Jul 212015

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 2.43.17 PMStep and Repeat is MOCA’s annual celebration of live performance. Now in its second year, it returned to The Geffen for a three-day program of music, performance art, comedy, poetry and dance, along with sets from DJs, food trucks, and special installations in the MOCA Store. Step and Repeat presented work from some of today’s most genre-defying and exuberantly experimental artists, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.

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James Fauntleroy is a Grammy Award-winning musician based in Los Angeles. Originally from Inglewood, he has been a fixture of global pop and urban charts since the release of “No Air”—an R&B duet co-written by Fauntleroy and performed by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown—in 2007. For Step and Repeat James Fauntleroy will premiere a new, live musical score to the 1991 animated film Felix the Cat: The Movie, performed with an all-star backing band. Critically panned at the time of its release, the film signaled a huge departure from the original world of Felix, taking viewers to an alternate dimension as Felix relied on his iconic Magic Bag of Tricks to save a beautiful princess. Fauntleroy recently revisited the film and was inspired to reimagine and retell Felix the Cat’s story through a unique musical experience across multiple genres including R&B, hip hop, alt rock and adult contemporary.

via: http://infinite-lives.co

Jul 202015


Meltdown U has a NEW class called Kids Make Zines! It’s a four-week series where kids explore the things that interest them and learn how to make content and create zines about those topics. Our newest Melt U teacher, Sandra Markarian has been doing zine workshops with young people for the last couple of years and knows her stuff!

This is a short four-week series that will give your child some fun times and some exciting goals to achieve in the last half of the summer.

To sign your child up, click the link and scroll all the way down:


Jul 152015

Psyched up after being at Comic-Con and need a place to put all that comics-positive energy?  Didn’t get to go and are feeling out of the comics loop?  Either way, get your post-Comic-Con groove on by taking one or both of the Meltdown University classes starting THIS SATURDAY.

In the Creating Comics class, writers learn how to write a comics script and how to find and work with an artist. Artists who take the class learn how to write, layout, and draw an eight to ten-page minicomic.  Everyone learns about visual storytelling and how to sell and market their work in the comics world.

The Art of Inking is a class where you’ll get the skills you need to ink over the pencils done either by you or someone else, using various different tools and methods to create a solid-looking finished product.  You’ll learn about the variety of different disposable pens, about working with brushes, about inking with different dip pen nibs, and more.

I’ve had 17 years of experience teaching comics classes in some of the top art schools around, like The School of Visual Arts, CalArts, Otis College of Art and others.  I was an Editor at DC Comics for six year and have published some indie comics anthologies under my own imprint, New Suit.

Don’t forget the next Melt-thology Comics Jam is on Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm and the ZineMelt mini-zine fest is on July 25 from 11am to 5pm outside the back door of the store.

There’s still time to join so click the link for more info and to sign up!


Jim Higgins

Program Director

Meltdown University

Jul 092015

The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California (MOAH) Presents:

July 18, 2015 – September 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 11am – 6pm

Julie B. from Pretty in Plastic and Heidi Johnson of Hijinx Artist Management & PR have been invited to guest curate an exhibition focusing on Art Toys. This exhibition will feature the top artists and brands who have come to define this art movement over the past twenty years.

This is the very first West Coast museum exhibition to address the history of the art toy. Concentrating on West Coast artists, stores, and manufacturers, it opens the weekend following Comic Con. Gathering participants who will be in town for Comic Con to spend Friday and Saturday (July 17 –18) at MOAH. An exclusive, ticketed opening reception, with entertainment, bar, and hors d’oeuvres for VIPs and guest artists will take place on Friday night from 7­10pm, followed by a limited signing with artists on Saturday.

THE ART OF TOYS: A LEFT COAST RETROSPECTIVE OF DESIGNER TOYS ​will open to the public on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California (MOAH). This exhibition will also feature murals by artists David P. Flores,​ Hueman (Allison Torneros), and Angry Woebots​(Aaron “Woes” Martin), with a special installation by Kozyndan, ​and more. Other events will include panel discussions, workshops, and a film screening. MOAH’s Vault store will feature selected art toys and more for sale, curated by the Coachella Boutique’s Jon Halperin. Artists include: Gary Baseman,​Luke Chueh, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, Buff Monster, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Mark Ryden, Greg (CRAOLA) Simkins, ​and more. Over 80 artists, stores, and manufacturers will be included in this exhibition. Stores/brands include: Toy Art Gallery, DKE Toys, Giant Robot, Meltdown, Munky King, Necessaries Toy Foundation, Pretty In Plastic, Silent Stage Gallery, Super 7, 3D Retro, Circus Posterus / Stranger Factory, ​and many more.

Social Media: ​#theartoftoys #leftcoasttoys #moahlancaster #lancasterplay

Media Contact:
Heidi Johnson | Hijinx Artist Management & PR | 323.204.7246 | heidi@thinkhijinx.com
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For more information, please visit lancastermoah.org or call 661.723.6250
Purchase tickets to VIP party on July 17 here: http://www.lmpaf.org/