Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Space is the Place 8th Annual Roller Disco Party @ World on Wheels

Various prices
Saturday May 30 (10:15pm–2am)
World on Wheels (4645 1/2 Venice Blvd)

Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, David Lynch Present Dark Night of the Soul

Saturday May 30 More times»
Michael Kohn Gallery (8071 Beverly Blvd, 323.658.8088) map

Memphis & the Delta Blues Trail: A Complete Guide Signing, Reading, and Party

reading/ signing / release party for justin gage and melissa gage’s guide book - “Memphis & the Delta Blues Trail” plus LE SWITCH playing the blues. Free lemonade! Ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus

“MEMPHIS & the MISSISSIPPI DELTA: A COMPLETE GUIDE” party, signing, reading with authors Justin Gage and Melissa Gage. Plus 12-bar blues deconstructed by LE SWITCH* From Beale Street’s barbecue, blues, and rock ’n’ roll to the city’s five-star dining and lodging, Memphis is a monster mecca of American music and more. The A-side is world-famous attractions and the flip side has funky shops, historic sites, and gold record legacies. Step back in time to the Mississippi Delta with endless cotton fields and rural shacks. There is no better place to experience hopping juke joints and the stomping grounds of blues greats like Muddy Waters.As Citysearch’s travel editor, Melissa Gage wrote about destinations from Sun Valley to San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently a freelance writer and screenwriter. Justin Gage is the founder of Autumn Tone Records and the blog creator of Aquarium Drunkard. He is also a music writer, concert promoter, and radio DJ. They live in Los Angeles, CA.

Thursday May 28 (7:30pm)
Stories Books (1716 Sunset Blvd)

Nine Lives: Visionary Artists From LA @ The Hammer

Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A. is the fifth in the Hammer’s biannual invitational exhibition series highlighting work created in greater Los Angeles. Nine Lives features over 125 works, much of it new, by nine artists spanning four generations —Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Becker, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Irvin, Hirsch Perlman, Victoria Reynolds, Kaari Upson, Jeffrey Vallance, and Charlie White. The works include video, paintings, drawings, photography, textiles, and two new sculptural installations. As all of the artists live and work in L.A., Nine Lives embodies many of the psychic complexities and paradoxes of the city – it is at once beautiful and frightening, refined and unruly. The reinvention of oneself is central to several of these artists’ practices. These mesmerizing artists create characters and tell stories of fantasy and science fiction, building alternate worlds grounded on their obsessions. Popular culture and mythology are common themes, as are alternative lifestyles, and subcultures. The luxury of space and privacy that Los Angeles affords allows them the freedom to tinker, research, and explore their obsessions which often parallel Hollywood’s dream factory.

HAMMER BASH! May 29 7-11PM

Concert by Nine Live's artist Llyn Foulkes with his one-man band called the Machine. Created by Foulkes, the Machine is comprised of dozens of found and invented instruments such as car horns, organ pipes, drums, xylophone and bass. Foulkes will be accompanied by performance painter Norton Wisdom who creates magnificent visual interpretations of live music using brushes, sticks, his fingers and a squeegee upon translucent fiberglass. Wisdom has collaborated with Badal Roy, Angelique Kidjo, Daniel Lanois, and Dave Navarro, among many others.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

St Vincent @ El Rey Theatre May 28 2009

5/28/2009 8:00 PM @ El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

DUBLAB & FolkYEAH present: Tonalism On the Redwoods Stage

Love the Henry Miller Library...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Community Solutions

FOOD: It's not just what we eat, but how we grow it, ship it, process it and store it. To reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and to slow climate change, we need to grow, shop and eat local! More

HOUSING: In spite of improvements in efficiency, our homes today use more energy than they did 40 years ago. Why? They are bigger and use many more appliances than ever before. Just what is sustainable housing? More

TRANSPORTATION: The freedom of the road will soon be a thing of the past unless we can get over our love affair with the car, and reduce our society's reliance on cheap, polluting transportation. More

Erin O'Connor

Beautiful Ones by Scotty Coats

Monday, May 4, 2009

Chad and Sudan Agree to End Feud

According to Al Jazeera...

Chad and Sudan have agreed to end hostilities against each other and normalise relations after reconciliation talks in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Officials from the two African nations signed the agreement on Sunday at the end of the talks that Qatar helped to mediate.

"The agreement stipulates the halting of hostilities, and everyone is now looking to the future, especially as both countries and people have big interests," Ahmad Abdullah al-Mahmud, Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs, said on Sunday.

He said better relations between Sudan and Chad could make it easier to reach a solution to the conflict in Darfur in western Sudan.

"Both countries have a desire to solve the problem," al-Mahmud said.

'Proxy war'

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall, reporting from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on Monday, said the agreement "stresses the acceptance on both sides to adhere to a cessation of hostilities".

"It has not been a direct clash between the two armies, it has been a proxy war in which rebel groups from both sides are being used by these two countries," he said.

"But if they stop arming those groups and aiding and abetting those rebellions ... then that will be a good step ahead."

Both nations have long traded accusations that each is supporting rebel attacks inside the other's territory.

Vall said there is a general feeling of relief in Sudan in reaction to the agreement, even though people know many such agreements have been signed before.

"The agreement is a step towards a much [more] comprehensive agreement on the level of the presidents that is going to be signed in Libya next month," Vall said.

"The hope here is this will be a final one, and everybody will stick to the commitments that are going to be signed in this agreement."

'Border troubles'

Al-Tijani Saleh Fidail, Sudan's minister for international co-operation, said the two African countries were not at war, but had border troubles, the Qatar News Agency reported.

Past agreements collapsed because officials did not have a way of implementing them on the ground, he said.

Moussa Faki Mahmat, Chad's foreign affairs minister, said the only solution for the ongoing conflict is to find a mechanism to monitor the situation in both countries, the agency reported.

Qatar and Libya, which co-sponsored the talks, have been leading reconciliation efforts between Chad and Sudan since the two nations restored diplomatic ties in November.

A final deal is expected to be signed next month in Libya.