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Waking Dreams at Burning Man 2022: The 3:15 Experiment Rid/tes Again

July 31, 2022

Waking Dreams

This year’s theme for Burning Man is “Waking Dreams.” As Stuart Mangrum, director of Burning Man Project’s Philosophical Center, writes in announcing the 2022 Burning Man theme of Waking Dreams.“After a long hazy blur of pandemic insomnia, unanchored in time and adrift between sleeping and waking, it’s time to start imagining the future again…Whether it’s a dream of artistic expression, a yearning to connect with others in a fractured society, or simply a desire to live a more meaningful and authentic life, Burning Man is the place where dreams can and do come true.” Read more…

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, A Documentary, and A Review by Ron Wells

July 28, 2022

 

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

 
In 1993, country singer kd lang introduced me to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. It is her voice that I hear when I recall the song that comes to us through quite a journey, a journey that almost wasn’t, a journey shared with us in a new documentary. It took awhile before I understood who wrote the song and how it became so well known; this documentary takes us there. Learn more in this review by Ron Wells.
 

 
 
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a documentary especially for those who like Leonard Cohen’s song, “Hallelujah,” or are even more interested in the man himself. Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, the documentary uses Hallelujah as a jumping off point to give a penetrating look into the fascinating life of Cohen. Writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman,  producer John Lissauer, and singers such as Judy Collins and John Cale offer opinions and insight into Cohen the man, and Cohen the musician. The filmmakers delve into Cohen’s Jewish background, as well as his 6 years spent in a Zen monastery, painting a picture of a man always in search of a deeper meaning for his life. They also document how 5 million dollars was stolen by his business manager, and how Cohen regained the desire to continue touring late in his life.

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A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 2/20/27-1/6/22 with Trailers from His Movies

January 7, 2022

On August 12, 2009, President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sidney Poitier.  Image Credit: Source: http://www.achievement.org/achiever/sidney-poitier/

BY RON WELLS: The first film I ever saw with Sidney Poitier was Lilies of the Field. I was mesmerized not just by the role he was playing, but by the dignity and kindness he displayed on the screen. Though one shouldn’t make judgements about actors by the roles they play in films, for me at least, it seemed an extension of the man himself.

 In 1959, the first ever Academy Award nomination for an African American went to Sydney Poitier for The Defiant Ones, . In 1963 he became the first black to win the Academy Award for Lilies of the Field.

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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…

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