The Saffron Green

The Saffron Green
A Space Opera in three movements written for voice, walkie talkie, megaphone and radio composed by Geneva Skeen and Mathew Timmons (radio score by Garrick Hogg, Andrew Lessman and Max Mayer). Employing a minimal modular score The Saffron Green brings together multiple analog technologies to explore the concept of both an outer space opera and an opera in space. Taking the structure of a space opera and bringing it to street level, The Saffron Green borrows liberally from sci-fi operatic soundscapes and matches it with protest chants from the "Arab Spring" revolts. The People Want to Topple, The People Want to Overthrow, The People Demand the Fall. The performance will extend throughout Chinatown, using Human Resources as a staging ground and as home base from 5:30-7:00 pm and culminating on, in and above Chung King Road performed by a group of roughly 30 people from 7:15-7:45 pm.

You are invited to see The Saffron Green, the performance before the performance, the staging of the work as a work in and of itself at Human Resources from 5:30-7:00 pm as the performers ready themselves, get into costume, tune their radios, ready the walkie talkies and the bullhorns and warm up their voices. Then join us in walking over to Chung King Road for the performance from 7:15-7:45 pm for Perform Chinatown! on July 30.

Listen to the Radio Score here.

Performers: Geneva Skeen, Mathew Timmons, Garrick Hogg, Kate Bergstrom, Kim Calder, Claire Cronin, Greg Curtis, Andrea Dominguez, Kate Durbin, Rafa Esparza, Matt Fielder, Kate Gilbert, Gabi Gutierrez, Michael Anthony Ibarra, Mandy Kahn, Joanne Mitchell, Taylor Murphy, Carmel Ni, Leila Perry, Jon Rutzmoser, Yecenia Torres, Christine Werthiem, and more...

Image by Tanya Rubbak

Costuming by Geneva Skeen and Andrea Dominguez

Thanks to KCHUNG Radio, Human Resources, Jancar Gallery, Ava Jancar, Fifth Floor Gallery, and Andrea Dominguez.

We are looking for Radios!
Do you have a battery powered radio?
Would you be willing to let us borrow it saturday?
Would you be willing to join us saturday from 5-8pm at Human Resources and then on Chung King Road with your radio?
If you answered yes to all 3 questions We Love You! Please get in touch! anathemata at geeeeee mail

Vanessa Place & Rob Halpern Reading & Conversation Aug 5

JJ Garza, The French Invented Music, 2009, mixed media, 36 " x 36" each at RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Vanessa Place & Rob Halpern Reading & Conversation

Friday August 5, 2011 at 7:30pm
Insert Blanc Press HQ
Los Angeles, CA 90027

On the occasion of Rob Halpern visiting Los Angeles from the Bay Area and on the occasion of Vanessa Place's new book, Tragodía 2: Statement of the Case, from Blanc Press please join us for a reading and conversation with Vanessa Place and Rob Halpern.

Rob Halpern is the author of two books of poems, Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2004), which was nominated for a California Book Award, and Disaster Suites (Palm Press 2009), as well as several chapbooks, including Weak Link (Slack Buddha 2009) and Imaginary Politics (TapRoot Editions 2008). His new project, Music for Porn, is forthcoming next year (Nightboat Books). With Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book length poem Snow Sensitive Skin (Atticus/Finch 2007), soon to be reissued by Displaced Press in an expanded edition.

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (2006), La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2, 2008), Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law (2010). A book of conceptual poetry, Statement of Facts, will be published in France by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits; a trilogy of conceptual work, Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument, is being published in America by Blanc Press (USA). Her Factory-type chapbook series is available via oodpress (Brazil). Place is also a regular contributor to X-tra Art Quarterly, and has lectured and performed internationally.