Series Guide + Past Episodes
Artist and Musician Micheal Dee talks about his show at the Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA., “Some Candy Talking and the Sound of Speed”. The show combines abstract sculpture made from plastic cups with photo-realistic graphite drawings of jet fighters breaking the sound barrier, Saint John’s wart blossoms and bullet slugs; all inspired by[…]
Recorded live: 02/14/2014
Mark Dutcher defends his position as one of the most prolific and fearless painters working in LA today. Let’s say painter because, although he makes forays into sculpture, installation, curation, and even sometimes performance and text-based gestures, painting is at the core of all he does. Throughout the years, he has frequently renovated his painting[…]
Recorded live: 9/4/2013
John & Lotti Knowles
Husband and wife film producers John & Lotti Knowles just finished their first feature film. Lotti wrote and John directed “Chastity Bites”, a witty spoof on teen horror flicks. Journalist and character actor Patrick Jankiewicz, who is in the film, talks with them about what they went through to make it happen. The film is[…]
Mark Steven Greenfield
Known to the L.A. art world from his tenures heading the Watts Towers and later Department of Cultural Affairs programs, way before that, Mark Steven Greenfield earned an MFA from Cal State LA, where he focused on painting and drawing. He’s been making and showing art steadily all this time, but for a number of[…]
Black Angels of Tuskegee
Thom Scott, Layon Gray, Derek Shaun and Antonio Charity Jay Jones reunites with the original cast members of Black Angels of Tuskegee. Thom Scott, Layon Gray, Derek Shaun and Antonio D. Charity. Black Angels Over Tuskegee Opened at NoHo’s Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center in 2008. The play is currently in it’s 4th year in NYC,[…]
Bettina Hubby is a polymath when it comes to media; depending on what the idea requires, she’s known to work in drawing, painting, couture, performance, collage, and catalogs. In fact, as soon becomes apparent during her conversation with Shana Nys Dambrot, there’s always a book at the end of everything. With a background in various[…]
Renée A. Fox
Painter, curator, and sometime community organizer Renée A. Fox is in the middle of a very busy couple of years. There was the founding and increasing popularity of the annual Inglewood Open Studios art walk, and the establishment of the gallery space and studios at the Beacon Arts Building, which further raised the art-profile of[…]
Kelvin Han Yee interviews the young, Scottish actor Mingus Johnston about his supporting role as Bald in the new film, Jack the Giant Slayer. He tells ‘behind the scenes’ stories about working on a big budget, special-effects, Hollywood film. They also talk about his budding career as an actor and his love of haggis.
Recorded live: 04/28/2013
Good Virus is a feel-good documentary, narrated by Catherin Ryan Hyde, best selling author of the novel and film, Pay It Forward. Good Virus is all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. The documentary profiles cutting-edge scientists and authors from Berkeley to Harvard and everywhere in between as well as real life[…]
The LA-based painter (and prolific indie musician as well; a bit more on that later) has been at a crossroads lately. And not the art versus music crossroads one might expect; but instead a crossroads within his painting that revisiting his musical inclinations helped resolve. Employing multiple styles of rendering images in singular compositions, built[…]
Matt Gleason interviews writer and journalist Carlton Davis about his new book, The Art Dockuments. It documents the history of his drive-by gallery located in a loading dock in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District from 1981 to 1986.
Ezrha Jean Black interviews Mexican artist Betsabée Romano at the ADC & Building Bridges International Art Exchange in Santa Monica, CA.
Miley Yamamoto & Teresa Jusino
Kelvin Han Yee interviews actress/producer/writer Miley Yamamoto about her career as an actress in Los Angeles. They also talk a lot about her latest project, a sci-fi/comedy webcast series called “RETCON” with co-writer and producer Teresa Jusino. Produced by LA Artsream. Recorded Sept. 13, 2012 to contribute to the project: indiegogo.com/retcon watchretcon.com
“On this week’s CREATIVE CURRENT, host Pat Jankiewicz talks to John Semper about his amazing career. Producer/writer/illustrator Semper guided the animated adventures of Spider-Man, Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, worked with pop culture titans Stan Lee, Jim Henson & Mel Blanc and just made a film!”
Recorded live: 09/06/2012
Rhode Island Filmmaker Laura Colella was in town for the Downtown Film Festival last month. Johnny White interviews her about her career and especially her latest film which was shown at the DFF and was received very well. For more info on the film: breakfastwithcurtis.com More about Laura: lauracolella.com
Recorded live: 07/19/2012
Performance artist Kristina Wong is interviewed by Kelvin Han Yee during the run of her most recent show “Going Green the Wong Way” at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. It is a very personal yet hilarious, semi autobiographical, one woman show that has received rave reviews. They also talk about her career as a[…]
Recorded live: 07/12/2012
Calder Greenwood & Wild Life
Jonathan Jerald interviews two guerilla artists.
Recorded live: 07/05/2012
Troy Kotsur & Erinn Anova
Deaf actor Troy Kotsur, hearing actress Erinn Anova and Creative Current host Julio Martinez, discuss the signed/spoken word staging of Cyrano, written by Stephen Sachs, directed by Simon Levy, having its premiere at Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, a co-production with Deaf West Theatre. Kotsur portrays Cyrano, a charismatic poet who brilliantly communicates his art with[…]
Recorded live: 06/28/2012
John Colella & Jonathan Bray
A weeklong road trip through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country drives Miles (John Colella) and best friend Jack (Jonathan Bray) to unexpected tests of both their varietal and moral palates. In “Sideways: The Play.” Adapted by Rex Pickett from his novel, Sideways, what will resonate to the audience throughout the play, is the bond[…]
Recorded live: 06/21/2012
Rex Pickett & Amelia Mulkey
REX PICKETT (Playwright) is the author of the novel Sideways and its sequel Vertical. Sideways, released in 2004 is a comedy-drama film, Directed by Alexander Payne, based on Rex Pickett’s novel Sideways. The film received worldwide critical acclaim, winning over 350 awards from various critics and awards organizations, including 5 New York Film Critics Circle[…]
Recorded live: 06/14/2012
William Acedo is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been documenting the urban scene in lino and woodblock prints for more than a decade. His extraordinarily detailed print of the view of Boyle Heights looking east across the First Street Bridge (“On Route to County”) has been added to the permanent collections of the Los[…]
Recorded live: 06/07/2012
A true ambassador of Irish culture, Ken O’Malley infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad[…]
Recorded live: 05/03/2012
Downtown LA’s Jaime Scholnick works in several fields — painting, drawing, sculpture, and installations. And also in a variety of media and styles — from metal to pencil on canvas, with line-drawing both elegant and heavy, sometimes flirting with caricature; to color field washes; glittery abstraction; and recently fine-point, obsessively hand-painted patterns on sculptural forms.[…]
Recorded live: 04/26/2012
Michael Fink is one of the top special visual effects supervisors in Hollywood. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Effects in 1993 for “Batman Returns.” He won the Oscar in 2008 for his groundbreaking work on “The Golden Compass.” He has been creating special effects for blockbuster films since “The China Syndrome”[…]
Recorded live: 03/29/2012
John Fleck, Skip Arnold & The Dark Bob
Three Los Angeles performance artists get together for a lively conversation. John Fleck just got back from New York where he performed his one man show, “Mad Women”. Skip Arnold talks about his trip to China and his recent book about it. The Dark Bob has been busy with retrospective shows about Bob & Bob[…]
Recorded live: 03/22/2012
David Hollen is a sculptor living and working in downtown Los Angeles. David repurposes industrial materials and uses had-crafted ceramics to produce organic forms inspired by nature. Flowers, clouds and slouching creatures seem to emerge incongruously from such materials as rebar, marine textiles, stainless steel and electrical components. His work is elegant, playful and at[…]
Recorded live: 02/16/2012
Indepentent Shakespeare Co.
Independent Shakespeare Company Co-Founder, David Melville chats with HAMLET cast mates, Luis Galindo and Bernadette Sullivan. ISC performs in Griffith Park every summer.
Recorded live: 01/26/2012
Guest host Ezrha Jean Black, staff writer of Artillery Magazine and erstwhile blogger -the voice of AWOL- Art without Limits interviews painter/writer Lisa Adams. A painter & public artist living & working in LA. Adams graduated Scripps College in Claremont, & received an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright[…]
Recorded live: 01/19/2012
A prolific writer, Jacobson has penned more than 50 plays. His historical references, literary allusions, wit and transitional style have garnered comparisons with fellow playwright Tom Stoppard. Jacobson studied acting at Northwestern University, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 1985 from the playwriting program at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School[…]
Recorded live: 01/12/2012
Hans Burkhardt (December 20, 1904 – April 22, 1994) moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1937 and worked here until his death in 1994.During hs long career, he produced some of the greatest abstract expressionist paintings of his time. His work deals with contrasting themes like beauty and death or hope and despair.[…]
Recorded live: 01/05/2012
Jim Morphesis has been a towering figure on the art scene for three decades, but he is still working as hard as ever. Know for a uniquely expressive style of painting giving a thick, almost abstract, riotously pigmented treatment to folkloric icons of death and remembrance like skulls and crosses (and sometimes sides of beef)[…]
Recorded live: 12/22/2011
Producer and weekly host of “Arts in Review,” his “live” radio interviews are on Fridays from 2-2:30pm on KPFK 90.7FM. Julio is a theatre critic for Daily Variety and Features Editor of Latin Heat Magazine where he also contributes a weekly TeleVision column. His articles have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter,[…]
Recorded live: 12/15/2011
Clare shows us his vast collection of sculpture and assemblages made from recycled and discarded materials. Groupings of curious pieces often take the form of furniture and many of his sets boast of containing millions if not merely hundreds of thousands of materials. Scrabble tiles, Bottlecaps etc. Raised in Ontario Canada and schooled south of[…]
Recorded live: 12/08/2011
Tawny Ellis & Gio Loria
Los Angeles-based chanteuse Tawny Ellis: A potent brew of Patsy Cline, The Pretenders and Neil Young, her current release “I To You” was produced by Ellis and her partner Gio Loria. Tawny stepped into the role of producer and has created an orchestral, personal album that cuts straight to the bone. With her stark arrangements[…]
Recorded live: 10/27/2011
Downtown LA’s most sparkling personality, Miss Ashley Gibbons is a pantyier — pronounced painter but spelled to reference her medium of choice — ladies underpants. Through stretching, twisting, layering, and constructing, she creates muscular, frolicking abstractions as dense with line, detail, gesture, movement, and zing as any AbEx masterpiece — but with ten times the[…]
Recorded live: 10/20/2011
Los Angeles based artist Iva Hladis talks about her graphite drawings of old photograph of LA landmarks and her assemblages that combine circuit boards with flowers, leaves and other natural elements. Her upcoming show is November 12 – December 4, 2011. Opening November 12, 6-10pm at the MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, LA, CA 90042[…]
Recorded live: 10/06/2011
Painter, internet radio host & accidental activist Alex Schaefer has had an interesting summer. As he explains to art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, his shockingly traditional urban plain air painting practice inspired a series of Chase banks aflame. Thanks to vigilant citizens alerting the Law, local press attracting the attention of Glenn Beck, and a[…]
Recorded live: 09/22/2011
Creative Current welcomes avant-garde music legend Joe Gallivan and great young guitarist Tom McNalley for an interview conducted by Alicia Bay Laurel and a mini-concert comprised of their improvised pieces. Already acclaimed in London for their recent CD, Lizard Below (with multi-instrumentalist Michelle Webb), Joe and Tom continue the development of a sound birthed by[…]
Recorded live: 08/18/2011
Llyn Foulkes in Studio
Llyn Foulkes is a study in contrarianism. He moves freely between jazz and visual art; tremendous, loving craftsmanship and cultural critique; graphic fluency and hard-won painterly Materialism; bright flashes of angst and expansive, generous inspiration. After 60 years or so in the cultural trenches, Foulkes finally has some big reasons to smile — including an[…]
Recorded live: 08/11/2011
Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett
Stephen Sachs is an award-winning stage director and playwright. Sachs co-founded the Fountain Theatre in 1990 with Deborah Lawlor. For twenty years, Sachs has guided the Fountain Theatre as Co-Artistic Director and has directed and written many of their acclaimed productions. Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett are a married couple who both have long careers[…]
Recorded live: 07/28/2011
Dom Magwili and Sachiko
Dom Magwili and Sachiko are veterans of stage, TV and movies. They have taught acting classes at the East West Players Summer Conservatory, lectured about Asian American Theatre at UCLA, and created the holiday musical play, A Jive Bomber’s Christmas (scheduled to be produced in Hawaii 2011). They were co-creators of the independent film, Much[…]
Recorded live: 06/16/2011
Gallery Owner and Art Collector
Recorded live: 05/12/2011
Jett Jackson has been a star in the Downtown art constellation for a long time (decades), and when she relocates to an idyllic studio in the Deep South this summer, there’s no doubt she’ll be missed. Her paintings are lovingly rendered, darkly sweet and funny compositions using our collective memory of fairy tales and myths[…]
Recorded live: 04/28/2011
Tulsa Kinney & Paige Wery
The editor and the publisher of Artillery Magazine.
Recorded live: 04/21/2011
LA-based sculptor and installation artist Heather Carson was once a NY-based theatrical lighting designer whose experimental use of industrial equipment led her to leave the stage for storefronts, airplane hangars, parking lots, and galleries – pursuing her affection for the abstract mathematical structure of lighting-grids and the optical character of indoor/outdoor and spatial perception.
Recorded live: 03/31/2011
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Tawny Ellis is an accomplished sculptor, singer/songwriter. As a vocal artist, she calls up her Americana roots that lean a bit country. Her album “Evolve or Die” (2008) met with critical acclaim in the U.S. & Europe.
Recorded live: 03/17/2011
Kelvin Han Yee interviews Fountain Valley, CA-based author John M. Borack is celebrating the recent release of his second book, John Lennon: Life is What Happens, a biography of the legendary singer, songwriter.
Recorded live: 03/10/2011
Shana Nys Dambrot interviews LA sculptor Hacer fuses influences from origami to Alexander Calder in monumental metal sculptures. Featuring a menagerie of real and imaginary animals and a bright saturated palette, Hacer taps into the aesthetic power of both iconic Modernist public art and the playful but meaningful optimism of childhood.
Recorded live: 02/24/2011
Kelvin Han Yee
Kelvin was the first Asian American actor to join Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Soon becoming a fixture in the Bay Area film & T.V. scene.
Recorded live: 01/13/2011
Artistic Director of the Burbank Chorale which is celebrating their 90th Anniversary. Born in Moscow to a family of chorale conductors.
Recorded live: 12/16/2010
Skip Arnold is a performance artist loosely based in LA. He has created pieces in Finland, Switzerland, England, Austria, Canada, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and China. His work emphasizes space “and how/what my body does or can do.”
Recorded live: 11/25/2010
Doug Conant and April Parker-Jones
Director of the short film SLEEPING and the starring actress.
Recorded live: 11/18/2010
An award winning Egyptian born filmmaker, a tale-teller of stories of self-awareness and vivid realities.
Recorded live: 11/04/2010
World renowned artist who pushes the limits in many media, creating his own brand of expression in painting, sculpture, mobiles, graphics, sets and costumes.
Recorded live: 10/28/2010
He has written over 400 magazine articles and ‘Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A JAWS Companion.’
Recorded live: 10/21/2010
New York activist (and some would say, performance artist) Reverend Billy Talen stirs up crowds and annoys retailers with his televangelist sermonizing about the evils of consumerism.
Recorded live: 10/21/2010
The rock band performs and acoustic set.
Recorded live: 10/14/2010
Over 5 decades he’s been consistently inconsistent, confounding critics & galleries with dramatic changes whenever he was about to be overtaken by popular acclaim. He is also a musician, creator of “the machine”
Recorded live: 10/07/2010
David Melville is co-founder and managing director of the Independent Shakespeare Co. which has outgrown its outdoor digs at Barnsdall Park and has relocated to a larger and lusher space on the east side of Griffith Park. The debut performance at that site was a critical and popular success and the company is about to[…]
Recorded live: 09/16/2010
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Juxtaposing lyrical images with pictures, gritty or even brutal, Nery Gabriel Lemus addresses themes that stem from his experiences growing up as an inner-city Latino.
Recorded live: 09/02/2010
Edward Colver a self taught artist; his only formal training came at UCLA, studying briefly with Eileen Cowin. Influenced by Dada & Surrealism, he was impressed early by artist Edward Kienholz. In the late 60’s, his perspective on life & art transformed by composers like Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, & John Cage. 3 months after[…]
Recorded live: 08/26/2010
For over five decades Lisa Law’s still, movie & video images chronicle social & cultural changes in America, from her book & documentary Flashing on the Sixties to her moving images of indigenous people of North, South, & Central America as they struggle for sovereignty & survival. Moving to San Francisco in ’67, she chronicled[…]
Recorded live: 08/12/2010