Toylit drawing…

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…for the cover of his play Astral Dick.


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25th Abbot Kinney Festival, Sunday, Sept. 27

The Abbot Kinney Festival is back for the 25th time and will happen on Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 150,000 people are expected to attend. There will be five stages with music, tons of exhibitors and lots of vendors. The Abbot Kinney Festival Association is a nonprofit organization with an annual grants program to promote Venice based service organizations, so feel free to help them out and grab a poster or T-Shirt at the event or their online shop.

A list of the bands:

10:30 am M.K and the Gentlemen –
11:20 am Lady Katherine –
12:10 pm Musket –
12:55 pm Stephanie Quayle –
1:40 pm Elevaters –
2:30 pm Peter Goetz –
3:20 pm Miss Willie Brown –
4:20 pm Venice –
5:30 pm Brig Band –

FMLY STAGE – Andalusia Avenue
10:30 am Babystone –
11:30 am Kenneth Pattengale –
12:30 pm The 87 Stick Up Kids –
1:30 pm Haim –
2:30 pm Jack Littman –
3:30 pm Awards Presentation for Spirit of Community Award and AKFA Community Grants Progrm
4:30 pm Juliette Commagere –

10:00 am Family Parade from California Ave. to Westminster Ave.
10:15 am Aaron Nigel Smith & The FUNdamentals Band – songs for infants, toddlers & preschool children using guitars and African djembe drums.- Youtube |
10:45 am Ina Buckner-Barnette – Drum circle and interactive animal storytelling show
11:15 am David Tobocman – “Very Helpful Songs” for children – |
11:45 am Mamma Maria – Big Band Music for the whole family
12:05 pm Teen Theatrical Performance by Inside Out Community Arts
12:35 pm Kids on Stage
1:00 pm Aquamantra – RECYCLE-ution song by Gina Rene with giveaways by Aquamantra Waters –
1:25 pm Everybody Dance – Youth Dance Group –
1:50 pm Shoeflies – Energetic Rock and Bluegrass Band
2:20 pm Gina Rene / The Urban Musical Goddess – Hip Hop music about social change –
2:40 pm Intersection Dance Ensemble – Modern dance company –
3:00 pm Rock Music by R5 –
3:30 pm Ana Rosas – Hip Hop Artist and Dancers
3:50 pm Sandy Bowles – Spoken Word
4:05 pm The Hot Kicks – Australian Indie Rock Band –
4:45 pm Get Lit Players – Classical Teen Poetry Troupe with a hip hop twist –
5:15 pm Superbroke Brass, Tin and Strings Electric Marching Band –

New pics uploaded to the Lower Topanga Photo Archive


There are about a dozen more from pro photographer David Blattel, circa 2002 (I mixed them in with the ones that were already there — sorry!):

And a few cool surf shots from recent years by J. Murph:

The Whole 9

I just attended a great workshop by Ashley McLean Emenegger of McLean Fine Art at The Whole 9 gallery in Culver City on the business of being an artist. The Whole 9, aside from being a cool gallery space with informative workshops, is also a great website where you can create an online portfolio, look for jobs and events, and network with local creative people. Check it out at

And if you’re still into surfing the internet afterwards, stop by my website to browse through photographs and hear music by the Venice Arts Club!

James Mathers & Norton Wisdom @ Black Cat Festival V (9-26-09)

11523 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
310. 313. 4931
Enter Black Cat Site

Penny-Ante: Three @ Stories Books & Cafe

Penny-Ante: Three event @ Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park (9-15-09)

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Flyer 1

Toylit reading flyer color 2

Flyer 2

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Toylit poem

Toylit’s poem

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Mick Farren

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Mick Farren


Tearist (w/ Douglas from BIRTH! and Bestial Mouths)

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Julia Holter


Sharon Cheslow and Julia Holter

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Echo Park cowboy

(pics by Pablo Capra)