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Death of a Sculpture?

Art Before Commerce:
Sculpture in Illinois to be Replaced…

…by a pharmacy

Spindle by Dustin Shuler

Well, so much for culture…

A well-known and much admired large-scale sculpture will be dismantled to make way for a pharmacy.

The landmark art piece, officially named “Spindle”, is a towering sculpture of eight cars impaled by a giant steel nail. It became famous for its appearance in the 1992 comedy film “Wayne’s World”, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. The sculpture is also known as the Car Kabob and the Eight Car Pileup.

To this day, Spindle attracts movie fans to the shopping center parking lot which has been its home, located in Berwyn, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago.

Said Mayor Michael O’Connor:

From a marketing standpoint, I like the Spindle. It has definitely been a plus for the community.

Berwyn Mayor Michael O’Connor

Regardless, the edgy sculpture will be removed this summer to make way for a Walgreen’s pharmacy. It could be moved elsewhere, though the cost of doing so would be high. Seems as though the “plus for the community” didn’t carry much weight in the face of big business. When compared to a pharmacy (which can be found on any street corner) the plus became a minus.

Said the artist who built the piece in 1989:

Personally, I would have moved the Walgreen’s and left the Spindle where it is. The dismantling (of my art work) is painful and is a loss for Chicago.

California artist Dustin Shuler

I couldn’t have said it better. What a shame.

Harmony Festival

The 29th Annual

HARMONY FESTIVAL

Northern California’s Premier Music, Camping
& Sustainable Lifestyle Festival

“Promoting Global Cooling”

Harmony Festival 2007

If you have never journeyed up to Harmony Festival I can???t recommend it enough??? it’s a smaller and more user friendly “family” affair and it???s like the first Norcal festival of the season that kicks off the summer up there. You will find producers of Burning Man, Earthdance, High Sierra, Oregon Country Fair, Joshua Tree Music Fest, Anon Salon, Reggae on the River all there and lending our support (snafu with PreCompression having to move to same weekend but… maybe do both?)

From the southlands; the Mutaytor, Lucent Dossier, David Starfire and others have all performed in the past or are performing this year. Check the lineup below and read through the cracks (???people like New Orleans Social Club are members of The Meters and Neville Bros). The Sat night Techno Tribal party features STS9, Shpongle and Rabbit in the Moon performing among others and Anon Salon also hosts the ???Ambiotca??? party just across the way as well. On site camping is now available… Wow and Otter Oasis camps from BM have large presence there.

???Nuff said on the sales pitch??? just come up??? you WILL have a great time ???. and/or meet the love of your life… Harmony Festival is just that way. Hope to see ya,

Love and Stratocasters,

Mark Bava
Co-Producer:
Anon Salon/Sea of Dreams
LaDecom Street Fair
Blue Bongo/Little Pedros
Church of Wow Camp

HARMONY FESTIVAL

June 8, 9, 10, 2007
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Santa Rosa, California

World Class Music & Speakers on multiple stages

for 3 Days and 3 Nights of Entertainment

Harmony Day Shows

Friday:

  • BRIAN WILSON & THE STEVE KIMOCK BAND

Saturday:

  • ERYKAH BADU & RICKIE LEE JONES
  • UMPHREY’S MCGEE
  • DENNIS KUCINICH & AMY GOODMAN

Sunday:

  • THE ROOTS & KINKY & ALO &
  • ARIANA HUFFINGTON

(many more listed below!)

Harmony After Dark

Late Night Shows in 3 Venues

  • moe. – SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 (Live PA Set)
  • JAI UTTAL & SHEILA CHANDRA
  • TECHNO-TRIBAL DANCE
  • Shongle & Rabbit in the Moon – MIKE STERN
  • VICTOR WOOTEN – Dennis Chambers – STEVE KIMOCK
  • One At Last – COMMON & SHEILA CHANDRA & WISDOM
  • Shimshai – Tina Malis
  • and much more!

Also featuring:

(See website for complete schedule)

  • The Waybacks – The New Orleans Social Club
  • ALO – New Monsoon – Hot Buttered Rum
  • Stanton Warriors – The New Mastersounds
  • Sol Horizon – Jai Uttal – Stellamara
  • Pam the Funkstress – Green Lemon
  • Lost At Last – Luna Angel – Ganga Giri
  • Goddess Alchemy Project – Sukhawat Ali Khan
  • Blue Turtle Seduction – Shimshai & Tina Malia
  • Vernon Bush – Jaya Lakshmi

PRE-SALE TICKETS:

  • $32 per day / $32 Harmony After Dark late night shows.
  • Weekend packages from $80-$149
  • plus special limited MAGIC PASS VIP TICKETS $500
  • AT THE GATE : $37 per day / $37 Harmony After Dark late night

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT:

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL TICKETMASTER OUTLETS

A limited number of pre-sale day and night tickets ($32) are now available at all ticket outlets and at HarmonyFestival.com. $37 tickets will be available at the gate. Access to Harmony After Dark is included in all VIP All Weekend Magic passes ($500) and in All Weekend/Day/Night passes ($149 without camping/$169 with camping).

Tickets, Camping, Booths, & Volunteering ONLINE SUBSCRIBE to the Harmony Festival & Events Email List:
http://www.harmonyfestival.com

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

  • AMY GOODMAN
  • ARIANNA HUFFINGTON
  • DENNIS KUCINICH
  • Edwin Black – Van Jones – Rob Brezsny – Rabbi Michael Lerner
  • Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa – Daniel Pinchbeck – Gabriel Cousens
  • The Wise Ones Indigenous Elders

See Complete Schedule

THEMED VILLAGES WITH OVER 400 EXHIBITORS

  • Eco Village – Wellness Pavilion – Culinary Showcase
  • Global Bazaar & Crafters Village – Healing Sanctuary
  • Goddess Grove – Vaudeville Stage
  • Transformational Art Show – Harmony Altar
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Expo – Magical Playground Kids Zone
  • Earthdance Dome – Casbah Teahouse – Theme Camps
  • Late Night Ambiotica Chill Lounge
  • Midnight Open Mic Stage – Home Dome

AN EVOLVING HARMONY NIGHTLIFE

SIX “AFTER DARK” NIGHT TIME VENUES…

Beyond Ever Before!

THREE NIGHTS OF EPIC ENTERTAINMENT…

Get into “The Zone” and experience the all NEW HARMONY AFTER DARK concert series, a self-contained, indoor and outdoor, night-time entertainment zone for late night festival goers.

The After Dark zone runs from 8PM to 2AM and includes performances each night by an eclectic array of jam bands, sacred music artists, electronica masters, world class DJ’s, performance artists and conscious hip-hop musicians. An After Dark Ticket or Weekend Pass gets you into The Zone where each night you can experience all Harmony After Dark festivities including three indoor music venues & two outdoor venues, night time art gardens, food & beverages, chill zones, variety shows and oh so very much more…

A Magical Outdoor Garden of Light & Beauty…

Get some fresh air while exploring our many night time outdoor attractions:
GODDESS GROVE VARIETY STAGE, THE HOME DOME, THE CASBAH TEA HOUSE & TENT, LIGHT ART GARDENS, ALTARS, FOOD & BEVERAGES, CHILL DOMES, MYSTIC PROJECTIONS, BEER GARDENS, WALKABOUT STILTERS AND A MAGICAL NIGHT SKY ABOVE!

Ambiotica Showcase Cafe Featuring: Hands Upon Black Earth, Alex Theory, Rara Avis, DJ Goz, Artemis, Mystical Sun, One At Last, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Nawal, Wingin It, DJ David Starfire, Shimshai, Tina Malia, Jaya Lakshmi,
Rafael and Katira & More. With decor magestry and Ambio-decor by MYSTIC BEAT LOUNGE, ANON SALON, GROOVE GARDEN, and INFLATABLE ARTS.

AND….DRUMROLL PLEASE…..

Mystic Beat Lounge presents

Mystic Beat Lounge presents???

The 8th Annual Harmony Festival Saturday Night…

TECHNO-TRIBAL COMMUNITY DANCE

SATURDAY – JUNE 9th 2007
Grace Pavilion – 8:00PM – 2:00AM – All Ages

Once a year there comes a sensorium extravaganza like no other… The fabulous Techno-Tribal Dance takes flight in a universe of 21st Century sound and light in the vast cathedral of Grace Pavilion. A sea of costumed, dancing people celebrate the moment to the music of top electronica artists, their eyes filled with jewels by a full spectrum laser array and vast airy beings that hang in space, painted with light and sailing in the sound field. Fire spinners dazzle the eye as daring aerialists soar through the dark reaches above the pulsing crowd, whose bones are vibrating with massive bass beats. Then fantasy forms and dream beings on stilts cut a path through the happy dancers, bringing with them an element of – what? Ritual? Magic? Birth of something so novel we cannot name it, but we know we want it and it’s here!

  • RABBIT IN THE MOON – SHPONGLE (DJ SET)
  • STANTON WARRIORS (FEAT: DOMINIC B.)
  • GANGA GIRI – LUCENT DOSSIER VAUDEVILLE CIRQUE
  • SHAMANIC CHEERLEADERS – SUB-4 BREAKDANCE CREW
  • SISTERZ OF THE UNDERGROUND – FOU FOU HA – PYRO-A-GOGO
  • MALARKEY – LUMANESQUE – MOJOW & THE VIBRATION ARMY
  • VJ TEK – & MANY MORE!

Harmony Festival, Santa Rosa, CA

Debra Giusti
WISHING WELL PRODUCTIONS
Harmony Festival – Founder
Golden Peak Capital Investments
Harmony Events & Speakers Series
Dance & Movement Specialist/Trainer

707-829-5792 Direct line
707-829-5762 Fax
707-861-2035 Main Harmony Office

LSD: Lovely Skull of Diamonds

Skull of Diamonds

Damien Hirst’s Diamond Skull – “For the Love of God”

Artist Damien Hirst’s platinum cast of a human skull, titled “For the Love of God”, is covered with 8,601 “ethically sourced” diamonds. Its estimated worth is said to be over $98 million.

I’ve heard that the this piece will be displayed on the Playa this year, but that it will have machine gun armed guards nearby and snipers at the fence line within scope-sight with night-vision goggles. They have been given orders to shoot to kill. So don’t be getting any big ideas! I’ve also heard that there are some moles working the inside, trying to find out if this directive has come from the higher-ups within the Org, or from an outside source… Stay tuned… Bring kevlar.

Kate Stewart Jazz Music Review

Some information from a friend of the community, Jazz singer Kate Stewart.

Dear Friends & Associates:

I’m pleased to report that Jazz Review has just done a write-up on my CD, “They All Come Back”. I’ve copied and pasted it below, but if you would like to see the original, you can click here:

Thanks for all you support in the past – please know how much it is appreciated!

Best,

Kate

P.S. See my review in the Italian Magazine, Genovatune. And, as always, you can hear some music samples at MySpace

Featured Artist:

  • K8 Stewart Experience

CD Title:

  • They All Come Back

Style:

  • Jazz Vocals

Musicians:

  • Kate Stewart (Vocals)
  • Jamieson Trotter (Piano)
  • Sherman Ferguson (Drums)
  • Dan Lutz (Bass)
  • John Baxter (Guitar)

Review in JazzReview.com magazine:

I honestly never thought that I would ever hear a CD (in this case an EP-CD) with both ???Autumn Leaves??? and Leonard Cohen???s ???I???m Your Man??? as tracks, but Kate Stewart proved me wrong.

New singers and their initial efforts are always a challenge to review. It???s like watching a young pitcher (I apologize in advance for the sports analogy) making their major league debut. You can determine whether the pitcher has the equipment (arm) to be able to succeed in the big leagues, but it’s hard to predict whether the pitcher will evolve into a real big league pitcher. But without the arm, it will not happen. (I already apologized for the sports analogy ??? right?)

Well based on this EP-CD, I can definitely conclude that Kate Stewart has the equipment (in this case voice) to become an excellent jazz singer. But natural ability alone does not guarantee that someone will evolve into being a singer ??? in another genre Linda Ronstadt comes to mind.

I would bet though based on this effort that Kate will evolve into a fine jazz vocalist. She has been a lifetime devotee of jazz and began singing in clubs out East when she was 16, so her style is more polished than on most maiden efforts. She definitely shows more than glimmers of the singer she might well end up being.

I tried, I mean really tried, to use another word, but alas for want of that other word her voice can best be described as sultry ??? which one would not expect based on the picture of the perky, svelte blonde beaming at us on the back of the CD.

Mostly she knows how to sing. I especially liked he straight ahead interpretation of Johnny Mercer???s ???Too Marvelous for Words.??? Her interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic was also quite good. She has an excellent combo backing her, and the arrangements allowed their abilities to be demonstrated without taking away from Kate???s own efforts.

All in all Kate Stewart is definitely worth a listen ??? it will be interesting to see how her career and style evolves.

Tracks: How Long Has This Been Going On?, I’m Your Man, They All Come Back, Autumn Leaves, Too Marvelous for Words

Artist’s Website:

http://MySpace.com/k8stewartexperience

Reviewed by: Tom Schaefer

Artist Alex Grey Video Presentation

Alex Grey is a well known artist of extraordinary vision, talent, and skill. I know that there are many within our creative community that consider him to be a modern day mystic. An Artistic shaman. Whatever you may or may not think about Alex Grey and his work, enjoy this short video clip. Sort of like a short 4 minute documentary:

The Clare Foundation Art Auction: Art for Clare

Art for Clare: The Clare Foundation: Rehab and recovery angels

The Clare Foundation
“Art for Clare” Art Auction at Bergamot Station

The CLARE Foundation is hosting its first annual Art for Clare art auction at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica

Art for Clare: Art auction at Bergamont Station

Buy tickets online now at the Clare Foundation Website

The CLARE Foundation Collaborates with the Art Community to Present ART for CLARE

(Santa Monica, CA) – The transformation of raw materials into a cohesive art form can mirror the transformation of an addict’s life from one of desperation and chaos to one of hope and recovery. In recognition of the healing power of art, on June 3, 2007 the CLARE Foundation, a major Westside provider of services to primarily homeless and low-income alcoholics and addicts, will collaborate with the art community to present Art for CLARE at Bergamont Station Arts Center.

Art for CLARE has invited over 35 local contemporary artists to participate in this one-day art auction and fundraiser, including Lisa Adams, Sophia Allison, Marcos Alvarez, Meredith Baxter, Quinton Bemiller, Judy Broumand, Rex Bruce, Richard Bruland, Mike Bullas, Jennifer Celio, Patrick Ceo, York Chang, Sarah Dunn, Carol Es, Colleen Flynn-Lawson, Judith Fox, Debi Gero, James Harrill, Susan Holcomb, Anthony Hopkins, Michele Jaquis, Gegam Kacherian, Sharon Kagan, Ursula Kammer-Fox, Jay Kelly, Elana Kundell, David Limrite, Larry Lytle, Meg Madison, Mela Marsh, Mery Lynn McCorkle, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, Doug Murphy, Glenn Ossiander, Ed Ruscha, Elizabeth Sadoff, Gina Stepaniuk, David Trulli, Kim Tucker, Jennifer Vanderpool, Claire Vesco-Felson, Ryan Villiers, Toni Waggoner, Susie White, and Leslie Yagar.

The afternoon will feature live entertainment, and actress and comedian Rachel Tomlinson will emcee festivities. Local Westside restaurants including Sushi Roku, Enzo and Angela, Le Chef Bakery, Piccolo Ristorante, and Pizzicotto, will provide a tantalizing array of food, with beverages contributed by Riven Rock Winery and Espresso Etc. Violinist David Wilson and musical stylist David Roberti will provide the afternoon???s musical backdrop.

Funds raised at ART for CLARE will make a significant impact in mending the broken lives of people suffering from addiction; a portion of the art sales will provide support to CLARE’s 11 recovery programs. Four tickets to the event can provide a week in CLARE’s Detox/Primary program for one client. The sale of a signed book of Ed Ruscha photography can sponsor a mother and her child in CLARE’s Women with Children program for five weeks.

For tickets to ART for CLARE or more information:

Bergamot Station is located at

  • 2525 Michigan Ave
  • Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Parking at Bergamot Station is free of charge.

For more information or to have your questions answered, feel free to contact Julie Edens at jedens@clarefoundation.org or call (310) 314-6212

The CLARE Foundation is dedicated to providing services to all those suffering from alcoholism or substance abuse. An organization that began in 1965 with community members providing sobriety resources to the homeless alcoholics along Santa Monica’s beaches, last year CLARE provided recovery-oriented services to more than 25,000 men, women and children.

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