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Bronx Gothic Notes by OKWUI OKPOKWASILI

Out of Print.

This chapbook contains select images and texts derived from the Okpokwasili’s solo dance theater performance Bronx Gothic.

“From crumpled hand-written pages, Okpokwasili takes us through a sometimes harrowing, sometimes darkly humorous account of the sexual, spiritual and emotional coming of age of two girls growing up in the coarse surroundings of the Bronx in New York.” —from the introduction by Ishmael Houston-Jones

20 pages
with introduction by Ishmael Houston-Jones
created in collaboration with Okwui Okpokwasili
edited by taisha paggett & George Lugg



Published by Show Box L.A. with the generous support of Joel Smith
in conjunction with performances of Bronx Gothic
at Highland Park Ebell Club
Los Angeles, California
July 17–19, 2014.

itch @ LA Art Book Fair

January 31–February 3, 2013

Thursday from 6–9pm (preview)
Friday from 11am–5pm
Saturday from 11am–6pm
Sunday from 12noon–6pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

itch Dance Journal participated in Printed Matter’s the first annual LA Art Book Fair. Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 180 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from nineteen countries.

itch can be found at Table 38.

itch Dance Journal has a new website!

itch Dance Journal has a new website!

Now and future lovers of itch, We are delighted to announce that we have a new website. The talented and whimsical Tanya Rubbak, itch Dance Journal’s design guru, has been hard at work. Check it out!

Practice participation in the ever-unfurling culture of corporeal inquiry and art making,
from LA and beyond: insert your thoughts, your body, your voice.

Love from the itch team:
Arianne Hoffmann, Taisha Paggett, Tanya Rubbak, Meg Wolfe, and Sara Wolf

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2.26.12: 2hours4every3minutes


Curator Darin Klein about the itch performance, 2hours4every3minutes, at Tilt/Shift LA:

“Our final program in conjunction with Tilt-Shift LA was all that I hoped it would be – and more. Not knowing the precise details of what would unfold within the gallery tonight, I had nonetheless been promising (and advertising!) an “intimate and intense” evening…”
read more here:

and some of his snapshots from the performance:

Photos by Walt Senterfitt.

itch #14 is out

itch #14: The Brakes. The Breaks

features writing/visuals from Taisha Paggett, Mikal Czech, Hana van der Kolk, LuQ, Julie Tolentino, Olive Mckeon, Rosie Trump, Sue Roginski, Christy Funsch, Vanessa Dewolf, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Skura, Diamondback Annie, Marcela Fuentes, M. Fielder, Alison d’Amato, J. Dellecave, D. Sherwood, Kate Mattingly & Macklin Kowal, Stacy Dawson Stearns, Sarah Day, Sara Wolf, Sara Wookey, Maya Maverik, Kevin Gralewski;  layout/design by Tanya Rubbak.

2.12.12: itch at Tilt-Shift LA

itch journal is pleased to be participating in two events as part of

Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge

presented by Darin Klein & Friends
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-6000
Sunday, February 12, 12-6pm: ‘Zine Fest 2012!
Peruse and purchase publications from local creators and purveyors: 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, Double Break Gallery and Shop, Glaciers of Nice, itch, JIMMY, Night Papers, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, Public Fiction, Christopher Russell, spunk (1993-96), Starrfucker, and more. Plus free reading material from The Miracle Bookmobile!
Saturday, February 18, 6-8pm: itch
Experience an intimate and intense dance performance by members of the itch community, whose interests and practices converge in a happenstance yet curiously fortuitous bricolage. itch is an evolving art project qua artist forum cum journal/‘zine published in LA.
Come visit us for these events, and check out the exhibit – running from Jan. 28 – February 25, 2012
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
special program hours
and by appointment
In the introduction that accompanies this exhibition, Darin Klein writes:As queer artists, we navigate a city that may have been built on illusion but is being held together by individualized histories. Our bodies and our intellects seek harmony with or rebel against the disparate confluences of our surroundings while gleaning information and inspiration. Our art proposes pragmatic solutions to, fantastic alternatives for, or straightforward documentation of the world as we experience it at the western edge of western civilization. …Because the ground we stand on is unstable—literally and metaphorically—the fortification of our psychological landscape is of utmost importance. There is no singular viewpoint on important issues that are certain to affect entire communities where nature and man threaten to wipe out the bedrock of our collective and varied efforts and hopes. Piece by piece we work to ensure that each of our voices is heard, confident that our contributions must strengthen the foundation of a future historical dialogue as it will pertain to queer artists living and working in Los Angeles right now.

(An itch event)

(You are cordially invited)
2hours4every3minutes: a performance cycle
Featuring: Greg Barnett, Taisha Paggett, Meg Wolfe… and you?
As part of Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
Saturday, February 18, 2012
come late/leave early/stay for the long haul
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Boulevard (south of Venice)
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Contemplating the notion of queer performance and perusing this opportunity for real-time interaction, itch offers 2hours4every3minutes, a performance cycle.
What is it our bodies are willing to confess to that cannot otherwise be articulated? What information gets translated over time and what simply disappears? How do we share (the spotlight)? What unexpected danger/magic/disaster/confusion, etc., do we encounter when we really allow “everyone in the room” to speak, and who really takes up the invitation? What is this atrocity/beauty we call performance?
In the first hour, Greg Barnett, Taisha Paggett and Meg Wolfe rotate through a series of 3 minute performances, each one feeding off of and building from the previous experience. In the second hour, the 3 minute performance cycle opens to anyone who wishes to bring their body into the conversation. Over the course of 2 hours, the arc of the performance will be built from the shared labor of the bodies in this intimate space, bodies whose participation as witness or mover is of equal value. Mic check, mic check: how might you participate?
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles Presents
Darin Klein & Friends
Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
above photo: Suzanne Wright