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Moshe Brakha

Black Flag, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves and Devo have all been shot by famed photographer Moshe Brakha. Charismatically colorful from the start, his photographs burst with movement and personality. He shot the cover for Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees album in ’76, shot Run DMC for Rolling Stone, and threw himself into the advertising arena, shooting campaigns for brands like Sky Vodka and Adidas as well as directing the “Martini Man” commercial series for Martini and Rossi. “New Economy,” the first gallery exhibition of Moshe’s collaboration with his son Eddie, consists of portraits of young creatives taken by the father/son duo after interviewing each subject.

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Gallery 3209

During an October opening at her gallery, Eddie and Moshe Brakha of Brakhax2 approached Denni Zelikowsky of Gallery 3209 to be a subject in their photo series, New Economy. She obliged, hesitantly. The charismatically irreverent gallerist prefers to create and curate images rather than be integrated into them. Like its founder, Gallery 3209 eschews convention for community, providing a safe space for the strange and the wild amidst rows of clinical white boxes in Culver City. With ample space, natural light falling in through sky lights and floor to ceiling windows, and an address ending in 90034, Gallery 3209 provides pristine digs for emerging artists. While waiting in the Brakhax2 studio before her shoot, the iconic black and white image of the members of Devo donning peach breasts with bright pink nipples caught the young curator’s eye. Moshe Brakha of Brakhax2 famously photographed such cheeky personalities as Madonna and Run DMC. After experiencing the collaborative process of Moshe and Eddie Brakha as a subject, Denni knew she wanted to exhibit this father/son duo at Gallery 3209. New Economy opens this Saturday January 7th. Arts Editor Drew Denny discusses Gallery 3209 with curator Denni Zelikowsky below.

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Actually Huizenga’s XXX-Mas Pageant at Cheetahs Hollywood

I saw strippers blowing Santa Claus, under the dance pole Saturday night!

Sir Ryan Heffington — MOCA performer, TED talker, and choreographer of Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” video — participated in an evening of dance, music and performance at Cheetahs Hollywood, a strip joint known for sassy tattooed dancers and wild Super Bowl Sunday buffets.

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Art Interview

Pentecostalism and Mormonism may be the world’s fastest growing religions but it’s Art that we turn our attention to today, folks: The art of Connecting to others, creating Community, transcending our Selves and Time. Put your hands together with those of your neighbor, give a squeeze and believe (at least temporarily) in the mystical joy showered upon you inside a white room in Highland Park at the ephemeral bethel of Signify Sanctify Believe! This interview of the entity summed up as SSB by Drew Denny.

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L.A-based artist/curator Niko Solorio represents Los Angeles abroad. Berlin Gallery Cercle Blanc, founded by Luci Lux, opens tonight with an exhibition featuring work by artists from Los Angeles and Napoli. The gallery itself wants to be a work of art—a social sculpture in the Beuysian sense, concentrating disparate disciplines in search of limitless possibilities. This interview with Max Dax, the gallery cook, by Drew Denny.

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Next Time, We’re Bringing a Flask

When we dream of gods speaking, they all sound like Werner Herzog. Revelations granted by viewing Cave of Forgotten Dreams and the following Q&A on Saturday night at the Natural History Museum only made this man seem more like an immortal: Herzog has shot on every continent, including Antarctica; he thinks Picasso is over-rated, and he does not dream. Rather, he escapes his body during long walking journeys and “lives entire novels” as he steps–never, mind you, forgetting his direction.

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Anne Ellegood

Anne Ellegood served as curator of contemporary art at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in D.C. and as the associate curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York before relocating to Los Angeles to become senior curator for the Hammer. Ellegood collaborated with Chief Curator Douglas Fogle on the Hammer’s sixth Invitational entitled All of this and nothing, an intricate extravaganza of local and international artists whose works traverse many media but remain connected by conceptual quandaries. Together they reject the monument, celebrate the ephemeral, and cordially demand a slow, considered viewing. This interview by Drew Denny.

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Tiny Creatures was born in May 2006 with its release of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti’s My Molly EP and grew into a gallery space that September when founder and director Janet Kim opened her home to a community of artists and performers in search of a space that could absorb their wildness and reflect their passion. Over the next two years, Tiny Creatures hosted openings, happenings, crafts nights, music and dance performances, film screenings, publication releases, record releases, and a music school where I learned to play the keyboard. Almost two years later, Tiny Creatures is celebrating a month-long residency called “Big Deal.” Part re-performance, part reunion, part evolution—this iteration of the Tiny Creatures project ends tonight. Be there. This interview by Drew Denny.

What made you come out of hibernation? How did you manage to corral all the original tiny creatures?
Janet Kim: The cyclone. I killed the wicked witch of the East.

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‘ID E N TIT Y’ crisis?

What’s going on at Show Cave?
We got a write-up in L.A. Weekly boasting that we are on the “fringes of the underground!” Ahahaaha! LAZY IDENTITY—screening December 11, 2010features new videos that discuss what can obscure, preserve and even annihilate our identities.

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Echo Park’s much-loved autonomous zone the Machine Project has hosted not just fascinating art but fascinating music, too, for much of its lifespan. Now the space has been commandeered by a combination of both for eternity–or at least the next 24 hours, starting Saturday at noon–with an Internet-broadcast telethon designed to fund a retirement home for artists at the Salton Sea.

This ninth in the series includes fifty participants and is the first to run 24 hours and the first to take over Machine Project as well–a sign of strength and power that bodes well for all those creative types hoping to spend their twilight years amid the fish skeletons at the beach. Burtle and Telethon co-founder Niko Solorio speak now about what every second of those 24 hours will hold.

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