WHAT: From Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26, members of LAVA (The Los Angeles Visionaries Association) present five eclectic cultural happenings, including LAVA's monthly Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria, Esotouric's The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour, The Moveable Theatre Company's staged reading of Yasmina Reza's ART at LACE, an open studio with photographer Gary Leonard, and the Aetherius Society's Pranayama Yoga workshop (part 2).
COST: Two of the five events are free (Gary Leonard's open studio and SundaySalon).
MORE INFO: http://lavatransforms.org and the individual links below
1) The Moveable Theatre Company presents a staged reading of ART in the art gallery at LACE, Hollywood. Friday, 9/24, 8pm, $20 (ticket price benefits LACE and Being Alive LA). Info http://lavatransforms.org/artatlace2
ART is the Tony award winning play by Yasmina Reza (English translation by Christopher Hampton). Directed by Holly Witham and featuring John Balma, Nicholas Hosking, and J. Todd Howell, this comedy revolves around three friends‹Serge, Marc and Yvan‹who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes "art." In keeping with MTC's aim of offering theatrical presentations in provacative spaces, the reading takes place in an actual art gallery.
2) SOLD OUT! Esotouric's The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour, Saturday 9/25, 12pm-4pm, $58, departs from the Biltmore Hotel. Info http://lavatransforms.org/dahliasept10
The Black Dahlia murder in 1947 is the most compelling unsolved crime Los Angeles has ever known. What Jack the Ripper is to London, the Torso Killer to Cleveland, the Black Dahlia is to L.A. And yet unlike those other cases, the name Black Dahlia refers not to the killer, but to the victim. What wasit about Elizabeth Short that keeps her the object of obsessive fascination by writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, cops and readers, more than sixty years after she was slain? The Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour seeks to answer this question by intimately exploring the last weeks of Elizabeth Short's life, asking not "who killed her?" but "who was she?" From the few personal possessions she left behind to the friends who scarcely knew her, from the mass hysteria of the investigation with its fruitless leads, wacko suspects and false confessions, the tour reveals all that's known about this enigmatic black-haired girl who reinvented herself at whim, and shows how she came to be the unfortunate symbol of her time and place.
3) LAVA's monthly Sunday Salon, Sunday 9/26, 12pm-2pm, Free, Clifton's Cafeteria, Downtown. Info http://lavatransforms.org/salon910
On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather on the third floor of the historic Clifton's Cafeteria for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. Visionary presenters at the September Salon include:
The Ukulady, as seen in The New York Times and heard singing The OGs' theme song on NPR, who will present an entertainment program of ukulele and toy accordian tunes, and will discuss the insidious and inspirational celebrity and pop-culture integral to the cute, but slightly distasteful, poncho-tankini-outfit of Los Angeles;
Madame Pamita speaking on Tarot Reading, Euphonious Prognostication, Wax Cylinder Recording and Medicine Shows. Madame Pamita has been billed as Queen of the Carnival Sideshow Fortune Tellers and reads tarot, tea leaves and crystal ball at events all over the Los Angeles area. Following her presentation, Madame Pamita will be offering private tarot consultations for a nominal fee;
and special guest Visionary from Canada, multi-disciplinary artist and entertainer Robert Dayton will be showing and discussing the results of his latest visual art series "For The Ladies" where he conducted a public survey asking anyone - no matter their gender - who identifies as a lady: "What would you, as a lady, like to see depicted in my art (or, more simply, art in general)?"
4) The Aetherius Society presents "Raise Your Mystic Fire Through Pranayama A Yoga Breathing Course Part 2," Sunday 9/26, 12:30pm, Aetherius Society, Hollywood, $20-$25. Info http://lavatransforms.org/aetheriusprana2
This is the second Sunday lecture in a series. Prana, which comes from the Sun, is that holy power which permeates all life and is necessary in everything that you do. The control of this energy is crucial in the raising of the mystic power of Kundalini. In this 2-part course you will learn ancient techniques passed on through the ages to potentize the intake of prana through the air. These exercises have been chosen by a modern Master of Yoga, Dr. George King, for the Western student. In this course you will be taught a powerful and balanced series of pranayama exercises by along-time disciple of Dr. King. Presented by Brian C. Keneipp, Executive Director of The Aetherius Society.
5) Gary Leonard Studio Open House and Talk, Sunday 9/26, 3-5pm, Take My Picture gallery, 860 South Broadway, Downtown, Free. Info http://lavatransforms.org/garyleonard910
LAVA Visionary Gary Leonard has been taking photos on the streets of Los Angeles for over forty years. His images include iconic shots of punk rockers, politicians, and entertainers. He's lately turned his attention to Downtown, where he now has opened his own gallery Take My Picture. Gary's also recently revived his "Take My Picture" column on the widely-read LAObserved.com On September 26th, following the monthly Sunday Salon and just a brisk walk south from Clifton's, Leonard opens his gallery for a special showing and artist talk moderated by fellow LAVA Visionary Anthea Raymond. Leonard will share the stories behind some of his iconic photos. The conversation will also include David Leonard, Gary's videographer-producer son who's now studying at UCLA.
Interested Angelenos are encouraged to come out and be part of some or all of these LAVA events celebrating the city and encouraging connections.
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