Celebrate Love and Shakespeare on the Metro for Valentine’s Day

Love's Fire

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

“Getting ready to take the Metro, my love. All aboard!”

Independent Shakespeare Co. partners with Metro Art Moves for a unique way to celebrate love, Shakespeare, and the city of Los Angeles this Valentine’s Day. You’re invited to “Go Metro” for a free tour that explores artwork in the Metro system accompanied by scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays on the topic of love.

The 2 ½-hour tour begins at Union Station at 2pm (meet at the information booth in the Alameda Street entrance) and ends at the Hollywood/Western Red Line station. You don’t need a reservation but attendance is limited to the first 50 people so plan to be there early, and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

The Metro Art Moves program regularly offers special tours and other performing arts programming in a wide range of disciplines to enhance and engage Angelenos – everything from music, dance, and poetry readings to films screenings and photography installations. It’s an innovative way to experience art and culture in unexpected places. Who doesn’t love that?!

METRO PRESENTS: LOVE’S FIRE VALENTINE’S DAY TOUR
Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 pm
Union Station
FREE – limited to 50 attendees
For more info about ISC: www.iscla.org
For more about the Metro Art Moves series: Metro Art Tours

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Pop Culture Meets Shakespeare Meets Art

Michael Hsiung  1

On Friday, June 12, the Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Santa Monica is opening a new exhibit entitled The Fake History of the World, curated by art critic Daniel Rolnik. Rolnik showcases original art and prints that are hip and fun, with plenty of humor thrown in for good measure, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

One of the artists who will be showing his work is Michael C. Hsiung, and one of Michael’s illustrations is inspired by none other than William Shakespeare. I’m always interested in how Shakespeare influences contemporary creative people, whether the medium is theatre, dance, music, or art, so I asked Michael to tell us about his Shakespeare connection.

“In college I was an English major, so often a lot of my drawings are titled after lengthy title chapters or influenced by writing and histories. Naturally I gravitated towards Shakespeare’s works and histories, and even studied abroad a semester in Bath, England. I had a whole course on Shakespeare when I was there too. I was always fascinated by what was behind Shakespeare’s genius, as well as the various theories about whether or not he was actually real. I remember visiting his house, seeing Othello in the theater, and then skinny dipping with classmates in the Stratford Upon Avon. In terms of my artwork, I find that my interests in literature always show up in my drawings — in the title, from a story, or just by creating my own narrative. These things tend to seep out when I’m doodling.”  More

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