Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday, April 7: @SEA 19: colonies // communities

The Poetic Research Bureau's live magazine is back next Sunday afternoon to renew last month's themes of community, neighborhoods, immigration, and colonization, with a particular eye this time on California neighborhoods and communities, from LA to the Bay Area.

We'll screen local filmmaker David de Rozas's short film Give, portraying an alternative archive of African-American history in a San Francisco parish, and a new video work by Billie Soo Hoo tracing family lives in LA's Chinatown. We'll also pay tribute to Agnès Varda's recent passing with a screening of her short, Uncle Yanco, showing Varda tracking down a Greek emigrant relative she's never met in the late 60s bohemia of Sausalito.

Meanwhile, one of our city's great poets-of-place, Sesshu Foster, will give a reading from recent work, while local journalist & neighborhood historian Hadley Meares will give a talk on a less-remembered generation of Angelenos – the French immigrants that inhabited Downtown and Chinatown for much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when LA's mayors had French surnames, vineyards ringed where Union Station stands now, and Vignes was the name of a winemaker, not just a neighborhood offramp to feed drivers to local bail bonds companies.

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@SEA #19

colonies // communities

A reading by Sesshu Foster from City of the Future and recent work

A talk by Hadley Meares on the French colonies & communities 
of early Los Angeles and present New Chinatown

Screenings of three short films & videos:

David de Rozas
Billie Soo Hoo
Agnès Varda

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Sunday, April 7th

Doors open 12:30

Program 1-3pm

Free & open to the public.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 23: Ed Steck & Shiv Kotecha

Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm

Free and open to the public

Poster by Mark Allen


Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press), and others. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Librarie Yvon Lambert, and Chateau Shatto. He is a recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Shiv Kotecha is a poet and critic. He is the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books, 2015). His newest book, The Switch, is just out from Wonder. His writing can be found in frieze, Art in America, and convolution and on Troll Thread and GaussPDF. He is also a PhD candidate in NYU English, finishing a dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Saturday, March 16: Creatures of Yes (screening / DVD release)

Saturday March 16th, 951 Chung King Road opens its doors and lends its venue to a new screening series programmed by Nick Toti. We'll celebrate the magical, time-bending work of filmmaker/puppeteer/musician Jacob Graham with his DIY puppet series Creatures of Yes. This event will also celebrate the release of a limited edition Creatures of Yes DVD. Jacob Graham will be in attendance for a (possible) live performance and Q&A following the screening hosted by filmmaker/writer Nick Toti.
Creatures of Yes is a new experimental television show made by Jacob Graham and Co. in Brooklyn NY. It's about people discovering the world around them and learning to appreciate each other's differences. It addresses modern, relevant topics head-on with humor and sensitivity.

Jacob Graham is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, musician, and laser light artist who began his career as a puppeteer with the Walt Disney Company in 2002. He's recently worked with Basil Twist, Furry Puppet Studio, and Up In Arms puppet troupe.

Nick Toti is the producer/director of The Complete History of Seattle and various other works. When he has the energy, he also writes for the film website Hammer to Nail.
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
  • Time: doors open at 7:30pm; screening begins at 8:00pm
  • Location: Poetic Research Bureau - 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free