Saturday Art: The Exit Room (short film)

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00 pm

This is a powerful film, and I was only about a minute or so into it, when I realized that it reminded me of a film that I saw in the early 1970s, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

FDL Movie Night: “Finding Vivian Maier”

By: Monday March 31, 2014 4:55 pm

A box of photographic negatives bought at auction reveals a treasure trove of American street photography and puts John Maloof, one of our guests tonight, on the trail of the mysterious nanny who snapped over 100,000 images. Aided by the internet and social media, as well as dedicated detective work, he uncovered the spotty history of Vivian Maier. Thanks to him this nanny would become a celebrated photographer.

Born To Fly: Extreme Action Heroes (#SXSW)

By: Friday March 28, 2014 10:30 am

What comes to mind when you think of dancers? Elegant, graceful ballet? An experimental, intellectual modern dance routine? Swing and other forms of big band dance?

Then there’s the Streb Extreme Action Company, led by Elizabeth Streb, a uniquely talented and passionate choreographer. Using Streb’s “Pop Action Technique,” her “action heroes” defy death by climbing, spinning, dancing with swinging steel I-beams and hurling themselves through the air.

Saturday Art: “Made in Los Angeles” Showcases L.A. Urban Style

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 10:33 am

“Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love. Featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, “Made in Los Angeles” runs through March 22 at Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona.

NYPD Drone Artist Essam Attia Cleared of Charges

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 1:24 pm

Essam Attia, the NYC artist who gained prominence through a fake NYPD drone campaign in the fall of 2012, was informed in a court appearance this past Monday that all charges would be dismissed. Attia faced five charges, three of which were felonies, and 56 counts for possessing a forged instrument. Attia faced possible jail time.

Dream Defenders Bring Us Blacked Out History Month

By: Friday February 28, 2014 3:20 pm

Since their inception this past Summer, The Dream Defenders quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

Formed in Florida, the group came to prominence during the Zimmerman trial with their fierce advocacy against Stand Your Ground Laws, captivating a mainstream audience with their boldness and refusal to back down. The group consists of young people advocating on their own behalf. They’re scrappy, insistent and they have a lot of heart– characteristics that they’re not shy about displaying. Thinking big and organizing with an emphasis on solidarity and our shared struggle it’s hard not to feel better about the state of the world simply knowing they exist.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicolas Lampert, A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Can art change the world?

This is a question I ask myself whenever I see Dave Gibbons’ drawing of a Guy Fawkes mask repurposed on the streets as an official face covering of global unrest. It’s a question gallerists ask themselves about how to keep their spaces relevant, and one that Pussy Riot fought with when they shoved their way onto that altar and spat pure punk into Putin’s face.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Larry Getlen, Conversations with Carlin: An In-Depth Discussion with George Carlin about Life, Sex, Death, Drugs, Comedy, Words, and so much more

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 1:59 pm

Author Larry Getlen gives a comprehensive account of a great man and his unique set of values. Conversations with Carlin feels intimate, but is broad in scope and even dense in certain areas. However, Carlin’s relaxed tone and verbal dexterity make reading it seem as if you are having some immortal yet casual exchange with the man himself.

50 Years of Political Puppets

By: Friday December 27, 2013 7:00 pm

The Bread & Puppet Theater turned 50 years old in 2013.

Two Johns and a Whore: Conjugating Myself

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 8:00 pm

Last Sunday’s LA Times let the cat of the bag: If you read to the end in the awesome profile of the magazine-publisher-turned-successful-gallery-owner Mat Gleason, you’ll see that I’m an artist and I’m curating an art show that opens January 11, 2014 at Coagula Curatorial.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
Chat with Nomi Prins about her new book. Hosted by Bill Black.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game
Chat with Edward Achorn about his new book. Hosted by Richard Taylor (dakine01).

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