Left: Avi Buffalo, photo courtesy of the band; Right: People Get Ready, photo by Ian Douglas
- $15 General
- $20 Day of Show/Door
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Party through the night at this winter celebration featuring indie rock band Avi Buffalo, the Los Angeles debut of People Get Ready, and a new site-specific dance performance by Jmy James Kidd and The Sunland Dancers.
Guests will thoroughly experience the Skirball's architecturally unique campus at this progressive party, moving from one venue to the next to partake in music and movement productions.
Also enjoy sets by KCRW DJ Jason Kramer, creative building activities, late-night gallery hours, specialty cocktails, and more! The night will close out with the first-ever performance in the Skirball's new Guerin Pavilion.
Spend the night before at the Skirball! People Get Ready hosts a FREE improv jam on Thursday, December 5! Learn more here...
About the artists
(Set time: 11:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.)
Avi Buffalo was once just a kid named Avi (short for Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg) with a preternatural talent for making a very special kind of bent but lovely pop song. He spent the mid-2000s singing quiet yet resolutely sophisticated songs into whatever free programs he could put on his PC. Then Avi Buffalo developed into a full band and colonized L.A.'s eastside music scene. One of their first recorded songs—"What's In It For?"—was put up on MySpace and esteemed indie label Sub Pop came inquiring. Within a few months, that song became the first single off the band's self-titled debut album. The band is preparing to release a second full-length album in 2014.
"Avi Buffalo seem graceful beyond their years as songwriters."
Watch the official video for Avi Buffalo's "What's In It For?":
People Get Ready
(Set time: 9:50–10:40 p.m.)
Brooklyn-based People Get Ready combine harmony-rich pop with elements of performance art, exploring the relationship between music and movement. For this event, they will perform their live show Let Pythons Be Pythons & Songs. The band, comprised of dancer and guitarist Steven Reker, percussionist Booker Stardrum, James Rickman (ex-Lizzie Trulie, ex-Slow Gherkin), and Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), made their performance debut in 2009 at The Kitchen's "Dance and Process" series. They released their self-titled debut album in late 2012.
"They integrate dance, movement, performance, music and singing in a way I haven't seen before, and it's very promising. It is something I've been trying to do in recent years as well, and People Get Ready are taking it to places I haven't seen before."
—David Byrne of Talking Heads
Watch People Get Ready perform "Middle Name":
Jmy James Kidd
(Set time: 9:15–9:35 p.m.)
Jmy James Kidd lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She makes dances, clothing, and costumes, and runs a performance space called Pieter. Her dance company, The Sunland Dancers, works through feeling tones with rigorous ritual design.
Watch an excerpt of "My Garden Is So Special," choreographed by Jmy James Kidd:
THE PERFORMANCE BY PEOPLE GET READY IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK (NPN) PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.NPNWEB.ORG.