Feb 17 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 17 @ 1:00 PM
Artist Jamie Chase will exhibit a series of “Sketches and Faux B-Movie Poster Paintings” at the Jean Cocteau beginning February 17th. The exhibition’s title is Freeze Frame. ARTIST STATEMENT I love black and white movies. Without color, the separate elements of an image become abstract rhythms of light and shadow. The best cinematographers played to that strength with strategic lighting and composition. And even the worst had moments of accidental brilliance, where all the moving parts line up in a harmony of form. The drawings in this show are sketches from freeze-frame scenes of old black and white movies and even a few TV shows. I chose scenes that are largely black, where subject elements emerge in slivers of light. I draw the lit areas in black ink washes and then reverse the finished sketch in the computer. The faux posters are a nostalgic nod to the B-movies I grew up with and an abbreviated survey of the art and tropes used in marketing them.
Mar 8 all-day
LIVE BROADCAST MARCH 8, 15, and 18, 2015 APRIL 12, 19, and 21, 2015 Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly attributed to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime
Mar 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
March 9th at 7:00 p.m. New York Times Best-selling author Lisa See will give a lecture and sign copies of her books at the Jean Cocteau! Lisa See is author of many novels including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and her newest New York Times Best-seller, China Dolls. FROM LISA SEE’S WEBSITE, about China Dolls: It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything. About Lisa See: Ms. See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.
Mar 15 @ 6:30 PM
The Jean Cocteau is proud to present acclaimed Horror and Science Fiction editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow. She is the former fiction editor of OMNI. She is currently the editor of SCI FICTION, works as a consulting editor for Tor Books, and is the editor or co-editor of more than 50 anthologies, including two so far this year: The 17th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Faery Reel. She has won the Stoker Award, the Hugo Award, and is a seven-time recipient of the World Fantasy Award. Join us in celebrating Ellen’s newest anthology The Doll Collection. The Doll Collection is exactly what it sounds like: a treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls. Featuring everything from life-sized clockwork dolls to all-too-human Betsy Wetsy-type baby dolls, these stories play into the true creepiness of the doll trope, but avoid the clichés that often show up in stories of this type.Master anthologist Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every reader will want to add to their own collection. In honor of The Doll Collections Release the Jean Cocteau will be hosting a… CREEPY DOLL CONTEST! Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Creepy dolls will be judged based on originality, creativity, characterization, artistic quality, and inventiveness. Each participant may submit 1 doll each. Size limits: 6 to 24 inches tall. Votes may be cast by any visitor to the Jean Cocteau Cinema. You may only vote once per doll. You may vote for as many dolls as you like, but only once for any given doll. Contest Timeline Submissions Begin: Monday, February 23, 2015 Submissions End: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Voting Begins: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:00 am Voting Ends: Sunday, March 15, at 6:30 pm Prizes Awarded: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm. With grand prizes based on your ability to creep out the queen of creepy Ellen herself. Don’t miss out start your Creepy Doll submission today. Stay Tuned for more details!
Mar 20 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Painter Ryan Singer and jeweler Liz Wallace will exhibit their artwork at the Jean Cocteau Art Gallery beginning March 18th. The Gallery Reception will occur Friday March 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1 Little Indian Ryan Singer: Artist Statement As an aspiring young artist, I was fascinated by classic science fiction and horror movies from the 1930’s to 1970’s like “Frankenstein”, “The Wolf Man”, and “The Fly”. These movies had a big impact on me and motivated me to make art that is strange, sometimes scary, and makes the viewer question what they see. As some movies made me uncomfortable, I want to do the same with my art. But in my artwork, I tell stories and share messages that have multiple layers of meaning. My artwork in this show reflects my admiration for pop culture, and addresses cultural stereotypes about Native Americans as influenced by vintage sci-fi/horror films and posters. Ultimately, my artwork is an expression of my personal identity and experience as a Native American. Triple Threat Spiked Heart Liz Wallace: Artist Statement I’ve always worked with my hands and been artistic, ever since I was a toddler. Whether that’s nature, nurture, or because art was the only way I received praise, I still haven’t figured out. Jewelry has been a way for me to have some control over my life and where it went. Nature is a recurring theme for me, as my fondest childhood memories are from my grandmother working in her garden and taking me to national parks.
Apr 10 – Apr 13 all-day
SHOWTIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED A full time professional magician since 2000, Francis has over 30 years experience practicing sleight of hand. Whether entertaining on six-star cruise lines, U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls or your intimate private events, Francis consistently impresses. He has also earned respect as an international industry leader, inventing, writing and lecturing on new magic for fellow magicians.