Eastside Weekend: Reclaiming the EastSide show; Phoebe Bridgers plays Echo Park; Felix The Cat inspired art


Photo by Art Meza


The city skyline is inundated with advertisements while the people of the neighborhood make their own stories and images through art, music and poetry. The exhibit, Reclaiming the EastSide: Above and Below, would like to salute not only people but also the late printmaker Richard Duardo, who molded the Los Angeles screen printing scene. There will be live music above ground at Antigua Coffeehouse and art below ground in the former pedestrian walkway, including the photography of Art Meza. Saturday, May 9 at Cypress Village Underground Art Tunnel.

Folk, honest to goodness, pure folk, the type that can accompany a movie montage without seeming forced, is hard to find. Phoebe Bridgers has been making music for some time now, but since she’s so young and there’s so much heft to her craft, it’s easy to say that she’s an old soul. Perhaps the songstress just knows how to weave in just enough woe to make the happy shine all the brighter. She plays Grand Ole Echo with Olin & The Moon, Matt Larocca and The Bar Brawl 3, Sunday, May 10 at The Echo. Tell your mother.
The seasons in Los Angeles are capricious. They land wherever they want to on the calendar. Tomorrow could be a third winter or the start of summer. The folks over at The Hive Highland Park are prepared with their Ultraviolet show, featuring the abstract art of Laura Viapiano, couture by Elliot Designs and hair by the salon. Included in the mix are tarot card readings and music, so it won’t all be unpredictable. Saturday, May 9 at The Hive.
Optimism takes all shapes, and even in the most doleful landscapes, stands out like a beacon. Another Time, Another Place is the continuation of artist Patricia Krebs’ series exploring a fantasy world through art. Her last show featured artwork following a lonely heroine in a ruined world. Now her heroine’s journey is accompanied by other creatures, in both 2D and 3D artwork. Saturday, May 9 at Cactus Gallery.
Try to describe Felix the Cat to someone who has never heard of the character. He’s a talking animal with a bag of magical tricks and a sunny disposition. But that must be why so many people love the black-and-white cat. From grumps to children, Felix the Cat seems to speak to so many. Slow Culture’s upcoming group show, Felix The Cat: The Cat’s Out of the Bag, celebrates the feline’s place in the pop art pantheon. Friday, May 8 at Slow Culture.
Several makes and models of art will be showcased at Avenue 50 Studio this weekend  as three separate shows open. By the Book: Art About and For Books is just what it sounds like and will be curated by Jose Lozano, featuring works by Kim Abeles, Daniel Gonzales, and more. Second will be the Qualia with watercolors, coffee and ink works by artist Nikki McCauley. And third is the Madre/Mother exhibit at Avenue 50 Studio’s satellite gallery M.A.N. Insurance off of York Boulevard.
The ink and paper drawings of Chicano Wolfman remind of 1970’s downhome barrio sketches. The type that accompanied school folders or old school tattoos of some guy’s old lady, who never knew he was getting the tattoo, so by the end of the summer the guy had to play it off and wear that art with pride. Wolfman’s work will be on display at Mi Vida Boutique, along with music by Sin Color. Saturday, May 9.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.


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  1. the echo park craft fair is located smack dab in the center of silver lake blocks from my house. echo park is several miles east,lol, they could have at least done some research to know the BIG difference!!

    • Roberto Rodriguez

      The Eastsider?

      I grew up in East LA… which is not even part of LA itself… The Eastside, in LA, traditionally begins from the bridges from the LA River, generally leading into Boyle Heights…

      The new definitions… kind of funny… West of LA is the New East Side?

      Maybe the new Eastside should simpl be called Hipsterville

      • To follow your same argument, Hollywood, Mid Wilshire and Hancock Park should be part of the “west side” because they are west of downtown.

        East LA is not as you say part of LA. It is east LA. That’s why we call it east LA. The “east side” nomenclature has evolved to include Echo Park and even Silver Lake not because they are east of LA but because the collective mentality are opposite of the west side.

        • Martin Arredondo

          Like the name Proper Dos. A crap band from the Westside. “Tales from the Westside”. No true eastsider would choose that name.

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