Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Woman's Day: The Buffalo Are Coming by Julianne Nilan Maxson

The Buffalo Are Coming

March 8, 1909
Woman's Day
I'm on strike
no more sweatshops
I'm trying to make some time for a breakdown
the world keeps interfering
love hunger fear

If Mary Cassatt had been poor
she would have become old age
stuck inside itself
drunk and handcuffed
dark costumes something caged

the buffalo are coming
they are armed
they are women

my angers arise from the womb
every morning for nine months
my father placed his hand on my mother's
swollen (with me) belly
and prayed, "Please God, make it a boy."

The buffalo are coming
they are armed
they are women

convince me
that abortion is killing something precious
and that war isn't
to avoid the violence in the air (palpable as an
abdominal tumor)
shall I defect? collaborate?
do penance? change my life?
shave my head?

finally sooner or later
we all meet in the last chance saloon

the buffalo are coming
they are armed
they are women

Julianne Nilan Maxson

Words by Julianne Nilan Maxson,
installation and photo by Phil Scalia.

S.A. & Lorraine.

Photo by Neal Taylor.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Lost Bums Read From The Hideous Bible, March 26th, The Window

The Lost Bums w/Josie Roth on viola (Fat & Fucked Up)
read from their new book The Hideous Bible

joining us on the show are
Henry Blake Mortensen (poetry)
Mason Summit (music)

March 26, 2017 @ 4pm
The Window
A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books
502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

$10 admission includes beverages.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Window is co-produced by
Susan Hayden & Alexis Rhone Fancher

The Lost Bums (once upon a time in the late 1980s when they were The Lost Tribe): S.A. Griffin, Mike M Mollett, M. Lane Bruner & Doug Knott. Photo by Michael Dare


Friday, March 3, 2017

Screening and Reading With Bob Branaman, March 12th ~ 6pm

Screening of Bob Branaman's Burn Karma Burn
plus readings by
Bob Branaman & S.A. Griffin
March 12, 2017 ~ 6-7pm

Karma International Gallery
The Golden Triangle Building, Suite 426
9615 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Don't let the postcard fool ya, this is for the opening, which is past. However, the show is now, never when, because when is like tomorrow, it never comes. So it is always, now. And now, watch this:

Tomorrow Never Comes, The King

Really pleased to be reading with pal 'o mine Bob Branaman, March 12th at the Karma International Gallery in Beverly Hills 90210. A part of the Beat Vortex crew from heart of America Kansas that migrated west to San Francisco, Big Sur, Los Angeles and Venice. Bob is an artist, poet and film maker. A lifelong friend of legendary poet and fellow Kansan Charles Plymell, Bob was part of the San Francisco renaissance, is a Rat Bastard, Fux, showed at the Batman Gallery, mentor, Big Sur hippie progenitor, responsible for creating what in some circles is considered the first graphic comic, has eyebrows that would be the envy of Dali's mustache, is the director and curator of Art at Beyond Baroque in Venice, a minister, a practicing Buddhist, proud grandfather and rapid Ronnie raconteur with some great stories to toss onto the platter.

Who The Hell Is Robert Ronnie Branaman? A short film about Rapid Ronnie by Guy Borges and Patrick Rosenkranz.

And me? I am a tall, bald guy perpetually looking for work, because that's what I do, look for work that looks back.  And work is nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you fly. And how much work could a workman work if a workman could find work? Work it out, take two aspirations and call me a cab in the morning. I'm a a cab! Gotta fly now.

One of my favorite pieces by Bob, used this as the poster (and title) for Bob's Wanted art show at Beyond Baroque, March 2010.

March 12th is Jack The Forever K is for Kerouac's birthday, he would've been 95 this '17. Original Waiting For Jack poster by Bob Branaman. From November 2012 at Beyond Baroque, great show celebrating the eat in Beat. Being a proud bald man, I was of course channeling the work of City Lights Godfather of Lit Lawrence Ferlinghetti whose work made us all an offer we couldn't refuse.

Which way does your beard point, America?
See ya there.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Protest Outside Senator Dianne Feinstein's Office In West Los Angeles

Calling Senator Feinstein!!

Gathered outside of Senator Dianne Feinstein's office, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd,. Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Calling for a town hall meeting, 5th week in a row.

About 40-50 #ResistTrumpTuesdays professional protestors showed up with signs, voices and genuine concern for our democratic process. Been out front of Senator Feinstein's office for 5 weeks now hoping to get our California Senator to show up for a town hall meeting.

Comrade protestors... they already know who you are!

A well oiled Russian machine: Ivan, Moe & Hack, the Putin Boys.

Many there calling for an investigation into Resident Trump's Russian connection and to get Congress to reveal his taxes, among many other issues. Got lots of empathetic drivers honking their horns in unity and a few fellow citizens giving us the middle finger to suggest that we are all one.

The Good Shepherd, "Dogs Don't Drink Oil."

Fantastic graphics... really grabs ya! Told her about my American Carnage piece, went back to give her one and drop off a few for others.



Still have a few if anyone wants one of their very own. Glad to send you more than one so you can share them with others. Drop me an email and they're yours.

More professional protestors. Fastest growing sector of the American economy.


All photos except the very last pic of pro protestors by S.A. Griffin.