Machine this Week: March 13th – 15th


EVENT : The Trans-Centurial Harpsichord – Sepand Shahab and Richard Valitutto
Thursday through Saturday, March 13th – 15th at 8pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members
A recital of solo harpsichord works interpolating music from the French baroque with modern pieces from around the world.

Hey, We’re Going to Be on TV!


Hey, we’re going to be on TV! Specifically, KCET’s Artbound is airing a special episode on the Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture this Thursday at 9pm. If you’re part of the small percentage of Americans who doesn’t yet own a TV set, you can also view the livestream on old media (Internet) by tuning your browser here starting on Friday the 7th. You can also come watch it with us in our Mystery Theater this Saturday from noon-6pm.The entire series of videos and accompanying articles can be viewed on Machine’s Artbound page.

This hour-long Artbound episode features videos and interviews from our summer project as part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. It is also our first appearance on public television. Join Machine as we explore downtown Los Angeles by helicopter, view a music performance from underneath a swimming pool, set off a sextet of smoke alarms, serenade Silver Lake’s Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, and witness a theatrical performance in MAK Center for Art & Architecture’s R. M. Schindler house that features an appearance by Brian from the Crab Pot, who later turns into a dog. Featuring Asher Hartman, Bennett Williamson & Jessica Cowley, Ing, Jacqueline Gordon, Jmy Kidd and the Sunland Dancers, Kamau Patton, and Todd Lerew.

The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture was part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brought together several local cultural institutions from April – July 2013 for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Machine this Week : March 6th – 8th


EVENT : From the Bottom of a Well Looking Up — Ezra Buchla, Brian Crabtree, and Kelli Cain
Thursday, March 6th at 8pm and 10pm
Join us for a performance for the ghost of António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848 – 1920) — botanist, bibliophile, alchemist, collector, and general enthusiast of nature and the mysteries of the universe, with music in three parts with three voices: Ezra Buchla, Brian Crabtree, and Kelli Cain.

EVENT : A Thesaurus of Horrors: A History of the Fear of Premature Burial
Friday, March 7th at 8pm
Librarian Megan Rosenbloom, director of Death Salon, takes you on an exploration of the Victorian obsession with premature burial based on books from the era, and how those hilariously lurid books inspired the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Megan will delve into some of the purported tales of live burial, the entrepreneurs who made safety coffins, the societies formed to protect against this primal fear, and how this fear trickles down into our modern culture.

EVENT : Machine Project’s KCET Artbound episode screening
Saturday, March 8th from 12-6pm
Hey, we’re on TV! Drop in any time between 12-6pm to view our hour-long Artbound episode in our Mystery Theater. Featuring videos of performances from last summer’s Machine Project Field Guide to LA Architecture, this is our very first appearance on public television.

EVENT : Table Tennis Professionals vs. Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room!
Saturday, March 8th from 2-5pm
While you’re here for our KCET Artbound episode screening, come check out ping pong pro Adam Bobrow take on the Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room. Hear the table tennis professional talk about what it’s like to play on the international professional circuit, demonstrate some useful techniques, and see how his skills measure up against the disorienting power of the Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room.

Machine This Week : March 1st – March 2nd


WORKSHOP : Experimental Casting Workshop at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Saturday, March 1st & Sunday, March 2nd from 12-4pm

Machine Project and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock* present an experimental casting workshop with artist Mary Hill. In this two-day class, participants will pair experimental casting methods with traditional mold-making to create work that is first classical and then distorted. We will cover how to cast with wax, plaster, and resin (Silcast II) into our own silicone molds, and then push each material past its conventional use to achieve curious and surprising results.

*Please note that this is event is taking place at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

Registration is $105 for Machine members and $120 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

WORKSHOP : Bread Baking Using Naturally Leavened Dough and Whole Grain Flour
Saturday, March 1st from 1-4pm

In this afternoon workshop, you’ll learn baking concepts from starter to finished loaf. We will begin with ideas about maintaining a sourdough culture and the difference between commercial and “wild” yeast. We will develop dough all the way through bulk fermentation, then cover the core principles of shaping boules and batards. Afterwards, each student will be given the supplies and homework to make a couple of loaves for an optional community bake the next day at Grand Park using a wood fired oven.

Registration is $45 for Machine members and $55 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

EVENT : Community Bread Bake in Grand Park
Sunday, March 2nd from 11am-2pm

Join Machine Project and artist Michael O’Malley for a community bread bake in Grand Park. Michael has built a portable, wood-fired oven and will open it up to anyone who would like to bake bread in it. He’ll be baking batches of your bread at 12pm and 1pm, but there to answer any questions you have about bread-making between 11am – 2pm. You can find us in Olive Court, the block of Grand Park between Grand and Hill, just east of the fountain and right next to the Starbucks.

Machine This Week : February 20th – 23rd


WORKSHOP : Improv for People Who Would Never Take an Improv Class
Thursday, February 20th & Thursday February 27th from 7-10pm

Let’s say you’re intrigued by improv but always felt weird about signing up for a class. Well, Machine has you covered! In this two-day class, which takes place on the Mystery Theater stage, you and your classmates will create new realities to play in while learning the key principles of improvisation. Ben Benjamin, artist/designer/occasional improvisor, will be your guide.

Registration is $55 for Machine members and $65 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

EVENT : Optical Illusion Ping Pong
Saturday, February 22nd from 2-5pm // Free

Adrienne Adar invites you to experience Optical Illusion Ping Pong, an amped up version of the beloved rec room game. Experience the psychedelic effects of playing ping pong while immersed in a room covered floor to ceiling with a black and white checkerboard pattern. We’ll have Drop-in play and free beer tp celebrate the opening of this installation, up through March 7th.

WORKSHOP : Digital Cameras + Circuit Bending = Glitch Art
Sunday, February 23rd from 12-6pm

Learn the basics of circuit bending and hardware-based glitch art techniques in this afternoon workshop. We will dismantle and disarm a digital camera, short circuit the electronics, and capture wild hallucinations from the altered mind of the rewired camera brain. You’ll leave with a camera and a memory card that will allow you to continue making glitch art at home, as well as any files you generate in class.

Registration is $110 for Machine members and $125 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

Machine this Week : February 13th – 14th


MYSTERY THEATER : DOUBLE BILL! Emily Lacy & Theater for One and Absolutely One Wretchedly Singular Person
Thursday, February 13th at 8pm & 10pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members
More tickets added! Experience The Bitter Tears of Machine Project, Emily Lacy’s Pre-Valentine’s Day Songs of Heartbreak, her 4-year tradition of singing extremely depressing songs to commemorate one of America’s saddest holidays. With Theater for One and Absolutely One Wretchedly Singular Person, which will make you and only you feel like someone in this world cares about you.

MYSTERY THEATER : A One Woman Nutcracker
Friday, February 14th at 8pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members
A One Woman Nutcracker comes to life in this moving, non-ballet meditation on relationships past. Seema Kapur sets out on a love story in three parts through moves, pacing and holds. Brought to realization at the Mystery Theater by Haruko Tanaka, Sara Roberts, Seema Kapur, and Kate Brown. Suitable for both lovers and loathers of Valentine’s Day.

Machine this Week : February 6th – 8th


MYSTERY THEATER : The Ship’s Recorder — a three act play by Tom McKenzie
Thursday through Saturday, February 6th – 8th // 8pm & 10:30pm shows
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $12 for members // $20 for non-members

In this play about European expansion and cultural clashes at the dawn of the 16th century, a fictional world of magical realism materializes. The plot loosely borrows from the narrative structure of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and is rooted in language and events from the discovery journals of Bartolome de Las Casas, Christopher Columbus and Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. These chroniclers traverse a shipwreck story that probes the psychological depths of their brazen entitlement and utter disorientation. As the characters navigate dreamscapes informed by Taino and Mayan cosmologies and contemporary archeological and historical findings, poignant reflections on early struggles for human rights on the “American” continent emerge.

Machine this Weekend : February 1st

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MYSTERY THEATER : Music for Evidence – Brian Getnick, Bryatt Bryant and Ahrum Hong
Saturday, February 1st at 8pm and 10pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members

Music For Evidence is a rough house play between three performers who rotate in and out of the bodies of a policeman, a tall woman, a dog, and a director.

Performed and co-directed by Brian Getnick, Bryatt Bryant and Ahrum Hong.

To buy tickets, click here.

New Year, New Membership Patch


2014 brings us many new things — a storefront instead of a cave, most notably — but what we’re probably most excited about is our new membership patches, which you get for becoming a Machine Project member. Designed by friend of Machine Paul Morgan, our new patches are slightly less legible than the old ones, but have at least 4 more colors and are at least 40 times more likely to send you into an acid flashback. Besides the patch, membership gets you discounts on tickets and classes, as well as eternal affection being channelled your way from the corner of Alvarado and Sunset. To become a member or renew your membership, click here. Or, if you live on the Westside, are a Mr. Peanut fan, or are a horse, visit our niche memberships page for additional options.

Machine This Week : January 15th-16th


EVENT : Privately Published: A Descent Into Early 20th Century Mail Order Erotica : Colin Dickey
Wednesday, January 15th at 8pm // Free
Colin Dickey invites you into the world of early 20th century mail-order erotica. In order to evade post office censors, smut peddlers like Panurge Press and Falstaff Press were obligated to dress up their offerings with a veneer of scientific dross, resulting in works that were too smutty to be of any real scientific or sociological value, and yet too riddled with academic nonsense to be properly erotic. A curiously forgotten and nearly nonsensical sub-genre, these books exist in between the finely-drawn lines of obscenity and free speech, pornography and literature, and titillation and scientific inquiry. Colin will share the history of these odd publishers and choice examples from his library, including works like White Meat, Praeputii Incisio, Black Opium, The Sword and Womankind, and An Anthropological Cabinet of Curiosities.

EVENT : Dear Comrade : Screening and Q&A with director Mady Schutzman
Thursday, January 16th at 8pm // Free
Join us for a screening of Dear Comrade, an experimental essay film inspired by a significant moment in California’s ‘utopian’ history — the creation of Llano del Rio, one of California’s most successful secular cooperative colonies. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mady Schutzman, author and queer theorist Jack Halberstam, artist Robby Herbst, and actors B.J. Dodge and Hugo Armstrong.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : DIY Bitters Making & Tasting Workshop
Monday, January 27th from 7-10pm

Calling all cocktail enthusiasts! Learn how to make your own aromatic bitters, in the pre-prohibition style, in our pre-prohibition style mystery theater. Class begins with a brief history of bitters and a tasting of the effects bitters have on different alcohols (so class is only for those of legal drinking age!), and ends with you taking home your own batch of handmade bitters.

Registration is $55 for Machine members and $65 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: