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Arts and Entertainment

REDCAT Celebrates 5 Years of Progressive Art

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Last Wednesday night ForYourArt and The Standard, Downtown LA Art Series celebrated REDCAT`s 5th Year Anniversary and the recent appointment of curator Clara Kim as Gallery Director with a party on the roof of the The Standard. It was the premiere event of The Standard, Downtown LA Art Series' collaboration with ForYourArt. Performances featured Ann Magnuson, Carl Hancock Rux and Kristina Wong. The scene-stealer of the night was definitely the underwater opera by Juliana Snapper and DJs David J and Aurelito & Shakespeare (I & I Sound System). The evening was hosted by a huge gallery of talent listed after the jump. The event also included an open Marani vodka bar, cute little hors d´ouvres and random bits of fun.

REDCAT, or the Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre, opened in 2003 and is basically what UCLA Live is to UCLA--programming of professional artists that fit with the school's mission with student and local artists showcases in the mix. In CalArts' case, that mission sides with progressive, experimental, interdiciplinary and new works of music, dance, theatre and art (there is permanent gallery space, too). CalArts was Walt Disney's second dream after Disneyland and he unfortuantely died before the Valencia campus openend in the Santa Clarita Valley 35 miles north of the downtown theatre, but his brother Roy O. Disney helped continue the dream (his name also blesses the campus music performance space, nicknamed ROD by the students). Roy O.'s son and Walt's nephew, Roy E. Disney, helped bring REDCAT to the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the building's "basement laboratory" for the arts (Disney hall is considered the "living room").

The evening is hosted by a committee of artists, performers, civic leaders and art world insiders including visual artist Edgar Arceneaux and wife Sasha Robinett; visual artist York Chang, performance artists Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade of My Barbarian; Department of Cultural Affairs' Executive Director Olga Garay; journalist Marshall Heyman; ForYourArt founder Bettina Korek; actress, singer, writer and performance artist Ann Magnuson; visual artist Rodney McMillian; Giant Robot publisher and co-editor Eric Nakamura; President of Chop Shop Records John Rubeli; multi-disciplinary writer and performer Carl Hancock Rux; actor/director Tim Robbins; fashion designer and collector Jenisa Washington; and Giant Robot co-editor Martin Wong. The event is supported by Marani Vodka and Big Screen Photo. - From the press release

Second paragraph written by Zach Behrens