John Cooper Clarke, the Godfather of Punk Poetry, U.S. Tour Dates

cooper clarke

“Clarke is the godfather of British performance poetry, a star of alternative comedy before there was even a circuit on which to ply his trade.”  – Daily Telegraph “His metier remains scabrous social commentary, poetic whimsy and surrealist asides delivered at teeth-rattling velocity.” – The GuardianJohn Cooper Clarke, the Godfather of Punk Poetry is touring the US for the first time in over 35 years. Legendary in the UK for bridging the gap between punk, comedy and poetry, he has influenced a generation of poets and comedians.His acerbic, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with […]

Above The Streets: American Muralist Kent Twitchell’s Art, Locations and Details!

Kent_at_Strother_Mural

Art News: Large In L.A.: American Muralist Kent Twitchell’s iconic murals are on display in Los Angeles.       American Muralist Kent Twitchell is a grand-scale artist who has created murals of celebrities as well as artists and religious figures.This piece is entitled Michael Jackson Hand:Twitchell provides eight images of his iconic murals to be placed on a network of billboards through the City of Los Angeles to support Art Share L.A.The week of April 20, 2015, images of Kent Twitchell’s large-scale murals will be installed on billboards throughout Los Angeles. These billboards will generate 30 million impressions during the month they […]

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Beverly Hills Exhibition Pics, VIDEO

butterbattlehat

The Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Beverly Hills exhibition will feature Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection alongside his little-known Secret Art, a series of Estate authorized works adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This historic collection has opened the world’s eyes to the extraordinary artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and will be available for viewing and purchase through the run of the exhibition. In his artwork, as in his personal life, Dr. Seuss saw hats as transformational. And from the time he was a small boy in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was aware of their inherent […]

The Immortal Showcase Features Rob Schamberger’s Art

WrestleMania 19

An exceptional artist of WWE Champions,  capturing their energy and movement in vivid use of color and medium, Rob Schamberger’s art is regularly featured on the WWE Auctions and Shop WWE websites too which are posted below. Rob will be painting a portrait of “Macho Man” Randy Savage live at WrestleMania Axxess.  Savage, of course, leads this year’s class of WWE Hall of Fame inductees. Schamberger’s popularity among fans and wrestlers alike continues to grow with every exhibition.  The wrestler gave a detailed interview to thewhig.com where he credits his single mother …and now his wife for fueling and fanning […]

Peter Max Paints Ol’ Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra 100th Centennial Celebration

peter

Art news: In Honor of the Frank Sinatra 100th Centennial Celebration: Never-before seen artwork. Premiering in LA, noted artist Peter Max captures Frank Sinatra.PETER MAX – A RETROSPECTIVE – 1960-2015 – AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM AMERICA’S ICONIC ARTIST ABOVE images : Peter Max and Nancy Sinatra and images of artworks that will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in Woodland Hills presentation this weekend.Journey through the career of a Pop Culture Icon: An artistic diversity that has defined American Art: Captured by the Artist who began a new visual Culture  A never-before-seen collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings […]

Nowruz, Iranian New Year And First Day Of Spring Events At LACMA

ZOHREH-Ticket-Page-Artwork (1)_1

Nowruz is LA’s most celebrated Iranian event. Experience this free, daylong festival with authentic performances, films, music and more at LACMA.A horn sounds, a twirl of colorful silk waves by, kisses on the cheek are exchanged and the New Year has arrived! Celebrated on the vernal equinox in Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, the U.S., India and Turkey, the New Year, called Nowruz (“new day”), is welcomed with vibrant displays of culture by more than 75 million people.On Sunday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) guests can take part in the […]

L.A. Illuminated: Michael Hayden’s Iconic Light Sculpture, “Generators of the Cylinder,” Jan. 22

cyl

Art Spotlight: After years in the dark, a celebrated kinetic neon sculpture will re-illuminate the New Year: Michael Hayden’s 270-foot-long iconic light sculpture, “Generators of the Cylinder” will be re-lit in Downtown Los Angeles for the first time in nearly a decade during a special ceremony at the International Jewelry Center on January 22nd from 4 to 6pm. Hayden became a household name when he created the internationally acclaimed, and now iconic, neon sculpture for O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 an ultra-bright neon rainbow will light up and set in motion the new year in Los […]

The Canadian Screen Awards Nominations Revealed!

mommy2

Xavier Dolan continues his winning ways with 13 Canadian Screen Awards nominations for Mommy, a dazzling story of an emotionally volatile boy and his weary mother that blasted out of the gate at Cannes last spring to win the Jury Prize. It has figured consistency in critics’ polls and today it swept Canada’s “Oscar” nominations. It’s the 26 year filmmaker’s seventh film.Mommy Canada’s film elder statesman David Cronenberg was close by with 11 nominations for his Hollywood industry satire Maps to the Stars including Best Actress for Julianne Moore and Best Actor for Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. Albert Shin’s […]

The LA Art Show: A 20-Year History, 20th Anniversary, January 2015

bryan with viewer for scale

The LA Art Show opens January 14  through January 18. The event celebrates twenty years of bringing established galleries, artists as well as avid collectors together under one roof. Founded in 1994, the show has grown from a small regional event featuring 14 galleries to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries.Originally founded by Kim Martindale (now general manager/partner), the LA Art Show has seen a lot of changes throughout the years.“We’ve gone from being a largely regional event to one that has more than one third of […]

Sting’s “The Last Ship” Closes on Broadway

last

If you had plans to see the Broadway musical “The Last Ship,” a musical portrait of an English seaside community bound together by passion, faith and tradition preserving the only life they’ve ever known, composed by Police rocker/actor Sting, you need to get on it fast as Variety reports the show is set to close later this month.Even with some efforts by Sting to appear in the play, Variety reports that “Last Ship”ends on Jan. 24, when Sting finishes up his limited run in the show. The show’s closing comes as a shock considering the glowing reviews by the New […]

LA Art Show Cracks the Code of the LA Art Market

art2

“After 20 Years, We Know Art in LA…” Arts Spotlight:The LA Art Show is Los Angeles’ Art Show.From the press release:With FIAC’s recent announcement postponing their first foray into the LA market, it has become increasingly clear the only art fair to crack the code for success in the city is the LA Art Show. Taking place January 15-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, The LA Art Show is a 200,000 square foot platform for fine art that brings in more than 50,000 visitors, eager to see 120 galleries representing 22 countries from North & South America, Europe […]

French-Iranian Artist Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer Comes To Tara Gallery In December, Details

Evasion 2005 48x24 in. Acrylic pigment mineral on hardboard

“I’m an artist because it is my spiritual need and livelihood. To thrive, I must remain in a perpetual movement of creation.” – Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer Tara Gallery is pleased to welcome Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer hailing all the way from France for his first solo exhibition at Tara Gallery. Ancient Meets Contemporary opens Saturday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 24.The welcome reception is on December 6 from 6-9 p.m. with an exclusive Q&A with Chahab at 7 p.m., followed by a signing of his self-titled book Chahab. Published in France only, this coffee table book riddled with Chahab’s contemporary masterpieces is available […]

PEN America First Editions/Second Thoughts Auction at Christie’s New York, Dec. 2

sweeny

Arts Spotlight: Given the chance, what would Philip Roth change about his classic Portnoy’s Complaint? Is there something more Patti Smith wanted to say in Just Kids? How did Robert Caro feel revisiting The Power Broker for the first time in forty years? PEN America has asked 75 of America’s greatest writers and artists to annotate a first edition of one of their classic works to be auctioned by Christie’s on December 2nd. Proceeds from First Editions/Second Thoughts will benefit the mission of PEN to promote freedom of creative expression worldwide.Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, […]

2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Bill Clinton At All-Star Gala Concert

Quincy Jones - "Keep on Keepin' On" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - The Landmark - Los Angeles, CA, USA  Photo copyright by Izumi Hasegawa / PRPhotos.com

2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition & All-Star Gala Concert will see President Bill Clinton to Receive Maria Fisher Founder’s AwardTalent Includes Herbie Hancock, Kevin Spacey, Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Taj Mahal and Dianne ReevesArts Spotlight: The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, November 9 in Los Angeles will feature President Bill Clinton but he won’t be tooting his own horn. Rather, he will be receiving the organization’s prestigious Maria Fisher Founder’s Award for major contributions to the the […]

“The Poetry of Television” Gala Event to Support Teen Literacy in L.A.

lit up

Arts Spotlight: Get Lit, a leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education, and poetry programs that affect the lives of over 20,000 teens each year, is hosting “The Poetry of Television,” a gala event to honor the poetic brilliance of today’s television writers to support teen literacy in Los Angeles. Get Lit’s annual IGNITE award will be presented to Alan Ball (Academy Award-winning writer of American Beauty, Emmy Award-winning director and creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood). The event will occur on Sunday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Stadium Club at Dodger […]

Live “Day Of The Dead” Performance Event of The Week, Photos

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO'S Dia de los Muertos Party-Mosphere

Los Angeles Culture Spotlight: Live “Day Of The Dead” Performance Gets A Rousing Welcome From Packed House At L.A.’s Museum of Latin American Art More than 600 souls braved The Museum of Latin American Art’s “Día de los Muertos” fundraiser on Saturday evening, in an event anchored by a rock-meets-Latin-music-cabaret opera, featuring none other than Death herself (who’s looking damn good these days).The vivid live performance was resplendent with larger-than-life Day of the Dead -styled puppets, created by show producer Tony Dominguez. Lead performers Santos de Los Angeles and Ruby Champagne were backed by a talented troupe of singers and […]

Museum of Latin American Art’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebration VIDEO

muerto

Arts Spotlight: Museum of Latin American Art’s ‘Day Of The Dead’ Celebration Kick Starts Los Angeles Halloween Party Season Few cities do Halloween as well as Los Angeles. What with the city revolving around people who put on costumes and weird make-up for a living (we call them “actors”), it’s a natural that Angelenos embrace the holiday and make it their own. This year’s Halloween season kicks off in a big way on Saturday, Oct. 25th with the Museum of Latin American Art’s “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebration and fundraiser.Co-sponsored by Siempre Mujer magazine, the event […]

Zhenya Gershman Invited to World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History

zhenya

Gershman’s effort evokes not only Whistler’s and Sargent’s, but that from which they took inspiration, Manet’s and Velazquez’s – masters of the figure who in their own ways avoided the banal literalities of their contemporaries for a rendition truer to the vagaries of vision, and (thereby) to the dynamics of human presence.Peter Frank | Art Critic Huffington PostWorld Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society convenes May 29-30, 2015.Zhenya Gershman is a well-known artist, art historian and museum educator. As a co-Founder and President of Project Awe (Aesthetics of Western Esotericism) she has dedicated […]

Live Broadcast of LA Opera’s La Traviata On Big Screen at Santa Monica Pier Sept. 17

trav

Arts spotlight:   Opera royalty Plácido Domingo has announced that LA Opera will inaugurate a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The inaugural presentation, Verdi’s La Traviata, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm. The performance will star Nino Machaidze, Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Mr. Domingo, and will be conducted by James Conlon.Captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the broadcast will be produced and directed for the screen by Matthew […]

Provincetown Arts: Sirius XM Star Frank DeCaro In The Afterglow, Details

frank decaro 1

There’s no place on Earth like Cape Cod in September, so head out to bonny Provincetown and catch the annual Afterglow gathering of renowned and under-the-radar innovative stage artists in the world of live performance.The Afterglow Festival honors Provincetown, Massachusetts as the birthplace of Modern American Theater, recapturing its evolutionary spirit by presenting staged works from performing artists across a wide spectrum of forms and serves as a destination for international and regional stage artists to express their creativity and innovation while re-establishing this visually exquisite and unpretentious seaside community as a home for vanguard stagecraft. New Jersey born, former […]