New Power Points Guide at LA Art Book Fair

9 01 2015

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For the upcoming Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, Llano Del Rio will be presenting (among other stuff) the project we commissioned from Rosten Woo. Power Points is a guide to using the the power analysis toolkit developed by SCOPE LA (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education). It is a practical guide to how to develop a grassroots campaign by mapping power dynamics, a collection of info-graphics, and a brief education on a history of social organization in SoCal.

Utopias of SoCal, Available Free Now

14 05 2014

Free Guide #4 Available Now- Utopias of So.Cal.
Also Related events at Santa Monica Museum through July

2 sided guide to Utopias of Southern California. It's free. Find it around town.

Side 1 of Utopias of So.Cal.. It’s free, find it around town, or email us your mailing address (LA County Res).

As the present moment appears  fixed in the destructive-ideology of hyper-capitalism this guide locates places in Southern California where other ideologies have reigned. Utopias of So.Cal. is a free (to LA County residents) two-sided printed map/guide to current and historic utopian communes, colonies, and intentional communities in Southern California. Sited in the guide are collectives founded on ecology, socialism, spirituality, free expression, queer liberation, and feminism. 23 current and historic lebenskunst sites (a San Diego group committed to facilitating interplanetary dialogue, a LA based community founded on Chicana/o art and consciousness, a Santa Barbara colony credited with inventing the hot tub and the Renaissance fair). In coordination with the release of this guide, Llano Del RIo is presenting a series of public events (May 28, June 25, July 23rd) in a tree house located by the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Pick a guide up at the sites listed below or email your address to Llano Del Rio and we’ll post one to you.

Utopias of So.Cal. contains reflections on the persistence of these colonies in our own utopian consciousness’  written by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers; Sandra De La Loza, David Frantz, Janet Sarbanes, Mady Schutzman, Jodie Willie and the Women’s Center For Creative Work (WCCW). This guide, like all Llano Del Rio guides, is free and available to residents of LA county through the mail (send your postal address) or around town (listed below). Non-residents of LA may purchase a copy of the guide online with our friends at Half Letter Press or through & Pens Press. Utopias of So.Cal. was organized and written by the Llano Del Rio Collective with Erin Schneider, print design by Content Object.

Utopias Of So.Cal. Available Here (as soon as we get ‘em there)!
1642 Bar
Ave. 50 Studios
Central Branch, LA Public Library
Echo Park Film Center
Golden Bridge Yoga
Highways Performance Space
Human Resources
Libros Shmibros
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Machine Project
Mandrake Bar
Antelope Valley College Art Gallery
Mystic Journey Bookstore
One Life Natural Food Store
Santa Monica Museum Of Art
Self Help Graphics
Southern California Library For Social Justice
Thank You For Coming
The Public School
The Yoga Collective
Tribal Café
Urth Yoga
Santa Monica City Public Library
Venice Beach Branch, La Public Library

Related Events at the Santa Monica Museum Park Treehouse
Where is Utopia Of Southern California? A conversation with members of the Llano Del Rio Collective Members
Wednesday, May 28

Sounds For Another Tomorrow- a night of Utopian Music
Date Wednesday, June 25

Utopia, A Double Feature: Dear Comrade and The Source Family
Wednesday, July 23
Dear Comrade at 7:30
Potluck dinner
The Source Family at 9p



Schedule for Upcoming Events at SMMOA Llano Del Rio Residency

9 05 2014

All events at Santa Monica Museum Treehouse

Where is Utopia?A

Where is Utopia Of Southern California? A conversation with members of the Llano Del Rio Collective Members
Wednesday, May 28


To celebrate the Llano Del Rio Collective’s release of its newest free guide Utopias of SoCal members of the Llano Del Rio Collective will discuss their working concepts, and critical reflections upon, the practice of manufacturing ideal states. The conversation will take the form of a “Pecha Kucha, very brief presentations accompanied by images. Llano Del Rio Collective members planning to attend include: Lara Bank, John Burtle, Sandra de la Loza, Ken Ehrlich, Hector Gallegos,  Robby Herbst, Kelly Marie Martin, Tom McKenzie,  Janet Sarbanes, Erin Schneider, and Kimberly Varella.

Sounds Of Another TomorrowA

Sounds For Another Tomorrow- a night of Utopian Music
Date Wednesday, June 25



Join us for a night of music performed by, for, and towards utopia. The evening will consist of three short programs put together by members of the Llano Del Rio Collective, Kelly Marie Martin, Erin Schneider.

Kelly Martin will share the Southern California Legacy of Woody Guthrie, leading a sing-a-long of music Guthrie composed while broadcasting from LA radio station KFVD.

John and Erin Schneider (father and daughter) will improvise on a retuned 19th century pump organ and adapted viola, to a slideshow of Robert Forrester’s chemical microphotography. These unique instruments and images allow for experimentation outside of standard musical tunings and perception.

Utopia Double Featur

Utopia, A Double Feature: Dear Comrade and The Source Family
Wednesday, July 23
Dinner 7-8:00
Dear Comrade at 8:00
The Source Family at 9- 10:30
Join us for a double feature. Food will be had!

Dear Comrade (2012) 55 minutes, Mady Schutzman
Dear Comrade is a feature length, experimental essay film inspired by a significant moment in California’s ‘utopian’ history: the creation of Llano del Rio , one of California’s most successful secular cooperative colonies. The community was founded by renowned socialist Job Harriman in 1914. The primary focus of the film resides not so much in the past as in the musings, questions, courage, frustrations, fantasies, and labors of many before and after Llano who have assumed comparable struggles –- to forego economic and political security to craft an alternative society. The filmmaker stages surreal re-enactments of life at Llano performed by reunited members of a 1970s collective to which she belonged, and casts her elderly aunt, a 1950s borscht belt communitarian as a former Llano colonist..

The Source Family (2012) 98 minutes, Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille
A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. The Source Family was a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.

Santa Monica Biome Re-imagining Workshop 5/3/14

9 05 2014


Members of the Llano Del Rio Collective, Fritz Haeg and Robby Herbst, led a workshop re-imagining Santa Monica in an ecological and communitarian way. The workshop began with a conversation about the natural and human ecology of the area, as well as historic and contemporary alternatives for these architectural and natural systems. Participants will develop a “Plan For An Other Santa Monica,”


Llano Del Rio in Residence in Tree House in Parking Lot in Santa Monica

11 04 2014

This spring/summer, Llano Del Rio will be doing a series of events as “artist in residence” at the Santa Monica Museum, actually a tree house built in the parking lot there, by Knowhow Shop. Events include outdoor film screening (Dear Comrade + Source Family), A night of utopian inspired music (with Llano Del Rio Collective Members Erin Schneider, Kelly Martin, and perhaps Adam Overton), a Santa Monica biome redesign workshop (with Llano members Fritz Haeg and Robby Herbst), and a large group discussion regarding Utopia and the critical imagination in Southern California (with  Lara Bank, John Burtle, Sandra de la Loza, Ken Ehrlich, Hector Gallegos, Fritz Haeg, Robby Herbst, Kelly Marie Martin, Tom McKenzie, Adam Overton, Janet Sarbanes, Erin Schneider, and Kimberly Varella)

A People’s Art History of Los Angeles with Nicholas Lampert 3/16

23 02 2014

The Llano Del Rio Collective is pleased to host author/historian/artist Nicolas Lampert for two events in relationship to his new book A People’s Art History of The United States. First will be a public gathering, mapping, and preliminary creation of A People’s Art History of Los Angeles; second a reading by Lampert from his new book. The events will occur at 6 then 7 pm at the Public School In Los Angeles (951 Chung King Road 90012), Sunday the 16th of March.


With the gathering and mapping of A People’s Art History of Los Angeles we will collect and share historic sites and  art projects that can constitute a shared people’s art history of LA. Lampert’s book discusses projects of ASCO, SPARC/Judith Baca, Women House, and In Morning And In Rage. But what other art projects constitute our shared progressive/radical/vangardist public art history here in LA? Certainly Tongva petroglyphs, Watts Towers, The Peace Tower, and Tierra De Culebra Park; perhaps placas in the Arroyo, Not A Cornfield, the DIY bike lanes that appeared on Glendale Blvd a few years back, the Peace And Justice Center, Art In Action, or what else? Come to the Public School at 6:00 pm and contribute to our creation of a map/guide of some sorts (TBD) of  A Peoples Art History of Los Angeles with Nicholas Lampert- to be followed by a reading by Nicolas at 7:00.

Back and Print and Available, Map For An Other LA

7 02 2014

The full-color  two-sided map sites and describes locations that support, dream, act and aid in the creation of an other Los Angeles. Beekeepers, greywater operators, hacker spaces, cooperatives, collectives, art spaces, radical places, gardens, swimming holes, cooking collectives, think tanks etc…


The Map For An Other LA, which we put together in 2010, is happily back in print. You can get a copy through Half Letter Press.


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