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Highways 25th Anniversary SILVER JUBILEE!
May 3, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
As part of Highways Performance Space’s 25th Anniversary, painter, musician, and veteran of the performance art wars, The Dark Bob, hosts a special two-night program of short performances, cocktails, high-profile reunions, and old-school audience appreciation. On the evenings of May 2nd and 3rd, join them in celebrating the pioneering men and women who made the avant-garde scene and put LA on the performance-art map in the 1970s and 1980s. The first night is dedicated to the 1970s, a first-generation era of low-fi, DIY art made on the spot for oneself and friends and whoever was around. In a very real sense, this time was about throwing elements into surprise contact and “seeing what happened.” In that spirit, the night may seem like just a party… but it could just as easily be a recipe for disaster. The second night is dedicated to the 1980s, and the radical changes that swept through the performance-art genre as practitioners embraced the allure of new media spectacle, increasingly drafting choreographers, musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers, and producers into something more theatrical, and all about the audience experience. And in that spirit, the night is a fast-paced program of radical work presented in five-minute increments evoking the revved up zeitgeist of the Big ‘80s.
Friday, May 2
_ A RECIPE FOR DISASTER: Generation 1, Los Angeles Alternative Art in the 70’s
A cocktail mixer featuring some 20 or more of these legendary artists up close and in their natural habit. It’s a truly rare chance to interact with them and watch them interact with each other — many for the first time in years. The evening’s title is no joke, as this cocktail mixer also forms the backdrop for a documentary scene in the old spirit of “seeing what happens, for and by anyone who turns up.” The artists’ most seminal works will be projected in the space throughout the night.
Featuring Appearances by: John M. White, Johanna Went, Jeffrey Vallance, Barbara T. Smith, Ilene Segalove, Stephen Seemayer, Rachel Rosenthal, Rudy Perez, Richard Newton, John Malpede, Gary Lloyd, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz, Ulysses Jenkins, George Herms, Cheri Gaulke, Llyn Foulkes, Simone Forti, Lowell Darling, Nancy Buchanan, Bob & Bob, ASCO artists Gronk & Daniel J. Martinez, Jerri Allyn
Saturday, May 3
_ LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Performance Art in the Big ‘80s
Hosted by The Dark Bob, the second night is a program of about a dozen 5-minute live performance pieces, demonstrating how much and how fast things changed in the 1980s, for performance artists and for everyone else. Hosted by The Dark Bob, this frenetic sampler unfolds in the spirit of the too-much-too-fast all-at-once 1980s themselves.
Featuring performances by: Linda J. Albertano, Jacki Apple, Fat & F****d Up, John Fleck, Weba Garretson, Ulysses Jenkins, Dan Kwong, Marcus Kuilland-Nazario, Richard Newton, Rudy Perez (with Jacki Apple and Tom Recchion), John M. White
Friday + Saturday, May 2 + 3 @ 8:00pm
$25 general admission each night / $40 special for both nights