Jul 262013





The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the gift of the Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection featuring animation art and related production materials documenting the career of animator Abe Levitow. Donated in their parents’ honor by the Levitows’ three children, Roberta, Judy and Jon, the collection features animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, graphic art materials and related film prints – hundreds of items that represent Levitow’s accomplishments as an artist, animator and director for Warner Bros., UPA and MGM, and include his work on features such as “Gay Purr-ee” (1962) and “The Phantom Tollbooth” (1970).

The collection, which will be housed in both the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive, is a significant addition to the Academy’s holdings in the animation field. “We are honored that the Levitow family has entrusted the preservation of their father’s legacy to the Academy’s archivists,” said Margaret Herrick Library Director Linda Mehr, “and you really can’t go wrong when Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are in the mix, can you?”

Levitow began his career at Leon Schlesinger Productions, where he served as a publicity artist and animator on cartoons released through Warner Bros. He worked primarily as a member of the Chuck Jones unit, contributing to many of Jones’s films in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including the Academy Award®-winning animated short “For Scent-imental Reasons” (1949). He was elevated to director on several Warner Bros. cartoons before moving on to UPA in the late 1950s, where he served as animation director on the studio’s first feature, “1001 Arabian Nights.”

At UPA, Levitow had two career directing milestones: first, on the animated feature “Gay Purr-ee,” featuring the voices of Judy Garland and Robert Goulet with original songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, and then with “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” an animated musical version of the Charles Dickens tale. Following his stint at UPA, Levitow joined the animation unit at MGM, where he directed a number of the later Tom and Jerry cartoons, including “The A-Tom-inable Snowman” (1966), “Guided Mouse-ille” (1967) and “Rock ‘n’ Rodent” (1967).

In addition to the more than 500 pieces of original production art, which will join more than 15,000 such items already held by the Margaret Herrick Library, the Levitow Collection includes scripts, sound recordings and other documentation related to Levitow’s work in film, television and commercials. All of the production materials may be accessed by filmmakers, historians, journalists, students and the public at the library, located in the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills. Many of the pieces in the Levitow Collection are available for viewing online through the Library’s Production Art Database at http://collections.oscars.org/prodart. Additional information about Abe Levitow is also available at: www.abelevitow.com.

For more information about Academy’s holdings, visit www.oscars.org.

Jul 232013


Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith Sunday, July 28, 3pm MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium

MOCA presents a one-day-only performance by the Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith; an improvisational jazz quartet with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Loren Pickford on saxophone, John Lindberg on bass, and Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines on drums.

This concert is presented in conjunction with Selections from the Permanent Collection a chronological installation of significant works in MOCA’s collection from the 1940s to the present, featuring three of Charles Gaines’ works from the Incomplete Text Series.

FREE with museum admission Reservations not required. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jul 172013


Ten first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and one previous governor is returning to the board. This year’s election increases the Academy’s governing body from 43 to 48.

The first-time governors are Judianna Makovsky and Deborah Nadoolman, representing the Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter and Jan Pascale, Designers Branch; Alex Gibney, Documentary; Lynzee Klingman, Film Editors; Amy Pascal, Executives; Kathryn Blondell and Bill Corso, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; and Nancy Utley, Public Relations.

The reelected governors are Ed Begley, Jr., Actors Branch; John Bailey, Cinematographers; Kathryn Bigelow, Directors; Charles Fox, Music; Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation; Curt Behlmer, Sound; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; and Robin Swicord, Writers.

Mark Johnson, representing the Producers Branch, is returning to the board after a hiatus.

The Academy’s 16 branches, including the recently created Costume Designers Branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. For the first time, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by three governors; the branch was previously represented by one.

Governors who were not up for reelection and who continue on the board are Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Jim Bissell, Designers; Richard P. Crudo and Dante Spinotti, Cinematographers; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers; Lisa Cholodenko and Michael Mann, Directors; Michael Apted and Rob Epstein, Documentary; Dick Cook and Robert Rehme, Executives; Mark L. Goldblatt and Michael Tronick, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; Arthur Hamilton and David L. Newman, Music; Gale Anne Hurd and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers; Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Rob Friedman, Public Relations; Bill Kroyer and John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Don Hall and Scott Millan, Sound; Craig Barron and John Knoll, Visual Effects; and Bill Condon and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Jul 112013

Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet

LACMA Kitasono Katue Surrealist Poet

LACMA Kitasono Katue Surrealist Poet / Anything L.A.

Pavilion for Japanese Art
August 3, 2013–December 1, 2013

Kitasono Katue (1902–1978) was the best known Japanese poet-artist in Europe and the US during the middle half of the 20th century. This is the first solo exhibit of his art outside Japan.

LACMA Kitasono Katue Surrealist Poet

Image: Kitasono Katue, La Disparition d’Honoré Subrac (オノレ・シュウブラック氏の減形) (1960), gelatin silver print, 21 1/16 x 17 3/8 in. (53.5 x 44.1 cm). Collection of John Solt. © Hashimoto Sumiko. Used with permissio / Anything L.A.

At the beginning of his career, Kitasono hoped to be a painter, but immediately gained notice instead for his avant-garde poetry. Active from the mid-1920s as a pioneering avant-garde spirit, he made a priority of finding common ground with poets, artists and writers in Europe and the Americas.

First entranced by Dadaism and Surrealism, he also thoroughly absorbed the ideas of Futurism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. His poems were often published in poetry and visual art journals, and he served as an editor and graphic designer for some of these, including the journal VOU, published from 1935 to 1940, and then again from 1945 to 1978, ceasing at Kitasono’s death.

Kitasono edited and designed more than 500 magazines and poetry books during his life, and created numerous covers for novels, trade journals and commercial magazines. Plastic Poems, which fit in a category more broadly referred to as visual poetry, adorned many of his book covers; Kitasono began to produce Plastic Poetry after being inspired by the photographs done by members of the VOU group, principally Yamamoto Kansuke (1914-1987), whose finely conceived surrealistic work was often published in the magazine. In the last twelve years of his life, Kitasono continued to experiment with the limitless field of visual poetry, maintaining the clean form and finely conceived pairings of images seen in his earliest successful text poems.

Jul 062013
STAPLES Center  Upcoming Concerts

STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts / Anything L.A.

Upcoming Concerts:

Beyoncé – July 1st, 2013

Fleetwood Mac – July 3rd, 2013

New Kids on the Block/ 98 Degrees/ Boyz II Men – July 5th, 2013

Reventon Super Estrella – July 20th, 2013

Bruno Mars – July 27th & 28th, 2013

One Direction – August 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 2013

Taylor Swift – August 19th & 20th and 23rd & 24th, 2013

Depeche Mode – September 28th & 29th, 2013 & October 2nd, 2013

Bon Jovi – October 11th, 2013

P!NK – October 12th & 13th, 2013

Selena Gomez – November 6th, 2013

Nine Inch Nails – November 8th, 2013

Drake – November 25th, 2013

Michael Bublé – November 29th, 2013

Beyoncé– December 3rd, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – December 4th, 2013

Upcoming Sporting Events and Family Shows:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze – July 10th-16th, 2013

X Games – August 1st – 4th

WWE SummerSlam – August 18th, 2013

STAPLES Center Communications
1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Jul 062013
Nokia Theatre Upcoming Concert

Nokia Theatre Upcoming Concert / Anything L.A.

Upcoming Concert & Entertainment Events:

TVXQ! LIVE WORLD TOUR – July 5th, 2013

MINDLESS BEHAVIOR – July 6th, 2013

THE ESPYs – July 17th, 2013

JULION ALVAREZ – July 20th, 2013

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! TOUR 2013 – July 23rd, 2013

CARLOS VIVES – July 27th, 2013

IVETE SANGALO – August 10th, 2013

KOBE UP CLOSE – August 15th, 2013

STEELY DAN – August 24th & 25th, 2013

EL KOMANDER – August 31st, 2013

MARC ANTHONY – September 28th, 2013

JOHN FOGERTY – October 10th, 2013

HILLSONG CONFERENCE LA – October 18th & 19th, 2013

THE MOODY BLUES – November 1st, 2013

FRESH BEAT BAND – February 9th, 2014

Nokia Theatre

777 Chick Hearn Court,Los Angeles, CA 90015

Jul 022013

10 tips for L.A.’s new mayor

Coyote parks, jujitsu, a million leaves

and seven other ideas for Eric Garcetti

10 tips for L.A.'s new mayor

LOS ANGELES-CA-JUNE 30, 2013: Kenia Castillo, an 8th grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School in Highland Park, left, swears in Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, as his wife Amy Wakeland, center, proudly looks on during the inaugural ceremony on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles on SunBy Josh Joy KamenskyJuly 2, 2013 / Anything L.A. /

I’ve known Eric Garcetti a long time. To use my Silver Lake apartment as a field office for his first City Council campaign, I bought my first-ever fax machine, which you can have. I even served as his communications director, where I distinguished myself by getting his wife’s hybrid car a parking ticket at a news conference announcing free meter parking for hybrid cars. Now that I’ve been out of City Hall for a few years, I hear the food there is much better, which figures. Also, I want to offer some sage advice from a seasoned pro to my old friend now that the party’s over and his work as L.A.’s 42nd mayor begins.

1. Dream big. But for the love of God, don’t tell anyone about it. Have you ever listened to someone tell you his dreams? Bo-ring. And weird. Just because you’re the mayor doesn’t mean anyone wants to hear “there was this extra room in my house, and my dad was in it, but he was Don Draper, and I had to install a sink and my teeth fell out.” Instead…

2. Manage expectations. The last guy was all “A million trees!” That’s a sucker move. Hundreds of thousands of trees later — lots of trees — no one cares. Here’s a pitch: A million leaves. You can knock that one off before Columbus Day. It’s, like, six trees.

3. Be a friend to the working man. A casino economy has left the working man adrift in a vast gulf of inequality. Also, his union spent all his money trying to beat you in the election, so he’s short on cash. At least buy him some fish tacos.

4. Use political jujitsu. Remember that truck full of people campaigning for your opponent, telling all of Boyle Heights that she would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour? Blow everyone’s mind by … raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Chamber of Commerce will be all “Everyone’s going to move to Cudahy!” But in a survey of small-business owners, only 9% could find Cudahy on a map. In a separate survey, 22% of Cudahy residents identified Cudahy as “an edible, drought-resistant native plant.”

5. Tailor the job to your own brand of pizazz. Two things come up in every profile of you: You’re in the Navy Reserve, and you used to write musicals. The conclusion is obvious: Turn your first major address into a revival of “On the Town,” set in L.A. Instead of delivering the State of the City as “the mayor,” do it — with appropriate costume and choreography — as “a young sailor on shore leave.” Instead of having an adventure in search of a dame, search for a budget surplus, or a really good banh mi.

6. Reorganize the office of the mayor. Early reports suggest that you’re planning to cut back on the number of deputy mayors. Don’t do it! We need more deputy mayors. Up to 41/2 million more. Too many pot shops on the Venice Boardwalk? Deputize the roller skaters to regulate ’em! Big backup on Beverly? Deputize the line for “The Price Is Right” to direct traffic!

7. Cut and stamp a lot of “City of Los Angeles” tin badges. See previous item.

8. Advocate for wildlife. Everybody gets excited when they see a coyote crossing the street, but you can be the mayor who welcomes them into our civic fold. Allow coyotes the use of selected dog parks, as long as they can prove they’ve gone three months without eating a pet (or, in the case of Chihuahuas, three weeks).

9. Settle this “Eastside” business once and for all. For traditionalists, it’s where the L.A. River cut off immigrant communities from access to power and influence. For hipsters, it’s where you’ll find more artisanal lotion depots and fewer Jaguars/boob jobs. A conclusive determination from City Hall will herald peace and the invention of the red velvet burrito.

10. Enjoy the job. As a three-term City Council member, you’ve already held the most powerful position in the city (quibblers, note: “Maitre d’ at Dan Tana” is technically in West Hollywood). As mayor, you’ll have much less authority over land-use decisions, but you’ll get blamed for everything that goes wrong. Have fun!

Anything L.A. respectfully reprints this great article by Josh Joy Kamensky from Los Angeles Times. The article and accompanying photo are a copyrighted property of Los Angeles Times.