GXRLSCHOOL Announces Their First-Ever Digital Festival THE LOBBY
GXRLSCHOOL announces their first-ever digital festival for creativity and presence, THE LOBBY, taking place on Oct. 17 from 10am – 9pm PT, offering a full day of participatory, at-home activities led by a diverse group of artists and teachers from Gxrlschool’s new digital venue, THE LOBBY. Attendees will join drop-in activities and experiences for mindfulness, movement, creativity, presence, and community, and explore the Lobby, East Gallery, and West Gallery spaces. The day will culminate in a virtual dance club with Club Quarantine, featuring a special guest.
The festival activities include:
Pop-up virtual rave with Club Quarantine feat. Special Guest
A healing movement class with internationally-acclaimed choreographer Toogie Barcelo and musician Joe Berry (M83)
Interior Listening Protocols: a participatory listening piece exploring spatial dynamism by Ash Fure
A future life regression with medium Aja Daashuur-Hopkins
Excuse My Beauty: an indigenous queer variety show created by Lady Shug from HBO’s We’re Here with a Q&A and special guest appearance
CAPTAIN GOODVIBES, a pawsitive journey hosted by Big Dog and Petey
“Crickets,” a place to face the void and receive 1000 crickets by Chris Kallmyer
Our.Bodies.Our.Work: a poetry workshop with Alyesha Wise-Hernandez and Def Sound
Microdosing, Interconnectedness, and Sound: a conversation and workshop led by Low Leaf
Laughter + Relaxation with new age musician and laughter meditation practitioner Laraaji
A short morning rave with DJ and filmmaker Initial Rhi accompanied by Twitch boss All Hell Breaks Loops
The LOBBY venue features a central LOBBY area based on a conceptual museum lobby, plus two galleries: the East Gallery, a digital sculpture garden with a group show of 3d and motion graphics sculptures from artists around the globe, and the West Gallery, a safe place to face the void and receive Crickets, an original art film created by Chris Kallmyer for the LOBBY. The event will host Zoom-style workshops, allowing attendees and teachers to participate in the activities and interact, from the safety of their homes.
GXRLSCHOOL and Big Dogs will also be offering a limited-edition, collaborative tee for the Lobby festival celebrating “Captain Goodvibes.” A portion of the profits will benefit the Lobby’s community partners.
Through a partnership with Red Bull Arts, 100% of the ticket sales benefit three organizations centering around Black creativity, community, and culture: Dreamhaus, The Free Black Women’s Library — L.A., and Reparations Club. Ticket prices begin with a $5 minimum donation, and the first 200 people to purchase early bird tickets will receive an anti-racist or POC-authored book sent to their home gratis, purchased from Reparations Club via the Red Bull Arts Book Share program.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 17 10am – 9 pm PT WHERE: Lobby.gxrlschool.com WHO: Workshop leaders: Aja Daashuur-Hopkins, Alyesha Wise-Hernandez + Def Sound, Ash Fure, Big Dog + Petey, Club Quarantine, Lady Shug + guests, Low Leaf, Toogie Barcelo + Joe Berry, Initial Rhi + All Hell Breaks Loops, Laraaji East Gallery motions graphics artists: Ada Sokol, Aiden Duffy, Clara Luzian, Frank Guzzone, Jaime A. Sobreviela, Jess Iglehart, Juanma Mota (Pleid Studio), Lucas Camargo, Paola G. Olea, Rad Mora, Vincent Schwenk West Gallery artists: Chris Kallmyer, Crickets TICKETS: $5+, all-ages. Available at lobby.gxrlschool.com. First 200 tickets sold will also receive a gratis POC-authored book from Reparations Club courtesy of the Red Bull Arts Book Share program. PARTNERS: DREAMHAUS is a Los Angeles-based 501c(3) art non-profit organization founded in 2014, dedicated to implementing arts as an educational tool and a vehicle toward universal innovation. The Free Black Women’s Library — L.A. is a Black feminist traveling book swap and literary series that hold Black women writers at the center. Reparations Club is a concept shop, bookshop & creative space Curated by Blackness™ in Los Angeles, CA. Red Bull Arts (est. 2013) is an experimental, non-commercial arts program dedicated to creating new opportunities for artists and fostering public engagement in the arts. In response to the evolving socio-political climate, the program initiated the Red Bull Arts Book Share, which sends a foundational anti-racist or POC-authored book to individuals who donate to select organizations doing frontline work on racial equity and justice.
About GXRLSCHOOL: GXRLSCHOOL began in 2016 as a music and ideas festival centering exceptional women-identified talent, and has since grown into a cultural production practice and a community agency. With its signature curatorial voice, Gxrlschool has spearheaded local movements, created pop culture moments that have trended on Twitter, and established a unique place as interdisciplinary cultural creators in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2016, Gxrlschool has collaborated with major brands, top arts institutions, public agencies, community organizations, and artists from different disciplines, realms, and approaches, to deliver meaning through popular culture. Gxrlschool’s festival has been called a “vision for the way forward” by the Los Angeles Times.