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NoL Dec 24, 2009

Hello friends and Fellows, No matter your denomination or spiritual discipline, whether a god holds your moral compass or you use GPS, if belief is part of your life or something you wonder about this time of year is for everyone a heightened experience. Things that make us sad present themselves to our hearts, reasons to be grateful spring forward, making us hug those we love. The sun stays up just a little longer each day. Take a minute with me and then off you go to your celebrating. Saturday afternon we got in the car, picked up Michael and Sirje Gold, threw ourselves at the 10 heading east, cleverly bypassed the downtown spaghetti by staying to the right, then transitioned to the 710 south, destination Long Beach. I mentioned this show at MOLAA before the opening and having now experienced it myself I must simply remind you each week until it closes on January 24. It’s that good. Do you want to be the only interesting person in LA not to see Sites of Latin American Abstraction?! Good grief, don’t let that happen. Artists like Leo Matiz, Geraldo de Barros, Mira Schendel, Mathias Goeritz, Lidy Prati. If you don’t recognize any of these names how tantalizing is the prospect before you? Here’s the chance to add an entire continent and part of a century to your experience. I refer you to Christopher Knight’s invaluable review in the Times. By the way, if you’re reading this newsletter and count yourself a part of the LA artworld you really should subscribe to the LA Times. It is our paper of...

NoL Nov 17, 2009

Hello friends and Fellows, You must, you absolutely must go see the Natilee Harren curated All Time Greatest at the FOCA space in Mandarin Plaza. Of course you’ll say I’m not exactly objective about FOCA, but when have I ever pretended to objectivity? And really – with a line up of artists like this do you even doubt that I’m right?! If you’re able, come this Saturday the 19th at 8 pm across the courtyard from FOCA at 970 N. Broadway, Suite 202-203 and experience concert performances by Steve Roden, Lucky Dragons and Eamon Ore-Giron. And then come again during the day sometime to see the work and play records selected by the artists. Yes my friends, you may handle vinyl, revel in old fashioned record cover art and operate the heavy machinery that is a turntable. AND make sound come out! Funny things will happen to you: your body may move rhythmically – or arhythmically, if you’re like me – your spirits will lift, and your mind will cast aside silly preoccupations and melt into the aether. We all like this. Come enjoy. While wandering in Chinatown Saturday night I talked with Pam Jorden about two upcoming shows at WPA: Saturday the 19th Dave Hughes has a show opening and then later on in March Pam will curate a show with Julie Becker, Katy Crowe, Virginia Holt, Alice K├Ânitz and Terri Phillips. WPA 510 Bernard St. 90012. More gossip about 2010! Kathryn Andrews has a space she calls Apartment 2, 2317 Merton Ave. 90041, and on January 10 Scott Benzel will have a string quartet playing new compositions...