Events

Character Projects supports independent artists and organizations, and sometimes hosts public events.  Please remember that we’re a vintage lighting shop and design studio, and capacity is limited.  Want to join our email list of events?  You can contact us HERE.

Upcoming

 

November 1st and 2nd, 2017

Carmina Escobar’s Xantolo

“La memoria sabe de mí más que yo; y ella no pierde lo que merece ser salvado.”

“Memory knows more about me than I do; and she does not lose what deserves to be saved. “

Eduardo Galeano

Remembrance is the act of proclaiming memory. It constructs and articulates our personal narrative and that of the collective. In a ritual of representation of the cycle of life and death, in the metaphorical realm as well as in the actual, Xantolo is a performative installation/party around the syncretic Mexican celebration of the Day of the Death. A shout/whisper to our loved departed, but also a space for the remembrance of our own existence, it’s certain future, and the joy that it is to be alive.

This is event is  proposed by Carmina Escobar and hosted by Jonathan Silberman at Character Projects. It  takes place on the two celebratory dates of Día de los Muertos holiday Wednesday November 1st, Thursday November 2nd, from 7pm to 10pm.

Wednesday November 1st  Starting at 7 p.m.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE ALTAR at the space of Character Projects.

Please come, hang out, and/or bring things to put on the altar, such as:

Objects of remembrance (pictures, personal items of whomever you are calling even if it is yourself, music)

Food, sweets, libations

Seeds

Glasses/ water

Flowers

Earth

Rocks

Music

Activities will cease around 10 p.m.

 

November 2nd doors open 7:00 p.m. performances 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCES AT THE ALTAR.

A gathering of the living and a series of short performances at the altar in a ritual of remembrance. We’ll eat and drink from the altar.

* XANTOLO, Celebration of the Day of the Death as named in the region of la Huasteca, is a traditional celebration from Mexico of syncratic cosmovisions from the merging of the ancient pre hispanic and european cultures in which the cycle of life and death is celebrated.



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Monday, October 23, 2017
Clank Clack Sound Series

Gordon Grdina (Vancouver, BC) with Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang
(Guitar/Oud, Voice & Viola)

Patrick Shiroishi
(Saxophone, solo)

Jonathan Silberman
(Saxophone, solo)

7:30-10PM
Doors at 7:30, Music at 8, Over by 10
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang // Kat & Ben // Davy Sumner

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Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang
(Voice & Viola)

Kat Shuman & Ben Finley
(Voice & Bass)

Davy Sumner
(first-ever work for the ForkOrgan, a homemade instrument constructed of electromagnetically sustained tuning forks)

8-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Solo Guitars: Shane Parish + Eric Kiersnowski

Shane Parish
(1/2 of Ahleuchatistas from Ashville, NC)

Eric Kiersnowski
(Featherwolf, Rats, Godzik Pink)

8pm (Don’t be late or you’ll miss it!)
$5 Suggested Donation

Friday, July 21, 2017
Melómana + Laura Steenberge/Mustafa Walker Duo + B200 (Music from Ghana)

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Melómana (Linnea Sablosky, Hannah Levy, Maisie Dolan)

Laura Steenberge and Mustafa Walker (Viola da Gamba/Hurdy Gurdy duo)

B200 (Percussion ensemble featuring Mike Robbins, music from Ghana, Ewe Tribe)

As a nautilus vessel spirals around its history, Melómana collects and pours forth a love of folk tradition. Singing polyphony from Corsica, Bulgaria, the Republic of Georgia, and the Americas, Melómana is a new vocal trio comprised of Maisie Dolan, Hannah Levy and Linnea Sablosky. These three hail from from distinct musical backgrounds and both coasts of the U.S., sharing a foundation of versatile musicianship and a passion for close harmony. Melómana will tickle your ears with sounds across the spectrums of timbre and harmony from sparse to dense, smoothness to edge, and tradition to innovation.

8-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Friday, June 2, 2017
Honey Child + LA Fog + Lucas Gorham

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Honey Child
(A ‘Vocal Spectacle’ by Claire McKeown and company)
LA Fog
(Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Giles Miller, Jonathan Silberman)
Lucas Gorham
(Solo, Lap Steel Guitar etc)

8-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

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Friday, February 17, 2017
Clank Clack Sound Series

In support of a National General Strike on Feb 17th, protesting the new administration: No Work, No School, No Shopping!

Celebrating resistance, we invite you to join us for a night of music featuring eclectic musicians often associated with the drum set, who may or may not play drums on this night:

Corey Fogel
(Julia Holter Band, The Mae Shi, numerous other solo and group endeavors)

Nigel Lundemo
(Godzik Pink, Uphill Gardeners, Donut)

Jesse Nicholas Quebbeman-Turley
(Similar Fashion, Bright Whistles, Deseret Experimental Opera) 

7:30-10pm
Free

*We strongly encourage that you donate money to the ACLU, supporting their great legal work to protect our rights.

Friday, January 13, 2017
‘Red in the Missile Room’ Album Release

Special Event at Human Resources: 410 Cottage Home St, LA 90012
Co-Presented by Character Projects

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A night of intimate performances in the reverberant sonic environment at Human Resources, in celebration of the release of Jonathan Silberman’s new solo saxophone album Red in the Missile Room.

Solo Performances by:

Jonathan Silberman
Laura Steenberge
Jake Rosenzweig
Eric Kiersnowski

8pm
$5 Suggested Donation

For more info please visit the Human Resources website

Friday, December 23, 2016:

Like a Villain (Portland, OR)
FR/BLCK/PR (Free Black Press Radio, hosted by Busdriver)
with visuals by Moneekah

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Friday, December 2, 2016:
Music and Readings, Collective strength and engagement in these times

Emily Lacy (tour homecoming)
Amarnath Ravva
Janet Sarbanes
Amina Cain
Sacred Destinies (Jet Elfman & Charlyne Yi)

7:30-10pm
Free

Sunday, November 20, 2016:
Clank Clack Sound Series

An evening curated by Carmina Escobar:

Jaap Blonk (Netherlands)
Scott Cazan
Stephanie Smith

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, October 15, 2016:
Films, Curated by Tuni Chatterji

Program:

Alee Peoples and Mike Stolz
SPOTLIGHT ON A BRICK WALL – 2016, 16mm Film, 8 min

“A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.”

Yoshie Sakai
KOKO’s Love: Episode 1 –  2014, Video, 11 min 14 sec

“An original East-Asian/Asian-American hybrid soap opera that re-imagines the melodramatic tropes of TV dramas to challenge the myth of the “model minority” and reveal the guise of superficial “perfection” of being both Asian-American and a woman. It is about a Japanese-American family, whose patriarch, Hiroshi, is a liquor store owner in South Central Los Angeles that annoyingly insists on the importance of having a male inherit the family business and not a female, his only child, a daughter named Yuki.”

Haruko Tanaka
The Soroban and the Present – 2015, 16mm film, 20 min 56 sec

“Part abacus (soroban) tutorial, part historical account, part freeway numerology meditation, and part guerrilla ringing and field recordings of 2 forgotten L.A. bells. It is all love for the city of Los Angeles which, according to the Pythgorean system of numerology, is a “1” – the primal force and number of creation and the most difficult of all lovers.”

Mike Stolz
With Pluses and Minuses – 2013, 16mm Film, 5 min

“A ground-less and boundless 16mm film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape.”

Doors open at 7:30pm
Program begins promptly at 8pm

$5 Suggested Donation

Friday, September 23, 2016:
Clank Clack
One Year Anniversary Show and Party!

Celebrating one year of intimate performances and community support of independent artists at Character Projects. Live performances by:

Carmina Escobar
Laura Steenberge
Jonathan Silberman

7:30pm-Midnight (Music at 8pm)
FREE

Thursday, August 25, 2016:
Weeknight Concert

Sopeli, polyphonic vocal trio singing music of Corsica, Bulgaria, and Republic of Georgia
Eric Kiersnowski, solo guitar
LA Fog
Emily Lacy, performing her tape piece ‘The Human Chain’

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, June 4, 2016:
Clank Clack Sound Series

Filera (Mexico) -feat. Wilfrido Terrazas, Carmina Escobar, Natalia Perez Turner
Grant Capes
+ Possibly Others TBA

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, April 2, 2016:
Clank Clack Sound Series

Gregg Belisle-Chi (Seattle)
Ted Byrnes, percussion (solo)
Davy Sumner, solo piece for percussion + electronics

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, April 9, 2016:
Clank Clack Sound Series

Jake Rosenzweig, bass (solo)
Garrett Hickman, trumpet (solo)
Jonathan Silberman, saxophone (solo)

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, March 26, 2016:
Clank Clack Sound Series

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Eve Essex, solo saxophone (NYC)
Max Markowitz, New Works for Guitar

7:30-10pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Saturday, February 27, 2016:
Late Afternoon of Music
(4-7pm)

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Carla Bozulich + Devin Sarno Duo
Emily Lacy
LA Fog

$5 Suggested Donation


Saturday, January 30, 2016:

Late Afternoon of Music Flyer

Late Afternoon of Music
(4-7pm)

Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion
Logan Hone: saxophone
Lauren Baba: viola
Gregory Uhlmann: guitar
Jesse Quebbeman: drums

and

Son of a Bronze
Matthew Clough-Hunter and Marcel Nobrob performing traditional gender wayang music

$5 Suggested Donation

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015:
Clank Clack Sound Series

Solo Winds:
Vinny Golia, Woodwinds
Omar López, Saxophone (Mexico)
Jonathan Silberman, Saxophone
Wilfrido Terrazas, Flute (Mexico)
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Saturday, October 3, 2015:
Clank Clack Sound Series

Saxophones

A night of solo performances featuring:
Casey Anderson (soprano)
Patrick Shiroishi (baritone)
Jonathan Silberman (tenor)

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Saturday, September 5, 2015:
Clank Clack Sound Series

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Saturday, August 8, 2015:
Clank Clack Sound Series

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Saturday, April 11, 2015:
Character Projects Highland Park, Grand Opening!

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