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For the viewer enamored with arthouse, experimental, experiential and extremely lyrical cinema, it takes less than five minutes to get wholly immersed in this ethereal, boldly unconventional phantasmagoria which eschews historical/biblical narrative in favor of the sensual visuals and chic baroque atmosphere. Although it does feature the Dance of the Seven Veils, SALOMÉ refuses to tell the (familiar) story and instead opts for satiating our appetite for aesthetic pleasure. Ars gratia artis it may be, yet it hardly ever fails to impress, holding you in its gentle embrace…

Its pure, unadulterated magic relies on soft light, warm colors, strong chiaroscuro, deliberate pacing and slow-motion ‘action’ which turns the archetypal characters into partakers of a strange ritual of unfathomable purpose. As Eros and Thanatos dance like they are making love, the ripe darkness that surrounds them engulfs their hypnotized worshippers and drives them into sublime ecstasy. However, it is not only them who are under hypnosis, but us as well, with our gazes transfixed to the screen and ourselves lost in contemplative reveries.Nikola Gocić

Dirty Looks and the Los Angeles Filmforum present a special, one-night-only screening of Teo Hernández’ richly impressionistic take on SALOMÉ at the Philosophical Research Society.

Dorian Wood—fresh off his Redcat incarnation in Xavela Lux Aeterna—will perform a score created for the event, “marrying the operatic evocations of Wood’s singular voice with Hernández’ baroque cinematography in the unique, Mayan-inspired architecture” of the venue.*


Thursday, December 5.

Doors at 7:30 pm, screening at 8 PM.

Philosophical Research Society

3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Teo Hernández, Salomé (1976), images courtesy and © the Teo Hernández Fund, Kandinsky Library, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.


It’s the centenary of Chavela—the legendary Costa Rican cantante—intimate of Frida Kahlo and muse to Pedro Almodóvar.

To mark the occasion, singer-composer-performance artist Dorian Wood presents XAVELA LUX AETERNA, “deeply personal project and a unique tribute and dialogue between two creative souls passing through one body.”*


Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Dorian Wood; Chavela Vargas (above) and Frida Kahlo; Vargas; Wood (2). Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, the publishers, and Redcat.


VARIEDADES is a music, spoken word, theater, comedy, visual arts happening loosely based on Mexican vaudeville shows in Los Angeles, but the list of performers is anything but old-fashioned: Alice Bag, Nao Bustamante with Dynasty Handbag and Karen Tongson, La Chica Boom, DJ Lengua, Rafa Esparza, Liz Miller Kovacs, Selene Luna, Cheech and Natasha Marin, Mickey Negron, and Dorian Wood.

This Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA show is hosted by performers Rubén Martínez and Raquel Gutiérrez, and produced and curated by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.


VARIEDADES, Thursday, January 18, at 9 pm.

MAYAN THEATER, 1038 South Hill Street, downtown Los Angeles.


Image credit: Redcat, and Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, The Getty.

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Peruvian singer-cult figure Yma Sumac was the only direct descendant of Incan emperor Atahualpa to play Carnegie Hall, perform in Broadway musicals, and score a Number One debut album—Voice of the Xtabay (1950)—on the Billboard charts.

This weekend, Empress of (Lorely Rodriguez), Nite Jewel, Maria Elena Altany, Ceci Bastida, Dorian Wood, Carmina Escobar, and Francisca Valenzuela—backed by a band led by Alberto López of Jungle Fire—gather at the Hammer Museum to pay tribute to the legendary singer from Peru with the four-octave-and-then-some range.

VOICES OF THE XTABAY—A TRIBUTE TO YMA SUMAC, Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm.

RADICAL WOMEN—LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960–1985, through December 31.

HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.




Yma Sumac. Image credit: Yma-sumac.com