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Yes I finally did it, I opened the doors to Lifencompass / my home and started a healing share. I began by calling it a Reiki Share but I feel that there are just too many great healing modalities that work well together to limit it to Reiki alone. Besides the work “reiki” is just to limiting lately. There is so much more to it than the “#hashtag” “#Reiki” has become. Today, with a few healers I have worked with over the years, we draw together a start, a circle of healing in Downtown LA. And in the case of anyone thinking, Um why didn’t you call me? I started with students and healers I have established a working relationship with, and those that arrived become what I hope is the seed.

I’m excited!

The energy of the house, that sits within a little healing grid, has changed already and a lot has come in and through in preparation. I am REALLY happy with this. My life, my changes, and my path feel… on point.

So, in the future I’m looking at expanding the circle and opening up the healing practice again, and, and, and, moving forward in this new direction. It’s time. I’m glad you have walked along with me. Anticipate new things, maybe like once a month. Expect invitations.

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I’ll write less and just give you the details.

See you there…

RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR, DECEMBER 11 + 12, 2010.

 

Join us for the 1st Ever Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Los Angeles on December 11 + 12 from 10am – 5pm at Los Angeles State Historic Park! With over 150 of today’s finest indie-craft talents setting up shop, holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design + DIY spectacular!

Grab a web-banner to help promote the Fair!

You can expect to find all sorts of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – everything from jewelry and clothing, ceramics and stationery, bath products and posters, housewares and comics, plush objects and more! Check out our artist line-up to see who’ll be bringing the goods!

We hope you’ll join us by bicycling or taking public transportation to the Fair! The Park is just a quick walk from the Gold Line Metro China Town stop. If driving, you’ll need to either find street-parking in the surrounding neighborhoods or park in the Park’s lot adjacent to the fairgrounds. Please see our FAQ for details, directions + lots more info!

Get to crafting by participating in one of our many special workshops! Visit Silver Lake’s ReForm School to make your own mistletoe and check out Santa Monica’s Urban Craft Center who’ll be leading holiday kitsch workshops inspired by Amy Sedaris’ new book Simple Times!

The fabulous folks from Hands-On 3rd will be out at the Fair leading an All Day Sewing Rebellion, in which you can make your own DIY Shopping Bag! Stop by the Renegade Workshop Station to make your very own holiday ornament!

Music fans can enjoy tunes spun all day long by DJs from LA’s best independent music source – KXLU!! Be sure to commemorate your trip to the Fair by getting your photo-snapped in the free-to-use photobooth provided by Magnolia Photobooth Co.!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as delicious Wintertime libations!

Don’t forget to visit our Welcome Station, where we’ll feature a free-to-enter raffle (prizes furnished by Chronicle Books, Paper Source + Uppercase) and an extra-special Renegade Holiday photo-op!!

See you there!!

via Holiday Fair Los Angeles « Renegade Craft Fair.

I have had the most amazing night with my friends, new and old, at the Queer Art Walk in Downtown LA.

If the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting an event near you, then you need to get your butt over there and enjoy yourself for the good cause that they are representing.

Thank you to all my friends and fans who were able to make it out to the show.

It’s deeply appreciated.

view all of the photos at my page on facebook: Facebook | Queer Art Walk / Art Walk / Downtown LA.

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Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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I don’t know how I missed Ovation TV. I mean really, it’s a great channel, breaking away from all of the regurgitated shows that you’ve seen 1000 times. Oh make that 1001 later today.

Anyway. Brandon stopped at the start of The Artists Den: Tori Amos. You would have thought I was watching the sound of music. I know my songs. I stayed up when the house fell asleep to watch the whole thing.

Couldn’t find a full version of the performance to post until now.

Tori Amos at the Artists Den

I hope you enjoy the performance. Something for a creative Wednesday.

Tomorrow is the Queer Art Walk, at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, I hope to see you there. I’ll be showing with the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence at the Exchange. I’m only a small bit of all the creativity that you will see tomorrow at the benefit show.

Time, address, and other information are located on my blog here.

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Integrate don’t segregate,

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I’ve finally finished the pieces for QueerArtWalk.org / the Downtown Art walk next Thursday.

Gentle, and not so gentleman, ladies and folks.

This is the story I created. Paralleling the death and resurrection process (Osris); the piecing together of life lost; the body awareness that remains from dismemberment. The awareness (peacock) of what was, what is, and what could be different than the life before.

Gathering.

The oldest mystery is the story of Osiris, son of Saturn, brother and husband of Isis, father of Horus, and brother to Typhon. Typhon kills Osiris and Isis retrieves the body in dissevered parts and Osiris is proclaimed arisen from the dead. Zoroaster brought this mystery to Persia, Cadmus brought it to Greece, Orpheus brought it to Thrace, and Melampus brought it to Athens.

— Henry Binkley Stein; Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah

Once again I’ll post the info for this upcoming collaborative show.

DETAILS

WHERE WILL THIS EVENT BE HELD?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF THIS EVENT?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

WHAT TYPE OF ART WILL BE AUCTIONED?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

HOW WILL THE ART BE USED?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

WHO IS PRODUCING THE ART?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ART SALES?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

WHO ARE THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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Greetings!

I wanted to post some details about the August Art Walk that I, among others, are creating works of art and entertainment for. The Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence have brought together a list of painters, sculptors, photographers, and entertainers in a benefit show for the Aids Project Los Angeles’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program and the Highways Art space. Two great benefactors for art and recovery.

I love benefit shows and that the benefit itself will take place at Art Walk central, right next to Bert Green Fine Art at The Exchange.

Among the flowering art you will find a series of casts that I am creating and painting that represent one’s piecing together of a life lost to drug abuse. The canvasses represent dismemberment and dissociation in their singularity, and rebirth through their coming together again to form the remnants of man. Piecing together his life. A series that come together signifying the gathering together of the aspects of ones life in recovery. This story parallels the myth of Asar (Osiris) after his dismemberment, before his resurrection. Aset (Isis) has pieced him together, in a sense she is the spirit that binds the pieces as they attempt new life.

I don’t know what all the art will be at the event but I do hope you will stop by to take a gander, talk to the sisters and view some, or all, of the art and performances, and music… maybe even make a donation or bid on one of the pieces for the benefit.

Details are below (thanks to the Queer Art Walk website): Time, date, place, silent auction, benefactors and a bit about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their great cause.

I will release a complete set of images that I am giving to the show in the next week or so. I still have a few casts to create and then a mediation on the spirit of their assembly.

I hope to see you there.

Details

Where will this event be held?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

What are the dates and times of this event?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

What type of art will be auctioned?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

How will the art be used?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

Who is producing the Art?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

Who will benefit from the art sales?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

Who are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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As promised (if a little late), the Dream Gatherer, which I call Dream Circles. This exercise came out of Awakening to Shamanism, chapter 6 ~ Dreams.

In Awakening to Shamanism, the Path of Direct Revelation, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar:

“…We also construct “dream gatherers,” usually using natural materials in the landscape where we are meeting. Dreams are a doorway into another world, and the dream gatherer is the door. Think of the wreaths that people make Christmas (Yule, Winter Solstice ~Scott) and hang on their doors. There is a circle within the wreath. The dream gatherer is made from things from Nature and has a circle that represents the doorway into the dream world. These are then placed somewhere close to each dreamer and used to entice the dreamer and the dream spirits to join one another in mutual collaboration.”

I personally wanted to create a safe circle of communication for the dream work. This particular piece would be for two dreamers.

Dream Circles, by Scott K Smith. 12'' x 36'', Acrylic on Canvass, Paper Machete, organic materials (stones, vines picked respectfully).

"The Guardians" Spirit detail in "Dream Circles.

Aside from the obvious circles with the connecting pathway, there are three spirit guardians between the portals. The feathers are made from the under feathers of a Redtail Hawk, in blue, white, gold, and purple representing their protective and insightful energies while one journey’s in the dream. These guardians mind the pathway to and from the world of dreams, casting illuminating light on the message for the dreamer.

Dream Circles is one of the paintings that will be appearing in the August, 2010 show, downtown Los Angeles.

I hope to see you then.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Hi there. Happy Food-day (or something like that).

Wednesday night  be and me hit the good ol’ Fresh & Easy just outside of downtown Los Angeles. My shopping list filled with necessities for B, Trixie, and me, a list of ingredients from Budget Friendly Meals (ala Rachael Ray) we went shopping.

Last night we made…


Roasted Cauliflower Salad

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or sliced almonds
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (1/3 palmful)
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • One 10-ounce box couscous
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 flatbreads or pitas, warmed

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 425°. On a baking sheet, spread the chickpeas and pine nuts in a single layer; roast until the nuts are golden and the chickpeas are warmed, 7 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic and cumin. Stir in one-third of the lemon juice.

In a small saucepan, bring the vegetable broth and 1 tablespoon EVOO to a boil. Turn off the heat and stir in the couscous, dill and chives. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

In a serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, pine nuts, cauliflower and parsley and dress with the remaining lemon juice and 2 tablespoons EVOO; season with salt and pepper.

Fluff the couscous with a fork. Spoon onto 4 plates and top with the salad. Serve with the garlic yogurt and bread.

Visit Rachael Ray for more great recipes: Rachael Ray’s Official Website :: Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

Fresh and Easy

OK be excited. A Fresh & Easy opened just outside of Downtown LA. Yes we all wanted it here in the city center but I don’t think the grocery store operators were quite convinced about the market. I don’t think that will last long.
Every aisle was packed with groceries. The Hollywood Fresh & Easy is a shadow compared to this place. Fresh fruits, vegetables, sauces, meats, cheeses, wine, and beer. Yes it was a shopping paradise, seen on the faces of all the happy people. Literally.

Yes the workers were snappy and talking it up, telling jokes and seemed to be in good spirits. It was the customers though that really made me smile. I’m not kidding when I say it was apparent on the faces of all the happy people.

“Hi!”, “Hello” and other wide lipped, toothy greetings. Even a cheeky conversation at the check out.

It is inexpensive, which is a total bonus compared to the Ralph’s Fresh & Fair, significantly. Although I love having the Ralph’s I much prefer to find my groceries at the Grand Central Market, Marukai, and the various little market’s peppered throughout out home zone.

That said we did spend a hundred bucks rather easily… but that was six bags of groceries, TP and paper towels too.

I LOVE HAVING AN INEXPENSIVE PLACE TO SHOP JUST MINUTES AWAY!

Check it out.

Fresh & Easy
CENTRAL & ADAMS
1025 E Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(213) 765-0918

OPEN DAILY
8AM – 10PM

http://maps.google.com/?daddr=1025+E+Adams+Blvd+Los%20Angeles+CA+90011

Find it. Shop it. Love it.

Scott

If you live in Downtown LA, check out the Downtown Sustainability Project!

Notes on Farmer’s Markets, classes, workshops, and “how too’s” to help each of us find ways to decrease negative impact on our environment.

The DLANC Sustainability Committee meets on the First Tuesday of every month at the Central Public Library.

Our committee chairs host office hours and neighborhood stakeholders gather for project workshops

to help advance several community-driven initiatives – for Downtown Los Angeles.

Sustainability Committee is organized by community volunteers to help develop a community greening strategy and resource toolkit for Downtown Los Angeles. We are neighborhood enthusiasts who share a common interest for a more livable, affordable, and efficient urban center for this and future generations.

What is your vision for a more livable, affordable and efficient neighborhood?

Launched in October 2008, the Sustainability Committee hosts monthly committee meetings and project workshops which are open to the public.

For each project, community members volunteer for the role of project lead to help facilitate implementation. Project teams are formed as people become interested and volunteer their time (whether for a specific event or project). The overall administrative responsibilities of the Sustainability Committee are shared by the Board Chair and Public Vice-Chair who coordinate meetings, approvals, and other logistics on behalf of the group.

All meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at sustainability@dlanc.com.

via Sustainability Committee / Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.

Be well,

Scott

I wanted to keep you updated on the last Art Walk at the Rowan.

The night went well. I spent the majority of my time at the Rowan Gallery space and surrounding galleries like, the Spring Arts Tower which had a great set of artists as well.

Congratulations to my friends, and some of the other Artists, who sold some art; in addition to the exposure to thousands of people passing through the gallery. I am hoping that the art and the voyeuristic stampede will effect everyone in a “prosperous” way. 🙂

"B", Jenny Aja, and Scott @ The Rowan Gallery Space

You can view the full set of photos via Facebook | Your Photos – Rowan Art Walk: Jenny & Phil + other artists...

I attempted to embed a short clip of the many hours that Ben Evans and Taka Yamashiro spent performing at the Gallery Space but I was unable to transport it from facebook to wordpress… You can view the video on my profile there.

See you at the next Art Walk…


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