Butterfly Art in the Garden for Kids

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Artist Jaqueline Kyoda will conduct butterfly art workshops for kids every Saturday in October from 10 am – 12 noon  at the Harambee Community Garden, 136 West Howard in Northwest Pasadena. Paint, paper, plants, all on Saturday mornings in Oct. Instruction on art projects provided! All kids are welcome!  Art and/or gardening-loving adults are also welcome to join us in some dirt hauling. You can get own plot to grow food for yourself or for the food bank hosted by Grace Community Bible Church located across the street at Harambee School.

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Echo Park Tribute to Woody Guthrie – July 14

Okie Gets Genre-Bending Facelift

Art by R. Crumb.

How do you get a neighborhood of Hipsters and Hip-Hoppers to celebrate a hillbilly musician named Woody?  It’s not as difficult as you might think. Musicians of all genres have a soft spot for the hard-traveling, plainspoken troubadour and his uplifting songs about living through tough times. The issues addressed by many contemporary musicians are the same that Guthrie wrote about in Los Angeles more than 70 years ago  – bank foreclosures, homelessness, deportations, migrant labor, union busting, racism and other forms of discrimination. Continue reading

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New Look for 1951 Spartan by Architect Patrick Tighe

Thanks to prize winning architect Patrick Tighe of Tighe Architecture for his sleek new design for our 1951 Spartan Trailer.  What do you think? We Welcome comments! 

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Trailer Sows Ground With Creative Seeds

Our 1951 Spartan Trailer served as a video

The rain didn’t stop us from having fun on Sunday November 20 when our 1951 Spartan Trailer served as a video booth for people to record their stories about food access and equity at Cornerstone Theatre’s Block Party.
The party was the last in a two-week series of events called Creative Seeds – performances, discussions and learning opportunities – that kicked off a major Cornerstone Project, The Hunger Cycle – nine world premiere plays that will be performed over the next five years. In preparation for a show we plan for July, Sam Breen performed Bob Dylan’s poem “Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie” accompanied by musician Kevin Robinson. Share YOUR stories of hunger and food at www.cornerstonetheater.org.  Cornerstone will post them on their blog and use them to inspire their work on the Hunger Cycle.

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NOMADS Mix It Up, Make It Up On Human Rights Day

Artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's shows her portrait of a fellow citizen of Kentifrica to kids with the NOMAD Lab Art Project

The NOMAD Lab Art Project for children celebrated Human Rights Day on December 10 by envisioning a world – real or imagined – that they would like to live in. Multimedia artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and musician/composer Kevin Robinson led the event, held in an apartment complex at the Valle del Oro Neighborhood in Santa Clarita, CA., where the children live.  The Trailer Trash Project organized the event in collaboration with NOMAD Lab founder Evelyn Serrano, who uses art to encourage children to work together build a peaceful, tolerant multi-cultural neighborhood.
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Trash Receives Investing In Artsts Grant

The Center for Cultural Innovation has awarded Sam Breen an Investing In Artists Grant, given to individual artists to acquire equipment or materials that will support them in their creative process.  The $6,500 grant will be used to build a performance space inside the 1951 Spartan trailer that Sam has been working on since September, 2010. Thanks to CCI, Trailer Trash is able to engage Eddie Paul Industries to open up the trailer’s now-fixed front windows, making the indoor performance space accessible to outdoor audiences.  The process requires considerable re-engineering, since it means cutting into the trailer’s aluminum skin the structure that gives the trailer 80% of its strength (see monocoque design.) Continue reading

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Sam Breen at PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany)

Sam Breen joined a group of students and graduates presenting “CalArts Plays Itself” at PACT Zollverein (Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2011) in Essen, Germany, one of Europe’s up-and coming culture centers. Continue reading
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Activists for Mother Earth

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SCI-Arc, CalTech Pasadena Take 6th at Solar Decathlon

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SCI-Arc architecture student Dovid Feld has been helping us with the design for our 1951 Spartan trailer.  Hats off to his fellow SCI-Arc compatriots who placed sixth in the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition! Continue reading

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Help KPFK Go Solar

On Saturday Sept. 24, Trailer Trash will help power a KPFK fundraising event at MacArthur Park to help the radio station go solar.  Bring your e-waste, enjoy some great food truck eats and listen to featured music.  Then pay us a visit inside our 1951 Spartan that we’re restoring into a green and mobile space to showcase art.   We’ll show you how we operate off-grid with solar.  Get a preview of  our composting toilet (Relax, it’s not hooked up yet!)  Help KFPK: bring along these items to recycle:  computers, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, routers, hubs, modems, Continue reading

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