La Cienega Design Quarter Hosts ‘Celebrate Art’ Events

Los Angeles’ La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ), one of the west coast’s leading design districts, announced the impressive list of sponsors and activities today for its annual Legends of La Cienega event scheduled to take place on May 12 – May 14, 2011. Legends of La Cienega is an annual celebration of design that brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, décor, art, fashion, and architecture for two days of receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, book-signings, personal appearances, trunk shows, and special exhibitions. In its third year, the 2011 Legends event is presented by the LCDQ’s 50 member businesses which include the city’s most prestigious design showrooms, antiques dealers and home furnishings retailers located along La Cienega Boulevard (from Santa Monica to Beverly Boulevards), Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place. This year’s calendar of events is produced in association with the nation’s most prestigious shelter publications including ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and VERANDA. Local media sponsors include Angeleno, Angeleno Interiors, California Homes, California Home & Design, and Luxe Interiors and Design, with additional support provided by Flavorpill.com.

Avenue Q’s John Tartaglia Offers Puppetry Course in Weho

Master puppeteer John Tartaglia, a Tony nominee from his work on Avenue Q, will offer a two day master’s class on puppetry for theater and television in West Hollywood on May 19th and 20th. The course will be taught at the Celebration Theatre at 7051 Santa Monica Blvd. “Topics to be covered include fundamentals, one-on-one training, group scene work, musical performances, special guests, and viewings of puppetry classics,” according to a press statement. Students of all levels are welcomed. Coursework will get more advanced throughout the week, as lessons build on material already learned.

Fat Bitch! this Weekend at the Greenway Court Theater

Erica Watson is coming to the Greenway Court Theater starting on Friday for the Los Angeles premiere of her solo show “Fat Bitch!” After workshops in NYC and Chicago, this new solo show written and performed by Watson will run from April 29 to May 1, 2011. Watson will offer a humorous and honest glimpse at the American “fat and sassy” black woman stereotypes that continue to influence modern day images of black women. Written and performed by Watson as a hybrid of theater and stand-up comedy, “Fat Bitch!” responds to how black women and their bodies have always been subjected to sexualized admiration and ridicule.

Two Area Graffiti Suspects Arrested by Sheriff and LAPD

A 34-year old high profile graffiti vandal was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning as he prepared to board a plane to Ireland at Los Angeles International Airport. Sheriff’s Metro Transit Services Bureau Special Problems Unit deputies were notified that Suspect Williams had a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay restitution to the victims of previous vandalism crimes. And in related news, Los Angeles Police arrested a graffiti vandal spotted on top of a building by an LAPD helicopter on Sunday evening. That incident occurred at about 5PM near Melrose and La Brea. The suspect was described as a white male carrying man purse or messenger type bag, and he left his supplies on the rooftop as he fled after being spotted.

Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Planned for May 1

On Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 10am‐4pm, the gates of the historic Greystone Estate will once again open to one of the most elegant and prestigious car shows in the United States: The Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. Over 150 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles will compete for awards. There will be vintage fashion shows. Guests can visit the Greystone historical exhibit and tour the mansion, and shop the marketplace of fine art, automobilia, jewelry, and vintage fashion. Plus, visitors will enjoy gourmet food, adult beverages and live entertainment.

Shepard Fairey Wants to Hear from You, West Hollywood

Shepard Fairey, arguably one of today’s most recognized street and graphic artists, has been commissioned to create an art work for the New West Hollywood Library. As part of his creative process he is seeking input from the greater West Hollywood community to inform his piece. Fairey steeps his ideology and iconography in the self-empowerment of those who refuse to be manipulated by the machine of manufactured consent. His large scale art installations take a modular or mosaic approach, organically weaving together an assortment of images alternating between iconic images and decorative patterns. For his New West Hollywood Library piece, Fairey will use elements from his aesthetic mixed with new images created to celebrate West Hollywood and the mission of the library itself.

Tom of Finland’s Erotic Art Fair this Weekend in Weho

The 16th Annual West Hollywood-Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair, presented by the Tom of Finland Foundation, will be held this weekend at West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. The Erotic Art Fair will feature more than 45 artists working in diverse media. Life drawing workshops and symposia will take place both Saturday and Sunday. The Tom of Finland Foundation’s Erotic Art Fair gives members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community an opportunity to come together, meet and say thank you to the artists that represent them and their culture. “Erotic art has been an essential part of being gay for the past 30 plus years.

Keith Haring Artwork Donated to Gay and Lesbian Center

A complete series of 10 silkscreens by iconic gay artist Keith Haring has been donated to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center by Center supporter Tyler Cassity, a co-owner of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “Haring’s work is so iconic; we’re honored to receive and exhibit this series,” says Jon Imparato, Director of the Center’s Cultural Arts program. “It’s rare to have a complete Haring series together like this; we’re thrilled that people will have the opportunity to see all 10 silkscreens in our galleries.”

Haring is best-known for his vibrant, colorful images of human figures. The darker Apocalypse series—a 1988 collaboration with writer/poet William S. Burroughs—reflects a shift that occurred during the last years of the artist’s life, when he was living with AIDS. The disease claimed his life in 1990.

Oscars Say No to Banksy Request to Appear in Disguise

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a request to the Oscars from Banksy, the mysterious street artist who has been causing a stir around West Hollywood and the surrounding area of late, has told the British press his request to turn up at this week’s Oscars in disguise in a bid to keep his identity a secret, has been declined. Academy executive director Bruce Davis told Entertainment Week: “The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, “I’m Banksy,” who the hell do we give it [award] to?” The artist is up for best documentary for his film Exit Through The Gift Shop. Banksy has recently hit Los Angeles with a number of works, including some in the West Hollywood area. One on a burnt out building near Sunset Blvd and La Cienega was cut out of the wall by some mysterious men early one evening and then appeared on eBay, and another posted on a billboard near Fairfax and Sunset almost caused a fight to break out over the artwork when the billboard company took it down.