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Art Walk Preview for August, 2008

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at 12:02PM
Digital Visions Ed Fuentes

Photographer David A Knudsen exhibits at the Continental Building.

Only a few years ago, Downtown felt empty at night, especially in August. With SIGGRAPH 2008 and the Downtown Film Festival LA in town and the Comedy Walk continuing its stride at various venues near 5th and Spring, it's safe to say that the August Downtown Art Walk may see the biggest evening crowds yet. So walk around, ride the bus with Esotouric, or hail a cab and enjoy the city on a summer night.

Regent Theater: No empty space is too big for the forever 35 curator/artist Lilli Muller, who will be celebrating her birthday Friday. This time she hits the Regent Theater with a light show installation dubbed “Color, Rhythm, Light, Stories, Memories” that's designed to compliment Possum Saloon Nocturnal Activity's night of music curated by Kym Priess. Priess brings in Billy Goat (7pm), The Polyamorous Affair (9pm), Cinderella Motel (9pm), and Soul4Systems. Meanwhile, the lobby of the Regent will exhibit paintings of The Vibiana.

"(Katalyst) foundation for the arts" makes a move from its temporary Arts District loft venue to a new home in the former DLANC office at the Regent Theater building.

“between yourself and you”: compact_space is holding an artists reception for Bradley Hyppa and his video installation that “presents a technologically mediated social landscape.” Curated by Eun Jung Park Smith, the official opening reception is August 16th. 105 E. 6th_

Raw Materials: The new art and architecture supply store will have a cash only sneak preview sale from 5 to 9pm, just for Art Walk. 436 S. Main

“Digital Visions”: This large-scale series of fine art photography from David A Knudsen, with added works by Rex Bruce and Franklin Londin, will illuminate the Continental Building. The show is presented by Dale Youngman, in conjunction with DigitalArt.LA. 408 S. Spring

DigitalArt.LA: is a series of new media exhibits presented by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in various venues around Gallery Row. The event with the event opens during Art Walk and runs until August 16.

“Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of…” The 30-Year Survey of DJ culture from East L.A at Gallery 727 closed August 9th, but it lives on. It's currently featured as "Backyard Parties" on KCET's website.

Hippodrome: It’s naughty, bawdy, and everything one can expect from the Esotouric traveling show that entertains while picking up Art Walk hitchhikers. At 6pm is Mooey Moobau with guests Killsonic Marching Gang. At 7pm is Patrick Ian Moore, billed as “mimed performance in the spirit of Downtown's vaudeville and silent film legacy.” The rolling gallery row show goes on with music, comedy magic, and tarot and palm reading. Location: Circles Gallery Row over and over again.

“WALK WITH US!”: A walking survey of architectural nuggets found along 7th and Broadway promises discussion of Downtown Los Angeles' success and failings as a urban art form. Habeas Index hosts urban planner James Rojas, choreographer Sara Wookey, and artist Linda Pollack, who will lead the Downtown pilgrimage. It begins with a reception held at Habeas Index and will eventually land at Bert Green Fine Art. The tour starts at 6:30pm. HABEAS INDEX is located in the new artspace @ 7+Fig. 735 S. Figueroa

“LAAGAFBLA08”: If that’s not enough, Phantom Galleries will again host LA Art Girls Art Fair Biennale at 6th and Main, and 6th and Los Angeles, inside the Pacific Electric Lofts. LA Art Girls, a collective made up of 30 contemporary artists, are daring and the exhibit hits its mark, making one of the cultural highlight of the summer.


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