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Sunday, December 7

CAAM joins CicLavia For the Target Sundays at CAAM Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037

1:00pm

Join CAAM as they move the CAAM stage from its outdoor courtyard to King Boulevard for CicLAvia and a Kwanza celebration. Live performances include spoken word, dance and music highlighting the seasonal revelry. Remember to visit CAAM’s Holiday Marketplace, which includes Target Sunday vendors! In addition, CAAM will pay a special tribute to the 73rd anniversary of America’s fallen military heroes in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

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Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues

Offramp Gallery

1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

1:00pm

Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues, from December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, December 7 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, January 4 from 2-5pm.

Valdez states that the eight new gouaches in Somber Hues were "inspired by poetry, the seasons and a favorite film of mine. The character and color of these gouaches reflect a somber mood and tone." Handbags, chairs and umbrellas dance across magically animated surfaces while goblets spill their wine, teapots float and roses bleed.

Patssi Valdez is the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, The Latino Heritage Month Award, Spirit of Los Angeles (honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and worldwide), The Flintridge Fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

She was recently invited to serve as a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last year her work was part of a travelling exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Venues included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Valdez is included in collections of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas; Williams Collage of Art, Williamstown, MA; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.

Patssi is best known for her paintings and performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea).

Valdez states: "My work is based on what I find interesting, meaningful and inspirational on a personal and global level."

Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and remains active in the West Coast and International art scene.

Somber Hues is Valdez's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Lou Beach: White Pink Turpentine.

Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
626-298-6931

Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment

Wall blackboard is available for kids to create their own artistic
masterpieces.

Street parking -- Ample street parking is available on Canada Avenue, just north and west of the gallery.

http://www.offrampgallery.com

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The Nutcracker Unbound!

El Portal Theatre

5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

7:00pm

In a season full of hustle & bustle, gift giving, over-indulgence, and ‘tis the season cheer, make sure to leave room in your schedule for LA Unbound’s production of THE NUTCRACKER UNBOUND! This fun and exciting twist on the holiday classic features a remixed version of Tchaikovsky’s original score, with over 100 performers in a variety of styles, including contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, bollywood, ballet, aerial silks, rhythmic gymnastics, and more! Coming to you on December 6th & 7th at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, LA Unbound’s talented cast will bring to life a fascinating and unique Nutcracker you won’t find your dad dozing off to!

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Monday, December 8

Lou Beach: White Pink Turpentine

Offramp Gallery

1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

1:00pm

With White Pink Turpentine, Lou Beach continues to explore the art of collage and the far reaches of his imagination. Described as "very precise hallucinations . . . taking your breath away" by author George Saunders, Beach's collages are playful, restless, endlessly inventive, and memorable for their beautiful strangeness.

Lou Beach (nee Andrzej Lubicz-Ledóchowski) was born in Göttingen, Germany in 1947, the son of Polish parents displaced by the Second World War. The family emigrated to Rochester, NY in 1951 where Lou attended public schools and junior college.

He travelled to California in 1968 where he began his artistic career by making assemblage art and studying the Surrealists, visiting galleries and museums, and creating collages from pictures cut from old Life magazines. He worked during this time in bookstores, as a delivery man, moved furniture, and ran a punch press and forklift.

A road trip across country, ostensibly to travel on to Europe from the East Coast, brought him to Boston where he lived from 1972 until 1979, much of the time as the sexton at the famous Arlington St. Church. There he created collages in earnest and had his first one man show at the newly established Boston Center For The Arts, as well as being hired for several illustration assignments.

Returning to L.A. he reacquainted himself with old friends, one of whom was prominent in the music business, and was asked to illustrate a record album cover. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful career as a record cover illustrator as well as an editorial illustrator, making pictures for magazines and newspapers. He continued making art, if not showing in galleries, by creating collages as gifts and for his personal enjoyment. Not until his grown children (Alpha and Sam), both fine artists, encouraged him to seriously concentrate on making art again did he embark on reestablishing himself in that realm. A nearly sold-out show at Billy Shire Fine Arts in 2009 saw the reemergence of Lou in the world of fine art along with subsequent showings at Nickelodeon, La Luz de Jesus, Offramp Gallery, Adventureland (Chicago), and Firecat Projects in Chicago.

In June, 2014 two Lou Beach collages were acquired by the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago for its permanent collection.

White Pink Turpentine is Beach's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues.

Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
626-298-6931

Regular Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment

Wall blackboard is available for kids to create their own artistic
masterpieces.

Street parking -- Ample street parking is available on Canada Avenue, just north and west of the gallery.

http://www.offrampgallery.com

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Get “Tongue Tied” with Andy Allo at The Hotel Café

Hotel Cafe

1623 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

8:00pm

Join singer songwriter, Andy Allo, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles for an evening of sweet lyrics and rhythmic tunes.

Showcasing the biggest musical talent that Hollywood has to offer, The Hotel Café, offers an intimate venue to enjoy your favorite performers. On Dec. 8, Allo will be performing her newest single, “Tongue Tied,” live for the first time.

Recently released, “Tongue Tied” is a fresh, upbeat nod to the beginning stages of falling in love and is the first song off of Allo’s upcoming EP, the singer’s first foray into the pop/rock world.

As an independent artist, Allo self-produced her first album UnFresh, and in 2011, she joined Prince’s band New Power Generation. Prince executive-produced and collaborated with Allo on her sophomore album, Superconductor, released in 2012. She was recently featured on three songs off of Prince’s latest album Art Official Age. Allo will be releasing an upcoming EP featuring her new pop/rock sound in early Spring 2015.

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