Save The Date: Singing the praises of an Echo Park backyard

Ralph Gorodetsky and Weba Garretson | G&G Design Steelink

The urban flora and fauna found in the backyard of an Echo Park home served as inspiration for an upcoming show of music, puppetry and art being staged this weekend in Chinatown. The backyard in this case belongs to performers and artists Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky, whose “What Must the Hummingbird See?” is described as a “backyard song cycle about an urban wilderness in Echo Park where skunks, possums, hawks and cats manage to thrive.”

The performance piece began as songs Garretson and Gorodetsky started writing in 2011 before they collaborated with filmmaker Susan Mogul, who assembled home videos of the couple’s backyard, and artist Frances Garretson, who created shadow puppets from objects found in the garden and Joe Baiza, a musician and artist who illustrated the yard’s most illusive animals — the possums, spiders, and bees.

“The songs (all original) could interest people who are into gardening, urban farming, or urban wildlife,” said Garretson via an email. “The show includes home videos, illustrations and shadow puppets enacting the everyday occurrences of watching seedlings emerge and compost steam.”

“What Must the Hummingbird See?” will be performed at 8 pm tonight, Friday, March 21, and on March 22 and 23 at AUTOMATA in Chinatown. Click here for ticket info.

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