Friday, January 12, 2018


Photos by Karen Ostlund
(Center) Burt Ward "Robin" trying his new Pink's hotdog

 Hollywood, CA – Pink’s Hotdogs located at 709 N La Brea Avenue in Hollywood honored the caped crusader BURT WARD “ROBIN’ in honor of the Batman ‘66” series.

Burt was dedicated his Burt “Robin” Ward hotdog in front of Pinks on January 9th.

 A hotdog,  all beef, stretch dog,  topped with mustard, relish, onion and sauerkraut.

George Barris Exhibition Batmobile infront Hollywood Museum
Burt arrived in the George Barris Exhibition Batmobile used in many batman 66 promotions and TV appearances.

Gloria Pink said:“We are very excited to honor the Batman 66 TV show and Burt Ward this way.
Burt created his favorite hot dog that will be on the menu starting January 9th 2018.

Last year’s release of Warner Bros animated film “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” and this year's release of Warner Bros animated sequel “Batman vs Two-Face,” makes Batman ‘66 is hotter than ever.
Dog eating Gentle Giants Dog Food
Burt Ward (Robin), who has gone from Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader, and along with his wife, Tracy, has rescued more than 15,500 dogs during the last 23 years and has created natural, life enhancing Gentle Giants Dog Food and a Special Feeding and Care Program, - which has helped dogs live as long as 27 healthy, active years.
Burt Ward said:
“I am so excited to have a HOT DOG named after me, and especially a Pinks Hot Dog. Now, Batman fans and Gentle Giants fans everywhere can order my special super hero hotdog.
Donna Loren

 President and Founder of the world-famous Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building (, Donelle Dadigan, announced that, the Hollywood Museum is thrilled about Burt Ward and the world renown Batman ‘66 collectors.The first ever “BATMAN ‘66” exhibit, opened to the public on Jan 12th 2018 - the same date as the 52nd anniversary of the 1966 premiere of the ABC TV series, “Batman.”
Nate Truman, Collector Batman 66

On Jan 10th 2018, The Hollywood Museum on 1660 North Highland turned Hollywood in Gotham City, as they project the iconic Bat Signal on the side of the historic Max Factor building, at a VIP unveiling preview gala for “HOLY HOLLYWOOD HISTORY! BATMAN ‘66,” with special appearances by the show’s cast members and other stars in attendance.
Batman 66 costumes

                          The exhibit, which consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman ‘66), will pay tribute to the memory of Adam West and honor the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Burt Ward, and the iconic show, still seen today in the U.S. and around the world weekly.
Hank Garrett with wife


Batman 66 coins
 The BATMAN 66 exhibit features original costumes and props from the show, which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68.

 Dadigan said, “We have costumes and props that evoke one’s childhood memories of the ever-popular TV series, “Batman”. There is something for everyone -  from the Batmobile and Batcycle to Burt and Adam's original costumes worn during the show’s 120 episodes run on ABC TV Network, as well as guest villains – and one of my favorites - the original Dr. Casandra costume worn by TV and film star Ida Lupino, that has never been seen publicly before.”
 Other highlights include original costumes and costumes recreated due to age and condition representing guest star villlians including The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze – to name a few; , life size sculptures of the three famous women who brought Catwoman to life (Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and the original, Julie Newmar) with costumes, as well as Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), and more, including Adam West's face and mannequin from 1966.
Terry Moore

          The extensive exhibit also features much sought after collectibles, including a the “gotta-have” children’s lunch box, action figures of every shape and size, batman and robin puppets, rare Batman Ice Cream boxes, drinking cups, board games, and many more extremely rare collectibles from 1966 too numerous to name and, in some cases, never before seen on public display.

Wally Wingert guest curator of the exhibit Batman 66
Thousands of hours have gone into mounting this exhibit and a dedicated team of Hollywood Museum staff and world- renown collectors, including Wally Wingert, Scott Sebring, Pat Evans, Tom Woodruff, Nate Truman, Mark Hardeman, Greg Maraio, Alex Zsolt, Christopher Chaisson, Bob Mitsch, Kelly DelCambre, Adrian Van Eck, Ivan Taback, Brian Puls, Chaz George, Buddy Rogers, Troy Maynus, Daniel Fopma, Dave Tripet, Grigg Espinoza, Rob Klein, Robert Jungweber , Donna Loren, have come together to loan amazing items that are now part of TV history - to help create this first ever Batman’66 exhibit, “Holy Hollywood History!” Wally Wingert has been named as the special curator of this exhibit, with exhibit organizer, Roger Neal.             
Ward remarked “I am excited to see all of this. It will be like a homecoming to reunite with these items and to remember my friend and crime fighting partner, Adam West.”

Jared Barris
As a special treat on preview Jan 10th to the George Barris Exhibition was the  Batmobile,  used in many tv shows and Batman 66 promotions.The car made a special appearance in front of the Hollywood Museum.

 The Barris family said they are excited about this exhibit and look forward to  having the #2 car used in the show at the opening.
Ken, the collector who loaned out items to Batman 66 exhibit
Geraldine Saunders creator of the Love Boat, ABC TV series

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Actor Jon Hamm Hosted LA ArtShow Opening to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research hospital

Jon Hamm hosted star-studded opening party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research hospital wiith attendees Emma Roberts, Matthew Modine, Jay Duplass and Aldis Hodge.
By Karen Ostlund.
Celebrity photos by Birdman 
Jon Hamm talks about the importance of St. Jude's 
lifesaving mission

Yesterday, January 10th, Hollywood and artworld stars  gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Opening Night Party of the 23rd annual LA Art Show, boasting record breaking attendance. 100% of proceeds from VIP Vanguard and Patron tickets, and 15% of proceeds from Friend tickets went to benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, director and producer Jon Hamm hosted the evening on behalf of St. Jude. Last year’s host Emma Roberts joined the festivities, along with VIPs such as Matthew Modine, Jay Duplass and Aldis Hodge.

Opening Night Premiere Party attendees got to enjoy a sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s premiere installations, such as the Metaphysical Orozco exhibit by MUSA Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara, Antuan Rodriguez’ “Left or Right” punching bags, Bunnie Reiss’ Space Boat in Littletopia.
Jon Hamm and Jay Duplass
 The LA Art Show’s expansive roster features more than 30 special installations comprising the Featured Programming and DIVERSEartLA lineups, and more than 100 galleries exhibiting from all over the world. Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to special performances by Pandemonia, presented by Art All Ways, and of Cristobal Valecillos’ YARE: One More Dance, presented by Timothy Yarger Fine Art.
Artists Aldis Hodge and Harmonia Rosales

The LA Art Show are now open to the public from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and runs until Sunday, January 14, closing at 5pm.
LAArtshow producer Kim Martindale presents National Exhibition of China
 Day One of the Fair will feature a lecture by Matthew Modine about his Full Metal Diaries exhibit, Collectors in Conversation Dialogue, and live drawing by Korean artist Jung-Gi Kim.

At 5:30pm, Jan.11,  under the Littletopia archway, Margaret Keane will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Mab Graves. This is followed by the memorial of JUXTAPOZ co-founder Greg Escalante, presented by Robert Williams.
Gala attendees interact with Antuan Rodriguez' world-famous "Left or Right" punching bag installation.

                   SHOW HOURS:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 11am - 7pm

Friday, January 12, 2018 | 11am - 7pm

Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 11am - 7pm

Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 11am - 5pm
1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015


 12 NOON – Director’s Chair with Matthew Modine: Lecture and Q&A. Presented by: Axiom Contemporary Gallery.
Location: Axiom Contemporary Gallery, Booth 719

On the 30th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Diary” offers an incredibly rare and vibrant portrait of one of cinema's most iconic war films - by one of the industry's most enigmatic directors.

 2:00PM – Collectors in Conversation, Speakers: Don & Mera Rubell, Founders of Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Blake Byrne, Founder of Skylark Foundation
Location: Dialogs Booth 110

Influential Collectors Don & Mera Rubell (Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami) and Blake Byrne (Skylark Foundation) share their passion for collecting
and their insight on how they developed their extensive collections.


12 NOON – I’m Not A Trophy with Arno Elias: Lecture + Q&A. Presented by: Denis Bloch Fine Art. Speaker: Arno Elias

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

Founded by Artist and Photographer Arno Elias, “I’m Not a Trophy” is an organization that is dedicated to creating greater awareness for the rapid extinction of endangered species around the world. Brand Ambassador, super model and actress Cara Delevinge, is featured in his stunning work.

1:00PM – Preserving Virtuality in Continuity I From New Media to the Posthuman in Art. Presented by: Simyo Gallery. Speakers: Lee Nam Lee, Artist; Lee Kyung Hwa, Artist & Director

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

Lee Nam Lee & KyungHwa Lee will discuss the ideological and practical implications of technology in contemporary art, both in dialogue with the historical tradition of art and the future of virtuality.

3:00PM – Art & Science Collaborations: Being in Between
Speakers: Victoria Vesna, Director, UCLA Art I Sci Center; David Familian, Artistic Director for the Beall Center for Art + Technology. Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo.

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

The dialog will be centered on how to facilitate and promote research and programs that demonstrate the potential of media arts and science collaborations.


12 NOON – Director’s Chair with Matthew Modine: Lecture and Q&A. Presented by: Axiom Contemporary Gallery.

Location: Axiom Contemporary Gallery, Booth 719

On the 30th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Diary” offers an incredibly rare and vibrant portrait of one of cinema's most iconic war films - by one of the industry's most enigmatic directors.

1:00PM – Metaphysical Orozco
Speakers: Maribel Arteaga, Director MUSA Museum of the Arts; Laura Ayala, Curator. Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

The conversation will focus on the history of the most important works: murals painted by José Clemente Orozco between 1935 and 1937 and the political and social environment around Guadalajara, Mexico at that time.

2:30PM – 1-on-1 with Mark Brickey of Adventures in Design. Speaker: Mark Brickey, host of Adventures in Design.

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

The Art Life is hard. And, during this session, Mark Brickey discusses the struggle as only he can with his surprise guest artist. No hype. No bluff. No BS. Mark asks the tough questions about life as a working artist.

4:00PM – Of Ruins and Remnants w/ artist Leyla Cárdenas and curator Chon Noriega. Presented by: LACMA & the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

Starting with the train station as both symbol and infrastructure, artist Leyla Cardenas and curator Chon Noriega will discuss the modern city as landscape, war zone, archaeological site, & threshold. | MORE

5:00PM – Through The Looking Glass w/ artists Harmonia Rosales & Aldis Hodge. Presented by: Simard Bilodeau Contemporary.

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

In the spirit of a social experiment, Harmonia Rosales & Aldis Hodge created two large-scale paintings: Adeelah & Baingana, the two first of a series that presents a societal experience about the notion of introspective cultural perception. 

5:00PM – I’m Not A Trophy with Arno Elias: Lecture + Q&A. Presented by: Denis Bloch Fine Art. Speaker: Arno Elias

Location: Booth 901

Founded by Artist and Photographer Arno Elias, “I’m Not a Trophy” is an organization that is dedicated to creating greater awareness for the rapid extinction of endangered species around the world. Brand Ambassador, super model and actress Cara Delevinge, is featured in his stunning work.


1:00PM – A Conversation with Artists Harmonia Rosales &
Aldis Hodge.

Location: Booth 525

Meet the artists, Harmonia Rosales & Aldis Hodge and engage in conversation about the premiere works in their series Through the  Looking Glass. Learn about their ultimate motivation of social introspection and awareness and delve further into the creative process.

1:00PM – Curatorial Practices: Round Table
Speakers: Gabriela Urtiaga, Head Curatorial Dep. CCK, Buenas Aires, Argentina; Julia Honer, Head Curatorial Dep. KAI 10, Dusseldorf, Germany. Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

The round table will focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as broader concepts of curating such as  performance art programming.

3:00PM – Cheech In Conversation. Presented by: Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art. Speakers: Cheech Marin; Kulapat Yantrasast

Location: Dialogs Booth 110

Join Cheech Marin in conversation with architect Kulapat Yantrasast to discuss “all things Cheech”. Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech is recognized today as a preeminent Chicano art advocate for his renowned art collection and support of artists.


Monday, December 25, 2017

The LA Art Show Lineup Jan. 10-14 2018

By Karen Ostlund

                 December 25, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA – The LA Art Show ​will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 10 - 14, 2018 as the city’s largest international art fair, for its 23rd edition. The showcase is continuing its expansion into the global art market with a new partnership with The Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara.
Lee Jaehyo-Data Installation (Simyo Gallery)
Over 100 galleries will showcase from more than 18 countries, with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim, including China and Japan, as well as France,​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Kingdom​ ​and​ ​Mexico.
Returning exhibitors include heavyweights Patrick Painter, Timothy Yarger and SM Fine Art.  ROOTS, a section devoted to historical works, returns for the second year in a row with exhibitors such as MS Rau Antiques, Rehs Gallery and Maxwell Alexander.
Littletopia will return with the rising galleries of the contemporary lowbrow art scene. DESIGN LA will be a new addition to the show, focusing on functional art, modern furniture, accent decor, architectural objects, jewelry and more.

For the 2018 edition, the LA Art Show Show will continue the on-site programming debuted last year in partnership with SoCal art institutions such as LACMA, The Autry Museum of the American West, the Museum of Latin American Art.
Antuan​ ​Rodriguez’​ ​“Left​ ​or​ ​Right”​ ​punching​ ​bags
Special presentations confirmed so far include SM Fine Art’s Kim Tae-Ho showcase, Timothy Yarger’s exhibition of Cristobal Valecillos, Antuan​ ​Rodriguez’​ ​“Left​ ​or​ ​Right”​ ​punching​ ​bags,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​sculptures​ ​of​ ​Lee​ ​Jae​ ​Hyo.

“​There is a spotlight on Los Angeles today,” said LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale. “It has become a center of excellence for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Last year, the Show expanded its civic role by providing a platform to some of Southern California’s largest art institutions. With the balance between museums and exhibitors established as our new base, this year we are redoubling our efforts to engage visitors with the wealth of world-class art being produced and presented​ ​all​ ​around​ ​the​ ​globe​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​here​ ​in​ ​Los​ ​Angeles.”
Delilah by Jenny Boot

The fair offers an array of works in specialized sections – Roots, Core, Littletopia, Works on Paper, Project Space, Jewel and new to the show in 2018, Design LA Art.

Dialogs LA returns in 2018 with  talks and panel discussions led by international curators, esteemed panels comprised of artists, designers, collectors and museum directors.

LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will be held on January 10, 2018, will donate a portion of its ticket proceedings to a charitable organization. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is returning as this year’s beneficiary.


Thursday,​ ​January​ ​11,​ ​2018​ ​|​ ​11am​ ​-​ ​7pm Friday,​ ​January​ ​12,​ ​2018​ ​|​ ​11am​ ​-​ ​7pm Saturday,​ ​January​ ​13,​ ​2018​ ​|​ ​11am​ ​-​ ​7pm Sunday,​ ​January​ ​14,​ ​2018​ ​|​ ​11am​ ​-​ ​5pm
Tickets and more info:

Galleries featured at LA Artshow, January 10-14 2018:
Modern & Contemporary
[At] Traction Los Angeles, CA
57 Projects Los Angeles, CA
AC Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Aca Galleries New York, NY
Acacia Gallery Miramar Playa, Cuba
Ace Gallery Los Angeles, CA
ADC Contemporary & Building Bridges Santa Monica, CA
Alex Slato Kabinet and the Business of Art ,
Allan Houser Inc. Santa Fe, NM
Arcadia Contemporary Culver City, CA
Art All Ways Los Angeles, CA
Art Unified Venice, CA
Artêria Gallery Bromont, Canada
Asian Art Works Beijing, China
B G Gallery Santa Monica, CA
Baik Art Los Angeles, CA
Blink Group Gallery Miami, FL
Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, NM
Bruce Lurie Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Cantor Fine Art Venice, CA
Cmay gallery Los Angeles, CA
Coagula Curatorial Los Angeles, CA
Coagula Projects Los Angeles, CA
Conde Contemporary Coral Gables, FL
Contemporary Artifact Carpinteria, CA
Cospace Contemporary Art Gallery Shangai, China
David Rothermel Contemporary Santa Fe, NM
Denis Bloch Fine Art Beverly Hills, CA
East Art Center Beijing, China
Eckert Fine Art Kent, CT
Ellsworth Gallery Santa Fe, NM
Fine Art Maya San Diego, CA
FP Contemporary Culver City, CA
Fun Year Art Gallery Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Gallery Clu Los Angeles, CA
Gallery D’Arte New York, NY
Gallery Fukuda Niigata, Japan
Gallery Ho New York, NY
Gallery Kitai Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Koo Seoul, Korea
Gallery We Seoul, Korea
Jane Kahan Gallery New York, NY
K+Y Gallery Paris, France
Knupp Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
LDX Artodrome Gallery Berlin, Germany
Liahona Space Beijing, China
Mama Gallery , UK
Masterworks Fine Art Gallery Oakland Hills, CA
Moca Store Los Angeles, CA
Mookji Art Shanghai, China
Motif Art Beijing, China
MRG Fine Art Los Angeles, CA
Mugello Contemporary Los Angeles, CA
Niche Gallery Tokyo, Japan
O. Ascanio Gallery Miami, FL
Other Criteria New York, NY
Palette Contemporary Art and Craft Albuquerque, NM
Patrick Painter Inc. Los Angeles, CA
Peimbert Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Pigment Gallery Barcelona, Spain
Provident Fine Art Palm Beach, FL
PYO Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery London, United Kingdom
Rehs Contemporary New York, NY
S.E.A. Los Angeles, CA
Sconci Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sergott Contemporary Art Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Simard Bilodeau Contemporary Laguna Beach, CA
Simyo Gallery Seoul, Korea
SM Fine Art Gallery New York, NY
Taimei Gallery Tokyo, Japan
Tansey Contemporary Santa Fe, NM
The Gallery Steiner Vienna, Austria
The Public House of Art Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Tolman Collection of Tokyo New York, NY
Timothy Yarger Fine Art Beverly Hills, CA
Trotta-Bono Contemporary New York, NY
Walter Wickiser Gallery New York, NY
Art du Marche Redondo Beach, CA
Artists Republic Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
Copro Gallery Santa Monica, CA
Gregorio Escalante Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Paradigm Gallery + Studio Philadelphia, PA
Red Truck Gallery New Orleans, LA
Ararat Gallery Glendale, CA
Galerie Fledermaus Chicago, IL
Hayden & Fandetta Rare Books Los Angeles, CA
La Perfection Louis Los Angeles, CA
M. S. Rau Antiques New Orleans, LA
Maxwell Alexander Gallery Culver City, CA
Rehs Galleries Inc. New York, NY
STOA Estepona-Malaga, Spain
Winn Slavin Fine Art Beverly Hills, CA
Works on Paper
Alan Wofsy Fine Arts San Francisco, CA
Bert Green Fine Art Chicago, IL
Silk Road Art Gallery New Haven, CT
Verne Collection, Inc. Cleveland, OH
Project Spaces
Baik Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Bruno Massa Paris, France
Project Awe Los Angeles, CA
Shumoku Gallery Nagoya, Japan
Smash Gallery San Francisco, CA
Temporary Space LA Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

58th Annual FREE L.A. County Holiday Celebration Returns Dec. 24

58th Annual FREE L.A. County Holiday Celebration with Seasonal music and dance spectacular returns Dec. 24
By Karen Ostlund
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
• Broadcast Live on PBS SoCal KOCE

• Performed Live at The Music Center

• Streamed Live at

 • Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and produced by CDK Productions

The Emmy® Award-winning 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration — Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season at this free three-hour holiday show. PBS SoCal KOCE will broadcast live.
Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Highlights of the Holiday Celebration include the Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble performing a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah; holiday songs sung by the Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers; the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band playing a medley of holiday favorites; MUSYCA Children’s Choir performing Christmas songs written by contemporary artists; Mostly Kosher playing upbeat Jewish folk and holiday songs; the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Company on Korean drums; and Las Colibri performing a collection of holiday songs.
City Ballet of Los Angeles
 New groups to the show include City Ballet of Los Angeles, adding a new twist to The Nutcracker; JC Culture Foundation performing both Chinese dragon and Chinese lion dances; West African drum and dance company Le Ballet Dembaya with a West-African mask dance; and the Los Angeles-based ensemble vocal group m-pact singing popular holiday songs.

The Music Center Show on Dec. 24, twill air live on PBS SoCal KOCE and stream live on from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program will be re-broadcast from 9 p.m. until midnight on Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the show will be available to stream beginning at noon.
Korean American Youth

Sunday, Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
• Patrons may come and go throughout the three-hour performance
• A live broadcast of the show airs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE
• Live streaming at
• The PBS SoCal KOCE broadcast repeats from 9 p.m. – midnight on Dec. 24, and again on Dec. 25 at noon with streaming also available; the program will air on PBS SoCal 2 on Dec. 25 at 3 a.m., 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.
Pacifico dance company

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gay men chorus

FREE; no reservations or tickets to the show; first come, first seated

FREE in The Music Center parking garage


• Citrus Singers is a 45 member voice and handbell ensemble from Citrus College.

• City Ballet of Los Angeles, blending classical and contemporary dance with music from around the world, will perform Nutcracker Swings to a mix of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington.

• Colburn Children’s Choir and Young Men’s Chorus, the advanced vocal ensembles of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, will perform festive songs for the holiday season.

• Daniel Ho & Halau Keali’i o Nalani will present Ho’s original songs in English and Hawaiian with captivating hula choreography.

• Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles returns to the Holiday Celebration for the 23rd year in a row to perform traditional holiday songs.

• Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a music ensemble of 11 to 18-year olds representing the communities of Acton and Agua Dulce, will perform iconic holiday classics.

• Immaculate Heart of Mary and Precious Blood School Children’s Choir, a dynamic youth ensemble with an arsenal of multilingual and multi-genre repertoire, will perform songs that celebrate the Christmas holiday.

• JC Culture Foundation, a cultural and arts organization that provides programs for Chinese cultural activities, will perform both a Chinese lion and a Chinese dragon dance.

• Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, the official Korean cultural ambassador to Southern California, will perform Korean drumming in traditional costume.

• Korean American Youth Performing Artists (KAYPA) will perform a traditional Korean fan dance.
Las Colibrí, or “The Hummingbirds,” is the female mariachi ensemble that will perform holiday songs blending vocal harmonies with unique arrangements and interpretations of traditional sones, huapangos and rancheras

• Le Ballet Dembaya, a professional West African drum and dance company based in Los Angeles, will perform a mask dance from the Mandenyi people of Guinea.

• The Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, known for its members’ young ages and their advanced level of musicianship, will perform classical repertoire that celebrates the holidays.
• Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, an all-volunteer group of musicians dedicated to giving their very best for the band, the Sheriff's Department and the community, will play a traditional medley of Christmas and holiday carols.

More performers:

• m-pact, an award-winning professional a cappella group, will perform unique renditions of popular holiday songs.

• Mostly Kosher, a Jewish cultural revival band, will play upbeat klezmer, plaintive Yiddish melodies and other Jewish  heritage folk genres spun with a modern twist.

• Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers, an award-winning 38-member vocal ensemble, will perform a medley of traditional holiday songs.

• MUSYCA Children’s Choir, bringing together gifted young people ages four to 18 to create a community of singers built on respect, love for music and artistic excellence, will perform Christmas songs by contemporary artists.

• Pacifico Dance Company, a 32 member ensemble dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of classical and contemporary Mexican dance forms, will perform an excerpt from Jaranas y Danzones de Yucatan — a glimpse into the Yucatan Peninsula.

• Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers, a 45-member chorus made up of current high school singers and alumni singers from Palmdale High School, will perform traditional holiday repertoire.

• The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, a professional ensemble dedicated to keeping alive the Negro spiritual along with jazz, blues and original Gospel works, will perform inspirational songs of the season.

• VOX Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 34 women that gives women voice through the performance of quality choral literature, will perform songs celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.

As Los Angeles’ largest multicultural holiday celebration, The annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has an audience of 4,000 watching the show live at The Music Center,  and more than 18 million local viewers on television and online.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mexican Cirque du Soleil LUZIA remains in Los Angeles until Feb.11 2018

Reporter on site: Karen Ostlund
Photo credit: Matt Beard

 Trapeze artist, acrobats, beach clowns, jugglers and surrealistic animals.

 Mexican Cirque du Soleil LUZIA will remain at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, under the big tent during Christmas and New Year Holidays - and perform until Feb. 11 2018.

LUZIA premiered first in April 2016 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984. The show takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
Luzia costumes by Giovanna Buzzi

 Luzia is rich in costumes by Giovanna Buzzi,  and enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – for the first time of a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

The prologue of the show is the sound of a plane is fading away as a parachutist is free falling towards a land of memories, a field of flowers called yellow marigolds - surrounding a gigantic metallic key. As the clown turns the key by curiosity, the traveler gets taken away on a magical journey through time and place, somewhere between dreams and reality,  and the show starts with the running woman and a metallic horse together to awake this imaginary Mexico journey.
As the morning sun rises, a woman and a metallic horse in the background run together to awake the imaginary Mexico where the journey of the traveler will take place. The running woman spreads her “butterfly wings” in a tribute to the annual- migratory journey of the monarch butterfly from southern Canada to central Mexico.

The world of LUZIA is populated by surrealistic animals of all sizes

Through a series of grand visual surprises and acrobatic performances, LUZIA invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA  brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.
Integrating the element of water to a Big Top show is a first time at Cirque du Soleil. The idea of placing a water basin under the stage floor and creating a rain curtain paid huge dividends on the acrobatic front.Cyr Wheel artists perform the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers.

A set of multiple faces

LUZIA takes audiences from an old movie set to the ocean to the semi-desert to an undersea world to a cenote to the jungle to a city alleyway to a dance salon – passing smoothly from an urban setting to the natural world, past to present, tradition to modernity.

Acrobatic and artistic scene

Jugglers at LUZIA

LUZIA explores the combination of hoop diving – a traditional circus discipline from China – and two giant treadmills to generate speed and expand the discipline’s acrobatic vocabulary. The two treadmills can operate in the same direction or in opposite directions. Artists use the treadmill as a launching pad to perform daring leaps through the hoops.

Swing acrobats at Luzia, Cirque du Soleil

Sunday, December 10, 2017

TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Launches MX4D Motion Seats, Dec.14 w/Smoke, Bubbles, Mist, Snow and Rain

Photos by Karen Ostlund

The celebrated TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, famous for its red-carpet movie premieres and movie-star handprints and footprints, is set to launch a special venue in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex on Dec. 14 with the debut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The movie tickets will be 29 dollars per seat, but there will be rebate coupons handed out for upcoming movie Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

The newly configured theatre—the first of its kind in Hollywood—will function both as an MX4D® Motion EFX movie theatre and the first immersive spectator theatre, hosting competitive e-sports tournaments.
MX4D Motion seats at TCL in Hollywood, CA

Robert K. Laity, CEO and Dan Jamele Co-founder of MediaMation
“MX4D Motion EFX theaters will provide our customers with a unique and fully immersive cinema experience,” said Robert Laity, CEO of the TCL Chinese Theatres.
MX4D EFX features include moving seats, air/water blasts, leg/neck ticklers, fog, seat/back pokers, seat rumblers, and other special effects such as smoke, dust, bubbles, snow and rain, programmed in sync with the action onscreen. Owners of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood are planning to launch an immersive esports theater in its adjacent Chinese 6 Theatre complex.

The announcement was made December 8 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Plans are for the facility to function both as an MX4D Motion EFX movie theatre, as well as serve as what’s touted as the first immersive spectator theater hosting competitive esports tournaments along with providing a launch pad for a network of tournament theaters beyond Hollywood.
“We see cinema operators working together as a global network of immersive MX4D esports theaters and becoming part of the fabric of competitive gaming. We are in discussions with sponsors, esports organizations and other cinema operators to join forces with the TCL Chinese Theatre as we bring this exciting capability to the world of online and live tournament play"said said Robert K. Laity, CEO of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

 The system is produced by MediaMation, which provides 4D Motion EFX theaters and seats at over 300 installations worldwide in 37 countries.

Dan Jamele Co-founder of MediaMation continued, “MediaMation designs, engineers and installs ultra-modern, modular eSports destinations, temporarily converting the theatre space into a full-scale eSports tournament environment and then back to theatre space. The goal is to offer a professional and immersive environment for spectating while the audience ‘feels’ the gaming action in their MX4D eSports spectator seat.”
“It just made sense for MediaMation to be in the eSports space. The MX4D ‘theatre-to-arena’ initiative is immersive, eSports spectating like nobody has ever seen before!”

 "Enjoy an industry first esports experience as your MX4D seat rolls and tilts in a heart-pounding clash between world class teams. Feel the action as competitors bash, smash, maneuver, shoot, blow-up, and knock down a competitor all the while racking up points leading them to victory."

Esports is also known as eSports, e-sports, competitive or pro videogaming is now the hottest, a new form of competition that is played on personal computers, consoles (i.e. Xbox and PS4) and mobile devices. Esports teams have moved into professional status with contracted teams and players receiving sponsorship and endorsements while participating in online and live tournaments where they compete for large cash prize pools.

TCL acquired naming rights to the Chinese Theatre in 2013. The owners partnered with Imax Corp. that year to renovate the facility as a custom.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vehicle Debuts for LAAutoShow 2017 - Dec.1 - 10 at LA Convention Center

The Los Angeles Auto Show will feature more than 50 vehicles debuts from leading automakers such as General Motors, INFINITI, Lexus, Lincoln, Toyota,  BMW and Mercedes-Benz starting December 1st to Dec.10th located at LA Convention Center.
Mercedes Benz CLS 2018

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Dec.1st 2017
Photos Karen Ostlund

MINI’s new Electric Concept vehicle will make its North American debut, while Mitsubishi will reveal its 2018 Eclipse Cross. Alongside vehicle debuts and experiential showcases from Audi, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and more, this year also marks the first time Tesla will exhibit in a main hall of the show.
VOLVO XC 40 2018

MINI Cooper Convertible 2018
“L.A. is at the forefront of the ever-evolving new mobility industry,” said Lisa Kaz, President of AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show. “With this vehicle debut lineup, we’re set to deliver the best of what’s to come in the automotive space"
BMW Concept car 2018

American, Asian and European auto manufacturers to unveil their latest road-ready vehicles and concepts across all categories. Premium brands are making a major push with BMW Group, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo all preparing to make important debuts.
BMW Group will show eight new cars and one new motorcycle – including two world premieres.
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

JEEP Wrangler 2018
Porsche has confirmed  the global reveal of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS and Jeep Wrangler are among more than 30 vehicles confirmed to make their global debut, while Hyundai’s Kona and Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross will make their first North American appearances. Toyota and Lexus are both slated to bring a global vehicle premiere, and Toyota will be focusing on a new hydrogen infrastructure project.
Hyundai KONA 2018

NISSAN car in Star War movie opens Dec.18

Following up on last year’s hit Star Wars-themed debut of the Rogue, Nissan will unveil its newest entry into the CUV segment in the U.S.while the second takes the brand back to a galaxy, far, away and will feature a dramatic family of vehicles inspired by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Additionally, Chevrolet will have both global and North American debuts on display at the show, while legendary American manufacturer Saleen Automotive will celebrate the global reveal of its latest vehicle, which is a result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing and racing.

LA Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles, next to LA Live and Staples Center. Tickets and more info

In its second year, The Garage, a unique destination in lower South Hall, will feature one-of-a-kind vehicles, the hottest aftermarket parts and accessories, customized rides and more. GO, located in the South Hall Atrium and the breezeway, will once again be a favorite of smart mobility fans interested in scooters, kickboards and electric bikes.

The Garage will feature more than 30 exhibitors across a 160,000-square foot area, conveniently located beneath the South Hall of the Convention Center.  LA Auto Show attendees can visit The Garage to watch demos of aftermarket products, purchase branded merchandise and check out custom vehicles. The Garage will feature a car wrap demo from Al & Ed’s Autosound, customizable license plate frames for purchase from Custom Engraving Company and the Girls’ Pit Stop with auto maintenance workshops catering to women from YouTube star Jessicann.

Prestone, celebrating its 90-year anniversary, will be displaying more than 25 vehicles including its 1971 De Tomaso Pantera, built by the Ringbrothers; a custom 1966 Chevrolet C/10 Street Truck dubbed “Unruly;” and its most recent reveal, a custom 1972 AMC Javelin, also built by the Ringbrothers. Prestone will also feature the top cars from its uniquely diverse 90th Anniversary Rally preceding the LA Auto Show.

Alongside Prestone, brands exhibiting in The Garage this year include the following:

AirWolf 3D: Check out “The World’s Most 3D-Printed Hellcat,” a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat loaded with custom parts 3D-printed on AirWolf 3D printers.

Ivan Tampi Customs: The self-taught automotive designer will be displaying his customized Corvette kits, including his latest design, the XIK Widebody Kit for the C7 Corvette Stingray.

K1 Speed: The nation’s premiere kart racing company will have their signature go-karts on display for photo opportunities, in addition to a spin-the-wheel prize giveaway.

Yamaha: The iconic manufacturer will display water crafts, e-bikes, ATVs, 4×4,  motorcycles and helicopter drones, in addition to partnering with the music division to feature a Disklavier piano, amps, guitars and musical performances by a garage band.

“Every year, fans of the show look forward to seeing the displays and exhibits taking place in The Garage and Go, because both destinations encompass what Los Angeles is all about – our love of cool and unique cars (old and new) and our appreciation for the alternative transportation lifestyle,” said LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA President, Lisa Kaz. “The array of custom cars and aftermarket accessories intermixed with inventions and products are a true representation of the diverse future of mobility.”

Featured inside GO will be leading personal mobility companies including Phantom  Bikes, Propella Electric Bikes, and 2016 Top Ten company, URB-E. New this year, GO will also utilize the 3,000 square-foot outdoor space in the breezeway behind West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center as an additional demo space for attendees to test the different products themselves. Attendees will have the opportunity to try products from:

Micro-Kickboard: The Swiss company, Micro-Mobility, manufactures scooters, kickboards and other personal mobility products for all ages.

Phantom Bikes: Headquartered in San Diego, the company designs and builds motorized bicycles, both gas-powered and electric, with the power to take riders anywhere.

Propella Electric Bikes: Electric bikes designed and developed with the look and feel of a traditional bike, that’s simple to use, reliable and affordable.

Razor USA: The American company was founded in 2000 with the introduction of its now legendary kick scooter, now is a designer and manufacturer of personal transporters and other electric rideables around the world.

URB-E: Founded in 2013, a leader in foldable electric scooters and e-vehicles developed for the urban future.