CINESPIA HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY SCREENINGS, SEASON 10
If you’ve never been to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out the movie screening schedule and come on down with a group of your nearest and dearest. Really fun and they show some awesome movies.
Check the Hollywood Forever movie screening schedule here:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(Santa Monica Blvd. @ Gower)
Filmmaker Kevin Booth’s New Documentary:
How Weed Won the West
I always support Kevin Booth’s efforts to raise awareness and exposing the ridiculous and dangerous draconian drug laws in the USA. I first learned about Kevin Booth many years ago, by being a huge fan of the late great comedian/satirist Bill Hicks. Kevin and Bill had been childhood friends. I feel that part of Bill’s long-silenced voice is still heard through he works of his friends such as Kevin Booth.
Free Preview Screening
Venice Beach, Feb. 13
On Saturday February 13th at 8:00PM, the new feature length documentary from Sacred Cow Productions, ???How Weed Won the West??? will be screened at the Organica dispensary in Venice Beach (13456 Washington Blvd.), the site of the LAPD raid from last year as shown in the film.
“How Weed Won the West??? is the story of the people who probably would not die if you took their weed away. People who feel it is their right to smoke a dried flower instead of ingesting dangerous pharmaceuticals for medicine, or alcohol and cigarettes to simply catch a buzz.
What Is Lucent L’amour?
Lucent L’amour is a festival that embraces the visual, architectural and performance arts as passionately as it does music and dance.
It is the transformation of one night into a spontaneous combustion of love and mayhem.
It is a creative synthesis of dance and electronic music, vaudeville performance, and street art into one multi-sensory experience.
To create the fifth annual Lucent L’amour, The Do LaB is bringing you two stages of music and performance, a cutting edge art gallery, live painters, larger-than-life interactive sculptures, and elaborate stage and environment designs from the west coasts leading artists.
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Available now at http://lucentlamour.com
The Do LaB presents…
The Fifth Annual Lucent L???amour
Experience a festival where art and music collide
in an explosion of self expression!
Saturday, Feb. 13th 2010
Shrine Expo Hall
Featuring the sounds of:
- Stanton Warriors
- Yard Dogs Road Show
- Beats Antique
- Ana Sia
- Lazer Sword
- Lynx & Janover
With a special performance by:
- Lucent Dossier Experience
Plus more performances to be announced!
Live digital painting by:
An awe-inspiring art gallery curated by Mike Russek and Deborah Vogt featuring:
A live mural painting by The Mac and Retna
Exhibiting artists include:
Ekundayo ~ L Croskey ~ Liz Brizzi ~ Luis Sanchez
~ John Park ~ Hans Haveron ~ Kofie One ~ Shrine ~
Julio Sanchez ~ Man One ~ Spectr ~ Walt Hall
~ Chris Berg ~ Gareth Stehr ~ Jocelyn Marsh ~
Danni Shinya Luo ~ Izumi Yokoyama ~ Stefano Novelli
~ Ryan Weigner ~ Chris Leavens ~ Michael Pukac ~
Shira Loa ~ Brion Topolski ~ Ando Pndlian ~ Myong Kurly
~ Adam Mostow ~ Motion One ~ Mike Russek ~
Rajiv Jain ~ David Wilson
Live Mural Painting curated by Carmen Zella featuring:
Max Neutra ~ Mearone ~ Jessica Perlstein
~ Andres Salcedo ~ Eyeone ~ Carlos Vera ~
Asylum ~ Kelly Matten ~ Dave Zaboski ~ Amy Shawley
~ Yuki Miyazaki ~ Norman Maxwell
Large scale art installations curated by Marsi Frey featuring:
The Do LaB ~ Bamboo DNA ~ Shrine ~ The Ant Farm
~ Karen Cusolito & Dan Das Mann ~ Sandman Creations ~
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ~ Debi Cable ~ Scott O???keefe
~ Linka Odom ~ Scott Bella ~ Andrew Hoevelar ~ Michael Elliot
Plus inter-active installations, a pimped out photo booth,
clothing and food vending and a ton of other surprises!
The fifth annual Lucent L???amour!
Saturday Feb. 13th 2010
- Shrine Expo Hall
- Downtown Los Angeles
- 18 and over
- Full bar for 21 and over
- Indoor/Outdoor Venue
- Doors from 7pm ??? 4am
Tickets Onsale Now!
Go Big VIP Passes available!
The other January 9th birthday I mentioned in a previous post is a bit more significant and personal, as it is the day that a very dear friend of mine was born, for which I am eternally grateful and thankful.
An astonishing guitar player in his own right, but also an accomplished artist… a one-of-a-kind artist at that.
Rick grew up in an artistic environment in San Pedro, California, with his influential step-father artist Jimmy Zar, well-known for is amazing oil paintings, and his younger brother Chet Zar, who left his mark in Hollywood, but has branched way out beyond the confines of the silver screen.
The Devil’s Apprentice…
or at least the mad scientist’s protégé
Rick Zar used to work for the amazing mad scientist Larry Albright in Venice Beach. Larry Albright was well-known for building contraptions based on Nikola Tesla’s theories. At one point in time, he was the only person on the planet doing what he does. (Go to the video at the end of this posting to watch and listen to a clip of Larry Albright).
Pioneering in blown-glass contraptions known as Crackle Tubes and Lightning Globes, and holding the world record for having built the smallest neon art for the Francis Ford Coppola movie “One From the Heart”. Also having created installations for Stephen Speilberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, building custom pieces for Michael Jackson, and a long list of other amazing, unique works of art that have found their way all over the planet.
Let’s focus for a moment on this latest artistic venture, PlasmaPipes.com… an artistic endeavor which took a lifetime to achieve. It had to. Necessary were the many years of accumulated specialized skills and esoteric knowledge in order to be able to pull off the amazing feats of artistry currently being unleashed into the world.
Be the first kid on your block to have one of these one-of-a-kind blown-art Plasma and Argon gas glowing art pieces in your home. No one, but NO one on the planet does this.
There is only one man capable of making these unique artistic beauties. There are a few who have tried, but where they have all failed in their attempts, Rick succeeds because of his sheer mastery of the craft. He is wizard-like in his abilities. It’s a magick that only he knows how to manipulate to full effect.
Retailers all over the country are ordering these babies up. Each art piece is custom, hand-made by the artist. Why pay retail prices when you can get wholesale prices here! Just tell him that Twan sent you! Enjoy the sample photos on this site (which don’t do them justice). You got to see them to believe it.
Be sure to visit the PlasmaPipes.com website to order yours now and for more info. *
*All glass is sold solely as art. However, you must be 18 years old to view the contents of this website or to purchase products.
YouTube Video of Plasma Pipes in Motion
Jimmy Page magickally helped me to stay connected to the guitar. This is true even through the years that my own guitars sat alone, seemingly forgotten, rarely played… though in recent years they have been getting quite a bit of play. I’ve been intently learning some new tunes (check out Vanderbilly.com), the latest of which are “The Rain Song” and “Bron-yr-Aur“. Both of which are beautiful guitar ditties any guitarist would joy to diddle with!
It was also Jimmy Page that clued me into the Law of Thelema when I was a teenager. And, though he’s long since dead, I still say: Long Live the Great Beast Aleister Crowley! For these things and more, I am grateful that Sir James Patrick Page was born on January 9th, 1944.
Roam Music gets Leveled
A Very Special Edition featuring Founders of the LA Acid House Movement: Michael Cook, Doc Martin and Mark Lewis with support from Droog, John Wander.
- Type: Party – Night of Mayhem
- Start Time: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 9:00pm
- End Time: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:00am
- We had to move the location of the event to a new Secret Location. Please go to 2650 East Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles California. Cross streets are Olympic and Rio Vista Ave. IMPORTANT: You need to park in the Back of the Old Sears Parking Lot that borders Rio Vista Ave..NOT THE FRONT. PARK AT THE SOUTH END OF THE PARKING LOT AND A SHUTTLE WILL TAKE YOU TO THE PRIVATE LOCATION. WE WILL HAVE SECURITY IN THE PARKING LOT TO BE SURE ALL CARS ARE SAFE. THE BACK OF SEARS… NOT THE FRONT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND QUIET WHEN PARKING.
A Bit of History of L.A. Underground Music Scene
In the late 80???s, L.A. nightlife sucked, hair metal ruled the sunset strip and dance clubs were the snooty realm of velvet ropes. Then a multiracial bunch of hippies, hip hoppers, and social rejects started throwing all-night acid house parties in abandoned warehouses and a revolution was born. The L.A. Acid House Movement began. (Spin Magazine).
$20 PRESALE , $30 AT THE DOOR
On January 23, 2010 at an underground warehouse location, Roam Music returns to Los Angeles to get Leveled with a Very Special Edition featuring founding artists of the L.A. Acid House Movement: The Legendary Michael Cook, Doc Martin, Mark Lewis, and support from Droog, and John Wander.
Hosted by: Sublevel, Mixology, Bobby D, John Louie, Moonshine, Steve LeClair – OAP, Amir
Mark Lewis, one of the most revered and respected DJs in the nation, has been a leading figure in the dance music industry and has earned an unchallenged reputation for producing successful worldwide DJ sets for 20 years.
Mark, a London native, began his career in L.A. in 1988. In addition to being one of the pioneers of the West Coast Underground House Scene, He is credited for founding the legendary ???Logic??? party at the West End in Los Angeles CA in the mid 90s. Mark has shared the turntables with the most renowned Global DJs. In addition to being a DJ who has spun throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and South Africa, he has earned an unchallenged reputation for producing successful DJ sets worldwide. Mark’s intercontinental popularity has him rocking the crowds from the infamous Nikki Beach, Giant, Avalon and Cream to Ministry of Sound in England and more. His uplifting music style of cutting edge tribal house infused with progressive riffs has kept him in demand around the globe. Music legends like Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold have requested Mark to go on numerous U.S. and European tours. Elton John himself often requests the DJ to provide his Foundation parties with the Mark Lewis touch. In the summer of 2000, Mark Lewis launched Mixology, Inc., a multifaceted company home to a record label, events and a marketing division that offers lifestyle options for DJs and DJ connoisseurs. Corporate and Record label clients that Mixology has worked with include: Adidas, Red Bull, Playboy, Bacardi, Armani Exchange, FHM Magazine, Ministry of Sounds, Perfecto UK, Cream, Global Underground, Asahi Beer, Han Asian Vodka, Monster Energy Drink, Stussy, Hard Eight Clothing (L.A.), Warner Bros. and Scion Toyota. Mark has also been taking on new projects as a songwriter and performer in his electronica/alternative band, Interstate.
2009 has been a big year for Mark Lewis: he spun for U2???s after party at the Sundance Film Festival along with Paul Oakenfold; Elton John???s Oscar party for the fifth year in a row; the 9th annual WMC closing party at the world famous Nikki Beach; and Burning Man with Carl Cox. Also is a main feature @ Downtown LA Fashion Week for top designers. His up and coming shows include: the Carl Cox Tour, Mixology Radio Mix shows, Original Productions and remixes by Interstate and Everything But The Girl, Owl City. A coveted residency at Hollywood???s hot-spot-to-be-and-to- be-seen, Ecco starts in 2010 and his online video show called DJ Diaries.
Michael Cook is a native of Manchester, England currently residing in London. He began DJing professionally at the age of 18 playing a heady mixture of Indy and early Hip Hop & Electro in the North West of England before leaving for the USA in 1986. He’s been one of the Djs credited with bringing Acid House to California but prefers to believe he (along with several other DJs) helped bring California to Acid House. Based in Los Angeles California, Michael became one of the founding fathers of the West Coast Underground House & Rave Scene, playing at such legendary vanguard parties as Alices House, Moonshine, Double Hit Mickey, Truth, Paw Paw Patch, Narnia & Gilligans Island. In addition, he hosted Los Angeles first underground dance radio show on KXLU with Jason Bentley.
Michael sites John Peel as his first and most formative musical influence and Michael???s musical tastes remain resolutely eclectic. Michael is the consummate all rounder drawing his set selections from the entire spectrum including Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Latin, Down tempo, Deep House, Nu Disco, Hip Hop, Electro, Punk Funk, Broken Beat, Rock and Indy; though he is equally happy specializing in any one of these genres.
Currently he resides and plays various residencies in some of Londons top clubs bars and lounges and regularly plays guest sets at home and internationally. The selection of some highlights from his many years as a DJ include Main Backstage/VIP DJ and music programmer for the Glastonbury (2004 & 2005) and Reading festivals (2004 – 2006), Resident DJ for the Big Chill festival, Rob Da Bank’s Bestival, Regular DJ partner with Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza (World wide), legendary Notting Hill Carnival house sound system Sancho Panza, Lowlife (Last Night a DJ Saved My Life authors Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton), Tour support DJ for Gotan Project, annual winter residency at La Santanera in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico along with regular international gigs in Lisbon, Rio, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Warsaw, Paris & Barcelona. Some other highlights of Michael???s Dj career include playing at private birthday parties for Madonna and William Orbit and support Dj for Bjork, Happy Mondays, 808 State, Orbital, The Orb, The Farm, The Hacienda, Moby, The Prodigy, and many others. Michael is also known for founding the music for film production company ???M62???.
If there was a house DJ in America who could accurately claim to be the most important house DJ working today, it would be Doc Martin. But then, Doc would never accept such a title even if it happens to be true, because Doc is not only a legendary talent but a legendarily humble man.
Doc Martin???s live sets truly bring people together the variation in his style of music is endless. What makes him so different from the rest? A unique ability to spin everything from deep house vocals that have much depth and meaning to us all in some way, his funky tribal Bass lines mixed with threads of acid, his passive collection of classics rare records that are only to be heard at his gigs.
Doc Martin has developed the respect, as a house DJ that so many of us admire it is this respect that keeps him constantly touring, from New York to London, Japan and everywhere in between. He has frequently played and was a resident at such clubs as, Fabric (London), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Womb (Tokyo), Club Heaven (Seoul) The Faith 10 Year Anniversary (Garden Festival), Ministry (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Beta (Denver) Secret Sundaze (London), Full Circle, Back to Basics (England Leeds), The End (London) Cielo (New York), Yellow (Japan), Ghost Bar (Las Vegas), Club 5 (DC), How Sweet it is (Los Angeles), Nocturnal Wonderland (Los Angeles), JuJu beats (Los Angeles), Club 5 (Washington DC), Daisy carnival(Los Angeles), Temple (San Francisco), Twilo (New York), Sound Bar, The Park Ultra Lounge (Sacramento) (Chicago) Zentra (Chicago), Sublevel (Los Angeles), Caf?? Del Mar (San Francisco), The Love Parade (San Francisco), Remedy (San Francisco),Seven (Australia) as well as The Basement Jaxx & Daft Punk tour and countless other shows.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John was exposed to electronic music by good friend, Bobby Dvoran (aka Bobby D) in the early 90???s at legendary LA events such as Flammable Liquid, Truth, Doc Martin???s ???Unlock the House???, Sunday Love, Brownies Dj sets at ???Monarch???, Nectar, Jason Bentley???s ???Bossa Nova???, Marques Wyatt???s ???High Society???, Mark Lewis ???Logic??? at West End, and several others. John sites Michael Cook, Laurent Garnier and the others listed above as his first electronic music influences and the inspiration to start Djing in 1996. A true lover of music for all of his life, John???s music tastes are extremely eclectic and reflect a wide range that include Deep House, Twisted Funk, Techno, Tech House, Indie, Nu Disco, Down tempo, Hip Hop, Jazz, Electro, Rock, Soul, and Latin. John???s early Dj residencies were at the legendary ???Insomnia??? afterhours and Spundae LA.
In 2000, John along with good friends founded the infamous ???Roam Music??? events in LA. Roam Music is known for introducing breakout artists to the West Coast such as Damian Lazarus, Audio Soul Project (Mazi), Asad Rizvi, Tania Vulcano, and several other Spanish artists. They have produced events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Spain. Roam Music is partly credited for bringing Techno back to LA. Roam Music has hosted many break out artists and has given John the opportunity to DJ with various friends/artists such as Phonique, Michael Cook, Doc Martin, M.A.N.D.Y, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Mathew Jonson, Damian Lazarus, Dyed Soundorom, David Duriez, Kate Simko, Three, Marco Carola, and many others in national and international venues through out Spain, Berlin, Montreal, Hong Kong, New York, London, Miami, San Francisco. John is currently working in the studio with friend Rob G and engineer Casey Nefcy on a remix to be completed in January 2010. Currently in stealth mode, John will be launching a record label in 2010.
A quintessential LA story: three people (Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, Justin Sloe) make a westward pilgrimage at the turn of the millennium, all from different places and backgrounds, unknown to each other but connected by love of dance music and the search for fresh and exciting territory. A friendship, formed after chance meetings in the Los Angeles dance music scene, evolved into a full- fledged musical partnership.
From the first gig together in 2005, through countless hours spent crafting a common creative identity, Droog was formed. Droog???s individual musical origins and taste combined under the common denominator of the collective – Justin???s love of old school hip-hop and house, and his proficiency with a down-tempo style; Brett???s affection for classic New Wave and fresh indie rock, Andrei???s beginnings in deep and disco house of the late 90???s.
Droog honed their skills alongside such luminaries of the scene as Richie Hawtin, Damian Lazarus, Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y., Locodice, Josh Wink, Booka Shade and others. Droog???s opening and closing sets, as well as burgeoning relationships with the strongest global talent, have helped cement Avalon???s reputation as the venue of choice for cutting edge dance music in Los Angeles. A natural extension of the Avalon experience for Droog was the desire to throw their own events, which have showcased forward-thinking music from the world over. Droog have delivered the underground to the heart of Hollywood with a series of nighttime soirees and have gotten international attention with a host of parties on the rooftop of the modern Standard Hotel. In two years of events, the collective played with and showcased rising global stars and established creative forces from Magda, Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler to LoSoul, Konrad Black and Ewan Pearson. At the same time, Droog have expanded their reach by DJing throughout the United States.
Sharing the controls with the artists they respect and admire most, building a scene around their parties, DJing on the road, and combining sensibilities of three personalities have all contributed to Droog developing their own distinct sound. Droog???s sets fuse the classic U.S. house and techno traditions with the best in European underground dance music, from deep house to minimal.
2009 has been a banner year for the lads. At this year???s WMC, Droog launched their nascent label, Culprit. After a barnstorming showcase at DEMF, Culprit released its first EP by Hot Natured (Jamie Jones & Lee Foss) in June. The slate of new releases planned on the label will include Droog???s debut original and remix material.
The Droog collective now stands poised to solidify and expand this reputation, at the forefront of the LA dance music resurgence.