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Film Screening
Utopia, A Double Feature: 'Dear Comrade' and 'The Source Family'

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

General Admission: Free

Join us for a double feature and a shared meal! The two films explore alternative approaches to group living in Southern California. Dear Comrade covers the socialist Llano del Rio Colony founded in the Antelope Valley in 1914, and The Source Family reveals Hollywood’s counter cultural Source Restaurant and related community.

7–7:45PM     Utopian Shared Dinner
8–9PM    Dear Comrade 
9–10:30PM     The Source Family

Dear Comrade (2012) 55 minutes
by Mady Schutzman
Dear Comrade is a feature-length, experimental essay film inspired by a significant moment in California’s “utopian” history: the founding of Llano del Rio, one of California’s most successful secular cooperative colonies, by Job Harriman in 1914. The primary focus of the film focuses on the musings, questions, courage, frustrations, fantasies, and labors of members, many before and after Llano, who had assumed such comparable struggles as the relinquishment of economic and political security in order to craft an alternative society. The filmmaker stages surreal re-enactments of life at Llano performed by former members of a separate 1970s collective to which she belonged, and casts her elderly aunt, a 1950s borscht belt communitarian as a former Llano colonist. 

The Source Family (2012) 98 minutes
by Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille
The Source Family is a feature documentary that examines a group’s radical experiment in ’70s utopian living in the form of a restaurant and alternative community. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities, an eventual fleeing to Hawaii, and a dramatic demise.

About Llano del Rio Collective:
Since 2010, the Llano Del Rio Collective (LDRC) has produced guides to Los Angeles and distributed them for free to county residents. LDRC guides include A Map For Another L.A., Scores For The City, An Antagonists Guide To The Assholes of LA, and Utopias Of Socal. The guides map a path for Angelenos, directing them towards a creative exploration of the city—led by sympathy, physicality, antipathy, and desire; rather than hatred, commuting, grin-it-and-bear-it, and ambivalence. They chart a city that begins to conform to our spiritual, intellectual, and actual imagination of it. As per the mission of the Llano Del Rio Collective, the guides hope to “ expand cultural, social, and political imagination of Los Angeles”, and “aim to frame practices, rather then be a practice.”

Sean @ Front Space 19
The D-Train: A Dialogue Lab with Sean Starowitz

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
Park Studio: Tree House

General Admission: Free

The D-Train: A Dialogue Lab, presented by Artist Sean Starowitz, is a game of dominoes that doubles as an opportunity for face-to-face discussion about social change.

The D-Train is based on the traditional Trains game, in which players’ dominoes emanate from a central hub like trains from a station. Starowitz has created a special set of dominoes; in place of numbers, they contain key words related to such topics as the Expo Light Rail Line,  Bergamot Station, revitalization, and community. Game rules are simple: play any word next to any other and explain to your partner how they inform and relate to one another. Play a piece horizontally if you can work both ideas into the conversation. The dialogue will continue until all dominoes are played. Antagonism results in disqualification; problem-solving earns extra points. 

About Sean Starowitz
Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. His recent projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has created such curatorial projects as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant enterprise. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review. He was a featured lecturer at Queens College, New York; UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures; and American University, Washington D.C. Starowitz currently resides in Kansas City as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. In 2010, he graduated from the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient and has received support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Currently, he is a 2014 Charlotte St. Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.

About Train of Thoughts
The Santa Monica Museum of Art celebrates and activates ideas about contemporary culture. Train of Thoughts is SMMoA’s series of artist-driven public programs designed to inspire dialogue about the Expo Light Rail Line arriving at Bergamot Station in 2016. Participating artists include Bob Dornberger and Brooks Hudson-Thomas, in collaboration with wHY design, and Sean Starowitz.


Succulumps with Linda Hsiao

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
Park Studio: Tree House

General Admission: $15
Family Members and above: Free
Individual/Artist/Student/Senior Members: Free
Partner Members: Free

Create your own succulump—a suspended, spherical garden—with the magic of macramé and help from Linda Hsiao of Knotwork LA. Knotwork LA is an outlet for the work Hsiao and partner Kagan Taylor do in their spare time, hand-crafting whimsical and beautiful products. Supplies and plants included with registration. 

Succulumps with Linda Hsiao is a part of SMMoA’s Park Studio: Tree House Teen Workshop series.

Cause for Creativity—Tour da Arts, vol. 3
Tour da Arts, vol. 6

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 6. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art.

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. Tour da Arts begins with a bicycle-themed festival at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Then, the ride takes off for a nine-mile loop with stops at John Adams Middle School for a screening and performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and back to the Museum for a theater performance of Bike Odyssey LA.

Featured exhibitions at SMMoA:
Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti / Fred Dewey

Partners include: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.); City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, City of Santa Monica Transportation and Planning Department, GoMetro LA, Whole Foods Market Venice, LACBC/Santa Monica SPOKE, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Yelp, and many more!