Category: Visual Arts & Film

Think, Create, Inspire

Santa Monica hosts ‘Night of Ideas,’ ‘More Art Here’ and Art Los Angeles Contemporary this weekend By Christina Campodonico Guy Maddin’s “Grimes/Lenin,” a collage-on-paper juxtaposition of the Canadian musical artist and the Russian communist revolutionary, is among several works that Art Los Angeles Contemporary exhibitor Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is bringing to Barker Hanger. Photo courtesy of the artist and Lisa Kehler Art + Projects.   SoCal may have gotten a good soaking over the past week, but Santa Monica is set for a deluge of creative ideas come this weekend. Three major cultural events hap- pening Jan....

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A Woman who Made History

Santa Monica History Museum founder Louise Gabriel is remembered for bringing the city’s past safely into the present By Michael Aushenker Louise Gabriel, who founded the Santa Monica History Museum with her late husband Bob Gabriel and spent more than three decades shepherding the organization toward self-sustainability, has died. Gabriel’s passing on Jan. 10 “was sudden and unexpected,” said daughter Susan Gabriel Potter, who declined to discuss her mother’s age or health conditions. Santa Monica leaders past and present praised Gabriel’s seemingly tireless efforts to not only document but share knowledge of the city’s past. “When I think of...

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Eclectic at the Electric

“The Lightning Series” taps new creative energy to remake a Venice cultural institution Story by Christina Campodonico Photo by Richard Michael Johnson In the 20 years since Dr. Joel Shapiro bought an old Masonic lodge on Electric and California avenues to transform it into a solar-powered experimental arts incubator, the Electric Lodge has made a name for itself with performances, lectures, screenings and workshops that push the boundaries of creative expression. But a surge of new energy is rippling through this Venice arts institution as it shifts its focus from renting its theater, studio and classroom spaces to visiting artists...

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Just the Three of Us

Indie Chicks Int’l Film Fest features the story of a woman with many possible lives By Brian Welk In the new short film “Me3,” actress Amber Higgins plays one woman named Megan, but she’s portraying three separate roles reflecting different possible outcomes for her life: Megan the Mom, Megan the Working Woman, and the Megan who chose love. Higgins is just right for the part, because in addition to playing three roles in front of the camera, she’s wearing numerous hats behind it. “Me3” plays on Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center as part of the Indie Chicks International...

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Here Comes the Sun

Jill-of-all-trades Eva Montealegre shows her work in Santa Monica By Kathy Leonardo Artist. Musician. Dancer. Crime novelist. Eva Montealegre is a modern-day renaissance woman, but it’s painting that really fires up her creativity. “Painting keeps me alive. When I paint I am renewed and lifted,” she says. “The Cosmic Experience,” a collection of Montealegre’s paintings from various exhibitions, goes on display Sunday at The Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica. One of them, titled “It’s Alright,’ is a painting of the sun that won first place in the opened theme exhibit for the California Women’s Caucus of Art. “That...

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