4TH JULY DRUM CIRCLE

The calendar on the Venice Beach Drum Circle website hasn’t been updated since 2007 but I believe dancers and performers gather every Sunday. I walked along Venice Beach yesterday late afternoon and at 6:30pm the drum circle was well under way.

The web site is still a great place to get information about the history of the Drum Circle and the many controversies surrounding it since the year 2000 when the site was created, including the Boardwalk Lottery, which sadly resulted in the exodus of true artists selling their work and the arrival of junk arts and crafts. I hadn’t been to Venice Beach in a long time and was truly saddened by the mediocrity of the art and jewelry on display.

According to DrumsOnTheWeb.com, which lists Drum Circles in the US and around the world, the Venice Beach drum circle dates back to the 1960’s.

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I visited MOLAA a few weeks ago  and highly recommend this museum which offers, among others, poetry, films, cooking classes and is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary of Murals Under the Stars starting on July 18th. I might just have to go back on that day just so I can taste the Mango Cheesecake offered by Viva Cafe. I had their arroz con leche on the outdoor patio and I can still taste the generous offering of sticky sweet rice and cinammon.

Their current exhibit: “Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin” runs through August 16th.

The pictures on this post are only a small sample of the eclectic art gracing the Robert Gumbiner Sculpture and Events Garden.

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Oswaldo Guayasamin’s El Grito II, The Cry II, 1983, Oil on canvas.

In the HBO movie “John Adams”, John Adams asks Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. “Why me?” asks Jefferson.  “I have a great opinion of the elegance of your pen,” is John Adams’ third reason.

Benjamin Franklin (Tom Wilkinson) and John Adams (Paul Giamatti) review Jefferson’s draft.  Benjamin Franklin to Jefferson: “You lay the evils of slavery at the feet of the King but you say nothing of slavery itself sir.”

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Theatre Unleashed presents Metamorphose, the second installment in its Galleries series, July 1-2 at Studio/Stage in Hollywood. Transcendental theatre at its finest, Metamorphose is less of a show and more of a collective Hero’s Journey into the belly of the whale. With a loose structure and ever-changing performances developed from weeks of introspection, connection and exploration guided by the many cycles of change, this artistic event promises nothing but surprise and impact…for the audience and performers alike.

When: July 1st & 2nd, 2009 @ 8pm

Where: Studio/Stage
520 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 9004

Tickets: $10 General Admission
To RSVP:
Call (818) 849-4039 or order tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

This eery montage where  Michael Jackson‘s dance moves are slowed down reminded me of silent-screen great Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) and of course Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)who was greatly admired by Jackson and inspired his moonwalk. The whiter Jackson’ skin became, the more tragic and mime-like his performances.

In this one the crowd goes absolutely wild watching Jackson perform “Billie Jean” 30 years after its release:

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Mary Guilliams as Ariel and Bobby Plasencia as Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park 2009. The Independent Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest & Henry V, June 26th -August 30th, Friday-Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Admission is free, donations gratefully received. Reservations are free to make and highly recommended.

Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027.

To reserve your seat: boxoffice@independentshakespeare.com or call (323) 836-0288.

The Tempest: In Shakespeare’s final play, spirits, first love, music, and the forces of revenge intersect on a mysterious island.

Prospero has waited twelve years to punish his duplicitous brother with the sorcery he has been perfecting in exile. When there paths collide, he discovers magic doesn’t make the man, the past is only history, and the world can make itself anew. (Perfect for family audiences.)

Henry V: In this high-octane portrait of England’s favorite king, 15 actors play 40 characters, span countries and years, and decimate a foreign power. A play about theater masquerading as a play about war, it’s full of thrilling speeches, big characters and unruly humor.

Click here for showtime and other info.

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http://www.tizianoproject.org

COMEDY FOR A CAUSE benefits INSIDE OUT COMMUNITY ARTS, PEACE4KIDS and the TIZIANO PROJECT this Thursday, June 25th at The Hive Gallery & Studios, 729 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

Open bar & snacks. Live music and raffle. Doors open at 8:30pm, laughs ensue at 9:00pm.

The Tiziano Project strives to develop and encourage first-class collaborative journalism on a global scale. They provide community members in conflict, post-conflict, and underreported regions with the equipment, training, and affiliations necessary to report their stories and improve their lives.

Tiziano Terzani was an Italian writer and foreign correspondent known for honest and courageous reporting and for defending native and livable values in the face of economic encroachment. He was one of the few Western journalists to report from and remain in Saigon as it was falling and it is in this spirit that our organization is dedicated.

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Tiziano Terzani (1938-2004,) http://www.corriere.it

Peace4Kids provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after emancipation until age 24. Peace4Kids is dedicated to empowering foster and at-risk youth by providing community as family. We create a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing our kids to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.

Through the arts, Inside Out Community Arts promotes healthy interaction among diverse at-risk and underserved Los Angeles middle-school youth. Led by specially trained teams of professional artists and high school age mentors, Inside Out bridges cultural, geographic, socioeconomic and differently-abled boundaries to support youth in creating and presenting topical theater and art, empowering them to make positive choices as individuals and members of the greater community.<