Living on the banks of the new LA River

January 16th - March 22nd 2014
All events will be held at Elysian , 2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles, CA 90039 unless specified otherwise.

The Clockshop neighborhood is known as Frogtown or Elysian Valley; what you call it depends on how long you have lived here and to whom you are talking. This narrow strip of land sandwiched between the 5 freeway and the Los Angeles River is undergoing great changes - gentrification to some, urban renewal to others. However you look at it, the community as it has been known is becoming something new. Frogtown Futuro is a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists on the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and the nature of this transformation here, along the LA River in Frogtown.

'Viewpoints: What's next in Frogtown's Future?,' The Eastsider
'The Unfinished,' KCET's Artbound

Los Angeles River Tour

w/ Lila Higgins and Kat Superfisky

Saturday March 22 @ 2-5pm
Meet at Elysian
THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE
Suggested Donation: $20, Prepay Required.

River experts and enthusiasts Lila and Kat will lead a 3 hour walking tour through the Glendale Narrows section of the LA River. The tour will consider river revitalization in relationship to political history, community impact, and ecological design. Stops along the way will include the Bowtie Parcel, Rio de Los Angeles State Park and Marsh Park.

Lila Higgins runs the Citizen Science and Live Animal programs at the L.A. Natural History Museum. A Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer, she has run PLAYshops for Disney’s Creative Academy.

Kat Superfisky, a Project Designer at Mia Lehrer + Associates landscape-architecture firm, wrote her master’s thesis on how to do public outreach on the L.A. River, and has a background in theater and dance as well as ecosystem management and educational program development.

Photo by Emma Sheffer

An unfinished obelisk and the LA River

A Conversation with Jenny Price and Michael Parker

Thursday March 20th @ 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Michael and Jenny will discuss Michael’s installation The Unfinished and the history of the Los Angeles River. The Unfinished is an obelisk-shaped excavation located along the banks of the channelized LA River. The horizontal excavation, dug into and through the asphalt of an empty industrial lot, is a 137-foot to-scale replica of the Ancient Egyptian archeological site known as “The Unfinished Obelisk.” For 6 months Parker will coordinate an array of collaborative events and performance on and around the obelisk. The Unfinished is a public action in the form of a temporary monument.

Michael Parker is a Los Angeles based artist whose practice explores individual agency and collective action. He employs sculptures, publications and events to explore ideas of temporality, absurdity, pragmatism, hierarchy and consumption. His projects consistently engage with unexpected partners such as Cold Storage construction workers, Linemen-in-training or sauna enthusiasts in the Steam Egg . He has worked with the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Human Resources, Machine Project, Public Fiction, The Center for Land Use Interpretation and High Desert Test Sites. Michael holds a BA from Pomona College, an MFA from USC. He teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach.

Jenny Price is a public artist, writer, and historian, and has written extensively about the L.A. River--and has led tours and designed public art projects along its banks--since 2002. She's a co-founder of the public art collectives Urban Rangers and Project 51, and the author of "Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.", Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America , and the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column on LA Observed. At this moment, she is the Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University.

Photo by Emma Sheffer

The Unfinished

A Temporary Public Sculpture by Michael Parker

Reception Saturday March 15th @ 4pm - Sunset
The Bowtie Park, California State Park along the LA River

The Unfinished is an obelisk-shaped excavation located along the banks of the channelized LA River. The horizontal excavation, dug into and through the asphalt of an empty industrial lot, is a 137-foot to-scale replica of the Ancient Egyptian archeological site known as “The Unfinished Obelisk.” For 6 months Parker will coordinate an array of collaborative events and performances on and around the obelisk. The Unfinished is a public action in the form of a temporary monument.

Michael Parker is a Los Angeles based artist whose practice explores individual agency and collective action. He employs sculptures, publications and events to explore ideas of temporality, absurdity, pragmatism, hierarchy and consumption. His projects consistently engage with unexpected partners such as Cold Storage construction workers, Linemen-in-training or sauna enthusiasts in the Steam Egg . He has worked with the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Human Resources, Machine Project, Public Fiction, Control Room, The Center for Land Use Interpretation and High Desert Test Sites. Michael holds a BA from Pomona College and an MFA from USC. He teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach.

Directions and more info here.

Image Courtesy of Michael Parker

Future Frogtown - what’s in store for our neighborhood in the near-future

A Conversation with Rick Cortez and Helen Leung

Thursday March 6th @ 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Helen and Rick, both members of the Frogtown community, will discuss their vision for the future of the neighborhood.

Rick Cortez is founder and principal at RAC Design Build located in Elysian Valley. RACDB is a full range Architectural design studio and custom fabrication shop that specializes in both custom residential and commercial architectural design, as well as construction, construction management, and extensive custom carpentry and metal fabrication abilities. Rick was born in Los Angeles and received his B-Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Helen Leung is a proud Frogtown native committed to ensuring a better neighborhood for her neighbors. As Director of Social Impact at LA-Más , Helen is working to redefine the intersection of community development and social equity, with a focus in gentrifying neighborhoods. Helen specializes in creating and managing place-based efforts, building cross-sector partnerships, and ensuring that successful pilot efforts result in systemic change. A native Angelino and urban planner, Helen has extensive community-based experience working for former Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. Recently, Helen managed transit-oriented development and asset build portfolios at Living Cities, a national funders collaborative. Helen holds a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Kennedy School of Government.

Image Courtesy of RAC Design Build

First Time
Home
Buyers Workshop

w/ East LA Community Corporation

Tuesday March 4th @ 7:00 - 8:00pm
Dorris Place Elementary School Auditorium
2225 Dorris Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90031

A FREE workshop open to the public led by the East LA Community Corporation and organized in collaboration with longtime Elysian Valley residents Helen Leung of LA-Más and David De La Torre of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch providing information for tenants and renters of all types. ELACC's vision is simple: to help the members of a 95% Latino community create an environment that supports a productive, healthy, and fulfilling life.The Mission of ELACC is to advocate for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low and moderate income families.

Spanish interpretation will be available.

Click here to get the flyer.

This is the
LA River

An evening with the Echo Park Film Center

Saturday March 1st @ 7:30pm
Film Program by Rebecca Baron
General Admission: $10
Students: $5

Followed by a Q&A with Founder/Executive Director Paolo Davanzo and Operations Director/Youth Film Coordinator Lisa Marr. A portion of the filmmakers will also be present including Anais Hinojosa Téllez, Daniel Garcia, Ismael Garcia, Ellie Parker, Chloe Reyes, Jose Santos, and Penelope Uribe-Abee.

The Echo Park Film Center (EPFC) is a non-profit media arts organization committed to providing equal and affordable access to film/video education and resources. We work to inform, educate and empower our community toward grassroots activism and artistic participation via four channels: a neighborhood microcinema/events space, free and nominal cost media arts education programs, a comprehensive film equipment and service department, and a touring film festival showcasing local established and student filmmakers.

THIS IS THE LA RIVER: Without the Los Angeles River there would be no Los Angeles. A historical and geographical reference point, a place of industry and recreation, the home of herons and toxic trash dumps, flooded and paved over, the subject of poems, art, derision, and protests, the story of the LA River is a long and winding one, open to endless interpretation. "This is the LA River" invited 21 neighborhood youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to explore the River through the medium of 16mm film. The result is a captivating collaborative documentary that examines the complex past, present, and future of the great waterway of Los Angeles.

Filmmakers: Daisy Aquino, Kaymen Barber, Cord Brooks, Niki Cornejo, Sandra Fregozo, Daniel Garcia, Ismael Antonio Garcia, Brenda Gordiano, Nalani Hernandez-Melo, Ava Hess, Spencer Jezewski, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Alice Poteriaiko, Steven Ramos, Jose Santos, Rachel Syms, Mateo Tate-Contreras, Luc Unruh, Vincent Uribe, Emily Van Cise, Woodrow White

THE SOUND WE SEE: A Los Angeles City Symphony: In the fall of 2010, youth from across Los Angeles, ages 11–19, banded together to document the life, rhythm, and movement of the city from their unique perspectives, joining their visions to create a complete 24-hour city symphony. The filmmakers divvied up the day into its two-dozen hours, working in pairs to select and shoot locations that best represented each hour of the day (and night) as one minute of film. The result is a spectacular 24-minute trip through the City of Angels as most have never seen it before...

Filmmakers: Maya Abee, Juliette Allen, Bridgette Asturias, Andrew Becerra, Nicola Celada, Albert Celis, Bryan Chavez, Kathy Choi, Danielle Dickerson, Hayley Elliott, Elana Gabbro, Cuauhtemoc Hernandez, Diana Hernandez, Marilyn Hernandez, Paola Hernandez, Anais Hinojosa, Ish Lipman, Danny Louangxay, Felix Martinez, James Noel, Alyssa Osorio, Emilie Palamides, Ellie Parker, Chloe Reyes, Sam Ribakoff, Isabella Mae Robbins, Ashley Ruiz, Naima Sabur, Angelo Sanchez, John Stockburger, Aura Oropeza Tellez, Penelope Uribe-Abee, Charles Valencia, Walter Vargas, Victoria Velasco, Bobby Villagomez, Kathryn Wilkins

Photo by Mackenzie Hoffman

“A Notorious Possession”, notes on the life of a house before and after the bubble

York Chang and Olga Koumoundouros

Thursday February 13th @ 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

York and Olga will discuss Olga’s 2012 site specific installation “Notorious Possession,” which takes on the issues of home ownership and the real estate bubble. In 2012 Olga transformed an abandoned foreclosed home in her neighborhood, setting off a number of legal and emotional challenges as the banks and brokers tried to determine the true owner of the house.York served as one of Olga's attorneys throughout the legal challenges that faced her as an artist, homeowner and squatter as a result of the piece.

York Chang is a conceptual artist and painter whose projects often involve issues of credibility, authorship, and forensics, and utilize his education and training as an attorney. He earned both his BFA (1996) and Juris Doctorate (2001) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Recent exhibitions include a two-person exhibition with Mitchell Syrop as part of the Orange County Museum of Art's California-Pacific Triennial, and solo exhibitions at Greene Exhibitions and Commonwealth & Council. He also worked as a poverty and tenant-side attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and is currently a labor attorney for the Service Employees International Union. York Chang lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and is represented by Greene Exhibitions.

Olga Koumoundouros makes installations, sculpture, photos, and social practice events that explore the psycho/social affects of the single family home and the idea of the American Dream. She uses the single-family home as rhetoric to discuss the frailty and ideological construction of home ownership and its relationship to human sustenance. Recent solo exhibitions include We made life here for a little while, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Off-site, Altadena, CA (2013), Dream Home Resource Center, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2013) and Wall Works: CART-What Do We Need to Get By and How Do We Get There?, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (2011). She received her MFA from the California Institute for the Arts and is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Image Courtesy of Olga Koumoundouros

A Night with
JP Sniadecki

Demolition, 2008, 62 min and Songhua, 2007, 29 min

Saturday February 8th @ 7:30pm
Film Program by Rebecca Baron
General Admission: $10
Students: $5

Demolition is a portrait of urban space, migrant labor, and ephemeral relationships in the center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in western China. Attending first to the formal dimensions of the transforming worksite - including the demands of physical labor and the relationship between human and machine - the film shifts focus to the social dynamics of a group of thirty men and women who have come from the countryside to work in this ever-changing urban landscape. In exploring the various banal yet striking interactions between these members of China's "floating population," the city's residents, and the filmmaker, Demolition simultaneously expresses and resists the fleeting nature of urban experience.

Songhua depicts the intimate and complex relationship between Harbin residents and their "mother river," the Songhua in northeastern China. By attending to the everyday activities of leisure and labor unfolding along the banks and promenade, this nonfiction video also explores the interface between aesthetics and ethnography as it addresses environmental crisis within a major waterway of China.

JP Sniadecki was born on a goat farm in Michigan, grew up in the industrial rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. A filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, he produces work at the intersection of cinema and ethnography. His films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. His filmography includes: Yumen (2013), People’s Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010), The Yellow Bank (2010), Chaiqian/Demolition (2008), and Songhua (2007). He is also founder of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens new independent cinema from China.

Still from Songhua Courtesty of JP Sniadecki

Renter's Rights Workshop

w/ LA Human Rights to Housing Collective

Thursday February 6 @ 7:00 - 8:00pm
Dorris Place Elementary School Auditorium
2225 Dorris Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90031

A FREE workshop open to the public organized in collaboration with longtime Elysian Valley residents - Helen Leung of LA-Más and David De La Torre of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch - and the LA Human Rights to Housing Collective providing information for tenants and renters of all types. The mission of the LA Human Right to Housing Collective is to build a city wide tenants movement and create a network of resident-led organizations and committees that can build power to implement the principle of the human right to housing in LA housing policies.

Spanish interpretation will be available.

Click here to get the flyer.

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A Film By Peter Bo Rappmund

Saturday January 18 @ 7:30pm
Film Program by Rebecca Baron
General Admission: $10
Students: $5
Dinner by Elysian: additional $10

An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean. 63 minutes, 2010.

Peter Bo Rappmund is a California-based artist whose practice relies on understanding both empirical and metaphysical properties of the built environment. His method is field-driven: sound, video, and still images are all collected on location before being composed into sculptural loops and sequences. He has exhibited his films, photographs, sound installations, and maps at a variety of venues including: the National Maritime Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rencontres Internationales, Paris and Berlin; REDCAT; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Rappmund held his first retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum in 2012. He received his MFA from the school of music and the school of film/video at CalArts.

“Rappmund’s first concern was to capture the bizarre, evanescent phenomena he observed when he first stumbled upon the Los Angeles River at night—a revelatory experience he describes as “seeing the city inside out.” With the digital camera, Rappmund was able to explore the chemical spectrum of colours that make the paved waterway appear as one of the mythic infernal rivers.” --Max Goldberg, Cinema Scope

Still Courtesy of Peter Bo Rappmund

The Roots of Revitalization

A conversation w/Daniel Tellalian and David De la Torre

Thursday January 16 @ 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Daniel Tellalian and David De La Torre talk about what revitalization will bring to both the LA River and Frogtown.

David De La Torre has lived in Elysian Valley for 34 years and is an active member of the community. He is a past neighborhood council board member, the current head of the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and is the Chairperson of Jardin Del Rio Community Garden. When he is not organizing the community in Elysian Valley, he is a commercial accounts manager for Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals, LP in the Port of Los Angeles.

Daniel Tellalian is a principal at Emerging Markets, Inc., a Los Angeles-based economic development consulting firm that helps private sector corporations pursue business opportunities in low-income and urban areas. Daniel was recruited by the City of Los Angeles as a founding board member of the L.A. River Revitalization Corporation, tasked with responsibly developing the 51-mile corridor adjacent to the Los Angeles River.

Spanish interpretation will be available.

Photo by Emma Sheffer

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