Deedee Cheriel - Opening Reception this Satruday June 22, 8-11p @ Mary Karnowski Gallery

Artist Deedee Cheriel’s fourth solo show at Merry Karnowsky gallery will open on June 22nd. 'Episodes in the Abundant Oasis' utilizes seemingly disparate influences including Indian temple imagery, punk, feminism and naturalism, set within a landscape inspired by a childhood amidst the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest.

From a previous career playing in seminal girl bands, the LA-based Cheriel has evolved from making album covers and T-shirts into an acclaimed and sought-after street artist and one of the genre’s few female success stories.

Her unique visual narratives convey an unsettled sense of yearning and the complexities inherent in human connection. Describing her work and influences, Cheriel says,“The tedious dramas of everyday life find comedic remedy in my petite narratives. Wanting something that is unattainable, living with a sick boyfriend, trying to connect with girlfriends of different racial and social standings – all these experiences become anthropomorphic characters entangled in folkloric fairytales in my work.“

With nuances of East Indian art, the bold elements in Cheriel’s work – both urban and natural, as well as pop culture – are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these heroic efforts are episodes of both compassion and discomfort.  These landscapes suggest an ability to find commonalities and relationships between our selves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our common humanity and our ultimate quest for love. .

Cheriel’s work has recently been featured in Dutch Vogue, and the UK daily Independent Newspaper, and will also be used by Obey, the line of clothing by influential artist Shepard Fairey who describes Cheriel's pieces as “whimsical, but profound in their ability to shift the viewer’s perspective to value all life equally. Her work is idiosyncratic in the most ideal way... it is a reflection of her unique personality.”

Deedee Cheriel’s solo show will appear at Merry Karnowsky Gallery from June 22nd to July 20th.

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Young,Bohemian and Gender Bending - Rob Zabrecky will perform at the 20th Anniversary of '5 NIGHTS OUT' on 6.22. @ the Artwork Theater in Hollywood.

 1993 cult classic “5 Nights Out” will screen Saturday JUNE 22, 7PM and 9PM at the Artwork Theater in Hollywood, celebrating 20 years since its original release. Following the screening, filmmakers Jean Railla and Jonathon Stearns will participate in a Q&A session led by the author Dan Koeppel.  In addition, Rob Zabrecky, from the 90’s band Possum Dixon will play an acoustic set.  The screening is open to the public. Tickets are extremely limited, so advance purchase is recommended.  Admission is $15.  Advanced tickets are available HERE

5 NIGHTS OUT is a forty-seven minute documentary set in the early 90’s Silverlake, Los Angeles music scene. Heavily influenced by ‘zine culture and shot as a video diary, the film follows twenty-three-year-old Jean Railla over the course of five nights as she drinks at dive bars, sees live shows at tiny venues and attends house parties.  Live performances by Beck, Possum Dixon, and Ethyl Meatplow are punctuated with interviews with musicians and poets.  Released in 1993, it offers an authentic account of what it was like to be young, bohemian and occasionally gender-bending in the City of Quartz.

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FIVE NIGHTS OUT (trailer) from Channel B4 on Vimeo.


DEVO to headline the Natural History Museum 100th Anniversary Bash 6.9.13.

NHM is officially 100 years old! Join them for a day-to-night celebration featuring their new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Bring your family to kick off summer with kid-friendly activities, workshops in the gardens, behind-the-scenes collection tours with our scientists and musical entertainment from The Ranger Band and Rhythm Child. Nature after dark is even more fun, so join JPL’s Adam Steltzner for a discussion about Mars curiosity Rover, visit food trucks, and take garden tours, KCRW's very own Raul Campos will be in the Mammal Halls, and see outdoor shows with DEVO and GZA/The Genius Live!


Ticket Info

Pre-sale EVENING tickets to the 100th Birthday Bash are now SOLD OUT. A very limited number of EVENING tickets will be available onsite at the door on Sunday, June 9 at 9 am for $25.
The daytime event and activites are NOT sold out yet. Daytime tickets are still available onsite, and are included in the Museum's general admission prices.
Pre-Reserved FREE tickets for Members are no longer available. A very limited number of FREE Member tickets will be available on Sunday, June 9 at 9:00 am. For details on member benefits for the 100th Birthday Bash, please visit the FAQ page.

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"DON'T SHOOT" - DEVO from DEVO Channel on Vimeo.


GO SEE - 'A Fried Octopus' now at the BOOTLEG THEATER now through June 8th.

A Fried Octopus is about an abstract dream that entangles the artistic minds of the present with those of the past within a surreal night of theater. Inspired by the women dancing in the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and other performers of the time, A Fried Octopus dives into a pool of absinthe to find the divine feminine bubbling up with joy, tears, and fears as the male ideal of art surrenders to the forces that influence us all. An assemblage of text and movement provides the inventive canvas that reminds us all of the beauty that can be found in ugly places. A reminder of love.

Now Through June 8, 2013

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@ LACMA - STANLEY KUBRICK Closes June 30th.

 Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.

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