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Hey everyone! My visit in Los Angeles is coming to a close (sad face). It went so fast, but alas, it is time to head back to North Carolina to finish up my folk studies. Please join me for a square dance this Saturday, December 3rd at HM157 starting at 8:00pm. I would love to see you! xoxo c
I recently got my hands on some photos that really made me miss Los Angeles and all my friends back home.
David Kiang, an HM157 regular and EPTB member, shot some wonderful photos at my going away party at HM157 back in December. The lovely HM157 ladies hosted an elegant and decadent tea party for yours truly. I was so honored! You can see the whole album here, but I pulled a few of my favorite shots here:
The other photos are from one of my favorite night clubs in all of Los Angeles, Jason Savvy’s MALABOMBA! at the Bordello Bar. Leora Saul always does such a great job of documenting Malabomba. Auriana and I would frequently go to this wildy fun gyspy music club. I treasure these shots of us. I miss you Auriana!
Fall is here and the weather is finally cooling off. I’ve been wearing sweaters, roasting vegetables, and my tea consumption is up; the wind is putting a lil skip in my step. I love it! In celebration of the season, I bring you two gatherings this week, one little and one big….
The more intimate of the gatherings is tonight [Thursday November 11th] at the Hyperion Tavern, a charming/rustic/elegant/old timey neighborhood bar in Silverlake which I am sure many of you have been to. The lovely Ms. Angel invited me to put together a playlist of old timey, country, & folk music to play between 10pm-12am. If you want to hang out and have some cider and listen to some good music, come on down and join me.
The Hyperion Tavern is at 1941 Hyperion Ave Silverlake, CA 90027 down the street from the Silverlake Trader Joes.
The big event is the Fall Square Dance Social at HM157 this Saturday evening [November 13th] at 8pm. Triple Chicken Foot brings you the old time tunes and I will be calling the dances. We have quite a treat: Tom Rodwell, a fabulous blues guitarist from England by way of New Zealand, will be enchanting us with a dance intermission set & fortune teller, Madame Pamita will be onhand to look into your past present and future by way of the tarot. Two very special birthdays are also happening at the dance, so come on by to wish burgeoning dance caller Julia Catfriend Wells & EPTB superstar Megan Hobza a merry birthday!
Doors are at 7:30 / Dance starts at 8pm and ends around the midnight hour.
HM157 is at 3110 N. Broadway Ave. in Lincoln Heights. Park on the street and BYOB and treats to share if you desire.
much love… xo cory marie
Saturday, October 23rd 2010, The Nautch Conspiracy is doing a wicked zombie set and we are making our debut with fire!
I created this poster in the style of 60s horror movie posters. I like it big time
For more info and to purchase tickets: www.hm157.com
I am honored to perform in the vaudeville cabaret spectacular, The Petting Pantry, happening this Saturday night. I shall be doing a jazzy solo belly dance with some fire in the mix – I do hope you can make it!
The Petting Pantry
3110 N. Broadway
Lincoln Heights, CA 90031
Doors at 9:30, Show at 10pm
Look folks! My first iMovie project … It’s from the Summer Dance at HM157. Big thanks to Heather Shoopman, who captured all the footage. xo c
This Saturday it is time to celebrate summer with a square dance!
Here is the flyer I drew by hand:
I love square dancing. A lot.
I have been thinking about why I like it so much, hence this long blog about it, which you may or my not be interested in reading, but I mostly just wanted to say thank you, so much so being part of this community and help to get the squarevolution established in Los Angeles, a city where it is challenging to be connected to people on a basic face-to-face essential way. I totally love you and I hope to see you at the dance tomorrow.
these are some thoughts I’ve had lately about dancing…
I talk to people all the time about how square dancing is so revolutionary, and how Los Angeles desperately needs more social events that involve participation and interaction. Hesitant curiosity and the rehashing of junior high memories are the most common responses to my case, but once folks make it to a dance, they are converted. When I design flyers for the dances we throw, I use tag lines you might see on a QVC infomercial like: “Feel great! Lose weight! Find true love! Cure depression! Make friends!” In this case, the taglines are absolutely true. Dance connects people in a simple, yet essential way. The dances we create in our community fit into a larger movement focusing on sustainability and process. They are also an expression of joy and happiness, creating balance within the larger whole.
I was thinking the other day about going to see live bands, especially in LA, and how typically no one dances. Everyone just stands in a crowd perfectly still, staring. It has always driven me CRAZY!!! And I know it drives many bands crazy too. Bands love it when folks dance to their music.
eXample: I went to go see DeVotchka in the fall at the El Rey and was so disappointed that not one person felt inclined to dance; what’s the point of having a dance floor and stand if you aren’t gonna move around? – you might as well be sitting. This happens in countless genres in all sorts of venues. Even when bands ask the crowd to dance, sometimes they don’t.
For the most part, I think people are just shy, which can come off as “too cool for school.” Lots of times my friends and I are the first people to start dancing at a show, and before you know it many other people muster up the courage to join in. It’s taking that first plunge, the “I might look really stupid doing this and yes I might annoy people around me” plunge. Once someone breaks that barrier other people feel inclined to dance too.
Well with square dancing, you are the oddball out if you are not dancing! And the caller is there telling you it’s okay to dance, total encouragement. I think the only bad thing about calling is that I can’t dance. I love to see more folks dancing in a less formal way at live shows. Los Angeles needs more callers, are you interested in learning?
I like this quote by caller Dudley Laufman about how traditions can be flexible:
“My feeling is that as far as tradition is concerned let’s just do it and not waste a lot of time talking about it. You know we celebrate Christmas but we don’t waste a lot of time talking about the traditions involved, we just do them. We know we’re going to eat turkey, decorate the tree, open our presents, and other things. Well, it’s just the same with the dancing. We know one way or another we’re going to dance on Saturday night and that is tradition.” [Nevell, Richard. A Time To Dance 1977 p.112]
yep. let’s just do it and not spend a lot of time wondering how to do it or if we are even doing it right.
It reminds me of something that Vaginal Davis said about Bricktops and running a 20s/old-timey club. She said that people who take inspiration from the old time fashion, music, culture, etc. and make it their own are far more interesting than people who exactly copy the style and reenact stereotypes of days gone by. Museum pieces, she calls them. I couldn’t agree more and I know that’s why I haven’t found a good old timey club since Bricktops.
Most of the new clubs in Los Angeles are focused on form and etiquette, acting and reenactment, emulating a sort of fake persona of what they think went on in the past. It’s stale simulacra! I am just not cut from the same cloth as these folks. I do believe that history and tradition deserve respect and investigation, but it is far better to take this knowledge and apply it to the present instead of living in the past. DIY punk rock all the way! For the first time since Bricktops; I feel that way about the old time square dance scene. It’s all smiles all around; anyone can join the fun…
And I could go on and on, but I am going to leave you with this quote from a rad book about the history of American folk dancing that I highly recommend, A Time to Dance…
“We live in a furiously growing and frantically active country…. Almost, we have gasoline motors for hearts, and wheels for legs. We have become hardened to killing, both of man and beast; to destruction, both in war and in peace…. Always, we are looking for what is tangible, commercially usable, profitable, and immediate. We level the mountain and dam the river to serve our ‘needs.’ The arts of which we speak (music and dance) are not invulnerable. They too can be exploited…leveled down to the earth and replaced by something less lovely and meaningful. Inspired leadership will bring them back, only to be levelled again. The American folk dance has been going through a mechanistic period during the past few years, but leadership is bringing back to grace, slowly, almost slyly.”
From the Lloyd Shaw Foundation
(Nevell, Richard. A Time To Dance 1977 p. 210)
Here is a video of me calling a dance at HM157 back in July of 2009. fun times!