Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Talk on the Impact of the I Ching on Modern Dance (Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM)

This is the kind of self-orientalism of Eastern scholars I can’t stand. Of course, Merce Cunningham didn’t read Chinese philosophy as an expert, but this’s all this guy got?! Come on, if this is all he knows what to say about Cunningham, he shouldn’t be in dance.

The Impact of the I Ching on Merce Cunningham and Deborah Hay

A Talk by Wei Chengxin, Ohio University
Thursday, October 25, 2012
2:00 PM

Presentation Room, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library
There were three developmental waves of the I Ching in China, led by Fu Xi-Shi, Zhou Wen, and Confucius, respectively.  Similarly, there were three surges of orientalism in the West: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, and Cultural-Orientalism. Each of these surges was a result of the West’s heightened accessibility to Eastern culture. Western artists associated with each wave reflect the “relative” understanding of Asian philosophy during their time. Ruth St. Denis scratched the surface of Eastern culture at the turn of the century after she came back from the Paris Exposition Universelle. In the Neo-Orientalism era, Merce Cunningham likely encountered the I Ching because the first English translation arrived in the U.S. in 1951. While most critics believe Cunningham worked with I Ching principles, Wei Chengxin will argue that he was only standing in the “doorway” of its philosophy. On the other hand, Deborah Hay was able to steep herself in the actual philosophy due to Cultural-Orientalism brought about by the discovery of the Ma-Wang-Tui texts, which increased the dissemination, accessibility, and understanding of the I Ching. As a result, the I Ching penetrated her very life, and informed her creative process.

Wei Chengxin graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance for eleven years. He subsequently worked for three years as principal dancer of the Guangdong Provincial Dance Theatre.  In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon, a contemporary dance company that focuses on cross-cultural fusion between Eastern and Western dance styles. In 2007, Chengxin was the recipient of Canada's Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University where he teaches Modern, Ballet and Dance Composition.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Blue Line Train, Vehicle Collide Downtown; 4 Injured « CBS Los Angeles

Blue Line Train, Vehicle Collide Downtown; 4 Injured « CBS Los Angeles

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fuck Carrie Bradshaw

If you love the movie The Way We Were, you should join me to hate at least the character Carrie Bradshaw, if not also Sex and the City, the screenwriter and HBO. The often discussed reference of The Way We Were in Sex and the City happens when Carrie thinks her dream guy Mr Big dumps her and marries a stupid fashion model because she is a complicated woman, just like Hubbell dumps Katie and marries an airhead in The Way We Were. This really pisses me off because this is the biggest bourgeois joke one can possibly make of a socially considered unattractive Marxist Jewish woman waiting table and working in a radio station for different causes she believes in.

Seriously, are you kidding me? This 1990s shallow, gold-digging Jewish-American princess Carrie who buys $400-a-pair-of shoes has the nerve to compare herself with Katie, a 1940s idealistic Jewish communist activist when a jock dumps her?! This gotta be a joke. It is the biggest insult against all grassroot minority female intellectuals who sacrifice a comfortable lifestyle for their beliefs, including your favorite blogger Downtown Chick. When these airheaded city sluts are sipping their $20 cosmopolitan cocktail and having $70 dinner in New York, idealizing their hardship with men as ours, do they have the slightest thought how we get by with $90 for all groceries a month? That's their one night's expense, before tips. If you can't be poor, just don't claim our poor women's romance hardship, because you can never feel as bad with lack of both money and men if you have money, bitch.

Monday, September 3, 2012

2012 Fall Quarter: Neurotic (Jewish) Men 101

In the past few years, I have been involved with, not exactly a proper paranoid neurotic Jewish guy, but a man who is genetically and culturally equivalent. Think Larry David and Woody Allen. I obviously have not mastered him as an object of study. However, it is time to at least start composing a list of the characteristics of his species, in order to better understand this special mutation of human beings:
  1. They have to watch a movie in a theater exactly from the start to the end. In fact, they arrive the theater half an hour before the movie starts—with me. If we are not early enough, they freak out. In the past, I just also freaked out when my guy freaked out. Now, after four years of dating him, I just take Lexapro and feel fine.
  2. They know the difference between an em dash and an en dash. Very helpful.
  3. They despise and ridicule intellectuals, such as a professor who teaches a course called "TV, Media and Culture" in UCLA, even if sometimes, they happen to be one of them. 
  4. They ignore what I say in a conversation and respond by talking about a completely irrelevant yet an obsessed topic of their own, such as a strange sound or smell in the bedroom that does not really exist in reality but only in their imagination.
  5. They wear eyeglasses.
  6. They have slightly off family members. "Slightly off," here, is my very nice way to put it.
  7. They have a rigid—sometimes uninformed—opinion about medical care, medication, therapy, supplements, diet and hygiene. In their dreams, they imagine germs and viruses have scary faces and hairy legs which attack humans and look like Shrek.
  8. They don't like trying unfamiliar foods. When you force them to, they ask what the food is made of, where the ingredients are brought from, how long the ingredients have sat on the kitchen counter after being taken out from the freezer, what cleanliness grade the restaurant gets, etc. This is why Antacid is your friend when you dine with them.
  9. They are so talented and funny-as-hell that they make me want to go to bed with them. This is usually the only way they can trick attractive women to go out with them at the beginning of a relationship, unless they are also one of the ridiculously rich Jews.
  10. They have serious hypochondria.
  11. They check on and question any unusual minor everyday objects you own, such as an African black facial soap, a syringe (with no needle) or a pack of antique Japanese cigarettes (for decoration) in your bathroom.
  12. They bring a thermometer with them everywhere and take their temperature all the time. When they think they are sick, this habit gets accelerated to every five minutes. Their favorite electronic gadgets are thermometers, alarm timepieces and well designed umbrellas.
  13. They enjoy helping small, weak and poor things, like an orphan from Cambodia, a sick old dog or something. Certainly, they are not evil. However, they can be pricks or completely insensitive to others' feelings sometimes. That is not their true nature but more of their fucked-up upbringing. You can't do anything about this. Unfortunately, it is an accident of human emotional development during the modern age of catastrophe and trauma.
  14. They conform to the traditional gender role model and enjoy a relationship the most when the woman is inferior to them. If you are a hot, strong and independent girlfriend, dumb it down a little bit from time to time. They don't see women of the same or more intelligence as their ideal mates. Close the lid of a jar of spaghetti sauce as tightly as you can, then helplessly beg him to open it for you. Ask him how much interest you pay if you have a 3% APR auto loan and pay $475 a month. Nevertheless, make sure you do the latter only if your boyfriend can count. If he happens to fail in math, do the former.
  15. People either love them as genii or hate them as freaks or scumbags. There are seldom "neutral" situations.
Looks like this is a good start. I should do more research on them.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Another bizarre news story

You know what? I, an aspiring academic, read a lot of celebrity gossip in my summer break as a vacation for my brain. I wanna be dumb. Really. It feels awesome to read this absurd story about breaking the law by looking like Kim Kardashian. The capatalists of this post-modern age are wackos.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The most bizarre news story as of late: about Samantha Brick

I don't know about you. I just feel this is downright bizarre:

'There are downsides to looking this pretty': Why women hate me for being beautiful

I love mental cases like her. It makes me feel very normal when I read stories like this. Very hopeful. There're always people crazier than I.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dancer/performer auditions for Opera Povera production (Sat 16th 3:30 pm, Sun 17th 3:30 pm)

Dancer/performer auditions for Opera Povera production

Posted by: "jsnapper" jsnapper@yahoo.com   jsnapper

Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:04 pm (PDT)

Opera Povera is seeking dancers/performers for new opera piece in LA and Chicago. Workshop premiere will feature as part of RedCat's 2012 NOW Festival in late July.

Queer and mature bodies especially welcome; also young people 8-14.
Auditions are on Sat 16th 3:30 pm and Sun 17th 3:30 pm at REDCAT

RSVP to:
Sean Griffin

REDCAT is located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection of W. 2nd and Hope Streets.

No offense, but I think Zocalo is going downhill

An Evening with Mayim Bialik? Just… come on… really? Do you remember how refreshing you were when you first appeared, Zocalo?


Connecting People to Ideas and to Each Other




The Elephant in the Race


Romney Should Address What His Faith Means For the Rest of Us


by Liza Mundy


Earlier this year, when Mitt Romney ventured that he relies on his wife, Ann, to tell him what American women are thinking, many of those women no doubt rolled their eyes and thought: Ah yes, the wife card. Male politicians (President Obama included) are fond of invoking their wives' experiences and insights to make the case that they, the politicians, understand women and the issues that concern them. ...







MONDAY, JULY 09, 2012, 7:30 PM


An Evening with Mayim Bialik


A Zócalo/UCLA Event


Moderated by Cara Santa Maria, Science Correspondent, Huffington Post


Most actors aren't neuroscientists. Most neuroscientists aren't actors. And most scientists aren't women. But Dr. Mayim Bialik isn't most people. She's an actor, and a neuroscientist in real life and in fiction in her role on the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. For her Ph.D. dissertation at UCLA, Bialik focused on malfunctions of the hypothalamus, and she has applied her insights from studying the biology of the brain to the stage, to her faith, to marriage, and to her style of parenting. What is it like to be a woman in Hollywood and in science, at the same time? How does she combine her many interests and disciplines? Bialik visits Zócalo to discuss acting, the frontiers of brain research, and the role of women in science.








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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012, 7:30 PM


Should My Dog and I Share A Doctor?


We take it for granted that doctors and veterinarians do different things. But a century ago, many town doctors took care of both humans and farm animals. This wasn't odd. Nearly every human ailment ...DETAILS





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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012, 7:30 PM


Can Old Government Catch Up to the New Economy?

Michael Lind


This has always been a volatile nation. Not smooth evolution, but sharp bursts have been the history of the United States. Innovations like the steam engine, electrical power generation, and information ...DETAILS





TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, 7:30 PM


Does Our Wealth Disparity Matter?

Timothy Noah 


The United States is richer than Yemen. But income inequality in the United States is much higher than in Yemen. Should we worry about this? While some Americans say we shouldn't worry about ...DETAILS




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Saturday, June 9, 2012

DFFLA Announces Return of L.A. New Media Festival

New Media Festival Returns To Los Angeles

Winners of International Competition of Digital,
Experimental Video Shorts To Be Showcased During
Downtown Film Festival L.A., July 6-13


Los Angeles – June 1, 2012 – The Los Angeles New Media Festival – the largest digital shorts competition of its kind in the U.S. – returns this summer in conjunction with Downtown Film Festival L.A. (DFFLA), July 6-13.


Hosted by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), the L.A. New Media Festival showcases new artists from around the world who work in the digital realm. The winners will have their moving images and motion pictures screened in the LACDA gallery in downtown Los Angeles during Downtown Film Festival L.A.
Through a partnership that was forged in 2008, LACDA and DFFLA have brought the work of many independent artists on the cutting edge of digital content to the forefront of Los Angeles culture through the annual festival. This year's competition a wide variety of work in these areas:

  • non-narrative short experimental video for screening
  • looping video art for exhibit
  • interactive multimedia
  • internet art for gallery presentation
  • net.art (web art presented on websites)
  • digital stills (digital art and photography)

Filmmakers and video artists are encouraged to submit their work in consideration of exhibition at the L.A. New Media Festival, now through June 28th. More information: http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html.


LACDA also will be the official Cinema Lounge for Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, hosting such events as workshops, receptions and presentations in its expansive gallery in the heart of downtown L.A.'s historic core district. For more information on these events visit DFFLA.com.


Press Contact


Rex Bruce: rexbruce@lacda.com


Greg Ptacek: greg@dffla.com






Downtown Film Festival LA
2658 Griffith Park Blvd. #389
Los Angeles, CA, 90039






Sunday, May 27, 2012

Volunteers needed for the LA Film Festival June 14-24

Volunteers needed for the LA Film Festival June 14-24

Posted by: "bscottfilmindependent" bscottfilmindependent@yahoo.com   bscottfilmindependent

Wed May 23, 2012 3:30 pm (PDT)

Los Angeles Film Festival, June 14 â€" 24, 2012

Seeking Volunteers for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival!

Volunteers are a vital component of the Los Angeles Film Festival. Learn
about the inner workings of what it takes to make a Festival run and
gain valuable experience at the same time.

*Volunteers must attend one mandatory orientation meeting
*Volunteers must work a minimum of 20 hours during the Festival

If interested in Volunteering please sign up on

For more details on the Festival, visit lafilmfest.com

If you have any questions, please email volunteers@filmindependent.org

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Seeking an actor/piano player (ASAP)

Seeking an actor/piano player

Posted by: "David" chrzanowski2003@yahoo.com   chrzanowski2003

Mon May 21, 2012 5:17 pm (PDT)

Looking for a piano player who could be available as an ensemble member for this run. Ideally would assist the director by compiling and minor arrangements. Music will emphasize the tone, so lots of opportunity to collaborate! Please contact: chrzanowski2003@yahoo.com with interest and resume.

Project Notes
Nola Productions is casting "All the King's Men", by Robert Penn
Warren. This play is taken from Warren's Pulitizer Prize-winning
novel about political corruption, the misuse of power, and the
consequences of searching for and finding the truth. It is loosely
based on the life of 1930's Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, and is
directed by David Chrzanowski, who recently directed the successful
West Coast Premiere of "The Spidey Project" for Theatre Unleashed.
Darci Dixon, one of the founding members of Theatre Unleashed is
Assistant Director. Produced by Gordon Carmadelle and Nola
Productions, who are coming off last summer's run of "Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof" in Santa Barbara. Rehearals begin on Tuesday, June 5.
Performances are Aug. 9-Sept. 15 (plus a possible 2-week extension) at
the El Portal Forum Theater in N. Hollywood.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Resident Artist Opportunity at Windward School in Los Angeles, CA (deadline: Friday June 29th)

The Installation Project at Windward School
Windward School, an independent college preparatory school for grades 7-­‐12 in West Los Angeles, invites artists to submit resumes for our artist-­‐in-­‐residence program, The Installation Project. The residency gives artists an opportunity to work with highly motivated students, and it gives the community an opportunity to watch and engage with artists as they create their work. We are currently seeking proposals for the 2012-­‐13 school year.
The work may be done by any variety of means and result in any variety of forms, so long as it provides opportunity for the community to actively engage in the artistic process. Artists specifically working in installations, new genres, new media and contemporary practices are encouraged to apply.
The artist will be given six weeks, Jan 3 to Feb 15, 2013, to install, perform, and/or display the work. The residency will include an opening, promotional materials, a stipend, and funds for materials. Arrangements will be made for the artist to formally meet with students, parents, and teachers to talk about their work, as well as work with teachers and students on their project.
Proposals are due Friday June 29th. Please submit a resume and examples of work (or website address) to Hannah Northenor, Visual and Media Arts Teacher, at `hnorthenor@windwardschool.org

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Call to Artists! Deadline May 31

Call to Artists!  Deadline May 31

Posted by: "Margaret" margaret.danielak@gmail.com   danielak_margaret

Fri May 11, 2012 4:21 pm (PDT)


"Come fly with me!" - Major Destinations and Exotic Locations

Deadline: May 31, 2012
Exhibition Dates: July 2 through September 30, 2012
Administrative Entry Fee: $35 for up to 10 images
Notification: June 8, 2012

The Women's City Club of Pasadena at the Historic Blinn House
160 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Theme & Eligibility: This is an open call to artists who live in the
State of California. The theme is to celebrate the golden age of travel.
Paintings need to be of major destinations, exotic places and/or people
enjoying themselves on vacation in romantic exciting/exotic places.
Media: Oil paintings, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, colored pencil
drawings, still photographs and original poster art reminiscent of the
1960’s travel posters will be considered. No sculpture please.
Lighter, brighter works in lighter weight frames are greatly preferred.
(No nudity)

Artists may submit up to 10 images only. Electronic images should be in
JPEG format, sized so as not to crash the Curator’s computer.
Send multiple emails if necessary! Email by Thursday, May 31, 2012 to
Margaret.danielak@gmail.com <mailto:Margaret.danielak@gmail.com> SAY
 in the subject line. All artists are responsible
for dropping off (on Monday July 2, 2012 at a time to be determined) and
picking up their own artwork at the end of the exhibition. No
exceptions. No storage is available for artwork, nor are shipping
services provided unless to a buyer from out of town. If you live
outside of the area, you will need to make arrangements for dropping off
and picking up with an authorized representative.

Fee: There is a $35 administrative fee payable to
 for up to 10 entries.
Send to DanielakArt - P.O. Box 91656, Pasadena, CA 91109

For full application email Curator of Exhibitions for The Women's City
Club of Pasadena, Margaret Danielak at margaret.danielak@gmail.com and
or visit http://gallerywithoutwalls.blogspot.com Phone: 626-683-9922

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Downtown Film Festival LA 2012 (Deadline: June 20, 2012)


Filmmakers Invited To Submit Their Features, Documentaries and Shorts


LOS ANGELES – APR 25, 2012 – The organizers of Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA), a nonprofit organization, announced today that the 4th edition of the independent cinema showcase will be held July 6-13, 2012.

With the announcement the film festival officially opens its film submissions, and filmmakers everywhere are invited to submit their films for screening consideration through Withoutabox.com (the international film submission service). The festival will showcase all types of films that reflect downtown L.A.'s unique cultural diversity and its mission to present authentically independent cinema in the Film Capital of the World.

The festival also pays homage during each edition to the unique role that downtown Los Angeles played in the development of American cinema. This year's festival will present a to-be-announced Silent Film as part of this tradition.


Over the festival's 10 days this summer, movie-goers can expect a wide variety of film-related experiences including dozens of screenings but also workshops, lectures, art exhibits, receptions and other after-hour events. Venues include Downtown Independent Theater and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art with more venues to be announced later.

During past editions the festival has premiered new films by Spike Lee and Barbara Kopple, showcased features with Paul Newman, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Anna May Wong, and honored with our Independent Film Pioneer Award Seymour Cassel and John Hawkes.

For more information or to submit a film, visit www.dffla.com .



Press Contact


Greg Ptacek


(323) 841-8002





Downtown Film Festival LA
2658 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90039