Win Tickets to a New Pool Party in Downtown Los Angeles Called Wavey

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Dim Mak and the Well want to mix emerging dance music, poolside vibes, and fashion this Summer at the historic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown L.A. Want to go for free?First, join our mailing list, then tweet your favorite song of the summer with hashtag #WAVEY and make sure to @LATACO so we know you want to go… if you don’t have Twitter, just leave a comment on this page (and include your email so we know it’s you).

Keep reading for set times and RSVP info…

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Preview: Gajin Fujita “Warriors, Ghosts and Ancient Gods of the Pacific” @ L.A. Louver

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Gajin Fujita is well-known to regular readers of this website, and he remains one of the most vital artists working in Los Angeles today. His latest show at L.A. Louver opens next week, on Wednesday, May 27th in Venice Beach.

One theme that is always present in Gajin’s work is the concept and application of loyalty. Explicit references to city and crew, combined with inspiration drawn from deep cultural roots, enhanced by literal contributions by friends and other artists to some of the paintings create a unique world that is steeped in unbreakable bonds. Martial loyalty as expressed in Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock art is an enduring theme that finds its continuation in Fujita’s paintings, especially the large scale warriors who each strive to represent their version of loyalty from behind a drawn sword.

The artist’s own code is complex– coming from an era where (graffiti) crews battled using spray cans rather than swords, there is a certain distance and humor given to the idea of life-or-death clan warfare, even as the technique behind the art is deeply serious and intricate. At the same time, Fujita never fails to represent his crew, K2S, linking himself directly to the battles and struggle that have existed in his own life and throughout history. His pioneering success in the art world may create a new reality of its own, but here we see a fierce loyalty to technique, to crew, and to city still reigns in both expression and intent.

“Studying the ukiyo-e woodblock prints and their intricacies, I strive to get close to the Japanese masters, and I want to keep violating people’s expectations” — Gajin Fujita

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Chicanas, Cholas, Y Chisme presents “UN ACTO CON IMPACTO” ~ May 22

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Chicanas, Cholas, Y Chisme presents, “UN ACTO CON IMPACTO” , a collection of one-act plays written and directed by Latinas in celebration of Latina voices.  These 14 all-new works will be presented over 4 weekends, with Show 1 featuring 7 one-acts over 2 weekends and Show 2 featuring 7 different one-acts over 2 more weekends.

“Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme: Un Acto Con Impacto” is the second of three productions this year by Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme, a program that began from the desire to foster more Latina-driven creative work.  Since its modest beginning in 2013, Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme has more than quadrupled in size.  Because of its success, three different productions for short plays, one-acts and one-woman performances are scheduled at Casa 0101 this year.

Interview with POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong

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Please introduce yourself to the L.A. TACO readers. Who you are and what you do?

My name is Jasper Wong and I’m the founder of POW! WOW! Primarily a mural festival that has become an art and music school, creative community centers, and more. It’s currently held in Hawaii, Texas, California, Taiwan and Japan.

This year is Pow!Wow!’s fifth anniversary. Congratulations. Please describe what Pow!Wow! was when you first started and what it has now become in 2015.

POW! WOW! originally started as an excuse to bring my friends together and paint. A very simple idea that became much larger in scale over the years. What began as a gallery exhibit became a mural festival with 100+ artists painting 70 murals over a period of a week. We’re now expanding globally and creating related programming with our free art and music schools for the youth.

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My Favorite Taco ~ Seven Davis Jr.

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Seven Davis Jr. is the musician your favorite producer listens to, because he pushes subtle but important boundaries in house music and beyond. On July 24th, he will release his long-awaited debut album, Universes, via Ninja Tune. The album is said to be deeply personal, bringing a positive message rooted in freedom, integrity and self-improvement: “Finding your place. Knowing yourself. Being where you belong.” A mysterious figure who who quietly lived in Los Angeles for years, we got the chance to interview Seven over email last week to discuss music, travel, tacos, and happiness…

Favorite taco spot?
La Victoria in San Jose California

You’ve lived all over the world, what eventually brought you to Los Angeles?
Once upon a time I moved to Los Angeles to get away from a bad environment I had been in for years and to begin a new creative life. After almost 8 more (less harsh) years living in LA, I moved to Europe. I now live various places around the world. I still occasionally visit LA.
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Full Circle Night Market ~ May 16th

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Artist Lineup:
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Bashment Boogie ~ This Saturday Night

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Afro-Carib-Americana beats and grooves all night long…

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Bashment Boogie at The Mandrake
2692 La Cienega Blvd
9pm-2am
FREE
RSVP

Recap: “SEE YOU AT THE TOP” curated by Known Gallery and The Seventh Letter

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“SEE YOU AT THE TOP” was a photographic exhibition curated by Known Gallery and The Seventh Letter that appeared at The Vape Summit in Las Vegas from Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 02, 2015. The photography was presented in association with Black Reserve, and included work by: EVIDENCE / ESTEVAN ORIOL / STEVEN PERILLOUX / WILLIE TOLEDO / SABER / ZES / PATRICK HOELCK / QUAM ODUNSI / LANI LEE / GREGORY BOJORQUEZ / DYLAN MADDUX / BRENT BROZA / PEP WILLIAMS / AZIM LAKE / KC ORTIZ / ZANE MEYER

Keep reading for some of the incredible images which appeared in the show, plus photos of the event, the summit, and the installation of The Seventh Letter x Black Reserve booth… All event photos by Pics from Zane Meyer of Chop em Down Films.

First, please check out some of the work on display…

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Eastside Mural Ride ~ Boyle Heights, East LA

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There’s an old saying: In Europe – all roads lead to Rome. In Southern California – all freeways lead to East Los Angeles. Join us on Saturday, May 16th for a family friendly ride through the streets of Boyle Heights and East LA as we visit some of the most famous murals in our city.

This is the third in an unofficial series of guided mural rides; previous rides included North East LA & the North East San Fernando Valley. We’ll be stopping and discussing the history of the murals and current issues affecting the community. We will also have some of the artists discussing their work, and the current state or murals in the city.

Meet up at 10am at La Concha: 1214 East 1st St and we ride out from there. We will have bike marshals and support, but your bike needs to be in working condition for this ride. RSVP on Facebook ride updates and we’ll see you Saturday!

New Music: “The March” by KONE

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We’ve been waiting for new music from LA based producer and New Los Angeles label boss KONE for awhile now, so it’s exciting to be able to debut the first tune from his forthcoming album, Yellowstone. The track is called “The March,” and it’s a psychedelic jam built with some classic 60’s elements but chopped up and sequenced in a way that creates a modern groove. The bassline has always been the key to KONE’s music, and this track has one that creeps up on you until it takes over the end of the song and makes you hungry for more. Take a listen to the embedded stream below, and pre-order the album here.
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Pow! Wow! Long Beach is Coming This Summer!

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Pow! Wow! Hawaii is one of the most anticipated art events every year, and now the team behind the mural-centric art happening is coming to Long Beach! Look for new murals to pop up in the city between June 21-28, with a full spectrum of related events to compliment the large-scale art creation by a wide variety of featured artists. L.A. Taco will be covering all the action and have photo and video reports every day. Keep reading for the full artist list, the full press release, and more.

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