Thursday, November 26, 2009

Moby 'One Time We Lived' Directed by Mark Pellington

Moby 'One Time We Lived' by Mark Pellington

President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation, as released by the White House:

What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with those of our nation, and its history traces the American narrative.

Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed "by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God," and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.


As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.

As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country's men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day.

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all the people of the United States to come together, whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place where family, friends and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own and to share our bounty with others.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2009, and of the independence of the United States of America the 234th (year).

_ Barack Obama

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

California Lawyers for the Arts: Health Insurance 101 - How to Obtain Individual, Family and Group Health Insurance

California Lawyers for the Arts will be presenting a free workshop on Health Insurance geared to self-employed artists and their families on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Michael Grodsky will be leading the evening.

REGISTRATION: Call CLA at (310) 998-5590, or email Angela (please
include your contact info and specify the workshop date(s)) at:

More info at:
Aquarius Financial

Workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the
Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation.
Addition support provided by the California Arts Council.

The Muppets Perform Bohemian Rhapsody

The Muppets Perform Bohemian Rhapsody

Thanks to David Silverman for pointing this out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The River Dreams

Gregg Chadwick
The River Dreams
16"x11" oil on linen 2009

I am reading WS Merwin's recent book of poems - The Shadow of Sirius - and thinking deeply about the mystery of our place in the universe. I had a chance to chat briefly with WS Merwin after his wonderful reading at the Hammer Museum on October 29th. We spoke of elephants and mystery and nature. Inspiring stuff.

Professor Stephen Yenser is doing an amazing job with this series of poetry readings at the Hammer. And Mona Simpson's favorite writers series is also top notch. Tonight, YiyunLi, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, will be reading.

More on WS Merwin:
WS Merwin Profile

More on the Hammer Museum:
Watch and Listen

More on elephants and why we must protect them:

Elephant Reflections - new from UC Press
Photographs by Karl Ammann and Text by Dale Peterson

Monday, November 09, 2009

Helden: Remembering November 9, 1989

Helden: November 9, 1989

20 years ago today as images of the fall of the Berlin Wall streamed across televisions around the world, I played Little Steven's poignant song Checkpoint Charlie. Little Steven's 1984 song openly dreamed of a free and united Berlin. On November 9, 1989 that dream began to come true. Today as we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, I also dream of Freedom in Iran and the fall of the Iran Curtain.

The Berliner Zeitung has a nice series of images and articles about the history and fall of the Berlin Wall:
20. Jahre Mauerfall

John F Kennedy in Berlin: "Ich bin ein Berliner."

"This film shows video footage taken in April 1990 plus still image photographs taken in December 1989 and July 2005. There is footage on both sides of the wall, although for reasons of personal security the footage of the Eastern side of the crossing point is somewhat minimal. Nevertheless it is possible to see the arrangement of frosted glass screens which made it virtually impossible to see the crossing point from the East."

Photographer Anthony Suau talks about his iconic image of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

photo by current events.

Artist Kent Twitchell paints an image of JFK on a portion of the Berlin Wall on exhibit in Los Angeles

More at:
Wende Museum: Wall Across Wilshire

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

DreamScape Opens at the LOOK Gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 5th

DreamScape, curated by Jerri Levi and Brent Turner, opens at the LOOK Gallery on Thursday evening.

The exhibit is described as:
"A conceptual design exhibition that explores the symbolic references of our personal spaces through the interplay of fine art and high design.

Seven top Los Angeles design firms will collaborate with a roster of LOOK Gallery artists to realize a series of installations within the gallery, incorporating various art media of surrealistic expression woven together with an array of choice home furnishings and accessory products available through LAMDC showrooms.

Provocative and aspirational, the dream-like spaces serve to engage the spectator in the design experience, offering a glimpse to the unfettered vision of superior design talent and the artistry of fashioning interiors as interpretive expressions of our inner selves."

The opening reception is Thursday, November 5th from 6-9pm.
RSVP at 213.763.5813 or

DreamScape is open to the public from:

November 5 -
December 3, 2009
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings
until 8 p.m.
LOOK Gallery at
L.A. Mart@ Design Center

The LOOK Gallery is located in the L.A. Mart downtown at 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90007

(For those of you following my art, I will have work in Best of the Best, the December group show at LOOK Gallery which opens on December 10th)