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Giving Thanks for HOME (and Wine too!)

November 25, 2021

HOME — Black Rock City, Nevada aka Burning Man

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from Chumash lands here on the windy coast of California! From our home to your home– whether that home be a mountain slope, a seaside beach, or a VW Van! I’m grateful to have so many caring friends and readers of my writing here on Art Predator and on Wine Predator. In a year full of death — globally from the pandemic, and losses closer to home (my dad KC Lawrence, my cousin LeiLani Lisa Lawrence who instigated the pandemic dances, my creative writing advisor Al Young, and my dog Cisco) plus being underemployed and in transition in so many ways, there is still much to be grateful for.
While I love the idea of giving thanks that lies behind today’s observance of Thanksgiving, the history of Thanksgiving is much more troubled.
The Thanksgiving story we learned in school growing up is largely a myth that erases the people who lived here for millennia before the Pilgrims and the Puritans made their way to these shores.

Wet Leg: DSCVR’s Artist to Watch 2022 + New Vevo Video

November 8, 2021
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Wet Leg does Wet Dream

If you, like me, have been entranced by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers new band Wet Leg surreal songs as featured on LA’s KCRW and here on Art Predator, you’ll be thrilled to watch right away this BRAND NEW RELEASED TODAY performance for the Vevo DSCVR “Artists to Watch” 2022 campaign.

Not familiar? In England’s remote and tiny Isle of Wight, post-punk-pop duo Wet Leg Read more…

On My WordPress 14 Year Anniversary: Buddha Says Things Change, Change Hurts

November 4, 2021

Fourteen years ago I registered Art Predator on WordPress.com, on the night of the time change when I took that extra hour, and I began my blogging journey. Today I have 2052 posts and I received the following message from WordPress: “14 Year Anniversary Achievement. Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

Art Predator (CC) Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com.

It’s been quite the trip…and you can find 13 hits from the first 13 years here.

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Wild Weather Cancels Daughters of Dada Wet Leg Inspired CottageCore Vineyard Visit

October 25, 2021

Inspired by the Wet Leg “Chaise Longue” which I heard first on KCRW, and then an actual iron chaise longue a friend gave me,  I invited the Daughters of Dada to join me today to do a video shoot wearing our CottageCore Target Challenge Prairie Dresses which would include a Clos des Amis vineyard visit,

Daughters of Dada at Art City, CA March 2021

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“Is Your Mother Worried?” UK’s Wet Leg: Quirky Summer Hit “Chaise Longue” Leads to Fall’s “Wet Dream” Plus US Tour Dates

October 12, 2021

Wet Leg photo courtesy of Domino Records

“On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue
On the chaise longue, on the chaise longue, on the chaise longue
All day long, on the chaise longue”

So sings Rhian Teasdale with backup by Hester Chambers in the catchy chorus in the 2021 summer hit single in the catchy chorus; she actually sings “Chaise Longue” 47 times! Post-punk-pop duo Wet Leg wrote “Chaise Longue” in one go on an actual chaise lounge Hester Chambers inherited from her grandfather and where Rhian Teasdale sleeps when she’s visiting. The duo, who met in college where presumably they “got the big D” say that they wanted to experiment with words and sounds — to do something different — Read more…

Indigenous People’s Day

October 11, 2021

Today celebrate indigenous culture and presence. Acknowledge we live on unceded lands. 

I live on Chumash land here in Ventura County, near a Chumash village known as Shishilop. Thousands of Chumash lived here in this sliver of land between the hillsides and the Pacific, between two rivers, the Ventura and the Santa Clara.  So much water flowed through the area that it created mudflats, even though this area is technically a desert. While a maritime community, the Chumash here were known as “mud people.” Read more…

Retail Slut Makes Over LA’s Lethal Amounts

October 10, 2021


Before Melrose Avenue was “Melrose Avenue” there was Retail Slut. Helen O’Neill founded the iconic store in 1983 featuring a little bit of everything that you could find no where else. “Behind this wild and legendary shop was a female entrepreneur who was bold enough to give her business a provocative name and live by a “take no shit” business code of ethics that has inspired other female entrepreneurs and businesses ever since,” says show organizer Lethal Amounts.

Former Slut “Slaves” with founder Helen O’Neill at Retail Slut “opening” at Lethal Amounts in LA Sat. 10/9/21; photo by Gwendolyn Alley

Long revered and missed since it closed some 20 years ago, this October, Los Angeles Gallery Lethal Amounts collaborates with Retail Slut to take over and make over the gallery dressing it up as remembered by Retail Slut’s Helen O’Neill Read more…

We Are Part of Nature– We Are Nature

October 4, 2021

You’re Connected

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us,” reminds Andy Goldsworthy. “So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” All across Southern California tonight a massive lightening storm near sunset reminded us of our connection to nature.

Harry

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Bruce Springsteen Sings “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at September 11 Service

September 11, 2021

Bruce Springsteen performs during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a September 11 Service to sing “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” the closing song on his 2020 album Letter to You. Hauntingly beautiful, you can watch a video below.

“May God bless our fallen brothers and sisters, their families, their friends and their loved ones,” Springsteen said in his remarks.

Springsteen’s 2002 album The Rising references those events, and his Grammy winning song of the same name honors the moment in NYC where first responders rushed up the stairs while office workers sped down. He celebrates those hardworking men and women who rise to the occasion.

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MusiKaravan to the Rescue! (please vote!)

August 17, 2021

With concerts cancelled by COVID, in late summer 2020, two internationally famous violinists took to the road in their 1971 VW van which they refurbished, painted red, and named Boris.

During COVID, the MusiKaravan project “turned a challenging moment into beautiful human connections and discoveries beyond all possible boundaries like social, cultural, religious, ethnic, and beyond,” said Etienne Gara. “Music was the element to made this experience possible, and that brought so much preciousness to each interaction that was made possible through this journey.” 

I met Etienne, YuEun, and Boris early on in their adventures, Read more…

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