Mecca Vazie Andrews: Open Rehearsal
Jul
14
1:00 pm13:00

Mecca Vazie Andrews: Open Rehearsal

Experience the creative process as Mecca Vazie Andrews, Artistic Director of the MOVEMENT movement, prepares for Title X V. 1, a site-specific performance taking place at Beta Main on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Over the two days leading up to Title X V. 1, visitors are encouraged to drop-in, watch, and engage with Andrews as she explores the concept of migration through movement.

Jul
15
11:00 am11:00

Mecca Vazie Andrews: Open Rehearsal

Experience the creative process as **Mecca Vazie Andrews**, Artistic Director of the MOVEMENT movement, prepares for Title X V. 1, a site-specific performance taking place at Beta Main on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Over the two days leading up to Title X V. 1, visitors are encouraged to drop-in, watch, and engage with Andrews as she explores the concept of migration through movement.

Jul
16
4:00 pm16:00

Performance: Mecca Vazie Andrews: Title X V. 1

Sunday, July 16, 2017
4–6pm
Free

Mecca Vazie Andrews, Artistic Director of the MOVEMENT movement, activates Beta Main’s gallery space through dance and multimedia performance. Responding to the artworks currently on view, Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles as well as Alice Konitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, Andrews engenders a conversation between both that explores migration and connectivity in a new cultural age.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
RSVP here.

Photo by Scott Sporleder; courtesy of Mecca Vazie Andrews

Photo by Scott Sporleder; courtesy of Mecca Vazie Andrews

About Mecca Vazie Andrews
Mecca Vazie Andrews is an artist, dancer, choreographer, and educator. She has choreographed and performed for film, theater, and music videos, creating work for The Joffrey Ballet School, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Daft Punk, Toro y Moi, Basement Jaxx, Wild Belle, Ari Up, Ricki Lake, Free City clothing, and many others.

The MOVEMENT movement was established by Andrews in 2007 with the mission to develop location-inspired, diversity-embracing, and activism-motivated alternative performance experiences. The MOVEMENT movement has been commissioned to share their work at museums, galleries, and artful happenings including Pacific Standard Time, REDCAT, The Art of Elysium, 356 Mission Rd., LACMA, The Hammer Museum, LACE, and The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department.


All Beta Main programs are free.

Location 114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking
Parking is available at 415 S. Main St. Rates are $5 for the first 90 minutes, $10 maximum. A kiosk located near the entrance of the garage accepts both cash and card. Beta Main does not offer validation.

How We Do It
Jul
22
1:00 pm13:00

How We Do It

Saturday, July 22

1–3 p.m.

Free

Join artist Star Montana as she brings together a group of women-of-color photographers to discuss their use of photography, zines, and social media to make visible to the world the places and people in their experiences.

Participating photographers are:

  • Valerie J. Bower
  • Arlene Mejorado
  • Desilu Muñoz

Admission is free but RSVP here in advance.

See Me Now: A Conversation with Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando
Aug
3
8:00 pm20:00

See Me Now: A Conversation with Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando

Thursday, August 3  

8–10 p.m.

Free

Artists Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando have centered their art practices on the subcultures of East L.A. Using portraiture, either with photography or drawing, both women have created celebratory documentation of people and stories of their neighborhood. Join us for an intergenerational conversation, as these two friends discuss their motivations, challenges, and the considerations they make in representing their community.

Admission is free RSVP here in advance.

Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Creativity: A Workshop Led by Star Montana
Aug
12
1:00 pm13:00

Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Creativity: A Workshop Led by Star Montana

Saturday, August 12  

1–3 p.m.

Free

Join artist Star Montana as she shares how vulnerability gave her power and changed her art practice. For this workshop, Montana will share her story, guide participants through a free-writing exercise, and engage in an open conversation on how to connect to our individual authenticity.

Admission is free but please RSVP here in advance.

Artist Walk-through with Star Montana
Sep
16
1:00 pm13:00

Artist Walk-through with Star Montana

Saturday, September 16

1–2 p.m.

Free

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In this intimate gallery talk, Star Montana will share the stories behind her portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers in East L.A. and South L.A.

Admission is free but RSVP here in advance.


Jun
10
3:00 pm15:00

Sketching with Alice Könitz

In considering the forms of her modular work, Alice Könitz sketched dozens of potential seating configurations. Join Könitz for a guided afternoon of sketching in, on, and around her sculptural seating. All skill levels are welcome.

as·sem·ble: a performative reading
Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

as·sem·ble: a performative reading

Join us for a performance and reading incorporating Senator Elizabeth Warren’s full remarks on then Senator Jeff Session's nomination as attorney general, Coretta Scott King’s letter, poetry, music from Arash Saedinia, and Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, currently on view at Beta Main. 

Writing Herself
Jun
3
4:00 pm16:00

Writing Herself

Writing Herself brings together Black femme artists and writers for an afternoon of readings and performance centered around self-creation and expression.

How to Support Artists Now
May
31
8:00 pm20:00

How to Support Artists Now

A panel of arts leaders who will share how each of their organizations are working to be more responsive to artists’ needs – collectively and individually. 

Otis Public Practice MFA Symposium: FEMINISM 4D
May
13
1:00 pm13:00

Otis Public Practice MFA Symposium: FEMINISM 4D

Organized by students enrolled in the Public Practice MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design, FEMINISM 4D explores ideas around contemporary feminist aesthetics through conversations on food, self-care, language, and the future.  

Mar
15
8:00 pm20:00

Black Lies & Fake News

Join artist Edgar Arceneaux and professor Mark C. Marino, director of the University of Southern California’s Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, for a discussion of new media’s role in the current transmission of fake news.

Dec
10
2:00 pm14:00

UNDEFEATED: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2–4:30 pm
Free

We are waking up post election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. Artist Dorit Cypis will guide participants through activities to help us confront discord together. We are undefeated if we are willing to move beyond fixed positions, explore skills to deeply recognize our differences, assess our bias, ask questions of one another and dialogue towards embodied change.

This workshop will explore:

  • Somatic reflection to ground
  • Movement through space to locate
  • Dynamic listening to hear difference
  • Bias awareness to recognize resistance
  • Dialogue to explore possibility

About Dorit Cypis

Dorit Cypis's work explores history, identity, and social relations through performance, photography, text, and social sculpture at diverse cultural contexts internationally. Her conflict engagement services and programs are offered for civic, cultural, and education groups.

Current projects include: The Sighted See the Surface, an artwork honoring artist Michael Asher; North East Youth Council, guiding local youth as leaders of community enhancement projects and expansion of police relations; The Future of Policing, dialogues between communities and police across Los Angeles; Race Talk, facilitated dialogues on race identity. Dorit is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, and past Chair, Middle East Initiative. She founded Kulture Klub Collaborative partnering artists and homeless youth to build expressions bridging survival and inspiration, and directed FAR, Foundation for Art Resources, partnering with private and public organizations to support cultural production in urban settings across LA.

Her essays have been published in art and mediation publications including most recently The Space of Conflict, Routledge Press. Dorit was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in 2014 as well as many previous awards. She earned a Masters of Fine Art, California Institute for the Arts, and Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University.

Opening of Beta Main
Oct
30
1:00 pm13:00

Opening of Beta Main

Conversation with Amelia Jones, Meiling Cheng, Nao Bustamante, and Rodney McMillian
1pm - 2:30pm

Opening Reception
2:30pm - 5pm