WHAT: Documentary screening about blacklisted 1950s singer Hope Foye (Ms.
Foye in attendance), LAVA Sunday Salon celebrating old Bunker Hill and Southern California's palm trees, and Memorial Day tours of 19th Century Savannah Cemetery in RosemeadWHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 4-6pm (Hope Foye documentary screening), Sunday, May 26, 2013, 12-2pm (LAVA Sunday Salon) and Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:30-2pm (Savannah Cemetery tours)WHERE: See numbered event descriptions below for locationsCOST: All events are free, reservations required for cemetery tours, donations welcome for documentary screeningMORE INFO: http://lavatransforms.org and the individual links belowCONTACT: Kim, amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947 LOS ANGELES- Recently honored with a Best Literary Salon award from Los Angeles Magazine, LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is fast establishing itself as one of the city's most intriguing arts collectives, with a calendar packed with compelling, offbeat urban events and a growing list of notable Visionary contributors.This Memorial Day weekend, LAVA's Visionary members host three unique, free events certain to appeal to Los Angeles explorers and culture seekers.LAVA's free Memorial Day weekend events play out in this order...1) "Red Hope: The Blacklisting of Hope Foye" documentary film screening, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 4-6pm, free (donations welcome). Hosted by LAVA Visionary Adrienne Crew. Location: Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA, 90230. More event info at http://lavatransforms.org/hopefoye. Film info at http://www.redhopeblacklistingmovie.comABOUT THE FILM: "Red Hope: The Blacklisting of Hope Foye" will be screened at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City. The film's subject, Hope Foye, will be at the screening to discuss her life and career. Directed by Constance L. Jackson and narrated by Keith David. "Red Hope: The Blacklisting of Hope Foye" explores the life of African American classical opera singer Hope Foyeâher struggles for justice, for survival, and for her music. "Red Hope" immerses the viewer into the Senate chambers with Hope Foye and the McCarran Sub-committee of HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) during her interrogation in 1952. The documentary also captures the richness of Hope's memories and of her today while showing images of the glamorous young singer, the times, performance stills, and family photos, all of it bringing Foye and her early career to vivid life. Framing and defining many of her performances and interviews of today are her songsâpieces filled with the horror, tragedy, and melancholia of a racist past as well as the faith and hope for a better future. Every note of pain, every crescendo of triumph, rings out clearly in the compelling voice of Hope Foye. 2) "LAVA Sunday Salon." Sunday, May 26, 12pm-2pm. Hosted by LAVA Visionaries Richard Schave and Kim Cooper. Free, no reservations required. Les Noces du Figaro (mezzanine level), 618 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90014. More info at http://lavatransforms.org/salon513ABOUT THE LAVA SUNDAY SALON: Join LAVA â The Los Angeles Visionaries Association for its revived free monthly Sunday Salon series, formerly held at Clifton's Cafeteria. LAVA returns to South Broadway, to the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro, which was recently opened by the family behind Figaro Bistro in Los Feliz. This handsome space was formerly Schaber's Cafeteria (Charles F. Plummer, 1928), and the mezzanine features wonderful views of the Los Angeles Theatre.On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles for a structured Salon featuring formal presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another.The May Salon will be broken into two distinct presentations each lasting about 45 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early if they wish to order food and beverages from the counter downstairs, and bring their meal upstairs.Presentation One: "29 Palms" by J. Scott SmithThe presentation will consist of two distinct elements: 1) a projected 35-minute presentation during which photographer J. Scott Smith describes the origins and creative process behind his "29 Palms" project. After the talk, join Scott for a pop-up gallery show featuring one or two full-scale finished works (3' x 5') along with a few smaller sized pieces (18.5â x 30â) on display in the mezzanine. Artist's Statement: "'29 Palms' is a mirage of sorts, a photographic re-imagining of the original oasis of twenty-nine native palms around which the desert city of the same name developed. Washingtonia filifera, the Golden State's only indigenous palm, is featured in this collection alongside a remarkable variety of geographic transplants that flourish in Southern California's benign climate. Captured with a large format view camera on 8 × 10â film and rendered in high-resolution 38 × 60â chromogenic prints, the '29 Palms' series is both a typological study of individual palm trunks and a shimmering reflection of the region's ethnically diverse human population. I became aware of the extraordinary beauty of palm trunks when my beloved dog began to slow in his old age. Walking through a Santa Monica park lined with palms, I confronted their trunks at close range while Buck lingered and sniffed around the bases. Their intricate patterns evoked abstract landscapes and I resolved to create formal portraits by visually severing the columnar trunks from crown and base. I developed a fascination with the history of Southern California's iconic palms and sought out both typical and unique specimens in public and private spaces."http://jscottsmithphotography.comPresentation Two: Old Bunker Hill - One Family's Perspective by Gordon PattisonHave you ever wondered what Old Bunker Hill was really like? Have you ever wished you could have been there to see it? Well, our speaker, Gordon Pattison, can tell you and show you because he and his family lived there. The Pattison family owned the Castle and Salt Box, among others of the old Victorian buildings that were once there. Gordon will tell the story of Bunker Hill from a personal perspective, through recollections inspired from historical photographs of Bunker Hill as well as family photos taken there in the 1930s and 1940s. Old Bunker Hill isn't gone. It floats ethereally in memory above Hope, Grand, Olive and Hill Street. And after this Sunday Salon, it will live in your imagination, too. 3) "Memorial Day tour of historic Savannah Cemetery in Rosemead." Monday, May 27, 12:30pm-2pm. Hosted by LAVA Visionaries Richard Schave and Kim Cooper. Free, reservations. Savannah Cemetery, 9263 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA, 91770. More info at http://lavatransforms.org/savannah2013ABOUT THE SAVANNAH CEMETERY TOUR: Join LAVA for a Memorial Day celebration at Savannah Memorial Park. Established circa 1851 and recently made a California Historical Landmark (#1046), it is the oldest American cemetery in Southern California. The City of Rosemead will host an official ceremony at 10:30am, complete with 21-gun salute and a bagpipe accompaniment. Around 12:15pm, following the city ceremony, LAVA members will gather at the main gate and at 12:30pm begin their tour of the cemetery. Tours guides, all of whom have decades of involvement with the cemetery, will recount the trials and tribulations of the pioneer families who braved the Santa Fe Trail and the Mojave Desert to make their homes in the lowlands of the eastern San Gabriel Valley, before finding eternal rest in these hallowed grounds. You won't want to miss this very special LAVA excursion which has become an annual tradition.Interested Angelenos are encouraged to come out and be part of one or more of these LAVA events celebrating the city and encouraging connections.ABOUT LAVA: Through participation in LAVA, a select group of creative professionals come together to promote cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience while promoting positive public space. LAVA's creative partners share a love for L.A. and unique ideas for exploring it in their work. Formed by social historians RICHARD SCHAVE and KIM COOPERâproprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)âLAVA brings together L.A.'s most visionary promoters, artists, writers and thinkers. The first crop of Visionaries in the growing curated community includes cultural chronicler ADRIENNE CREW, artist and Eastside historian AL GUERRERO, Cacophony Society co-founder AL RIDENOUR, avant garde fashion maven A. LAURA BRODY, poet/publisher ALEIDA RODRIGUEZ, back-to-nature pioneer ALICIA BAY LAUREL, filmmaker ALLISON ANDERS, writer/curator ALLON SCHOENER, designer/mom of Chicken Boy AMY INOUYE, custom tours maven ANNE BLOCK, documentarian/radio producer ANTHEA RAYMOND, author/gallerist APRIL DAMMANN, memoirist BARBARA KRAFT, pop culture historian BECKY EBENKAMP, ethnomusicologist BETO GONZALEZ, puppeteer BOB BAKER, tile historian BRIAN KAISER, producer/promoter CHRISTIAN VOLTAIRE MEOLI, cultural events programmer CHRISTINA GALANTE, musician COUNT SMOKULA, performance artist CRIMEBO THE CLOWN, writer/Libros Schmibros proprietor DAVID KIPEN, Novelist DAVID ROCKLIN, forensic educator DEREK PACIFICO, sculptor DONALD GIALANELLA, forensic scientist/educator DONALD JOHNSON, author/educator DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, educator and historic cemetery board member DWAIN CARLO CRUM, artist ELENA MARY SIFF, documentarian ELIJAH DRENNER, conversation curator ERIC VOLLMER, social connector EVONNE HEYNING, musician/performance artist FEATHERBEARD, photographer GARY LEONARD, pop critic/outsider artist GENE SCULATTI, musician/artist GEORGE EARTH, songsmith HARVEY SID FISHER, theater director HOLLY WITHAM, musician/writer IAN WHITCOMB, artist JASON HADLEY, food blogger JAVIER CABRAL, musician JEFF BOYNTON, filmmaker JEREMY KASTEN, musician JIMI CABEZA DE VACA, social historian JOAN RENNER, writer/artist JOE OESTERLE, writer JOHN BUNTIN, filmmaker JON ALLOWAY, documentarian JOHN DULLAGHAN, Musso & Frank co-owner JORDAN JONES, performance artist JULES ROCHIELLE, curator JULIE RICO, cultural curator and writer KIM OHANNESON, "Kristin's List" cultural chronicler KRISTIN BEDFORD, songstress/prognosticator MADAME PAMITA, esoteric scholar MAJA D'AOUST, author/broadcaster MANNY PACHECO, writer MARGUERITE DARLINGTON, performer McCRISTOL HARRIS, visual artist MELVIN HALE, journalist MICHAEL LINDER, photographic archivist MICHAEL RISNER, poet/dancer MONA JEAN CEDAR, architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK, writer NEAL POLLOCK, theater director NICHOLAS HOSKING, L.A. Historic Theater Foundation rep NICK MATONAK, music producer NO'A WINTER LAZERUS, musician OCTAVIUS, writer /photographer /musician PAUL KOUDOUNARIS, peace activist PAUL NUGENT of the Aetherius Society, 3-D photography expert RAY 3D ZONE, activist and performer RD PLASSCHAERT, historic ghost seeker RICHARD CARRADINE, artist/musician RICH POLYSORBATE 60, filmmaker/preservationist ROSS LIPMAN, singer-songwriter RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, ghost hunter SARAH TROOP, social networking mistress SHAWNA DAWSON, painter/gallerist SUSAN DOBAY, artist/writer/activist SUSANNA DAKIN, Warhol star and writer TERE TEREBA, sculptor TOM WALKER, musical entertainer THE UKULADY, and hat designer YASMIN DIXON.Applications from prospective LAVA members are being taken at http://lavatransforms.org/applyTo learn more about LAVA, please visit http://www.lavatransforms.orgLAVA founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave and most of LAVA's Visionary members are available for interviews. A limited number of journalists on assignment can be accommodated on ticketed events. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947.