Come to Papa Live is the live version of the popular weekly radio show hosted by comedian Tom Papa. Voted best podcast of 2013 by Time Out NY, it is a hilarious classic radio format, recorded for Sirius/XM, with scripted sketches performed by comedians, stand-up sets and musical guests all hosted by Tom and backed by a great jazz trio. Tom’s guests have included Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Rob Zombie, Matt Damon, Joel McHale, Brian Regan, Amy Schumer and a bunch of other really cool people.
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Learn more about improving your life as well as the lives around you through this compelling conversation between award-winning musician and outspoken animal rights activist Moby and author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life Gene Baur. The discussion focuses on the basic tenets of living a vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle, including eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and working to make the world a better placefor both the two- and four-legged. Joel Stein writes a weekly column for Time magazine. He has contributed to publications such as the New Yorker, GQ, Wired, and the Los Angeles Times. A book signing follows the program.
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L.A. Louver is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Enrique Martínez Celaya. This is the artist’s fourth show with L.A. Louver.
The beginning and end points of the exhibition experience are marked by two installations. In the first floor south gallery, a bronze sculpture of a young boy stands in a pool of water; tiled mirrors cover the surrounding walls. Facing away from the viewer, the figure’s fragmented reflection reveals tears that trickle from the boy’s eyes into the pool below. The visitor is also implicated in the scene through her reflection; a single light illuminates the space; the sound of the tears dropping into the pool creates a multi-sensorial immersive experience. The second installation, in the gallery’s open-air Skyroom, features the same boy who now stands within a wire cage shaped like a house. Holes in the figure’s chest serve as a refuge for five live birds that live within the cage.
Paintings and sculptures, presented throughout the first and second floor galleries, navigate between these two installations, and according to Martínez Celaya, “point to a world that is familiar and unknown, radiant and brutal, personal and vast.” The trajectory of the narrative imbued within the collective whole is mysterious and haunting. Imagery provides the context by which the narrative unfolds -- sunlight, birds, glass and water manifest wonderment, while skates and rays, cages, fire, bridges and the evocation of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s childhood home provoke darker connotations.
Through this entire experience, infused with themes of innocence, loss, hope, possibility and dreams, the artist attempts to stir the conscious and subconscious understanding of becoming. “I do not think of this body of work as an assembly of individual artworks and writings,” states Martínez Celaya. “Instead, I approach it as a totality or as an environment where one artwork is
revealed or hidden by another. Throughout this environment the friction between images and their negation suggests the instability of recognition. This instability and the layering of ideas bring about circuitous discoveries as well as reflective or indirect recognitions, often the only kind of recognition available to us.”
Born in Cuba, Martínez Celaya spent much of his childhood in Spain and Puerto Rico. As a young boy, he developed interests in art, science, philosophy and literature, which led him to study Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University; and to pursue a degree in Quantum Electronics at University of California, Berkeley. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Martínez Celaya was Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University (1994-2003). He was honored as the second Presidential Professor in the history of the University of Nebraska, was selected as Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth, and is a Trustee of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Awards include the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Here and Now Award, the Hirsh Grant, and Anderson Ranch National Artist.
Martínez Celaya has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Asia
and Australia. His work can be found in the public collections such as the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art,
Los Angeles, CA; Portland Art Museum, OR; the Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston, TX; Denver Art Museum, CO; Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Martínez Celaya currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Join us for an artist talk with Enrique Martínez Celaya on Tuesday, 22 April 2015, 7 pm. The event is free but reservations are required.
RSVP to (310) 822-4955 or [email protected]
Chico, CA 95928
The key ingredients behind the astonishing sweep of Kimbra’s new album The Golden Echo, as recounted by the artist: Supremely talented collaborators, Greek mythology, and a smallsheep farm. Yes, sheep. And not those that famously inhabit her native New Zealand, but a handful right in the middle of Los Angeles. More about that soon.
The Golden Echo album is a vivid, vivacious, and ambitious arc of pop and funk that conveys an array of questions and insights. It’s an album both of youthful exuberance and mature introspection, from the opening track, the joyful “Teen Heat,” to the closing one, the musing, yet still joyful “Waltz Me To the Grave.” It’s at once a dancing record and thinking record, inspired by such diverse musical touchstones as Prince, ’70s R&B, ’90s pop (the first single is affectionately titled “90s Music”), and The Mars Volta, but heralding the full arrival of a distinctive artist. It's what Kimbra Lee Johnson has been aspiring to and working toward since her teen years in her hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Front and center are Kimbra’s own considerable talents as a songwriter, musician, programmer, and singer, but crucial are the contributions by a variety of notables, foremost her co-producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foster the People, Franz Ferdinand), who encouraged her to explore her mad-scientist/sonic-collagist instincts. Silverchair’s Daniel Johns helped ignite her creative sparks, as did such all-star musicians as drummers John “JR” Robinson (Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, “We Are the World,” Madonna, Daft Punk) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), singer Bilal, guitarist Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Michael Shuman (Mini Mansions, Queens Of The Stone Age), bassist Thundercat, and string composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks.