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Branded Arts. Block Party. Saturday 11.10.2012.

The World’s Most Adorable Art CriticDaniel Rolnik and Reserve Result have teamed up to present a limited edition T-shirt & Polaroid combo pack. The 10 available sets will be on display for the first time at The Branded Arts Block Party happening on Saturday, November 10 from 1:00pm to 1:00am at 8810 Washington Boulevard. However, due to the nature of the event and all the guest appearances by artists and musicians, we suggest that you come early to purchase your pack. Especially, since each Polaroid is edition 1 of 1 and therefore contains a unique image.

Live Music by: David Dann, Magic Notes, Slim Jeff, Raquel Rodriguez, Cameron St. Denise, Jake Ross, Rebel, Mr. Number Onederful, Mr. Fitz, DJ Down To Earth, and DJ Bus Rider.

Live Art by: John Park, Angelina Christina, Allison Torneros, Hans Walor, Michael Pukac, Emmeric Konrad, Jill Birdz, IQ, People Heart and Clinton Bopp.

Murals by: Dabs Myla [AUS], Herakut [GER], Anthony Lister [AUS], Rime [USA], Case [GER], David Flores [USA], Cyrcle [USA], Andrew Hem [USA], Yoskay Yamamoto [USA], Robert Standish [USA], Skullphone [USA], Shark Toof [USA], Miss Van [FRA], Dan Quintana [USA], Meggs [AUS], Surge [USA], Gaia [USA], Clinton Bopp [NZ] and Duncan Lemmon [USA]

Date: Saturday, November 10.
Time: 1:00pm – 1:00am.
Where: 8810 Washington Boulevard. Culver City, California.
Details: 18 & under get in FREE. Everyone else is $20 for bar.

LA Zine Fest ~ zines, art, and talks

RR Sideshow: Contributing WriterDaniel Rolnik

The first ever LA Zine Fest is happening tomorrow – Sunday, February 19th, 2012 – from 11am-5pm. Some of the festivities include Henry Rollins interviewing with V. Vale as well as a panel on running DIY spaces with the owners of LA’s quintessential underground venues: The Smell, Pehrspace, and Homeroom. There’s a whole lot more and it’s all free!

LA ZINE FEST, Sunday February 19th, 11am-5pm, 453 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA

FIN by CR Stecyk ~ Hurley’s H SPACE

RR Sideshow: Contributing WriterDaniel Rolnik

Fin, a new film by CR Stecyk III premiers Feb. 8th, 2012 at Hurley’s H SPACE gallery in Costa Mesa. It’s going to be a very special night for those who make the drive out, since the entire room is going to be transformed into an old movie theater. Also, Hurley will be launching a limited edition line of shirts featuring stills from the movie.

FIN premiers on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Hurley’s H-Space [1945 Placentia, Costa Mesa, CA]

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LISTEN & Static Noise ~ Long Beach State University

RR Sideshow: Contributing WriterDaniel Rolnik

Rhona Bitner has undergone a photographic expedition to capture America’s most loved music sites like Yasgur’s Farm [where the original Woodstock happened] and Chess Records’ studio where too many classic records were cut to even count – from Buddy Guy to Shel Silverstein. Twenty-eight of her photos will be on display at CSU Long Beach‘s Museum with an accompanying essay by Lenny Kaye – guitarist for Patti Smith and producer behind the quintessential music head’s compilation record Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968. Rhona Bitner has also been encouraging people to participate in the project by making suggestions for venues and studios she should photograph on her Tumblr site. And if that’s not enough for you, Lou Reed’s sound installation MM3: Static Noise will be on display too.

Rhona Bitner

Rhona Bitner

Rhona Betner’s LISTEN exhibit and Lou Reed’s Static Noise installation open on Friday, January 27 and runs until April 15 at CSU Long beach

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Smashbox: Face/Off ~ The Videos

RR Sideshow: Contributing WriterDaniel Rolnik

There were 26 finalists in the video portion of the Face Off competition at Smashbox Studios. And although all of their shorts, music videos, and animations were great, the judges still had to narrow it down to their top 3. Davis Factor [co-founder of Smashbox], Guy Oseary [Rock Paper Photo], Brian Bowen Smith [photographer], Rick Callahan, Steve Carr [director], Justin Tyler Close [The Lab Magazine], Dee Delara [Smashbox Studio], Greg Garry [Complex Magazine], Stephen Kamiguji [Genlux Magazine], Albert Kodagolian [Director], Rocky Morton [director], Mathias Vriens McGrath [photographer], Ettore Zuccarelli [EZ Productions], and Kimberly Brooks [painter] chose an eclectic ensemble of winners, which you can view below in addition to my favorite video, which unfortunately didn’t make the cut even though it has well over 125,000 hit on youtube – granted it does have the advantage of being a music video by the rad band LOW and features every girl’s celebrity crush John Stamos.

1st Place: “Tatiana Cotliar” by Boyce & Brown

2nd Place: “Feast of Fury” by Dugan O’Neil

3rd Place: “Kaleidescope” by Sue-Ling Braun


“Try To Sleep” music video directed by Travis Schneider [feat. John Stamos]

Billy Al Bengston ~ 100% Draculas

RR Sideshow: Contributing Writer – Daniel Rolnik

For its first show ever, Katherine Cone Gallery had a retrospective of Billy Al Bengston’s paintings from 1958 until now. Most of the work was huge and if you studied some of the pieces carefully, you can make out the details of an orchid smack dab in the center of several paintings.

The opening was full of real collectors – something that’s rare at most of contemporary exhibits. And I spotted a collector walking around the gallery with a puppy – which I’ve heard is a good luck sign.

Katherine Cone was the former Director of Subliminal Projects in Echo Park and now has the exciting position of having complete control and access of her own gallery – in the heart of Culver City.

P.S.: Billy Al Bengston is 77-year old and owns a cooler website than most tech-savvy kids that grew up in this internet era.

Rune Boutique ~ World Debut Party

RR Sideshow: Contributing Writer – Daniel Rolnik

Wild girls in layers of makeup and elaborate dresses flooded the gallery when the model-turned-Youtube sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began singing her hit song PonPonPon at the launch party for the Rune Boutique pop-up shop at Royal/T. However, tragedy struck when the CD that Pamyu was lip-syncing to began to skip and instead of freaking out she handled it in the cutest way possible – striking a Kawaii pose until everything was fixed.

After she and her backup dancers finished their set, the production crew reset the stage so that the electrifying Japanese fashion line %6DOKIDOKI could begin its runway show, which culminated in a grand finale of this monster coming onstage and dancing with all the models.

The whole night had already felt like an acid trip by this point, so when I spotted Ninja and Yolandi from the band Die Antwoord in the VIP room my brain just near exploded.

If you get a chance to make it out to Culver City to visit the Rune Boutique pop-up shop, you’ll be enamored by 6%DOKIDOKI’s clothes, MEDICOM’s toys, and original art by Rune Naito – one of the originators of the Kawaii movement in Japan.

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