The Vortex is happy to have The Strindberg Laboratory with us rehearsing for one of their upcoming shows! -JD
Vortex manager Jeff Norman with our state senator, Kevin de León, celebrating Earth Day at Debs Park, Los Angeles.
Frenemy Clothing celebrated the premier of its new independently-produced skateboard film “RISE” in front of a packed and cheering audience March 28 at The Vortex.
Geza X’s Monday Intern Workshop now has 8 student-volunteers. We are cross-training in all aspects of media. By fall, we will have a media crew that can handle all sorts of production, from stagecraft to video editing to music production. We will be providing a full compliment of media and tech services to Vortex clients. Students are already learning the basics and can run most shows unsupervised. If you are interested in learning multimedia and willing to volunteer some time passing it forward to other students, contact us HERE!
“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” is an award-winning documentary film and national tour of audience engagement events featuring the film, farm-fresh food and farmer-veteran speakers. The mission of “Ground Operations” is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming and ranching, and to build the resources necessary for them to create healthy new lives for themselves, and food security for communities everywhere. America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job!
Come join us for a FREE event featuring a screening of “Ground Operations,” tasty treats and a discussion with DULANIE ELLIS (filmmaker), EDGAR HERCILA (local farmer-veteran) and NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star Mom).
Screening at 7, doors open at 6.
2341 E Olympic Blvd
LA, CA 90021
Event info/RSVP/See the film trailer: http://www.homefrontrising.org/farmfields
Parking info/directions: http://www.homefrontrising.org/vortex_parking
Same event the next night in Long Beach: http://tinyurl.com/q4aoku4
National Veterans Foundation
Patrick McCaffrey Foundation
GOT A GOOD VOICE?? HYPERACTIVISTS™, IN COLLABORATION WITH QUMRAN REPORT AND JUDITH BOWMAN, IS HOSTING A PODCAST RECORDING DURING GEZA X’S MULTIMEDIA CLASS. NO PAY BUT IT WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY RECORDED AND AIRED ON WEB RADIO! AUDITIONS ARE MONDAY JAN 26–SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS:
~Community reach out for open call for actors (voice actors)
…..audition date: 01.26
…..audition times between 1:00 & 3:00 pm (call 626.486.2460 to receive 15 min time assignment)
…..audition location: The Vortex 2341 East Olympic Blvd. LA 90021 between Santa Fe & Mateo. Free street pkg
……There is no compensation for the four actors but a chance to perform in a play by award-winning playwright:Tim Toyama in Yuri and Malcolm X.
The pkay will be performed Live on Skid Row Radio…Sat 02.21…..
50th anniversary of the assassination if Malcolm X.
1. Yuri Kochiyama ….Asian Am activist…asian woman of any age…she will portray Yuri as a young woman; a middle-aged woman; & as an elderly woman. This actor will also read role of Yuri’s Mother
2. Bill Kochiyama….Husband of Yuri….Asian man, any age. Also reads Bill’s father and other roles.
3. Malcolm X….Black Activist. African/American man, any age. Also will read Billy (Yuri’s son); & other roles.
4. J. Edgar Hoover…Director of the FBI…Caucasian man, any age …..
The number to register for Monday, Jan 26th audition: (626) 486-2460.
Indie studio legend Geza X has been teaching hands-on multimedia classes free of charge to a group of Vortex volunteers. He is using a “pay-it-forward” educational model. The idea is that today’s student will be tomorrow’s teacher. Those more skilled at one aspect of media than others are encouraged to help one another and pool their knowledge. Students are being instructed in audio and video recording and editing techniques. Classes are limited to 5-10 students. The classes are free, the trade-off is that students help set up Vortex shows and do volunteer work for the venue. This is handled under HYPERACTIVISTS™, a 501c3 nonprofit. If you are interested in the class write firstname.lastname@example.org
A mixer for community organizers and creatives was held at The Vortex on March 15, 2014. The mixer was a chance for anyone in the community interested in hosting an event to see the venue, meet the volunteers and other like minded movers and shakers in the community.
Attendees included artist Anna Judd who’s spending the Spring of 2014 running across the country for veterans (and carrying 22 rocks with her as she does it, to symbolize the 22 veterans who reportedly commit suicide daily), choreographer-model Larva La Larva, music producer Geza X, street artist LEBA, playwright-activist Melvin Ishmael Johnson and actor-composer-musician Donald Ian Black (mastermind behind the band GHIANT). The first video features the music of GHIANT, and the photography of Robot and Mark Comon.
The Vortex, U.S. Tour of Duty’s Command Center operated jointly by The Veterans Project, is a highly adaptable venue. It has 6,000 square feet of open space with a 400-person occupancy, 22′ ceilings with 14’4” from floor to open wood beam and concrete floors, seven stalls in the women’s restroom, two stalls and two urinals in the men’s restroom, one 40′ x 17′ cyc wall, two removable stages (16′ x 8′ and 16′ x 24′), 200 folding chairs and 60 theater seats on moveable risers, 25 banquet tables (6′), wireless internet service, one production studio run by Geza X, one production office (with a printer, scanner and fax machine), 12′ 10″ trackable entry and fluorescent lighting. The Vortex may be used in partnership with U.S. Tour of Duty, or rented independently by groups and individuals who are working for positive social change at a grassroots level. The two videos below demonstrate two recent examples of how the venue is used. To inquire about availability, send us an email.
Yeah Gurl unites local artist with a focus on fashion. The event ran for three days, we we’re honored to have the chance to host this event, and even more stokked on our ability to get our hands on some local made fashion and art.