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29Rooms’ transformative LA debut, Turn It Into Art, sparks creativity and thought provoking conversations

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29Rooms’ transformative LA debut, Turn It Into Art, sparks creativity and thought provoking conversations

The debut of Refinery29’s “Turn It Into Art” 29Rooms LA show continues to take Angelinos through a creative journey that awakens more than your senses. In it’s last weekend in Downtown LA we encourage you to visit 29Rooms, a style, culture and technology fun-house, as well as an immersive storytelling experience built for discovery and impact. Showcasing the original intallations from their hit New York show, in addition to 13 new experiences. Piera Gelardi, the Executive Director and Co-founder of Refinery 29, talked to Gypset about the west coast debut of 29Rooms and their intention behind this transformative and playful event. “We first thought about a theme for this year and knew that we really wanted this to be a space of creativity and self-expression, and with that we wanted to celebrate dance, poetry, music, painting but we also wanted to celebrate culturally relevant topics. Once we mapped out what we want to say within the event, we reached out to artist that are of the now and are visionary in their own space that are telling those messages.” Demi Lovato and Janelle Monae are a couple of the celebrities who curated two of the 29 stunning and thought-provoking installations. “In turns of partnerships we worked with incredible brands, like Marc Jacob, Netflix, Google, Toyota, and Urban Decay (to name a few), to bring their messaging to life but in the context of this space in ways that feel really organic and super imaginative”. Refinery29 is committed to powerful storytelling and artful creative work that drives connections and meaningful relationship with their audiences like Toyota who embraces innovation, style, and has been a pioneer in environmental technology. In Toyota’s THE NEW WORLD surrealist set, visitors were invited to experience a sensory thrill of an alternate reality that challenges drivers of the sexy and slick new All-New 2018 Camry to seek adventures, explore their surroundings, and find beauty wherever they may go turning your drive into art. As Marc D’Avignon Creative Director Saatchi @Saatch commented, Camry has undergone a total transformation, from a proven sedan to one that pushes the limits. The redesigned exterior is enhanced by a sleek, flowing shape with an evocative look that’s less subtle and more seductive. The interior completely puts a premium on your comfort with available panoramic glass roof inviting in more than twice the light of a traditional moonroof. Featuring red leather seats the XSE and SE models push the limits of the new, wider stance with unique catamaran-inspired accents and a black sport mesh grille that demand to be seen. Sporty yet elegant front and rear bumpers set your heart racing, while standard Toyota Safety Sense™ helps provide peace of mind. The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry is a joyride for the senses. Audiences are asked to go in with open minds, curiosity and are encouraged to let themselves have fun and play in this space. “We built it so that people can really express themselves in different ways. People don’t always feel like they are creative, but we want everyone to know how creative they actually are and tap into new passions”. And this adult fun-house truly has something for everyone. “You can listen to a sound meditation in The Womb, get a work at the Future is Female room you can turn...

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Cirque du Soleil’s astounding production LUZIA opened in Los Angeles yesterday in front of a star-studded crowd!

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Cirque du Soleil’s astounding production LUZIA opened in Los Angeles yesterday in front of a star-studded crowd!

Limited engagement at Dodger Stadium now through February 11, 2018 OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa from February 21 – March 18, 2018 Cirque du Soleil opened in Los Angeles last night with its delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning production LUZIA, its 17th production to be presented in Los Angeles in 30 years. A star-studded crowd sat under the Big Top to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended between dreams and reality. Local and national celebrities included (in random order): Heidi Klum (Project Runway) Jessica Alba (Honest Co.) Marco Antonio Solis (Singer) La Santa Cecilia (Band) Anna Paquin (True Blood) Stephen Moyer (True Blood) Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) Ciara (Singer) Mario Lopez (Extra) Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids) Eric Winter (Rosewood) Adrienne Bailon (The Real) Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) Natalie Martinez (Kingdom) Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) Harold Perrineau (Lost) Mena Suvari (American Beauty) LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil is currently performing under a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top in Los Angeles trough February 11, 2018, before moving to Costa Mesa from February 21 – March 18, 2018. For show and ticket information, visitwww.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia. Celebrate the holidays with a special 25% offer on tickets to LUZIA and delight your loved ones with a spectacular gift!  Buy your tickets at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/los-angeles/deals  before they sell out. About LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey filled with wonder, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. With mesmerizing and refreshing performances, LUZIA brings traditional and contemporary circus disciplines to a whole new level. A Cyr Wheel artist performs the unprecedented feat of rolling and spinning under the rain, while an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies and twirls through pouring showers. Hoop Diving is taken onto gigantic treadmills, expanding exponentially the speed and amount of daring leaps executed. Jaw-dropping highlights include a Guinness World Record holder juggling seven pins at breakneck speeds, a male contortionist skillfully twisting his body in the world’s most unimaginable positions, a powerful Aerial Straps specialist defying the laws of gravity at the center of a cenote (natural sinkhole), and two football (soccer) freestylers deftly mixing street dance with mind-blowing ball manipulations. Follow #LUZIA and #cirquedusoleil on social...

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The Nutcracker® at The Music Center Plaza

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The Nutcracker® at The Music Center Plaza

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER® AT THE MUSIC CENTER OPENING NIGHT: December 7, 2017 Miami City Ballet Dancers Tricia Albertson, Didier Bramaz, Katia Carranza, Lauren Fadeley & Alexander Peters Designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination. It is Christmas Eve. A blanket of snow covers the ground, a bright Christmas star glows in the sky, and Marie and her Nutcracker Prince are about to embark on an unexpected journey to a winter wonderland of enchantment! The Music Center brings back a holiday tradition to Los Angeles with a world premiere of the new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet. The holiday classic, with Balanchine’s iconic choreography, features all-new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist/designer couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Performances will include, for the first time, student dancers from two L.A. arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! — while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will provide live vocals. A live orchestra will play Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Make Dance at The Music Center part of your holiday traditions. The new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect winter celebration for the entire...

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Turn It Into Art 29Rooms by Refinery29

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Turn It Into Art 29Rooms by Refinery29

Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, Margot Robbie, Lilly Singh Join As Creators Alongside Jill Soloway, Emma Roberts, Sasheer Zamata, Chloe x Halle, Cleo Wade, Benjamin Shine, Lizzo, Alexa Meade, Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, The Art of Elysium, and More is what you will see at the latest Los Angeles Installation. Dates: Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10 & Thursday, December 14 through Sunday, December 17 Times: 11:00am to 10:00pm PT Location: ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, CA Refinery29, the leading digital media company for young women, announced Los Angeles’ first-ever 29Rooms, the company’s acclaimed immersive exhibition of style, culture, and technology. With record-breaking ticket sales, the activation in Los Angeles takes place over two weekends, December 7 – 10 and December 14 – 17, and features a combination of experiences from the recent New York exhibition, as well as new talent and brand rooms. 29Rooms will include unique standalone installations and activations, with every touchpoint created in collaboration with visionaries and partners that reflect Refinery29’s commitment to supporting creative talent and content that drives vital conversation, inspiration and positive change. This year’s theme, “Turn It Into Art,” celebrates the transformative power of creativity and explores how art influences emotion, shifts perspectives and encourages experimentation. Each activation puts the audience at the center of the event, igniting a live social broadcast of self-expression. A diverse group of collaborators spanning the spectrum of art, style, entertainment, technology, social good, and more, will play a role in the shared storytelling experience. New additions to the 29Rooms collaborator group in LA include: Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, Margot Robbie, Lilly Singh, alongside previous collaborators Jill Soloway, Emma Roberts, Benjamin Shine, Chloe x Halle, Sasheer Zamata, Lizzo, Alexa Meade, Cleo Wade, Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, and The Art of Elysium, and more. (A full list of the rooms and collaborators can be found in the appendix, below.) Rooms designed in partnership with brands including adidas, Google Pixel 2, Marc Jacobs DAISY, Netflix’s “The Crown,” Perrier, SheaMoisture, Toyota, and Urban Decay Cosmetics will build upon Refinery29’s commitment to innovative commercial partnerships that use powerful storytelling and artful creative work to drive one-to-one connections and more meaningful relationships with their highly engaged audience. “Over the past three years, 29Rooms has captivated New Yorkers with an experience designed to fuel their own creativity,”  said Refinery29 co-founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi. “29Rooms started as an idea to create an exhibition that pairs the joy and play of a funhouse with the cultural relevance of a museum — a space where you’re encouraged to sit on, wear, and touch the art, and push the boundaries of how people interact. Now, with our West Coast debut, we are breaking down the walls of physical and geographical limitations, inviting more people to explore this fun world, and inspiring them to create their own. ” Refinery29 will also be expanding the franchise with the launch of a new capsule collection of signature merchandise so people can own a piece of the 29Rooms experience. Now available for purchase online at shop.29rooms.com, the limited-edition line will also be available via a pop-up store at the LA exhibition. The collection will include 29Rooms designs, as well as R29 merchandise for super fans. Carried in sizes up to 3x, this line of 24 items will feature...

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Envision 2018

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Envision 2018

Envision is a 4-Day festival perfectly nestled where the Pacific Ocean meets the wild jungle of Costa Rica. As a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential, Envision Festival provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in conscious community. Envision provides a platform for different cultures to collide harmoniously in regenerative community and inspire one another through the collective participation in art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, regenerative strategies and our fundamental connection with nature. Each of the three stages at Envision represent a microenvironment unto itself. At the Sol Stage live music lives. Rounding out the top spots on the Sol stage we have Xavier Rudd, whose composition of message and melodies never fail to pierce the heart. Also on the bill, Mike Love will serenade us with hawaiian vibration, Mantanza will bring Brazillian rock and Colombian Afrobeat Orchestra from the beautiful and stylish LA BOA. Electronic live jams will be unleashed in the jungle by the likes of Bob Moses, The Russ Liquid Test, and Manic Focus. Our flame pumping bass haven in the jungle, the Luna Stage, fan favorites like TROYBOI, CloZee and Dimond Saints promise soul penetrating sets on a crisp new Funktion-One Evo7 soundsystem. The Lapa Stage welcomes the biggest deep house lineup yet packing techno legend DJ Tennis, globetrotting party-starter Behrouz, Spanish techno giants Audiofly, Israeli maestro of desert-tinged House music Chaim, German live electronic fusion sensation Monolink and many other top shelf acts from other corners of the globe. In our LATIN American Showcase, Envision is excited to highlight some of Latin America’s most experiential sounds to share an authentic taste of Costa Rica. Flavorful performances from.Matanza (Chile), Chancha via Circuito (Argentina), La BOA (Bogotá Orchestra Afrobeat / Colombia), Patterns (CR) and local underground favorite Santos y Zurdo (CR) will be just a few of the cultured acts that await you. Beyond the music, Envision offers opportunities to discover knowledge and grow. In accordance with this ethos, the festival has also revealed its first round of World-Class Yoga Instruction including classes lead by Gina Caputo, Carson Clay Calhoun, and Robin Martin. As in prior years,Thought-Leading Workshops will add dimension to our purpose and cultivate community around the shared value of knowledge. This year we’ll be celebrating learning experiences with astrologer Kaypacha, activist. We’ll meet with Dakota Access Pipeline Protest leader Winona LaDuke and we’lll look at the important work of Bioneers with co-founder Nina Simons. Buy Tickets RSVP Link | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube...

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29Rooms,  Refinery29’s  Celebrated Installation of Style, Culture and Technology Makes It’s West Coast Debut

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29Rooms,  Refinery29’s  Celebrated Installation of Style, Culture and Technology Makes It’s West Coast Debut

The  All-­New  2018  Toyota  Camry  featured  as  one  of  the  29  Rooms  Installations WHAT:            Join  Refinery29  for  a  first  look  at  the  highly  anticipated  West  Coast  debut  of  29Rooms,  an  immersive  exhibition  of  style,  culture,  and  technology.  This  year’s  theme,        “Turn  It  Into  Art,”  celebrates  the  transformative  power  of  creativity  and  explores  how  art  influences  emotion,  shifts  perspectives  and  incites  change  across  culture. Developed  in  partnership  with  a  broad  range  of  creators,  talent,  innovators,  artists  and  brands  –  including  select  installations  from  this  year’s  New  York  event  along  with  a  roster  of  new  brands  and  celebrities  –  each  room  puts  the  audience  at  the  center  of  the  event,  sparking  engagement  and  igniting  a  live  social  broadcast  of  self-­expression,  storytelling  and  meaningful  dialogue. With  record-­breaking  ticket  sales,  the  sold-­out  event  will  span  two  weekends,  December  7  –  10  and  December  14  –  17. ABOUT  REFINERY29 Refinery29  is  the  leading  digital-­media  and  entertainment  company  focused  on  women  with  a  global  audience  footprint  of  550  million  across  all  platforms.  Through  a  variety  of  lifestyle  stories,  original  video  programming,  social,  shareable  content,  and  live  experiences,  Refinery29  provides  its  audience  with  the  inspiration  and  tools  to  discover  and  pursue  a  more  independent,  stylish,  and  informed  life.  Please  visit  www.refinery29.com,  www.refinery29.uk,  and  www.refinery29.de  for  more  information  and  to  browse ...

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Win a Trip to Envision Festival in Costa Rica

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Win a Trip to Envision Festival in Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Today, the international adventure festival Envision offered a few lucky winners the experience of a lifetime in the majestic beachfront jungles of Costa Rica. Since it’s inception 6 years ago, Envision has attracted festies and adventurers from more than eighty countries worldwide. Now the experience sought out by yogis, permaculture leaders, activists, surfers, ecclectic music lovers and environmentalists and all the comforts to make it a dream are just a few clicks away – for a few lucky travelers. Prizes include FLIGHTS to Costa Rica, some of our most desireable accommodations and “Solo Bueno” VIP Experience Passes to Envision 2018 – February 22-25th! The contest will be held from November 1st to November 7th to promote the second round of a 2018 lineup stacked with heavyhitters. From music to the meals you eat, leaders seed an intention into every aspect of the design at the conscious event. Of the round 2 lineup announcement, Envision Co-Founder Matt Siegel said:  “In order to maximize my own ripple of impact, I have personally dedicated my life to the craftsmanship of intentional adventures to nourish and cultivate growth on personal and communal levels. With a diverse appreciation for a wide variety of musical genres, my partners and I take special care to personally hand-select and schedule every act on this incredible lineup. The result is a potent experience and a heart-opening story where we guide you on a 4-day inspirational journey in the heart of Costa Rican paradise. One which we’re certain you will leave with a new appreciation for the way dance floors bring us together as music heals the soul.” Envision Lineup Contest PRIZE – Flight to Costa Rica (*Up to $600 Airfare Reimbursement) – 4-Day VIP Solo Bueno Experience Pass, includes: Complimentary Envision Airport Shuttle: SJO to the venue (pre-set times, details available on the website) – 24hr Access to refreshments at the Solo Bueno VIP Lounge – Access to all VIP Villa amenities – Private bathrooms/showers – Concierge Service and Villa Courtyard Salon Boutique Hospitality Contest Rules + Ways to Tilt the Scales in Your Favor: TIP: Sign up for Envision newsletter – *OPTIONAL FOR EXTRA ENTRIES* 1- Refer a friend                                                                      +100 2 – Share the FB Post                                                             +100 3- Like Envision Festival on FB                                              +10 4- Follow Envision Festival on Instagram                            +10 5- Answer a question about the 8 pillars of Envision         +25 LINK TO...

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Mercado Sagrado 2017

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Mercado Sagrado 2017

Mercado Sagrado is a celebration of the canyon spirit featuring musical performances, hand-made & artisan goods, organic food, lectures, workshops, film screenings + experiential activities such as intuitive readings, sound baths, aura photography, vibrational medicine & more. THE FAIR WILL TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 4  + 5 PARAMOUNT RANCH  |  2903 CORNELL ROAD, CA 91301 Parking is free & onsite. Children under 12 are free. Dogs are welcome, on leash. MAKERS 19 Candles, A Question of Eagles, Ace & Jig, Amaru, Artisan Artifacts, Awaveawake, Camper General Store, Christy Dawn, Cresioni, Data Garden, Dreamtribe, Earth & Element, Earthling, EMK Ceramics, Easy to Breathe, Edible Gardens, Electric Feathers, Emily Katz Macrame, Erin Bruno, Everett Noel Knives, Fields of Study by Lauren Spencer King, Field Studies Editions, Fiele Fragrances, Ghost Dancer Imperfect Sun, Hallow Talon, Hat & Beard, Havstad Hat Company, Hollow Bone, Incausa, Jaga, James Street, Jungmaven, Kassia Meador, Kelci Potter, KKIBO, La Chambre Photographique, Lauren Brinkers, Last Chance Textiles, Margins, Merchant Modern, Mira Blackman, Mixed Business, Made by Mo Goods, Mr. Merz, Mohinders, Odd Bird, Orenda Tribe, Patriae, Pauline Wolstencroft Picky Jane, Poem Store, Rainbow Kimono, Sam Roberts LA, Sean Spellman, Studio Astele, Summerland, Tailfeathers, Tavin Boutique, The Crystal Oak, The Natural Free Human Beings, The House of Lovers, Then and Now, The Tiny Mess, Timo Granzotti, Toools, Totally Blown Totem Salvaged, Town Clothes, True West, Upstate, Untitled Rug, Verte Essentials, Worn Over Time, Xtreme Mess MUSIC Curated by Gnomelife Records: Free Aktion (DJ), Jeremy Harris, LFZ, Little Wings, Mary Lattimore, Peaking Lights, Prince Rama (DJ+Talk), Rhythms of Vision, Suzanne Vallie, The Range of Light Wilderness, White Magic NOURISHMENT Addictive Wellness, Aussie Scoop, Escuela Taqueria, Canyon Coffee, Fountain of Truth Spring Water, Honey Mama’s, Imlak’esh Organics, Mary Joe, Moon Juice, Tacos Punta Cabras, Darkhorse (Greg Arnold), OlSkool BBQ, Sno Con Amor, Sproutcraft Creamery, Whole Sam, Wild Omen, Zen Bunni WELLNESS Ampcoil, Anima Mundi, Ashley Neese, Auragami, La Tierra Sagrada, Fermentation on Wheels, Fields of Study, Four Sigma Foods, Gemisphere, Golda, Joan Ranquet, Leaves & Flowers, Mamma Medicine, Nigel Crook, Olivia Clemente, Osea, Amber Lee of Plant as Compass, Poppy & Someday, Rhythms of Vision, Scents of Awe, Shiela Woodford Acupuncture, Sun Potion, Spirit Speak, Wild Soul Healing, Sun Song, Süprmarkt, The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education, The Tulip, The Reiki Institute (Thea Nathan) EXPERIENTIAL OFFERINGS Ashley Neese / Breathwork, Ampcoil / Ampcoil Sessions, Anima Mundi / Custom Flower & Mineral Essence Blends, Auragami / Aura Photography, Data Garden / Plant Biofeedback Installation, Plant Medicine Readings / Marysia of the Gaia School, Gemisphere / Gemstone Facials, Fermentation on Wheels / Fermentation Demonstrations, Fields of Study / Meditation, Joan Ranquet School / Intuitive Animal Readings, Jungmaven / Indigo Dyeing, La Chambre Photographique / Tintype Photography, La Tierra Sagrada / Hair Cuts, Wild Soul Healing / Tarot Readings, Mama Medicine / Medicine Readings, Nigel Crook / Intuitive Readings, Amber Lee of Plant as Compass / Hands on Healing Bodywork, Poem Store / Poetry On-Demand, Osea / Mini Facials, Poppy & Someday / Ayurvedic Consultations, Rhythms of Vision / Sound Bath, Shiela Woodford / Acupuncture, Sun Song / Custom Plant Formulations, Spirit Speak / Tarot Readings, Thea Annya Nathan / Reiki TALKS + WORKSHOPS Aaron Bigelow & Jara Fairchild of Ampcoil, Alessandro Gianetti of Guided Light Healing, Carlota Santamaria, Dr J, Jamie Brisick, Jodi Wille, KKIBO, Josh Siegel, Kristie Reeves, Lauri Kranz...

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18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Official Artist Ignacio Gana

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18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Official Artist Ignacio Gana

The Latin Recording Academy® has announced that Chilean painter and sculptor Ignacio Gana will be the official artist of the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. Gana’s work will feature prominently on posters, program books, tickets, and other media before and during the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will broadcast live on Univision Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 16 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT). “I am thrilled that Ignacio is joining us to celebrate our rich cultural heritage,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “The Latin GRAMMY Awards®focus on our music and the people who make it and it is a great pleasure to recognize members of our creative community who have reached the highest level of artistic achievement in other forms of art.” Gana, a music enthusiast, uses his figurative creations to invoke memories of childhood whimsy and days spent playing and laughing at the ocean. He said this distinction is a highlight in his career. Gana decided to explore the world of sculpture and it has become a passion catapulting him and his career to the highest echelons of contemporary Latin American sculpture. Gana’s, sculptures have become indispensable works of art featured in various international exhibitions and collections, such as the Museum of Modern Latin American Art (MOLAA) in California; Museo Ralli Marbella, in Spain; Ralli Museum in Santiago de Chile; and the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. “Being an artist is my life, a passion,” he said. He describes his creative process as “living in the world of art, surrounded by my sculptures and paintings as music plays, sailing on new forms and colors built on an amazing history and boundless nature, accompanied by the rhythms of Latin music, is the best dream anybody could ever have.” Born in Santiago, Chile in 1976 and currently based in Miami, Gana studied architecture before turning to the visual arts. His work has been showcased across more than a dozen solo expositions in Chile, Cuba, Spain, Belgium, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, and Chicago. In 2017, he was selected for the exhibition Eighteen — a showcase of Miami’s most influential emerging artists.Use of 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards artwork requires express written permission from The Latin Recording Academy. Please direct your request to latingrammypr@grammy.com. The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization composed of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. Follow @LatinGRAMMYs on Twitter, “like” Latin GRAMMYs on Facebook , and join the Latin GRAMMYs’ social communities on Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr,...

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The “uncensoring” of barbara carrasco’s 1981 landmark mural l.a History: A Mexican perspective returns to union station sept. 29 for month-long run

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The “uncensoring” of barbara carrasco’s 1981 landmark mural l.a History: A Mexican perspective returns to union station sept. 29 for month-long run

The 80-foot mural is part of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and California Historical Society’s ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Exhibition Barbara Carrasco’s landmark mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, part of the exhibition ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege, will be on display at Union Station for the first time in 27 years, from September 29 through October 22. The California Historical Society (CHS) and LA Plaza, the curators of ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, spearheaded the effort to bring LA History back to Union Station, one of the few places in the city large enough to accommodate it. Carrasco’s L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective was commissioned and later censored by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency for depicting a more realistic history of people of color in Los Angeles’ and has only been shown once in its entirety at Union Station in 1990, for the duration of two weeks. It was originally intended to be displayed at a site on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles in 1981 as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. It contains 51 scenes depicting a chronological history of Los Angeles with an emphasis on the experiences of marginalized groups. These vignettes begin with the city’s original native inhabitants and conclude with key episodes from the twentieth century. Individual scenes include the whitewashing of David Alfaro Siqueiros’s mural América Tropical, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Zoot Suit Riots, all shown as unfolding within the strands of a woman’s hair. “We’re uncensoring this mural at a time when transparency and dialogue are most desperately needed,” said John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza. “Our aim is to share this artistic treasure with new audiences and raise awareness of the importance of preserving this cultural art form in our community.” Anthea Hartig, CEO, CHS added “The difficult aspects of our history that Barbara Carrasco has brought forward in this mural need to be understood and acknowledged as part of our State’s history. We commend her for having the courage to represent them and defend her mural’s content.” In 1981, Carrasco created the mural for the Los Angeles Bicentennial, selecting its scenes after interviewing historians and community groups about important aspects of the city’s history. Students, fellow artists, and even family members modeled for and helped construct and paint the mural. Ultimately, the mural was censored for its Chicana and feminist perspective by the very organization, which had commissioned it, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA). When the agency requested that she remove 14 images, including depictions of farmworkers and urban redevelopment projects that had displaced families and communities, Carrasco refused to change her work. As a result, Carrasco’s landmark mural, comprised of 43 panels, was not shown during the Bicentennial. Except for its brief display for the 1990 Los Angeles Festival, it has remained unseen in its entirety and has languished at a storage facility in Pasadena. “Murals have played an important role in documenting the history, politics, fears, as well as the dreams and aspirations of historically marginalized populations,” said Carrasco. “I am thrilled to have it back out in a public space, particularly during today’s turbulent times. It is just as relevant as it...

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