The Skinny Puppy Cult is Alive and Well!

Skinny Puppy's Ogre and Matthew Setzer perform at The Observatory. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Skinny Puppy
The Observatory

Twenty-something, dreadlocked neophytes from San Juan Capistrano and white-haired, long-time fans from San Jose made the pilgrimage to the Observatory in order to experience the final stop on Skinny Puppy's Down the Sociopath tour. As most any Puppy fan will confirm, there's no such thing as a bad Skinny Puppy show; even unsuspecting venue employees, whether they like the music or not, will admit that the band's stage shows are uniquely mystifying, and for Saturday night's performance, the dog was in top form.

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Santa Ana Noise Festival Returns to OCCCA

+DOG+ performs at SANF4. Photo by Stephen Anderson
It is a right of passage for nearly every generation to experience the music of their youth getting filed under "oldies," and to interpret the music of the following generation as a bunch of noise. While this is a general truism, some folks embrace the concept of noise in a whole other way. This Saturday, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) will host the seventh Santa Ana Noise Fest which will feature performances by 14 noise music acts.

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The Assembly Presents It's Latest Contemporary Dance Assemblage

Promotional Image for The Assembly IV
Hipsters often go out to see movies, attend concerts, or even visit art exhibits at their local museums, but attending dance recitals is often a rare and special occasion. Not helping matters, there are not too many venues which promote modern dance as an artform. Thus, when Lara Wilson met fellow dancer / choreographer Delyer Anderson at a dance class, it was the beginning of what would become The Assembly, one of the few contemporary dance companies in Orange County. This weekend The Assembly will present the latest in its ongoing series of productions, which feature the work of local and guest artists.

Wilson told The Weekly the story of how The Assembly initially formed through her chance meeting with her co-director. "I met [Anderson] through mutual friends," she says. "I came to their class one day, and she basically asked me if I wanted to stay for rehearsal because she was creating a piece...without really an end performance in mind." Wilson then proposed that they pool their resources and put something together. For their collaboration, they wanted to create a brand for it, and it took off from there. She recalled, "We started with no expectations, just kind of a one-off performance, and then after we did it, it seemed like we were filling a need...because in Orange County there's not a very present contemporary dance community," Wilson says. When they formed the company, two years ago, they decided that they would produce two shows a year.

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Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS Brings the Circus Full Circle in Costa Mesa

Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Once upon a time, the phrase "the circus is in town" would cause a wave of excitement to permeate a community. Children and adults were drawn into a big top in anticipation of the spectacle and bedazzlement that awaited them. Though traditional circuses have had a tough time staying afloat in the wake of television, movies, and numerous other sources of entertainment, Cirque du Soleil has been breathing fresh life into the institution of the circus since 1984. Those who have seen any of their previous traveling shows or permanent installments (principally located in Las Vegas), can attest that their unique hybrid of circus conventions and distinct production style still elicit a distinct sense of circus wonderment.

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Intimum Introitum Details Mat Hurtado's Crazy Life Journey

Categories: Art

Courtesy Marcas Gallery
Mat Hurtado, "Priorities"
The Loteria game-- a traditional Mexican-version of bingo-- is a staple in Mexican culture, especially for young Mexis who grew up playing it and are well versed in its bright, colorful illustrations and varied characters. It's this game that young Chicano artist Mat Hurtado uses as a cultural signifier for his heritage, while playing with the game's original symbols and changing them up to let the viewer in on his life experiences, sense of humor and, of course, a gage on Hurtado's painting talents. These works are part of Hurtado's first solo show 'Intimum Introitum,' starting this weekend at Marcas Gallery.

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The Late Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan's Lowrider Bomb Rides Again!

Courtesy of the Muck
Jaime Zacharias' Tribute to Magu
One of the most firme lowrider bombs ever is making its way to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton today. Gilbert "Magu" Luján first painted the body of his 1950 Chevy coupe with the vibrant brushstrokes that made him an influential Chicano artist. The car traveled the nation, not on a cross-country trip, but as a centerpiece for the "Hispanic Art in the United States" tour that stopped at prominent museums along the way. Luján had to give up the storied ride during hard financial times. It traded hands and eventually ended up at an auto pawn shop in Long Beach.

That's when Fullerton resident and Chicano art enthusiast Paul Dunlap happened upon the Chevy coupe and bought it. He contacted Luján to restore it to its former glory and an a friendship was born.

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[VIDEO] Artist 'Hypocritical Gender' Saws Against the Gender Grain

Categories: Art, Video

Even in the world of art, where people are expected to go against the mainstream, ladies are still paired with specific mediums. Females do the jewelry making, sewing, and scrapbooking while the woodwork and welding are for the boys. Vanessa Gaston of Hypocritical Gender doesn't like this idea, and wants to change our expectations of women and their craft.

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Dinner In Five Parts Pairs Quality Food With Amazing Music

Courtesy of Jim Colombo
In the last 50 years, the way that we consume food has drastically changed. Take Buffalo Wild Wing's for example, you're offered an iPad to play games as you walk in the door. Sports stream throughout plasma's just about everywhere you look and contests for eating dangerously hot wings commence here and there, as well. Maybe you're more fond of staying in and whipping up a delicious, gluten-free, meal as you binge on Orange Is The New Black, but either way it's evident that the world is in need of a culinary renaissance. People are not only craving a richer dining experience, they're expecting it.

Wednesday, July 29th at 7p.m. Five Crowns will delight and entice attendees as they present Dinner In Five Parts. It's time to be present, taste that subtle hint of mache as it flirts with ricotta salata in your mouth and bare witness to how the dining landscape can shape your sensory experience.

Five courses, five pairings, five musicians, five sets, and five senses amiss the charming Corona Del Mar, English garden. Creative genius Allen Moon, of Santa Ana Sites, has brought together Chris Roundtree, of wild Up, to curate a live set list composed by Missy Mazzoli, Morton Feldman, Andrew Tholl, J.S. Back, and Jodie Landau.

The conventional setting of musicians gathering before attendees will be stripped as performers intersperse throughout the space. Moon explains, "When you're able to break down the barriers it can become a very powerful experience. [Roundtree] breaks down formality and address' accessibility, allowing the audience to experience it in a personal way, that only can happen in this sort of environment."

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How Many Different Types of Zines Are There?

Categories: Art

Courtesy of Soggy Sox
Save up those small bills and grab your coolest reusable tote bag: OC Zinefest is coming to town! What started off in 2014 as a temperature check for DIY print culture in Orange County has quickly turned into a staple in the Southern California zine community. Zines are the truest form of everyman literature, ranging from comics to politics to personal narratives. They're self-made publications about anything, made for and by everyone.

Seriously, there is no wrong way to make a zine. Want to make one about your dog? Great! All about glasses? Cool! Social justice? Rad! Nothing but crosswords or Christmas carols? Wonderful! Santa Ana based OC Zinefest will draw 88 local zinesters and DIY printers out of their garages and bedrooms and into the gallery this Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm as well as countless collectors, traders, and spectators. The collective, headed by Jasmine Gallardo, Aimee Murillo (full disclosure: Murillo is our esteemed Calendar Editor), and Benny Edles, hope to "connect people, artists, writers, activists, poets, cartoonists, comic makers, and small publishers" across OC to share their work and ideas outside of the usual (and sometimes inaccessible) gallery and literary spaces.

"Not everyone can afford fine art materials or knows how to get their poems or articles published," says Murillo, "but everyone can make a zine, so that kind of democratic-ness of it is what makes DIY and zine culture so amazing to us." Weather your intentions are purely artistic, personal, experimental, or political, zines are pretty damn cool and accessible to make as a one time project or a potential hobby. Here are some DIY zine and art ideas that you can make in preparation for (or to trade at) OC Zinefest.

See also: Are Zines Making a Comeback Too?

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Hannah Hooper of Grouplove Partners With Volcom For a Fashion Line

Categories: Art

Though she's primarily known as one of the two singers in indie pop outfit Grouplove, there's more to Hannah Hooper than showcasing her pipes. Before she fell into music, she was deeply immersed in the art and design worlds of San Francisco and New York City. That's why when the opportunity presented itself for the singer to collaborate with Costa Mesa's Volcom, she couldn't resist.

The aptly titled Lady Grouplove--which is also her Twitter handle--includes denim jackets, crop tops, and leggings - offers an eclectic variety of easy-to-wear, casual attire that emulates her own unique style. It's out now and available at Volcom stores,, Tilly's locations, and retailers where Volcom is sold.

"I have a friend, Daniel, who works for Volcom and he's been outfitting our crew since the band started," she explains. "He said the women's department at Volcom was feeling my style, so we went in for a meeting and one thing led to another and all of a sudden we had a line."

Hooper designed the patterns and the six-piece line and the inspiration came from her art background. She was inspired by a Keith Haring exhibit she went to in San Francisco and channeled the black and whites and other color elements in his work into her line.

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