Machine this Week : Halloween at Alvarado Caverns & Theater Performances

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OPEN HALLOWEEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8-10pm

We built a haunted cavern so, as you might imagine, the fact that it’s Halloween hasn’t escaped us. So, during our open hours this weekend we’ll have some seasonally appropriate screenings and singalongs. For instance:

*Thursday, October 31st, 8-10pm: Jason Betrue will host creepy karaoke in our basement Victorian theater that will feature some of music’s best-loved spooky, eerie, and gruesome songs, the lyrics of which may be displayed on top of videos of kittens, horses, and couples walking down the beach at sunset.

*Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd, 8-10pm: Joe Merrell brings us “Suspension of Disbelief (for the love of Frater Perdurabo & K.A.)” which is, in large part, an animated 3D ChromaDepth video homage to the work of Kenneth Anger and Aleister Crowley. The version of the piece being screened at Machine Project was made especially for the Alvarado Canyons and Mystery Theater project. 3D glasses provided; not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to flashing lights and images!

THEATER PERFORMANCES : Machine Project’s Mystery Theater

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Friday, November 1st at 11:59pm : You Will Close Your Eyes – Laura Rivera
The evening explores the relationships between trance states (or variable consciousness) and the experience of artworks, especially through literary expression. Through verbal suggestion and poetry, the audience will be put in a trance state that will connect them to an experience of their inner worlds.

SOLD OUT, sorry

*Saturday, November 2 at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm: Abstraction Reaction – Kelly Sears
Kelly Sears curates a program of experimental animation that explores the space beyond the pictorial, figurative and often the recognizable — abstraction as a craft and a wide variety of techniques with which contemporary artists forge a lyrical, graphical, and liminal visual practice. Tickets are $7 for members, $10 general.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for these shows.

*Saturday, November 2 at 11:59pm: Double bill – Fol Chen’s “The Horror of Discontinuity” & Gray Palmer’s “I Get Phone Calls From the Dead”
Fol Chen presents an evening of music and video using “continuity” errors in classic 80s horror movies (as enumerated in the anonymous, user-generated IMDB “Goofs” section) to explore the nightmare landscape of useless information and anonymous criticism we now inhabit. And we’ve never actually met Gray Palmer, but he is a playwright who evidently gets phone calls from the dead. Sometimes it doesn’t work.

SOLD OUT, sorry

*Sunday, November 3 at 5:00pm: Joshua Beckman
Come listen to Joshua Beckman read his new book to you — the whole thing, all of it — in our charming mystery theater.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show.

Machine this Week : Theater Performances, Open Cavern Hours, and a Members Only Show

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THEATER PERFORMANCES : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Friday, October 25th at 11:59pm : Double bill – Patrick Ballard & CLIFF DWELLER SOLD OUT
Patrick Ballard will stumble through a blurry and prosaic wilderness of ever changing beings, vocal experiments, and body driven word-thoughts. Cliff Dweller will perform music that “transports you to a dusky strange planet where the old American midwest, deep sea monsters, and warped interpretations of Hollywood classics come alive and illogically coexist.” CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Saturday, October 26th at 10:30pm (members only) and 11:59pm : Subcontinental Scare: South Asian Tales of Terror
Join us for a performance curated by Robin Sukhadia that features terrifying tales from the South Asian subcontinent, with a live musical score by SADUBAS and Azeem Khan. We’re expecting the 11:59pm show to sell out, so we’ve added a members-only show at 10:30, specially priced at $6.66. Members, you should have received an email with info on how to buy these tickets. If not, email machine@machineproject.com.
Members, CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this specially-priced, members-only show at 10:30pm.
Members and the general public, CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the 11:59pm show.

OPEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8-10pm

Don’t worry, we haven’t really turned into a 99 cent store. Well, we have, but we’ve also turned into a haunted cavern and mystery theater. Come visit our new installation by Chris Weisbart Thursdays through Saturdays from 8-10! This Thursday, we’ll have Scott Cazan performing pieces involving feedback networks, autonomous musical agents, field recordings, and acoustic resonance in the theater from 8-10pm. Stay tuned for more live performances scheduled during open cavern hours!

Machine this Week : Caverns, theater performances, and a workshop

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CAVERNS OPENING : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Sundays 8-10pm, starting this Thursday October 17th

You’ve heard us hinting at stalactites, stalagmites, Victorian-era seance techniques, and a haunted theater for weeks. Now’s the chance to see lead artist Chris Weisbart’s Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater in person! Starting this Thursday October 17th from 8-10pm, and running every Thursday through Sunday from 8-10pm through November 24th, we’ll hold open hours for you to come experience our haunted cavern and gorgeous 18-seat theater. If you’re interested in seeing shows in said theater, please check below for this week’s offerings and ticketing information.

THEATER OPENING & PERFORMANCES

This Saturday evening marks our inaugural performance in our 18-seat Mystery Theater. We commissioned a wide range of artists and performers to develop works around hauntings, the uncanny, and the mysterious to take place in the space. Below is a list of our first three performances.

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members

*Saturday, October 19th at 11:59pm : Ezra Buchla and Claire Cronin
For the opening night of our mystery theater, musicians Ezra Buchla and Claire Cronin will haunt the theater with songs about ghosts, devils, and the moon. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Sunday, October 20th at 2:00pm : Kate Conklin and Jodie Landau
Join us for an afternoon of voice and vibraphone featuring soprano Kate Conklin and composer, vocalist and percussionist Jodie Landau. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Sunday, October 20th 5:00pm : Trinie Dalton and Amy Gerstler
An afternoon reading in our theater featuring Trinie Dalton, Amy Gerstler, and possibly some light clairvoyance. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

WORKSHOP: Embroidery for Artists at 1450 Ocean
Saturday, October 19th, 12-3pm

Learn the basics of hand embroidery from Jenny Hart in Embroidery for Artists, a class that focuses on textural effects and free-form techniques. Hart will give a brief talk on her work, lead students through the basics of hand embroidery, review tools, share techniques for transferring original designs to fabric and “doodling” in embroidery. Students will leave with a new understanding of hand embroidery and the ability to experiment with it in their own work.

Registration is $75 for Machine members and $85 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/19/embroidery-for-artists-at-1450-ocean/

Machine this Week : a workshop, a new video, and more.

EVENT : Musical Soldering at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 12th, 2-5pm

We’ve partnered with 1450 Ocean in Santa Monica to bring some of our most popular workshops to the Westside. Our first beach-side class will be the ever-popular Musical Soldering, led by Machine Project founder Mark Allen on Saturday, October 12th from 2-5pm. Participants will learn to solder by building a primitive (but rad) synthesizer. As people get their synths working, we’ll add some music-making, and by the end of the workshop everyone will play a simple and inevitably out of tune musical piece together.

Registration is $40 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register click here.

If you’re more into thread than resistors, consider our Embroidery for Artists class at 1450 Ocean the following Saturday, October 19th.

ARCHIVE : Walking Places: Four Walks in Los Angeles, Ken Ehrlich

A series of four playful, absurd, critical and activity-based walks in different parts of the city that examine the architectural landscape up close and reveal Los Angeles as a space of ghosts, projections, limits and possibilities. Led by Ken Ehrlich and an invited collaborator, each walk presented a framed experience of a part of the city, rather than a narration or tour of architectural history.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

SAVE THE DATE : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater opens next week
Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater will be open to the public starting Thursday, October 17th from 8-11pm. The storefront cavern will be open from Thursday through Sunday from 8-11pm through November 24th. We are currently inviting opera singers, poets, performance artists, musicians, actors, scientists, and playwrights to develop programming for our basement theater related to hauntings, the uncanny, and the mysterious. The schedule for the theater will be updated here as shows are confirmed.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS : We need actors and puppeteers!

As we just mentioned, the Machine Project storefront has been transformed into the haunted Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater, and now we need volunteers to complete the magic. If you’ve been hankering to learn Victorian-era seance and theater techniques and/or have some time to spare on the occasional Thursday through Sunday evening for the next several weeks, drop a line to machine@machineproject.com with the subject line [feeling caveish], and mark your calendar for a training session this Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30pm (where you’ll also get a sneak peek at the caverns!).

Machine this Week: Upcoming Westside Workshops, Call for Scenic Artists, and a New Video

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UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Musical Soldering at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 12th, 2-5pm

We’ve partnered with 1450 Ocean, an adult recreation center overlooking the beach run by the City of Santa Monica, to bring some of our most popular workshops to the Westside. Our first beach-side class will be the ever-popular Musical Soldering, led by Machine Project founder Mark Allen on Saturday, October 12th from 2-5pm. Participants will learn to solder by building a primitive (but rad) synthesizer. As people get their synths working, we’ll add some music-making, and by the end of the workshop everyone will play a simple and inevitably out of tune musical piece together.

Registration is $40 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/12/musical-soldering/

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Embroidery for Artists at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 19th, 12-3pm

Learn the basics of hand embroidery from Jenny Hart in Embroidery for Artists, a class that focuses on textural effects and free-form techniques. Hart will give a brief talk on her work, lead students through the basics of hand embroidery, review tools, share techniques for transferring original designs to fabric and “doodling” in embroidery. Students will leave with a new understanding of hand embroidery and the ability to experiment with it in their own work.

Registration is $75 for Machine members and $85 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/19/embroidery-for-artists-at-1450-ocean/

This class is presented as part of The Big Draw LA.

*Please note! Registration for these classes is through 1450 Ocean. Please read their instructions carefully while booking. Members: to receive your member’s discount, please register by calling Jamie at 310-458-2239.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS : We need scenic artists, set dressers and carpenters this week!

We’re in the final stages of construction for Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater, and now we’re looking for a few good volunteers to help turn our newly constructed theater into a beautiful yet creepily distressed theater. If you’re a scenic artist or set dresser, we need your help! We wouldn’t say no to folks with carpentry experience either, or painters, or people just interested in getting their hands dirty and learning.

We’re looking for people to help out during the next week. If you’re available, send an email to machine@machineproject.com with the subject line [attitude of decrepitude] and we’ll be in touch!

ARCHIVE : CLUMP AND WHISTLE, SARA ROBERTS

In May, artist Sara Roberts put out an open call for performers for Clump and Whistle, an emergent performance for up to 100 participants based on principles extrapolated from Elias Canetti’s book Crowds and Power. Clump is an experiment in group/crowd behavior, based on a simple rule set but without fixed outcome or direction. In Whistle, the crowd, equipped with multi-pitched whistles, configures to play compositions based on what the person next to you has just done, making propagating sound waves. See it here:

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine this Week : NYC Butter Aerobics

EVENT : PopSoda (Jimmy Fusil and Mike Wait) – Feel the Churn!
September 26th-28th at the Rauschenberg Project Space, 455 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Hey NYC Machine fans! We’re pleased to announce Feel the Churn!, the only fitness system that allows you to make butter as you burn fat, located in the heart/stomach of Chelsea.

Feel The Churn!, a simultaneous aerobics class and butter-making workshop by PopSoda (Jimmy Fusil and Mike Wait), is the second work in our year-long project at the Rauschenberg Project Space, located at 455 West 19th Street in NYC. Sessions take place in the mornings and evenings of September 26th – 28th. Space is limited for this very special event. Tickets and more information available HERE.

Day-glo shorts and leopard-print unitard workout gear encouraged.

Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater

UNDER CONSTRUCTION : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater

Here’s some exciting news – we’re building a cave and secret underground theatre. Chris Weisbart’s ambitious transformation of our space (working title Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater) is well underway. Stay tuned for a calendar of events related to the uncanny, hauntings, and overall mysteriousness, scheduled to start in mid-October. If you can’t wait that long to see what’s going on in our storefront, here are some pictures!

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The mystery theater

 
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The haunted cavern

Machine this Week : California Living, September 19th

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EVENT : California Living, Eichler’s Balboa Highlands Tract – Nate Page
Thursday, September 19th, 8pm-11pm

This event is a one night, outdoor, multi-channel video installation that treats Joseph Eichler’s Balboa Highlands tract neighborhood as both subject and object. With their fortress-like walls and airy interiors, the Eichler houses epitomize construction techniques for modern homes, and the piece explores the tract home’s iconic role in California architecture and history.

Using the expansive, impenetrable facades as projection screens, the videos show homeowners moving about inside, as they would normally be seen through the translucent glass walls facing their backyards. The projections are spaced throughout the neighborhood, activating a few houses, and implicating any of the tracts’ other 90+ homes as a possible projection sites, imagining the lives within.

The event aims to create a casual evening of self-directed exploration through the neighborhood, a chance to bring out the neighbors and public for a voyeuristic stroll through a Modernist paradox of isolation and openness.

For directions and details click here.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine Project’s Greatest Hits DVD Release Screening

EVENT : Machine Project DVD release screening
Thursday, September 12th, 8pm

Join us at the Downtown Independent for a screening of selected pieces from our DVD, featuring some of our favorite performances from 2010-2012. Videos screened may include pizza, babies, psychics, trapdoors, an opera for dogs, plants on vacation, amplified tea kettles, some interesting new directions in drag makeup, and simultaneous aerobics and butter making.

We will also be joined by some performers from said video selections including Emily Lacy, ing, Jimmy Fusil, and maybe a French bulldog in a blond wig.

Doors open at 8pm, with the program beginning at 8:30. This event is free of charge, or $10 with a newly-minted DVD. Additional amenities include air conditioning, beer for sale on-site, and luxurious theater seating. Suitable for a night out alone, with your friends, or with your grandparents.

Please note! This event takes place during Downtown’s art walk, so street parking will be challenging. Garage and lot parking are available at 233 South Main Street, or consider taking public transit. (The Independent is located near several bus lines on Broadway and Spring, as well as the subway and trains at Union Station.) Directions to the Independent and more information are here.

Two New Videos

ARCHIVE : Hafosafo Chorus & Sunsetfootclinicsign.com – Jessica Cowley and Bennett Williamson
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sing Sweet Caroline while standing on a busy Los Angeles street corner, wonder no more! We present to you documentation of perhaps our most cumbersomely-named event ever. (And if you’re in the market for fate-prediction services, click on sunsetfootclinicsign.com to have the quality of your day foretold by a digital version of the Happy Foot / Sad Foot sign.)

Hafosafo Chorus & Sunsetfootclinicsign.com by Jessica Cowley and Bennett Williamson from machine project on Vimeo.

ARCHIVE : Everyone Will Be Here Now But Me – Jacqueline Gordon
Jacqueline Gordon’s Everyone Will Be Here Now But Me allowed visitors to explore a four part sound installation after hours inside the offices of the Los Angeles Food Center — occasionally with the aid of binaural microphones monitored through sculptural ears.

Everyone Will Be Here Now But Me, by Jacqueline Gordon from machine project on Vimeo.

Both of these events are part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.