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Michelle Jane Lee

Unapologetically emotional despite her minimalist aesthetic and conceptual methodology, Michelle Jane Lee constructed an alphabet by assigning a color to each letter, authoring over 100 works – one of which is 30 feet long – that she calls Love Notes. Opening tonight at Gallery 3209 in Culver City, Love Notes is Lee’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. She will be waiting by the gallery door all evening hoping to see the person for whom she penned so many works of love.

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Ashley Huizenga

Our music feature this week focuses on Ashley Huizenga, an L.A. musician and performance artist known for her academic-minded — and also quite filthy — shows under the guise of her alter ego Actually Huizenga.

Trained as a classical pianist, she creates epic ’80s inspired dance scores that feature wailing guitar solos, shimmering synth sounds, and sexy lyrics like “You’re top’s off/Mine’s coming off/You’re giving it/I’m taking it/Who’s driving this car?” Having recently shot the latest installment of her video series “Soft Rock” – in which she is literally boffed on camera — she spoke with us about her monthly show at Cheetahs strip club in Hollywood, her upcoming solo album, and much more.

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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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Penny-Ante

Penny-Ante started just about the same time as L.A. RECORD, at the other extreme of printed matter—instead of one page every week, they’d release giant beautiful books full of original art and writing and creative expression and even wedge in a unique CD of music, too. Now after three giant volumes,Penny-Ante’s Rebekah Weikel has released a series of original prints asPenny-Ante part 4 this spring. She will DJ at Big Freak tonight

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Show Cave Kisses L.A. Goodbye

After five years and three locations around Los Angeles, notorious Show Cave night gallery closes with a gleefully gynocentric event entitled “Licker License.” Show Cave has pioneered new territory in video exhibition and distribution — those are flash drives covering the curator’s nipples in the photo above — and has been a staunch supporter of the most innovative and wild performers, in town and around the world. (See our Show Cave piece from our Best of L.A. issue last year: “Best Venue to Explore the Fringes of the Underground.”)

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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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Tonight

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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Nicole Disson

Producer Nicole Disson takes theater out of the ‘theater’ and drops it out of the sky into places like the rooftop of the Standard Downtown, where confused and bemused businesspeople wonder at the dancers in the pool and the actors in the fire pits. Her March performance of her one-night-only THE SERIES put L.A. RECORD alumni like Julia Holter in strange new performing environments—even for them! This interview by Drew Denny. 

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Nobunny

Little bitty Nobunny came into the world in love with love and celebrates his 10th birthday this Easter by performing at the Playboy Mansion with some old-school bunnies this spring. He is playing L.A. RECORD’s NOBUNNY LOVES YOU! show and if you need love L-U-V you better get to it on Feb. 11 at 6th St.! This interview by Drew Denny.

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