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Feb
23
Wed
Los Angeles County Sheriff Candidate Debate
Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM

The Santa Monica Democratic Club and the Culver City Democratic Club will host (via zoom) a Sheriff Candidate Debate. Alex Villanueva, Eric Strong, Cecil Rhambo, Eli Vera, and Robert Luna have confirmed attendance.

Link to RSVP:

Santa Monica Democratic Club February 23 Meeting (google.com)

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Candidate Debate
Feb
26
Sat
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Program
Feb 26 – Mar 19 all-day

Sponsored jointly by the Sanitation Districts and Los Angeles County Public Works

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.

Click this link for more information including what items are permissible for disposal.

Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Program
PROMISING SKIES A solo exhibition by Walter Erra Hubert @ Building Bridges Art Exchange
Feb 26 – Apr 9 all-day
PROMISING SKIES
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
On display at Building Bridges Art Exchange February 26 – April 9, 2022
Opening Reception February 26, 3:30 – 8pm
Walter Erra Hubert is a Pasadena-born, internationally-recognized artist working in the mediums of acrylic paintings, mono prints, resin and mixed media. Walter chose to self-isolate in 2018, two years before the international lockdown, resulting in his latest striking body of work Promising Skies, which reflects a world moving towards a new reality. The large-scale art works are realized in acrylic while the show will also feature his works that incorporate resin and mixed media. All of the art will be showcased at Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Santa Monica Gallery.
Born to Italian immigrant parents, Walter is heavily influenced by his U.S. and Italian roots and straddles both worlds. His Pasadena studio provides space for exploration inspired by the expanse of the metropolis while his home and studio in the Italian countryside allow for a sense of separation associated with nature and introspection. Walter’s Italian heritage and 30 years of experience using varied artistic mediums appealed to Argentinean Curator Marisa Caichiolo who actively seeks to showcase a diverse range of artists from around the world. “Walter’s eerily-timed decision to self-isolate inadvertently became emblematic of a universal experience and, during that time, his quest to connect with the core of his being ended up producing his strongest and most significant body of work, which we’re thrilled to showcase in Los Angeles”.
Walter’s self-imposed lockdown began at his Pasadena studio and continued at his studio in his home in rural Italy. His isolation resulted in these multi-dimensional, multi-layered works . The magnificent large canvases invite the viewer to embark on a journey of discovery through Walter’s impressive brush work, dripping paint and penetrating energy.
Walter’s expression is deeply influenced by the subconscious, a comparison that can be drawn to current events of the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The magic of nature and journeys of the spirit are at the core of Walter’s work. Promising Skies encapsulates Walter’s vision with imaginary and mystical elements. He creates paintings by merging a multitude of tools, including everyday items such as spatulas, wood carving tools and hair dryers and the fluidity of the materials captures the artist’s strokes and movements. Walter muses, “I am in constant exploration of the tension we perceive between the realms of matter and spirit. I hope that the viewer senses that language and is drawn into the relevance of the journey.”
Although the current global outlook may be seen as bleak and unpredictable, Promising Skies reflects a world moving towards a new reality with a sense of hope. In each translucent piece, an ocean of opportunities, portals and evocative lights can be seen beckoning toward the future, representing the promise of new beginnings. Connecting to the past and creating a bridge to the future is the ideal path for Walter to engage with today’s collective consciousness. Explosions of light, volcanic eruptions, deep water currents and sensual feeling inspired by connections between the elements are among the bounty of natural phenomena that nourish his perspective and vision of the universal forces of Mother Earth.
Walter’s relationship with art began at an early age and painting became an important form of self-expression. At age fifteen, he enrolled in an art class that changed his life as he was introduced to complicated design and compositional analysis that turned his practice to the most current and global visions of artistic expression. On gaining acceptance to Otis Art Institute, he embraced an education in contrasts, learning classical approaches alongside the relatively untapped world of the merging conceptual art of the late sixties and early seventies. As the founder and CEO of Silver Birches in Pasadena, Walter has worked alongside visionaries like Bruce Weber and Ralph Lauren as well as taught painting and design at the College of Art in High Wycombe, England and Pasadena City College.
Walter was recently selected as an American artist to show at the 2022 9th Beijing International Art Biennale in China. The exhibition is currently being held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing through March 2022. The curatorial theme is The Light of Life and the piece selected by the curatorial committee is “The Light Portal”. This piece was completed in 2021 by the artist as part of the series, “The Era of Solitude”. He has had several solo shows in Europe and his paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the M.A.C.I.S.T contemporary art museum in Italy, and venerable institutions including the L.A. Times Mirror Building. Walter was also recently chosen as a featured artist for a special Miami ART BASEL publication. For more information on this and our other programs, please visit our website.
PROMISING SKIES A solo exhibition by Walter Erra Hubert
2nd Annual Culver City Book Festival @ The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Feb 26 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Culver City Book Festival is returning to Culver City and the Wende Museum of the Cold War (10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City) after a two-year break, due to the pandemic. The Book Festival received a Special Event Grant from the City of Culver City and is co-sponsored by the Culver City Arts Foundation, Vagabond Books, Beyond Baroque, Village Well Books & Coffee, in addition to the Wende Museum and will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 11 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Book Festival, which highlights work from small press publishers, creates a platform for lesser-known talents to showcase their literary works, from poetry to novels. Authors are able to engage directly with the community of both avid readers and budding authors alike!

Festival Highlights

  • More than 20 individual small book presses attending and exhibiting
  • A number of literary workshops and readings (both in-person and virtually) throughout the day, including:
    • An interactive Zoom international poetry reading
    • A poetry writing workshop
    • A Zine/Chapbook making workshop with Beyond Baroque
    • A world premiere live reading of the new anthology Reimagine America (Vagabond)
    • Virtual festival tours will also happen throughout the day

The day will finish up with a special group reading by FlowerSong Press at 7 PM at Village Well Books & Coffee (9900 Culver Boulevard, Culver City).  Additional programming to be announced.

Participating Small Press Publishers

Book Presses include:

  • Beyond Baroque
  • World Stage Press
  • Red Hen Press
  • Tia Chucha Press
  • FlowerSong Press
  • Paper Press Books
  • Golden Foothills Press
  • Finishing Line Press
  • What Books Press
  • Dryland
  • Not a Cult Press
  • Rose of Sharon Press
  • Hinchas de Poesia Press
  • Anti-Racist Action Press
  • Green Tara Press
  • Spectrum Publishing
  • Los Angeles Poet Society
  • Community Literature Initiative
  • Culver City Historical Society
  • Vagabond

Helpful Information

Follow @CulverArts, @villagewellcc, and @wendemuseum on social media to keep up to date on news from the Book Festival including performances, presentations, and more.

The Second Annual Culver City Book Festival is a family-friendly event that will be held both indoors and outdoors following all COVID-19 safety protocols.  For more information, please contact Culver City Arts Foundation representative Jim Clarke at jimbclarke@gmail.com or (310) 775-1664. Parks Recreation and Community Services Supervisor Darren Uhl can be reached at darren.uhl@culvercity.org or (310) 253-6655.

Plan your visit to The Wende

2nd Annual Culver City Book Festival
Mar
3
Thu
Culver City High School Academy of Visual & Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors @ Robert Frost Auditorium
Mar 3 @ 7:00 PM – Mar 13 @ 2:00 PM

Culver City High School Academy of Visual & Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors!
Showtimes: March 3-5, 7pm; March 6, 2pm; March 10-12, 7pm, March 13, 2pm. Robert Frost Auditorium. For info and tickets, visit www.avpa.org

Culver City High School Academy of Visual & Performing Arts presents Little Shop of Horrors
Mar
22
Tue
Women in Comics
Mar 22 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In celebration of Women’s History Month in the month of March, LA County Library is hosting a ‘Women in Comics’ Virtual Program honoring the achievements of women in history. Renowned comic book guru Scott “Diablo” Marcano discusses the history of female comic artists and their works, the evolution of iconic characters, the changing role of women in the industry, and how girls can get started in the arts. For adults. Click here for more information 

Virtual event, Tues, March 22, 4pm – 5 pm. Go to https://visit.lacountylibrary.org/event/6271329 to register

 

Women in Comics
Mar
23
Wed
Spring into Action: help save lives by giving blood, giving time or donating on Giving Day
Mar 23 all-day

LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2022) – It’s officially spring! As the weather warms up and the latest COVID-19 surge continues to slow, many people are looking forward to meeting up with family and friends. At the start of this new season, the American Red Cross encourages Angelenos to play an important role in helping save lives by making a blood or platelet donation, volunteering or donating as part of their spring plans.

Every eight minutes, generous donations enable the Red Cross to respond to a disaster in the U.S. when help can’t wait for families who need emergency shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance. So far in 2022, Red Cross volunteers have helped nearly 60,000 people after more than 15,900 home fires across the country.

On March 23, Red Cross Giving Day, unite with thousands of compassionate people by donating at redcross.org/givingday. Volunteering helps change the world, providing comfort and care to those who need it most in the face of emergencies. Every 2 seconds someone in your community may need blood, rolling up a sleeve ensures the blood supply can be replenished.

The Red Cross is grateful to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have rolled up a sleeve to give in early 2022. It’s important to remember donated blood has a limited shelf life, so supplies must be constantly replenished. In the days and weeks ahead, it’s critically important to maintain a readily available blood supply. Donors can make an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

While getting back into the stands to watch the home team play this spring, donors can join a team of their own – Team Red Cross! As a thank-you, all who come to give April 1-18 will receive an exclusive Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Spring into Action: help save lives by giving blood, giving time  or donating on Giving Day
Mar
24
Thu
Vellum LA and Artsy Present Artists Who Code: Generative Art NFTs by Women and Non-Binary Artists @ Vellum LA Melrose Gallery
Mar 24 – Apr 10 all-day

Thurs, March 24 – April 10, 2022, Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90046. 1pm – 6pm, Thurs – Sun. 

Vellum LA, Los Angeles’s premier art gallery for NFT-backed digital art, has done a remarkable job bringing together a traditionally digital community in-person, uniting collectors and NFT-enthusiasts at their space on Melrose. Now, in pursuit of furthering their outreach and expanding their impact, the gallery has partnered with Artsy, the leading global online art marketplace, to present a truly unique collection of works that benefits Girls Who Code. Curated by Artist and Writer Mieke Marple and Vellum LA’s Sinziana Velicescu, Artists Who Code is a selection of NFT backed generative artworks by women and non-binary artists. Responding to the public perception of the NFT world as a male-dominated space, the exhibition foregrounds the central role and major impact women and nonbinary creators have in digital art and technology. In pursuit of true community building and in honor of Women’s History Month, a portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the non-profit Girls Who Code, in line with Artsy’s mission to empower women and non-binary creators during women’s history month. 

Artists Who Code will be on view in person from March 24th to April 10th at Vellum LA’s Melrose Gallery. The works will be available for auction on Artsy’s site from March 22nd to April 5th.

 

Vellum LA and Artsy Present Artists Who Code: Generative Art NFTs by Women and Non-Binary Artists
Mar
25
Fri
New Play Reading and a free stunt workshop: ‘Happy Fall’: A Queer Stunt Spectacular
Mar 25 @ 7:30 PM

Written by Lisa Sanaye Dring with Rogue Artists Ensemble, directed by Sean Cawelti, stunt coordinator; Celina Surniak, puppet design by Jack Pullman and Emory Royston. Featuring J. Stephen Brantley, Tyler Bremer, Daniel Cuasay, Kelsey Kato, Zach Kumashi, Sarah Kay Peters, Corey Rieger, Abigail Somera, Miles Taber, Moll Wilson

‘Happy Fall’: A Queer Stunt Spectacular is an original highly immersive theatrical experience about a queer closeted stuntman’s journey to discover himself in a world of faux masculinity, unmasking the importance and danger of being true to oneself. ‘Happy Fall’ is based on true-life stories and direct testimonies, and illuminates issues of racial and cultural identity in Hollywood. The full production, set for a premiere in 2024, will come to life as an interactive stunt show, with life-size puppets, special effects and death-defying physical acts.

This reading will feature puppetry, stunt demonstrations, and talkbacks with the artists. Saturday’s morning reading will feature complimentary coffee and donuts to be enjoyed before the performance begins and will be followed by a FREE stunt workshop!

New play reading Performances: Fri, March 25, 2022 at 7.30pm

Sat, March 26, 2022 at 11am (arrive early to enjoy coffee & donuts)

Sign up to attend, tickets start at $5

RVSP to free stunt workshop, Sat, March 26, 2022 at 2pm

Hot Tip: If you’re attending the 11am performance and staying for the workshop, be sure to bring a little snack or picnic for yourself to partake in between activities.

Location: Veterans Memorial Building, Garden Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

 

New Play Reading and a free stunt workshop: ‘Happy Fall’: A Queer Stunt Spectacular
Mar
26
Sat
El Camino Hosts Community Walk and Self-Defense Demonstration @ Crenshaw Blvd Campus
Mar 26 @ 10:00 AM

In anticipation of the Fall 2022 opening of the Student Social Justice Center, and in response to the ongoing concerns about local hate crimes against members of the Asian American Pacific Island community, as well as continued awareness about incidents of racism and hate crimes within the South Bay area, El Camino College invites the public to join a “CommUnity Walk Against Hate” on campus Sat, March 26, at 10am.

 Unified by the motto, “Hate Has No Home Here,” community members are welcome to join El Camino students, faculty and staff on the steps in front of the Administration Building at the Crenshaw Boulevard campus entrance at 10 a.m. for a one-mile walk around campus to show public support for diversity, tolerance, and human dignity.

 After the walk, a free self-defense class for senior citizens will take place in the South Gym at 12pm.  

Walk begins and ends at the Administration Building steps (Crenshaw Blvd. campus entrance). College officials, students and community members will be available to speak to the media.

 

Contact:Kerri Webb, Public Information Officer at kwebb@elcamino.edu or call 310-660-3406.

 

El Camino Hosts Community Walk and Self-Defense Demonstration