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Wednesday, December 3

Corky Hale

Catalina Bar Grill

Hollywood, CA 90028

8:30pm

A working jazz musician since the late 1950s. As an in-demand session player, she has traveled across the United States and throughout Europe, playing harp, piano and flute, and singing. In addition to her musical resume, Hale has been a theater producer, political activist, a restaurateur and even the owner of a once-famous Los Angeles women's clothing store, "Corky Hale."

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Caught A Ghost

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

10:30pm

Caught a Ghost produces a sound and aesthetic that separates them from the rest of their neo-soul contemporaries. Of course there are threads of classic influence that are apparent, but, for example, the hypnotic synth line on “Time Go” as well as the use of dubstep wobble bass with a full Motown horn section on “Sleeping at Night,” quickly sets the band apart from others that have tried to directly revive the Motown sound.

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Caught A Ghost

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

10:30pm

Caught a Ghost produces a sound and aesthetic that separates them from the rest of their neo-soul contemporaries. Of course there are threads of classic influence that are apparent, but, for example, the hypnotic synth line on “Time Go” as well as the use of dubstep wobble bass with a full Motown horn section on “Sleeping at Night,” quickly sets the band apart from others that have tried to directly revive the Motown sound.

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Thursday, December 4

Bruce Richards: Future/Past

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

10:00am

Los Angeles, CA. - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles presents the critically celebrated exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past newly extended through December 24, 2014. The exhibition offers a full view of Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings and sculpture - frequently in dialogue with related sculptures - are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. The exhibition is shown in tandem with a reduced version of Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin - which created an international stir.

While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions.

These layers impart enormous symbolic and conceptual weight to seemingly ordinary objects. His works can be both referential and ironic by contrasting art of the past and present, such as his play between a famous Magritte torso and Marina Abramovic's infamous performance where she carved a pentagram onto her belly. In another example he juxtaposes the prehistoric depiction of woman, The Venus of Willendorf, with a work by Jeff Koons. Bruce Richard's visual sleight-of-hand further informs the viewer through his use of titles. Puns and provocative word play provide witty clues to the artist’s frame of reference, sharing a certain sly kinship with another of L.A.’s Cool School icons, Ed Ruscha.

Richards aim "is to engage the viewer in both the title's verbal association and its visual analogy." The late critic and poet, Donald Carroll cited: "These are not images that simply hang on the wall; they hang in the mind as well - agents provocateurs, teasing us, daring us to light the fuse that will set off a chain reaction of associative thought that lies behind - and beyond - these captured, isolated... representatives of the world we think we know... Bruce Richard's images are revealed as unexpected illustrations of who we are and what we think and, above all, how we think."

The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past is currently on view and extends through December 24, 2014. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at (323) 938-5222 or [email protected]

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New Japonisme Exhibition

Soho Gallery Beverly Hills

9893 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90212

6:00pm

New Japonisme

Japan was always distant and mystical for the western civilization. Their isolation developed unique art with unique symbols and special technique. When Commodore Perry opened the door of Japan in 1858, a 200-year period of total isolation ended. The western artists, who were hungry to find new inspirations and new ways that time, immediately got new ideas from the Japanese ceramics, print-making painting and metal work in the late. At the late 19th century the ukiyo-e school suggested to Impressionists and Post-Impressionists to use simple, everyday objects. Oriental objects like fans, kimonos, woodcuts, silks and lacquers appeared in Europe. Artists like Edgar Degas started to collect oriental artworks. Degas American friend Marry Cassatt discovered Japanese woodcuts and used for her artworks. Toulouse-Lautrec adopted Japanese printing techniques. The "Nabis " Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard got inspiration from the ukiyo-e printmakers and Paul Gauguin adopted the Japanese woodcut techniques to his art. Symbolism and Art Nouveau used the Japanese decorative motives too for decoration. This Japanese inspirations are still alive and continues to thrive. we can find it our contemporary artist's artworks. Thus, Japanese influence is still alive and continues to thrive. Many contemporary artists are interested in Japanese culture, art and history from everywhere in the world.
Soho Gallery Beverly Hills and the curator of the New Japonisme art show collected together this artworks from Budapest to Los Angeles. It is for this reason that we called our new exhibition New Japonisme." (Tibor Stankoczy - Curator , Soho Gallery Beverly Hills) The new show of Soho Gallery Beverly Hills contains various media , styles from artist all around the world. The Russian heritage Los Angeles artist Irina Daylene's bronze sculptures was inspired by the famous Sumo wrestlers, the South African Natasha June got inspiration from the Japanese woodcuts and drawings, the Italian Delta N.A . Thought the Japanese flower culture, the ikebana talk to their flower paintings, the mystical and secret world of the geishas reflecting on Mauro Moriconi Italian photographer's photos and Tibor Stankoczy Hungarian-American painter's oil artworks.

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Robin LaFevers discusses and signs Mortal Heart

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn't mean she has.

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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán

Valley Performing Arts Center

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

7:30pm

In a demand return engagement, the world’s best mariachi band presents a festive holiday gala of music, dance and regional classics such as “La Bikina,” “Cielito Lindo,” “Guadalajara” and the all-time favorite, “La Bamba.”

Revered as guardians of the mariachi legacy, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán presents a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance, and vocals for an exciting evening of pageantry and musical virtuosity. Founded in 1897, the quintessential kings of Mexican folk music earned their reputation as el mejor mariachi del mundo (the best mariachi group in the world) by virtue of their commitment to tradition and emphasis on superior musicianship and singing ability. Breaking new ground, the legendary group added to its prolific collection a first-ever mariachi opera — Cruzar La Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), which debuted in November 2010 and was created by director José "Pepe" Martinez, Sr.

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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán

Valley Performing Arts Center

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

7:30pm

Aworking jazz musician since the late 1950s. As an in-demand session player, she has traveled across the United States and throughout Europe, playing harp, piano and flute, and singing. In addition to her musical resume, Hale has been a theater producer, political activist, a restaurateur and even the owner of a once-famous Los Angeles women's clothing store, "Corky Hale."

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