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  • Collaborative Drawing with Shannon Freshwater

    Starts: 11/4/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/4/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.312: Saturday 11/4, 11:00am-12:30pm
    Cost: $5

    Exquisite Corpses and New Characters Through Collaboration. Join Studio Resident Shannon Freshwater as she explores the Surrealist creative practice called the “exquisite corpse.” Participants will collaborate in this game of telling an unexpected story in this creatively freeing and collaborative exercise. Each participant draws a different part of the body and only sees the result when all the drawings come together. This is a chance to be silly, experiment, and be open to the unexpected.

    Studio Resident (8/9/17 – 11/15/2017) Shannon Freshwater is an illustrator and fine artist who uses collage and assemblage as a way to appropriate and re-contextualize imagery and ideas. Shannon finds inspiration in the mysterious and unknown, as well as pop culture and various sub cultures. She grew up in the bizarre landscape of Las Vegas, studied painting and film in New Mexico, and lived in a collaborative art community in Seattle before moving to Southern California in 2005. Shannon is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, where she now teaches in the illustration department as well as teaching in the art department at California State University Northridge. Her illustrations have appeared on various book covers as well as The New York Times, Le Monde, Scientific American and others. She has exhibited her work across the US and her book covers are included in the permanent collection of AIGA in New York.
  • Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn

    Starts: 11/4/2017 11:30:00 AM
    Ends: 11/4/2017 1:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.234: Saturday 11/4, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Cost: $10

    Class #2700.316 Saturday 9/16, 11:30am-1:30pm

    Through an investigative process that draws upon meditation, visualization, and movement improvisation, we expand our creative capacities, move our bodies, encounter each other and cultivate a sense of play. All levels of participants who are interested in exploring expressive movement are welcome. After moving we will rest, journal, and share in a closing circle.

    Interdisciplinary movement artist Jeremy Hahn, M.F.A. is an active choreographer, performer, yoga instructor and educator of dance and movement improvisation based in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and is currently on faculty teaching dance at Cal Poly Pomona and Santa Ana College. As an award-winning choreographer and performer he creates works of contemporary dance theatre, site-specific interactive performance, and performance art. Notably, he has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone and David Dorfman and had the pleasure of working with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Lucent Dossier Experience, The Industry and many others. He is a founding member of Efflorescence, a Los Angeles based performance collective who is dedicated to the collaborative process, social engagement and the creation of an interdisciplinary arts event: PRISM. Hahn possesses considerable experience and knowledge inspiring performing artists and contributing to the field of dance through his teaching, research, and performance.

    Fore more information please visist www.weareefflorescence.com
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 11/4/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/4/2017 8:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.322: Saturdays 9/16 - 11/4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Cost: $100

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.

    Drop-in registration is available for $20.

    NO CLASS 10/28.
  • Poetry Loves Music with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 11/5/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/5/2017 3:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.315: Sundays Sundays 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, and 12/17, 1:30-3:30pm
    Cost: $75

    Poetry Loves Art and Music.... Do you love to write poetry and want to expand your practice? In this workshop participants read and discuss poems and write their own in a supportive environment, including lots of prompts. The theme of this series is poetry's relationship to visual art and music. Six-session commitment required. Writers of poetry at all levels are welcome to participate.

    Dinah Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. Her poems have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Ploughshares, and are included in many anthologies. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council, and won an international poetry prize from the Atlanta Review. Her book Hours of Devotion (Schocken, 2007) is a verse adaptation of the first book of prayers written for women by a Jewish woman.

  • Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 11/5/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/5/2017 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.331: Sundays 11/5 & 11/12, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this introductory hatmaking class. You will learn the fundamentals of blocking, shaping and trimming a wool felt hat. Returning students welcome - we'll cover more advanced techniques.

    Returning students welcome! You may hone your skills or practice more advanced techniques in this session.

    In this class some hand-sewing experience is helpful, though not required.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable

    Starts: 11/8/2017 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 11/8/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.322: Wednesday, 11/8, 10:30am-12:30pm
    Cost: Free! RSVP appreciated directly to Poets & Writers at rw-west@pw.org.

    Poets & Writers, the nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, convenes Literary Roundtable Meetings in different parts of California and select cities outside the state. These meetings are open to people from all areas of the literary community—writers, teachers, editors, and organizations that host literary events—to exchange ideas, news, and resources. It's also a chance for P&W staff to share information about the Readings & Workshops program, which helps to provide fees to writers who give public readings and/or teach creative writing workshops. More info at pw.org.

  • Hot Sauce Making with Rachael Narins

    Starts: 11/10/2017 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 11/10/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.322: Friday 11/10, 12-3pm
    Cost: $40

    In this workshop Chef Rachael Narins will start with a quick overview of peppers, then move on to making hot sauce. You’ll  blend your own custom batch after we discuss how to consider flavor profiles, heat levels and different preparations. Please bring: a well-wrapped chef’s knife and an apron. Gloves provided for pepper work. The workshop includes an informative lecture, the hands-on workshop, and 2 jars of sauce to take home. For you heat enthusiasts this a great way to get started making your own signature sauce!
  • Second Saturday Open Craft Lounge

    Starts: 11/11/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/11/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 11am-2pm
    Free! Open to all adults, reservations appreciated.

    Come to the Camera Obscura Art Lab on the second Saturday of every month to work on your projects, take in a mini-workshop, and stretch your craft-legs. Bring your machines and your projects, and work in a congenial setting in this open lab. Knitters/Crocheters, hang out and practice your stitches. Beaders, knot up something nice - and scrapbookers, origami artists, bookbinders, ornament makers, collagists: modpodge it! Two sewing machines provided for sharing; miscellaneous craft supplies and expertise on hand. Work on projects, trade tips, materials and ideas. We often invite a guest artist to lead a mini session in their area of expertise. Bring your friends and craft together with tea and company.
  • Studio Resident Shannon Freshwater Final Presentation

    Starts: 11/11/2017 3:00:00 PM
    Ends: 11/11/2017 7:00:00 PM

    Studio Resident Shannon Freshwater's residency focused on creating a series of strong woman characters through the use of folk art and crafts techniques that could be classified as traditional “woman’s crafts” such as bead work and weaving. Stop by her culminating exhibition to view a collection of 2D and 3D sculptural and costume work that incorporates discarded toys, jewelry, blankets, and other items from local thrift stores into beaded characters and costume. Her “warrior” costumes explore the idea of self empowerment, power dynamics, and transformation.

    Please RSVP at : https://coalshannonfreshwater.eventbrite.com

    Studio Resident (8/9/17 – 11/15/2017) Shannon Freshwater is an illustrator and fine artist who uses collage and assemblage as a way to appropriate and re-contextualize imagery and ideas. Shannon finds inspiration in the mysterious and unknown, as well as pop culture and various sub cultures. She grew up in the bizarre landscape of Las Vegas, studied painting and film in New Mexico, and lived in a collaborative art community in Seattle before moving to Southern California in 2005. Shannon is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, where she now teaches in the illustration department as well as teaching in the art department at California State University Northridge. Her illustrations have appeared on various book covers as well as The New York Times, Le Monde, Scientific American and others. She has exhibited her work across the US and her book covers are included in the permanent collection of AIGA in New York.
  • Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 11/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/12/2017 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.331: Sundays 11/5 & 11/12, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this introductory hatmaking class. You will learn the fundamentals of blocking, shaping and trimming a wool felt hat. Returning students welcome - we'll cover more advanced techniques.

    Returning students welcome! You may hone your skills or practice more advanced techniques in this session.

    In this class some hand-sewing experience is helpful, though not required.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • Fundamentals of Afro Cuban Dance with Kati Hernandez

    Starts: 11/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/18/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.326
    Saturday 11/18, 11a-12:30p
    Cost: $15- please bring exact change!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Two sessions in November, open to both dancers who are new to Afro-Cuban rhythms and intermediate dancers who would like to polish their moves. Cuban native Kati Hernandez teaches movement holistically within Cuban society and culture. With live music accompaniment!

    Kati Hernandez’s knowledge of dance and choreography makes her a highly sought-after performer both nationally and internationally. A native of Cuba, Kati grew up surrounded by the sounds of the drum and the Afro-Cuban tradition. Her dance studies included folkloric, popular, modern, ballet, choreography, composition and staging. Her earlier performances include the Havana International Jazz Festival with Cuban stars such as Bobby Carcases and Chucho Valdez and the Bienal Internacional de la Habana with Afro-Cuban music and performance icon Mercedita Valdez and visual artist Manuel Mendive. Eager to spread the roots of Cuban Dance, she is now the co-founder of Afro-Timba, a dance fitness program that she is currently touring nationwide along with her on training dance Program “Oricha Therapy” and “Kati’s Cuban Dance Map”. Kati is known for her unique teaching techniques, her vibrant energy and flavor on the dance floor. Her work is a true illustration of her heritage and an endless celebration of Cuban dance and music.
  • Cuban Salsa with Kati Hernandez

    Starts: 11/18/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/18/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.327: Saturday 11/18, 12:30-2pm
    Cost: $15
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.

    Curious about salsa? Learn steps in a fun setting. Bring a partner or find partners here; all levels welcome!
  • Poetry Loves Music with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 11/19/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 11/19/2017 3:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.315: Sundays Sundays 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, and 12/17, 1:30-3:30pm
    Cost: $75

    Poetry Loves Art and Music.... Do you love to write poetry and want to expand your practice? In this workshop participants read and discuss poems and write their own in a supportive environment, including lots of prompts. The theme of this series is poetry's relationship to visual art and music. Six-session commitment required. Writers of poetry at all levels are welcome to participate.

    Dinah Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. Her poems have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Ploughshares, and are included in many anthologies. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council, and won an international poetry prize from the Atlanta Review. Her book Hours of Devotion (Schocken, 2007) is a verse adaptation of the first book of prayers written for women by a Jewish woman.

  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/25/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/25/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 11/26/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/26/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 4-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels with drop-ins welcome.

    Cost: $110.00 + $20 cash material fee - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!) Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig. Enroll online using the tickets link.

    10am-1pm Sundays 11/26, 12/3, 12/10 & 12/17
  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/27/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/27/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/28/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/29/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/29/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
  • Tailor Made: a Pop-up Alterations Shop with Frau Fiber

    Starts: 11/30/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 11/30/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Monday-Saturday 11/24-12/2, 10am-3pm
    Free to visit; alterations cost variable

    Frau Fiber, a former textile worker turned superhero, makes the Fast Fashion supply chain transparent through her various garment interventions. Just in time for the year-end shopping season, Frau Fiber presents a pop-up alterations shop providing mending, alteration and tailoring services. All are welcome to drop in to discuss their tailoring needs. The twist: each customer spins the Wheel of Wages to determine the cost of service*. The wheel is divided into countries that produce the bulk of our fast fashion garments.

    Get that pocket mended, those trousers hemmed, that uniform badge sewn, and expand holiday gifting plans to include repurposing, mending and making do, while learning about how we are connected to wages and working conditions around the globe.

    *plus the cost of materials needed. Please allow between 1-24 hours for service. Cost of labor is determined by "JustJobs Global Wage Trends for Apparel Workers."
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