Stephen van Dyck
Music/Arts - Exhibit
Sunday, October 11, 2009
12:00pm - 6:00pm
all 27 miles of Washington Boulevard and in cars
Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
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“A Day in L.A.” shows work from over sixty Los Angeles artists and non-artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire length of Washington Boulevard’s 27 miles, from Whittier to Venice Beach. For one day artists will perform works, create installations, facilitate happenings, and make music in unexpected spaces, such as on the sidewalk, between dumpsters, along railroad tracks, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s most iconic boulevards. An official map of the day’s events along with schedules and other downloadable information will be available to the public starting on October 4 on the event website (www.washblvd.tk).

Works range from performances and installations to writings and discussions. The audience can choose how long they want to spend at each spot, skip spots or drive at different speeds between destinations as they traverse Wash. Blvd from Whittier to Venice Beach, culminating in an end performance at Venice Pier. Audience members are additionally invited to car pool with some artists between spots and to switch car pools at their leisure.

Building on the success of his last curatorial endeavor, The San Fernando Road Concert in 2008, Curator Stephen van Dyck seeks to investigate the possibilities of Washington Blvd as a site for artistic exploration. Washington Blvd is LA’s longest east-west street and one of the longest municipal streets in the world. This event will highlight this space as a way to view how the Los Angeles metropolis grew, and the massive in-between and negative spaces it left behind as it expanded. Additionally, this day will examine the Blvd as a cross-section of the city's diversity of landscapes and people. This exhibition/event/experiment asks, “How can we generate a new kind of LA experience, bringing meaning and attention to a collection of less obvious destinations?”

Participating artists include musicians, artists, writers, non-artists and residents of Washington Blvd's many neighborhoods: Danielle Adair, Karen Atkinson, Lisa Anne Auterbach, Lara Bank, Ama Birch, Michael Buitron, Kathrin Burmester, John Burtle, Amina Cain, Teresa Carmody, David Casey, Audrey Chan, Caroline Chang, Carolyn Chen, Samantha Cohen, John D'Amico, Ken Ehrlich, Daiana Feuer, Flint, Cary Georges, Mary Beth Heffernan, D Jean Hester, Jen Hofer, Julia Holter, Maryam Hosseinzadeh, Alexis Hudgins, Sarah Ibraham, Katie Jacobson, Ian James, Shaun Klaseus, Ari Kletzky, Sojung Kwon, Andrea Lambert, Eric Lindley, Elana Mann, Emery Martin, Anita K. Marto, Meghann McCrory, Joe Milazzo, Joanne Mitchell, Tracy Molis, Robin Myrick, Tucker Neel, Paul Pescador, Ali Prosch, James Rojas, Ally Sachs, Janet Sarbanes, Nate Schulman, Veronica Shalom, Katie Shook, Cynthia Simonian, Mark So, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, Jennifer Styperk, Robert Summers, Jade Thacker, Mat Timmons, Jared Woodland, Austin Young, Luis Zavala and Yelena Zhelezov. Additional artists will be announced as the event draws nearer.
o read this Life of the Day complete with a picture of the subject,
visit http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/lotw/2009-10-04

Catley, Ann (1745-1789), singer and actress, was born in an alley off Tower Hill, London, the daughter of a washerwoman and a hackney coachman, Robert Catley. According to The Life and Memoirs of the Late Miss Ann Catley (1789-90) she was a pretty and sexually precocious girl who earned money singing at public houses and to officers at the Tower of London. At the age of fifteen she was bound apprentice to the theatre composer and singing teacher William Bates. In 1762 she sang at Vauxhall Gardens and then joined the Covent Garden Theatre company, making her debut as the pastoral nymph in Thomas Arne's Comus on 8 October. The high-spirited girl rebelled against Bates's control and left to live with a lover, the dissolute baronet Sir Francis Blake Delaval (1727-1771). Delaval arranged for her apprenticeship to be transferred to himself and recompensed Bates for his loss of earnings from her engagements. Ann's father, supported by his Quaker employer, who was shocked by the immorality of the transaction, brought a law suit in May 1763 against Delaval, Delaval's lawyer, and Bates, but Ann remained with Delaval and sang that summer at Marylebone Gardens. The love affair ended and she was engaged by the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, on the recommendation of Charles Macklin, who was giving her acting lessons. On 31 December 1763 the Dublin Journal printed a poem in praise of her performance as Rosetta in Isaac Bickerstaff's Love in a Village. Her impudent charms and accomplished singing drew crowded houses and, according to The Thespian Dictionary, she was paid 40 guineas a night. Her favourite roles included Polly (and occasionally Macheath) in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Sally in Thomas and Sally, Fanny in Bickerstaffe's Maid of the Mill, Mandane in Arne's Artaxerxes, Laura in The Chaplet, and Euphrosyne in Comus. According to Macklin she was pregnant in February 1764 and there was gossip about numerous lovers, but the Irish public warmed to her personality. When she performed gratis at a concert for the lying-in hospital in May 1765 the takings were £66 13s. as against an average of £6. About 1768 she met Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Lascelles (1744-1799); they became a mutually devoted couple and lived together until her death, when her will divided her estate between their eight surviving children.