Broadcast live at 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 9th, 2012, our hosts from The Tom Coston Show with Red Rosie performed the old-time radio detective drama, "Pat Novack, For Hire". Take a listen
Tom Coston shamelessly runs the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade and is a founder of Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts organization that produces the Pasadena Chalk Festival and many unique arts education programs in our public schools. He is a community activist who can be found in many high and low places trying to make good things happen. He also makes a helluva good martini. (I also say that shamelessly)
Red Rosie is the celebrated queen of the 2011 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Yet, a senior in high school, she wooed the judges with her unique rendition of “The Man Upstairs” by Kay Starr. And she did so while transforming herself from sweet parochial school girl into Wonder Woman! Red Rosie loves to read, watch The Graduate, ride public transportation and co-anchor Poo-Bah Radio. She hates night time. She’s every bit as adorable as Audrey Hepburn and demonstrates savant tendencies.
Wes Bondville, who’s on our Arts & Culture Beat and Bio+med and Tech Report, can be found wherever a unique arts or performing event is taking place. Besides being an urban adventurer and public transportation enthusiast, Wes is also an inventor who holds a doctoral degree from Caltech. He has lived many places in the world, including Australia and his homeland of Malaysia. And, Ironically for a Caltech PhD., Wes prefers a simple lifestyle, free from cell phones. That makes him the perfect person to report on technology, too!
Jim Marrin at our "National Desk" aka "Those Damn Republicans", a long-time advocate for preservation in the Pasadena community. He was a founder of Pasadena Heritage which is dedicated to preserving the historical fabric and integrity of our cityscape and landmark buildings. Jim is also a highly respected graphic designer who has taught at Art Center College of Design and Valley College. He founded the Friends of the Castle Green and is actively involved in restoration projects to preserve the century-old multi-residential dwelling.
Bruce Litz, Pasadena based cartoonist, illustrator and visual anthropologist, drew the cartoon strip "Dr. Duck." It ran in every free, once-a-week paper to spring up in Pasadena since 1979 and from 1984 to 1986 in the Pasadena Weekly. He was art director, illustrator and sketch artist for the Firesign Theatre. From 1997-2007 his strip, "Capt. Eddie's Tattoo Adventure Comix" ran in the tattoo magazine Skin&Ink, where he worked as reporter, columnist, illustrator and interviewer.
Dianne Patrizzi aka Intergarlictica, Princess Hahamongna Cowabungna, Miss Havisham, Mary Kathleen O'Looney, fake poet and blogger. She was born in Pomona, California and ran away from the LA County Fair at 17 to join Pasadena friends Cal Tech, PCC, and the ghosts of the unholy trinity: Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard in midnight skinny dipping and fimmaking at Zorthian's Ranch. The usual things have happened to her since; marriage, babies, selling out as an artist to become a corporate slave in big time advertising. To mitigate bad karma points she's collected over the years, Dianne is now a local natural refuge and water conservation activist.
Rick Potts is an improviser and instrument maker who has been on the musical fringe of Los Angeles the last 30 years.
A home-made sound scientist and founding member of the L.A. Free Music Society (L.A.F.M.S.) he has played in the groups Le Forte Four, Solid Eye, Dinosaurs with Horns and Airway to name a few. He produces sounds which are unique, alarming and funny with custom hinge-neck guitars, musical saw, synths, samplers and random objects along with sideways eccentric rhythms that are topped with doctored thrift store vinyl.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 21st Pasadena Chalk Festival this past weekend. It was a huge success! We had 200 chalk murals created by over 500 artists. Photos are being posted on the Pasadena Chalk Festival Facebook Page, so be sure to check it out!
In case you missed the awards ceremony Sunday evening, the winners are as follows:
Join Us June 15th and 16th, 10am-7pm
Yes, it’s Father’s Day Weekend at Paseo Colorado! Come see more than 500 artists from all over southern California create 200 murals in pastel chalk, using the pavement as their canvas.
Murals range in subject matter from the classical to whimsical, including renditions of masterpieces, abstract, portraiture, movie images, 3D effects, animation, et al! An Art Gallery & Silent Auction showcasing 200 original paintings created by the chalk artists makes great affordable art, with all proceeds benefitting the arts and learning programs of Light Bringer Project.
Young children can enjoy making art and having their face painted in Kid’s Chalkland. And you can enjoy Classic Cars showcased along Green Street on Father’s Day Sunday. Have tacos and a chilled drink in the El Cholo Cantina providing al fresco seating, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Light Bringer Project. Paseo Colorado offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes, unique retail shops, the ArcLight Movie Theater, and more!!
Where: Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. Murals also extend across Green Street onto the Convention Center concourse.
Cost: FREE! Bring the Family
Parking: Parking is available at many locations near the festival. Paseo Colorado recommends parking in one of the following garages: Marengo Parking Structure located on the corner of Marengo Avenue and Green Street; or the Los Robles Parking Structure located on the corner of Los Robles Avenue and Greet Street. There is also subterranean parking below the Paseo Colorado with entrances on Colorado Boulevard and on Green Street. Parking is free for 90 minutes and the rates are $1.50 per half hour, with a daily maximum of $6.00 with validation.
MEDIA: To request press releases and images, please contact:
M. Craig & Associates
Faun Fables (Drag City)
Thursday June 20th, 2013
8:30pm$7 adv., $10 door
All Ages 2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Faun Fables – Faun Fables is an American band from Oakland, California, and are on the Drag City label. Leader Dawn McCarthy has intermittently written and performed with Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy).
Watch “A Table Forgotten”
Matt Kivel – Matt Kivel is a Los Angeles-based musician. His full-length album, recorded with Paul Oldham (Palace Music, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Mark Nieto, will be released later this year.
Listen to “Tetro”
Lucky Eyes – Lucky Eyes was formed by Paul Oldham and Amber Luna originally from Louisville, KY now based in Los Angeles. The band, filled out by guitarist Larry Schemel (Midnight Movies) and drummer Patty Schemel (Hole), just completed a recording an EP with producer Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex) in March 2013.
Listen to “The Haunted”
The New LA Folk Festival + LA Record present:
Bloody Death Skull
Website Audio: Girls Like You Audio: Will Ya Willyam
OH MY GOSH record release show!
The new BDS album “OH MY GOSH” is a golden block of wood you can take home and hold in your hand while listening to the new songs. Each luminous piece comes with a magical code you stick in the computer to retrieve the music.
This country princess turned rockabilly queen dated Elvis, penned some of the greatest female fronted songs of the 1950s, trademarked a signature growl, and finally in her 70s gained entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the chance to spend an evening in the desert with music legend Wanda Jackson.
Pappy & Harriet’s
53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, California
Oh snap, what’s that strange alluring sound calling like a house made of candy in the woods? Is it a bird, a plane, a string bean with legs? It’s Amanda Jo Williams with a new album!
Amanda Jo Williams will unfurl her latest musical confessions surrounded by friends and aliens at El Cid on May 24.
Tickets: $10 at the door
Location: El Cid 4212 W Sunset Blvd., 90029
***DUE TO UNFORESEEN SAFETY PERMIT ISSUES WITH ZORTHIAN RANCH, WE’VE HAD TO CANCEL TONALISM. ALL ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASES WILL BE REFUNDED VIA FLAVORUS. STAY TUNED FOR A RESCHEDULING OF THIS EVENT AT A LATER DATE.***
The New LA Folk Fest & dublab present…
an all night ambient music happening
at Zorthian Ranch
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY::
Date Palms (Thrill Jockey)
Secret Circuit (RVNG Intl.)
Mirror To Mirror
DJ SETS BY:
DJ Lady C & DJ Egroeg (Complicated Dance Steps)
Douglas McGowan (Yoga / Ethereal Visions)
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles presenting 4 hours of German ambient music, mixed by: Frosty, Ale (Pharaohs), Jake Viator and Suzanne Kraft
Victoria O’Hanlon (Poo-Bah Records)
John Wyatt (Cinespia)
LIVE SCREEN PRINTING:
YUMMY FOOD FOR SALE:
About Zorthian Ranch:
At the foot of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains in Altadena sits the one and only Zorthian Ranch, a legendary party place built by hand out of spare parts by Jirayr Zorthian. This junkyard oasis seems like the type of place you stumble into lost in a ghost town, but the Ranch leads a peaceful weird existence with its pet llamas and chickens just 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles on a mountainside surrounded by trees. Up until Jirayr’s death in 2004, the ranch served as a haven of bohemian life and a backdrop for his artistic expression—salvaged wood, bed springs, rusted vehicles, broken concrete, movie set pieces, beer bottles, old props, more than one kitchen sink, and other junk he could recycle into various sculptures and architecture. By hosting events at this special place over the last few years, The New L.A. Folk Fest has revived the spirits that once danced around these grounds in red long underwear.
Tonalism is a dusk-to-dawn event inspired by La Monte Young’s “Dream House” as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Tonalism combines harmonious textures in a surround sound system with visual elements to create an atmosphere where the audience is encouraged to bring pillows, cushions and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. DJs, live musicians and video artists play and perform throughout the night; starting at sunset and ending at sunrise. Complimentary tea and water are provided to all who attend.
Open wide to a new world. Expansive radiance awaits in this environment of elevation. We have entered a glowing landscape of transformative tones. The horizon line fades and every edge softens. Natural laws dissolve as we float on pure sound particles. Vibration has become the new vision and your being beams brightly, blurring into harmonic hum with the universe. “You” and “I” are no longer. This is all together. Transformation complete.
We provide the fun atmosphere. Attendees are responsible for their own safety and well-being at the ranch.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring cash. There is no ATM.
Bring flashlights and wear comfortable shoes. All guests must walk up a dirt hill from the parking area to the ranch. (10 minutes uphill, it’s .2 of a mile)
Some areas of the ranch are paved but be prepared to walk on dirt, grass, and uneven steps.
Bring a bathingsuit & towel if you plan to get in the pool. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag to lounge on during performances. No tents.
Guests can bring picnic baskets, food, and drink. No glass bottles. There will also be food trucks on site.
Carpool if possible because there is limited parking.
There’s a public bus (the 260) that takes you to the foot of the ranch. Visit metro.net to figure out your route.
All cars must check in at the Zorthian Ranch parking lot, which is located at the foot of the mountain. Follow signs and instructions from the parking crew. Do not park in the residential area near the ranch. Parking is permitted only in Folk Fest marked areas.
DOGS No dogs allowed.
CHILDREN are welcome but parents/guardians must take total responsibility for their child’s safety and whereabouts at all times. No child should be left unattended at any time. Sharp, heavy, loose objects are on exhibit everywhere. You and your child will be asked to leave without a refund if the child is found alone, or playing with or on any exhibited objects, or if you fail to comply with all child safety rules.
ADULTS This is a downhome affair. Be respectful as if it were your home. Be careful. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t fall down the hill. The New Los Angeles Folk Fest and its sponsors, donors, volunteers, workers and founders are not liable for anything that happens to you while you are on the property of Zorthian Ranch or en route to and from. Remember, sharp, heavy, loose objects are on exhibit everywhere. Treat everything with respect. You will be asked to leave without a refund if you are found playing with or on any exhibited objects, or if you fail to comply with any rules.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
Expressing Feelings Through Art (EFTA) was founded in 1981 by Rose D. Jenkins-Mallory, M.D., Director of Children and Youth Services and later Deputy Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The Program is a broad-based countywide arts initiative devoted to encouraging the personal expression of young people through art and the written word. The annual EFTA exhibition validates the creative efforts of public high school students and their art teachers, as significant and worthy by presenting their artworks to the community-at-large, and providing monetary awards.
23 art teachers from 12 high schools in the Los Angeles area participated in this year’s EFTA exhibition. 5 judges with specialties in several different disciplines were brought in to select the final show; Jervey Tervalon, recognized novelist, Kayleen Maya-Aviles, public relations and marketing expert for Valencia Perez and Echeveste, John McLean, Arts Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, Jessica Edelstein, former art director at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY and recent recipient of a masters in art therapy, and Marylin Palmer, visual artist and formerly with Los Angeles Department of Children’s Services for 30 years. From the approximate 150 pieces submitted, 55 were shown and 10 were awarded cash prizes. One student, selected by Art Center College of Design’s Outreach Program Manager, Cecilia Ybarra, received a scholarship to Art Center’s Saturday High Program. Each of the 10 cash award recipients’ teachers were awarded matching cash prizes.
Every awardee and their art teacher came to the reception, held today, May 12th, at Art Center College of Design’s south campus. Many parents, teachers, and whole families came out to support the students – the gallery was at capacity. Teachers shared stories about their students opening up through their experience with EFTA. You could sense the feeling of accomplishment in teachers and students alike. Mothers were greeted with flowers, a thank you for spending time out of their special day to support the EFTA exhibition.
We want to thank everyone – student artists, teachers, and community members – for coming to the reception and for making it such a wonderful event. EFTA is produced by Light Bringer Project in association with Mental Health America of Los Angeles County. The program is funded in part by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.
The 36th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade was held 2 weeks ago on Saturday, April 27th. Known as the “Twisted Sister” of the ‘other well-known Pasadena parade’, Doo Dah is a hub for collective fun and creativity, art cars and unusual floats – and humor and expression though unique skits… home made and hand made costumes, live performances, satirical commentary, and live music. A new entry this year, a group of Metropolitan Nash cars drove the parade route, hyping up the crowd right before the parade started. This year’s Doo Dah Parade featured over 60 entries, featuring Queen Susann and her entourage in pirate attire, Grand Marshall Alan Zorthian (with llama) and the Thorny Rose Frank Girardot, editor of the Pasadena Star News.
Light Bringer Project sees the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade as the ultimate freedom of expression and promotion of creativity and individuality. It is a time when the community comes together and everyone can be their interesting and unique selves. To some, that means driving cupcake shaped cars, dressing in Renaissance attire, riding vintage bicycles or marching in a band. It’s a parade free of judgement and is open to all. While Doo Dah promotes ‘wild and crazy,’ the parade is always family friendly.
Doo Dah-er Morticia Adams said, “I went and had a blast. Both my seven year old daughter and my thirteen year old son had a good time, and that rarely happens!”
Another Doo Dah-er Yeb Beirta said, “I just love how this event promotes being liberated, advocates being yourself, and appreciates daring to be different. That’s what California is to me and it’s awesome having a parade to celebrate that!”
Well said, Yeb. Thank you to everyone for participating, viewing and supporting the parade. We hope the Pasadena community is ready for many more years of Doo Dah – we sure are!
Escape wherever you are and meet us in Ojai for the weekend. See them rolling hills, breathe that ocean-kissed air, and have a party at a cozy tavern nestled in the woods.
GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT
Rooted in Americana, country and hillbilly influences, this band delivers soul donning beards, overalls, and flannel. They sit at the throne of a revival scene in their native Oakdale.
Restavrant is junkyard high art. Electrocana, roots, punk, country and slide blues merge through the mad science of frontman Troy Murrah’s mischievous guitar and his drummer’s homemade drum set’s beer buckle breaks.
OCHA LA ROCHA
Johnny la Rocha’s grainy vocals and irreverent lyrics evoke a juke joint bluesman, a libidinous southern rocker, and a tender-hearted, crooning cowboy. His band juxtaposes stripped down rock songs with lavish, quasi-psychedelic arrangements, next to wailing country folk.
BLOODY DEATH SKULL
The band swirls together ukulele with whatever sounds, toys and instruments they enjoy into a pleasant, lo-fi sound, rooted in the sort of fun, sappy, playful and sneaky tunes you find in late-50s American Rock and Soul. Visually, the outfits, toys, lights and bubbling test tubes are a feast. It’s a PBS daycare set.
The Deer Lodge
Built in 1932 as a general store where travelers could pick up picnic supplies and ice, the Deer Lodge also served as a place for hunters to skin deer, hence the name. In the 1930s and ’40s its basement was reputed to be a secret gathering spot for gamblers and ladies of the night, and in 1947 it was transformed yet again into a popular bar and dance hall. By the 1960s, it had become a rugged roadhouse, where cowboys, bikers and hunters could shoot pool, play darts and get into a brawl or two.
Tickets: $10 available online or at the door.
THE GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT
OCHA LA ROCHA
BLOODY DEATH SKULL
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This school year, Light Bringer Project has been mentoring the L.A. Futures Academy students from the Tech Academy at Foshay Learning Center. LBP worked with student teams as they created a large portfolio of work supporting public service campaigns on topics of their choice. Each group, headed by an account manager, consisted of a writer, videographer, technologist, and art director. Each team developed a creative brief, print ads, an advertising stunt, wrote a press release, created a 60 second commercial, and build a website to house it all.
Special thanks to Continental Colorcraft for printing copies of each groups’ print ads. It really increased the value and meaning of the campaigns and inspired our students.
Light Bringer Project had a wonderful time working with the L.A. Futures Academy students at Foshay. It was great being able to see each group grow their idea into a full body of professional work. And, most important, their experience, portfolios and raised expectations will make them more competitive as they move on into higher education toward their desired careers!
Recently, Room13/Eliot and Room13/JohnMuir took a trip to the Natural History Museum at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The trip came out of inspiration we received from a Room 13 in Scotland. At Room13/Caol, artists would often paint the view from their studio – hills and mountains as far as the eye could see.
Eventually, the artists started to inquire what was beyond those hills. Eventually, the Aritst-in-Residence said, “If you are curious as to what is beyond the mountains, we should go find out.” Not long after, the first Room 13 Expedition took place to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland (1996).
It is so important for young people to question and explore their environment. While Room13/Eliot and Room13/JohnMuir didn’t backpack through the mountains, they did explore their own Los Angeles environment through the use of public transportation. The young artists learned how to purchase travel cards, ride the Metro, transfer trains, and read the map to determine how many stops were left before our destination. They learned they weren’t dependent on others for rides to and from places they want to go. Navigating on the Metro is easy!
Upon their arrive at the Natural History Museum, we walked through halls of dinosaurs, sketching as we went. Hopefully the artists will be inspired to create more finished pieces based off their sketches! After a successful trip, we are encouraging the artists to plan their own future trips and expeditions.
But Room13/JohnMuir didn’t stop there! Feeling full of energy after the Natural History Museum, the studio continued their exploration of Los Angeles. They rode the Metro to Chinatown where they visited a comic book store.
The L.A. Futures Academy is in full swing at Foshay Learning Center! Foshay’s Technology Academy empowers their students to think critically, take initiative, and to use their skills to make a positive impact in an ever-changing world. The Technology Academy at Foshay Learning Center features a cutting-edge curriculum specially designed for students with an interest in technology. Students have multiple opportunities to take advanced courses, get certified in Adobe software and IC3, and to participate in special programs such as mentorships and internships.
The Tech Academy seniors are currently creating Public Service Announcements. Each team chose a public service topic of interest and did research to find an interesting angle from which to create a campaign. After writing a creative brief to establish the message of their campaign, students set to work creating a print ad, slogan, logo, short commercial and press release for a promotional stunt. Once their campaigns are completed and polished, the teams will present their work to creatives at IgnitedUSA Advertising Agency in Torrance.
Light Bringer Project is in the Tech Academy classrooms on a regular basis, helping students develop their public service campaigns. “Light Bringer provides authenticity and a real-world presence in the classroom,” says Leslie Aaronson Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Tech Academy.
Leslie was voted a 2012-2013 LAUSD Teacher of the Year for her work with Foshay’s Tech Academy. She has been awarded the California Partnership Academy grant for the Technology Academy since 2004 and works with business partners all over the community. She says, “My computer lab is a place for innovation and exploration. The digital portfolios the students create highlight their accomplishments and carry them through to the future.” To learn more about Leslie’s teaching approach, read her recent article “How Do We Get Students Ready for the Jobs of the Future?” on good.is.
Folk Festival Day 2013!
Photos by Abby Linne
Over the last month, Light Bringer Project has met with students and teachers, and taken the time to inquire, reflect and evaluate our educational programs in 2012. We want to make each and every year the best it can be, and based on that, set new goals and objectives for 2013. Looking at the educational programs and students we serve, we are seeing personal growth, skill-building and successful pathways to higher education and exciting careers being carved. It has always been important to us to impart to students that they are capable of being anything they dream, so long as they are willing to ask questions, do the work, and be open to learning from others.
L.A. Futures Academy punctuated the end of the year on a high note. Seniors at Dorsey High School performed to their greatest potential, surpassing our and their clients’ expectations. Dorsey High School has a high population of ‘at-risk’ teenagers. To be able to influence students through building a strong creative career-focused base with L.A. Futures Academy is truly rewarding.
Expressing Feelings Through Art is a preventative program which allows students to express their personal concerns in a safe and accepting environment, with the added benefit of a public exhibition and scholarships for them and their art teachers.
Our Room 13 students at John Muir High School, Eliot Middle School, and Foshay Learning Center continue to grow and thrive. Light Bringer Project also serves as the Room 13 creative art studio hub for North America. In 2012, we created a ‘tool kit’ that provides people who are interested in starting their own Room 13 with ample information. We have kept in contact with established studios and continue to assist those across North America who are passionate about the program and want to help it grow! This kind of independent art studio is not only enhancing their creative abilities, but helps to improve students’ performance in school and life in general. They learn to express new ideas, work in groups, and become responsible for running a small business.
With Jenny O, Tommy Santee Klaws, and Ramshackle. The New L.A. Folk Fest presents the release party for He’s My Brother She’s My Sister’s new record, Nobody Dances In This Town.
Tommy Santee Klaws 8pm
Jenny O. 9:30pm
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister 10:30pm
We go way back with He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, way back to 2008, pretty sure, when we first saw this family band sing through clattering teeth on a wooden porch in Pioneertown, the ghost town behind Pappy and Harriet’s desert hideaway.
It was late, windy, and whiskey passed between the freezing hands of a tightly knit audience. Once the band got going, the would-be popsicle people were dancing and clapping and begged the band never to stop. Right then, we knew these guys were special. Plus they had a tapdancer for percussion.
They became early members of the Folk Fest family, actually, and played our first festival in 2010. Since then, Brother-sister Rob and Rachel Kolar, Lauren Brown, Oliver “Oliwa” Newell, and Aaron Robinson have toured the country and beyond, refining their sound and costume selection, leaving a trail of new fans wherever their gypsy wagon travels.
Not every show can take place in a desert saloon or mythical mountain ranch, but some bands manage to deliver a slice of that atmosphere when they perform for city-folk at a concert venue. With a vintage gleam and carousing mood they feel at home in a ghost town but it’s music very much present in the whimsical here and now. We like that.
Hope you’ll join us for our first show of the year, way out yonder in West Hollywood.
Light Bringer Project has a new intern, Anna Brown! Anna Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles and now attends Bennington College in Bennington, VT. She’s a Freshman currently studying theatre, biology, dance, and education-and trying to find a cohesive way to tie them all together. She should fit right in at LBP – we all wear many hats! Non profit organizations are a passion of hers and she’s thrilled to have this opportunity to bring more art into the community. She will be with us until February 15th. Welcome, Anna!
What a great history-based Doo Dah night! At Deja Doo Dah last Friday, Kevin Brechner brought a Super 8 Film Projector for some of the older home Doo Dah Parade movies that hadn’t been coverted to digital yet. We were able to watch REAL old footage out of the shoebox in the closet, which was really exciting!
With the school semester more than half over, the L.A. Futures Academy at Dorsey High School is well underway. This group of seniors is working with the non profit organization Community Build in Los Angeles and our business partner TBWA\Chiat\Day. The goal is for the L.A. Futures Team to create a marketing plan for Community Build, with the help of creative mentors at TBWA\Chiat\Day.
So far, the L.A. Futures Team has interviewed samples of their target market, met with directors and organizers at Community Build to seek out their youth outreach needs, drafted the marketing materials, and outlined a final presentation. These kids are working so hard! Their final presentation at which they present their marketing plan to directors at Community Build will be at TBWA\Chiat\Day headquarters at 5353 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles on December 7th.
We’d also like to mention that the L.A. Futures Academy and Dorsey has recently received TWO computers from generous donors. THANK YOU! At the start of the semester, they did not have a single computer and it would have been nearly impossible for them to complete their assignment.
Bloody Death Skull, Christian Lee Hutson (Driftwood Singers), Dirt Bird, Dorian Wood, Geronimo Getty, Gizzelle, Jenny Luna and the Moondogs, Marlene Perez (The Rhythm Shakers) with Alex Vargas, Papercranes, Restavrant, RT N’ The 44s, VUM
Watch videos of the participating bands at this link.
Dig up the foundation of American music and you’ll find that when love turned deadly, someone was there to sing about it. And these songs have lasted because, well, people like to sing about bodies floating in the river and driving a knife through a lover’s back.
The Deer Lodge
Saturday, November 10, at 9pm
2261 Maricopa Highway Ojai, CA 93023
Call to reserve a table: (805) 646-4256
The studios will showcase their artwork in the lobby of Opus Bank. Come and learn about Room 13, meet the artists, and view the incredible work they have done. Visitors can have their picture taken by Pix by Tweens, Room13/Eliot’s micro-business, and their portrait drawn by the caricature artists of Room13/JohnMuir. All atwork will be for sale. Light refreshments be provided by Noir Food and Wine (40 North Mentor Ave. Pasadena, CA) and Lovebirds Cafe & Bakery (Pasadena, CA).
I am calling upon you to support Light Bringer Project’s vital work in our community. We are happy to join forces with Fundly, an innovative social media fundraising tool, to help us strengthen and broaden our fundraising efforts through the end of the year. By supporting this campaign you will be directly impacting arts and learning for young people and enriching cultural experiences for those of all ages. As a nonprofit we are still feeling the impact of the economic downturn and rely on your support more than ever to maintain the quality of our programs. Please learn more about our exciting Fundly Fall Campaign launch by going to fundly.com/lightbringerproject. You can also share this with your friends by going to our Facebook Page and sharing our Fundly post. See for yourself how your help can make a difference in someone’s life! Help keep Light Bringer Project awesome!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Phillips as a full time staff member. Kelly is a graduate of Providence College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, with a minor in Art History and Business Studies. She’s an avid photographer who enjoys documenting events and places. Kelly brings professional communication skills to the organization where she will focus on special projects, social media and outreach.
Broadcast live at 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 9th, 2012, our hosts from The Tom Coston Show with Red Rosie performed the old-time radio detective drama, "Pat Novack, For Hire". Take a listen
Broadcast on the 30th of December of 2011 on the Tom Coston Show with Red Rosie (the Host-less edition), discussion of domain names and the boycott of Godaddy over their support of SOPA.
Update: Contact Congress, and stop the PROTECT IP Act, now!
Update: SOPA & PIPA have been pulled, for now.