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TSOTW: LA Zooo

The merch that accompanied Bei Ru‘s latest album LA Zooo is just outstanding – I love how it subversively plays on the theme of Zoo Staff gear gone bad. Look closely, the penguin’s got a switchblade. Watch your pockets! Available in Bei Ru’s online store and also via my friends at Hutch LA.

Ahimsa

A new print by Los Angeles artist CRYPTIK drops today, and it’s for a good cause too. The prints are 14 x 19″ and feature some impressive embossed gold foil stamping. The artwork features the green sea turtle, classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Proceeds benefit the Pangea Seed Foundation.

We The People

You can get all 5 of the popular We The People print series by donating $100 or more at The Amplifier Foundation. Great art for an even greater cause. Three are by Shepard Fairey, with one each by Ernesto Yerena and Jessica Saboga.

Save Music in Chinatown 11

My talented friend Martin Wong is organizing another of his great fundraiser matinee concerts to raise money for arts education at his daughter’s school – Castelar Elementary in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I’ve been to a few of these events and I can’t emphasize enough how special it is to see the great acts that Martin lines up, in a cozy, family-friendly setting. The line-up of acts, tickets, and more deets are here.

But Stay Woke

I’ve had the new album from rapper/actor/producer/comedian/songwriter/director (etc) Childish Gambino a/k/a Donald Glover on repeat lately. His latest release “Awaken, My Love!” departs from his previous catchy intellectual trap, and goes in an entirely unexpected lush, funky, soulful, musical direction. At various points he evokes Rick James, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, even Michael Jackson, all while managing to sound incredibly original at the same time.

Farewell Obamas

Sad to say it’s President Barack Obama’s last day in office today. Lots of people will be very sad to see him and his lovely family leave, myself included.