A portion of net proceeds from the sale of lithographs and photo prints will benefit the LA Regional Food bank via donation in Dee Dee’s name.
Barbara Ramone-Zampini; wife of the late seminal punk legend and longtime collaborator in his solo career in both music and art explains: “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to share these rare works with fans to fully appreciate in person. Dee Dee’s spirit truly lives in these paintings and when you experience them up close, its very o bvious. He always talked about helping children & gave to the homeless all the time. Dee Dee was very generous, more than most will ever know. I think he’d be really proud that he continues to help people today through his art.”
This special birthday memorial will celebrate the many facets of Dee Dee Ramone, and special guests will reflect on the man, his music, and an eclectic life of artistic fulfillment.
Saturday, October 9th 6PM-11PM
Opening Reception with live painting, a sponsored bar & tunes from DJ Mr. NumberOnederful (Bitter:Sweet) & X-Point. 8PM – special presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Robert Williams
Admission is Free / Open to the Public
Sunday, October 10th 1PM-6PM
Art viewing / Last chance to see the exhibition
Admission is Free / Open to the Public
Gallery and Artist List
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C.A.V.E. Gallery Paul Chatem, Andy Haynes, John Park, Euth, Gosha Levochkin, Macsorro, Jason Hernandez, Jennifer Springman, Eatcho, Craww
Aaron Nagel, Brett Amory, Caia Koopman, Craig “Skibs” Barker, David MacDowell, Derek Gores, Jacub Gagnon, Jeff Ramirez, Kevin Titzer, Scott Radke, Stella Im Hultberg, Yosuke Ueno + a special installation from Dabs Myla
PLUS a special showcase celebrating underground art event Cannibal Flower’s 10 Year Anniversary featuring works from Kelly Berg, Young Chun, David Cooley, N.S. David, Joka, Mear One, Louie Metz, Michael Pukac, Gustavo Rimada, Brian Robertson, Van Saro, Erik Siador, Crystal Sylver, Win Wallace, and Jaime ‘Germs’ Zacarias alongside live painting demonstrations from John Park, Euth, Anthony Clarkson, and Michael Pukac
Click here to see the Gallery / Event map
The second edition ofBeyond Edenwill be hosted by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park this coming October. Beyond Eden is a multi-gallery event celebrating the new contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. The public is invited to attend this special event and admission is free.
After the overwhelming success of last year’s Beyond Eden exhibition which drew over 5,000 people over the course of the weekend, the organizers are keeping the focus of the event on the new contemporary art movement. This genre of art has been building momentum and a patron base in Los Angeles for the past several decades and is finally starting to receive mainstream recognition from major institutions and publications the world over.
Beyond Eden will showcase the works of over a half dozen galleries and will be held inside the beautiful confines of the historic Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery during the weekend of October 9th and 10th with an opening night celebration planned for Saturday, October 9th. Participating galleries include Carmichael Gallery, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Copro Gallery, Crewest, La Luz De Jesus, LeBasse Projects, and Thinkspace.
Beyond Eden will also feature the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to the one and only Robert Williams. In addition the event will also feature live painting demonstrations throughout the gallery alongside special installations from local street artist Shark Toof and Australian artistic duo Dabs Myla. Rounding out this event is a special showcase celebrating underground art event Cannibal Flower’s 10 Year Anniversary.
Founded in 1951, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is a historic 10,000 square foot facility located on the sprawling grounds of Olive Hill in the Barnsdall Art Park. The park overlooks the city of Los Angeles and is also home to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and Arts Complex. Under the Department of Cultural Affairs, the LAMAG is the premier city-run gallery that focuses on contemporary art, particularly the work of living Southern California artists.
Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts
Living Color Graphics
Visual Art Source
Please come to the Magical Musical Lunch benefiting The Downtown Women’s Center next Sunday, September 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Dick and Jane Family Orchestra are performing, along with Madame Pamita, The Queen of The Sideshow Carnival, who will also be telling fortunes! Also scheduled are special surprise guests that are so big that we can’t mention them here.
The Downtown Women’s Center provides housing and a daytime refuge for homeless women on Skid Row. From permanent housing to just a warm meal and a daily shower, this place is incredible.
100% of all proceeds for this event — absolutely no overhead–is going to the Downtown Women’s Center — no money wasted on overhead.
Special thanks to Sino Tequila, which is donating the margaritas, and El Chavo for donating the all of the food and beer and hosting the event. (El Chavo owner Melanie Tusquellas’ mother has been doing volunteer work and donations for the Center since the 1970s when it first opened.)
Tons of fabulous raffle prizes, buffet lunch, margaritas, beer and great music are all included in the $40.00 ticket. We realize that ‘s a lot of money in the current economic environment, but it’s for a very worthy cause and ticket are totally tax-deductible. And if you can’t make it, please forward this on to someone you think might be able to help.
Elvis Presley, the Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, the Beatles, Judy Garland, Hank Williams, the Manson Family, Jack Kerouac, Johnny Cash, JFK, and Adolf Hitler. All of the above were, at one time or another, to put it bluntly, speedfreaks. Speed – Speed – Speedfreak: A Fast History of Amphetamine” traces the criminal and cultural use of amphetamine and its growing use through each new and destructive cycle. The book will be printed in rounded pill capsule form, like the vaunted “black beauty” of pharmaceutical history
Photo by Wendy Phillips
Author Mick Farren is a pillar of the counterculture and one of the last Bohemians standing. He is the author of close to forty books both fiction and otherwise and has released some 20 albums. His lyrics have been performed by Hawkwind, Motorhead, Metallica, Brother Wayne Kramer and others. The exhaustive research on “Speed – Speed – Speedfreak: A Fast History of Amphetamine” was helped by his own youthful taste for what was laughingly called the devil’s dandruff. For the reading part of the fun, he will be accompanied by master guitarist Andy Colquhoun.
Attendees are encouraged to come up to the microphone and share their favorite stories and tales involving amphetamines: real, imagined, personal, anecdotal, second-hand, historical, nightmarish and/or cautionary. While no one involved in this event advocates the use of narcotics, we recognize their pervasiveness–at a time when an estimated 40% of Montana’s youth is on speed, for instance, it is blatantly apparent that a great number of adults have either taken speed or know someone who has. Prizes will be awarded for the most popular stories told!
“Speed – Speed – Speedfreak: A Fast History of Amphetamine” by Mick Farren – Die cut paperback, 175 pages 8.4 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches, published by Feral House, www.feralhouse.com, English, ISBN 13: 978-1932595826
Make no mistake about it: the art world, the traditional art world is over. – Douglas Rushkoff
ART-TOYS is a massive collection of Brian McCarty’s meticulously composed photographs that uniquely chronicle the Art-Toy movement. For six years, McCarty worked alongside a host of international artists, photographing their toy characters in actual locations ranging from the Grand Canyon to Times Square. The resulting photos are sometimes dark, often funny, and always hinting at a deeper story. The moments that McCarty manufactures in front of the camera feel real, as if he’s simply documenting the day-to-day lives of toys.
Each of the over 100 photographs stand alone on a page, allowing viewers an unfettered look at the world from McCarty’s toy-based perspective. An extensive behind the scenes section is included at the back of the book, providing a narrative glimpse at McCarty’s methods and the artists with whom he collaborates. Snapshots taken on set reveal the brilliantly simple techniques behind some of his most magical and iconic images.
Because the toys that McCarty photographs are simultaneously art objects and consumer goods, many of his images were created to serve both creative and commercial goals. As such, they provide a unique perspective on the art and commerce of the Designer Toy / Urban Vinyl movement. A number of books have explored the content of the Art-Toy movement before, but this is the only collection that captures the energy and the attitude of a new era in Pop Art from the perspective of a fellow artist.
Artists with toy work included: Alex Pardee, Amanda Visell, Andrew Bell, Ashley Wood, Attaboy, Bob Dob, Brandt Peters, Craig Anthony Perkins, Frank Kozik, FriendsWithYou, Gama-Go, Gary Baseman, Greg “Craola” Simkins, James Jarvis, Jeremy Fish, Jermaine Rogers, Joe Ledbetter, Kathie Olivas, Lili Chin, Luke Chueh, Mario “MARS-1” Martinez, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Nagata, Mark Ryden, Meredith Dittmar, Michelle Valigura, mr clement, Noferin, Patrick Ma, Ralph Cosentino, Roy Miles, Sam Flores, Santa Inoue, Sara Antoinette Martin, Sebastien Roux, Sergey Safonov, Scott Musgrove, Scott Tolleson, Simone Legno, Tim Biskup, Wilfrid Wood, Yoskay Yamamoto, and others.
The special, limited edition of ART-TOYS features an alternate cover free of text, packaged in a vinyl slipcase. Each book is individually numbered and signed by Brian McCarty and eighteen world-known artists whose work is showcased inside. Included are Attaboy, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Hugh Brown, Luke Chueh, Lili Chin, Bob Dob, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, Patrick Ma, Mark Nagata, Craig Perkins, Mark Ryden, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Scott Tolleson, Michelle Valigura, Amanda Visell, and Yoskay Yamamoto. Mario “MARS-1” Martinez and Sam Flores are also included in a rare number of “chase” books.
We have been living for too long in the wake of Walter Benjamin’s prescient but ultimately depressing essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” He correctly demonstrated how photographs of art remove works from their original contexts – the media successfully diminishing a painting’s original “aura” of context and place. Now, and thanks to the Art-Toy movement, we may actually be entering an era when a work of art’s aura is not diminished but enhanced or even *created* by the media supporting it. – Douglas Rushkoff
Hard cover, 240 Pages, 10.5″ x 9″, Published by Baby Tattoo Books, Los Angeles
Brian McCarty (mccartyphotoworks.com, brianmccarty.com) is a Memphis-born photographer currently living and working in Los Angeles. McCarty studyed at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and the Benetton-supported creative research center Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. According to McCarty, “About the time I was supposed to grow up and stop playing with toys, they transitioned into subjects for my photography.” In the twenty years since, his toy photography has been exhibited internationally and seen via commissioned projects for clients such as Rockstar Games, Cartoon Network, MTV, and Kidrobot. In addition, McCarty spent nearly four years as in-house photographer at Mattel.
McCarty’s postmodern integration of concept and character has earned his photography a prominent position in the growing Urban Vinyl / Art-Toy movement. McCarty is featured in several books chronicling the artistic movement such as Vinyl Will Kill, Dot Dot Dash, and Toys: New Designs from the Art-Toy Revolution. McCarty’s work has earned notable praise from such places as Bizarre Magazine (July, 2010),L’Uomo Vogue (February, 2007), ABC World News(October 31st, 2006), FHM Germany (April, 2010), and XLR8R Magazine (January, 2009). In addition to his still photography work, McCarty recently co-created, produced, and art-directed an animated series based upon his photography that went into development for Nickelodeon.
Continuing to expand his work, Brian is currently developing a documentary film and photo essay on children’s experiences of war as expressed by principles of play and art therapy.