Eastside Weekend: The Kurdles in Eagle Rock; These Birdly Delights at Cactus Gallery; The Silver Lake Chorus album release show


Joe Roberts art at Slow Culture’s black light show


Black light posters have astounded teens throughout the years. Maybe they’re on some psychedelic trip or maybe they dig love. The point is that black-light art can be mind-blowing, like the bloom of fireworks in the night sky. Lights Out: Step Into the Black is nothing but a black-light show at Slow Culture in Highland Park. The show, curated by the Brain Dead collaborative, will transform the gallery space into a black light only affair, featuring artwork that will hang on the walls and linger in the mind for days to come. Opening night, Friday, June 12.

On a trip with her owner, Sally the teddy bear gets lost in the countryside. She finds Kurdleton, a town in the forest that happens to be growing hair, eyes, and a mouth. Along the way Sally meets a unicorn, a scarecrow and plenty of other odd creatures. Illustrated and written by Robert Goodin, the series is part children’s book, graphic novel and appropriate for all ages, including a parent who might be reading this to their kid and will appreciate the sense of humor found in The Kurdles pages. Goodin will be singing copies of his book at Pop Secret Gallery in Eagle Rock, Saturday, June 13.
Musician Rafael Bustamante asks plainly, “Why Can’t We Live Up to Love?” at the end of his album Angeles Mesa. The question unfolds throughout the song, his voice softly attempting to corner the issue and the minimal arrangements seeming to blush under the harmonies. Bustamante, an avid skater as well as a musician, will be hosting a listening party of his album, featuring a portrait of the artist as a child, so you know who to look for, at Mainline Skate Shop in Highland Park. Ask him questions about love, life, Princess Bride and all around human strength. Friday, June 12 at Mainline Skate Shop.

The Silver Lake Chorus | Photo by Lehua Noëlle

For a while the songs of well to do bands were interpreted by The Silver Lake Chorus and it was good. The small army of singers became so well received that some of these artists decided to write original music, to be sung in grand, bold harmonies. Acts like Bon Iver, Sia, Ben Gibbard, The Flaming Lips, Tegan & Sara are among the notables on The Silver Lake Chorus’ self-titled album. Record release show with special guest, Alina Hardin, is Saturday, June 13 at Pilgrim Church in Silver Lake.
Typically the L.A. River conversation is framed as a real estate venture, with potential river front property that will be hot in the next few years.  Artist Carolina Caycedo’s performance, One Body of Water, will explore rivers around the world and how residents of cities interact with non-human bodies. The three rivers in question are the Magdalena, Yaqui and Elwha, all of which will have voices through their respective performers. The performance will conclude with a blessing by the Gabrielino Tongva Tribe. Saturday, June 13 at The Bowtie Project and hosted by Clockshop.

“Saladodo” sculpture by Valency Genis at Cactus Gallery

Obviously birds know all of our secrets. They’re usually hanging out by windows looking into people’s sordid lives; birds sing our lies and truths all throughout the day; along their tiny beaks is the smile of an all-knowing spy. Sinister qualities aside, the Cactus Gallery in Cypress Park would like to celebrate these creatures with These Birdly Delights. The seventh annual group show features paintings, etchings, drawings and sculptures on the bird form. Opening night, Saturday, June 13.

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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